Review: Turtle Beach Elite Atlas (PC/PS4/Xbox One)

9

Amazing

The Elite Atlas, despite the use of the word elite, is a mid-level headset. At R2,000 this mid-range headset is probably one of the nicest mid-range set of cans you will find, if you don’t mind wired peripherals.

Design and build

The first thing that stands out when looking at the Elite Atlas is that it doesn’t look like a mid-range product. Big soft squishy ear cups, detachable external plates held in place by magnets and a very comfortable feel on the ears and the top of the head suggest a heftier price tag. The cushions of the ear cups block out a lot of external noise, allowing you to concentrate on what is important. Because they are so soft, the cups don’t interfere with the arms of my glasses. On top of that, they keep your ears feeling cool, even after several hours of use. Anyone who has ever had their ears sweat while trying to block out external noise will tell you how refreshing it is to have a headset not do this.

Turtle Beach has kept things simple here: no software is required to start using the headset. No garish RGB lighting over here either. Your money is going towards comfort and sound quality. Yeah I know I am probably showing my age, but I don’t feel like everything around me needs to glow like a disco.

What might cause a problem is that this headset has been designed with larger heads in mind, with three size settings to choose from, you might find it too big on a small noggin. As someone with large ears and a generously sized head, it fits rather comfortably.

Performance

This is a stereo headset and thanks to the nice ear cushions removing so much outside noise, you will be able to focus on smaller sounds in your games. Ambient sounds of small animals and the wind blowing across the scene will become rather apparent, things sometimes missed in noisier environments. It has a fair amount of bass to help with action scenes, but not overly heavy that you miss those all too important light footfalls of someone trying to sneak up on you.

The downside here is when listening to music. Because there is no software to fiddle with settings, the way that the headset is levelled will make you feel like you are missing the flourishes of your favourite tracks. This probably doesn’t matter if you are buying it as a gaming headset (which is exactly what it is marketed as), but if you plan to use it when not gaming to listen to music, you might get frustrated with some songs losing their pop or punch.

Functionality

The headset is simple enough to use with other devices and when not using the boom microphone it can be unplugged, making it look like a normal set of headphones. The microphone has a tendency of bending straight away from where I set it to be near my mouth, but does a serviceable job of making sure I can talk to friends during games without them hearing too much of what else is happening in the room. For a desk setup, a cable is included to make the headset’s cable much longer and split it into green and pink, easily reaching your machine regardless of where you keep it in relation to your setup.

The headset also feels rather robust, and after a few weeks of use I haven’t seen any scratches or marks of use, especially those rushed toilet breaks when you have to tear your headset off in a hurry to get back as soon as possible.

Specs

  • Audio Connection: PC Gaming: 3.5mm or Pink/Green PC Splitter Cable (included) Xbox One, PS4™ Pro & PS4™, Nintendo Switch™, Mobile Devices: 3.5mm
  • Speaker Frequency Response 12Hz – 20kHz
  • Speaker Size: 50mm Nanoclear speakers with Neodymium Magnets
  • Microphone: Unidirectional Gaming Microphone
  • Headband Material: Athletic Fabric, Leather with Memory Foam Cushioning
  • Ear Cushion: Over-Ear (Closed), Athletic Fabric, Leather with Memory Foam Cushioning

Conclusion

For R2,000 the Elite Atlas is a great headset for someone who plays lots of games and wants to drown out external noise. The microphone might not be fully up to the task, but it can be removed so you can use your free-standing microphone or another alternative. The comfort alone makes it a great investment as you won’t have terrible marks from your glasses pressing too tightly on your head, or a feeling like your ears are being slowly boiled in a too small space.

Good

  • Comfortable and kind to the ears
  • Blocks out external noises
  • Sturdy build
  • Plug and play

Bad

  • Microphone arm keeps bending away from mouth
  • Won't fit smaller heads

Summary

While the lack of software or an equaliser means this headset doesn't fit the bill for every purpose, it is simple to use, will work on multiple devices and stays comfortable even when having one of those gaming heavy weekends.
9

Amazing

If it has the letters RPG in it, I am there. Still battling with balancing trying to play every single game that grabs my interest, getting 100% in a JRPG, and devoting time to my second home in Azeroth.

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