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Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero review

Whereas not as budget-friendly as nearly all of the Turtle Seashore assortment, it has lots going for it.

Turtle Seashore revealed the Elite Atlas Aero wi-fi gaming headset again at Gamescom 2019, and we favored it a lot that we gave it one in all our Better of Gamescom awards. The mixture of snug design and nice audio enhanced by the brand new Management Studio software program for PC makes the Elite Atlas Aero a beautiful possibility, particularly at a sub-£130/$150 price ticket.

Now that we’ve spent some (okay, fairly a bit) of time gaming with the Turtle Seashore Elite Atlas Aero, the complete assessment is right here – keep it up studying to search out out why Turtle Seashore’s newest headset is so spectacular.

Pricing and availability

You may choose up the Turtle Seashore Elite Atlas Aero for £129.99/$149.95 from the Turtle Seashore web site. Whereas that’s not precisely as budget-friendly as most of Turtle Seashore’s gaming providing, it’s a nice value for the standard of the headset and the audio expertise on supply.

In addition to the Turtle Seashore web site, you possibly can choose up the Elite Atlas Aero from the likes of Amazon, Argos and Currys PC World within the UK and Amazon and Greatest Purchase within the US. You may try one of the best gaming headsets for different nice choices, and for those who’re on the hunt for one thing extra budget-friendly, we recommend having a look at our number of one of the best low-cost gaming headsets.

Design

Turtle Seashore has a fame for manufacturing snug gaming headsets, and that’s no totally different with the Elite Atlas Aero. It sports activities a skinny, smooth metallic exterior headband with a ‘floating’ cushioned interior headband to assist alleviate stress on prime of your head throughout lengthy intervals of play, though you possibly can’t modify the strain like with the headscarf of the SteelSeries Arctis 7.  

Whereas the dual-layer headband is a pleasant contact, the earcups themselves are the star of the present on the subject of the Elite Atlas Aero. The ear cushions are chunky, however that’s no unhealthy factor; the cushions are full of cooling gel-infused reminiscence foam that each moulds to the form of your head and retains you cool. It’s a refreshing sensation placing the headset on, feeling that cool cushion mould to your head earlier than raining down hell in your on-line opponents.

The thick reminiscence foam ear cushions additionally present an honest degree of passive noise cancellation, particularly with the amount pumped up.

Glasses wearers are catered to, with the headset sporting Turtle Seashore’s unique ProSpecs system – a system that options small indents within the aspect of the ear cushions to accommodate glasses, eradicating the uncomfortable build-up of stress that glasses wearers get from some gaming headsets. It’s not only a declare both – as a glasses wearer, I discovered no difficulty carrying the Elite Atlas Aero over hours of play.

Primarily, the earcups of the Elite Atlas Aero are phenomenal and it’s amongst essentially the most snug headsets I’ve ever worn.

Being a gaming headset, the Elite Atlas Aero has an adjustable microphone that, whereas not in a position to flip away when not in use, is detachable. It’s down to private desire and the frequency that you simply chat with others on-line, however we do typically choose a mic that tucks into the headset when not in use – it’s simple to misplace a detachable mic, in any case.

The wi-fi nature of the headset means there isn’t a cable with in-line controls, however you’ll discover the whole lot you’ll want on the headset itself. Together with fundamental quantity and microphone controls, you’ll discover a chat/recreation stability to close your teammates up when issues get tense, and also you’ll additionally discover a programmable button to toggle one in all quite a lot of choices by way of the Turtle Seashore Management Studio, which we go into extra element about subsequent.

Options and audio

The Turtle Seashore Elite Atlas Aero is one in all two headsets from the corporate that may make the most of the brand new Turtle Seashore Management Studio software program for PC. The suite gives a large number of audio choices starting from fundamental EQ tweaking to adjusting the microphone’s general quantity to extra superior choices together with a dynamic chat increase that intelligently cranks up chat audio when your buddies are speaking together with entry to one in all Turtle Seashore’s most desired options; Superhuman Listening to.

Superhuman Listening to tweaks the audio output to stress seems like approaching footsteps, the press of a reloading weapon and close by gunfire, giving house owners an edge in on-line gameplay. Now that you simply’ve received software program to tweak the impact, now you can select between three choices; Legacy – the choice accessible on most up-to-date Turtle Seashore headsets – together with two new choices, Footsteps Increase and Gunshots Increase. Every does what it says on the tin, and it actually does make a distinction when taking part in on-line shooters.

Whereas Superhuman Listening to is a cool characteristic, it’s not the one premium characteristic on supply. The Elite Atlas Aero additionally affords Waves Nx audio expertise to supply a three-dimensional soundscape that basically immerses you within the recreation you’re taking part in. Whether or not it’s a chopper hovering overhead, footsteps approaching from the rear or an explosion far off within the distance, Waves Nx does a fantastic job of precisely replicating what you’d anticipate to listen to in actual life.

It’s a next-level expertise, and whereas it won’t be as useful as Superhuman Listening to in aggressive play, it definitely gives a extra immersive expertise when taking part in atmospheric story-driven video games.

That audio expertise is pushed by 50mm Nanoclear audio system that produce crisp, clear audio with booming bass good for a spread of video games, whether or not you’re caught within the trenches in WW2 or exploring an unknown planet on the lookout for alien life.

When it comes to battery life, you’ll get round 30 hours earlier than it’ll want a top-up. That’s not unhealthy, and when you think about it solely takes round 90 minutes to go from flat to full, there’s primarily no draw back to the wi-fi connectivity other than the dearth of locations to retailer the USB dongle on the headset itself. If you happen to do discover you’ve run out of energy at an important time in your recreation, you should use the included 3.5mm cable or microUSB cable to reconnect and proceed taking part in.

That 3.5mm cable additionally makes the Elite Atlas Aero suitable with just about each console, from the PS4 to the Xbox One and Nintendo Swap, together with every other gadget with a 3.5mm headphone jack. What’s higher than a platform-agnostic gaming headset? That’s proper, nothing.

Verdict

We expect Turtle Seashore is on to a winner with the Elite Atlas Aero; it affords premium construct high quality and a high-end audio expertise tailor-made to players and not using a bank-breaking price-tag. The headset could be very snug to put on, thanks primarily to Turtle Seashore’s distinctive cold-touch reminiscence foam ear cushions, and enhancements to the audio playback by way of the brand new Management Studio software program for PC means players can tailor the audio expertise on a per-game foundation.

If you happen to’re on the lookout for a fantastic all-round wi-fi gaming headset, you possibly can’t actually go incorrect with the Turtle Seashore Elite Atlas Aero.

Specs

Turtle Seashore Elite Atlas Aero: Specs

  • Wi-fi connectivity (by way of USB dongle)
  • Wired compatibility with all consoles and PC
  • 30hr battery life
  • Waves Nx 3D audio
  • Superhuman Listening to help
  • Turtle Seashore Management Studio help
  • 50mm drivers
  • adjustable, detachable mic
  • on-headset controls
  • cooling gel-infused reminiscence foam ear cushions with ProSpecs glasses help

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