The Elite Atlas from Turtle Beach’s Atlas gaming headset collection is the best of the best for PC gamers. Compared to the pricier Elite Pro Tournament Headset (one of our favorites), this $99.99 wired gaming headset looks and feels just as good. In order to provide a sound that is more tactically useful, the Atlas range of gaming headsets uses drivers that place an emphasis on higher frequencies over lower ones. Even while it’s not quite as great for listening to music as its more expensive sister, the result is a superb gaming headset.
- High-mids and high-frequency response are very useful for seeing adjacent enemies in video games.
- The microphone is excellent.
- High-quality construction.
- Listening to music isn’t made any better by artificially distorted audio.
As far as aesthetic appeal is concerned, Turtle Beach Headsets have never been consistently excellent. But the Elite Atlas is an exception.
The Elite Atlas is a breath of fresh air in a market rife with aggressively ‘gamey’ headphones. The clean all-black exterior fits well with the stylish metallic chrome highlights, which are a good contrast.
Additionally, the speaker plates can be swapped out using the system’s built-in magnets. If you’re not a fan of tinkering with the headset’s design, you should have no problem keeping it as is. To demonstrate your support for an esports team or game, you can do so.
However, the ProSpecs Glasses Relief System integrated into the earcups of the Elite Atlas is the design element that we adore the most. This basically ensures that the headset is backwards compatible with any glasses and forwards compatible with the current version. We can’t say enough good things about this unique and really useful function. It works like a charm!
It’s a shame that so few headsets are taking advantage of the system. This is exactly what the world needs.
In addition to its outstanding performance, the Elite Atlas’s amazing adaptability deserves special mention. After years of making console headsets, we’re glad to see that Turtle Beach hasn’t forgotten its roots and is now making headsets for PCs as well.
It may therefore be used on a wide range of platforms, including PCs and smartphones as well as consoles like the PS4 and XBox One. This is due in large part to gaming headsets increasingly favoring the 3.5mm connection over the USB port.
It’s not as if this has no negative consequences. Specifically, there is no supporting software, and thus, no official equalization software, included with the device. Additionally, there is no wireless version, which may be a deal breaker for some.
No matter what your preference may be, it’s important to bear in mind that EQ software is not included in this version of the software.
Another aspect of this headset’s design that we appreciated was the way the various components interacted with one another. And we mean literally, you can dismantle and reassemble this headset at your own pace. When it comes to the speaker plates, we’ve already talked about this functionality, but it goes farther than that.
Detachable components include the microphone, cord, and even the ear cushions!
To put it simply, this means that in the event that a headset component is destroyed, you won’t have to buy a new one. This is a rare find in a market flooded with overpriced headphones and headsets that are rendered useless as soon as the wire breaks.
For some, the cord may be an issue, so let’s have a look at the ear cushions and the microphone in the Comfort and Microphone sections of this review. Specifically, the 40-inch length of the braided cable has been a point of contention. It’s worth noting, though, that this length may be too short for most PC systems.
A 78-inch splitter cable, however, solves this problem. Despite the fact that it isn’t a particularly attractive solution, it works.
Despite the Elite Atlas’s many positive attributes, we still believe that one of its best assets is its level of comfort. It’s not the lightest headset we’ve seen, but everything else about it is first class: from the floating headband and rotating joints to the generously thick padding on the ear cushions. It’s also magnetically attached to the earcups, so even if the wear and tear of time makes the ear cushions ineffective, you can simply replace them with new ones.
Memory foam cushions are wrapped with athletic fabric, which is both softer and more breathable than leather, and the whole design is more comfortable. We’d rather use this headset than any other when we’re gaming for hours at a time. The padding also serves as a passive noise-isolation measure.
Surprisingly, the headset’s sound quality has the most warning signs.
The problem isn’t that it’s horrible; that’s something we can’t honestly state. To put it another way, it’s laser-focused on a specific goal.
Because of this, it’s important to know that Turtle Beach collaborated with an experienced CS: GO team so they could fine-tune the audio features for expert gamers.
Because of their efforts, you’ll be able to get a good feeling of orientation even if the headset doesn’t have virtual surround sound, which the headset doesn’t have. It’s possible to hear every footstep, every gunshot, and each explosion. Despite the fact that the volume is well over what is considered safe to listen to, there is no noticeable distortion.
When it comes to competitive games like these, the Elite Atlas offers everything you need.
It’s also worth noting that the Elite Atlas’s sound quality is at best adequate for most purposes. Since low and high frequencies dominate the sound spectrum, the midrange is severely weakened, which is bad for music. It’s acceptable for movie viewing. With a more balanced mid-range, some distinct genres of games may even sound better on this headset.
The microphone, of course, is an absolute must. So why not? It all comes down to this. Elite Atlas’ unidirectional and removable microphone is the best in this price range.
The CS:GO team’s involvement in the game’s development is probably to blame for this, although this time there are no bad consequences. Clear and crisp recordings are made thanks to its noise-canceling capabilities and the ability to block out background noises such as phone notifications. Gaming and video-chat users alike will appreciate this functionality.
A $100 headset microphone is nothing near ideal for YouTube video streaming or recording, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad.
Luxurious and Comfortable
Similar to the Elite Pro Tournament Headset, the Elite Atlas has a similar look and feel. While the dark orange accents have been replaced by gunmetal ones, the headset retains the same sophisticated memory foam earpads coated in faux leather and a glasses-friendly strip of softer foam at the temples. The headset’s overall design remains unchanged. Same 50mm drivers, metal headband, and springy, cushioned band under the metal band to keep the metal above your scalp.
With a rubber cover over part of the flexible metal arm and a trapezoid-shaped capsule covered with a much smaller filter, the boom microphone is unique. The provided cable snaps into a 3.5mm port, while the mic snaps into a 2.5mm port right next to it.
There is a 40-inch cable that connects to mobile devices and handheld gaming systems like the Nintendo Switch, as well as a 75-inch extension cable that connects to the computer’s headphone and microphone connectors using three-pole 3.5mm plugs. You’ll always find the headset first on the shorter wire, which incorporates mechanical volume controls and sliding mic mute switches in the inline remote. If you need to run it into a desktop computer or any other system with two distinct ports, then the extender connects to it. If you plug it into a laptop with a headset port (like the Razer Blade Pro), the initial cord is long enough to be useful, but you won’t have much slack if you lean or roll away from your desk.
Tuned for Gaming
The Elite Atlas is a stereo headset, therefore it doesn’t have any built-in virtual surround sound. If you have a PC or a gaming console with a software-based simulated surround system, such as Windows Sonic or Dolby Atmos for Headphones, you can use this app. However, simulated surround sound on headphones can only produce an effective lateral imaging, combining the left and right channels together to give a sense of how far or close audio sources are between your center and side. If something is in front of or behind you, they can’t adequately describe where it is.
Atmosphere and otherworldly sounds of No Man’s Sky are heard throughout the Atlas. For example, mining lasers and thrusters have a distinct high-frequency response that helps them stand out from the other sounds of space and atmospheric flight. When compared to the capacity to pick out beeping and chattering all around you, the engine noises on freighters and space stations don’t have the low-end presence to turn white noise into a soothing, ocean-like sound.
The Elite Atlas’s high-mid and high-frequency shaping makes Fortnite sound detailed and aggressive. Because the bass is more prominent than the sub-bass, bullets are audible but not thunderous, and footfall and reloads are distinct enough to be heard clearly.
Overwatch’s bass-heavy, complex soundtrack benefits greatly from the headset’s audio quality. In addition to the grandiose orchestral sound, the sculpted high-mid and high frequencies really enhance the punch and richness of the sound effects in the game. Without overpowering the rest of the action, Lucio’s bass-heavy blasts make it easy to hear every character’s weapon sound and speech clip. There is enough edge to distinguish between different weaponry, such as the guns of Bastion and the bombs of Junkrat.
Not Quite as Tuned for Music
The sound of the Elite Atlas is tailored to meet the tactical demands of PC gamers, with deep bass and tuned higher frequencies. There are sound effects in higher frequencies that give away adjacent dangers and enhance voice chat, making them valuable in games. A good-sounding but sculpted audio experience is the result of this.
The bass range of the Elite Atlas can be heard in The Knife’s “Silent Shout.” Although the bass synth and kick drum impacts seem incredibly forceful and robust, they don’t quite penetrate down the low-end enough to be truly head-rattling at full volume. Furthermore, the track’s shaker is more audible and noticeable than in any other gaming headset or non-gaming headphones I’ve tried. Interesting! If you’re looking for anything that goes to extremes, this is it.
“Roundabout” by Yes features a similar sculpted sound, too. When the electric bass kicks in, the acoustic strums and high-hats still get enough of attention in the mix despite the electronic bass taking over. High-frequency instruments are clearly highlighted, but the bass doesn’t sound weak or tinny.
There is a distinct lack of sub-bass presence in The Coup’s “The Magic Clap,” which prevents the sculpted sound from being genuine to the tune. In the background, the clapping is crisp and clear, but Boots Riley’s voice maintains its prominence with force and a high-frequency edge. There isn’t enough low-frequency resonance in the drums to give the music a rounded, rumbling impact, however.
For the Gamers
Because of its aggressive audio engineering, the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is a comfy headset that sounds great when you’re playing games. At half the cost, it provides an almost identical fit and feel to the Elite Pro Tournament Headset. Just because it has more dramatic contouring doesn’t mean that it’s better suited for listening to music or listening to podcasts than the Elite Pro. One of the best gaming headsets you can get for $100 has outstanding audio for identifying sound effects, as well as an excellent microphone for voice chat.
The Beyerdynamic MMX 300, a far more expensive headset, is still the best all-around headset for listening to music, while the Elite Pro is still the best all-around headset for listening to music. The Astro Gaming A10, which costs just over half as much as the Elite Atlas but has a less impressive build quality, is a great alternative if you’re on a tight budget.
Is the Turtle Beach elite Atlas worth it?
We have come to a decision.
Does elite Atlas have surround sound?
The Fortnite or Call of Duty fanatics will probably want to seek elsewhere because there is no surround sound here, but the more casual fans shouldn’t mind too much.
Does elite Atlas aero work on Xbox?
Note that while though the headset works on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, you must connect it via the regular 3.5mm audio connection, which means it is no longer wireless and has a much lower sound quality when you don’t have the Control Studio installed.
Who is the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas for?
- Gamers who wish to play on a variety of different platforms should consider this option.
- People working from home who require a headset with a split audio/mic jack.
What is the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas like?
Don’t get fooled by the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas brand, which implies a top of the line, fully-featured experience. But even though it’s called “simple,” it doesn’t imply this headset is a failure. 3.5mm connectors on the Elite Atlas allow it to be used almost everywhere. No special software or hardware peculiarities are included; you simply plug it in and it starts working right away, no matter where you are.
Metal and plastic combine to produce this headset, which isn’t flashy in appearance but has a few lovely touches, a pleasure to wear. Adjusting the headset is simple thanks to the steel suspension band. It’s unusual for a gaming headset, but it’s always great to see, that the heavy plastic hinges can rest flat.
The headphone pads are wrapped in soft fabric and leatherette, kept in place by magnets, and are easily replaced. Turtle Beach also provides replacement plates for the headphones that have different designs on them, which are kept in place by magnets. Even the headphone pads and wire can be easily removed and replaced, making this an extremely user-friendly product (Turtle Beach sells components on its site, even individual left and right ear pads if you just need one).
To be sure, the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas wouldn’t be nearly as useful if it weren’t so unbelievably pleasant to wear. The ear pads are mounted on tilting platforms that conform to the curve of your head in addition to the suspension band and the sturdy headphone hinges. It’s easy to achieve an airtight seal around your ears with these because the ear pads have soft fabric front and leatherette sides. But the soft fabric shouldn’t be a problem for gamers with glasses, who prefer velour.
It was a pleasure to use the headset in practice. A few hours into my first long session with it, I noticed a noticeable amount of discomfort. After a few tweaks and some break-in time for the headset pads, I was able to cease having problems.
Getting the Elite Atlas to fit perfectly is the only thing you need to know about it. The in-line control unit has a volume slider and a mic mute switch, and it’s just as easy to find and operate while gaming as any other control device. While using Discord or Zoom, I didn’t have any issues with the detachable microphone’s lengthy, flexible wire. It was very quiet and easy to use outside of the context of calling apps, which automatically change a lot of your volume. A small foam screen has even been incorporated into it so that breath sounds are not as problematic.
This headset has everything going for it: it’s built to last thanks to the many replaceable parts it has; it’s comfortable to wear for hours at a time, and its microphone is excellent; and it sounds nice. Ultimately, the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is a headset that does it all correctly.
As a warning more than a critique, we felt a little uneasy about the audio.
As the name implies, this is first and foremost a gaming headset. In order to use it for anything other than gaming, you’ll have a difficult time, but like calling a fish out on its incapacity to climb a tree, it’s pointless. According to our initial question, the Elite Atlas headset is more than capable of competing with the best headsets in its price category.