To develop a headset that puts PC players first, Turtle Beach, along with its partners – including Astralis, the world’s leading CS: GO team – has identified the ideal audio curves for the average global esports champion in everyday life. And compared to someone like me who primarily rejects online multiplayer games in favor of story single adventure games, video game athletes have more specific sound quality requirements. Instead of screaming for the loudest and loudest explosions in any action set, Esports players demand lighthearted voice chat clarity.
Since success in the world of competitive sports is almost always dependent on effective communication, the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is well-equipped to provide a clear microphone sound. By using its own “TruSpeak” technology, Turtle Beach claims that background noise is eliminated. For this purpose, your own voice is amplified when using the detachable boom. Although I mainly play offline, this noise-suppressing performance is useful in the rare case where I decide to air my gameplay on Twitch.
In terms of output quality, Elite Atlas headphones are a given. With two 50mm Nanoclear drivers, the doses can produce a frequency response between 12 Hz and 20 kHz. Despite the wide range of signal frequencies based on my own experience with Turtle Beach’s PC First Gaming headset, it’s obvious that bass, sub-bass, and high-end bands take precedence over midrange and low -Midrange sounds have. The stereo headset will probably impress only in extreme action-packed moments. In the vast majority of games, the middle of the audio dominate, so the sound of this headset leaves much to be desired.
I suppose the elite Atlas of Turtle Beach prefers the form of the function. At the base of the left headphone is a 3.5mm 3.5mm (3.5m) cable that accompanies the headset in the above box. The cable itself is a bit fussy, and I have to turn the headset end of the connector slightly before I hear sounds from both speakers. I also find it particularly annoying that the cable is limited to a single orientation. A sticker labeled “Connect this end to the headset” will keep your attention every time you drop the plug and then replace it.
The main cable of the Elite Atlas is about a quarter of the torso and is equipped with a basic set of inline controls. This plastic control panel with rubber ends on both sides holds the insulated cable tight. This control panel lets you turn the volume up and down with a simple scroll wheel, or mute your microphone when it’s not in use. The headset also comes with a PC splitter that serves as an extension cord and effectively increases the overall cable length up to 9.8ft (9.8ft). However, by connecting, you agree that you connect the PC end of the splitter to the discrete pink and green sockets (microphone and headphones) on your motherboard.
It’s a shame that the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is not wireless, because at this price you could buy the Corsair Void Pro or the SteelSeries 5, both of which transmit a similar frequency range over wireless 2.4GHz. For serious PC gamers, wireless is anything but important in a competent gaming headset. Otherwise, you may need to rethink the layout of your setup. If you’re sitting no less than 10 feet from the back of your tower, you’re hoping your keyboard has audio passthrough. Otherwise, you may be tragically hooked up to a controller. Even in the elite Atlas, the RGB lighting is missing, although this is probably the best.
All in all, the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is comfortable to wear. Encased with a soft-touch leather material that runs along the sides and an athletic fabric that gently kisses the sides of your face, the padded Memory Foam ear cups are spacious and unobtrusive. In this regard, it’s reminiscent of the Razer Nari Ultimate that I discussed last month. Holding the earcups is a sturdy metal headband. Meanwhile, eyeglass wearers like myself will appreciate the implementation of Turtle Beach’s patented ProSpecs “eyeglass relief system,” as it’s likely to be responsible for the rare but still disturbing headset’s downslope.
I must say, it’s confusing how much the elite Atlas split up when I took it out of the box. Not only can you remove the speaker plates on the outside of each can to personalize yourself, but the ear cups themselves adhere magnetically to each speaker. However, when I found out why this happened, my concern turned into a commendation. Turtle Beach has made it so that almost every aspect of the headset is interchangeable in case it is lost or damaged. This is subversive in a market where you are usually screwed every time one of your fancy toys breaks.
The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is a promising product that is characterized by the development of a gaming headset for the PC. While the first headset I’ve ever discussed featured the Nari Ultimate, the overwhelming effects of haptic feedback in a headset, the achievements of the Elite Atlas are more subtle. As it seems red at first glance, its modularity is a money saver for the careless and awkward, its cuddly muffs are spacious and relatively snug, and the voice chat is shockingly understandable. If only the speakers sounded better, I would grab the Elite Atlas each time I start my rig.