Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero review: The wireless Elite-the Atlas is better in every way, except the price

Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero review: The wireless Elite-the Atlas is better in every respect except for price

at the end of last year, Turtle Beach stunned me with the Elite Atlas. After years of the open plain of the budget headsets, here is a really nice bit of design work and PC first headset also. It gave me hope for the brand, and some interest in what would come.

And what came next, it turns out that a Wi-Fi version, the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero. It’s a mouthful of a name, sure, but can it overcome the unfortunate stumbling block and you capture the magic of the wired predecessors? I have tested it through its paces to find out.

note: This review is part of our roundup the best gaming headsets. Go there for details on competing products and how we tested this.


Despite the name, the Elite Atlas Aero not very one-to-one reproduction of the Elite-the Atlas. It is, however, similar, and these auricles, in General, the same elements as its Wi-Fi the country man—piano black, minimal branding, the floating headband.

Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero IDG / Hayden Dingman

A year I still Like the Atlas. It punches well over its weight as a $100 headphones, and the design is only slightly less remarkably versatile for a $150-wireless-model. And again, it is doubly impressive, coming from Turtle Beach. The last wireless Turtle Beach model we tested was the Stealth-700, which costs almost as much as the Atlas Aero ($130), but, as I was already in our review, under “an abundance of plastic.”

The Atlas Aero uses metal sparingly, but also improved the look and feel immensely. It is solid, robust and without rattling I connect with Turtle Beach chintzier plastic headsets. The silver headband is a chic contrast to the rest, and the grills on the ear cups give you some much-needed texture.

this Is my all-time favorite? No, but the Aero is perfectly fine, next to Turtle Beach, the peers and it is what counts. After many years in arrears, Turtle Beach makes a convincing case for itself.

Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero IDG / Hayden Dingman

And like the original Atlas, the Aero is surprisingly comfortable. One of the few changes to the design of the Aero s ear cups, you name attach to the headband with a new swivel hinge, which allows it to fold small when not in use. The hinge has no negative impact on comfort though. As to the Elite, Atlas, the Atlas Aero is snug, without squeezing too hard.

The earcups are also a credit to the Turtle Beach. Wrapped in micro-fiber and Packed with cooling gel, you are generously padded and have always been relatively cool, even while San Francisco is the hottest October weather. And while I don’t wear glasses, I’m impressed with Turtle Beach ProSpecs tech, which created a channel is, on the upholstery, in order to relieve the pressure on the temples. It is a wise idea, and almost a shame Turtle Beach has a patent on it, how I wish it were more widespread. I hear a lot of complaints about the headphones and glasses. If this applies to you, Atlas, Aero may not be the best option.

pull the right ear-pad and you will find a spot for the USB dongle. Dongle memory is always one of my favorite features as someone who ends with a series of headsets lying around. It is not hard to lose these little sticks. Turtle Beach’s solution is a bit cumbersome, and to hidden, but it exists, and that is what counts.

Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero IDG / Hayden Dingman

Wireless headsets also need built-in controls, which happens to be the main differences—or rather improving—between Atlas Aero and their wired siblings. The convenient in-line controls that felt like a compromise on the Wi-Fi-Elite-Atlas, so I’m happy to see a more tailor-made solution based on the Atlas Aero.

Arranged on the back of the left ear you will find a volume knob, power button, and a remappable button, to activate by default, the Turtle Beach, “Superhuman Hearing” mode (more on that later). There is a second wheel, also remappable, but the default settings for the adjustment of the amount of the sidetone, or how much you can hear yourself in the headset as you speak. With shown, that at a wheel is a bit strange, because it is a feature that I can set once and forget. There are many other options, though, including one in the game/Chat mix”—function-is a coup for Turtle Beach, because is a function, usually associated with Astro-high-end A50 headset. You will find it here for half the price.


The Atlas Aero-USB port opens up a variety of options, actually. The original Elite-the Atlas-the wiring ends in a 3.5 mm Jack, a strangely low-key decision for a flagship release. But USB is a whole world of sound-tuning on the software side.

And the Turtle Beach advantage, in my opinion. The Atlas Aero by default, the Turtle Beach “Signature Sound” preset, a treble-heavy profile, which emphasizes that this is a gaming headset in the first place. Shots, kicks, and other “tactical” sounds, are placed in the foreground, and the activation of the above-mentioned Superhuman hearing mode increases these frequencies even more.

Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero IDG / Hayden Dingman

the Problem is, treble-heavy mixes are good for short-burst scenarios and not much else. That tracks to use with Turtle Beach’s target audience, but the Atlas Aero is still a pretty tough and exhausting listening experience for day-to-day, both with and without Superhuman hearing.

Fortunately, the Atlas Aero software-page comes with a full EQ suite, which will give you some of the less grating options. And the truth is, the Atlas Aero is a decent sounding headset with treble focus. Roll on the bass, scale back the top row, and the Atlas Aero takes a much warmer feel. It is even listening to surprisingly good music, after a few minor changes.

as usual, I’ll note that I give more weight to a headset that sounds great right out of the box. That is, the Atlas Aero-have flexibility, impress me. Changes, even minor, are immediately recognizable, and there’s a lot of leeway to shape, las Aero to your preferences. The stereo width is above average, with a generous sound stage, which helps the mixture to breathe once you have chosen the EQ.

Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero - Software IDG / Hayden Dingman

I would, the basics if. Turtle Beach is flooded with fancy-sounding options, but most are just EQ settings of some kind, such as “game” Treble Boost” and “game-dialogue level.” The exceptions are the game-Spatializer and 3D-Audio, the latter of which is done in partnership with the waves.

Only one can be active at a time. Really though, neither should be active. The game Spatializer is the more natural of the two, the broadening of the mix without doing too much damage, but it does change the texture of the sound, which votes a hollower feel while the Mast for the bass. I don’t hate it, but I don’t like it, either.

The 3D Audio option is even worse. There are three presets—music, movies, and games—but all three of the source type, the “slick” sound that comes from the application of strong compression. Maybe it’s for people who need a tactical edge at all costs, the same as the Superhuman hearing functionality. I would never touch it.

Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero IDG / Hayden Dingman

As for the microphone it is the same slinky-boom on the original Elite-the Atlas seems to be. Vocal reproduction was very solid, also, but the Atlas Aero-USB port allows you, a noise gate and filter more background noise, which is great for noisy environments. No Complaints.

Bottom line

The Elite Atlas Aero is a headset better than its predecessor for many reasons. The integrated controls are a huge improvement, so the option to EQ out the worst of the Turtle Beach trends. That is, it is also almost twice as expensive. I’m a fan of wireless myself but the higher price is not below the Atlas offer Aero something.

The Elite-the Atlas had that “Wow, this is amazing for a budget headset” underdog appeal. The Atlas Aero is on a par with what I would expect in the $150 range, a well-built and quite powerful device, that does not really stand out. In other words, it is a milestone for Turtle Beach, but only to the extent that they’ve caught up to the competition.

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Released on Fri, 15 Nov 2019 11:30:00 +0000

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