This is essentially Turtle Beach‘s flagship gaming headset for PC, with wireless connectivity, a metal headband, powerful desktop software and a price tag to match. That’s right, you’re looking at a price of $149 (£129, about AU$220) if you want to get your hands on the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero.his is essentially Turtle Beach’s flagship gaming headset for PC, with wireless connectivity, a metal headband, powerful desktop software and a price tag to match. That’s right, you’re looking at a price of $149 (£129, about AU$220) if you want to get your hands on the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero.
If the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero looks like anything, it looks like a gaming headset. Sharp angles are all over the design of this thing, with speaker grilles on the outside of the earcups that enable Waves NX 3D Audio – but are also kind of an eyesore. The angular, “gamer” design would be better if it came equipped with some RGB lighting, especially at this price point, but you won’t find it here.
“The Aero delivers an overall incredible audio experience, and when it launches we believe it will be the best wireless PC gaming headset on the market…period,” said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach. “Aero is an innovative addition to our highly-acclaimed premium Elite line of headsets, as we’re working with the GRAMMY award-winning Waves team, integrating their Nx audio which takes surround sound to entirely new levels by giving gamers full 3D audio in every game they play.”
Being wireless, battery life is important as what point is there to cut the cord if the device isn’t able to last through your gaming/listening session. To that end, the company states over 30 hours of battery life which should last through at least a couple of days of very long sessions. When the battery runs down, these can also be used in wired mode connecting to the PC via 3.5mm jack. Charging is handled via USB connection charging cable.
Atlas Edge PC Audio Enhancer
If you already own a headset that you like, you can still get some Turtle Beach technology. In September, the company will also begin shipping the Atlas Edge PC Audio Enhancer for $30. This dongle plugs into a USB port and it has a 3.5mm headphone jack on the other side, so it’s already doing better than most smartphones. You can then plug in any headphones or headset to get Waves NX 3D audio. It also comes with Turtle Beach’s Control Studio software. And as with the Aero, you will also get Superhuman Hearing to potentially improve your performance in competitive games.
The most impressive feature, however, is that the Atlas Edge adds mic monitoring to a headset. This enables you to hear what you sound like as you are speaking. It’s also something most 3.5mm headsets don’t do. If this works without latency, it easily justifies the $30 price for me.