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Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Jun 23, 2020 at 08:05 am
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6.2
Mixed Usage
6.9
Neutral Sound
5.6
Commute/Travel
5.9
Sports/Fitness
6.3
Office
7.0
Wireless Gaming
7.5
Wired Gaming
7.1
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero are decent wireless gaming headphones. Unfortunately, they clamp very tightly, and are quite heavy, making them uncomfortable to wear for extended periods. They also look and feel quite cheap and plasticky, and their control scheme is sub-par. While their boom microphone works well, it only works when the headphones are used wirelessly, and when using the supplied 1/8" TRRS cable, the headphones switch to the in-line mic. They're also only designed to work on PC, and our PS4 couldn't detect them wirelessly. On the bright side, they last over 30 hours off a single charge, which is excellent.

Our Verdict

6.2 Mixed Usage

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero are only mediocre headphones for mixed usage. They're designed for gaming, and their poor noise isolation and bulky design makes them less than ideal for day-to-day use. They're also only decently comfortable, as they clamp the head very tightly, and are quite heavy. That being said, their boom microphone has a good recording quality and does a great job of separating your voice from background noise.

Pros
  • Excellent 30-hour battery life.
  • Companion software offers tons of customization options.
Cons
  • Headphones clamp the head very tightly.
  • Headphones block very little background noise.
6.9 Neutral Sound

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero are only okay for neutral sound listening. Their default sound profile isn't the more accurate and even, and they lack a lot of treble, resulting in vocals and instruments being dull and pushed back. On the bright side, their companion software offers a graphic EQ as well as presets, so you can change the way they sound.

Pros
  • Companion software offers tons of customization options.
Cons
  • Headphones clamp the head very tightly.
5.6 Commute/Travel

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero Wireless aren't recommended for commuting or travel. These headphones aren't very comfortable for extended periods as they clamp tightly and are quite heavy. They also block almost no background noise and leak a fair amount of audio. While they can be used wirelessly with their USB receiver, if you want to connect them to your phone, you'll need to use them wired.

Pros
  • Companion software offers tons of customization options.
Cons
  • Headphones clamp the head very tightly.
  • Headphones block very little background noise.
5.9 Sports/Fitness

The Turtle Beach Atlas Aero aren't recommended for sports. These over-ears are very bulky and can only be used wired with a phone, which can be a pain while working out. They also don't block out much background noise at all and leak a fair amount of noise. On the bright side, they clamp the head quite hard, so they feel stable enough for jogs or light workouts.

Pros
  • Companion software offers tons of customization options.
Cons
  • Headphones clamp the head very tightly.
6.3 Office

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero are only mediocre headphones for use in the office. They aren't the most comfortable, and will likely cause soreness and fatigue after a few hours of use. They also block almost no background noise and leak quite a bit of audio, which could be distracting to your coworkers. On the bright side, if you use them wirelessly with their USB receiver plugged into your PC, they last over 30 hours off a single charge, which is excellent.

Pros
  • Excellent 30-hour battery life.
  • Companion software offers tons of customization options.
Cons
  • Headphones clamp the head very tightly.
  • Headphones block very little background noise.
7.0 Wireless Gaming

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero are decent wireless gaming headphones. Their boom microphone is very good, and your voice sounds clear, natural, and easy to hear. Unfortunately, they're only designed to work on PC, and our PS4 wasn't able to detect the headphones wirelessly. They also aren't very comfortable, and will likely cause fatigue and soreness during marathon gaming sessions.

Pros
  • Excellent 30-hour battery life.
  • Boom microphone has good recording quality.
  • Companion software offers tons of customization options.
Cons
  • Headphones clamp the head very tightly.
  • Wireless USB receiver only works with PC; no PS4 or Xbox One support.
7.5 Wired Gaming

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero are good wired gaming headphones. They come with a 1.8" TRRS audio cable with an in-line mic, so you can easily plug them into the controller of your console, or directly into your phone or PC. It's worth noting that we only test the primary boom microphone, and unfortunately when using them wired, the headphones use the in-line mic as opposed to their boom mic. Therefore, we aren't sure how the microphone will perform when using these headphones wired, though we'd expect the in-line microphone to perform worse than the boom mic.

Pros
  • Companion software offers tons of customization options.
Cons
  • Headphones clamp the head very tightly.
7.1 Phone Calls

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero are decent headphones for phone calls. If you use them wirelessly with their USB receiver plugged into your PC for Skype calls, your voice sounds natural, clear, and fairly full-bodied. Unfortunately, when using them wired, the headphones use the in-line mic as opposed to their boom mic. Since we only test the primary boom mic, we're not sure how the in-line mic performs.

Pros
  • Excellent 30-hour battery life.
  • Boom microphone has good recording quality.
  • Companion software offers tons of customization options.
Cons
  • Headphones clamp the head very tightly.
  • Headphones block very little background noise.
  • 6.2 Mixed Usage
  • 6.9 Neutral Sound
  • 5.6 Commute/Travel
  • 5.9 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.3 Office
  • 7.0 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.5 Wired Gaming
  • 7.1 Phone Calls

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero have a sleek and straightforward design that doesn't look as flashy as some other gaming headphones. The headphones are covered in a matte black and grey finish and have a somewhat casual look, especially thanks to the detachable boom microphone.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.87 lbs
Clamping Force
1.8 lbs

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero aren't the most comfortable headphones. They have very well-padded ear cups that are comfortable, but unfortunately, they clamp very tightly on the head. They're also quite heavy and cause a fair amount of fatigue after a short time of using them. On the bright side, they feature Turtle Beach's ProSpecs Glasses Relief System that creates room for your glasses to remove pressure from the headphones pressing against your frames. It's worth noting that this will break the seal these headphones make with your ears, and you'll experience their sound reproduction differently.

5.4
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Surround Sound

The controls of the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero are sub-par. While the controls are fairly easy to use, unfortunately, the infinite-scrolling wheels are very easy to accidentally hit while moving the headphones. One of the buttons and one of the wheels can be remapped within the companion software, which is nice.

5.5
Design
Portability
L 7.7 "
W 5.7 "
H 4.0 "
Volume 176 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero are quite bulky. On the bright side, these headphones fold into a more compact shape, which many gaming headphones don't do.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero Wireless PC Gaming Headset doesn't come with a carrying case.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero Wireless PC Gaming Headset is only okay. The entire headphones look and feel quite cheap and plasticky, and the headband feels very fragile. On the bright side, the ear cups have nice thick padding that doesn't feel cheap.

7.0
Design
Stability

Due to the high clamping force, the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero feel decently stable on the head. They likely won't move from most normal head movements or during a jog or run, but may not be the best choice to take to the gym.

Design
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Design
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In The Box

  • Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero Wireless PC Gaming Headset
  • Wireless USB dongle
  • 1/8" TRRS cable with in-line mic and remote
  • Detachable boom microphone
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • Manuals
  • Turtle Beach sticker

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-0.48 db
Treble Amount
-2.07 db

The sound profile of the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero is somewhat well-balanced but lacks in thump and brightness. That being said, they should be versatile enough for most genres. It's worth noting that due to their inconsistent frequency response, our results are an average, and people may experience their sound reproduction differently.

6.3
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.81 dB

The frequency response consistency of the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero is only mediocre. People with glasses or long hair experience their bass differently depending on the quality of the fit and seal they're able to achieve. You'll also likely have to adjust them slightly to achieve the same treble reproduction every time you wear them.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.9
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.47 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
81.16 Hz
Low-Bass
-3.66 dB
Mid-Bass
-2.23 dB
High-Bass
-1.06 dB

The bass accuracy of the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero Wireless is very good. While they're a little lacking in thump and rumble, they still provide a good amount of punch and kick. Overall, the entire bass range is fairly even and balanced. It's worth noting that this is an average of our results, and you may experience their bass performance differently depending on the fit and seal you're able to achieve.

7.5
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.35 dB
Low-Mid
-5.29 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.63 dB
High-Mid
-1.02 dB

The mid accuracy of the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero is good. Most of the range is well-balanced and even, though unfortunately, they lack a fair amount of low-mid, which thins out vocals and lead instruments.

5.9
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.44 dB
Low-Treble
-4.3 dB
Mid-Treble
-2.84 dB
High-Treble
-12.21 dB

The treble accuracy of these headphones is disappointing. Almost the entire range is recessed, resulting in vocals and instruments that sound dull, lispy, and difficult to understand. High mid-treble is fairly overemphasized, causing some frequencies to sound piercing.

6.8
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.09 db
Dips
1.56 db

There are quite a few peaks and dips throughout all ranges, and these headphone's performance in this regard is only okay. The dip in low-mid preceded by the peak in high-bass results in a muddy sound, as vocals and instruments are pushed back and muffled. The large peak in mid-treble makes some higher frequencies sound piercing, especially the recessed low-treble range.

7.9
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
1.01
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.46
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.45
Weighted Phase Mismatch
8.08

The imaging performance of these headphones is good. Unfortunately, their uneven group delay causes their bass to be loose, though they have a transparent treble range. Other than that, the left and right drivers of our test unit were well-matched, ensuring accurate placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo field.

6.0
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.49 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
4.34 dB
PRTF Distance
11.75 dB
Openness
5.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.1

The passive soundstage of the Turtle Beach Atlas Aero is only mediocre. Due to their closed-back design, they don't sound very open, and they have a small soundstage that makes audio sound like it's coming from inside your head as opposed to out in front of you.

2.0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
On/Off
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
Yes

The Turtle Beach Atlas Aero support Waves NX 3D Audio virtual surround sound. However, we don't currently test for this.

7.4
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.420
WHD @ 100
0.146

The weighted harmonic distortion of these headphones is decent. At both moderate and high volume, there's very little distortion and audio sounds quite clear and pure.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
1.1.7
Power
On
Connection
Wireless (Proprietary)
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

These are the settings used while testing the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero Wireless PC Gaming Headset; therefore, the results are only valid for these test settings.

Isolation
4.9
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-12.82 dB
Bass
-0.98 dB
Mid
-7.83 dB
Treble
-30.06 dB

As is common with large over-ear gaming headphones, the noise isolation of the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero is poor. These headphones do very little to block out background noise, except for the higher-pitched sounds of an AC unit or fan.

6.4
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
42.7 dB

The leakage performance of the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero Wireless PC Gaming Headset is mediocre. At higher volumes, people nearby will likely hear a bit of what you're listening to.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
Yes
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
Yes

These headphones have a detachable boom microphone as well as an in-line mic on the included TRRS cable. It's worth noting that we currently only test the primary microphone, so our results below are for the detachable boom mic, which can only be used when using the headphones wirelessly. The microphone also has a side-tone feature which can be turned on/off within the companion software, so you can hear yourself while talking.

7.7
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
82.34 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.59 dB
HFE
6177.3 Hz
Weighted THD
2.965
Gain
19.42 dB

The recording quality of the boom microphone is good. When using the mic, your voice sounds natural, clear, and fairly full-bodied.

8.0
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
28.13 dB

The noise handling of the boom microphone is great. Your teammates should have no problems hearing you, even in noisy environments, like a gaming tournament.

Active Features
8.6
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
30.1 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
30.1 hrs
Charge Time
2.4 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Yes
Charging Port micro-USB

The battery performance of these headphones is excellent. They last over 30 hours off a single charge, which is superb, and is exactly what Turtle Beach advertised. Unfortunately, they take almost 2.5 hours to charge, which isn't that great. On the bright side, they feature an auto-off timer, though it isn't stated how long it takes to turn the headphones off, and it seemed to turn off the headphones quite quickly during our testing.

7.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name Turtle Beach Control Studio
iOS No
Android No
macOS Yes
Windows Yes
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
No
Mic Control Adjustable Level
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping Yes
Surround Support
Yes

The companion software for these headphones is good. While it has a ton of features including a graphic EQ and presets, unfortunately, the software itself is quite confusing and difficult to navigate. However, once you get used to it, you'll enjoy the plethora of available options.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android Latency
N/A

These headphones only work wirelessly with their included USB receiver.

6.9
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
102 ft
Non-BT Latency
101 ms

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero connect wirelessly via a proprietary USB receiver. Unfortunately, the latency is fairly high, especially for headphones that use a dedicated receiver.

9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 4.7 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

These headphones come with a micro-USB cable for charging, as well as a 1/8" TRRS audio cable with an in-line microphone and remote.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone (PC Only)

The USB receiver for these headphones only works on PC, and when we plugged it into our PS4, it wasn't able to detect the headphones. While you can use them wired by plugging them into our PS4 controller, the headphones will then use the in-line microphone as opposed to the boom mic.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No

These headphones are compatible with Xbox One by plugging the audio cable into the controller of your console. Unfortunately, when using them wired, the headphones will use the in-line microphone as opposed to the boom mic.

3.4
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Wireless USB Dongle
USB Input
Yes
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
USB

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero use a wireless USB dongle for their wireless connection. The headphones also have a small compartment in the right ear cup to store the receiver, which is handy.

Compared to other headphones

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The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero are wireless PC gaming headphones that don't stand out much from the crowd. Like with many Turtle Beach headsets, they feel quite cheap and plasticky, and they aren't as comfortable as the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless or the HyperX Cloud Flight S. Unlike most wireless gaming headphones, their USB receiver only works with PC and not PS4, which limits their functionality. If you want to see our picks for the best gaming headphones, check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets for PC, the best PS4 headsets, and the best wireless gaming headsets.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017
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The SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017 are better wireless gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero Wireless. The SteelSeries are more comfortable and feel much better-built. They also have a better-balanced sound profile, a slightly better boom microphone, and work wirelessly with both PS4 as well as PC, while the Turtle Beach only work wirelessly with PC. On the other hand, the Turtle Beach last longer off a single charge, and have a virtual soundstage feature, though we don't test the effectiveness of this.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless
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The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are much better wireless gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero Wireless. The SteelSeries are more comfortable, feel much better built, have better controls, and have a better-balanced default sound profile with more bass. They also work wirelessly with both PS4 as well as PC, unlike the Turtle Beach which are only compatible with PC. That being said, the Turtle Beach last longer off a single charge, and support Waves NX 3D Audio virtual surround sound, though we don't test the effectiveness of this.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless
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The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better wireless gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero Wireless. The SteelSeries have a more comfortable design that looks and feels much more durable. They also have a significantly better control scheme, a better-balanced sound profile, and a better microphone. Finally, while the Turtle Beach only work wirelessly with a PC, the SteelSeries are wirelessly compatible with both PC and PS4. On the other hand, the Turtle Beach last twice as long off a single charge, are slightly more consistent among various users, and may represent better overall value to some people.

HyperX Cloud Flight S
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The HyperX Cloud Flight S are better wireless gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero Wireless. The HyperX are more comfortable, have better controls, and feel much better-built. They also have a better microphone and work with both PC as well as PS4, unlike the Turtle Beach that are only compatible with PC. That being said, the Turtle Beach can also be used wired, and have better companion software with a Graphic EQ to change the way they sound.

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless
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The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless are better wireless gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero Wireless. The Stealth 600 are more comfortable, have a more accurate sound profile, and work wirelessly with both PC as well as PS4, instead of only for PC like with the Atlas Aero. That being said, the Atlas Aero feel slightly better-built, though they still feel quite cheap and plasticky overall. They also have a virtual surround feature, and their battery lasts much longer off a single charge.

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