Turtle Beach launches Atlas series of wired gaming headsets
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Turtle Beach recently launched its lineup of Atlas gaming headsets just in time for back-to-school season. The series currently spans three models – the entry-level Atlas One, mid-range Atlas Three, and higher-end Elite Atlas – with prices ranging from $50 up to $100 USD. All models are wired headsets and are glasses-friendly with dual-foam ear cushions that alleviate pressure. As with most 3.5 mm headsets, the Atlas lineup is compatible with PCs, consoles, and pretty much anything else with a standard headphone headjack.
Starting with the entry-level Atlas One, the headset promises surround sound and compatibility with Dolby Atmos and Windows Sonic. Its 40 mm speakers, adjustable mic, and foam ear cushions are standard fare for any PC gamer.
Moving up to the mid-range Atlas Three includes all the features of the Atlas One but with larger 50 mm speakers, variable mic monitoring for clearer voices, and even an internal battery to boost volume. Called Vocal Boost, the batteries can last for up to 40 hours before needing to recharge.
Finally, the higher-end Elite Atlas was designed in cooperation with eSports organizations to maximize comfort and aesthetics. Its PC audio splitter, swappable AeroFit foam ear cushions, and magnetic speaker plates add a level of customization not found on the Atlas Three or Atlas One. It lacks the internal battery of the Atlas Three but makes up for it with "noise-blocking synthetic leather" around each ear. The removable noise-canceling mic is also a must-have for gamers as are the large 50 mm speakers.
We had some time to go hands-on with the Elite Atlas and found it instantly comfortable and lightweight without needing to play around with any specific adjustments. The ear cushions are very large and fit over the ears more snugly than the competing Corsair VOID headset. The most notable downside is the lack of any volume or mute controls on the headset itself as these are instead found on the detachable inline cable. It’s a relatively minor convenience factor that fortunately doesn’t impact comfort or audio quality.
The Atlas One, Atlas Three, and Elite Atlas are now all available through major online retailers and the official Turtle Beach online store.
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