Turtle Beach Atlas One

Turtle Beach Atlas One

Turtle Beach’s Atlas line of gaming headsets is aimed specifically at PC gamers, but at this point the distinction seems academic. If you have a wired headset with a 3.5mm connector, especially if it comes with an extension cable or adapter that terminates in two 3.5mm connectors, you can use it with any computer, mobile device, or modern game system. The Atlas One is the most affordable of Turtle Beach’s new PC (and everything else) gaming headsets, with a £49.95 price that makes it half as expensive as the high-end Elite Atlas and a quarter as expensive as the Elite Pro Tournament Headset. It doesn’t offer the same incredibly plush build or audio clarity as these pricier models, but for a budget headset it’s a very comfortable and functional option.

Simple But Comfortable

The Atlas One looks and feels simple and low-key. The headset is black plastic, with the earcups and headband alternating between a flat matte finish and a smooth, faux-carbon fiber. The large, over-ear memory foam earpads are covered in soft leatherette, which helps detract from the light plastic making the headset feel slightly cheap, and provides a very comfortable fit against the ears and around the head. The earpads feature a slightly softer strip of foam against the temples, to reduce pressure on glasses. Despite the unassuming aesthetics, the Atlas One feels very comfortable.

Turlte Beach Atlas OneThe boom mic sits on the left earcup, mounted on an inflexible arm made from the same plastic as the rest of the headset, flipping down when in use and up against the earcup when not. A volume dial sits on the back edge of the left earcup, and the permanently attached 40-inch headset cable extends from the bottom edge of the same side and terminates in a 3.5mm four-pole plug. The right earcup has no notable features.

Besides the headset itself, the Atlas One comes with a long extender cable that terminates in two 3.5mm three-pole plugs, for connecting to a desktop computer with headphone and microphone ports. No carrying pouch or other accessory is included.

Music Performance

You can’t expect too much musical clarity or power in a £50 headset, but the Atlas One performs admirably. It handles our bass test track, The Knife’s “Silent Shout,” with an appreciable amount of low frequency response, and at maximum (and unsafe) volume levels doesn’t distort. It won’t quite rattle your head or give subwoofer amounts of rumble, but it makes a good effort.

While it provides generous low-end, the Atlas One doesn’t offer much high frequency finesse. The opening acoustic guitar notes of Yes’ “Roundabout” sound slightly hollow and brittle, lacking much string texture. The electric bass comes through full and clear, but the high-hat and guitar strums get somewhat lost against the lower frequency elements of the mix. The rain-like vinyl texture in Massive Attack’s “Teardrop” also sounds a bit muffled against the drums and piano, and the vocals lack much edge to make them stand out against the rest of the track.

Game Performance

Overwatch sounds good on the Atlas One, which keeps enough high-mid and high frequency presence to make tactically important sound effects and dialogue stand out against the game’s bombastic soundtrack. Explosions sound full and powerful without being head-rattling, and more subtle sounds like reloading and ally voice clips stand out in the middle of combat. The higher frequency sounds don’t have quite the finesse or clarity we’ve heard in the Elite Atlas, but you still get a fairly balanced, satisfying sound.

Doom (2016) also sounds loud and full, though it similarly lacks the deep low end to give the booming, thumping soundtrack and sound effects palpable force. There’s plenty of presence from the low-mids to the high-mids, keeping the game from sounding hollow or flimsy, but there isn’t enough power in the extreme lows and highs to provide significant force or texture.

Turtle Beach Atlas One

Voice Performance

For a fixed-arm mic on a £50 headset, the Atlas One captures surprisingly clean audio. I found that the boom position put the mic at a nearly ideal distance from my mouth, and test recordings sounded very clear considering all factors. It is susceptible to slight low-level fuzz that keeps voices from sounding truly crisp like on the Elite Atlas, but it keeps sibilance to a minimum. We wouldn’t recommend this headset for podcasts (we tend to recommend dedicated microphones), but it’s good enough for any voice chat.

Affordable and Functional

The Turtle Beach Atlas One is a functional, comfortable wired gaming headset you can pick up for a very reasonable £50. It’s well-made and easy to wear, and its microphone sounds very good for the price. It can’t produce very booming lows or really crisp highs, which is understandable considering how inexpensive it is. The Astro Gaming A10 offers superior audio for just £10 more, though it isn’t quite as plush or as comfortable as the Atlas One. The A10 is our current favorite, but the Kingston HyperX Cloud Stinger is another strong £50 pick, comparable with the Atlas One in build and performance. If you can spend a bit more, the Logitech G Pro and the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas offer better overall sound and very solid builds for around £100 each.

https://uk.pcmag.com/turtle-beach-atlas-one/117429/review/turtle-beach-atlas-one

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