The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is the best all-around Xbox headset for most gamers, with incredible sound and quality at an incredibly affordable price.
Who should buy this headset
The Turtle Beat Elite Atlas wins our best Xbox One headset award for a single reason: premium sound. The headset provides such a large edge for directional awareness, that it grants a definable advantage over other headsets in this price range.
Is it a good time to buy this headset?
The Elite Atlas is brand new, and won't be replaced any time soon.
Reasons to buy
- Looks great.
- Premium materials and quality.
- Sounds incredible, with 50mm neodymium drivers.
- Turtle Beach audio tuning for gaming is still the best in the business.
- Detachable mic for going mobile.
Reasons not to buy
- Missing features like mic monitoring.
- Cable is too short for some set ups.
Premium meets affordable
Turtle Beach's Elite Atlas defies its $100 price to bring an experience you'd sooner expect of $200 and $300 headsets. It's lacking some bells and whistles like mic monitoring and configurable sound, but the raw quality is simply hard to beat (and you can always throw in extra features via an audio controller like Turtle Beach's Tactical Audio Controller.
Turtle Beach has shed the neon accents its known for to court esports enthusiasts with a more subtle, sexier, industrial design. The metallic components add strength and robustness to the overall package, complete with a braided cable which should make the product last an obscenely long time.
Turtle Beach has also stepped up its customization efforts, allowing you to detach the cushioning with magnetic clasps quickly and easily, and also is planning to launch a range of customizable speaker plates on the exterior, a first for the company.
The headline feature here is the sound quality. Turtle Beach works directly with game developers to tune the audio profile to accentuate footsteps, reloads, and other audio cues that would give enemy positions away. I have gotten kills as a direct result of this headset, and that's something I can rarely claim.
Alternatives to the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas
The Elite Atlas might not be the best option for some scenarios. For example, if you'd simply prefer a wireless headset for added convenience, or want something a little more versatile for streaming, there are other options.
LucidSound's incredible LS35X is a big step up in their repertoire, delivering crystal-clear Xbox wireless audio with some next-level comfort. The ear cups have a layer of coolant gel to keep your ears nice and frosty across long sessions, and the sound quality is also well-tuned, boosted by Dolby Atmos or Windows Sonic for that surround experience. Be sure to take a look at our full review.
The Astro A50 is in a class of its own for prospective Xbox One headset buyers. Complete with a charging dock, microphone monitoring feedback, incredible audio, and supreme comfort, the Astro A50s is a purchase you won't soon regret if you can justify the price.
The Astro A40 TR with MixAmp combo is the most versatile sound solution for gamers who need to mix audio from different sources. The Astro MixAmp is fully compatible to mix sound from both Xbox One and PC at the same time for game sound and communication platforms. The Astro A40 headset seals the deal, with optional custom speaker branding for streamers and esports aspirants, with great audio quality and a powerful microphone.
While the best wireless headset you can get is Astro's A50, it's extremely pricey. Turtle Beach offers a far cheaper solution that still delivers big on battery life and comfort, complete with mic monitoring and other features that defy its $100 price point. You'll not get the best sound experience, but for wirelessness at $100, this headset is unbeatable.
If you have an existing sound setup and want a headset purely for Xbox party chat, the RIG 100HX is an ideal purchase. This open-back style monopiece will ensure that you'll still hear the full force of your external speakers, while providing crystal clear voice communications at an affordable price.
There are dozens of great Xbox One headsets out there for all different types of user scenarios, but these are the best we've found in our extensive testing experience for every type of user scenario.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Jez Corden is a full-time writer for Windows Central, focusing on Xbox, Surface, and Windows PC. He spends the vast majority of his time gaming, or writing about gaming, with a mission to provide gamers in the Microsoft ecosystem the best and most up-to-date info possible.
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