I’m sure you would have heard of Turtle Beach before, they are huge players in the gaming audio market and have been for quite some time now. Their most premium, top of the range headset, the Elite Pro, was sent to the office and we all got the chance to try it out. Being their flag ship headset, we’re expecting good things! Let’s get the box open and plug it in…
- ComforTec™ Fit System – a revolutionary tension adjustment system that lets you customize your headset for maximum comfort.
- Aerofit™ Ear Cushions keep you cool under pressure with durable leather on the outside and cooling cloth that pad your ears while delivering passive noise isolation and deeper bass response.
- ProSpecs™ Glasses Relief System removes pressure on your eyeglasses allowing you to comfortably see and hear the difference.
- Pro Gaming Mic with TruSpeak™ Technology
- 50mm Nanoclear™ Speakers with Neodymium Magnets
- DTS Headphone:X® 7.1 Surround Sound
- Can be used with PC/PS4/Xbox
I’m not sure why Turtle Beach feel they have to trademark everything to do with this headset and perhaps others but the ‘big words’ tend to put me off, as I get the impression they are just a gimmick. Anyway, the spec looks solid, highlights for me included the DTS aspect and the Glasses Relief System, which I’ve not see before.
Cracking open the box for the first time is a joy! There is an element of luxury to the packaging, making it feel somewhat special, which I like. Inside the box is the headset, the detachable microphone, 3m USB amplifier cable, 1.3m audio cable (both cables have inline controls) and a quick start guide. The headset is secured in a molded plastic insert, so they are well protected, if you are thinking of purchasing these online and worry about couriers.
The headset itself is very well constructed, sturdy and durable, with a comfortable amount of flex. The headband is cushioned and adjustable, which includes a numeric measure, so you as long as you can remember you prefer setting ‘3’, you can always revert to that if someone else uses the headset or its transport etc. The ear cans swivel and boy are they padded! This may be the most padded headset I’ve ever used, which makes them incredibly soft and squidgy. The microphone easily attaches and detaches to the left can. The headset is very much plug and play, so very little in terms of set up required to get started.
The headset is very comfortable, the cans fully cover the ears and as they are covered with thick, spongy foam. They feel good. The flexibility on the headband is good, along with the ability to adjust the headband to suit your head. Adjusting the headband is pretty stiff, so no concern over the cans slipping down during a game. The microphone is flexible yet stiff, which allows you to easily adjust to suit your mouth and confidently keeps it in that position. My only negative is that this is quite a heavy headset compared to others and may feel heavy during a really long stint playing.
As for performance, rather amazing! The sound quality is superb, crisp gunshots, thumping bass from explosions, its a very detailed sound and perfect for serious gaming. I’ve been playing Destiny 2 recently and it just sounds great and adds so much to the game! One thing that blew me away is the amount of sound isolation provided when wearing this headset, I’ve never experienced anything like it before with a gaming headset. I was genuinely scared someone would walk into the room without me knowing and make me crap my pants! This is obviously a huge bonus when gaming, as outside sounds can easily distract you and put you off your game. If we turn this around and look at the microphone side of things, I only received praise from my gaming companions as to how my vocals sounded. Crisp, clear and almost Barry White like. Oh and as advertised, this has DTS 7.1 surround sound, so I had to try a movie with and even though its hard to notice/pin point seven points of sound from a headset, it sounded bloody awesome!
The Turtle Beach Elite Pro currently retails at £169.99 and its worth every penny! Headsets from competitors in this price range, come close but just can’t quite compete with the Elite Pro. My only negative is that it is on the heavy side but that shouldn’t put you off in the slightest! For more info and to purchase, visit the official Turtle Beach website!
I’m off to grind some more on Destiny 2! Check out the TechNuovo YouTube channel if you want to follow the action.