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Integrated with the latest technology, this versatile gaming headset from Turtle Beach Elite 800 is one of the top-of-the-range models offered by the brand, and we expected a lot from it. It's comfortable and offers high-quality audio performance.
The Elite 800 is, without a doubt, a high-end gaming headset. Even with a few flaws like short battery life, the Elite 800 headset from Turtle Beach should appeal to gamers.
Turtle Beach Elite 800 Gaming Headset Review
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Type: Over-ear Noise Cancelling Headphones | Bluetooth: 4.0 | Battery: 30 Hours | Charging: 4 Hours | Drivers: Dynamic | Drivers-Size: 45 mm | Weight: 385g
It is, therefore, a whole new range and a new design that Turtle Beach offers us. Even if the manufacturer had accustomed us to more originality, we remember the Turtle Beach Z300 and its stitched hoop. It does not disappoint us with this more sober headset. The plastics are of high quality, and the assembly is impeccable. Nothing sticks out, and small metal finishes, as well as a few touches of shiny electric blue, come up a little. It is a rather elegant model for a gaming headset, even if its size, still a bit imposing, does not make it a model of discretion. This is the case with all gaming headsets.
The hoop is, therefore, all plastic with the name of the brand engraved on the outside. Inside, a foam covered with imitation leather will distribute the 370 grams of the headset. The ear cups are made of the same plastic around their edges and a mirror-effect surface on the outside. These trays are also removable and can be replaced by original models to personalize the headset (on sale on the maker). The pads adopt a memory foam covered with a discreetly stitched imitation leather. The headset is relatively stiff, but that does not affect the comfort. Once on your head, you quickly forget your weight. The ear cups do not compress the head, as Turtle Beach offers us a gaming headset designed to stay glued to our ears for long hours of play.
The ear cups fold up 90 degrees to lay flat, making it easier to wear the headset around the neck. The hoop is adjustable in steps to best adapt to our head size. Everything looks very solid, and no play is observed in the various mechanics. It should also be noted that the microphone is integrated, with no unsightly protuberance; therefore, it remains to be seen if it does its job well. The only criticism comes from the Elite 800’s lack of insulation, which almost feels like an open-back gaming headset.
Turtle Beach announced 10 hours of autonomy. The headset will have held 9 hours by regularly pushing the volume. This is relatively low for a high-end headset, while the SteelSeries H Wireless offers us between 15 and 20 hours, as well as a backup battery. When the battery runs out, nothing notifies you; you’ll have to check on the Smartphone application, which is not really practical.
It then recharges entirely in 3 hours. For this, you just have to place it on its magnetic base and let it sit there like an ornament because it takes so damn long.
Turtle Beach Elite 800’s microphone reacts very well. If some are used to the boom microphone and are afraid to switch to a built-in microphone, the Elite 800 should reassure them very quickly. 4 levels of ambient noise filtering are available, and it works very well. Your friends will have no trouble understanding you and will not be disturbed by the background noise around you.
There are eight control keys, 4 per earcup, on the top, bottom, right, and left of perfectly smooth surfaces on the outside of the ear cups. It will take a few hours to get used to them entirely and memorize them, but their location is relatively intuitive, making it relatively quick to learn. A transmitter/receiver base will ensure the connection with the headset. Turtle Beach abandons the dual 2.4GHz / 5GHz radio frequency and offers a system that allows the headset to adapt to the most available radiofrequency. The manufacturer does not provide more details about this operation mode, but no power cuts disturbed me during the test.
A Bluetooth module is integrated, transforming the Elite 800 into a mobile headset if necessary. Therefore, it allows dual pairing and can remain connected to your iOS or Android smartphone while you play on your PC. The Turtle Beach headset is also compatible with PS3 and PS4 consoles.
Turtle Beach innovates and offers a new audio standard. This is the DTS Headphone X 7.1 surround sound. If the sound seems to be even better spatialized than on the brand’s previous models, the difference is not exceptional either. Anyway, the definition is excellent, the sounds are perfectly reproduced, and the rendering is always clear and very precise.
4 settings are offered that will enhance certain listening styles: “Stereo” mode, which deactivates the Surround and is of very little use, especially in games; “Game” mode is the one that offers the best definition for the Game and an impressive spatialization. “Music,” which will put most medium frequencies forward, including the voices, and “Movie,” an audio mode that dives you into the atmosphere of a movie theater.
Then you will have 6 preset equalizers per ambiance. For the Game, for example, you can choose between a Shooter mode, ideal for FPS, or sport for fans of FIFA or NBA2K. You will also find a mode which accentuates ambient noise, perfect for certain games where even silence is important. In short, it will be quite simple to find the ideal sound according to the desired atmosphere while always keeping very satisfactory audio qualities. All the settings are accessible directly on the helmet and via the smartphone application or the PC software.
Even though Turtle Beach Elite 800 has some flaws, such as the slow-charging battery, or short battery life, the gaming headset seduced us. Whether you want to buy this wireless gaming headset or not depends on what characteristics you value. For gaming, the headset is comfortable. Its connection is efficient, whereas its audio qualities are quite up to the market’s best gaming headsets, sometimes more expensive.