Name: Turtle Beach Atlas Edge
Developer: Turtle Beach
Reviewed on: PC
Initial Release Date: 07.10.2019
Acquired: A copy of this addon was provided from a publisher for review purpose
It might not come as a surprise that Turtle Beach makes a lot of audio-related stuff, this year we have reviewed some of their headsets. But this time we got to review something else or rather an add-on to further enhance the audio experience. What am I talking about is the new Atlas Edge, which in simple terms is an audio enhancer. It is a dongle that you connect between your headset and computer, that opens up new possibilities to how the audio will sound into your ears.
It is pretty straight forward in how to use, it connects with a USB in available port and then plugs your 3.5mm jack in the other end. From there you only have to download the software and you are ready.
This is a USB PC audio enhancer that gives users access to the Control Studio. You get a lot of nice features:
- Waves Nx 3D Audio & Sound Technology – transforms the sound from any PC game into a panoramic 3D sound experience;
- Waves Maxx sound technology & Mic Monitoring – so you can hear your own voice in the headset to avoid shouting;
- An updated PC-optimized version of Turtle Beach’s exclusive Superhuman Hearing – provides a competitive advantage by allowing you to put specific focus on soft sounds like enemy footsteps or weapon reloads, so you hear them before they see you.
- It is compatible with any passive 3,5 mm wired headsets from any brand and it has a 1,5 m cable.
- It is a stand-alone product that you can use if you want to enhance your audio experience with your own headset.
So to begin it was easy to set up, rather a plug and play situation. From there it got a bit more complicated, with the share amount of setting I suddenly can tweak to my preferences. for the audio enriched gamer or consumer that actually knows what they are doing, I would think it is a walk in the park. But for me, that knows how to plug in my headset and change the volume not so much. Luckily there are presets to choose from, which made it so much easier to test and tweak more to my liking. That’s the beauty of sound, it is all preferences. And what this product does is exactly that, it takes your preferable headset of any brand you wish and open up new possibilities. When you are tweaking in the EQ every bar has examples of what sound it would affect. (this are more to help with sound settings that affect in games)
Obviously what type of headsets you are using will determine the range of what you can actually enhance, but it can really bring out the best of what your sound system has to offer. Even just for fun, I connected the desktop speakers at work to the Atlas Edge and it works. How much there is possible to change with two speakers is limited but it made it possible to make movies a bit more enjoyable.
While in use there were some small things that would make the experience even more enjoyable for use. Like some physical buttons or switches on the dongle to change or toggle some of the features. Especially the mic, it would have been so helpful if it had some way to balance the game/chat and a preset toggle. Which would make it possible to have custom sound settings that fit different games. There are macro options but with the share amount of setting there are, there would be difficult to remember every key you have assigned.
Our review of TURTLE BEACH EAR FORCE STEALTH 300 here
and the TURTLE BEACH RECON 70 here
Turtle Beach Atlas Edge - 8/10
User Review( vote)
Atlas Edge is exactly what it advertises itself as it can change your sound and upgrade it to something of a higher price range. At its price of 30$ or 299 NOK, I would think it is a worthy upgrade if you are only using standard settings on your computer with your headset. Or want a simple software to control everything from.
- Great features
- Relatively cheap way to upgrade your sound
- Easy to use
- Can be used with any 3.5mm device
- No physical way to change the settings