Turtle Beach Elite 800X: Fusing Immersion and Class

I remember the time not so long ago when wireless headphones
had nothing on their wired siblings. There were, of course, good reasons for
that. An evolutionary step or two, tech-wise, were needed to truly open the
niche.

Teleport to present day, and you can find gamers jumping
ship and trying all kinds of wireless cans. Turtle Beach, a renowned gaming
peripheral manufacturer, has also entered the scene with few offers worth
checking.

One of them is the Turtle Beach Elite 800X. This DTS 7.1 surround sound headset promises immersive gaming experience minus the hassle of tangling wires.

Our Verdict

The Turtle Beach Elite 800X has an impressive 7.1 surround sound to further upgrade the gaming experience. However, button sensitivity and limited platform compatibility might be a concern.

Pros

Immersive 7.1 surround sound

Classy design

Active noise cancellation

Cons

Too snuggly

Buttons too sensitive

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  • Enhanced DTS Surround Sound Modes and Presets: Custom DTS HeadphoneX 7.1 surround sound modes combine with enhanced Turtle beach genre specific presets to further immerse you in your favorite games,…
  • Dynamic Chat Boost: Communicate game winning plays to your squad clearly thanks to automatically boosted team chat audio
  • Active Noise Cancellation: Completely immerse yourself in your gaming experience and eliminate unwanted distractions with active noise cancellation

Build and Design

At first glance, the Turtle Beach Elite 800X is a premium
wireless headset that’s intended for Xbox One and other Bluetooth compatible
devices.

The Elite 800X is well designed and feels sturdy. At 370g
it’s not too heavy, so comfort for long hours is assured. I’m glad that it is
not an overly stylish headset, and it looks a bit closer to Turtle
Beach Stealth 600 in terms of quiet grace. To be honest, there are not many
gaming headsets that can be worn in public without feeling too embarrassed for
being a flashy show-off.

Headband

Statistically, the first part of a headset to sustain damage
is the headband. Could be due to snapping or any other mishaps. Good thing that
the Elite 800X’s headband is one of the most solid I’ve tried. However, I
noticed that it can fit me too snuggly and I feel some pressure on the side of
my head. Thankfully, the memory foam covering the headphones does provide some
cushioning.

Ear Cups And Controls

The ear cups, like the headband, are padded with memory
foam. They are also covered in soft synthetic leather. Not exactly breathable,
but they won’t get too warm even after prolonged usage. In fact it’s just the
opposite – they are amazingly luxurious and provide exceptional comfort.

The controls of the Elite 800X can be found in the ear cups.
It is a rocker-style switch that moves in four different directions, making
eight buttons in total. It’s a lot to take in during the first few days with
this headset.

The problem with these buttons, however, is not their
positioning but they’re being so sensitive. If you are someone who likes
resting your head against anything, the chances of accidentally changing a
setting, are high. Another unfavorable scenario would be towing the headset
away, thus creating a possibility of inadvertent multiple button pressing.

Sound And Performance

The button concerns with the Turtle Beach Elite 800X can be
considered weakness in the design. But this set absolutely shines in the audio
performance department.

It is not an exaggeration when I tell you that it is one of
the best sounding gaming headsets on the market. So amazing that it even graced
our list of best-sounding 7.1 surround headsets. The Elite 800X is armed with
ear-shattering volume levels, richness in detail, and thrilling bass.

The volume range of the Elite 800X is insane. The bass and
richness of its audio performance are amazing, and you’ll find your ears more
than saturated with ‘epicness’ if you love immersing yourself in video games
music. Just take it easy with the volume levels – you may harm your hearing if
you’re over-zealous with that volume rocker.

During the game tests with the Elite 800X, I loved how the
presets can magnify immersive capabilities. You can adjust the audio for
horror, for example, if you want Outlast 2 to be even more nerve-racking. Pre-set
for racing is also available.

If you are from the competitive FPS camp and want to
emphasize the sounds of gunfire and footsteps, then the Elite 800X got you
covered. And that’s not all. If you want to take it to the next level of
customization, you can download game-specific pre-sets. You will be thrilled to
know that Turtle Beach has collaborated with some of the major developers to
tailor the experience for several games.

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Though this headset is best suited for gaming, movies and
music are great too. This is because Turtle Beach has created specific audio
presets for different types of media. Very convenient when you are taking a
break with some Netflix after dying for the 100th time in Dark Souls 3. The
rich bass and crisp highs, and mid ranges will add a new dimension to your
personal playlists.

If you did opt to bring this outside for music binging or
whatever purpose, then you will be delighted to know that the Elite 800X offers
active noise cancellation. This feature, though it cannot compete in high-end
headphones that focus on ANC, still does a pretty good job in blocking external
noise.

Microphone

The Elite 800X’ built-in microphone is decent but not as
great as the other Turtle Beach’s headsets that are fitted with a dedicated
boom mic. The Elite 800X’ microphone is tucked away in the headset itself. I
noticed that my voice was not that clear. So, if you want a better microphone for
streaming, or just for chatting with friends, then I suggest you invested
in a separate unit.

Software And Connectivity

This is an Xbox One headset, but PC gamers can still use the
Elite 800X with some adjustments. There are three ways to do it. You can connect
the Elite 800X by using the optical output; however, this method will leave the
mic useless. Another way is to connect the transmitter’s wireless USB to the
PC, then pair it wirelessly using Bluetooth. Also, you can just pair the
headset with your PC if it’s already Bluetooth ready, this method will make the
microphone usable.

Connectivity-wise, the wireless range from the transmitter
is great. I noticed no lags or disruptions during use.

You can load preset audio settings for individual games
using Turtle Beach’s Ear
Force Audio Hub software. This software is compatible with Windows, Mac,
Android, and iOS.

Battery And Charging

Now onto one of my favorite features of the Elite 800X, it’s
the magnetic charging dock. If you are someone like me whose desk is covered in
gadgets, peripherals, and other knick-knacks, yet value organizing, the
charging dock is heaven-sent. Why? Because it fits neatly on top of the Xbox
One beside the main vent and used on PC, it will take a small space on the
side.

The battery life is decent at 10 hours of playtime. Although
it might be inadequate for some marathoners, I suppose that 10 hours will
suffice for most mortals. I also like how the headset snaps into place and
informs you when it’s charging.

Comparison Table

Surround

Windows Sonic Surround Sound

Platform(s)

Two versions for Xbox One and PS4 (both models compatible with PC)

Surround

Windows Sonic Surround Sound

Platform(s)

Two versions for Xbox One and PS4 (both models compatible with PC)

Final Verdict

The Turtle Beach Elite 800X unquestionably captures the
fundamentals of an excellent headset design. It is not flashy, yet exudes
sophisticated gamer vibes. We all know how hard it is to check all the boxes when
buying gaming headsets. There is sound quality, comfort, and extra features to
consider, and this one checks them all.

Overall the Elite 800X does its job well. It is compact,
aesthetically pleasing, and sounds good. If you can get past over the button fiasco,
then this headset won’t let you down.

Turtle Beach – Ear Force Elite 800X Premium Fully…

  • Enhanced DTS Surround Sound Modes and Presets: Custom DTS HeadphoneX 7.1 surround sound modes combine with enhanced Turtle beach genre specific presets to further immerse you in your favorite games,…
  • Dynamic Chat Boost: Communicate game winning plays to your squad clearly thanks to automatically boosted team chat audio
  • Active Noise Cancellation: Completely immerse yourself in your gaming experience and eliminate unwanted distractions with active noise cancellation

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