When Turtle Beach acquired computer accessories company ROCCAT in 2019, one would have naturally asumed that the popular gaming headset company would have just swept up the entire line and folded everything into its own arsenal. Yes, ROCCAT has its own line of listening apparatus in their collection, but the main allure was all the other computer peripherals (mice, keyboards, etc.) they offer. The question on whether or not Turtle Beach would let ROCCAT continue with its own line of head gear has now been answered with the ROCCAT ELO line now available in most major retail outlets worldwide. So with that in mind, how does the brand new (debuting 10/4/2020) ROCCAT ELO 7.1 USB gaming headset (ROCCAT, MSRP $69.99, buy it HERE) stack up against this heavily competitive marketplace?
Part of the entire ELO headphone line, along with the ELO 7.1 wireless (MSRP $99.99) and the ELO X Stereo (MSRP $49.99), the ELO 7.1 USB headphones are a convenient buffer between the high and low alternatives. The unit itself has a lightweight design (11 ounces listed weight), self-adjusting leatherette headband, and ear covers with memory dual foam construction that provides satisfying comfort and welcomes extended use. Built-in 50mm Neodymium drivers provide a nuanced and expansive sound that while not the most spatialized of 7.1 surround headsets tried, for its relative value the ELO equates itself with distinction. Tested out with examples from the movie, music, and gaming world, the ELO rated best thankfully within a multiplayer platform. The varying levels in sound were indentifiable when distinguishing out hostile enemies and friendly fire, and determining if someone may be approaching you looking to get in a stealthy kill. It also comes with a realtively long 2.5m (8.2 foot) USB cable that should allow for a great deal of movement and ear cuffs with an aesthetically pleasing RGB lighting system that blends in well with other compatible ROCCAT devices (via the ROCCAT Swarm app).
Where the limitations come in for a value headset like this lies in its limited options. There are quite a few headsets that either on board or via an app provides some type of equalization that manages to better locate the desired amount of bass and treble for the user. The Elo 7.1 USB does not feature this type of option as while listening a choice of even a select number of sound fields would be preferred. This headset also relies on only basic controls for general volume, mute, and mute, which for some gamers out there may not be enough. One of the key components making up a headset is the detachable unidirectional microphone, and for the ELO as you can listen to on our PCC Multiverse #192 (see above) it has a servicable result that can be used for streaming or multiplayer communication.
For the time spent with the ROCCAT ELO 7.1 USB headset, it’s been found to be a very good value for its less than $70 price tag. With full knowledge that these gaming headsets can range into a price heading north of $200 and beyond, it’s nice to be able to say with confidence that the ROCCAT ELO 7.1 USB matches up well enough to suggest it as a budget conscious-wise holiday gift that can be something every gamer can be happy with for quite some time.
(Please note that for this review, Pop Culture Cosmos/Game Source did receive a review code/model/sample from the company/developer/public relations firm responsible for distribution to the press.)