Gaming has never been better with the peripherals available to make each and every player’s experience as high in quality as possible. ROCCAT is one of those makers pushing things farther than some, and the ROCCAT Elo Air 7.1 Headphones are something to marvel at. With one of the more universal fits on the market, as well as high-quality sound and microphone output, you won’t find many headsets that outdo what this one can do—pound for pound.
With that being said, the design of this set does make them feel a bit flimsy as they go for maximum comfort and adjustability, not to mention connectibility through a USB dongle rather than through Bluetooth, is sort of a bummer is some instances.
Starting with design, ROCCAT is maximizing their comfort and universal fit with the Elo Air 7.1 Headphones through ergonomic design and several adjustable features. The self-adjusting metal headband and rotating earcup hinges allow for gamers of any shape and size to comfortably wear this headset. Additionally, this headset is incredibly light and easy to adjust.
On the other hand, this is one of the few downfalls of this set, as pieces on it move around quite a lot simply from picking it up, meaning that anyone planning on being rough with them might find a broken hinge or snapped headset band easy to accomplish if furious and tossing this headset to the side after a long gaming session. However, for those that keep their gamer tools in tip-top shape, this shouldn’t be an issue, but that may rule this headset out for certain younger demographics or for those easily angered or carefree.
Moving to comfortability, the ROCCAT Elo Air 7.1 Headphones feel good for hours and hours. The memory foam ear cushions are a huge reason for that, leaving your ears gently cradled rather than curled up in a ball and in pain after a long night with friends crushing it in your favourite games. ROCCAT also touts this set to be perfect for the gamer who plays while wearing glasses, and while I don’t personally wear any, so I couldn’t test this theory out, I can see where that would definitely be the case here.
From there, the ROCCAT Elo Air 7.1 Headphones get their name partially from the fact they come with state-of-the-art 7.1 surround sound, and boy-oh-boy does it sound incredible. In games where being able to decipher precisely where enemies could be, like in Call of Duty or Valorant, this is the sort of technology you want on your side in order to maximize the possibility that you are able to pick off your targets as they creep around in buildings or around corners. Beyond that, the ambience of sitting in some masterfully crafted worlds while you sit back and listen to bugs chirping around you is something otherworldly, and that’s partially thanks to this headset.
“…the ROCCAT Elo Air 7.1 Headphones get their name partially from the fact they come with state-of-the-art 7.1 surround sound, and boy-oh-boy does it sound incredible.”
Besides the surround sound, ROCCAT also calls the audio features with this headset “Superhuman Hearing” due to the fact that this headset has been tested in hundreds of games to improve spatial audio to allow you to pick up on subtle sounds, such as footsteps or weapon reloads. While this is totally true, it matches up with most other top-of-the-line gaming headsets in this way, so calling it “Superhuman” is a bit above and beyond, even though they aren’t wrong that it gives you more of a competitive edge. With that being said, the surround sound quality is the real winner when it comes to reasons why this headset goes above and beyond the competition.
If you find yourself regularly having your teammates comment that they can’t hear you through your headset microphone or that you sound muffled or warped, then be prepared to wow your friends with the ROCCAT Elo Air 7.1 Headphones. This headset comes with a high-quality mic that makes communication a breeze, and, based on my usage, never had a complaint.
One of the nicer features of this headset is the playback feature that allows you to hear your own voice, so you can adjust the volume on the fly so that you aren’t blowing out your teammate’s ears, which is always something this reviewer is self-conscious of as I scream my way through firefights. Additionally, the microphone is removable for comfort’s sake whenever you’re jumping into single-player games that have no use for it.
“…The surround sound quality is the real winner when it comes to the reasons why this headset goes above and beyond the competition.”
With a 24-hour battery life, it’s hard to complain as most players will find it lasts them a week or more between charges, but for those who game regularly and for long periods of time, it is a bit of a bummer to not see that a little longer. With that being said, only having to charge it every few days is still a plus and is getting nitpicky for sure. Besides that, the addition of AIMO lighting means my ROCCAT Elo Air 7.1 Headphones can match my keyboard colours, which looks cool, and makes me feel cool.
All in all, the ROCCAT Elo Air 7.1 Headphones are an incredible option for those gamers out there looking for top-notch sound quality for more competitive games on the market. A bit overkill for those who simply play single-player titles, but it’s hard to complain about things sounding too good.
Additionally, while the design is perfect for comfort and universal wearing among consumers, it does leave the headset feeling a bit flimsy, which could be an issue for any players who are rough on the headset in the long-term. Otherwise, I can’t recommend this headset enough for those out there looking for a more premium, wireless option on the market, even if Bluetooth would be nice.