Roccat Elo 7.1 Air Gaming Headset Review

The best wireless PC headset under $100

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Official Roccat marketing video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwTc8wuwubg

OVERVIEW

The Roccat Elo 7.1 Air (official web site here) is a wireless, closed back RGB gaming headset targeted primarily at PC gamers. It’ll technically work on other platforms, but you’ll need Roccat’s Swarm software on Windows to get everything out of it. It retails for an MSRP of $99. Battery life is rated at 24 hours with the lights off. It has more features than basically any other gaming headset I’ve tested at this price point.

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SOUND QUALITY/VIRTUAL SURROUND

When I put on the Elo 7.1 Air for the first time, I was floored by how good the sound was. Sure, it has some extra oomph in the upper bass and the treble on its default tuning, but overall it pumps out clean, accurate sound that’s much better than I was expecting.

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COMFORT/ISOLATION

The Elo 7.1 Air fit me perfectly from the first moment I put it on. Its suspension headband is soft and perfectly tensioned to make the 345g weight balance naturally on my head. The clamp is tight enough to keep it in position but loose enough to be comfy. And the cups have enough swivel that they should fit well on almost any head shape.

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BUILD/DESIGN

Both the build and design of this headset are more functional than stylish, and that’s okay with me. The aesthetics are as much “nineties studio headphone” as they are modern gaming headset, with the RGB lights the only thing here that screams “gaming.”

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BATTERY/FEATURES/MICROPHONE

The battery life is rated at 24 hours with the lighting off, and I exceeded that by about two hours in my testing, hitting the 26 hour mark at forty percent volume. With the lights turned on, I get about 15 hours of use. That’s excellent for this price! The headset recharges over USB-C, unlike certain Bluetooth models I reviewed recently, and Roccat includes a nice 2m USB cable finished with their logo and a smooth rubber coating.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

I love everything about this headset. The more I used it, the more it impressed me. It doesn’t have quite the same plush build or design of the HyperX Cloud II Wireless, but it costs fifty dollars less…and comes with RGB support, excellent sound and comfort, and a much larger suite of software controls.

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