It’s been some time since we’ve seen premium Astro gear. Once recognized completely for its high-end headsets, Astro spent the previous few years carving a distinct segment on the budget-friendly finish of the market. First there was the A10, delivering surprisingly nice sound for under $60 (and incomes our decide for finest finances headset). Then Astro adopted up with the A20, for entry-level wi-fi.

But with these newcomers now firmly established it’s excessive time Astro returned to its signature headset, the A40. 

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Like father, like son

Astro’s billing this newest A40 as a brand-new era, however I don’t assume the headset’s truly modified. This is, by all outward appearances, the identical A40 Astro has been promoting since a minimum of 2016.

Astro A40 TR + MixAmp Pro TR IDG / Hayden Dingman

The magnetic covers over the earcups have been tweaked barely, I believe—however that’s basically meaningless, given these covers are replaceable by the end-user, and are available 1,000,000 completely different kinds. In any case, the brand new “default” covers have a smaller-type brand and fewer extraneous ornament.

That’s it! That’s the one change! (Maybe.)

Otherwise, the A40 is basically frozen in time. And why not? The A40 is an icon, particularly the uncovered steel rods that protrude via the headscarf. Most of those “edgy” designs age out, however the A40 doesn’t look dated but—which isn’t to say it gained’t ultimately. Astro nonetheless has a couple of years left although, and if ever there have been a not-broke-don’t-fix-it scenario it’s the A40. Astro’s good to depart it alone in the meanwhile.

And the A40 nonetheless tops the competitors in sure departments, even and not using a refresh. It’s one of many few headsets with a reversible microphone—which means it may be plugged into both the left or proper ear to fit your choice. I’ll personally by no means use that characteristic, and left-hand mics are so standardized I truly discover the concept of a right-hand mic a bit unsettling. Still, I’m certain it’s appreciated by a sure area of interest.

Astro A40 TR + MixAmp Pro TR IDG / Hayden Dingman

Comfort can also be first-class. HyperX and SteelSeries are on-par with Astro, and Logitech not far behind, however the A40 deserves credit score all the identical. I’m particularly a fan of the A40’s default microfiber earcups. They may not be the very best for heat environments, as they entice warmth and in addition take in sweat as a substitute of wicking it away. Here in San Francisco although? They’re gentle, they’re breathable, they usually don’t irritate my beard.

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