Last month we took a take a look at Astro’s A40 TR, the most recent redesign of its venerable wired headset. And that may solely imply one factor: A redesigned A50, sizzling on its heels. Astro’s flagship and its most costly providing, the A50 was as soon as most likely probably the most succesful wi-fi headset available on the market.

Does that maintain true in 2019, although? Can the A50 presumably justify its more and more conspicuous $300 value level? As with the A40, Astro’s received an uphill battle—although I believe the A50 comes a hell of quite a bit nearer.

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Like the A40, the core design of the A50 is actually an identical to what we noticed again in 2016—and in 2014, and in 2012.

As I stated when reviewing the A40, why not? The A50, like its wired sibling, is iconic. Astro’s rugged industrial aesthetic would appear dated if it debuted in 2019, nevertheless it didn’t. It’s a decade outdated, and it’s one of many few headset designs I’d say is immediately recognizable, particularly given its widespread use in tournaments and by YouTube and Twitch personalities. Astro’s nice at seeding its headsets.

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So certain, I’d like to see Astro’s tackle a sleeker headset, a la Logitech’s G533. But I can hardly blame them for sticking to the acquainted when it’s constructed such cachet already. It’s a great design, equal elements comfy and sturdy. Even with minimal tweaking, it nonetheless outdoes many of the competitors in these respects. 

And it’s value noting that, nonetheless minimal they could appear, Astro has tweaked a number of parts of the A50 headset. That’s greater than I might say for the A40 TR.

First and foremost, the colours are extra restrained this time. That’s considerably meaningless, as Astro prides itself on offering choices for personalization—even hinting that an A50 equal of its new A40 Astro.ID program isn’t out of the query. In a number of years, we’d all have technicolor A50s that match our innermost needs.

For launch although, Astro’s gone with…black-and-white (with a contact of gold). Boring? Safe? Maybe, however the final technology of A50s launched in blue-and-silver for the PlayStation 4 and PC, gray-and-green for the Xbox One. If you didn’t prefer it—and I didn’t—you had been out of luck. Black is impartial. Black is inoffensive. And black is, for higher or worse, extra “premium” feeling than the toylike colorways of the final set. When you’re promoting a $300 headset, that’s vital.

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