Astro A10 evaluation: The right finances headset so long as you don

    Time has caught as much as Astro. For years, it was one of many few corporations targeted on gaming headsets—and in consequence, it obtained away with charging a premium. The $300 Astro A50 remains to be an important headset, however that value appears to be like more and more ridiculous when corporations like Logitech (which now owns Astro) and HyperX supply as-good-or-better sound constancy in gadgets that value half as a lot.

    So it was solely a matter of time actually earlier than we obtained the Astro A10. At $60 on Amazon, it’s Astro’s try at an entry-level headset for the mass market. Hell, it’s even cheaper than our longtime HyperX Cloud suggestion. We went hands-on to see if you happen to get your cash’s value. Take a look at our gaming headset roundup for all of our evaluations and complete shopping for recommendation. 

    That ol’ plastic feeling

    I believe it’s secure to say that Astro sacrificed aesthetics to hit that $60 value. Both that, or somebody at Astro has bizarre style. The A10’s silhouette is much like that of its higher-priced A40 and A50 cousins, with squared-off ears and a skinny microphone up the left facet.

    IDG / Hayden Dingman

    Colours are drab, although—actually. Moderately than go for a default black or perhaps a white chassis, the A10 is available in grey. Grey and blue for the PlayStation-centric model, grey and inexperienced for Xbox, grey and crimson for PC. In fact, all three finish in a three.5mm hookup and are thus functionally similar, however uh…model commitments, or one thing.

    In any case grey covers the vast majority of the headset, together with your coloration of alternative showing solely contained in the earcups, plus a brand on the left headband and proper ear. It appears to be like utilitarian and industrial, nearly like a retro-futuristic science fiction headset you’d see in Alien or one thing.

    It’s additionally 100-percent plastic, excluding the fabric-covered earpads and one other pad on the headscarf. The plastic is sturdy—Astro demonstrated that to me at one level by slamming the headset into the bottom. It nonetheless labored, which is nice for all you accident-prone individuals at house. However it feels low cost.

    Astro A10 IDG / Hayden Dingman

    Consolation’s not significantly better. The A10’s ears are small and a bit claustrophobic, thinly padded, and with an inclination to carry in warmth. The scarf is the worst offender although, resting a big quantity of weight on the highest of the top and finally leaving me sore. The A10 isn’t uncomfortable per se, however you positively received’t neglect you’re carrying it.

    Which is to say: The A10 feels like a $60 tackle Astro’s headsets. And that’s in all probability my largest disappointment. I wouldn’t say the HyperX Cloud is an ideal headset for example, however it’s snug as all get-out, and its leatherette-clad metallic headband appears to be like significantly extra high-end than you’d count on for the worth. The A10 isn’t fooling anybody.

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