The Astro A10 gaming headset boasts high quality sound and seamless controls, allowing for a more immersive—and enjoyable—gaming experience.
ASTRO Gaming A10 Review
The Astro A10 features an omnidirectional mic. Because the microphone pics up sound from every angle, your voice comes in loud and clear to your crew in-game, making chatting not only possible, but as clear as if you were talking on a phone with good reception. Flip-up mute functionality allows you to quickly and discreetly mute the microphone should the need arise. (Which we all know it can, for a variety of reasons.) Meanwhile, the volume control is in-line for a seamless experience that doesn’t take your mindset out of game.
The sound design for the Astro A10 gaming headphones is specifically tailored for the gaming experience. This includes features such as low latency, so your teammates can hear your voice as close to real time as possible. Sound quality is also higher, with crisp, clear sounds that pick up on the nuance of the audio landscape, along with deep, thundering booms during epic explosions and gunfire. Rich audio like this is one of the most important factors that goes into gaming immersion, which makes the Astro A10 a popular choice among gamers.
The comfort feature highlight is easily the memory foam-cushioned earphones. Unlike the classic foam you had on your Walkman in the nineties, memory foam is denser and overall more comfortable in general, conforming to the shape of your ears.
The A10 headset is made with an anodized aluminum base with a polycarbonate blend overlay. If you’re unfamiliar with anodized aluminum, it simply means that it’s been made tougher—which is a good thing. Likewise, the polycarbonate blend is also manipulated to be stronger. So, when you combine the two, you get an ultradurable headset designed to last through thousands of gaming hours. It should also be noted that memory foam is also more durable than standard foam—another durability perk.
Whether you’re super practical or just on a budget, it’s nice to have a headset with versatile compatibility. If you’re a serious gamer, you’re likely going to have more than one gaming platform. You’re probably going to want to invest your money primarily into your favorite games by purchasing expansion packs or sequels. When you combine all these factors, who wants to have countless different headsets for each device when your money could be better spent elsewhere? The Astro A10 headset is compatible with Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, mobile devices (smartphones, iPad, etc.), Mac and PC. Essentially, you can take these babies straight from your PC to your PS4 without missing a single beat—very convenient.
From first impression based on looks alone, the Astro A10 headset looks durable. But as we all know, looks can be deceiving. Sturdy looks could be hiding a flimsy, hollow interior—luckily, that’s not the case. The Astro A10 feels solid, but not heavy, which made me very interested to see how it’d actually feel on my head after gaming for a while. On that note, I was pleasantly surprised.
After hours of gaming both on the PC and on the Xbox, I can honestly say I’m impressed with the Astro A10’s comfort—a lot more impressed than I thought I would be. I think a lot of it comes from the memory foam earphones. Not only are they soft but firm and conform to your ears, I think—this is just my theory—that they provide a lot of support for the headset as a whole, so that task doesn’t primarily fall to the band, thus preventing issues like headaches or that weird tight feeling you get in your scalp after wearing a budget pair of headphones for an extended period. In my opinion, it definitely says good things about quality earphones on a headset.
While we’re on the topic of headsets, I wanted to see how the A10 fit on a different sized head, so I tested it out on my girlfriend (who’d been begging me to let her use them during the whole testing experience, by the way). She said they felt great, and I was surprised they didn’t slip off of her, because I have a big head, being tall and whatnot.
As far as sound goes, my girlfriend said my voice came in loud and clear over her headset, so that’s good to know. On my end, I thought the audio was a lot richer than I expected it to be. Overall, I’m really pleased with the Astro A10 headset.
The Astro A10 headset represents extreme versatility in terms of compatible gaming platforms while delivering quality sound and game immersion.
- Omnidirectional mic for clear communication
- Inline volume control
- Flip-up mute function
- High quality audio, full audio range for cinematic gaming effect
- Memory foam earphone covers
- Anodized aluminum and polycarbonate construction
- Compatible with a wide range of devices: PC, Mac, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, smartphones and tablets
- Option to add voice monitoring as an aftermarket upgrade/modification
- There is no voice monitoring, so you can’t hear yourself speak back through the headphones. However, for people who find voice monitoring annoying, this is probably a pro rather than a con. If you otherwise really like these headphones, but wish there was audio monitoring, you can pair it with a MixAmp TR to get that aspect. This makes it great for folks who maybe share headphones with others in the household who have different audio monitoring preferences than they do, as opposed to a pair of headphones that is either always audio monitoring or has no option to addon/upgrade to audio monitoring, making the Astro A10 headset a pretty cool middle ground.