Every self-respecting gamer has heard of the ASTRO brand and the premium quality headsets the company releases. However, that premium quality does not come cheap. ASTRO products are among the expensive gaming peripherals on the market and I bet the hefty price tags have made you cringe.
That’s why I am delighted to introduce the latest peripheral in ASTRO’s line-up – the A10 gaming headset. Streamers, YouTubers, audiophiles- unite. This is the most affordable headset ASTRO has released so far. It is three times less expensive than its predecessors- A40 and A50. You have every right to take the drastic price difference with a pinch of salt, but before you jump to conclusions, let’s explore ASTRO A10 gaming headset strengths and weaknesses.
If you want to find out more details about the Astro A10 Gaming Headset before buying it, read the review below.
The truth is that the A10 is a bare-bones headset. To be able to reduce the price, ASTRO has cut down on materials. Don’t get me wrong, though. At the end of the day, we are talking about ASTRO brand, so you should still expect durability and high-quality audio that have become company’s trademark.
ASTRO A10 Compatibility with PC, Consoles and Mobile Devices
What makes the A10 superior to the more expensive A40 and A50 models is its compatibility with a variety of platforms. The headset is compatible with Xbox, PS4, PC, and Nintendo Switch. The other Astro headsets support only one platform. The reason is that they use optical or USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity proprietary for each platform.
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The A10 works fine across all platforms, including mobile devices. The main difference between the PS and Xbox models is the color. If you are mainly an Xbox One player, you can also take advantage of the bundle that comes with MixAmp M60, so that you can simply plug it into the Xbox controller and you are all set.
As for the A40, it is a corded headset that has a MixAmp for balancing game and voice audio. The A50 is cordless and possesses 5Ghz low-latency transmitter and charging stand. Both A50 and A40 are locked to the console they are built for or to PC and Mac.
ASTRO A10 Technical Specifications
ASTRO A10 headset has 40mm Neodymium magnet drivers with a frequency response ranging between 20Hz to 20kHz. The headset weight is 346 grams. The 6.0mm omni-directional microphone mutes itself when flipped up. The PC version ships with a volume cable and a splitter cable.
The A10 has an omnidirectional microphone that is optimized for PS4, Mac, Xbox One, and PC. Needless to say, you can plug your headset into a mobile device unless you are an iPhone 7 user.
I cannot define myself as an audio expert, but I found the sound quality pretty satisfying not only in games but also in TeamSpeak and Skype conversations. When you do not want to use the microphone, just flip it up to mute it. The microphone of A10 is basically identical to the one incorporated in the A50 model. In addition, the A10 has the same speakers as the A40 and the A50.
Personally, I think that ASTRO has not done its best in terms of design. There are no customizable buttons. The A10 does possess a high-quality audio but the reduced price has taken its toll on the design.
I was lucky to have put my hands on the HyperX Cloud and Razer Kraken 7.1 (I promise to post reviews about these two at my earliest convenience). I was impressed how both headsets look like high-end models despite being included in the best headsets under $100 category.
As for A10, it comes with slate-grey panels and you cannot change them. So, if you want a headset with replaceable side panels, you have to look elsewhere, but don’t forget to increase the budget limitations, too.
ASTRO A10 gaming headset is devoid of any buttons. You don’t have options for changing the EQ settings, no drivers, no volume up and down. You have a slider volume control on the cable.
As the saying goes “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. You don’t need to spend a few hours customizing the headset. It is a plug and play affair. It does not require software to run properly. Plug the cable into the jack located under one of the earcups and connect the headset to your console or PC. Simple as ABC.
To put it the other way around, Astro A10 is a solid low-cost alternative. It is not as feature packed as the A40 and A50, but the lack of advanced features should not be associated with bad quality. Quite the opposite- you will have a stellar gaming experience.
Is ASTRO A10 Durable?
It would not be excessive to say that the A10 is a way more durable than the expensive ASTRO models. Such irony… The company reduced the price and still managed to craft a durable headset. You can be very mean to the A10. I twisted it, I threw it on the floor, and I did all that crazy stuff I do not do to my gaming gear. After such a vigorous testing, I have no hesitation in saying that the ASTRO A10 gaming headset is remarkably durable.
Is ASTRO A10 Headset Comfortable?
ASTRO A10 comes with memory foam ear and head cushions. The headband itself is extremely damage-resistant, despite being made of plastic. The leather earcups are considered more luxurious and comfortable, although I tend to disagree with that statement. The A10 cushions are comfortable enough. No earache, fatigue, or sweating whatsoever.
You can easily adjust the headset to fit perfectly around your head. The A10 is lightweight, which means it can be your perfect travel or airplane companion.
All in all, the A10 has nothing to do with the cheapos available at the supermarkets at a similar price.
ASTRO A10 vs. ASTRO A40TR vs. ASTRO A50
I have repeatedly drawn a parallel between the new A10, A40, and A50, but if you are curious to find out if the A10 surpasses its predecessors, take a look at the table below. It outlines the technical specs, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the three models
|Compatibility||PC, Mac, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo, Mobile||PC, MAC|
Compatible with consoles upon purchasing MixAmp M80
|PC, Mac, PS4|
|Wired or Wireless||Wired||Wired||5 GHZ Ultra Low-Latency Wireless/ 15+ hours battery life|
|Weight||346 grams||360 grams||0.83 lbs (380g)|
|Microphone||6.0mm Omni-directional microphone||6.0mm unidirectional with noise gate||6.0mm unidirectional noise canceling|
|Frequency response||20 - 20,000 Hz||20 - 24,000 Hz|
|Distortion||< 3% at 1 kHz||THD < 0.1%|
|Drivers||40mm Neodymium Magnet||40mm Neodymium Magnet|
|Connection||3.5mm 5Pole Jack||3.5mm 4pole Jack||Wireless|
• Easy to carry around
• Runs across all platforms
• Tailored for gaming
• Low latency
• Extremely durable
|• Super customizable|
• Fantastic sound quality
• Tuned for gaming
• Dolby 7.1 surround sound processing
|• Great base station|
• Great Dolby surround sound
• Good battery life
• Easy switching between PC and console
|Cons||• Not many advanced features|
• No Dolby audio enhancements
|• Not as comfortable as A10 and A50|
• Complicated to set up
• Bummer microphone
• Issues with shared PC/ console audio
• Relatively short wireless range (10-15 feet)
• Occasional audio drops
• Plastic materials prone to damages
Is ASTRO A10 Worth the Purchase?
I have never been more convinced that a budget headset is worth every penny. ASTRO A10 is a fearsome rival to all high-quality budget models out there.
If you want an affordable, simple, durable device that enables you to enjoy crystal clear audio and play across a variety of platforms, the ASTRO A10 should totally be included in your list of must-consider gaming headsets.