The Astro A10 is a low budget gaming headset produced by the Logitech owned company. Originally released in 2017 it was the companies first entry into the budget headset segment of the market, after only producing high-end headsets that cost well above the 100 mark. It’s available for PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and mobile platforms, although any of them will work with any console. I have been using this headset with my PS4 for party chat and on my PC for music.
Astro A10 Gaming Headset Review: Design and Comfort
Despite being in the budget-friendly segment of the market, the Astro A10 doesn’t feature a terrible design, in fact, it features premium looks. No there’s no metal here, but the plastic used is incredibly sturdy and the overall design is pretty slick.
With two large rectangular earcups and a rubber covered headband at the top, the A10’s look like a decent set of gaming cans. They may not feature some of the cooler design elements of Astro’s more expensive headsets, but they still look pretty sweet.
Each earcup sits on a rail which allows you to easily adjust them to about an inch downwards, allowing for easy fit on most head sizes from kids to adults. The rails themselves feel rather sturdy and there’s no chance of accidentally adjusting the headset when you don’t mean to.
A bendable microphone sits on an up/down pivot that also acts as a mute switch to activate and deactivate the microphone, so in other words, when the microphone is up, it’s off and when it’s down, it’s on. My one issue here is that the microphone, while bendy doesn’t seem to stay exactly where I put it and bounces back slightly.
The included 6 foot long 3.5mm audio cable is completely detachable from the headset itself and also features an in-line volume adjustment dial. Other than this dial, the headset features no buttons.
While this gaming headset will work with all consoles of this generation, you will require a headset adaptor for original Xbox One controllers that don’t feature an audio jack, if you’re still using one that is.
Thick padding around each earcup and some on the headband, make this headset feel quite comfortable overall. During long periods of use, however, they start to feel a bit tight around the ears, which can cause some discomfort.
Astro A10 Gaming Headset Review: Performance
Given their price, you won’t find any surround sound on the A10’s, instead, you get stereo sound, which means the overall experience isn’t as immersive as some of the more pricier headsets available. That said the A10’s do a stellar job in the audio department, considering their budget price tag.
In party chat on the PS4, I am able to clearly hear the voices of other participants with no audio breakup or concerning issues. My PS4 picks up the headset with no problems at all, while connected to my Dualshock 4.
In game audio, whilst not in a party chat comes out clear and crisp, with all sounds easily noticeable. I have been playing Borderlands: The Pre Sequel using these and while it’s probably not the best game to talk about audio, these cans did an amazing job rendering the audio and sound produced within that game.
The A10’s feature two 40mm drivers which do an excellent job of pushing out some very well balanced audio, no matter what you’re using them for. Using them for music with my PC, I was not disappointed as they still produce clear and crisp music. At loud volumes, they remain clear and lack any distortion, which is always nice to see, especially in budget headsets. Bass could be a bit higher in my opinion as I feel they do lack it a bit, but other than that, they sound excellent.
Just like the audio, the microphone performs really well. I am clearly heard when talking through it and there are no real issues occurring. The pivot up to mute and down to unmute is a very handy feature, which is very welcome in this day and age.
Astro A10 Gaming Headset Review: Conclusion
To say this was Astro’s first entry into the budget headset market, it almost feels like they had been in this market for years before that. The A10’s are amazing in many ways, from their premium style looks to the audio they produce. With prices starting at as low as £35.99, they really are a great budget-friendly gaming headset.
- Well priced
- Premium style
- Great audio
- A bit tight around the ears
- Microphone doesn’t stay 100% where I put it
For more information or to check out the Astro A10’s check them out here.