Published on April 9th, 2022 | by James Wright
ASTRO Gaming A10 Gen 2 Headset Review
Summary: ASTRO Gaming A10 Gen 2 Headset is great value for money with decent sound!
The brand ASTRO are synonymous with gaming headsets and their latest model, the A10 could almost be considered the one headset to rule them all (especially if you’re on a budget) because it supports almost every tech platform. This includes the PC/MAC, PS5, XBOX SERIES X|S, SWITCH… and mobile platforms via a 3.5mm connection that makes it quite a versatile head. Furthermore it is aggressively price at just $99AUD (April 2022) that is readily available at stores such as JB Hi-Fi.
While the overall headset is sturdy, is predominantly built with plastic and unlike some of the other higher-end ASTRO headsets, it does feel a little cheaper but it is still professionally built. However this is not really the case as it boasts an ultra-durable headband that like the rest of the design, is super sturdy. I can’t get over how twisty the headband is PLUS it comes in a variety of fancy colours!
Additionally the audio experience is decent for its price courtesy of the 32 mm Neodymium Magnet drivers which for the most part produces clear audio with some noticeable bass. Additionally it’s a comfortable headset which is expected from ASTRO with no noticeable pressure on your ears or the padded headband that supports those long gaming sessions. The headset also weighs in at just 240grams which is less than a full can of Coke that again makes it ideal for gaming.
Further supporting the wearer is a flip-to-mute boo mic plus in-line volume controls for quick changes to audio levels. In terms connectivity, you simply plug it into your desired console, PC, Mac or mobile phone and presto, you’re connected. ASTRO also include a PC splitter cable. In terms of testing, we trialed the ASTRO Gaming A10 Gen 2 Headset on the PlayStation 5, PC and Switch that was basically just plug-n-play. Once connected to the device, audio was immediately streaming through the headset.
Games such as Horizon Forbidden West, Battlefield 2042, Triangle Strategy and OlliOlli World sounded great. In terms of quality, the headset did sound better on the PS5, however that is due to its object-based spatial sound technology to create that 3D audio experience. Nonetheless, it did sound good on all other platforms and I must commend ASTRO for releasing a quality headset at an affordable price.
The flip-to-mute book mic worked well and none of my friends (or enemies) had any issues in hearing my voice. Adding to the built quality is that the ASTRO A10 comes with replaceable earcups which is generally unheard of in this price bracket but definitely a great feature. Even those headsets over $200 have earcup issues eventually and by making them replaceable, it really increases the life of this gaming headset.
If you’re on a budget and looking for a multifaceted headset that works on a myriad of devices, then the ASTRO A10 is potentially that headset. Not only does it look the part but it’s lightweight, comfortable to wear and produces a good range of audio at a very affordable price.
- Weight (w/o cable): 240 g
- Ear coupling: Over-ear
- Connection: 3.5mm 5 Pole Jack
- Drivers: 32 mm Neodymium Magnet
- Nominal impedance: 24 Ohms
- Microphone: 6.0 mm uni-directional microphone
- Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
- Sensitivity: 102dBSPL/mW @1kHz
- Headband pressure: 3.5N
- System requirements: 3.5 mm jack input
- Package contents: A10 Headset, A10 volume cable, PC splitter cable