We've tested seven Astro headsets. While this brand doesn't make many different products, they ensure their products are well-built, comfortable, and sound well-balanced. These headphones are gaming-oriented and are very popular in the console world. When choosing your headset, be careful to pick the right variant for your preferred platform, as most of their products are available for Xbox One, PS4, or PC. Unfortunately, as they have a good reputation as a household name, their products can be very expensive for some. Their pads also don't block out much ambient noise, so they're better suited for a quiet gaming environment.
The best Astro headset we've tested with a wireless design is the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019. These comfortable headphones come with a wireless dock that provides a very low latency connection and doubles as a charging station. Their boom mic has an impressive overall performance, so your voice sounds clear and natural, even if you're gaming in a noisy place. Out of the box, their sound profile is well-balanced, with a bit of extra boom in the bass range that can help bring out sound effects in action-packed games. They also work with the Astro Command Center software, which offers a graphic EQ for sound customization and a few other features, like different noise gate settings for the mic.
Unfortunately, they don't support Βluetooth, which is a little disappointing if you want to stream music from your phone and hear your game audio at the same time. Also, like most gaming headsets, they don't isolate you from ambient sound, meaning you may be distracted by traffic outside your window or people chatting nearby. They also leak quite a bit of sound, which isn't ideal if you game in a shared space. Otherwise, they're a solid choice if you're looking for a wireless gaming headset.
If you don't want to worry about battery life, the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019 is the best Astro headset with a wired design that we've tested. These comfortable headphones are similar to the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, but they have an open-back design, and you can only use them with a wired connection. They have a well-balanced sound profile with a bit of extra boom that should emphasize sound effects in action games and a great, spacious soundstage to help immerse you in your audio. The MixAmp offers useful controls, like the ability to select different EQ presets and adjust the levels of audio that you hear. Their detachable boom mic has great recording quality, so you shouldn't have any issue being understood by your teammates.
Because of their open-back design, they leak lots of audio and don't block any background noise, meaning they're better suited for use in a quiet environment. They're bulky, like many over-ear gaming headphones, but you can use them without the MixAmp if you wish, making them a little more portable. Overall, if you game at home and don't want to worry about battery life, they're a great option.
The Astro A10 is the best Astro headset in the budget range that we've tested. Βecause of their wired design, these over-ear headphones provide a virtually latency-free connection with PCs, PlayStation, and Xbox, so they're worth considering if you use more than one console. Their boom mic provides great overall performance, so voices sound clear when you're gaming with friends, even with some noise in the background. Their build is sturdy and flexible, and the detachable cable means you don't need to replace the headphones if it gets damaged.
Unfortunately, they aren't as comfortable as other gaming headsets from Astro. Their sound profile is also somewhat uneven, although you may appreciate the extra punch and boom in the bass range when you're playing an action-packed game. They aren't compatible with the Astro Command Center software and don't come with sound customization features. If comfort or a more neutral sound are priorities and budget is not an issue, you may prefer the next generation of these headphones, the Astro A10 Gen 2. They have a looser fit and a better-balanced sound profile but a worse mic performance.
Overall, Astro headsets are sturdy and reliable. They perform well, and most people should be more than satisfied with their microphone quality. The cups are also very comfortable, and you shouldn't feel discomfort when playing games for a few hours. However, their products might be a bit more expensive than the competition due to their great reputation.
Apr 14, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
Dec 15, 2021: Made minor updates to the text and checked that the products are in stock. There hasn't been a change to our recommendations.
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Astro is a gaming-oriented company that makes a lot of quality products, and their headsets are no exception. They have a good reputation across the community thanks to their comfortable design and great-sounding microphone, and they sound well-balanced. Their higher-end products are often noticeably better than their entry-level headsets, which are often too expensive compared to competing brands. Nevertheless, Astro makes great gaming headphones, and you should find something that suits your needs if you're dead-set on that specific brand.