We've tested 5 Astro headsets so far. While this brand doesn't make a lot of different products, they make sure 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.
If you're looking for a great wireless experience, the best Astro headset that we've tested so far is the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019. These comfortable headphones have a well-balanced sound profile and if you like to customize your audio experience, their companion software offers a graphic EQ with presets so you can tweak the sound to suit your needs. Their charging dock also acts as a wireless transmitter for the headset and it has a low enough latency not to be noticeable by most gamers. They have over 17 hours of battery life too, which is great for long gaming sessions. For shotcalling commands or chatting with friends, their excellent boom microphone ensures that you'll be heard clearly, even in noisy environments like gaming tournaments. On the downside, they're very bulky and feel heavy on your head. They also don't block out much background noise, although this shouldn't be too much of a problem if you're gaming in your living room.
If you don't like to stress about battery life or you prefer a wired connection, the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019 is the best wired Astro headset we've tested so far. Although they have a similar design to the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless, they still remain comfortable headphones for multi-hour gaming sessions. Instead of a charging station, they come with an amp that allows you to channel-mix as well as control volume on-the-fly. Their detachable boom microphone is well-suited for online multiplayer games too and you shouldn't have any problems being understood by your teammates or friends. They also have a well-balanced and neutral sound profile. Although they have an open-back design that, by design, doesn't block out most noise, it can help to create a better and more immersive passive soundstage that can enrich your gameplay experience.
Although Astro products are often a bit more expensive, the best budget Astro headset we've tested so far is the Astro A10. It's not quite under $50, but you might find it on sale for under that price point. This headset isn't as comfortable as their more high-end products, as the padding isn't made out of the same material. The overall build is also a bit flimsier but still feels durable. This wired headset has a fairly well-balanced sound profile, although there are noticeable dips in the mid and treble ranges, which negatively affect dialogue and footsteps. On the upside, their mic is excellent for a budget gaming headset and will please most users. Also, its wired TRRS connection makes it easy to use on PC, PS4, and Xbox for full support, which is very versatile.
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.
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 too. Their higher-end products are often noticeably better than their entry-level headsets, which are often too expensive when 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.