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Astro A10 review: The perfect budget headset as long as you don’t care about looks

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Time has caught up to Astro. For years, it was one of the few companies focused on gaming headsets—and as a result, it got away with charging a premium. The $300 Astro A50 is still a great headset, but that price looks increasingly ridiculous when companies like Logitech (which now owns Astro) and HyperX offer as-good-or-better sound fidelity in devices that cost half as much.

So it was only a matter of time really before we got the Astro A10. At $60 on Amazon, it’s Astro’s attempt at an entry-level headset for the mass market. Hell, it’s even cheaper than our longtime HyperX Cloud recommendation. We went hands-on to see if you get your money’s worth. Check out our gaming headset roundup for all of our reviews and comprehensive buying advice. 

That ol’ plastic feeling

I think it’s safe to say that Astro sacrificed aesthetics to hit that $60 price. Either that, or someone at Astro has weird taste. The A10’s silhouette is similar to that of its higher-priced A40 and A50 cousins, with squared-off ears and a thin microphone up the left side.

Astro A10 IDG / Hayden Dingman

Colors are drab, though—literally. Rather than opt for a default black or even a white chassis, the A10 comes in gray. Gray and blue for the PlayStation-centric version, gray and green for Xbox, gray and red for PC. Of course, all three end in a 3.5mm hookup and are thus functionally identical, but uh…brand commitments, or something.

In any case gray covers the majority of the headset, with your color of choice appearing only inside the earcups, plus a logo on the left headband and right ear. It looks utilitarian and industrial, almost like a retro-futuristic science fiction headset you’d see in Alien or something.

It’s also 100-percent plastic, with the exception of the fabric-covered earpads and another pad on the headband. The plastic is durable—Astro demonstrated that to me at one point by slamming the headset into the ground. It still worked, which is great for all you accident-prone people at home. But it feels cheap.

Astro A10 IDG / Hayden Dingman

Comfort’s not much better. The A10’s ears are small and a bit claustrophobic, thinly padded, and with a tendency to hold in heat. The headband is the worst offender though, resting a significant amount of weight on the top of the head and eventually leaving me sore. The A10 isn’t uncomfortable per se, but you definitely won’t forget you’re wearing it.

Which is to say: The A10 feels like a $60 take on Astro’s headsets. And that’s probably my biggest disappointment. I wouldn’t say the HyperX Cloud is a perfect headset for instance, but it’s comfortable as all get-out, and its leatherette-clad metal headband looks considerably more high-end than you’d expect for the price. The A10 isn’t fooling anyone.

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