Subscribe / Unsubscribe Enewsletters | Login | Register

Pencil Banner

Astro A50: Still king of wireless headsets, still expensive

Hayden Dingman | Jan. 19, 2015
The A50 is famous for a reason: It's one of the best gaming-oriented headsets on the market, if not the best. The 2014 edition retains that mantle. Forget the A38--this is Astro's true baby.

The built-in EQ settings...well, you probably won't notice any difference flipping between the three. The base station is nice and compact, with USB audio, aux-in, and optical-in capabilities. I got about nine hours on a charge and the headset kept in contact throughout my apartment (about thirty feet range).

There's also the built-in mixamp. Astro lets you balance how much you're hearing the game itself and how much you're hearing chat from the other players. That way if other players are too quiet you can boost the chat volume just by tapping the right earcup (though in singleplayer games you'll obviously want to keep it fully set on game audio).

All-in-all it's a fantastic package. You even get a little stand for the A50 to sit on! Just one caveat: It costs $300. For a gaming headset. Cue spit-take.

Bottom line

Sure, the A50 is fantastic. It's definitely the best wireless gaming headset, and it's up there with the best headsets overall. But is it $300 fantastic? The HyperX Cloud features some great audio and a decent enough microphone for just $80. The A40 is arguably as good or better than the A50 and it's $150 cheaper (though it doesn't come with a mixamp). And that's to say nothing of the audiophile-grade headphones you could buy for $300.

The A50's an amazing headset — one of my favorites — but before you plop down $300 maybe you should look into the alternatives.

 

Previous Page  1  2 

Sign up for MIS Asia eNewsletters.