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E3 2017: ASTRO Gaming A10 Headset Keeps it Simple
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E3 2017: ASTRO Gaming A10 Headset Keeps it Simple

After going big on premium gaming headsets, ASTRO remembers the little guys out there with the A10.

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ASTRO Gaming was at E3 again and this time was about maintaining the status quo, specifically anything in livable comfort and price. The ASTRO A10 Gaming Headset aims for people in moderate need of a reliable headpiece whether it be for regular use or dabbling in eSports competition.

My first impressions of the A10 is how perfectly acceptable it is as wired headset, sharing the overall styling of its upgraded A50 flagship (that we have been asking about for review). However, the aesthetics and finer details are dressed down to something cleaner and less fussy to the eyes. The build materials are a deliberate combination of matte and rubberized plastic; this not only keeps the weight at a minimum, but also great for durability. Overall, I like the effort to maintain its design language on the cheap.

A lot of expected features like ASTRO Audio which is tuned for gaming performance, and their signature Precision Boom Mic that is omnidirectional and can be muted by flipping up the attachment. The A10 doesn’t leave out cross-compatibility either, as with most other models this will work all Xbox One models (all the way up to Xbox One X), PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Mac, and mobile devices—there’s even enough clearance for virtual reality headsets whether it’s a PSVR or HTC Vive. Although it’s not specifically listed, these will play nice with the Nintendo Switch as well.

Since the A10 can physically adapt to current VR headsets on the market, the adjustments should be adequate for any size cranium and easily bend to the whim of neglectful and/or laid-back owners. This headset can be contorted itself beyond the point that other headsets (including some Astro headsets) will snap in half, with the A10 brushing it off and returning to a near-perfect shape before manual adjustment.

Best of all, the ASTRO A10 Gaming Headset can be had right now in three colors (Red, Green, Blue) by itself at $60 or with the MixAmp M60 included for $100 for older Xbox One owners. Regardless of which package you get, the A10 will fit the basic needs just fine, and you won’t go broke either.

About the Author: Herman Exum