Astro Gaming A10 (Gen 2) – Review 2022 – PCMag AU
The Astro Gaming A10 has long been a strong pick for budget wired gaming headsets, but it’s gotten long in the tooth with the rise of stiff competition in the sub-$100 range. Now, five years later, Astro Gaming has completely overhauled the A10. The A10 Gen 2 feels and sounds better than the previous model, while keeping its $59.99 price. You can find features like a USB sound card with software tweaks (Razer Blackshark V2) or wireless connectivity (Razer Barracuda X) if you can spend closer to $100, but you won’t find a better headset for $60. The Astro Gaming A10 Gen 2 is excellent and affordable, so it easily earns our Editors’ Choice award for budget gaming headsets.
Light and Comfy Build
The new A10 (available in black, white, gray, lilac, and mint versions) still has an all-plastic frame, but it takes several design cues from the A40 and A50 to improve the fit and look sleeker than its predecessor. The earcups are now two-piece constructions, with rounded, rectangular plastic rings that hold the earpads against similarly shaped backs. The earcup backs integrate vertical arms that attach to the headband, and slide up and down for achieve a better fit, just like the A40 and A50. The wide, lightweight headband capably distributes the headset’s weight and pressure.
The floating earcups and vertically sliding struts give the A10 a secure fit that’s even more comfortable than the previous A10 thanks to material upgrades. The earpads are now wrapped in a soft, breathable fabric instead of felt, with generous and soft memory foam under it. Wide padding under the headband matches the material, and ensures that the headset never feels too tight on the head.
The boom mic is mounted on the left earcup’s back, and features a long, flexible rubber arm. A 3.5mm port sits on the earcup’s bottom edge for connecting the headset to the included 6.6-foot cable. The cable features an inline remote with a volume wheel, and it terminates in a four-pole, 3.5mm plug. A 3.5mm splitter adapter is also included for use if your PC has separate headphone and mic ports.
The earpads, headband, and mic are all permanently attached, so you still can’t swap them out with mod kits as you can with the A40 and A50.
Wired Stereo Sound
The Astro A10 is a wired, analog gaming headset, which means it works with every major game console (through the controllers on the PlayStation 4/5 and Xbox One/Series, and the Nintendo Switch in handheld mode), PC or Mac, and any phone with a headphone jack. As a result, the A10 lacks simulated surround sound technology. That said, the audio tech is built into PlayStation 5, and you can add it to PC and Xbox.
The boom mic is nicely clear, important for any gaming headset. The test recordings sounded clean, and picked up no stray fan sounds from my notebook or its cooler. It’s a solid mic for the headset’s budget price, and works well for voice chat and casual recording and streaming. If you’re serious about podcasting or general content creation, we recommend getting a dedicated USB microphone.
Powerful, Balanced Audio
For music, the A10 offers strong low-frequency response. The bass synth notes and kick drum hits in our bass test track, The Knife’s “Silent Shout,” sounded full and fairly deep, and didn’t distort even at maximum volume. It isn’t quite palpable, head-shaking sub-bass sound, but it has …….