Summary: Many users think that for $300, the headphones should be more reliable than they are. Others, however, think their great sound makes them worth the price for serious gamers. These types of compatibility, reliability and support issues give us pause, but appear to be common to wireless headsets designed specifically for gaming.
Pros: Excellent audio quality, Strong wireless performance, Compatible with many consoles and computers, Comfortable
Cons: Some reliability problems, Poor customer support
Excerpt: Nothing enhances the gaming experience like a nice headset. Surround sound creates an immersive experience, and turns the footsteps of a foe into a dead giveaway of his location. Single player campaigns become journeys you won’t want to back out of. Online, having a mic makes gaming into a social experience, letting you chat with your teammates, and coordinate tactics on the fly.
Pros: Great, balanced, audio quality, Solid built and comfortable on the head and ears, Versatile on multiple gaming platforms
Cons: Rather poor battery life, Built-in internal battery
Excerpt: Don’t judge the hardware by the software it chooses to affiliate itself with. While Battlefield 4 continues to be a broken mess that somehow seems to get worse with each supposed patch, the good news is that relationship that game shares with the new ASTRO Gaming A50 Battlefield 4™ Edition is purely visual and for marketing purposes only.
Conclusion: The Astro A50 has blown my mind this week, I was expecting it to be nothing more that the A40 with the wires cut and on the surface, perhaps it is exactly that, but my overall experience of the headset was so much more than that of the A40 and it’s the first headset I’ve found that contends with my current favourite headset, the MadCatz FREQ7 in terms of features and audio performance, albeit they’re two completely different designs and the FREQ7 is hard wired, not...
Pros: This headset sounds amazing, looks fantastic and performed beyond our expectations., Wireless tech is hit and miss, but the A50 never missed a beat, never crackled, never faded away and has a 30ft range., The base unit and stand are lightweight, small and easy to use, Swapping between systems is super easy thanks to the small number of cables required
Cons: The £250 price tag is more than justifiable given their performance, but this maybe a bit too high for many to take a chance on trying out the headset, those looking for the next best thing should look at the wired A40 which are a little less expensive at £200.
Excerpt: Back in 2011 Skullcandy acquired Astro Gaming in a move which seemed to be a good fit for both manufacturers. Skullcandy had of course built a good audio brand but never quite cracked gaming and Astro were showing signs of being an interesting alternative to the Razers of this world.
Excerpt: A couple weeks ago I reviewed the Skullcandy PLYR 2 Wireless Gaming Headset. As an entry-level device, it was pretty good. Getting into the wireless headset arena, cutting your cords with your computer, and experiencing good sound for $129 is not a bad deal. Almost as an afterthought, I was also sent the Astro A50 Wireless headset to review as well. Skullcandy bought Astro, so I suppose they wanted me to look at their entire product lineup.
Summary: Gamers know about Astro: they make headsets that are bleeding edge in terms of quality, and their A50 set is no different. They've removed all of the hassle of wires and made something that's an absolute joy to game with. Hell, I don't think O could play a game without one.
Conclusion: Under every testing scenario, the A50 continuously impressed. This headset nails all the feature points you’d expect from high-quality gear such as auto shutoff, hassle-free wireless connection, and long battery life. But more importantly, the A50 made every game title we played more engrossing and entertaining with their extremely visceral and powerful sound.
Excerpt: Astro Gaming makes some of the best Dolby surround-sound headphones on the market — but unlike other big names in the field, it doesn’t produce new cans often. The A40 headset ( OXM score: 9.0) came out in 2008; their slightly cheaper offering, the A30 ( OXM score: 8.5), hit shelves in 2010.
Pros: + Finally! An Astro headset that’s almost completely free of cords!, + Warm, buttery audio; clear Xbox Live chat; very good battery life.
Cons: ? So, who’s betting on 2016 for an Astro A60 headset?