Most days I drive a 2008 Nissan Altima to work. A good car, but when I’m stuck in traffic, I can’t help but wonder what it’s like to drive the Ferrari a few vehicles ahead. There’s no way I can buy one, and that fact makes me wish that the company would make an affordable ride for consumers who don’t have oversized bank accounts.
Similarly I use a pair of good earbuds to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Nintendo Switch and take calls at work. They do the job, but these earbuds are not a $300 Astro A50, so like the Ferrari, I wish that Astro produced a more affordable product that still delivers a premium experience.
Well, wish granted! Realizing that it might have priced itself out of millions of gamers’ homes, Astro created the A10, a $60 3.5mm wired headset designed to provide great audio on all manner of platforms, from the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC to a Nintendo Game Boy from 1989. And unlike a Ferrari or basically all cars on the road, it’s OK to get rough.
The A10 is a lightweight headset with memory foam ear cushions, a damage resistant headband (you can twist it in multiple directions without worry, or fling it across the room) and a precision boom mic with flip up functionality to put yourself on mute. This headset was designed to be worn for hours without hurting your head, and it even fits nicely over the most popular virtual reality headsets. Astro’s A10 also comes in three colors: green for Xbox, blue for PlayStation and red for PC, although each A10 works on all platforms regardless of color.
While it’s fun to use given the price, concessions were made. The A10 lacks the bells and whistles that you’ll find in the A50, things like Dolby wireless 5ghz technology, built-in EQ pre-sets and an accelerometer, among other things. Astro made these cuts to drive down cost and differentiate its products. If for example you want every feature imaginable, there’s an A50 out there with your name on it.
Those earbuds I mentioned are fine, but now I take all of my calls with the A10. It doesn’t do everything that the A50 does, but end of the day, it’s nice to have affordable luxury every once in a while.
The Astro A10 will sell for $60, and you can also buy a $100 bundle for Xbox that includes both the headset and the MixAmp M60.