The feel: This headset proves that cloth ear cups can most certainly be comfortable.
The sound: Certainly as good as the Sennheiser PC350's and the HyperX Cloud II, the bass is crisp, the treble is clear and it handles everything from single player beat 'em up's to Dota2 just fine.
Comfort in the long-run: Expect to game for hours with full comfort.
Strong backbone: With a solid backbone and sturdy ear cups, this product will survive years of abuse.
Useful MixAmp: However expensive this may be, the MixAmp Pro will ensure connectivity to multiple devices for many years no matter what headset is plugged in.
No leather option: It's comfortable, but cloth attracts dirt, dust and sweat.
The microphone: Rated by my friends in Mumble as the worst they have heard thus far, it also plays through your headset by default, which is annoying at first.
USB/Optical Only: Unless you plug the 3.5mm connection directly into your PC or Mac, this headset is USB or Optical only - but who has optical on their list of connections nowadays? Not many.
The sound is great and the comfort is there, however, the microphone leaves a lot to be desired and there's also no carry pouch. At first, I was reserved due to the large $249.99 asking price, however, Astro has proven to me that their products are certainly worth further investigation.
If the microphone could be improved and the slight USB-powered buzz removed, this headset would be pushed straight to the top of my list alongside a very short list of others. As far as I'm concerned, the compatibility, sound quality, and comfort justify the scary sounding $249.99 price tag.
PRICING: You can find the ASTRO Gaming A40 and MixAmp Pro for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The ASTRO Gaming A40 and MixAmp Pro retails for $249.99 at Amazon.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Performance (audio quality)||80%|
|Quality including Design and Build||90%|
|Bundle and Packaging||90%|
|Value for Money||80%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||87%|
The Bottom Line: The compatibility, sound quality, and comfort justify the scary sounding $249.99 price tag of Astro Gaming's A40 Headset with MixAmp Pro, but the microphone leaves a lot to be desired.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, Pricing & Availability]
- Page 2 [A Closer Look, How They Feel & Listening Experience]
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