90
Global
Score
90

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Available in versions starting with a $199 wired PC model, and going all the way up to $279 for a wireless edition that works with gaming consoles, the A40 is one of the best gaming headsets available, with great surround sound, a good mic, and a comfortable fit. If you want to go wireless, however, the new A50 is better alternative to the $279 version, which combines the A40 with Astro's Mixamp base and a belt-based receiver, since the A50 includes the Mixamp and integrates the belt pack into the headset, and sells for just $20 more.

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Breakdown

Comfort
8.0
Voice / mic quality
8.4
Design and form factor
7.6
Durability
8.0
Sound quality
9.4
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Specs

A40

Form factor
Over-ear
Channels
Stereo
Controls
Volume, Mute
Drivers per ear
1
Connections
3.5mm stereo
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Specs

A40

Form factor
Over-ear
Channels
Stereo
Controls
Volume, Mute
Drivers per ear
1
Connections
3.5mm stereo
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