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Astro Gaming A50

Astro Gaming A50

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83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Despite a few niggles, Astro's A50 stands as one of the best gaming headsets on the market.

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Pros
  • Superb fit and finish
  • Impressive sound quality and noise isolation
  • Painless setup
Cons
  • Non-removable battery lasts about six hours
  • Needs gamepad-to-headset chat cable on Xbox
83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

83
 

User Reviews

80
AndrewSM
Functionally they are great - except that if you have everything set up with...read more
40
Arstus
Generally disappointing for a "premium" product.
90
ShawdyLO7
Great set of Headphones all around. I use these while playing COD and have...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
89
Average Critic Score
 
90
Engadget
It's clear that Astro isn't just dabbling in the home market anymore: it's making an earnest bid to unseat other headset makers. If you've been looking for wireless gaming headphones, and provided the issue with audio cutting out gets resolved, then this belongs on your shortlist.
 
90
Kotaku
The Astro A50 is a fine headset and a worthy investment. It's a robust piece of equipment that is pleasant to use, attractive to look at, and does exactly what it needs to do with minimal fuss.
 
90
IGN
They feature currently unparalleled audio, incredible surround sound and a no-brainer setup. While we wish they were a little sleeker and a bit better suited for music, the A50s are astronomically well built for gaming.
 
80
PC Mag
Astro Gaming's A50 Wireless Headset is one of the more expensive gaming headsets you can buy, but with its excellent audio quality, comfortable wire-free design, and compatibility with PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, it's our Editors' Choice.
 
90
GameSpot
Nobody's perfect, but the A50 wireless gaming headset is pretty close with a bevy of new features that improve functionality across the board.
 
90
2D-X
It costs a pretty penny — you can purchase two rival cans for the same price — but it’s well worth the heavy coin due to the outstanding audio quality, excellent (albeit bulky) build, and gamer-centric touches. If you’re serious about your audio, consider the Astro A50 a must-buy.
 
90
TechRadar
While the Astro A50 isn't perfect, it's damn close, and the wide range of products it works with makes it a solid investment for tech fans with crowded entertainment centers.
 
90
CNET AU
The Astro A50 headphones aren't cheap, but they do give some of the best sound we've heard, and in a nicely designed and very comfortable package.
 
90
Destructoid
At $300, they run on the high-end, but they at least seem to be in the same class as their price would suggest. Gone on are the days of cheap, plastic-y $200 boondoggles. From those ashes have risen a respectable, clean vision of the future of high-end gaming peripherals.