ASTRO Gaming A50 Wireless Headset Review
For hardcore gamers who want it all, there is little, maybe nothing, to complain about the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless Gaming Headset, Kudos to ASTRO Gaming for producing this headset that is so close to perfection along with its impressive attributes.
ASTRO Gaming is a one-stop shop with a proven track record for online gaming gear. And the latest in the line of their flagship product, the Astro A50 Gen 4, a successor to the Astro A50 Gen 3, is a living testimony to what the company has to offer.
The Astro A50 Gen 4, a revamped flagship headset from this legendary company, has got all gamers singing its praises and may be the best wireless gaming headset there has ever been.
The big question is, what has ASTRO Gaming fortified Astro A50 Xbox One gaming headset with that has made it a unique, spectacular, and one-of-a-kind in the class of wireless gaming headsets? Before diving in, let’s start with a quick overview of the ASTRO A50 GEN 4.
Overview of Astro A50 XBOX One Gaming Headset
Compatibility: Xbox, PC, PS4, and PC variant I Features: Flip to the mute mic, EQ presets, Side tone Voice monitoring I Battery Life: 15+ hours I Frequency: 20Hz – 20,000Hz | Base Station Weight: 317 grams | HEADSET WEIGHT: 380 grams | Speakers: 40mm Neodymium
Now let’s dig deeper into what gives Astro A50 Wireless Xbox One Headset an edge over its predecessors.
Attributes of the Astro A50 XBOX One Headset
Upgrading the Astro A50 Gen 3 headsets, ASTRO Gaming gives their new headset a sleeker appearance and a more cult-like design, ditching the kid-like hues of its predecessors. Beyond the apparent improvement to the headset’s look, ASTRO Gaming went on to overhaul the configuration.
The appealing visual gives a great first impression, adding very subtle gold details and a black, matte finish all around. Unlike past Astro gaming headsets, Astro A50 Xbox One Headset base station features a bit smaller footprint compared to others, and an overall weightier design. This ensures it won’t slide and slip around with a tight draw from USB connectors or optical audio cables.
To switch the base station between Xbox and PC voice modes, it features a dedicated switch on the back side, and on the front, there is a battery indicator light, which also shows platform settings and EQ modes. To ease the docking issue from the past series, Astro A50 Wireless Xbox One Headset comes with a magnetic base that lets your headset sit in and charge without hassle.
Gamers will enjoy a whooping wireless connectivity range of 30 feet and an impressively long battery life of 15 hours. Experience zero interference with a super-solid signal, even when sharing space with several other wireless devices.
Beyond the aesthetics, let’s examine other features the Astro A50 Gen 4 Headset brings to the table. This headset provides gamers with a more responsive and tactile button than in the past. Plus, the side frame adjustment clasp is now softened and easy to manipulate.
Is Astro a50 the best headset?
If you enjoy leg-working presets, the Astro A50 Xbox One Headset will give you more than enough to play with. Thanks to its numerous EQ presets, you can tune and tweak the sound to your ideal preferences. With its top-of-the-line quality voice recording, the flip-to-mute mic is as nice as anyone would ever expect.
In no time, with the Astro A50 Xbox One Headset, you’ll get totally immersed in the show, with its broad soundscape and incredibly immersive sound. Offering full-time cinematic quality, this headset immerses you into an almost realistic experience as you delve into your game. Balancing game sound and voice chat is indeed a breeze with the on-ear control, which alerts you when either limit is reached.
In the gaming headsets category, the Astro A50 Xbox One Headset stays up there when it comes to the microphone. ASTRO Gaming did a good job of giving this an impeccable microphone.
In a nutshell, Astro A50 Xbox One Headset gives gamers the following: more immersive audio than previous generations, a bigger sound stage for Xbox, easy on-ear control, sleek aesthetics, and appearance. And as a whole, the best all-around wireless headset for Xbox One and PC.
A little hiccup
ASTRO Gaming has made improvements to make the headband clasp more convenient for the user. However, despite these improvements, you really need to force the poles into the clasp to get it adjusted. This is somewhat of a drawback to a product that is so close to perfection overall.
Another detail some customers may find a bit annoying is the earcup material. Just like most ASTRO Gaming headsets, the Astro A50 Xbox One Headset comes with woolen fabric on the earcup, which may be too warm on the ear when used for a long time.
A better option would be to give customers a choice of earcup materials. There is a mod fit A50 with leather earcups that are sold separately, which some customers may opt for.
Should You Buy the Astro A50 Wireless Xbox One Headset?
Even though there may be other headsets with more comfortable earcup materials and better clasp adjustability, the impressive functionality of the Astro A50 Xbox One Headset will always give the Astro A50 the edge. Thanks to its high-resolution gaming audio, immersive sound quality, impeccable microphone performance, and rock-solid wireless signals.
For game enthusiasts, Astro A50 Xbox One Headset remains the king of the jungle and it’s worth every penny.
How to Connect the Astro A50 headset to Xbox One?
Now you’ve got yourself a brand-new immersive gaming headset, Astro A50 Wireless Xbox One Headset. So now to connect it.
Setting up the Astro A50 Wireless Xbox One Headset may seem intimidating, but it’s actually quite easy to get it up and running. To make it a breeze to connect your Astro A50 to Xbox One, here is a quick step-by-step guide.
Let’s break the process into three parts with easy step-by-step directions.
1: Updating the A50 + base station firmware
2: Connecting A50 + base station with Xbox One
3: Setting up A50 + base station on your Xbox One
Step 1: Updating the A50 + Base Station Firmware
- The first step is to ensure that the A50 + base station has the most recent firmware. To perform the update, take the following steps.
- Use a PC or Mac.
- Connect your base station with the micro USB cable included.
- Put the headset in your base station ensuring it’s charging.
- On your PC or MAC, go to astrogaming.com to download the Astro Command Center.
- Install Astro Command Center.
- Set up the Astro Command Center by following the on-screen instructions to update.
- After the update has been confirmed, disconnect the base station from the PC or Mac and switch it back to console mode.
Step 2: Connecting A50 + base station with Xbox One
- Plug the provided USB cable into any of the USB Ports on your Xbox One.
- Locate the port marked USB on the back of your base station and plug in the other end (micro-end) of the USB.
- Plug one end of the Optical Link Cable into the back of the base station marked Optical In.
- Plug the other end of the Optical Link Cable into the port marked S/PDIF on your Xbox one.
And you are ready to go
Step 3: Setting up A50 + Base station on your Xbox One
- Switch your base station into Console Mode.
- Switch on your Xbox One and go to “Settings”.
- In the setting menu, select “Display and Sound”, then “Audio Output”.
- Select “HDMI” output and choose “Off”.
- Select “Optical Audio” and choose “Bit Stream Out”.
- Select Bit Stream Out and choose Dolby Digital.
- Go back to the “Display and Sound” screen to choose “Volume”.
- Select “Party Chat” from the menu and choose “Headset”.
Your Xbox is set up!
You are now ready to rock with your Astro A50 Wireless Xbox One Headset.