Astro A20 Wireless Headset- Full Review

Astro A20 Wireless Headset

7

Battery Life

7.5/10

Comfort

7.0/10

Audio Quality

6.5/10

Price

7.0/10

Pros

  • Good price
  • Clear Sound
  • Lift to mute microphone

Cons

  • No 3.5mm audio port
  • Lacks surround sound

Taking the bronze medal on our top 5 list for the best wireless gaming headsets is the Astro A20 Wireless Headset. If you want to see the top 5 list click here.

People who are not new to the gaming world will recognize the Astro A20 Gen 2 from its predecessor the Astro A20- Now the A20 Gen 2 comes with compatibility for Playstation 5, Xbox S and Xbox X- Depending on which version you buy. It is compatible with all but the extra USB-C dongle will need to be brought to connect to the other console.

Astro Gaming is not new and is regarded by many as some of the best audio devices for gaming, the A20 Gen 2 continues that trend.

In the lower end bracket, this headset provides great audio and features for the price range.

Design

Astro A20

In terms of Aesthetics, we think that the A20 is one of the best-looking gaming headsets out there, with its shear angles and chic looks. The three-tone palette scheme changes depending on which version you get, White, Blue and Black for the PlayStation or White, Green and Black for the Xbox.

No matter what colour scheme you get the construction is the same- Plastic with rubber and fabric ear pads. Plastic headsets have bad press for snapping compared to the other metal headsets, the Astro A20 seems well built and offers some flex.

There is not a lot of room for adjustments with the ear cup heights which can lead to problems with users with smaller or larger head sizes. The ear cups feel fairly secure and clamped on your ears without putting too much pressure but the padding is not the greatest and can lead to some discomfort with longer gaming sessions.

Weighing at 300grams it is on the heavier side of the plastic headsets.

Along the right side ear cups, you will find the voice and volume buttons while in between these you will find the overall volume control dial, on the same ear cup there is an equaliser button allowing you to change to different presets along with the power button.

On the opposite ear cup, you will find the flip to mute microphone which automatically mutes the mic when it is pushed up to be flush with the headset.

Performance

Astro A20

The A20 Gen 2 is just as good sound wise as its earlier Gen 1 version, It performs particularly well in the mid-range frequencies making all those footsteps come through clearly so I was never taken by surprise. The missing digital surround sound was noticeable while playing with the sounds only seeming to be coming from one place rather than all around.

The microphone is adequate for gaming but at times the voice can come across a little on the quiet side.

The battery life stated by Astro is 15hours, I found that it will last around 2 days of gaming or playing audio before needing to be recharged, In terms of gaming sessions this is more than enough if you’re not on the move.

Features

Astro A20

Connectivity to the headset is done via a low latency 2.4GHz USB C dongle that provides wireless connection across PC, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Android and Xbox with the correct USB.

There is no 3.5mm audio port on the headset so no way of continuing to use it if you run out of battery halfway through whatever you’re doing- You best be on the ball with the charging.

The headset does offer an auto-off function if left idle for 10 minutes helping you save that pressure battery life.

Verdict

Astro A20

If you’re looking for a decent headset with compatibility across all platforms then this will perform well. It has a tough time ahead when the other headsets come out offering the next-gen compatibility at better designs and prices.

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