Astro A10 Gen 2 Gaming Headset Review
When Logitech bought Astro a few years ago, they promised that the fan-favorite gaming headset and industrial design company would remain an independent unit without any oversight.
It seems like that has now changed. The new Astro A10 Gen 2 has Logitech’s design sensibilities and branding all over it. If you read the full name on the box, it’s “Logitech G Astro A10 Gen 2,” and the color schemes and small flourishes echo those on Logitech’s recent gaming headset releases.
I loved the original Astro A10. It had a super tiny headband pad, but everything else about it, from the build to the comfort to the mic quality, was remarkable for the $60 price point. It would have been easy for Logitech and Astro to simply put a larger headband pad on the thing, come up with some new colors, and call it a day.
Instead, they’ve engineered an entirely different headset that happens to use the same name. It’s still a closed-back model with a detachable cable and permanently affixed boom mic, but the drivers, sound tuning, and industrial design are completely new.
In their quest to do something different, they didn’t totally break the thing — but after two weeks using it, I yearn for the old design. If you’ve never used the original model, you won’t know what you’re missing, and this is still one of the better choices in the value-priced headset space.
The Astro A10 Gen 2 sells for $59.99 (official site here) and it’s available in a wide range of Logitech G-style colors. I bought the Xbox-branded version, which has shock neon green accents, but all the colors and models are essentially the same product inside the box. You get a 2m detachable audio cable with an in-line volume wheel, and a PC-splitter cable for use with separate mic and headphone jacks.
I bought the headset myself at a local retailer, and I never use affiliate links in my stories.
Astro downgraded the size of the drivers in this new A10, going with a 32mm model over the 40mm units in the original. Fortunately, they still sound decent for the price, with a warm, speaker-like tuning that’s similar in…