Product Provided By: Astro
Platform : PC, Switch, PS4
Editor: Carrie Crockett
Within a few hours of gaming, things started to heat up, and we can happily admit the A40 held up beautifully. Due to the additional padding on the earcups and headband we never felt the normal pressure of wearing a headset for an extended gaming session. While the headset did crate excess heat after prolonged use, the cloth padding stops sweat dead in its track. With a quick wipe down it was ready to get back in the fight. As usual with other Astro headsets before it, the A40 does add a small amount of weight to your head. Weighing in at a little more than half a pound, the additional weight ensures the A40 won't be falling off during an intense moment.
Astro also was nice enough to include the optional Mixamp Pro which made our experience with the A40 even better. It's difficult to add true surround sound to a gaming headset, but with the addition of the Mixamp Pro we found it was quite handy when maintaining a perfect balance between external audio and game audio. Astro also has Pro kits which provides gaskets in their ear tags to block possible sound leaks. While this blocks off air vents, it creates a much richer sound quality as well as improved bass proving to be well worth the lessened airflow.
There is no need to go into settings when on a computer, or to just turn down the volume in general. This can prove to be especially useful if you're playing with someone that has an exceptionally loud microphone and loves to hear themselves talk. Also included with the Mixamp Pro was the Astro Command Center. With many default presets and the ability to customize your audio experience to your liking, we found the Astro Command Center is just what the A40 needed to make each listen a personal feel.
In addition to making the Astro A40 TR more customizable via audio, there are available mod kits to alter the look and feel of your headset. These kits include not only an improved microphone, which is certainly a plus for anyone using them for podcasts or videos, but also a new headband, ear cushions, as well as the noise blocking ear tags. While there is not a large selection of colors and designs to pick from, they do have several colors including our favorites, red and blue.
So how does the A40 stack up against the competition? Astro's A40 stands tall against any headset on the market. We can say that while there are many choices at such a high price point of $249.99, we feel the quality of headset is superb while managing to deliver a unique experience. This bad boy isn't just compatible with your PC and Mac, we also thoroughly tested the headset on the Nintendo Switch, and the Playstation 4 Pro. Installation was incredibly easy.
We've even taken the A40 to the next level and used it as our own personal headphones for music and entertainment while traveling. It's best to think of the headset as an investment that will affect how you play games and listen to music. It really depends on how serious you are about getting a premier headset and how often you plan to use it in your everyday life. Not just for incredible gaming experiences, but with music and media as well. We have to say that even though the price tag is a little steep at $249.99 for some buyers, the Astro A40 TR with Mixamp Pro is worth every penny.
We here at Game Rampage award the Astro A40 TR with Mixamp Pro a 9/10. Grab it here!