Astro A50 Gen 4 2019
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Astro A50 Gen 4 2019 Review

The Astro A50 Gen 4 2019 are premium wireless gaming headphones. They have a similar design to previous-generation Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017, but with slight improvements like a more compact base station and superior battery performance.

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FEATURES OF ASTRO A50 GEN 4 2019
TECHNICAL
BASE STATION
TECHNICAL

Unboxing of Astro A50 Gen 4 2019

The packaging for the Astro A50 is almost as impressive as the headset itself!

The front of the box is mostly glossy black with a large image of the A50 headset. You will also find the model of the headset, supported console, and Astro and Dolby branding.

The back of the box features a breakdown of the A50 headset and its base station.

Upon opening the initial box, we are greeted by an additional black box.

The contents of the box can therefore be summarized as:

Astro A50 Gen 4 2019 Design

This time around Astro opted to go with a stealthier style. The multicolored design from the last generation was replaced with an all-black design that is easier on the eyes.

The headset is still quite bulky like most other premium gaming headsets. Overall, the Astro A50 Gen 4 is great looking, especially for a gaming headset!

On the left side of the headset, you’ll find the microphone. Unlike the microphone in the Astro A40s, the A50 microphone is not removable but it can be rotated upwards which also mutes the microphone.

The MixAmp is built-in to the headset on the A50s. On the right side of the headset, you’ll find multiple buttons and dials. On the outside of the ear cup, there are two buttons labeled “game” and “voice”. These buttons allow you to adjust the volume ratio between voice chat and game sound. This feature has been present in Astro headsets for a long time, and it works flawlessly!

On the back side of the right ear cup is the power switch, Dolby surround sound button, EQ modes, and a volume dial. Lastly on the bottom side a micro USB port is present so you can use the headset while charging via a USB cable connected to the base station.

Keep in mind, this is not a full wired mode, the port simply provides the ability to charge the A50s; the sound still runs off the wireless connection to the base station. You will however need to supply your own charging cable. When not in use, simply place the A50s on the base station to charge them.

Like the A40s, the Gen 4 A50s come with extremely comfortable ear pads that are magnetically attached to the headset. The A50s are also mod kit compatible meaning that you can purchase synthetic leather ear pads (and headband) and easily pop them in.

Astro A50 Base Station Features

The A50 base station is simply amazing for this generation! It’s much smaller than previous generations and adds new features. The base station will wirelessly charge the headset and includes a small OLED screen that displays information such as battery level, Dolby surround status, the selected EQ preset, and whether the headset is set to console or PC mode.

The base station also includes a multitude of ports which include: a USB Type-A Play and Charge Port (which cannot be used while the headset is charging in the dock), an Optical In port, an Optical Out Port, an AUX In/Mic Out port, and a USB power/audio port which uses a micro USB to USB Type-A wire. Additionally, it has a PC/PS4 switch or PC/XBOX switch depending on your model.

Astro Command Center

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The Astro command center is Astros’ software configuration tool for all their headsets including the A50s

The command center allows you to update firmware, configure, save and load presets, adjust microphone settings and control the volume for the various ports. Check out our Astro A40 review for more details.

conclusion

The Astro A50 has been at the pinnacle when it comes to premium gaming headsets for quite some time; we are excited to say that new A50 Gen 4 remains at the top spot! The Astro A50s provide stellar sound, amazing battery life, and great customizability. The new base station is noticeably better than previous generations and when paired with the Astro Command Center app, provides robust customizability.

The best thing about the A50s is that they work so well. There’s no gimmicks or complex setup required. They look great, they feel great and performance from both an audio quality and a battery life perspective is exactly what you’d come to expect from Astro. Although $299 may seem like a lot to invest into a wireless gaming headset, we believe it a worthwhile investment in your gaming setup if you desire great sound and a competitive edge.

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