Legend of Zelda A10 Headset from Astro
While we can all admit that the chat capabilities on the Nintendo Switch are less than ideal, it’s still great to see companies coming together to release headsets that will work with your Nintendo Switch and mobile device, whether you are using it for audio calls while you play, or via the Nintendo Mobile application. Astro and Nintendo have teamed up to create the ideal, premium headset for Nintendo Switch fans. Let’s take a look at the Legend of Zelda A10 Headset from Astro.
For a bit of background on the device itself, check out this video from Astro Gaming which details the partnership between Nintendo and Astro on this headset. Not only is it imformative, but it highlights the detail one can expect if they purchase this product.
And there is plenty of detail here. The headset highlights the Legend of Zelda franchise, specifically The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. From the Zelda logo on the top of the headband, to the Shieka emblem on the ear cup, to the Hyrule Family insignia on the side of the band, there is more detail in this headset than you will find in most, whether Astro or not.
Ultimately, Astro has created a piece that might serve two purposes. One of course is the functionality it provides for those looking to game online with friends, and want the audio and voice chat to come through on one device; the other is the collectability of this product. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild collection of accessories is not complete without this gem!
Of course, it’s not just all flare, as you are still getting the quality Astro A10 design and features. We previously reviewed that device in September of 2017, and you can read that here. Let me highlight some of that review now, in bold:
For their first foray into the budget gaming headset marketplace, Astro Gaming couldn’t have released a better product. Well, perhaps a bit more comfort for those long gaming sessions, but apart from that, Astro Gaming brings some of the best features and sound of their higher end models, removes the sometimes unnecessary frills and extras, and releases one of the better headsets in the sub $100 price bracket.
In this marketplace, Astro Gaming is competing with a lot of other companies, including Turtle Beach, Performance Design Products, and numerous others. Yet, despite these other companies having spent most of their time and resources on this market, Astro Gaming just jumps in like they’ve been here the entire time, and doesn’t miss a beat when trying to match the demands of an entry level headset while keeping the price point down.
When playing games with the Astro A10 headset on my Ps4, it wasn’t long before I forgot about the value of what I was wearing on my head. As is often the case with cheaper headsets, when you plop them on your head let alone use them for numerous hours at a time, you begin to realize why they were cheap to begin with. For the most part, this thought never really crossed my mind while using the Astro A10. While I definitely would have enjoyed a bit more comfort over long hours – as the headset can fit a big snuggly if you have a wide head – the rest of the performance was top notch, from the sounds of enemies moving around me in First Person Shooters, to the soothing sounds and audio ques present in games like Knack 2 and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.
From a technical position, the A10’s perform admirably, and does a great job of pushing all those obvious – and less obvious – audio bits directly into your ears. One of the better features of the A10 – aside from the incredibly durable construction – is the flip-to-mute microphone, not something common on headsets in this price range.
With most headsets under $100, players are either required to reach down and use a dongle to mute their microphones, or required to fumble alongside one of the earcups attempting to hit that often elusive mute buttons. With the Astro A10, a simple flick of the microphone upwards will instantly mute you, allowing you to converse with whomever while not interrupting the game you are playing. Further to this, the microphone itself is top notch, and while playing online with friends, know one ever made a comment regarding the clarity of my voice.
Outside of The Legend of Zelda motifs around the set itself, the Nintendo Switch version of the A10 also comes with a handy chat adaptor, which is also designed with The Legend of Zelda in mind. This adaptor will allow you to easily connect to your Switch and mobile device for the ultimate online gaming setup. If you are in the market for a Nintendo Switch headset, your options are few and far between, at least when ti comes to devices specifically created for the platform. I know one thing for sure: you cannot go wrong with the A10 from Astro.