ASTRO A20 Gen 2 Review

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ASTRO A20 Gen 2 Review

ASTRO debuted its first A20 (Gen 1) wireless headset three years ago as a mid-tier alternative to the pricier A50. As the gaming industry prepared for the launch of the current gen consoles (PS5 and Series X), so, too, did ASTRO; this past October they launched the Gen 2 version of the A20 wireless headset, which touts a couple new features over the Gen 1 while still maintaining that mid-tier pricing.The new A20 uses a USB dongle instead of the transmitter box from Gen 1 and it'is instantly compatible with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X; the Gen 1 requires either a firmware update or a new adapter depending on the console. Aside from that, it's largely still the same quality product. The audio is a little better as it uses the newer "ASTRO Audio v2" for sound balancing, the 15 hour battery life holds up (and then some), it maintains a fairly stable connection within the 15-meter guaranteed range, and the headset itself is ok to wear for short periods. It’s also available at a slightly lower price compared to the original ($119 vs $139), but there are some definite drawbacks.