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Astro ID A40 TR headset hands-on: Good for the premium

Gaming headsets offer a variety of designs and choices, but few options allow buyers to leave their mark on their devices. Astro Gaming is one of the few companies that offers gamers the ability to additionally customize their headset with Astro ID Program.

After the success of the first iteration, Astro ID is launching a second collection with new colors and designs for you to choose from. Buyers can customize almost every part of their A40 TRs except for the included carrying case. However, color options are more limited this time around.

Astro ID A40 TR very easy access

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Screengrab via Astro

If there’s one commendable point, it’s the ease of customization. The site gives you five areas to adjust: frame, headband, cushion, cable and microphone, and tag. Each zone has up to eight color options, with two designs. Colors include white, moon gray, mint, coral, pale yellow, heart pink, sky blue, and sweet purple. Designs for headbands and cards include Jag and Jaws. Even with all these customization points, there’s very little chance of getting lost while you tinker with the headphones.

Streamlined interface for easy navigation. Every time you click on a new element, the 3D render will reorient itself to highlight your selection. It’s a great touch that greatly improves the buying experience.

Our Astro ID A40 TR build

Frames: White

Headband: Jag / Coral

Cushion: Coral

Cable and microphone: Coral / Coral

Card: Jag / Coral

Color on point

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Colton Deck’s photo

Importantly, our Astro ID review unit closely matched the colors on the website. The build quality is exactly what you’d expect from an Astro Gaming headset.

But while these specific designs and colors look like on specific Dot Esports models, we cannot speak for all available colors. Astro ID’s second collection has more colors that might clash if rolled into the same design, so keep that in mind when purchasing.

Looks good, sounds good

The sound quality of the Astro is also very good. The A40 TR’s modularity doesn’t affect the sound, providing tight passive noise isolation, coiled bass and a fair amount of separation.

The passive isolation comes from the size and clamping force that the headphones apply. The entire chassis is slightly smaller, creating a tighter fit than other brands. If you have a smaller noggin and don’t want the compressed feeling of sealed headphones, then you may want to consider other brands with larger ear cups, open back products, or larger headband designs .

Is Astro ID A40 TR for you?

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Colton Deck’s photo

While having a custom, color-accurate headset is a great thing, the hefty price tag at $50 over the standard A40 TR headphones can’t be ignored. The normal A40 TR headphones are priced at $149.99, while the Astro ID A40 TR headphones go for $199.99. Buyers can add the MixAmp Pro for $100, bringing the total cost of the package to $300, $50 more than the standard A40 TR and MixAmp Pro combo.

Another factor in the price is the included carrying case which seems like an add-on. A cinch bag will also suit many players who need to cut costs if possible. This case is a bit expensive for those who do not plan to travel to tournaments.

If you like Astro’s headphones and don’t mind the premium, the Astro ID offers a bit of expensive fun. While the Astro ID will be out of reach for some buyers, there’s still a lack of viable, affordable alternatives when it comes to customizable gaming gear. Until that changes, the Astro ID A40 TRs will remain one of the better customizable gaming headsets on the market.

Advantages

  • Easy-to-navigate interface
  • Good variety
  • Design improvements
  • Impressive color accuracy

Defect

  • Steep prices for aesthetics
  • Limited color range
  • Fit may not be for everyone

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