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Published on October 9th, 2014 | by Sebastian

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Astro Gaming A38 Beta review

Throughout this year I’ve been using the beta version of the Astro A38 Bluetooth headset. Unlike majority of Astro Gaming headset this one isn’t for PC and Console gaming, this headset is made for mobile gaming and listening to music, and for that it’s one of if not the best headset suited for this. The Astro A38 connects with phones and tablets and even notebooks via bluetooth 3.0, if your phone or tablet has NFC you can also establish a connection by touching the NFC part of your phone against the left eat piece, it’s a nifty feature that mostly goes unused, it’s not something I generally use to connect to the headset usually because as soon as I turn bluetooth on my phone it connects to the headset automatically as long as the headset is on and in range. Battery in the A38 is enough to last you 20+ hours listening to music or playing games and 15+ hours of talk. To charge the beta version of the headset you needed to use mini USB cable, however Astro listened to feedback and replaced it with micro USB. The headset can charge to full capacity in 5 hours, which is very slow for today’s standards, but it maybe one of a few compromises that had to be made to make the headset lighter and thinner, and I can live with that. cropped  

A38 BLUETOOTH HEADSET SPECS

Transducer Principle

Dynamic, Closed

Frequency Response

15 – 20,000 Hz

Distortion

Less than 0.1%

Microphone

2x Active Noise Cancelling Voice Mic + 2x Active Ambient Noise Cancelling

Headband Pressure

3.4N

Ear Coupling

On-Ear

Weight w/o Cable

188 grams

Battery

Embedded Li-Ion

Wireless

Bluetooth Compatible, A2DP, HSP, AVRCP

Codes

aptX-Low Latency, AAC, SBC

Peak Ambient ANC

-20dB @ 150Hz

NFC

Pairing and Wake Up

Battery Life

15+ Hours Talk, 20+ Hours Audio, 30+ Hours Airplane Mode, 5 Hours for Full Charge

Typical RF Range

10m w/line of sight

 

(Source: http://www.astrogaming.com/a38-bluetooth-headset/3AH38-HBW9W-100.html)

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Overall this headset does what it’s suppose to. Audio quality is excellent for listening to music, build quality is what you would expect from Astro Gaming, the material finish on the gray headset screams high quality, through the 8 months of use there isn’t a single scratch on the headset, same can’t be said for the ear tags unfortunately, they are just as easy to scratch as any of the other ear tags made by Astro, it’s one of the disadvantages to using glossy plastic, it’s not easy to notice and it’s definitely not something others will notice walking by you, but you know it’s there and that’s why it’s bad. Once you use this headset going back to what you used before is next to impossible. I highly recommend this headset if you have $230/£180/€230 to spare. Before I go here’s an unboxing I recorded.
Astro Gaming A38 Beta review Sebastian
Comfort
Audio Quality
Build Quality
Battery Life

Summary:

4.6


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