League of Legends Astro A30 Headset ReviewJanuary 8, 2014
Astro has put out quite a few special edition headsets in the past, most recently the Battlefield 4 Astro A50 Wireless Headset. Now they’ve given the ever-popular League of Legends the special treatment, featuring a new custom color (black with gold accents) and a brand new skin for the League of Legends character Tristana. While our time with the Astro A50s set the bar really high, the League of Legends Astro A30 Headset manages to stand up to its big brother quite well, at a much lower price range ($99 as opposed to $249).
While the A50s are very comfortable, the much lighter weight and trimmed-down design of the League of Legends Astro A30 headset might feel better to some. The sleeker frame looks and feels more like traditional headphones, and the headset feels practically weightless when being worn. The only real issue I noticed was that the A30s’ headband does not extend very much – if you have a head that’s on the larger side you might want to test these out before purchasing. After using them for a few hours and getting used to them though, it wasn’t really an issue. The on-ear, closed-back design worked well in my tests to isolate sound.
The Mobile Cable is a really neat idea. It plugs directly into the headset via a 3.5mm 4-pole jack and features an in-line mic, as well as a volume control knob and a call answer/ disconnect button for use with smartphones. This can also be utilized to play and pause media on iPods or other media devices. While the in-line mic seemed to pick up my voice reasonably well for being a few inches below my face, the detachable boom mic works far better. Honestly, I never saw any real reason not to use the boom mic as it can be bent out of the way when you’re not using it and the voice clarity was noticeably better. The Astro A30s seemed to pack deeper, richer bass than the A50s, but feature a relatively balanced equalization with strong mids and crisp highs.
Unfortunately, the only way to get the Astro A30s to interface with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is to purchase a separate MixAmp system, but considering the reduced price point this isn’t a deal breaker – especially if you mainly game on PC, which most people buying a League of Legends headset probably would. I really like the idea of the detachable speaker tags on the side of the headset. The League of Legends Astro A30s come with two sets of speaker tags, one featuring the League of Legends logo and the other its developer Riot Games.
At $99, the League of Legends Astro A30 Headset strikes a good balance between affordability and quality. The much lighter weight and lower price point of the A30s as opposed to its big brothers will definitely be a purchasing factor for some, and the sound quality is still incredibly strong. The headset can be outfitted with pre-made or custom speaker tags, and the scaled-down design means they can be worn for hours without any issues. Astro really did their homework in creating this headset, and hasn’t left much to complain about. Highly recommended.