Feature-packed powerhouse with a catch

Got an avid gamer in the family? Metropol’s gadget guru Ian Knott puts Logitech’s Astro A50 X Gaming Headset through its paces.

The Astro A50 X is the latest iteration in the Logitech G line of high-end gaming headsets. It boasts a feature list unlike any other, including HDMI switching between PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles. Packed with impressive audio quality and a comfortable design, this headset aims to be the ultimate companion for multi-platform console gamers. However, some drawbacks hold it back from achieving universal appeal.

Design: Familiar Look, Stellar Comfort

The A50 X retains the classic Astro design with a distinctive angular look and soft, memory foam ear cups. While the overall construction is plastic, it feels solid, and the ear cups swivel 90 degrees for a comfortable fit. The headband is well-padded, and the magnetically detachable ear cups can be swapped for cooler leatherette ones (not included). It should be said that the dense ear cup foam can trap heat during extended gaming sessions.

The included base station is what all your devices plug into, and serves as a charging dock for the headset. It also carries an angular aesthetic and looks stylish on any desk.

Features: The Big Selling Point

The A50 X shines in its feature set. It boasts three HDMI and three USB-C ports on the base station, allowing simultaneous connection to a PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC. The magic lies in the HDMI switching functionality. This eliminates the need to constantly swap cables when switching between consoles, a major convenience for multi-platform gamers.

However, there are limitations. This setup essentially turns the A50 X into an HDMI switcher box. While it works flawlessly between PS5 and Xbox Series X, PC users are left out if their PC doesn’t have HDMI (a rarity these days, to be fair). Additionally, the Bluetooth functionality is limited to the base station, meaning no direct connection to mobile devices or the Nintendo Switch. This can be a deal-breaker for gamers who value on-the-go play.

Performance: Top-Tier Audio

The A50 X boasts Logitech’s Lightspeed wireless technology for reliable connection and impressive range. The star of the show, however, is the audio quality. Powered by 40mm graphene drivers, the A50 X delivers exceptional sound with a well-balanced soundscape across all ranges. Music, movies, and games come alive with detailed audio and precise directional cues, making it a joy for competitive and immersive experiences.

The microphone is equally impressive, offering crisp and clear voice capture, perfect for online gaming and communication. It does, however, struggle to isolate and attempt to eliminate background noise.

Should You Buy It?

The Astro A50 X offers a compelling package for multi-platform console gamers seeking top-notch audio quality and seamless console switching. However, the high price tag ($799.95) and limitations like no direct Bluetooth connection to the headset and a cumbersome PC setup might deter some.

Here’s a quick breakdown to help you decide:


  • Excellent compatibility with PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X.
  • Unique HDMI switching functionality.
  • Superior audio quality with detailed soundscape.
  • Powerful and clear boom microphone.
  • Comfortable design.


  • No active noise reduction
  • Bluetooth limited to base station.
  • Requires an all-in-one base station setup, not ideal for mobile use.
  • High price tag.

In Conclusion:

The Astro A50 X is a powerhouse headset with stunning audio quality and a game-changer for console gamers who frequently switch between PS5 and Xbox Series X. However, its limitations in portability make it a niche choice. Consider your gaming habits and needs before taking the plunge.

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