Logitech engineered every aspect of the A30 to focus on the gaming experience.
About the Logitech G Astro A30
Here are the specs of the headset we tested:
- Price: $230
- Battery life: Up to 27 hours
- Drivers: 40mm drivers
- Colors: White, navy, gunmetal grey Mandalorian variant
- Materials: Silicone headband, faux leather ear cup padding
- Weight: 12.06 ounces
- Connectivity: LIGHTSPEED 2.4 GHz via USB-A dongle, Bluetooth, 3.5mm aux
- Compatibility: PC, Mac, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5 and 4, Nintendo Switch
- Noise cancellation: None
- Microphone: Pinhole mic on headset, detachable boom microphone
- Other special features: Removable and customizable side plates
Included with the Astro A30 is a detachable boom mic, USB-A wireless dongle, USB-A to USB-C charging cable, 1/8″ TRRS to 1/8″ TRRS cable, carrying case, and quick start guide. As far as the setup process goes, the A30 are relatively straightforward to get connected to your mobile device or gaming system. The power button is in a rather unconventional spot on the headphones (high up on the right cup), but from there, you’ll just need to press the Bluetooth button, find the headphones in your device’s Bluetooth settings, and establish a connection.
The A30 is available in two configurations based solely on its compatibility: a PlayStation 5 and PS4 model, and an Xbox Series X|S model. However, while you do have to decide which console you’ll be using the A30 with, both editions are compatible with PCs, Macs, and the Nintendo Switch. All that being said, they offer cross-compatibility via a USB-A transmitter that’s sold separately.
Logitech also offers a special Mandalorian colorway in gunmetal grey for $249 (though it can be found on sale for $230).
What we like
They’re great for gaming
Unsurprisingly, Logitech engineered every aspect of the Astro A30 to focus on improving the gaming experience. No matter which model you choose, they’re compatible with PC, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, mobile, and other portable gaming devices. Connectivity is just as flexible, with a LIGHTSPEED wireless 2.4 GHz connection, Bluetooth, and 3.5mm aux cable options
Performance-wise, the A30 are just as stellar. They offer up to 27 hours of battery life, meaning they’re ready and willing when it comes to long gaming sessions. You also have the option of using either the A30’s built-in mic or the included detachable boom mic. Both were able to transmit clear dialogue when playing games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II online with friends. Unfortunately, the headset lacks active noise cancellation technology to completely neutralize background noise for these mics. That said, the seal of the headphones over your ears provides decent passive noise cancellation. It’s not the real deal, but we’ll take it.
On the flip side of the audio experience, the A30 feature 40mm drivers that were able to produce remarkably realistic audio. The already-impressive soundtrack from Stardew Valley came to life with the A30s, and playing NHL 2k23 and being able to hear the chatter, cheers and jeers of simulated fans dance across the soundstage made it feel like you were actually on the ice.
For Call of Duty in particular, the A30 showcased fascinating spatial performance. I was able to hear the footsteps of enemies placed exactly where they should be in the soundstage, whether it be behind me, in front of me, or on either side. This proved to be an incredibly valuable advantage over the competition.
The sound quality
The Astro A30 aren’t the perfect headphones for casual music listening, but they get the job done more often than not. They do have a detailed, clear soundstage that lends itself well to genres that emphasize vocals over instrumentals. Luke Combs’ raspy, powerful voice was impressive in tracks like “Better Together,” but more dynamic selections didn’t sound as polished, like Childish Gambino’s “3005.”
It wasn’t a bad sound, but it made the headset’s limitations crystal clear. The A30 do offer good sound overall, but don’t expect them to start encroaching on the Sennheiser Momentum 4 or the Sony WH-1000XM5.
They’re comfortable for hours on end
A whopping 27 hours of battery life wouldn’t mean much if the A30 weren’t comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. Luckily for these Logitech cans, they’re a true treat for your ears’ comfort. With silicone headband padding and soft over-ear cups, the A30 didn’t put an exaggerated amount of pressure on my head, regardless of how long I wore them.
They do weigh in at nearly a pound, meaning that you’re not likely to forget you’re wearing them. But ear fatigue wasn’t a factor during the time I spent with the A30.
The controls are a little funky, but not hard to use. Your main control is a tiny joystick, and pressing it forward increases volume, while toggling back turns the jams down. One press of the joystick pauses audio, two presses changes the track, and three takes you back to the previous track. It takes a minute, but it’s a simple, straightforward set of commands once you get the hang of them.
What we don’t like
The app can be buggy
The accompanying iOS and Android app for the Astro A30 isn’t quite as demoralizing as the app for the similarly-priced Logitech G Fits which refused to recognize the earbuds it was built for over the course of an entire week before things finally clicked. But the A30 app did crash on occasion while I was adjusting settings.
The good news about apps is that they can be, and are, consistently updated. So while this was a small issue during my time reviewing the A30, it could very well be a non-factor with a future version of the app.
When it was running well, the app was useful in being able to swap between sound profiles and equalizers, with the added option of being able to create a custom version of either.
Should you buy the Logitech Astro A30?
Yes, they rock for gaming
First and foremost, the Logitech G Astro A30 are gaming headphones. And in that space, they’re excellent. The A30 are widely compatible with most modern gaming systems and have a plethora of connection types to choose from. Their performance lives up to the hype, delivering detailed, impactful sound and wielding battery life that could let you play for over a day straight. Not that you necessarily should, of course—but you could!
Outside of the gaming space, they may not be the best-sounding headphones for music, but the A30 still offers detailed vocals and mostly good sound. The app can be slightly finicky, but nothing significant enough to give you second thoughts. And with the detachable mic arm, they might actually see outside use.
The A30 are far from the only options when it comes to great gaming headsets. The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless, for instance, offer detailed, engaging sound, for $130 more. Or, if you’d rather save a few more bucks, the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 1 is a no-nonsense (wired) headset with good audio quality for only a mere $60.
Competition aside, the bottom line is abundantly clear. Logitech built a pair of great gaming headphones in the Astro A30. If you’re shopping for your next pair of over ears, these deserve to be near the top of your list.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
Meet the tester
Nick Woodard is a tech journalist specializing in all things related to home theater and A/V. His background includes a solid foundation as a sports writer for multiple daily newspapers, and he enjoys hiking and mountain biking in his spare time.
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