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Astro C40 TR controller review

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Quick verdict: The Astro C40 is a supremely well-designed PS4/PC controller with plenty of customisation options and premium performance, but it will cost you a pretty penny.

  • Sleek, hardy design that feels suitably premium
  • Reliable and responsive controls
  • Flexible customisation options to suit various gaming styles
  • It's not cheap
  • The face buttons are still a little spongey
Astro C40 TR sitting in carry case
Finder score: 4.0
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The market for high-end video game controllers has grown significantly over the last console generation. Companies like Razer, SCUF and Nacon provide premium alternatives to the standard PS4 Dualshock 4 controller, designed for folks craving more versatility and higher performance from their input devices.

Now popular headset-maker Astro has stepped into the ring with the Astro C40 TR controller. Compatible with both PS4 and PC/Mac, the C40 is a top-of-the-line device that lets you tinker with it as you see fit, changing its analog stick layout, remapping its buttons and tweaking the sensitivity of its triggers. At $400 it's no small investment, but if you're looking to get more out of your PS4 or PC gaming set-up, the C40 has a lot to offer.


Design

Design

  • Comfortable grip feels satisfying to hold
  • Extra rear buttons are positioned within easy reach
  • Premium build quality is sturdy and durable
Astro C40 TR controller front shot

Performance

Performance

  • Firm, responsive buttons
  • Smooth and precise analog sticks
  • Clicky D pad is a vast improvement over the Dualshock 4
Astro C40 TR next to Dualshock 4

Features

Features

  • Modular design lets you swap between parallel and offset stick layouts as you please
  • Hugely customisable with adjustable button mappings, stick and trigger sensitivity and even rumble intensity
  • Trigger stops enable faster firing in FPS games
Astro C40 sitting in its carry case

Should you buy the Astro C40?

Finder score: 4.0

The Astro C40 is one slick device. It feels great, performs reliably and responsively and supports extensive customisation that gives you far more control over how you game.

While $400 is a lot of money to lay down, it's on par with what you'll pay for high-end controllers from the likes of Razer or SCUF. The Astro C40 deserves consideration alongside those names for anyone wanting to upgrade their gaming set-up.


Pricing and availability

Price

RRP $399.95

Where to buy


Specifications

Build

Weight
310g
Dimensions
168mm x 108mm x 53mm

Connectivity

Wireless frequency
2.4GHz
Wireless latency
5ms
Headphone jack
Yes
Wired connection
Micro USB

Compatibility

Compatible platforms
PS4, PC, Mac
Requirements
USB 2.0 port

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