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Review: Logitech G430 Gaming Headphones

TL:DR

Technical Specifications

  • Headphone
    Driver: 40mm
    Frequency response: 20Hz-20KHz
    Impedance: 32 Ohms
    Sensitivity: 90dB SPL/mW
    Microphone Pickup pattern: Cardioid (Unidirectional) 
    Type: Pressure Gradient Electret Condenser
    Frequency response: 50-20KHz
    Sensitivity: -40dBV/Pa re: 0dB = 1 Pa, 1KHz
    Test conditions: 3.0V, 2.2K Ohm

Rating of the Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse

  • Looks *****
  • Value **
  • Durability ****
  • Usability *****

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

Pro's

1.     Lightweight

2.     Dem Feels for the noggin!

3.     Super-long cable

4.    Sounds superb under most conditions!

Cons

1.     Couldn't quite get the positional audio to work for me in-game

2.     A bit pricey relative to competitors in its class

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Deceivingly comfy!

Introduction

I'm not going to lie here, I'm a fan of Logitech kit. Always have been, and with one exception, will be for some time to come.

The Gaming series of Logitech accessories is one of those things that I’ve always been a fan of. Although older now, I’ve been a happy and proud user of both the Logitech G35 and Logitech G330 series of headphones; so when this set of 430’s landed on my desk for review, I’m like, “groovy, replacement for my G35's?” Not quite so…

Usage of the Logitech G430 Gaming Headset

At first glance, the Logitech G430 series of headphones looks like the Logitech G35 series or the wireless variant. It has the definitive big ear cups, the big headband, and the iconic (to me at least) microphone boom. That’s where the similarity ends.

My old G35’s had a black covering for the earmuffs, now mostly eroded away with near constant use, the G430’s have a supposedly new sporty cloth covering. This is co-incidentally rather funny, as I went shopping for some new running shorts this past weekend; this stuff feels almost exactly like the webbing inside the shorts, which while sounding initially creepy, is actually a good thing! It’s really like having something sporty comfort on your noggin. The sales blurb on the packaging and on the website wasn’t lying!

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Awww yeah, comfy!

The microphone boom functions like I’d expect it to, in a manner very similar to my old Logitech G35, there is a definite upper and lower point where the boom can be adjusted to, the boom itself is flexible, so that it can be moved closer or further away from the mouth. Unlike the old G35’s, there is no auto-muting function when moving the mic into the upper position, but this is more a matter of looking at this and expecting it to work like the way I would at home, with my old headset.

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What sorcery is this?! G35 witb G330 controls! Heresy!

The lack of muting functionality on the boom isn’t a necessarily bad thing. I wrote earlier that I was a fan of the G330 series of headphones as well; here is where those similarities come into play. There is an in-line volume and microphone muting control on the cord, which looks identical to the old G330’s control system too. The cord leads off… eventually… to a pair of stereo jack plugs for analogue sound out and mic plugs, which then plug into a small USB adaptor – again, just like the old G330 headset. I’m not sure as to what techno-wizardry is sitting inside that little adaptor, but it manages to get pseudo 7.1 sound output through to the headphones.

The signal from the analogue plugs to the eventual headphones have to travel a bit of a distance. There is a very generous length of cable, 2.3 meters of thin, lightweight, blue, cloth-braided cord between headset and input jacks!

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Waaaaaay over there!

While I’m not a big fan of the concept, and I’d say that gamers should generally be careful with their gear regardless, the fact that the headset can rotate slightly more than 90 degrees to be able to lap cups-flat on a flat surface is a great feature, useful for when you need to toss your headphones off quickly, either for a victory-dance around the room, or for those occasional rage-quit moments, or if you have a sudden case of wife-aggro developing. In addition, these headphones are light, significantly lighter than I’d initially expected from these headphones, so that’s also definitely a plus feature.

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Almost as flat as a pancake!

I don’t have the technical ability to measure dB response, SnR, frequency spread, and those other funny things which are important to the audiophiles out there, so here I have to rather just tell you what I thought of the general usage out of the headphones.

I like them.

Jammed some tunes from my music collection, sounded great. Played with some bass and treble settings in the driver panel itself, rather than from the music player – sounded great. Turned on the advanced equalizer and shifted some balances around when listening to in-game sounds, as well as some Metallica S&M as well as some trance-y stuff I had readily available – sounded great. Tuned into Soundcloud to listen to Sindel Pellion – one of my favourite EVE Online parody songwriters and singers – she sounds great (as always).

Software and Drivers of the Logitech G430 Gaming Headset

As is with all the Logitech G-series accessories, drivers are all integrated into the unified Logitech Gaming Software suite, so if you have any other Logitech G-series kit, everything is accessible through one common interface.

Settings exposed through this interface include at the basic level include overall volume levels for both headset output and microphone input. Here is also a bass and treble adjustment scale. There is also an advanced equaliser and pre-amp which is also available at the touch of a button. A useful feature is that there the equaliser can be turned on and off while retaining its previous settings. This is a handy feature if you’ve got your favourite listening profile down pat, but only really require it for a particular type of sound or music experience.

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Auto-cranked up to 11!

There is also a Dolby Surround Sound dialogue available where one can elect to enable or disable Dolby Surround Sound, as well as adjust individual sound volumes for each output. I like the fact that the sound levels are already set automatically to level 11 J

Conclusion

The Logitech G430 gaming headset is some really good kit. Combining some excellent properties from both the Logitech G35 as well as the G330, characteristics from both have been combined into a single effective and elegant package. The earmuffs don’t make my head warm like the G35; it’s significantly lighter as well.

Solid audio output for a variety of tasks, this headset is well-placed in the mid-to-top-range of audio gear available from the Logitech Gaming Series. I would heartily recommend this kit to any discerning gamer!

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