Earlier this year I had the opportunity to review the Logitech G933, a headset that I really enjoyed despite its steep $200 price tag. This time, I’m back to tell you about my experience with the latest Logitech headset I’ve had the chance to test out that’s half the price. It’s the Logitech G433 and it’s a unique take on a gaming headset from its design, to its approach to audio and the like. So let’s jump in and talk about this $100 gaming headset.
- Extremely lightweight for maximum comfort
- Hydrophobic, stain-resistant fabric shell and comes with two sets of ear pads - sports mesh and microfiber
- Maximum audio performance with DTS Headphone: X 7.1 surround sound and Pro-G drivers for dynamic range
- Detachable boom mic and two audio cables included to work with PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and mobile
- Removable boom mic has micro-pop filter to reduce environmental noises and deliver clear communications
The first thing that struck me was how little this headset looked like a typical gaming headset. Its equal parts fabric and plastic. The headset comes in three colors which they refer to as Fire Red, Royal Blue, and Triple Black. For my review unit, Logitech sent the Royal Blue version which is stunning. It's flashy without being ostentatious. I like both the color blue and how it compliments the mesh fabric.
Its apparent right from the get-go that this headset is meant for both gaming and mobile use. The microphone is detachable and the headset comes with a simple carrying case. You also have a couple of options in terms of inputs. You can use the 3.5mm, or a split 3.55mm cord, as well as a USB plugin. The USB plug allows you to get simulated 7.1 surround sound on PC games which we will talk more about later in this review.
Logitech isn’t always known for making the most comfortable headphones, but there was an obvious amount of care and attention put into the design of this headset. There’s a good deal of cushion on the top headband and the two versions of the ear pads. Outside of pure aesthetics, it's nice having two options for ear pads. There’s a mesh version as well as a microfiber one. I preferred the one but it’s nice to have the option available.
Because this headset seems designed for different situations, I wanted to make sure that I put it through its paces both on the go as well as playing games. I was really impressed with the comfort of the Logitech G433. It’s an unassuming design but it has a high degree of comfort. My one caveat to that is that regardless of which ear pad I used (microfiber or mesh) I found them both to keep my ears a little warmer then I like. That goes with the territory of an over the ear headset, but both materials didn’t offer a lot of breathing room.
In terms of sound quality, I was really impressed by the Logitech G433. When just using the 3.5mm jack and not getting the simulated 7.1 surround sound I thought everything sounded pretty good. There is some distortion that occurs at the highest volume levels, but that goes with the territory in this price category. For mid-range audio, the Logitech G433 performs really well. I tested it out on all sorts of games and music and I really liked the sound. It doesn’t overdo the bass and gives nice immersive sound.
I also tested out the 7.1 surround sound functionality on PC and sadly the headset just doesn’t handle that well. I’m not sure if it’s the Logitech drivers or limitations in the hardware, but either way, there’s not a huge difference in the headset between the audio using the simulated surround sound or the normal stereo audio. In fact, I found that while playing, the simulated surround sound seemed to lose some of the punch of the more action-oriented games.
The Logitech G433 is in an interesting price category when it comes to gaming headsets. There’s a crowded market in the sub-$50 and $200 and above. This might be one of the more compelling mid-priced gaming headsets I’ve had the chance to check out. I really loved the Logitech G433 simple design and comfort along with its solid audio quality. My only real complaint was the poor performance at the higher volume levels and the poor simulated surround sound when playing PC games. But if you’re looking for a mid-priced headset to use for games at home and on the go I found the Logitech G433 to be a really solid option.
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