In the many years I’ve been writing about the video game industry I’ve had the opportunity to test and use a multitude of audio devices meant to enhance the gaming experience. More often than not these devices tend to be slight improvements over inexpensive pair of earbuds or headphones. Over the last couple of weeks I had the opportunity to test out the Logitech G9333 Artemis Spectrum Gaming Headset a futuristic looking pair of over-the-ear headphones that can be used wired or wirelessly with consoles and PC. And I have to say I was left impressed.
Compatible with a variety of PC and gaming devices: Including PS3, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox 360, as well as most PCs and any TV with powered USB and RCA audio output.
Wireless range up to 32' indoors: Offers flexible connectivity.
7.1 Dolby Surround Sound: Along with Pro-GTM audio drivers delivers robust, immersive audio for your favorite games.
Built-in noise-canceling microphone: Let’s you communicate with other players clearly.
RGB lighting: Along with swappable backlit speaker plates allows you to customize your headset.
Programmable G-keys: Let you assign game controls and macros.
USB and RCA inputs: Let you connect a variety of devices.
Rechargeable 1100 mAh lithium-ion battery: Provides hours of gameplay on a full charge.
If there was ever a headset in which design would be considered as big of a factor in the purchasing decision as the actual quality of the sound, it would be the Logitech G933. The design is bold, to say the least. This is a massive headset weighing just under two pounds. The majority of the headset is a jet black that I absolutely love. As in life, the majority black finish helps to make the headset appear slightly trimmer than it actually is. On the sides of each of the headphones is RGB lighting which you can customize using the software on your PC. On the left headphone are three programmable G-keys which are also programmable. I’m not much of a PC gamer so this functionality wasn’t a big use case for me personally and even if I was I’m not sure having these keys not clearly visible would make them overly useful. There are a power and mute button on either side of the three G-keys which I tended to blindly hunt for until I got the right button.
Aesthetically I love everything about this headset except for the lighting. I find it to be a bit obnoxious. As someone who games a lot late into the evening, having this glow around my head was distracting. Although the lighting I did find bothersome the rest of the design I actually really enjoyed. The headset is large but it’s also very well constructed, and providing one of the most comfortable headsets I’ve ever worn. Most of the time these types of headphones crush my ears, but the Logitech G9333 is almost like a small cocoon that perfectly cradles my entire ear. It also solved the problem I’ve had with a lot of headphones where I feel like there is too much weight on my ears because a lot of that load is taken by the massive headband. That’s not to say though that if you were having a good hair day before putting these on you most certainly won’t afterward.
In complete transparency at the top I reviewed this headset primarily for console use. I do play some PC games but my main focus is console and therefore I tested it using the systems that I use on a day-to-day basis, my Xbox One and Playstation 4. The headset is able to be used in both a wired and wireless mode on the Playstation 4, but only wired for the Xbox One. The setup for the wireless on the Playstation 4 was seamless. I plugged the USB adapter into the Playstation 4, powered it up, and turned on the headset in the wireless mode and everything worked perfectly. I had no issues at all getting anything to connect or work properly. However, because both controllers now have a built in 3.5mm headphone jack I preferred to keep the headset wired although the sound differential between wired and wireless wasn’t noticeable.
To test out the headphones I went with the tried and true method of throwing everything I could at the headphones. From quiet games like Firewatch to bombastic games like Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2, I threw as much variety as possible to truly test out the headphones. The short of it is I was incredibly impressed. Not only was the headset insanely comfortable but the sound was pure and crisp. Although the 7.1 surround sound is only available on the PC, there was enough simulated surround sound that only the deftest of hearing will be able to truly notice the difference. I also really appreciated the headsets ability to keep sound from leaking out enabling others nearby to hear what I was playing. Even at the higher volumes the sound was very nicely contained in the headset.
No matter what I tested the headset with I came out impressed. It’s one of the rare headphones that I’ve reviewed that sounded great no matter the game I played. I enjoyed the rich bass during an explosion, but also the crisp smooth sounds of a more subtle soundtrack. Even for a game like NBA 2K17 I noticed sound effects that I wasn’t hearing with other headphones or my soundbar.
The Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Gaming Headset retails for $199.99 according to the Logitech website, but after a quick Google search you will find it for around $125-$150. At that price I cannot help but recommend this as a great gaming headset regardless of platform. Its comfort is in a class of its own. Combine that with solid sound, and the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Gaming Headset is one of the best headsets I’ve ever tested.
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