Gear Review: Logitech G433 7.1 Wired Surround Gaming Headset

The last Logitech gaming headset I used, the G231 Prodigy, fell short of the quality I’ve come to expect from the company. While the audio quality was clear, the angular ear design felt awkward, the plastic casing felt bulky, cheap, and rickety, and even with a pretty thick cushion the band caused a dull, numb ache on the top of my head every time I strapped the cans on. Thankfully, Logitech’s latest G433 gaming headset has been a completely different experience.

First, let’s take a quick inventory of everything you get right out of the box. In addition to the headset, the package includes a detachable boom mic; a USB DAC (digital audio converter) dongle; a braided cable with volume control for use with PC and consoles; a plastic-coated mobile cable with inline mic; a mic and headphone splitter cable for connecting to PC without going through the USB soundcard; two pairs of interchangeable ear pads; and a storage/carrying sack for the headset and all accessories. On content alone, that’s a nice package of accessories for a hundred bucks.

The G433 headset is built for comfort. The ear pads and headband cushion are covered by a breathable sports mesh fabric, which gives the headset a slick, fresh style and promotes airflow for cool comfort around the ears. Kind of like a pair of basketball shorts or a dry fit shirt for the ears. (The second pair of ear pads is made of a plushier microfiber, which is even softer but also hotter around the ears.) The headphones are just large enough to encompass the ears, but not so big that they feel bulky or cumbersome. The adjustable headband, with its smooth ratcheting action, along with swiveling ear pads, helps find the right balance of comfort and stability to fit your particular head shape and size.

While the frame is plastic, which I’m always a little leery about due to a number of past experiences with plastic headsets snapping from normal wear and tear, the build quality is of sturdy craftsmanship. I can’t tell for sure, but the inner telescoping piece of the headband does feel like it’s reinforced with a thin strip of metal, which heightens confidence that the headset will stay in one piece. I’ve been using the headset every single day for all of my PC gaming for close to three months now, and everything’s still working and holding up like brand new.

For a mid-range headset, the sound quality is exceptional, providing rich clarity and well rounded highs and lows to enhance your experience with any game. Bass has some good oomph, but isn’t booming to the point of overshadowing everything else. For PC users only, the headset can be hooked up through the included USB soundcard for virtual 7.1 surround sound. Simulated surround sound in headphones tends to vary quite a bit in quality, but I’d say the G433 is up with some of the best headphones I’ve used as far as capturing positional audio. Not far removed from Halloween, a lot of my time testing the headset recently has been with atmospheric horror games, which have been made all the more immersive thanks to the G433’s surround sound capabilities. A game like Perception, in which you play as a blind woman exploring a haunted mansion using echolocation and directional audio cues, really stands out as a highlight for how well the virtual surround sound enhances the atmosphere and keeps you on edge, looking over your shoulder as sounds clearly register as if they really are occurring all around you.

Players who want to get in and tinker with the audio levels can do so using Logitech’s Gaming Software app, which provides a custom equalizer for fine-tuning volume, bass, treble, sidetone, and sound frequencies. A number of pre-set configurations tailored to specific types of game genres are included as well, such as MOBA, FPS, Drop the Bass, and Cinematic Gaming. The software also has a mixer for adjusting the volume of each individual surround sound speaker channel.

While the audio quality is great, noise cancelation is not one of the headset’s strong suits. The headphones don’t block out ambient noise particularly well, nor do they seal off audio from blaring out for those around you to hear. The microphone fares a little better, at least on PC. When used on console, the mic is quite sensitive to picking up on surrounding noise, whether it’s other people talking or, say, a TV in the background. Using with a PC, though, the mic seems to block out background noise a whole lot better. I don’t know if that has something to do with running through the DAC or the fact that the mic’s volume levels on PC are noticeably lower than when hooked up to a console. Weak noise cancelation aside, the sound going through the mic is clear for gaming chat and other basic needs. The rubberized boom mic is flexible and holds in different positions well. Plus it’s fully detachable for when you just need the headphones and want the mic out of your face.

The primary braided cable is close to 7 feet long (plus another few inches if hooked up through the soundcard adapter) so you’ve got plenty of leeway to work with. A control box, with volume wheel and mic mute switch, is built into the wire about a foot down from where it plugs into the headset, which puts it right around chest height, within easy reach of either hand. There’s another sliding rubber clip attached to the cable as well, but I’m not 100% sure of its purpose. Initially, I thought maybe it was supposed to be for securing excess wire, but the braided cable is too thin in diameter to stay put. My best guess is that it’s supposed to be a clip for holding the boom mic when it’s not in use, because I tested that out and the mic fit into the clip perfectly.

The G433 is compatible as a regular stereo headset on PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One, and mobile devices, which means it’s capable of fulfilling the job as an all-in-one solution you can transfer between a variety of gaming systems. However, I would only buy this headset if PC is your primary platform. The headset is a solid supplemental device for consoles, but clearly its peak performance is achieved on PC with the use of the USB soundcard. The lone weakness is so-so noise cancelation, which will only matter if you tend to play games in high traffic areas. You won’t have to worry about it if you prefer to play in isolation. With a sporty sense of style (available color options include Black, Fire Red, Royal Blue, and Blue Camo), comfortable mesh ear pads, excellent virtual surround sound integration and all-around audio quality, and a nice stash of complementary accessories, the Logitech G433 is an impressive, well-rounded headset at an affordable mid-range value.

Buy From: Logitech G433 Gaming Headset is available from Amazon and Logitech for $99.99.

Disclosure: Product sample for the G433 Gaming Headset was provided to VGBlogger.com for review purposes by Logitech.

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