Over the last year, Logitech’s G-Series has been undergoing a quiet Renaissance. New technologies like ‘LightSpeed’ have brought wireless gaming to the eSports arena, while wired gaming headsets have become more affordable (and better than ever). Over the weekend I’ve put the Logitech G433 headset through the wringer, and the design is worth a designated spot on your comparison shopping list. At $99 on Amazon or the official Logitech website, the headset is easily one of the least expensive models on the market to offer 7.1 DTS Surround Sound, and the model comes with a wide-array of extras that help set it apart from other low-cost models.
While the G-Series itself is certainly marketed towards video-game enthusiasts, we were happy to see that the new Logitech G433 models aren’t bedazzled with RGBs or neon-painted plastic cans. The G433 options can be worn anywhere, without turning heads, and the box includes several cable-sets to outfit almost all of your devices. While you need the included USB adapter to take full advantage of the headphones, they can be used with mobile phones or laptops through the traditional 3.5MM jack. If you do plan to use them with your phone, you won’t find a volume control on the in-line mic controls, but you can pause or play music, and skip to the next song. On PC, the braided cable does offer a volume control, as well as a mute button. It’s an odd choice, but since volume controls are so easily accessible on most phones, it’s an understandable decision. Feel free to use these on your PS4 or Xbox One as well, since they are designed to work on those platforms as well.
If comparing the G433 model to other headsets in the $99 range, they have a terrific sound. In their class they are certainly at the top, offering a wide-range of sound with impressive customization options. The G433 are priced-right, $99 is far from expensive when compared to other headphones, but the build-quality and design match the price well. They aren’t ‘premium’ by any means, but they are a solid choice if you want great sound without breaking the bank. I’ve tested dozens of 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound headsets in the past, and while all of them worked to some degree, these are a few of the best I’ve tested. The tech seems to work best in FPS mode, which makes sense, and you’ll be laying down suppression fire (in the right direction) whenever you hear footsteps. You can get a preview of the headset below thanks to a promotional video put together by the company.
While the blue camo version that Logitech sent me to test doesn’t fit my own personal style, they do come in red, blue, and black as well. Depending on your preference, you probably prefer cans that rest on your ears or completely cover them, the G433 are the latter. While this isn’t usually my first choice for ‘streetwear’ headphones, I prefer this for gaming headphones. Long play-sessions often tend to heat-up, quite literally, and over-the-ear headsets seem to be more comfortable over longer sessions. Logitech certainly offers a comfortable design with the G433s, which I consider to be the second most important aspect of a headset (the first being performance of course). The headset is lightweight and powerful, and the compatibility and reliability of Logitech’s software is certainly something to consider when shopping for new headphones that work on PCs. The company even threw in a pair of microfiber pads, so if you have sensitive ears you can cover them in microfiber goodness. The mic on the G433 is detachable, made of a malleable rubber that bends to rest where you need it, and worked well in all scenarios and games that I tested it on. You can screw-in the mic in whenever you plan on joining team-chat, and unscrew it when you don’t. You can store the mic, and all of the extra cables, in the included travel bag (which matches the model you chose).
So let’s talk extras, starting with the Logitech software bundle. I’m a huge proponent of using the same software to control all of the peripherals connected to a computer, and I suggest it to everyone. Many brands offer this, and while other companies certainly have comparable hardware, the Logitech Software Bundle is still my favorite to use. It’s lightweight behind the scenes, meaning that it doesn’t consume RAM or processing power while sitting open on your taskbar, and it’s very easy to use. Best of all, it just works, without the need for endless tampering or restarts. The software will recognize your G433 headset when you launch everything, and you can even set the background image in the UI to match the color-model that you chose. With the DTS USB adapter in place, you will be able to set any of the six preset equalizers, which include a Flat mode, FPS, MOBA, a Drop the Bass mode, Cinematic Gaming mode, or a simple Communications mode. If you end up not liking any of these choices, you are free to create your own custom profile at any time. On this screen is also where you can adjust the volume levels for the mic, or decide if you want to hear yourself talk through the headset or not. This is called side-tone if you haven’t picked up that term yet. Just like with other software bundles, you have the option to assign games to certain profiles, so you won’t have to manually switch to FPS when entering Overwatch, or Cinematic when you fire up Destiny 2’s campaign mode. Just be sure to test out the DTS tech, it’s a great feature and one that you can enable if you are using the USB adapter.
Even at its low price, the G433 are a solid installment to the Logitech G-Series line, offering great sound and top-tier tech at an affordable price. Having the option to use them anywhere (with almost anything) is a bonus, and the software is intuitive and streamlined.