In this review, I am going to give you an overview of my experience with using the new Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset. I have been using this headset for about two months now and could not be happier with the purchase and the price I paid for the headset.
Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset
There are a few things that I would have liked to see improvements on, but these are very minor compared to the overall performance and quality of the G930. Read on for details!
Quality – 9/10
When I bought the G930, I wasn’t expecting the best on the market of course because the price is lower than some of the other high end gaming headsets. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I put them on for the first time and switched on the beautiful Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound. This headset sounds amazing, and while the 7.1 is all software emulated as opposed to some more expensive options with actual surround sound speakers, it is hard to want any more than what Logitech is giving you here.
And of course with any gaming headset, the comfort level is just as if not more important then the sound quality. For the past two months, I have been using this headset on average about six to seven hours a day, with a few days going past the 12 hour mark. This is the most comfortable headset I have ever used at this point. I haven’t tried all of the other high end models, but I don’t know how anyone could beat the feel of the G930. The headband on the headset is lined with memory foam and this just makes it feel amazing, even after you’ve been wearing it for an entire day. The ear pads are covered with a leather like material and fit around my ears just perfectly and there is some room for people with larger ears as well. One of the main problems I have experienced with other headsets is getting really sore on the tops of my ears and I have never had this problem when using the G930.
When taking a look at the build of the rest of the headset, it is pretty durable. The inside of the headband is made with stainless steel and the joints for the ear cups are made with aluminum alloy. As long as you don’t treat this thing terribly, I couldn’t imagine anyone having a problem with anything snapping or breaking. The microphone is also very well made and sturdy. I don’t think you would every have to worry about it breaking off when moving it back and forth. And last but definitely not least, this headset is wireless! Now this is one of the main reasons why I bought this model in the first place. I didn’t want to deal with a cord hanging down anymore and also wanted to be able to walk around in my room without taking it off my head. I use this feature constantly and am very impressed with the wireless in this headset.
The G930 comes with a USB wireless receiver and a dock to plug it into. The dock is circular and comes with a coiled up cable that you can unwrap to charge your headset even while your using it. The dock is made of plastic and is feels kind of cheap, but it serves its purpose well. The only thing that I would say is a minor annoyance is that the earphones sometimes make a little bit of noise (clicking, creaking) when turning them back and forth, which isn’t a problem at all when your actually using it. To sum up, when you start using the G930, you really feel like you are using a very high quality piece of equipment. All the features packed into this thing are amazing and done very well.
Performance – 9/10
Now to get down to the nitty gritty, does this thing actually work? I am happy to say that it does work, and it works all the time! I was a little worried about the wireless signal and how reliable it would be, but it has never let me down yet! The sound quality is amazing when you have the 7.1 surround sound switched on. When this feature is off and you are listening to stereo audio, it sounds decent but you are definitely going to want to keep the 7.1 on all the time. The range of the sound holds up pretty well, getting excellent high ends and good low ends. However if you get a lot of bass or turn the bass level up on the headset, you may get some buzzing.
The battery life on this headset is very good. Logitech states that it can last up to 10 hours per charge, and this is actually correct! I have gone past 10 hours on a few occasions but the 10 hour limit is pretty accurate in my case. I like being able to charge the battery while I am listening to something, which just consists of plugging in the mini USB cable from your dock into the bottom of the left earphone. As far as the wireless goes, it works very well. I can walk to the other end of my house with my music still blaring away. The microphone has been working very well, and picks up my voice clearly. When you push the mic up out of your way, a signal light on it turns red, which notifies that your microphone is muted. There is also a mute button on the side of the headset if you want to mute yourself on the fly without pushing your mic away. The volume roller wheel is right next to the mute button and works well for changing volume levels quickly.
There are also three G buttons on the side of the left earphone which I was not very impressed with. They do allow you to open certain programs, or switch between tracks in windows media player/itunes/winamp, but the functions are limited. Right now, you can only assign these G keys to functions that Logitech has already programmed into the software, which isn’t many, and I didn’t find any of them useful. However, they did release an SDK package for developers to right their own plugins to use with the G keys on the headset which can be downloaded for free from their website. While I would have liked to see the G keys made more useful to people who don’t use WMP or Itunes, this headset is solid and it works all the time!
There isn’t a lot to say about the provided software for the G930. Obviously, when you buy this headset, make sure to go to Logitech’s website to download the latest version of the software and don’t just use the one on the disk provided in the box. The software gives you some basic controls to adjust the tone of the sound, mute the volume, and adjust the volume of the 7.1 surround sound speakers individually. It also gives you some fun, but rather useless extra features like morphing your voice to sound like an alien or an ogre. The software main screen is also where you can select what functions your G keys are doing. I mentioned this before, and while there isn’t any plugins right now for programs that I use, I haven’t been able to take advantage of the G keys. The last thing that is fairly useful is the sound equalizer which allows you to tweak your audio frequencies to get them exactly where you want them. All in all, the software is useful and it works, but its nothing special.
Value – 8/10
When looking at the value of this headset, you have to realize how many features it has and then look at the price of this model compared to some of the other high end brands like Tritton. I have found the value on the G930 to be exceptional! I bought this headset for $130 from Newegg and don’t think I will be looking for a replacement or an upgrade for a very long time. It was well worth the money for how it sounds and the wireless capability. It is still rather expensive, but it is cheaper than some of the other models attempting to do a lot of the same things.
The Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset is an amazing product that I will use for a long time. The sound quality is top notch with the emulated 7.1 surround sound capability and the comfort level of the memory foam lined headband and the plush ear cups is beyond belief. While the dock for the wireless receiver may be cheap, and the G keys might not serve a very useful purpose, these are minor details that do not get in the way when trying to appreciate a well made product. Logitech has done an excellent job this time, and while this headset may be a bit pricey for some, if you are looking for a good wireless gaming headset for your money, the G930 is it!
View G930 at Logitech
* Connection: 2.4 GHz RF
* Range: up to 40 feet (12 meters)*
* Audio stream: uncompressed 48 kHz
* Reception: dual antenna
* Interference resistance: forward error correction and dynamic channel selection
* Continuous playback time: up to 10 hours per charge**
* Charging connection: full-speed USB; charge-while-playing enabled
* Charge time: 2.5 hours or less (longer when in use)
* Ear cup: up to 26 dB noise isolation
* Driver: laser-tuned; 40 mm diameter with neodymium magnet; 15mm diameter voice coil with ferrofluid damping
* Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
* Pickup pattern: cardioid (unidirectional)
* Type: pressure gradient electret condenser
* Frequency response: 100 Hz– 75 kHz
* Volume roller: 80,000 revolutions (minimum)
* Button: 50,000 presses (minimum)
* Headband slide: indexed stainless spring steel
* Ear cup rotation joint: aircraft-grade aluminum alloy