Logitech offers a broad variety of gaming headsets, making it easy for every customer to find a fitting solution for their respective needs and budget. In this article I took a closer look at the Logitech G430, one of the company’s medium price range products, offering quite a lot of features for a rather small buck.
Logitech’s G430 gaming headset comes packed with a 2.3 meter cord, a microphone switch, a volume control, noise cancelation, voice isolation as well as a USB adapter for audio-in and -out. The length of the cord is more than enough to satisfy your needs, even if your PC should happen to be slightly further away from you. Rolling it up for the use with your laptop won’t be a problem either, as the cord itself is enclosed in fabric and will therefore not tangle easily.
As the most important question about headphones is obviously the sound, I was glad to hear that the G430’s sound quality tends to be marvelous, with its bass packing quite the punch. This experience is only heightened by the noise cancelation that blocks out most unwanted sounds and helps getting lost in a song or immersing yourself in a video game. Windows users can take advantage of the included surround sound with 7.1 channels, which further helps to build up immersion. But with this comes one of the biggest negative points I’ve noticed when testing this headset. The appealing surround feature is not usable on every OS, as the required software by Logitech is simply not available for any platform other than Windows. However, you can still use them as normal headphones, but you won’t get the perfect gaming immersion.
Can you hear me?
Other than your sound experience, for a headset it is almost as important what others have to hear when using the microphone. The Logitech G430’s included mono microphone has built-in voice isolation that cancels out pretty much any unwanted audio. Notice that this headset is still bound by reality and the laws of physics, therefore a vacuum cleaner or a starting airplane in the same room, which can be very similar in effect, will still be picked up. A running TV or even loud conversation in somewhat close proximity shouldn’t pose any problems for your online conversations.
As someone who is really picky about headphones or pretty much anything that goes on my ears, I’m happy to say that I had no problem with the G430. As its size is adjustable, it fits on a variety of heads. Moreover, the cushioned over-ear cuffs put little to no pressure on your ear cups, making them comfortable even for longer usage. However, they might need some re-adjusting if you should happen to use them non-stop for some time, as the overall weight can put a bit of pressure on the top of your head, making you either want to take a break or slightly move them.
How do I look, baby?
The black and blue go wonderfully hand in hand and give the whole design a kind of elegant look. There are sadly no other colour variations, so if you don’t like blue, you are pretty much out of luck. Then again, it’s not like you are going spend a lot of time outside with them, where people actually see you.
A satisfying solution
The G430 offers the perfect value for your money, racking in at a price of about 80 dollars or equivalently the value in your domestic currency. If you are a Windows user looking for a mid-range headset, who is fine with the overall design and colour choice, this Logitech headset will totally fulfill your needs.
What we liked:
- Wonderful sound and bass
- Slick design
- Voice isolation easily keeps you mom from joining in on your conversation
What we didn’t like:
- No Dolby Surround 7.1 for non-Windows users
- Only one colour variation available
The Logitech 430 is available for $79.99 (US), ₤69.99 (UK), or €79.99 (EU).
This review was written by using a headset provided by Logitech Germany. What are your thoughts about the G430? Are you planning on getting it? Tell us in the comments, or on Facebook!