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With the G430 gaming headset, Logitech is trying to reposition itself after the launch of the controversial G230 gaming headset, but when compared to its predecessor, little seems to have changed. At least that's the opinion of several users who have tested the gaming headset.
The surround sound software improves sound quality dramatically, and the presence of internal drivers in the headphones makes them very easy to use. Nonetheless, we would also like to address a few aspects of the headset that we liked and others that we didn’t like as much.
Logitech G430 Gaming Headset Review
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Type: Over-ear Noise Cancelling Headphones | Bluetooth: 4.0 | Battery: 30 Hours | Charging: 4 Hours | Drivers: Dynamic | Drivers-Size: 45 mm | Weight: 385g
The G430 comes with a single 2.3 m cable with Velcro closure on the cable. A USB adapter is also included in the package, which allows two plugs to be connected. Unfortunately, unlike other gaming headsets on the market, the microphone is not detachable, which means it is not very portable.
There is not much difference between the G430, G230, and G231 Prodigy in terms of design. The materials used are the same, and plastic’s presence does not seem to be of durable quality. You will notice that the end result is poor and unfinished. Even though the gaming headset is light and flexible, it lacks sophistication, disrupting the device’s prestige. You will also notice that the hinges creak and burst at each pivot point. It’s annoying when you play with the headphones for a long time, yet, it’s unavoidable. Every time you move your chin, you’ll hear a squeak in the hinges.
Logitech has focused every effort to create headphones that are in their class. Unfortunately, the slim design suffers rather badly from the use of cheap plastic. The packaging is also well thought out, with insert earcups and headbands for different head shapes. However, we can’t ignore the finish and see more details when we remove the screws. In any case, we didn’t expect a famous design for this price. Of course, this gaming headset is a mid-range headset for a certain type of user.
The Logitech G430 is a big step forward in convenience. We like a headset that’s wide enough to fit your ears. Plus, the headband can be stretched or elongated so that any skull shape (large or small) can wear the headset without fear of floating or stretching too far.
However, it is important to remember that it takes some time to properly soften the liner. However, due to the headset’s low weight, you probably won’t feel the liner’s hardness. With only 255 grams, this gaming headset is one of the lightest on the market. However, prolonged wear can cause some pain in the headband’s contact area, especially during the first few weeks of use. The metal framework is strong; however, you may experience a headache at specific contact points.
The G430 is made of a “sports mesh” fabric that is pleasant and breathable. However, the rough appearance of this fabric may not appeal to many users. We have also noticed several plastic materials, which may not appeal to some users who want a classy and stylish product.
In terms of functionality, the G430 differs from the G231 Prodigy in that it provides a digital audio interface between the headset and the computer via a USB sound card. Also, note that the analog connection is made via a 2.5 m and 3.5 mm mini-jack cable (headset and microphone). With a USB sound card and Logitech software, you can enjoy new features such as DTS:X headphones, volume control, equalizer, and more. We also appreciate the simplicity and perfection of the setup. Please note that neither the console controller nor your mobile device comes with a 3.5 mm mini-jack Y-adapter.
The supplied cable comes with a remote control that allows you to increase or decrease the volume (using the control knob) and turns the gooseneck microphone on or off completely (by pressing the switch). The headset does not have an automatic microphone mute function, so use the switch only when necessary.
Finally, please note that it is impossible to use headphones with PS4 or Xbox One controllers in USB format or with 2 mini-selector ports.
The two high-quality gaming headsets already weigh a lot in the balance: The G430 weighs 255g, while the Kingston HyperX Cloud II already weighs 350g – a huge difference. However, the latter has the advantage of a more balanced sound thanks to the integrated stereo speakers. Note that the cable attached to HyperX Cloud II is only one meter long, while the G430 is 2.3 meters long. The earcups are also identical on both headsets, with earpads that keep the sound inside. However, HyperX Cloud II allows the user to enjoy better sound insulation.
In terms of connectivity, it’s safe to say that both headsets are compatible with the PlayStation. However, the Kingston HyperX Cloud II does not yet support Dolby Digital.
The Logitech G432 has a detachable cable that is different from the Logitech G430, but the latter has a longer cable than the former, giving you more freedom of movement.
When it comes to connectivity, both have a 3.5 jack and are compatible with any MP3 player. Both headsets are also compatible with the PlayStation, but not with wireless technology. Unlike the Logitech G432, the Logitech G430 does not support XBOX Live. So you can use the G430 for private conversations and in-game chat.
Both headsets also have a mute feature that lets you mute/unmute conversations directly on the device. The Logitech G430 outperforms the G432 because it has mini-controls on the cable that allow you to control various functions while the device is in your pocket; it also has Dolby Digital support the G432 does not have.
With the G430, you can use the Logitech Gaming Assistant software to adjust the microphone volume more quickly. You can also use a 10-band graphic equalizer, including a simple bass and treble equalizer. The software lets you choose between Dolby Surround and DTS Headphone:X by adjusting each channel’s volume. Finally, the software also allows you to activate Virtual Surround. Virtual Surround allows you to remove Dolby Surround if the signal processing is too unnatural.
The G430 has the same wide-angle headset and flexible headband as the other headsets of the Switzerland company Logitech, allowing you to move the microphone closer or further away as needed. It won’t always sit where you want it to. However, the microphone will always pick up a nice sound.
I’ve also found that I can easily hear the signal from the headset. However, it was disappointing to find a slight noise you could hear when using the headset and no particular directionality of the microphone. Another problem is that the microphone does not suppress ambient noise too well. Depending on whether you are in a quiet or noisy environment, the recorded sound may be a distraction. I’ve also noticed that the sound it emits needs a bit of warmth.
I have also noticed that the mute microphone button was poorly placed and difficult to activate. It would be nice if this was clearly visible on the headset or on the microphone boom and not on the headset control box (next to the volume control).
I noticed that even though the G430 is a “closed” headset, ambient noise is not sufficiently suppressed. Why is this? It’s simply because the earcups are covered with a sporty fabric called foam. The fabric is breathable, helps get rid of sweat, and is washable. The earcups fit pretty nicely, though the problem is that the thin fabric does not provide good sound insulation.
The sound quality of the G430 is very nice, nearly as good as that of the G231 Prodigy. You can notice that the bass is well defined. However, its presence is less obvious. Simultaneously, the first part of the sound spectrum is very clear, and you get a very clear sound at all frequencies.
At lower levels, I noticed a slight trigger due to the lack of reaction from the driver. If you prefer a deep sound and clearly visible bass, you’ll be a little disappointed. Also, most headsets have deterioration in the upper midrange, which greatly affects the sound’s clarity and makes people, including audiophiles, feel they are not getting the performance they deserve. However, the average client doesn’t notice this. The high frequencies are clear, and the middle of the band is highlighted. If you’re pursuing headphones for playing games or watching movies, they may be right for you. At the same time, if you only use them to listen to music, the bass level (especially when it’s high) can be a little confusing and frustrating.
Even at high volume levels, the sound is pretty clear and easy to read, thanks to nice stereo reproduction. We also liked the Logitech and EQ software (an indicator that shows the band range if the settings affect it). When connected to the USB, the EQ range is reduced, and the EQ area is found. With this software, you can achieve certain readability and clarity of the bass.
We have also noticed the presence of surround sound technology, giving a very strong feeling of space. Unfortunately, it is not compatible with Mac OS and PS4. On these platforms, the headphones only work in stereo mode.
The Kingston HyperX Cloud II frequency response is slightly lower than that of G430 (15Hz vs 20Hz, while the HyperX Cloud II upper range is higher than the G430 (25,000 Hz vs 20,000Hz). The advantage is that the high-frequency gaming headsets give clearer and brighter peaks. When it comes to sound quality, HyperX Cloud II is a slightly better solution.
Compared to other gaming headsets from the same competing brands on the market, the Logitech G430 is a high-performance headset. This is the headset for you when it comes to USB connectivity and software performance in surround sound. With the pleasant comfort and high-quality sound that headphones provide, you’ll find a truly powerful gaming device.
Some design flaws are to be expected, including a lack of sound quality. However, in contrast to other headphones of the brand (G230 or G231 Prodigy), you can say that there are only a few design changes and a removable USB cable with sound card that allows you to have surround sound functionality. If you’re looking for a pair of mid-performance headphones, the G430 is for you. However, if you’re looking for a better performer and at the same time more classy and efficient, we recommend Creative Sound BlasterX H5 or HyperX Cloud II.