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Log­itech G633 Artemis Spec­trum

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by John Law

In the world of im­mer­sive au­dio, we've man­aged to boil down the spec­trum of head­phones to two cat­e­gories: head­phones that are the ideal ac­com­pa­ni­ment to the mu­sic lover, and gam­ing head­phones that are de­signed to dig­i­tally en­hance the over­all sur­round sound gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. For this is­sue, we'll be tak­ing a look at a pair of sur­round sound head­phones of the lat­ter cat­e­gory: the Log­itech G633 Artemis Spec­trum.

The de­sign of the G633 is ev­ery­thing you would ex­pect from Log­itech. It fea­tures a clean-cut and me­chan­i­cal de­sign. The ma­te­ri­als used to man­u­fac­ture it are a mix of hard, matte black poly­car­bon­ate and glossy plas­tic cov­ers. Hold­ing it all to­gether is Log­itech's sig­na­ture black metal band, which can (ob­vi­ously) be ad­justed to suit the com­fort of the user.

On the com­fort note: the earcups on the G633 are ex­cep­tion­ally com­fort­able to wear over your head, and we're not just say­ing that for the sake of it ei­ther. When we were test­ing the head­phones over long pe­ri­ods of times, not once did we re­move it from our head for be­ing tight or un­com­fort­able (ex­cept for those cou­ple of times that we needed to go for a break or two).

To ref­er­ence a mod­ern theme, the G633 also got its own 'bling' to it. When con­nected via its ac­com­pa­ny­ing USB ca­ble, the head­phones ac­tu­ally lights up in the iconic blue hue (by de­fault) that Log­itech is known for. Of course, you can eas­ily change the color of the lights on the G633, pro­vided that you have ac­tu­ally in­stalled the re­quired Log­itech Gam­ing soft­ware.

The G633 is not short on func­tions and fea­tures as well.well If the head­phones are con­nected via its ac­com­pa­ny­ing 3.5mm ca­ble, you can eas­ily con­trol the head­phone's vol­ume and mi­cro­phone feed­back from the at­tached au­dio con­troller. The USB ca­ble doesn't have an au­dio con­troller at­tached to it, but no mat­ter. Be­hind the left earcup, Log­itech has con­ve­niently in­stalled a vol­ume scroller and sev­eral other but­tons, one of which mutes the mi­cro­phone when ac­ti­vated.

Log­itech's built-in 7.1 sur­round sound fea­ture isn't just a gim­mick ei­ther. In games with dy­namic en­vi­ron­ments like Fall­out 4, the sur­round sound fea­ture ac­tu­ally helped us pin-point the ex­act di­rec­tion of fire­fights and events. Sound stag­ing and sound place­ment isn't too shoddy ei­ther, be­ing able to dis­cern be­tween a gun­shot in a dis­tance, and a mon­ster breath­ing heav­ily be­hind your back,back right be­fore it strikes you dead.

Lis­ten­ing to mu­sic on the G633 is an equally pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence. This pair of head­phones of­fers both a very nice midrange and high-range bal­ance, which makes it per­fect for tracks with plenty of acous­tic and string el­e­ments.

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