LOGITECH G430 GAMING HEADSET
Just because the Logitech G430 comes with a smaller price tag is no reason to consider it a poor relation of the other headsets in this round-up. The G430 boasts 7.1 virtual surround sound capabilities just like the rest of the contenders, though whether it matches up in terms of performance remains to be seen.
The plastic body of the G430 does make it feel cheaper when compared to the SteelSeries Siberia Elite, for example. The construction also feels a bit shoddy with the headset emitting a few squeaks when handled. The color scheme is black and blue, which is in line with the look of recent Logitech products. Overall, the design is also a bit more angular which helps set the aesthetics of the Logitech headset apart from the rest of the pack.
One of the benefits of Logitech’s decision to go with a plastic body is that they kept the total weight of the G430 low. The ear-cups have also been designed with ergonomics in mind, as is evident by the slanted shape. There’s also adequate depth making them roomy and comfortable. Logitech has covered the cushions with what they call “sport performance cloth”. This is meant to help with ventilation and sweat absorption when the headset is used over long periods. In practice, the G430 performs better over extended durations when compared with some of the other headsets tested.
The G430 can be plugged in via 3.5mm jack or USB. The headset does come with Dolby Headphone technology to help deliver virtual 7.1 surround sound. By way of physical features, the headset only boasts a simple in-line control pod which can adjust volume or mute / unmute the boom microphone. There is also a
“THE G430 PERFORMS BETTER OVER EXTENDED DURATIONS
WHEN COMPARED WITH SOME OF THE OTHER HEADSETS TESTED.”
Logitech Gaming Software platform that compares favorably with Razer Synapse 2.0, as it also features calibration and customization options.
Overall audio performance for the G430 is mediocre. There are no tonal characteristics which jump to mind when first listening to the headset. While there are no glaring flaws with the audio rendition of tracks, such as Hotel California by the Eagles, the experience is unfortunately forgettable. The G430 comes with Dolby Headphone technology but no Dolby Pro Logic IIx. The 7.1 virtual surround sound effect while gaming is not an expansive as the other headsets tested. It is difficult to accurately pinpoint the source of the sound and the direction it is coming from with the G430. Simply put, the G430 cannot seriously compete with the rest in this shootout in terms of raw gaming audio performance.