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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



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.


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