Overall rating 3.5-stars / 5-stars
The Logitech G430 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headsets sound really good. In fact, you wouldn't be able to tell just how much power they pack until you finally put them on. While the G430 puts out a lot of power, they are, by no means, perfect. Still, they are an upgrade if you happen to be using the Logitech G230 Stereo Gaming Headsets, and, if you're in the market for a pair of surround sound gaming headsets, would make a great pair to purchase.
Logitech G was nice enough to send Boston Games Examiner a G430 headset to review. The initial experience was very interesting. For the first 30 minutes, there was a struggle to get the headsets to work. Of course, the initial thought was that the headsets were, unfortunately, DOA. The last thing that came to mind was that it was the fault of the person who was setting up the headphones. This is just a friendly reminder to always check your wires.
In the end, the Logitech G430 turned out to be a great pair of gaming headsets despite the difficulties. It's price point is affordable considering the sound quality that it produces. The headsets are also made of quality and durable materials, something that Logitech always strives to achieve. So it doesn't feel cheap or like it will break when you handle it. The final verdict: buy it.
The Logitech G430 Surround Sound Gaming Headset is currently available for $79.99, and can be purchased from other sites such as Amazon and Newegg. For the full and more comprehensive review, then scroll down below. If you have the G430 Surround Sound Gaming Headsets, then leave a comment and let others know how you feel about them.
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Comfort and stability
Just like the G230s, the Logitech G430 headsets are comfortable and will stay on your head. They have a snug feeling to them, but the cushioned ear pads and headband allow for some comfort. While the headsets may also look bulky, they are actually lightweight in design. So you should never feel any kind of heavy burden on your head. There may even be times when you forget that they're on your head.
This kind of comfort and stability is always important especially if you tend to move a lot in the heat of the moment or play for extended periods of time. So you can check this box off of your list of ideal features for gaming headsets.
It's like being in a room within a room
A great feature that all headsets should have is that the ear pads cover your ears. This encases your ear in all of the sound the headsets have to offer as well as keep unwanted sounds out. Having this feature allows for full immersion in whatever you may be doing; whether that's gaming, listening to music, or watching an action packed movie.
The ear pads can also come off of the headsets. This allows the user to clean them in the event they accumulate extra moisture or sweat from all the gaming a person may do. Just soak them in warm water, then dab them with a dry towel. Do not wring them as this may cause damage to the padding.
The real reason for getting the G430
Just like it says on the box, these headsets produce a really great surround sound. The best part is that you don't need a 7.1 surround sound card. It's all built into the headsets. Everything is then configured through the Logitech G gaming software (which can be downloaded from the Logitech G gaming site). Once you plug in your headsets into your computer via the USB dongle, and after your system has automatically downloaded the drivers, your Logitech G gaming software should pick up the headsets. Inside, you can adjust all different kinds of settings for the headsets.
You'll be able to adjust the levels of the headsets and microphone as well as adjust the levels of bass and treble that come through. An advanced setting allows the user to fully customize the equalizer. Sadly, there are no built in profiles and you can't really "save" the settings. However, once you adjust them, they will stay where you left them until you change them.
When you first set up the headsets, they function in stereo mode. It's not until you go into the gaming software where the user can turn on the 7.1 Dolby surround sound mixer for the full immersive experience. Once you turn them on, you may never want to turn them off. Inside the mixer controls, you can adjust the sound levels of all the individual channels.
Let's talk about the microphone
The microphone is a bit of problem. The important thing is that the sound quality of the headset is great. At the same time, it's disappointing to know that the quality of sound produced by the microphone is less than stellar. Okay, it's not very good.
Something strange that was discovered was that the microphone is always on. Meaning when you talk, you can hear yourself through the headset. Unless you mute the microphone to turn the volume of the microphone to zero, you'll always be talking to yourself.
In fact, after making some audio samples, the G230 Stereo Gaming Headset microphone sounded better than the G430 microphone. There were some issues where the sound would fade in and out whenever someone began to speak and when they stopped. This probably has to do with the "noise cancelling" feature of the microphone. It's great when you don't want extra ambient noise to be picked up, but it sounds weird when you start to speak.
More information about that microphone
After further testing, it became apparent that the sound issue with the microphone was due to the USB dongle that came with the G430 headset. The headset has two 3.5mm jacks. One for the headset and one for the microphone. Without the USB dongle, the gaming software will not recognize the headset and you won't get the full functionality of the surround sound. However, it's not necessary to plug the microphone jack through the USB adaptor.
This has, for the most part, resolved the issues that were discussed above. There are no more fading problems and the sound quality has vastly improved. So what's lost by not plugging the headset through the dongle? Nothing really. If you experience the same issues, try plugging the microphone directly into the computer rather than using the adaptor. However, this may cause an issue for some people as not all computers are made the same. It just happened that the computer used to review these headsets has two front USB connections that are directly next to additional headphone and microphone jacks.
The G430 is made of durable plastic and the headband is lined with aluminum. This is how the headsets maintain their sturdiness and stay lightweight at the same time. The cord is made up of a thin and tightly braided material. This allows for maximum flexibility. It's also an extra long 2.3 meters (7.5 feet). You can also find additional volume controls and a switch to mute the microphone.
The ear pieces, like most modern gaming headsets, can swivel 90 degrees for prolonged life and protection. It was not mentioned before, but the microphone is able to swing up and down so you can hide it when it's not in use.
Final verdict: Buy them, if you need them
So, there were a few problems with the G430 headsets. It should also be mentioned that during the testing we played Diablo III. There were times that the headsets couldn't handle the low frequency sounds of the game, and they came out a little distorted. Even with the equalizer turned off, the issue still couldn't be remedied.
If you can manage to get past all of the initial set-up problems, the headsets should be worth it. There are plenty of reasons to purchase the G430 headsets: the 7.1 Dolby Digital surround sound, the construction, and the design. Hopefully you've saved yourself the additional problems by reading this review to help get past the issues that were had.