The Logitech G930 wireless gaming headset offers outstanding 7.1 surround sound audio quality and a rich feature set in a lean, mean wireless package. It won't come cheaply, but it's worth every penny.
Ergonomics & Comfort: tight & light
Logitech's G930 wireless gaming headset is essentially streamlined, updated, and improved version of their previous flagship gaming headset, the G35 USB, which has been a consistent favorite. The G930, however, is noticeably lighter and much tighter than its bulky predecessor.
At first we were concerned the tightness would be uncomfortable, but this never proved to be the case, even in gaming sessions longer than a couple hours. The tight headband and ear cups also do an outstanding job of suppressing external sound, but if you wear eyeglasses, take care. The G930 crunches them tightly against your head. (It’s not likely to damage your glasses, just require you to adjustment them after you don the headset.)
The bottom line is that the G930 still isn't quite in the same class of comfort as some of our favorites such as the SteelSeries Siberia V2, but it's a big improvement over the G35 USB. And if you enjoy your gaming time 'dead to the world' outside your headphones, the external sound suppression is outstanding.
Like Creative Labs' World of Warcraft Wireless headset, Logitech's G930 can be connected to a USB cable for wired use and/or charging the battery. The G930 also includes an innovative desktop cable ‘spool’ – a flat, round disk about 3-inches in diameter and less than an inch tall that has a USB connecter in the middle of it.
The USB receiver module can be plugged directly into the top of the USB port on top of the spool. The spool in turn connects to a USB port on your PC and to your headset (when it needs to be charged). But the best part of the spool is that it also acts as a cable organizer to reduce clutter on your desktop.
Fully featured, thoughtfully designed
From an overall design standpoint, the G930 is very similar to the G35, but the G930 is lighter, sleeker, wireless, and sports Dolby 7.1 Prologic II audio.
All of the headset's controls are located on the left ear cup, including 3 programmable "G-keys", an analog roller for volume control, Power, Dolby, and the microphone-muting button. Using the G930's software, you can customize each of the G930's G-Keys to perform a different function. For example, you could set one G-key to activate the equalizer, another to turn on voice morphing, and another to stop/start media playback.
The buttons and controls are virtually identical to those on the G35, but the G930's are more distinctly shaped (instead of all square), and easier to distinguish by touch than they are on the G35.
Two of our favorite features (of both the G35 and the G930) are the large analog roller for volume control (on the left ear cup), and the red LED on the end of the microphone to let you know when it’s muted. The analog roller is hands-down the best volume control we've used on a headset—far faster and easier to find and use than typical in-line controls or ear cup-mounted buttons. Similarly, the red LED mute indicator is easy to spot out of your peripheral vision.
Both features mean less fumbling for controls or looking away in the middle of a game.
Logitech's software is also excellent, featuring an 11-channel equalizer as well as the same voice morphing features—for good or ill—and customization options found in the G35. The microphone served us well and kept distortion to a minimum. Battery life seemed to average around 8-10 hours of mixed use (idle, work, gaming) over the course of several days.
We used the G930 in a variety of games, sound tests, and music tests, and even pit its Dolby 7.1 Pro Logic II-powered surround sound directly against our reigning champion, the Creative Labs THX-certified WoW Wireless headset.
The bottom line? Bearing in mind audio evaluation is highly subjective, we’d still give a very slight edge in overall sound quality to the Creative Labs WoW headset. Higher tones in particular seemed slightly clearer and more distinct--but it’s a very small margin at best, and your ears might disagree.
7.1 surround sound still isn't widely supported in many games, but the G930's still worked well for games that support it (Left 4 Dead 2 being one of them). It can still be a little difficult to differentiate the rear-left and rear-right channels in the heat of a firefight in Left 4 Dead 2, but the Left, Center, Right, and rear-center channels were pretty distinct. (In any event, they helped clue us in to where the Boomers and Hunters were hiding.)
The G930 also adds considerable depth to even standard 2-channel stereo audio, and it's great for music and movies.
The noise canceling microphone also served us well, and it conveniently folds up and out of the way when not in use. (Did we mention how much we love the red LED indicator on the tip of the microphone that glows when it's muted? More headphone manufacturers should adopt this design.)
The G930 boasts superior features and the best headset design of any headset we've ever tested, bar none. At roughly $150 on the street, it doesn't come cheaply, but it's a $150 you wouldn't regret spending.
The Logitech G930 has officially toppled the Creative Labs World of Warcraft Wireless headset from its throne as our favorite PC gaming headset.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new champion.