The Logitech G430 7.1 surround sound gaming headset is basically a G230 but with upgraded Dolby 7.1 surround sound via a removable sound card that creates a very impressive virtual a 360-degree sound field.
|Speaker Drivers||Compatibility||Windows, Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One|
|Driver Size||40mm||DTS 7.1|
|Frequency Response||20-20,000KHz||RGB Lighting|
|Sensitivity||90 db (adjusted)||Ear Cup Rotation|
|Impedance||32 Ohm||Box Contents|
|T.H.D.||N/A||Product Information Guide|
|Microphone||4-pole 3.5mm Cable|
|Frequency Response||50hz-20,000KHz||Charging Cable|
|Pattern||Toslink Optical Cable|
|Location||On Ear Cup||Part Number||981-000536|
|Battery Life||15 Hours|
We’ll start with the cons and leave off on a good note with the pros. I really only found one con and it’s the lack of auto mute when you put the microphone in up position. A lot of other gaming headsets these days have this feature and I don’t think it would be that much more of a cost, if any at all to implement this as opposed to the way they have it right now with the mute switch on the cord.
This is obviously more of a preference than anything else, but I think it makes more sense. When you have the mic up you obviously won’t need it and it should be muted. When it’s down, you can use it for voice chat and should be automatically unmuted and turned on.
The Logitech G430 probably isn’t the best for voiceovers which is about what you would expect for a gaming headset but for gaming it should be more than good enough. While playing with teammates they said the words were clearly heard and the volume was definitely loud enough.
The first thing you should always factor in is how they sound. When connected with the USB and Dolby headphone surround sound technology is on, the Logitech G430’s sound extremely immersive and I can easily make out the enemy’s position a lot better than with a conventional headset.
I will admit I am pretty terrible with a normal headset, and I do get shot in the back a lot and sometimes even shanked there too. One sweet feature is that you can independent crank up the levels of the sound behind you, and lower the sounds in front of you, which is what I use a lot since I rely more on visuals for what’s in front of me and really only use my headsets to detect footsteps.
Music wise, they obviously don’t have the instrument separation of my Sennheiser 558‘s or the big booming bass of my Sony XB500‘s but those headphones were made for those uses and having big bass for gaming can actually hinder your performance since a lot of the times the bass would drown out the footsteps or other positional cues. Still though, they are an above average music performer for a gaming headset since the bass is still present and that they are somewhat neutral sounding headset the music is still fairly accurate to the source.
If I were to describe their stock EQ curve, I would say that it’s on the bright side with a slightly higher emphasis on the highs.
Design & Build Quality
Design wise I am a big fan of the Logitech G430’s. A lot of PC’s including mine, have a black and blue color theme and this matches it perfectly. These are made from plastic to keep the weight down and have a metal on the frame and the band, basically, at all the stress points to keep them durable.
The ear cups can rotate 90 degrees, so they are able to lie flat for transport and to sit comfortably around your neck.
The pads are of a breathable sport mesh material. I found that even after using the headset for a long time, my ears didn’t heat up for feel strained like they normally would with other headphones.
The last feature they added is a nicely braided fabric cable that resists tangles. Speaking of features this brings me to my third pro which is that these headphones feature the above-mentioned cable and include a cable management velcro tie, removable ear cups that can be washed, and a detachable USB adapter / sound card.
The ear cups can be removed super easily by peeling them off the plastic border of the ear cup and washed in warm water with a mild soap if they are really dirty.
The detachable sound card adapter is something I think a lot of other gaming companies should take note of as it maximizes compatibility. If you already have a high-end sound card you can just use the 3.5mm plugs and get good 3D sound but if you’re only running a sub power onboard solution, plug in the sound card and you’ll get Logitech full 7.1 surround sound gaming experience.
Another pro I want to touch on is fit and comfort. The Logitech G430’s headsets lightweight, combined with the sport cloth ear cups and the memory foam headband make them very comfortable to wear, even for long periods of time. The headband isn’t the widest but there’s just enough pressure from the band to keep them firmly on your head without depressing.
The rotatable ear cups and highly adjustable band also help with comfort and fit.
The last part I want to mention is what has impressed me with all Logitech products is that their gaming software is fully integrated with any other Logitech gaming gear meaning you only need one program to control them all. You can control many things from headphone and mic levels to bass and treble and if you want even more control there’s a pulldown menu for a full equalizer.
As mentioned earlier, if you’re running the adapter with 7.1 surround you can independently control the levels of each virtual speaker. Of all the gaming software I tried I think Logitech does probably one of, if not the best job, for having great software to support its already great hardware.
All in all, I am very impressed with this headset and I think for its price it’s well worth it for everything you get. It’s feature pack performs well in games, is designed very well and has a great easy to use software system. If anything does happen to go wrong, it has a generous three-year warranty and Logitech is well known to have some of the best support for PC products.
I hope you enjoyed my review of the Logitech G430 7.1 surround sound gaming headset.