The Logitech G433 comes in at the very appealing price point of $99. For a surround sound headset in this very crowded market space, that’s pretty impressive. The question is, has Logitech succeeded?
|Speaker Drivers||Compatibility||Windows, Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One|
|Driver Size||40mm||DTS 7.1|
|Frequency Response||20-20,000KHz||RGB Lighting|
|Sensitivity||107 dB@1KHz SPL 30 mW/1cm||Ear Cup Rotation|
|Impedance||32 Ohm||Box Contents|
|T.H.D.||N/A||Product Information Guide|
|Microphone||4-pole 3.5mm Cable|
|Frequency Response||100hz-10,000KHz||Charging Cable|
|Pattern||Unidirectional||Toslink Optical Cable|
|Sensitivity||N/A||Detachable Mic Boom w/pop filter|
|Location||On Ear Cup||Additional Micorfiber ear pads|
|Mute Toggle||Yes||Carrying Bag|
|Noise Cancelling||Yes||Mobile cable w/ inline controls & mic|
|Battery Life||15 Hours||Part Number|
Design & Build Quality
One of the most notable changes with the Logitech G433 is the fabric cover on the headset that is available in red, blue, blue camo, and this boring black. I think it’s a very good approach to cover up the crappy feeling plastic. It’s a good way to introduce a good feeling headset because our perception of quality is usually derived from handling a product and feeling it and how it sounds and is there any creaking plastic.
The size adjustment is good, it doesn’t crack, and it certainly looks great but it still feels like a bathing suit material. It’s very harsh and it doesn’t have the softness that I would expect. Unfortunately, the ear cups feel the same. If you have dandruff, I’m sorry, as all the little crevices pickup dry skin and it’s very visible. A dark gray color as default, would have worked much better.
They’re not irritating to wear but they sound like sandpaper when the headset moves on your head which is very unappealing. The included replacement ear cups with suede-like fabric are therefore appreciated and I swapped mine right away.
Due to the large rectangular shape of the ear cups, you have to be kind of rough when removing and installing the ear pads. Because of this different material on the replacement ear cups, the headset doesn’t look as good having these two types of visible fabric.
In terms of shape, they’re not particularly bulky. They’re a bit wider than my Sennheiser Game One’s, but I love the ability to fold them on your neck with no restriction to head movement.
Unfortunately, even the headband padding has the same harsh feeling, and this is not very comfortable. The material chosen here is very poor and it’s upsetting because everything else around the headset is excellent in terms of comfort.
There’s no large clamping force, they’re light enough so you can wear them, and they are very breathable. The ear cup size is large enough so there’s no clamping force even if you have large ears as they expand.
With the Logitech G433 you get plenty of accessories. There’s carry pouch that is good to store extra cables and an extra set of ear pads that I mentioned earlier. There’s the removable microphone that is flexible and there’s only one way to insert it into the headset so that’s good.
Then there’s the main USB sound card for surround sound audio. There are no LED indicators here, it’s very simple plug and play and control through the gaming Logitech software.
Also included is the main PC cable with the mic mute function and volume control plus a shirt clip, all of which feel excellent. There’s nice feedback on the button and the volume wheel has a nice firm feel.
The mobile cable with a mic built it and a multi-function button. Finally, a mic/headphone jack splitter for the PC if you want to plug this into your sound card.
In regard to microphone sound quality, I would say that it’s on par with the other headsets in the $99 category. Not exceptional but will definitely get the job done.
The last thing to cover is the audio and I was pretty satisfied. For $99 you get a clean, detailed and powerful signal that is not harsh, it’s not tinny and you get the nice bass boost that actually vibrates the drivers a little bit. I don’t think that’s a defect, it felt very powerful without destroying any other frequencies so that’s pretty good to hear. So from an audio perspective, I would use this as my main gaming headset if it wasn’t, of course, for the really terrible padding on the top. The replacement cups are fine though.
But as soon as you enable surround sound though the Logitech gaming software, you lose the powerful volume and all the positional accuracy that you normally get with stereo. I would just leave it at stereo and the flag profile is very good. You can of course, play around with the EQ settings and the different profiles that are built in which all have their nice quirks and they don’t destroy the audio frequency.
But when it comes to the USB dock in stereo mode, it’s excellent with different EQ profiles. But in surround sound mode, which is what you’re trying to sell us with this headset, it’s not a good experience. The powerful volume is not there, and the detail is not there and that’s unfortunate because we’ve heard good surround sound from Logitech in the past with their G633. These compromises here just really downgrade the whole experience with a $99 price point that is so appealing.
But all these little drawbacks that kind of chip away at the value, it makes me difficult to recommend the Logitech G433.
My final remark for Logitech would be to focus on good padding in their next revision of the headset because I think that really destroys this otherwise good quality gaming headset. If you’re trying to be fancy with packing, have the fancy packaging but leave the rest of the packaging to be simplified and those resources to be invested into the product itself.