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Today we have the Logitech G430 Surround Sound Gaming Headset arrive this morning which is also one of the product models we are giving away in conjunction with NasiLemakTech’s 2nd birthday celebration! Check out the details on how to participate at the end of this review!

Specifications

Let’s start off with some of the important specifications of the Logitech G430.

Headphone
Driver: 40mm
Freq. response: 20Hz – 20KHz
Impedance: 32 Ohms
Sensitivity: 90dB SPL/mW

Microphone
Type: pressure gradient
Electret condenser
Freq. response: 50 – 20KHz
Sensitivity: -40dBv/Pa
re: 0dB = 1Pa, 1KHz
Test conditions: 3.0Volts, 2.2K Ohm

Before we get into the review itself, let me tell you some of the main features that makes this gaming headset great in its class.

Main Features

The G430 supports 7.1 surround sound input by using advanced Dolby technology, but do note that this feature is only available once you install the appropriate driver and software from the Logitech’s support website.

It features a foldable and adjustable noise cancelling microphone which gives excellent noise-free voice quality, and the earcups are made out of comfortable, performance-sport cloth which are removable for cleaning purposes.

The headset comes together with a USB adapter for digital sound input and some user documentation. The supplement software and driver supports Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP (wow!).

Unfortunately, there is no official Linux support of any kind.

Reluctantly I booted my Windows 8, installing the driver and software was pretty much straight forward. However, be reminded that like many other hardware – do not plug in USB hardware before installing. This will bring you some trouble later on when setting up the headset for the first time. In my case, the headset was not being detected by the installed software. However, plugging it into a different USB port solved it and any USB port can be used once it detects the headset for the first time.

The Construction

The G430 comes in black with blue accent theme. The ear cups’ resting pads are all blue in colour, including its braided cable. I personally find the type of blue bright, appealing and certainly is refreshing given that most of the gaming products are either lime green or just plain black.

The build quality and construction are distinctively impressive, as it gives you that solid quality feel but being lightweight at the same time. The adjustable length structure is made out of stainless steel. It feels very rigid and durable; the feel that you know that this is going to last for a long time throughout your gaming journey, with all your rage moments of potentially throwing and flinging peripherals all around.

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The microphone can be folded in and out. I particularly like the microphone shame and geometry, it gives a sharp and stylish look even when in the fold-up position. On top of that, the microphone is adjustable in terms of distance between your mouth.

The cable is longer than enough for you have to plug it behind your desktop and still not to worry about mobility. Logitech is thoughtful enough to include a Velcro strap to keep the extra wire length tidy; especially for laptop users like me.

The on-cable volume and microphone control sure gives the assurance that your microphone is only activated when you want it to.

The USB adapter is compact and neat. What’s best about this adapter is that it is a 3.5mm Jack to USB instead of the other way. Makes sense since you don’t want to be carrying an adapter around just to use your headphone on mobile devices like some company design forced on.

The rotating speakers make it convenient for users to carry and transport it around. I’ve been carrying it in my backpack and sling bag as if it is a tablet. The ear cups rotate 90 degrees making the whole geometry of the headphone flat and easy to pack. Apart from easy transport, the direction of the rotation makes it comfortable for the headphone to rest on your shoulder giving you a lot of space to move your head around without knocking your chin on the earcups.

Comforts

The removable ear cups by design is very convenient. Instead of using rubber bands to keep the ear cups attached, Logitech has gone and used a sturdy PVC fabric construction. This is good since you know that it will not get loose over time and attaches securely every time after washing. Personally, I have sensitive skin so having an ear cups that are often washable really helps!

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The ear cups padding feels great and comfortable. It is not too soft but not too stiff either. What amazes me was the space between your ear to the speaker; it has just the right space in between for me so I could wear the headphone for prolonged use without any discomfort.

However, I was bothered by the top padding that it could not be removed. The top padding could easily accumulate fallen hair and will get very dirty over time. I used to wash this part all the time for other headphones. I really do hope that Logitech would do removable paddings for the next iteration of their gaming headphones; that’ll make it perfect for sure.

The Sound

Note: Since this headphones are brand new, I’ve decided to burn in some hours before I write the review on this section for the speakers to give out its intended potential sound quality.

When I first plugged in the USB adapter, it gives out a background noise. It is not that loud but it was totally noticeable for me. However, plugging the headphone directly into my laptop’s headset jack does not give this problem. Not that the noise bothers me too much but it is certainly audible when you leave it idle not playing anything.

Background idle noise aside. The sound quality is certainly great and noise is pretty faint that it is not noticeable when you are playing music. The sound is immersive, loud and defined. It is not an audiophile grade earphone but it really does bring out details in the songs.

Often times, I thought the sound was coming from my laptop’s speaker because the sound emitted was pretty ‘realistic’ with the amount of room and also the 7.1 surround sound system of the G430. This is great! Most of the time I have to remind myself that the sound is indeed coming from the headphones to the extend of checking by removing them.

On 7.1 surround mode,  the sounds does really make a difference. Everything sounds more spacious and unconfined to the headset on your head. I’ve downloaded a couple of 7.1 output videos from the Dolby Digital official website and the sound came out wonderful!

On the gaming side of things, the Logitech G430’s surround sound system doesn’t only provide adequate amount of base for the proper feel when grenades explode or a plane flies through, but also provides the 3D audible sound. Why? It’s because you can actually tell where your foes or backstabbing friends are by just listening to footsteps. Your ears will do the magic and tell where the sound is coming from and it’s only natural that you’ll aim at that direction instantly.

Conclusion

This is one of the best gaming headphones I’ve used and most certainly the most comfortable. The paddings and ear-cups are just at the right depth and stiffness and I never had any problem with wearing it for hours. The voice quality for the microphone is crystal clear during Skype and this is crucial when playing multiplayer games that requires you to communicate effectively with your team. The 7.1 Surround feature enhances the sound  for more spacial awareness. Great for gaming and daily music. The only complaint I have is that the top padding is fixed/irremovable and the noisy USB sound adapter.

Rating : 8/10

Grab this if you are not a hardcore audiophile; a hardcore gamer who wants the best in game spacial awareness with crystal clear voice communication. This headphone will go through your hours and hours of gaming without a problem!

Bonus

We’re giving out one Logitech G430 for you guys in our giveaway in conjunction with our 2nd anniversary! For more details, click below!

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