The gaming headset is an improvement on the G35's in every way. Not only does the wireless feature work well, the ability to tweak the individual sound level of each of the virtual speakers takes this headset to the next level.
When a fellow editor looked at Logitech G35 - the company's first gaming headset, he did walk away impressed but wanting a few items improved, particularly the gaming compatibility and the inability to tweak the sound level of each of the virtual speakers. Today, I will be looking at the latest Logitech G930 wireless headset. Besides being wireless and powered by Dolby Headphone, do these virtual surround sound headphones have any other tricks up their sleeves? Read on for the full review to find out.
Design-wise, Logitech has kept to the same core concepts of the G35 headset and worked at correcting some of its deficiencies. As with the previous Logitech headphones, the Logitech G930 is in iconic matte red and black. The left speaker retains the same set of controls as the G35 including 3 G-keys; volume adjustment wheel; mic mute button; and the switch to enable Dolby Pro Logic II virtual 7.1 surround sound.
The Logitech G930's cups, like its predecessor, are large with cushions that are soft and plush. This combination makes for an extremely comfortable pair of headphones for extended wear. Even after an all day LAN party, they still felt great. This is much better compared to the rival Psyko Audio 5.1 headphones, which get heavy after less than two hours of use and can leave your neck sore. The most appreciable improvements from the G35 are wireless ability and a greatly improved headband.
The headband has been improved in both looks and comfort. To be blunt, the soft rubber band of the G35 headphones stood out in a bad way. The new thinner hard plastic headset of the G930 may look cold but is much more comfortable to wear. Tension and spacing are also set on a graduated adjustable track for good fit and quick storage.
Logitech G930 on left; G35 on the right.
If there is one thing I wish Logitech had improved, which they didn't, it has to be the lack of a carrying case. For a headset costing as much as the Logitech G930, a carrying case seems like it should be included as an accessory. Luckily, this headset can do that all on their own, but if you have never experienced them, it is a tougher sell. If you intend to travel with the headset, I would suggest getting a good Pelican hard case.
Software Control Panel
The included configuration software has been greatly improved on the that of the G35. The interface for tweaking the sound volumes and features is finally polished and intuitive. There is also a 10-band equalizer that allows you to adjust certain frequencies to your personal tastes. Top right section is for the voice morphing features. There are six presets which allow you to change your voice to a cyborg, troll, giant, alien, mutant or squirrel. The newness of this feature does wear off quickly and is more of a toy than anything useful. It is fun to sound like Darth Vader once in awhile. Frankly, if Logitech removed the feature, I would have the same complaint.
The lower left section of the control panel software is for the G-key customizations. Once again, your options for what each of the those three G keys is rather limited. The G keys are nice but still extremely limited when compared to the function Logitech infuses in their G700 mouse and G510 keyboard G-keys.
The lower right section of the control panel is what really distinguishes the G930 from the G35. Per the G35 review, the inability to tweak the sound level of each of the virtual speakers was one of the headset's greatest weaknesses. It seems Logitech has listened as you get full control over the seven virtual speakers and subwoofer. Each of the speakers is represented by an icon and a box that goes from 1 to 11. This tiny aspect grants extensive abilities to customize the soundscape for each game. By the same token, it is annoying that this artificially induced demarcation between the two headphones has been created by Logitech. You have to wonder what killer feature a successor to the G930 will omit upon release.
It's worth noting that the version of software shipped with the headphones had a terrible memory leak and was prone to constant crashing. Mercifully, Logitech released a software update which fixed it.