Logitech G230 Headset Review
We’ve seen a lot of headsets recently here at pcG but this is the first that we have seen from Logitech in almost two years! The Logitech G230 Stereo Gaming Headset is a circumaural stereo headset with retractable microphone. Its lightweight design features 40mm neodymium Drivers with a frequency response of 20Hz-20KHz and an impedance of 32 Ohms. The unidirectional microphone features a frequency response of 50Hz-20KHz and can be both flexed left and right and retracted up next to the left ear-cup when not in use. The G230 also features an in-line control box with volume and microphone mute functionality.
The G230 came in a black box with a large window, showing you an image (including an X-Ray image) of the G230 on the outside and allowing you to see the headset within. The front of the box gives very little else away.
The back of the box shows another image of the G230 highlighting the following five features:
- PERFORMANCE-SPORT CLOTH EARCUPS ARE REMOVABLE FOR CLEANING
- 3.5MM HEADSET AND MICROPHONE INPUTS
- LAY-FLAT EARCUPS SWIVEL 90 DEGREES
- FOLDING, NOISE CANCELLING MIC
- CONVENIENT ON-CABLE VOLUME AND MUTE CONTROLS
The inner clear packaging (not looking so good out of the box) does a good job of protecting the contents within.
In the box other than the headset itself and its in-line control box we find a Setup Guide and a Logitech Important Information (Safety, Regulatory and Warranty) Guide.
At the time of review the Logitech G230 is retailing for approximately £60 (or £44 on Amazon) and comes with an impressive 3 year warranty.
courtesy of Logitech
3-year Limited hardware warranty
Windows® 8, Windows® 7, or Linux® operating system
Headset and microphone inputs
Frequency response: 20Hz-20KHz
Impedance: 32 Ohms
Sensitivity: 90dB SPL/Mw
Microphone Pickup pattern: Cardioid (Unidirectional)
Type: Pressure Gradient Electret Condenser
Frequency response: 50-20KHz
Sensitivity: -40dBV/Pa re: 0dB = 1 Pa, 1KHz
Test conditions: 3.0V, 2.2K Ohm
First impressions are very good, the Logitech G230 is a good looking headset. When in the hands (the headset that is!), it does feel a little light (weighing in at just 265g) and plasticy but the overall construction seems solid enough. And I guess it is, as the G230 comes with an impressive 3 year warranty. Now let’s take a tour around the G230 and look at some of its features…
The left ear-cup features a non-detachable audio cable that is approximately 3.2m in length and also a non-detachable microphone. Each ear-cup features a silver Logitech logo on the outside and within there’s a 40mm neodymium Driver. The right ear-cup has no additional functionality to speak of.
The plastic headband is somewhat nondescript with the inner section sporting a soft large red cushion covered in Logitech’s Performance-Sport cloth.
The headband is adjustable by a massive 50mm per side, meaning that the G230 is likely to fit even the largest of heads. FYI: I used (with an average size head) around 25mm per side.
Each of the Closed-Back ear-cups have foam cushions (I don’t think it’s memory foam) again covered in Logitech’s Performance-Sport cloth. While this cloth looks highly breathable, it does feel a little rough to the touch, therefore I have a slight concern over potential comfort levels. I guess we will have to wait and see…
The folding, noise cancelling microphone attached to the left ear-cup can be swivelled into position near to the mouth and out of the way when not in use. The microphone boom also has some left/right flex to it allowing it to be placed very close to your mouth, should you wish.
The in-line control box found approximately 70mm from the headset features a simple volume wheel and a microphone mute switch. The back of the control box also has a belt/shirt clip, should you witch to clip it to something (something I’ve never done!).
As the Logitech G230 would be classed as a mid-range headset it will be paired up with the on-board audio of our Test Motherboard the MSI Z87-G45 GAMING, this MB from MSI features a Realtek ALC1150 chipset with MSI’s Audio Boost technology.
The Logitech G230 headset was simply connected to the on-board audio via the two (headphone/mic) 3.5mm Jack plugs.
The Logitech G230 was tested using our Intel Test Rig, running Windows 7 64bit (service pack 1) with all necessary Drivers installed. No software is supplied or required for full functionality of the headset.
The following games were used during testing:
- Battlefield 4
- Metro Last Light
- Survarium (Beta)
- Metro 2033 (benchmark)
- Unigine Heaven (benchmark)
- Unigine Valley (benchmark)
The performance of a headset is predominately based upon what it sounds like, therefore what we have here is my opinion on what I think about the audio performance of the Logitech G230 headset; of course this is somewhat subjective.
The Logitech G230 headset was tested with an on-board sound solution as outlined above, the sound produced by the G230 is very good. Which is a little generic I know but it really seems like a good all-rounder. Its bass is more than adequate (well tuned for Gaming) and the mid-range is also well represented. The high end/treble is a little lacking though (which is unusual), with the gun-fire within Games such as Battlefield 4 and Survarium not being as shrill as one may have hoped for. There’s also an underlying slight dullness to the sound, it’s barely audible but I can detect it nonetheless. It can’t quite match the audio finesse of, for example the new HyperX Cloud headset. But then to be fair it does cost less…
Overall a very good sounding headset, but it’s not going to challenge some of the slightly more expensive sets available today…
From a comfort point of view the Logitech G230 headset is very good, helped by a good clamping force on the head and a relatively low weight (just 265g). There’s a great deal of adjustment in the headband too, meaning that it’s likely to fit pretty much all head sizes (small and large, even massive I reckon!). The slight fly in the ointment is the material that Logitech have opted to use, their very own Performance-Sport Cloth. Now while it’s full of holes and is undeniably good for keeping your ears cool, the material is a little rough, and the fact that it has holes makes this even worse. It can just get a little irritating during long Gaming sessions. A softer material would have made all the difference here, but it’s no show-stopper…
The G230’s folding, noise cancelling microphone proved more than adequate when using our VOIP application of choice (Razer Comms). The microphone was setup easily within Windows with just a 20+ db Microphone Boost required to get the desired pick-up. I certainly had no complaints from my online buddies while using the G230’s microphone.
The in-line control box also worked perfectly well, with its simple volume control and microphone mute switch.
I have really quite enjoyed my 2 weeks with the Logitech G230 Stereo Gaming Headset. It may not be the most premium of headsets, but what it does do, it does very well. It’s a good looking headset too, just the use of hard plastics lets it down a little, that along with its lightweight makes it feel a little cheap! The G230 came well presented and packaged with very little else in the box other than the headset itself and its associated in-line control box.
From a performance point of view (and considering the cost) the Logitech G230 performs well, with a good all round sound and a very good (Gaming) bass level. Only the treble seems to be a little lack lustre, which is odd as normally with only a 40mm Driver it’s likely to be the bass that suffers. There’s also a slight (and I’m being picky here!) dullness (lacking vibrancy) to the overall sound, but I guess I’m a bit of an Audiophile and I am being unfair considering the price of the product. The folding, noise cancelling microphone also proved to be very good, with no complaints form my online Gaming buddies.
From a comfort point of view the G230 is very good, helped by its fair clamping force and its lightweight (265g). It’s a shame then that the ear-cushion material is not as comfortable as it could be! This material (Logitech’s own Performance-Sport cloth) is a little rough, and is not helped by its breathing holes. Overall it’s certainly an airy design, meaning that your ears are not likely to get too hot. But the material just feels a little scratchy during those longer Gaming sessions.
Of course what we mustn’t forget here is the cost. At a retail of around £60 and a discounted price of closer to £45, there’s no doubt that the G230 is worth every penny! If you like the look of it (and I do), then go for it, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed…
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Many thanks to Logitech for providing this sample for review