Review: Logitech G230 stereo gaming headset

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The Logitech G230 PC gaming headset is somewhere in the low to mid-range of its product niche, online gaming. With a noise-cancelling microphone, extra thick bass, and a sleek, modern style, I was curious to see how these performed. I put them through their paces with music, movies, and games too. Let’s see how they did, shall we?

OS/Hardware Required:

  • Windows, Mac, or Linux computer (audio will also work with portable devices that have 3.5mm inputs)
  • 3.5mm headset and speaker inputs

MSRP: $59.99 (currently around $49.99)
Manufacturer: Logitech

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Audio Quality

I first tried the G230s out with some music. Listening to the Red Hot Chile Peppers, I discovered that while this headset generally has good sound quality, the mid-range and high-end notes were slightly muted. Anthony Kiedis’ vocals weren’t as clear as I’ve heard with other sets in the same price range. The same could be said for the high guitar notes.

Daft Punk’s “Aerodynamic” turned out to be a slightly different experience. Though the highs were still not as bright as they could be, the G230s were able to show off their deep, heavy bass. Aside from the inner tech, this could partly be due to the way they can cup your ears.

The G230s were great to listen to. Despite the minor lack of clarity in mid and high-end notes, I still enjoyed using them. They may not be the bassiest headset around, but they’re really good at pushing the low end (try Daft Punk’s “Voyager” to see how hard they hit), putting a groove where you need it. The sound landscape they create is good too, giving an illusion of sound around the listener.

I popped in one of my favorite recent movies The Dark Knight to assist in this review. While the thick bass is really great with songs that focus on that side of the aural spectrum, that same bass proved to be unpleasant at times during the movie, especially when it fluctuates rapidly. The bass was overwhelming and thunderous in certain sections, over-performing for the task at hand. In certain intense scenes, the lower notes muddied together a bit, too. Overall, the G230s faired okay with the movie Gattaca. However, there was still a slight lack of distinctness between the various tones.

After booting up Left 4 Dead, it was clear that the G230s were best suited for gaming, as they should be. This headset does a really good job of simulating surround sound, even though they’re stereo. There’s a really smooth transition when sounds pass from one area to another. Approaching and passing a hissing gas pipe that was slightly higher than my character’s head, the sound didn’t noticeably move from front, to middle, to back. It was a perfect transition. The same could be said for sounds like zombies running and screaming from my right to my left. The shotgun, thanks to the heavy bass, gives a pleasurable aural kick.

Logitech touts the G230’s noise-canceling microphone, which is definitely a great feature. If you’re like me, you’ve probably had an embarrassing real-life interruption while your intense online gaming session is going on. Thankfully, the noise-cancellation on the microphone does work. Lifting the mic away from my face, I was told that I sounded like I was far away. This means that people who are some number of feet away from you probably won’t even be heard. This is a feature that should be built into every single microphone meant for online gaming. Seriously.

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Form factor

The G230s are mostly made of plastic, but nonetheless are fairly sturdy. The earpiece extensions have a subtle clicking that instills confidence that they’ll stay in place. The earpieces swivel greatly side-to-side, which should allow just about anyone to comfortably wear them. They swivel so much that Logitech promotes their ability to lay parallel to a surface. I suppose that if you stepped on the earpiece, it would fare better than if it wasn’t swiveled to lay flat. To a lesser extent the earpieces also swivel up and down, but the joint here doesn’t feel as sturdy as it could be. I do really like that the earcups can be removed for washing, though the same can’t be said for the head cushion.

The base of the microphone is solid plastic, with the middle of it being comprised of durable rubber that can be bent slightly to follow the contour of your face. It’s easy to move the microphone up and down, out of your way, when you need to quench your thirst.

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The cord is braided and seems durable. Being a little over 7.5 feet, the cord should meet most people’s at-home gaming needs. Attached to it you’ll find a module for simple volume control and a mute for the mic. At the end, the cord splits into two, one end for audio, the other for microphone input.

Conclusion

Logitech’s G230 Headset is good for gaming. It does well with music, especially if the music you’re listening to has an emphasis on bass. With other types of music, the bass can be a tad overpowering, sometimes not allowing the mids and highs to shine as brightly as they could. The movie you choose to watch will offer varying results. Action movies with high amounts of bass may not produce the most optimal listening experience. For those of you who simply need a good headset for online gaming may not care about these detractors.

Grade: B

Pros:

  • Fairly comfortable
  • Noise-cancelling microphone
  • Good for gaming, smooth transition of sound direction

Cons:

  • Excessive bass can hurt movie and music listening. Mids and highs aren’t pronounced enough
  • Form factor could be a little more solid

Specifications

Headphones

  • Driver: 40mm
  • 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
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