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Logitech G430 Headset Review

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Posted by Darin Gangi

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It’s been a while since we’ve done a review of a headset. I got in touch with Logitech and asked to review a headset from their inventory and thought the G430 would be a great choice.

Now that I’ve tried these for a few weeks, I’ll let you know how they perform. Going to go over comfort, fit, sound quality, sound level and a few other items starting with the specs.

Headphone

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/

First off. I downloaded the driver and software that supports the mini sound card. Once I did that and plugged in the mini sound card, I made some adjustments and set it as my default sound device in Windows. Running Windows 7 by the way.

With the software, you can adjust the sound and microphone volume as well as add bass or treble and configure the 7.1 simulated sound. You can also use an equalizer to adjust a wide variety of levels for the lows, mid and highs

Sim Vibe

My next test was to see if it worked in conjunction with Sim Vibe. With Sim Vibe, you need to have a second sound card installed. Not all of these mini USB sound cards are compatible with Sim Vibe. This one is, at least on my system. I set it as the default sound device in Windows and went into iRacing and changed my main sound to the G430s. Everything worked like a champ in conjunction with Sim Vibe.

Comfort

Next, let’s talk comfort.. My head is on the large size and these headphones fit great. Lots of adjustability and they are very comfortable. Since most newer headsets have the volume adjustments on the cups and the G430s don’t, they are very lightweight. You can barely feel them on your head. There’s foam padding covered with this bright blue cloth that were very comfortable during prolonged use, I could barely tell they were there. You can also remove and wash them if you end up sweating , and that tends to happen to me during longer events. There’s also padding up at the top of the set to add to the comfort level.

I honestly don’t like dealing with the cord, but since it’s made of braided cloth material, it doesn’t tangle like other types of headphone cords. The cord which is about 10 feet long has a volume adjustment piece as well as a switch to mute your microphone.

I don’t care about the volume adjustment being on the cord as once Im racing, I don’t want to mess with that anyway.

Sound quality

As I played the test and heard how it simulates 7.1 surround, it really seems like you are hearing things from different directions and does a great job of simulating that. I’m not hearing any static or feedback and the quality is top notch.

Which takes me to the volume. To get the most out of these, you need to use the equalizer to crank it up. The default un-equalized setting wasn’t loud enough for me . I mainly used them with iRacing and also tried it with Assetto Corsa and rFactor 2.

Then I tried it with music and played a few things from some old school rap to some pretty heavy rock and I guess I like my music pretty loud, cause it didn’t get to where I would like when I crank it up. That was until I used that equalizer. Probably better to avoid damaging your ears anyway but when I’m wearing headphones, I don’t want to hear outside noises.

The microphone has quality sound and people were able to hear me loud and clear when using voice chat in game.

Price

Saw them at Amazon for about $70.00 and New Egg for $65.

Pros:

Great sound quality
Very comfortable
Light weight
Priced under $100, down to $65 actually
Works with Sim Vibe
Long cord that doesn’t tangle
7.1 Surround sound
Removable, washable and very comfortable ear cups

Cons:

Not wireless (but would be heavier if they were
Color a little bright. Would prefer black, or a variety. Only come in powder blue
Not loud enough until you equalize it to crank em up in the G software

Final Thoughts:

If you’re looking for a set that’s not wireless, comfortable and can work with Sim Vibe, this is a great headset. I would definitely recommend them.

On the Revs scale, I give these headphones a 9 out of 10

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  • Fernando da Silva

    I have the G930 which is basically the wireless version of these and I love them. They work perfect with SimVibe and sound great, only gripe is that the battery definitely doesn’t last very long if you have them cranking, you’ll get like 6 hours at full crank but not much more. Which is fine for me since I really don’t go for that long of a period straight but might be a deal breaker for others.

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