The Logitech G430 gaming headset is a generally comfortable, rugged headset with very good standard (stereo) audio and adequate if unexceptional 7.1 surround sound.
Logitech’s G430 7.1 gaming headset is one of several newly refreshed and/or re-branded Logitech gaming products, like the G700s gaming mouse. At about $80, the G430 represents a ‘middle tier’ gaming product that offers a little more than just the basics, but not enough to be called ‘feature rich’ or a premium product.
The G430 can connect directly to your PC through 2×3.5mm stereo/microphone connectors, but to get Dolby 7.1 surround sound you’ll want to use the included USB sound processor, which connects to your PC and then in turn to the 3.5mm audio connectors. You can use the G430 without the USB dongle (and also without installing any software) if you don’t mind sacrificing some of the G430’s features and virtual surround sound.
- Ear cups and headband are cushioned with: ¾” textured, cloth-covered foam. Ear cups are removable and washable.
- Headband is steel sheethed in plastic.
- Ear cups swivel full 90 degrees to rest on your chest when not in use.
The Logitech G430 has the same basic form factor, shape, and design as the Logitech G930. The ear cups are lined in textured, cloth-covered foam which is comfortable but coarse (although not uncomfortable so).
Overall comfort is good to above average. After several hours of use at work, where I used the G430 mainly to listen to music, edit video, and Skype into meetings. At home I gave it its gaming work out, which consisted a variety of games and some quality time with Left 4 Dead 2 to (subjectively) evaluate its directional 7.1 virtual surround sound.
I didn’t experience any significant discomfort aside from the usual ‘warm head syndrome’ (common to virtually all gaming headsets when worn long enough).
Design & features
- Inline controller with volume and mic mute
- Cable is thin braided fiber
- Swivel unidirectional microphone; modest flexibility, no lighted LED tip like the G930
- No customizable G-buttons like the G930 headset
I’m not a huge fan of inline controllers unless they are large enough to sit comfortably on your desk (like the excellent but considerably more expensive CM Storm Sirus 5.1, Razer Tiamat 7.1, and the Turtle Beach Ear Force XP Seven). But to date, the Logitech G930’s intuitive ear cup based controls are still my favorite design for headset controls.
But an inline controller is a common and less expensive solution, particularly for the G430’s price point, and Logitech’s inline controller is really no better or worse than most inline controllers on similarly priced headsets. It has a standard analog volume roller and a microphone mute switch. On a side note, I do like the aesthetics of the Logitech G430 controller a little better than some I’ve used.
The G430 swivel microphone is almost exactly like the G930, but doesn’t have the lighted LED tip to indicate when it’s muted.
And for those that like their head gear to make a fashion statement, the G430 sports colorful blue accents (the ear cups, the head band, and cables are all bright, turquoise (ish) blue).
- 2 x 40mm drivers
- 7.1 Dolby virtual surround sound
- Good overall sound quality, adequate if unexceptional surround sound
The Logitech G430 sports all around excellent audio. I couldn’t detect any distortion, it gets very loud, and the ear cups do a pretty good job of suppressing external noise. Logitech’s software also offers a full 7 channel surround mixer (that literally goes to 11—nice one, Logitech) and an 11-channel equalizer. Some audio presets would have been appreciated.
Surround sound performance in Left 4 Dead 2 was, subjectively speaking, adequate to good. Given that the G430 only uses 2 drivers you’re obviously not going to get the best virtual surround sound. I was able to discern the direction of threats and team mates well enough for gaming, but overall the directional 7.1 sound isn’t as discreet as some headsets.
Overall: 4/5 stars
The Logitech G430 is a solid, mid-tier headset that delivers a good balance of comfort, design, features, and audio quality for it’s $80 MSRP.
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Logitech G430 Technical Specifications (provided by Logitech)
- 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
- 3-year Limited hardware warranty
- Windows® 8, Windows® 7 or Windows Vista® operating system
- USB port
- 7.1 Surround sound requires software installation*
- USB adapter
- User documentation