Logitech G330 Gaming Headset Review

Reviewed by Ulric | 14 November 2009
Genre: | Publisher: N/A | Developer: Logitech
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The Good

*Comfortable, even on larger heads *Lightweight *Low tension in head

The Bad

*No Microphone Boost

Review: Logitech G330 Gaming Headset by TOG Vetinari

Finding a headset that suits my needs is a royal pain in the arse. Most of the time I use a headset for voice communications and chatting only, keeping my Logitech 5.1 speakers on for all other audio. With that in mind, the headset I use cannot completely seal to the ears or surround them; doing so would cause me to increase the volume on the main speakers, which would annoy both the wife and the neighbors.

Secondly, the headset, if USB, must use an external adapter with its own manual volume control. I’ve tried pure USB headsets before that have digital volume control, but, since my Logitech speakers are always set as the default in Windows Vista, the volume control on the headset affects the main speakers instead of the headset. That just doesn’t fly well.

Another problem I have is with most of these newer ‘behind the head’ headsets is that they really only comfortably fit the ‘averaged’ sized head. As some of my friends and wife will probably tell you, I’m a bit big headed, and so those headsets can be uncomfortably tight.

These considerations led me to look at the Logitech G330 to replace my aging Plantronics Audio.90.

Comfort:
The headset seems very comfortable, even with my slightly oversized melon. The G330 is the first adjustable behind-the-head headset I’ve seen, using a specially designed spring steel bar that promises to hold its position and also its springiness. It’s extremely lightweight, and, in my case at least, does not take much tension to hold itself in place. The frame of the headset is squared off a bit to accommodate the adjustable bar, and this results in the frame hitting the sides of the back of the head in a couple of places. I didn’t find this to be uncomfortable in any way, however, and think that this is probably due to an integrated silicone rubber liner.

The foam earpads are definitely a plus. As mentioned above, I primarily use headsets for chatting and, while I do use them for sound editing on occasion, I play game audio exclusively through external surround speakers. The G330 allows me to easily hear the sounds around me on my desk, from my main 5.1 to a text message ringtone. I find that the foam also allows your skin to ‘breathe’ better, enhancing long term comfort.

Microphone:
The microphone stays where you put it very well. Its shoulder-joint enables vertical adjustment to approx 270 degrees, while the boom itself is somewhat flexible, like many of the booms that I’ve seen so far.

One immediate drawback, however, is that there is no option for microphone boost. You’re pretty much reduced to just turning the mic volume all the way up. Mic pickup in Vista also seems low, but Vista audio control is a bit deceiving in this regard. Self testing in Ventrilo, comparing my voice return to the sound of the PTT, gave alright returns, but your mileage may vary.

Speakers:
Very clear, but it seems to depend on your sound source, and the headset is a bit bass heavy. This is not an issue for chat usage, but may be annoying to users that plan on listening to a lot of music through this headset, or using them as the primary audio source. This seems to be a common fault of all headsets with larger drivers however; the G330 uses 30mm drivers, or 1.18in.

Conclusions:

    * If using this headset as a second audio device for in-game chat and the like, I recommend using it with its USB adapter. You can also use the USB adapter for sound editing, and most music listening, but I would not recommend it for anything with a lot of bass.
    * If using this headset as your primary audio, I suggest setting aside the USB adapter and plugging this headset directly into your onboard or add-on board based sound - anything with support for EQ so you can tone the bass down a bit.

Whichever method you use to connect this headset, I think you’ll find it very comfortable, and extremely adjustable, which should be more than enough to make up for the minor issues in sound quality.

The Logitech G330 Gaming Headset is available from Amazon.com with for $44.99 US with free shipping.

Info & Specifications:

Features:

    * Adjustable, behind the ear fit
    * Noise-canceling microphone
    * Flexible, rotating boom
    * USB adapter
    * Inline audio controls
    * Durable headband construction
    * Low profile speaker drivers

Connection:

    * Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7: USB or dual 2.5mm jacks
    * Mac OS X: USB Only

Headphones:

    * Driver: 30 mm diameter; neodymium magnet
    * Frequency response: 40 Hz–18 kHz (-10 dB)
    * Impedance: 32 ohm nominal
    * Sensitivity: 94 dB SPL Ref: 1 mW (-18.2 dBV = 1m W), 1 kHz

Microphone:

    * Pickup pattern: Unidirectional (cardioid)
    * Frequency response: 100 Hz–10 kHz
    * Sensitivity: -44 dBV/Pa re: 0 dB = 1 Pa, 1 kHz
    * Test conditions: 3.0 V, 2.2 K ohm

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Member reviews

Logitech G330 - kahlo13 |
| 23 November 2009

And just where am I supposed to put my trackIR Pro-clip huh? Around the back of head bands are instant fail. Also being a logitech product you just know there are comparable products from other manufacturers at a lower price point. so I rate this product a big fat 'meh'.

- Sibron |
| 12 December 2009

dual 2.5mm jacks?? what do they fit into? to get 5.1surround wouldnt you need 3 of 3.5? thats what i need on my systen(or usb) "Behind the head" bands are good if you dont want to mess up the 'fro man! "The vector clip has 3 reflective stickers to imitate the TrackClip’s infrared LEDs. You can clip this unit to a hat to use it in place of the TrackClip" That is the tip from; http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/trackir4pro/ This looks like a fair review of a good product, though I wont be running out to get some while my cybersniper5.1's are still working :-)

plastic thing - Zgamer |
| 15 July 2010

The plastic thing which holds the earphones on your ears starts to actually hurt so it's quite uncomfortable.

g330 - Tayein |
| 24 November 2011

thanks for the heads up i was going to buy these and try them out but after reading the reviews 5 hours with these on would not be pleasent for me

2013 update - Vetinari |
| 7 January 2013

Well...It's been 3+ years since I originally purchased this headset and wrote the above review. With a couple exceptions, which I will note below, my G330 headset is still going strong. I've only had two issues with this headset, and they have only occurred over the past couple months. 1. The very edges of the foam earpad covers, being the thinnest part, start the wear through and tear a bit. Logitech unfortunately does not sell replacement sets, but I found a pair of slightly larger and thicker earpads that fit wonderfully, and make an already comfortable headset even more comfortable, surprisingly. 2. Over time, with any dial-type volume control, you will get to a point where sometimes you hear a bit of "static" when adjusting the volume. The G330 is no exception. This can easily be fixed with some electronics cleaning spray, or you can leave them be. It doesn't bother me, so I left it be. I'd still rather have a physical volume control than the digital controls that some headsets have. Here are a couple replies to comments I've seen above: Sibron: The dual 2.5mm plugs are for the headphones and microphone. This is not a 5.1/7.1 headset. With the included USB adapter, this works out to be the perfect setup. You can either use the headset with both mic and speakers for VoIP and such, or if needed, you can unplug just the headphone part to plug into the headphone jack of your main speakers. I do that when I'd doing audio editing. The included USB adapter is of course not required for use. You can plug this headset directly into your soundcard or onboard sound. Others: I've never had a comfort issue wit this headset. I've worn them for anywhere between 5 minutes and 5 hours. Everyone's head is shaped differently though, so your mileage may vary. Concerning TrackIR: Though I'm familiar with it, I've never used this product, so I can't really comment on it. Is it possible that something could be attached perpendicular to the mic boom? Well that's about it for the 2013 update on my review. If some of you have purchased this headset, I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have over the last few years. With the new earpads, I plan on continuing to use this headset until I break it or the speakers die. Neither, I believe, will be any time soon.

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