I am not really an audiophile, but I can hear the sound difference between headsets. I don’t own much headsets as I prefer earphones. The only headset I got is the Nokia Purity HD Stereo Headset by Monster which is retailing for S$298. The Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset on the other hand is retailing for S$249 which is slightly cheaper.
To me, the sound on the Logitech G930 beats the Nokia Purity HD Stereo Headset. The sound produced on the Logitech G930 is sharper, clearer and have better bass quality (which is important to me), while of course the Nokia Purity HD Stereo Headset looks aesthetically nicer.
The fit of the Logitech G930 is comfortable, this is because it is big as it is not meant to be portable and it is not that heavy too (~300g). The ear piece covers your whole ear, isolating some minor noises in the background. Coupled with a noise-cancelling microphone, it makes a great all-rounder headset, not just only for gaming. Perhaps in the future, Logitech should consider getting a Skype Certification for it’s successor because I think it makes a great Skype headset!
The only downside about the Logitech G930 is that it does not have Mac support! It still works on Mac, but as a basic headset as there are no drivers for it. Case in point, you will not be able to enjoy the 7.1 Dolby surround sound.
- Connection: 2.4 GHz RF
- Range: up to 40 feet (12 meters)
- Audio stream: uncompressed 48 kHz
- Reception: dual antenna
- Interference resistance: forward error correction and dynamic channel selection
- Continuous playback time: up to 10 hours per charge
- Charging connection: full-speed USB; charge-while-playing enabled
- Charge time: 2.5 hours or less (longer when in use)
- Ear cup: up to 26 dB noise isolation
- Driver: laser-tuned; 40 mm diameter with neodymium magnet; 15mm diameter voice coil with ferrofluid damping
- Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
- Pickup pattern: cardioid (unidirectional)
- Type: pressure gradient electret condenser
- Frequency response: 100 Hz– 75 kHz
- Volume roller: 80,000 revolutions (minimum)
- Button: 50,000 presses (minimum)
- Headband slide: indexed stainless spring steel
- Ear cup rotation joint: aircraft-grade aluminum alloy
The Logitech G930 is a wireless headset with built-in battery that last for 10 hours. I tested it at an ad-hoc manner and I managed to get about 10 hours and 15 minutes of usage in total. Despite it being wireless, you can charge and use it at the same by plugging the Micro USB cable of the receiver base to the Logitech G930. It took me about 4 hours to get it to full charge for the first time.
The wireless range I would say it is decent but similar to most 2.4 GHz wireless devices, it doesn’t pass through solid objects like concrete or door very well. I managed to get roughly about 8 meters measured from my room to the kitchen before it gets cut off. Once it is cut off, it will automatically connects back if it is back within range again.
There are about 7 buttons on the Logitech G930. 3 G-Keys, 1 Dolby Switch, 1 Power Button, 1 Mute Button and 1 volume slider.
The 3 programmable G-Keys are on the left side of the headset. By default G1 is Next Track, G2 is Play/Pause and G3 is Previous Track. Personally, I have no use for the G-Keys on the Logitech G930 because pressing the G-Keys on my Logitech G19 keyboard or Logitech G600 mouse is much faster.
Below the 3 G-Keys is the mute button and the volume scroller.
The Dobly 7.1 surround sound switch is at the side together with the power button. By default the Dolby switch is off, you have to switch it on by sliding it to the right to enable the 7.1 surround sound. I no have no idea why a switch is needed for this, it should be enabled by default and if you want to disable it, do it in the Logitech Gaming Software.
You can “test” the 7.1 surround sound by going to the Logitech Gaming Software and click “Experience Surround Sound”.
The microphone is located on the left side of the headset. By the way, I love the microphone implementation, to switch on the microphone, just pull it down and if you no longer need it, just push it back up to mute it. Once muted, the tip of the microphone will have a small red glowing light.
The microphone has noise-canceling feature and it works pretty well. I tested it with my television and fan switched on and I still can hear my voice clearly over a Skype Test Call service.
The Logitech Gaming Software also includes “Voice Avatars”, you can filter/transform your voice to some weird voices on the fly! Imagine having a Skype call using that!
Logitech Gaming Software
Similar to the Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard and the Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse, once you installed the Logitech Gaming Software you do not need additional software for the Logitech G930. It will automatically detect once you plugged it in.
As mentioned previously in the Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard review, your gaming profile can be shared across all supported Logitech Gaming Devices and that includes the Logitech G930.
- Great sound quality
- Microphone voice is clear
- Comfortable to wear
- Good battery life as advertised
- No Mac support
Thanks to Logitech, I will be giving out a brand new Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset worth S$249 to 1 lucky winner.
To particiate, all you have to do is the following:
- Follow @gamerz
- Tweet about why you want the Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset.
- Ensure that your tweet contains Logitech G930 (item name), #LogitechGaming (giveaway hashtag) and if characters permit, http://lc.sg/1mc (link to this blog post).
- Be as creative and original as possible as entries will be judged based on these 2 criteria.
- The awesome 7.1 surround sound in the Logitech G930 is what I need like right now! #LogitechGaming http://lc.sg/1mc
- I might not be an audiophile but I want the Logitech G930, because I am sick of my crappy headset #LogitechGaming http://lc.sg/1mc
- This Giveaway is open to all readers of lesterchan.net who are based in Singapore.
- Li Xiang and I will be the judges for this contest, entries will be judged based on creativity and originality.
- Winners will be announced on Wednesday, 31st October 2012 and contacted via Twitter and follow up by email.
- Logitech will be sending the prizes to the winner directly.
- Details of winners such as name and winning tweet may be posted on lesterchan.net.
- My decision on all matters related to this giveaway is final and no correspondence will be entertained.
- I reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions at anytime without prior notice.
- This giveaway ends on 11:59pm (23:59), Monday, 29th October 2012 (GMT+8 Singapore Time).