- Great design
- Solid build quality
- Great audio, fantastic range
- Merely okay battery life
Gamers looking to sit back and play without getting tangled up should definitely give the G930 a spin.
Logitech’s latest offering in the highly competitive gaming accessories arena is the Wireless Gaming Headset G930. It’s pricey at $159.99, but offers a laundry list of attractive features, such as lag-free, faster-than-Bluetooth wireless connectivity, virtual 7.1 surround speakers, macro buttons and a folding boom mic. Is it worth your hard-earned dollars? Read on and find out.
What’s in the box?
- G930 wireless headset
- Disc-shaped USB-charging base
- CD with software and drivers
- USB dongle
Build and design
First and foremost, Logitech should be praised for the killer design of the G930. The industrial chic look is crafted from high quality materials – glossy and matte black plastics, black rubbery finishes, black fabric and traces of red highlights.
By and large, the new G930 looks almost identical to last year’s wired headset from Logitech, the G35.
The overall effect is striking and attractive. It’s clear that Logitech built the headphones from the ground up for gamers – the G930 is nice enough to show off, but subtle enough not to stand out too much.
Each cup of the headphones is attached at its side by an arching sheath of the glossy plastic; they can tilt roughly thirty degrees and swivel ninety degrees inward in order to conform to an individual’s head. A small boom mic is attached to the side of the left headphone, resting vertically when not in use. The rubbery plastic is here, granting the microphone a limited degree of flexibility for perfect mouth placement.
Each cup is attached to the end of an extendable metal slide. Adding a couple of inches to either side of the headphones, the slides can be adjusted to any one of sixteen distances (Ed. note: I have a really huge head – hats can sometimes be a problem, but the G930 headset fit fine.)
The right headphone is blank, but the left headphone is full of buttons and electronics. On the bottom is a micro-USB port for charging the headphones (charging only – the headphones can’t be used without the wireless dongle attached to the computer) and the rear features toggle buttons for turning on power or the virtual Dolby Surround audio.
The outer face has four large buttons and a jog dial, all of which can be easily used without having to look at the headphones. Three are Logitech’s famous ‘G’ buttons – found on their gaming products, G buttons are without predefined function. Instead, each can be programmed with a specific command or macro. On a headset like this, such buttons could be used to play, pause or switch tracks without having to swap out of a game.
There’s also a dedicated microphone mute button, which is handy if gamers need to drop out of voice chat for a while, and the dial provides a means of adjusting system volume without having to mess with either game or system settings. Additionally, the microphone automutes when it’s raised back to its vertical position (in either position, a red mute light lets gamers know whether the mic is recording or not).
It’s worth noting that the dial changes volume through software – there’s not any kind of potentiometer in the headset.
One cool addition that Logitech throws in the box is a cable spool that looks a bit like a yo-yo. Clad in glossy black finishes, the disc has a USB cable wound around it – one end is a regular full-sized USB plug (that goes into the computer) while the other is a micro-USB plug (that attaches to the headphones). This serves as the charging cable for the G930 headset; since the cans require the USB dongle attached even when they’re plugged in, the charging station has a USB port on one side into which the dongle can be plugged.