Logitech doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to the drivers and software that sit in Windows – the application is a requirement, however, in order to unlock the full functionality of any of Logitech’s hardware.
It’s a pleasant surprise, therefore, that the G930 headset software works so well. Installation is a snap, and once the drivers are installed the headset can be plugged in and used immediately. Users should open up the settings window and fiddle around, however, since there are a number of cool features within.
The headset can be configured with individual volume levels for each of the physical drivers as well as simulated 7.1 surround speakers. The tone can be further tweaked via equalization (EQ) filters. There’s also a battery meter built into the settings dialog that gives users estimated times for both use and charge.
The best – and most fun – part of the software, however, is easily the voice synthesizer. Despite being around for years, voice modulation has never really caught on. There’s usually been a noticeable delay or the output was rendered incomprehensible by the various functions applied to its waveform.
Here’s a quick sample of what a voice being modulated might sound like:
Whatever engine Logitech uses for their headset – it’s unlikely, though possible, to be an in-house solution – is top-notch. There are six settings from which to choose: troll, mutant, alien, giant, cyborg and “space squirrel.” Not all of them are equally clear in their results, but even having one or two choices is great. It works on whatever audio is being recorded by the microphone, so the effects could be used in voice chat for games, but also in VoiP calls with programs like Skype.
Sounds great, goes far
Obviously a great design, comfortable and solid build quality and silly voice effects are pointless if the performance can’t deliver. That’s no problem, though, because the G930 delivers on its promises and then some.
Audio quality is fantastic, with the virtualized Dolby Pro Logic II 7.1 surround providing convincing effects in games and media. The 7.1 setup can mess with traditionally-encoded audio, sometimes, but it’s easily turned off with that switch on the left earcup.
Logitech put a lot of research and effort into making sure that the wireless aspect of the headphones were up to snuff. It really shows. Gamers often scoff at wireless gaming peripherals because there’s always the danger of introducing delay – an important consideration for serious gamers.
To get around that issue, Logitech embedded not one, but two different 2.4GHz wireless radios in the headset and dongle. It’s capable of transmitting an uncompressed 48kHz audio signal from the computer to the headphones, and the company claims a wireless range of up to 40 feet, which is right around twelve meters. In reality, the range was even greater, with the headset still chugging along when taken up a flight of stairs, through a concrete barrier and almost out the door on the other side of the building.
While the price of the headset is a wallet-busting $160, it’s safe to say that it’s worth every penny. It would be fair to say that the Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset is the best wireless headset – especially one oriented toward gamers – on the market today. It would also be fair to say, however, that the G930 is one of the best gaming headsets period, and gamers looking to sit back and play without getting tangled up should definitely give it a spin.
- Great design
- Solid build quality
- Great audio, fantastic range
- Merely okay battery life