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Monday, March 21, 2011

Logitech G930

I haven't been posting much lately, mostly due to me messing with this new headset.

I recently received my Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 with 7.1 Surround Sound and have been testing that.

The verdict? It's awesome. I've had many headsets in the past and all of them have developed issues of one type or another. Usually it's a short in the cord or, sometimes, an earcup breaks off. I don't toss my headsets around or juggle them whilst aflame so I just chalked it up to bad luck. I figured if I want a good headset that'll last, I need to spend a little more money than I usually do and get one that has no wires.

I saw these while browsing Amazon and decided to give them a shot based on the reviews. The fact that they were 7.1 didn't hurt, either. As far as the build quality goes, it seems good. The headband is stainless steel and the earcup joint (which allows them to rotate to be set flat on a table or surface) is made of aircraft grade aluminum alloy, quoting from the box itself. So I don't expect these to break. Being wireless, that's not a concern either.

Now, about the sound. The quality seems, to my non-audiophile ears, excellent. At least as good as any headset I've ever owned and I've owned quite a few. The stereo is great, bass is good. The surround, being from only two speakers, is actually pretty convincing. Especially in games like Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and World of Warcraft. It uses two big 40mm drivers, one in each earcup and uses software to give you virtual surround sound in 5.1 or 7.1. Being virtual surround it won't work for EVERYONE but supposedly for most people it works quite well, me being one of those people. You get a really good sense of where sounds are coming from. Either in front, beside or behind you. They did a really great job here.

The range is also far more than you should need. They claim about 40 feet, based on interference and other issues that will vary person to person. I can go through the entire house and only start to here sound break up when I'm in the kitchen, which is the exact opposite end of the house through 3 walls. We also have a wireless network.

The headset has a rechargeable battery which you can plug into a supplied accessory and charge while you use it. The battery life is roughly 10 hours on a full charge and seems to take about 2 hours to fully charge. Luckily, if/when it eventually stops holding a charge, as rechargeable batteries do, you can actually buy a very cheap replacement on their website and change it out yourself. Very nice.

I'm really very impressed with this headset. If I had to give it a rating I'd give it a solid 5 out of 5. Highly recommended if you, like me, are done screwing around with cheap headsets and want something durable, robust and fully featured. A fine headset for gaming, listening to music or anything else you decide to use it for. Except juggling aflame, don't do that.

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