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Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED
May 24, 2023
Ear cup: 72mm x 43mm
G PRO X2
The high-end gaming headset space is a funny corner of the audio market. Where major brands in the mainstream headphone space will release a new iteration of flagship products every year or two on a fairly regular schedule, gaming headsets generally wait a little longer. More budget-friendly options get regular refreshes, but the big workhorses often take a few extra years, or they’re abandoned for a new flagship line entirely. The Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED took a few years to show up, but it makes some very smart changes, and packs some impressive new hardware.
The original G Pro X (and its wireless counterpart) was excellent, so let’s see if the new model overtakes the old.
Editor’s note: this is the first version of the article. Updates will follow as the market changes.
The Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED aims to be the be-all-end-all gaming headset for everyone, regardless of platform, genre, or hobby. Xbox gamers may still want to pause for further considerations, but everyone else will probably be at least a little interested.
What’s it like to use the Logitech G PRO X 2 WIRELESS?
The Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED does exactly what you’d want from a successor to two very good gaming headsets. It condenses things, drawing the strengths of both the Logitech G PRO X and Logitech G PRO X Wireless into a single product, and builds on that foundation with smart changes and additions. Basically, this is a wireless gaming headset with all the wired niceties of the Logitech G PRO X, and more. It also now has graphene drivers, which may be meaningful from a materials point of view, but you may not be able to tell the difference just from listening.
Of the few minor visual changes to the headset, the headphone hinges are probably the most noticeable. It’s still a primarily metal frame, but now the headband has an additional hinge just above each ear cup—this means you can turn each ear cup individually to better accommodate the shape of your head, or swivel to lay flat on a desk or around your neck. This simple change makes for a much more comfortable experience, and I have no trouble wearing the Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED for a full day of use.
The G PRO X 2 comes with two pairs of ear pads—one covered in soft leatherette and one in velour fabric. They’re both equally comfortable for me, but if you’ve ever struggled with the heat buildup of leatherette, or you need material a little friendlier for using with glasses, this will be a plus. Even if you don’t care about the material, ear pads all wear out eventually, so it’s nice to have extras.
How do you control the Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED?
The on-ear control situation for the G PRO X 2 is dead simple. There’s two buttons—one for muting the microphone and one for Bluetooth pairing—a power switch, and a volume dial. Everything else is handled on the device side, either with your console’s audio menu or with the Logitech G HUB app on PC and macOS.
Should you use the G HUB app for the Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED?
If you buy the Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED, you should definitely install Logitech G HUB. The gaming headset companion app brings access to a handful of meaningful features like DTS Headphone: X 2.0 virtual surround sound, a five-band EQ, and Logitech’s Blue Vo!ce microphone feature suite. You also gain access to firmware updates, and an audio sampler that seems aimed at people who like always having an airhorn sound available at the push of a button.
G HUB is a pretty simple app to navigate, and having access to an EQ and some good microphone settings is nice. Most important—it works. Plenty of gaming headset apps still don’t run well, don’t save settings consistently, and make for an all-around headache, and G HUB doesn’t suffer from any of that.
How do you connect the Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED?
The Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED has three primary methods of connection: wired using a 3.5mm jack, Bluetooth, and wirelessly using a 2.4GHz USB-A dongle. The Bluetooth connection supports the AAC and SBC codecs, though it’s too bad not to see a more Android friendly option like aptX, but this is a gaming headset—the latency of Bluetooth inherently makes it the third-string connection option.
If you’re gaming on PC or PlayStation 5, the USB dongle is your main way to play. The 3.5mm TRRS connection makes for a reasonable companion if you’ve got an Xbox or handhelds like the Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck, though it’s too bad the dongle only works with the Nintendo Switch (when it’s docked), out of these options. Bluetooth is a distant third option for gaming, and you should probably just stick to listening to music with it.
There’s no Bluetooth multipoint or simultaneous connection functionality. You can only connect via 3.5mm when the headset power is switched off. While you can pair over Bluetooth with a button press even when connected to the dongle, you can only switch back and forth between them, rather than receive simultaneous audio.
Pairing the headset is super simple.
- Make sure the headset is turned on.
- Press and hold the Bluetooth button on you hear a series of beeps.
- Select the headset in your device’s Bluetooth menu and pair.
How long does the Logitech G PRO X2 LIGHTSPEED’s battery last?
Logitech claims the G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED can last up to 50 hours before you’ll need to charge it when connected using the USB dongle, but in our testing we found it exceeds that by more than 50%. When subjected to real music playback peaking at 75dB (SPL), the headset lasted 88 hours, 27 minutes.
A result like this can’t quite match up to industry standouts like the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless or the functionally unlimited performance of the Turtle Beach Stealth Pro or SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless, it beats basically everything else. You will probably be able to go for longer than a week (maybe two, depending on how much you game) without needing to recharge, and that’s very impressive.
How well does the Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED attenuate noise?
The Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED blocks out a pretty average amount of external sound for a gaming headset or a pair of over-ear headphones with no active noise cancelling (ANC). Isolation like this is isn’t going to really block out the world, but it should help quiet the typical sounds of the home, like the clatter of dishware or roommates talking. If you decide to detach the headset’s microphone, pair over Bluetooth, and take the G PRO X 2 out and about, low-end sounds like the rumble of car or bus engines won’t be blocked much, as that’s the kind of noise ANC typically handles.
How does the Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED sound?
The Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED has a frequency response that’s much closer to our headphone preference curve than a lot of gaming headsets on the market. There’s no crazily emphasized bass output, and mid range sound doesn’t dip quite as much as we often see.
Listening to music with the G PRO X 2 is a pretty enjoyable experience. Because of the relative restraint in the bass, the really reverberant parts of a song like Nootmare (K-I-L-L-I-n-G) Meow! by Psychedelic Porn Crumpets still come through very prominently, without drowning out the strumming sounds of the bass and lead guitar.
Gaming with the headset is also very nice. Playing more hectic games like Apex: Legends on PC, and everything comes through about as clearly as it should—the rumbling low end parts of the sounds of explosions and gunfire aren’t too distracting, so keeping an ear out for subtler sounds is easier. The DTS Headphone:X 2.0 virtual surround sound included with G HUB also performs admirably in-game, though the bass gets a lot louder when you initially switch it on (you can turn it down in the app, and I’d recommend you do so). The surround sound feature sounds terrible with music, so don’t forget to switch it off when you’re done gaming.
Logitech is touting a new material used in the drivers of the G PRO X2 LIGHTSPEED: graphene. In case you’re unfamiliar with this newfangled material, it’s basically tiny layers (barely thicker than an atom, to hear some tell it) of latticed carbon stacked on top of each other to create structures that are extremely rigid and strong, but also lightweight. Proponents claim we’ll soon be using it in electronic devices, construction, medical tech, and more. Reality hasn’t quite caught up with that, though.
In this headset’s case, the diaphragm of the headphone driver is made of graphene, instead of the more typical mylar. The idea is that using a more lightweight and rigid material will produce less distortions or unintended vibrations in the output, improving the distinctness and clarity of sound as a result.
In theory, you’ll be able to better differentiate the sounds of gunfire, voice chat, footsteps, and elements of music. This isn’t meant to aid in spatial awareness, but rather the intelligibility of audio in hectic or complex moments. In practice, you probably won’t notice much a difference. To be clear, the headset sounds good, but don’t expect it to sound noticeably different to most good sounding gaming headsets. We’re not seeing anything in the measurements to suggest this is markedly superior to conventional technology.
The Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED handles quieter moments very nicely. The little piano accents, wind sounds, and different environmental cues come through very clearly in Legend of Zelda: Tears of The Kingdom on Nintendo Switch. With no added spatial audio, the stereo mix still has a noticeable directionality to it, and it sounds very nice coming out of this headset.
How good is the Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED’s microphone?
The Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED’s microphone sounds pretty good. It’s no podcasting mic, and it’s not quite up to the level of the best gaming headset mics like that of the Corsair Virtuoso line, but you shouldn’t run into any issues using it in Discord calls, Zoom or Teams meetings, and more. It’s clear and loud, and it does an alright job handling off-axis noise (as can be heard in our office conditions sample). In addition this good baseline performance, there’s also the Blue Vo!ce software suite, which lets you equalize the mic, adjust gain, and turn on adjustable “signal cleanup” features like a de-esser, de-popper, limiter, compressor, and more. It’s a comprehensive feature set and really rounds out the experience.
Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED microphone demo (Ideal conditions):
Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED microphone demo (Office conditions):
Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED microphone demo (Reverberant conditions):
How does the microphone sound to you?
Should you buy the Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED?
If you want a high-end gaming headset with great sound, lots of features, and the ability to connect to most devices, the Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED is a great option. It sounds very good, it’s very comfortable, and its software features really round out the experience. However, if you’re buying this expecting graphene-powered headphones that sound like nothing else, pump the breaks—this headset sounds very good, but it still very much sounds like a regular gaming headset.
What should you get instead of the Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED?
If you’re in the market for a higher end wireless gaming headset, the three I mentioned in the battery section should probably be the place to look. The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless has the best single-charge battery capacity of any gaming headset on the market (or headphones of any variety), and it’s not even close—in our testing it lasted 327 hours, which is about 13 and a half days straight. The headset also features the same comfort and sound quality that’s made the wired HyperX Cloud Alpha a perennial mainstay among gamers for years. You can get it for $159.99 at Amazon.
I say “single charge” for the Cloud Alpha Wireless to highlight the difference between it and the Turtle Beach Stealth Pro and the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless—these two headsets feature functionally unlimited battery life, with hot-swappable batteries that let you pop a new one in every time the one you’re using runs out of juice. Both feature ANC, comfortable designs, and USB wireless base stations for connecting the headset to your device of choice—the base stations also both sport charging docks for the additional battery that comes with the headset, so you’ll always have one charging while the other is in use. They’re definitely more expensive options (You can get the Turtle Beach for $329.99 at Amazon, and the SteelSeries for $349.99 at Amazon), but they come loaded with features.
Frequently asked questions about the Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED
Yes, you can also buy the G Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED in white.