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June 8, 2017
68 x 43 x 124 mm
Cable: 1.5m and 2m
The Logitech G433 is a wired gaming headset with a nice minimalist design and a fairly solid brand reputation to back it up. It’s very modular, featuring a removable cable and a removable microphone. It includes several accessories that suggest Logitech expects you to use it both at home and on the go. Considering all this, does the Logitech G433 have what it takes to become your next all-purpose gaming headset, even this many years after its launch?
Editor’s note: this is the first version of the article. Updates will follow as the market changes.
The Logitech G433 is ideal for anyone that needs a headset with a microphone that isn’t too flashy or intrusive. It’s best for gamers, and is a pretty good choice for facilitating in-game voice chat. PC gamers have an extra incentive with the Logitech G HUB software and the included surround sound options.
What’s it like to use the Logitech G433?
The Logitech G433 features a rather unique fabric texture across the whole of the ear cups. The headband itself is made out of plastic, with a bit of cushioning between you and the rest of the headband. The ear cups can tilt and also swivel to lay entirely flat. The swivel will hold the position you set it in very well, which makes it quite easy to find a good fit with regards to how the ear cups sit on your head. For the most part the visual design of the headset is very minimalist, which may be a huge plus depending on your taste. There’s no big design flourishes, or even RGB lighting.
Overall the headset is comfortable when you first put it on, but the fabric on the ear cups is abrasive, and can get a little uncomfortable after an hour or two of gaming. It’s not too big of a problem for me, but it may agitate some people. Luckily, included in the package is a set of more comfortable ear pads you can swap in (although they’re difficult to take on and off). Also included are two different cables, a splitter for connecting it to PCs with separate jacks, and a carrying case.
How do you control the Logitech G433?
The Logitech G433 does not have any controls on the headset itself, and the two included audio cables feature different control options. On the shorter (1.5m) cable meant for smartphones you’ll find an inline microphone as well as a multifunction button. On the longer (2m) cable intended for use with gaming PCs you’ll find a mute/unmute switch. Most all of the remaining controls can be found in the Logitech G HUB app.
Should you use the Logitech G HUB for the Logitech G433?
The Logitech G HUB app is software for Windows and macOS that allows you to change the settings for your attached Logitech hardware, including the G433. In particular it allows you to set custom EQ profiles, change microphone settings, and enable the advertised 7.1 DTS Headphone:X Surround Sound. If you own any Logitech products you should probably have this installed, but it’s certainly not mandatory. It does not support Linux, and while there is a mobile version, it only supports a couple headsets like the Astro A30.
How do you connect the Logitech G433?
The Logitech G433 is connected using either a standard 3.5mm headphone jack or by using the included USB adapter should you wish to use surround sound or other G Hub features. The wired cable is completely removable, and can be swapped out easily. Included in the box are two different cables intended for different use cases. One is a 2m cable intended for use with PCs (it includes a mute/unmute switch for the microphone) and the other is a 1.5m cable intended for use with smartphones (which includes an inline microphone and a play/pause button). Since the Logitech G433 connects using a headphone jack it’s compatible with the vast majority of computers, smartphones, and games consoles including the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S/X, and Nintendo Switch in handheld mode.
How well does the Logitech G433 attenuate noise?
The Logitech G433 does a middling job of blocking out outside noise. Conversations and quiet music happening in the same room as you will be hardly audible when wearing the headset, but louder noises will be pretty apparent. It’s not terrible if you’re using it in a domestic environment, but it doesn’t hold a candle to headsets with active noise canceling if you’re using it on public transit. This is hardly an Achilles heel however, there are a lot of gaming headsets that perform roughly as well as this one when it comes to noise.
How does the Logitech G433 sound?
The Logitech G433 is slightly bass heavy, like many other gaming headsets. Compared to our ideal headphone response curve the sound profile of the Logitech G433 emphasizes both the bass frequencies broadly around 100 Hz, as well as some of the high end frequencies (particularly with that bump around 5-6kHz). These deviations from our ideal curve do firmly place the Logitech G433 inside of its price range, as these sound issues are fairly common at this price point. It’s not a bad sounding headset at all, it just has a few flaws. This means it’s not ideal for professional audio work, but sounds just fine for gaming. I tested it with a few rounds of Halo Infinite and found that it represented the chaos of guns, grenades, and twenty-sixth century fistfights quite nicely.
Lows, mids, and highs
When listening to music some of the flaws of the G433 become quite apparent. The biggest issue is often overly present bass or kick drum sounds in the mix, such as with 24 Hour Party People by 2 Mello. The deviations from the ideal curve in the high end also sometimes cause guitars and other distorted instruments such as with the guitars and violins on John L by black midi to be emphasized in ways you won’t hear on studio headphones,
How good is the Logitech G433’s microphone?
The Logitech G433 includes a detachable boom microphone that can be placed closer or further away from your mouth as required. It’s comparable to many other gaming headsets, and it does a pretty good job for Discord calls, work meetings, and in-game voice chat. We wouldn’t recommend using it for professional voice over work however. You can listen to how it sounds below and judge for yourself, as well as vote in the associated microphone poll.
The Logitech G433 also includes a second in-line microphone on the shorter 1.5m headphone cable, which you can use when the boom mic would be too conspicuous such as when out in public.
Logitech G433 microphone demo (Ideal conditions):
Logitech G433 microphone demo (Office conditions):
How does the microphone sound to you?
Should you buy the Logitech G433?
The Logitech G433 is a decent headset that won’t disappoint anyone that buys it, but it fails to do anything that makes it stand out from its competition. It’s a little on the pricey side considering the average build quality and comfort, and the sound quality also isn’t fantastic. It does a decent job of making up for its shortcomings by coming with several accessories that make it feel like a more premium product than it actually is, such as swappable ear cups, different cables, and a carrying bag. If you already bought the Logitech G433 you didn’t make a bad choice, but there are better options on the market if you’re looking for something that really delivers on being a quality gaming headset.
What should you get instead of the Logitech G433?
The first option you should consider if you’re looking for a wired headset is the Razer Kraken X, which has the same surround sound audio support while also being cheaper than the Logitech G433. Another option is the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 1, a wired headset that’s far more comfortable than the Logitech G433 while also being cheaper. If you’re looking for something that’s wireless then you might be swayed by the Razer Barracuda X (2022), one of our most commonly recommended gaming headsets with a very similar design to the Logitech G433 is close in price.
Frequently asked questions about the Logitech G433
Yes, the Logitech G433 is compatible with both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One by using the 3.5mm jack on the controllers.
The Logitech G433 includes a USB DAC that you can use to plug the headphones in. It’s not required at all, but it’s included in order to enable support for surround sound audio on PC.