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Logitech G435 Lightspeed review

Logitech may not be pitching it this way, but the Logitech G435 Lightspeed could be a decent gaming headset for kids out there.
By
December 28, 2021
7.9
Logitech G435 Lightspeed
The bottom line
The Logitech G435 Lightspeed is one of the more interesting gaming headsets to come out this year. Its focus on sustainability is unique, and the beamforming microphone is an interesting attempt at a low-key solution to big gaudy headset mics. It feels a little cheap, but it's easy to justify buying this one.

Logitech G435 Lightspeed

The Logitech G435 Lightspeed is one of the more interesting gaming headsets to come out this year. Its focus on sustainability is unique, and the beamforming microphone is an interesting attempt at a low-key solution to big gaudy headset mics. It feels a little cheap, but it's easy to justify buying this one.
Release date

September 14, 2021

Price

$79.99 USD

Dimensions

17 x 7.1 x 16.3 cm

Weight

168g

Model Number

981-001049

Waterproof

No

What we like
Lightweight
Responsibly produced
Decent sound
What we don't like
Microphone doesn't sound as good as a boom
Cheap feeling
No simultaneous connections
7.9
SoundGuys Rating
8
User Rating
Rating Metric
Our Rating
User Rating
Sound Quality
9.6
6.9
7.0
Bass
9.6
8.0
8.0
Midrange
9.9
9.0
9.0
Highs
9.2
7.7
8.0
Isolation / Attenuation
3.0
7.2
7.0
Durability / Build Quality
6.0
7.0
7.0
Value
8.0
8.5
9.0
Design
8.5
8.6
9.0
Connectivity
7.5
8.6
9.0
Portability
7.0
7.9
8.0
Battery Life
9.3
9.0
9.0
Feature
7.5
7.4
7.0
Comfort
8.0
8.2
8.0

Logitech’s wireless gaming headsets have been branching out aesthetically for a little bit, with products like the sturdy G Pro X Wireless and the colorful and lightweight G733. Now the company is back with an even lighter, even brighter (color depending) gaming headset—the Logitech G435 Lightspeed is built with sustainability in mind, and it makes some pretty big design departures.

Is it worth a pickup, or just a well-intentioned diversion?

Who is the Logitech G435 Lightspeed for?

  • Environmentally conscious consumers who like the idea of a carbon-neutral headset should invest in the G435 Lightspeed, or any Logitech headset for that matter.
  • Gamers looking for something lightweight they can use all day can wear this for hours without feeling a thing.
  • Anyone who wants a headset with Bluetooth and USB wireless connection options will find exactly that in the G435.

What is the Logitech G435 Lightspeed like to use?

The Logitech G435 gaming headset lays on its front on a wooden table, with it's controls in view
The headset comes in this blue and pink model, as well as a black model and a lilac one.

The Logitech G435 Lightspeed looks exceedingly simple. Depending on the color scheme you chose, you could even say it almost looks like a toy. Logitech doesn’t come right out and say it in any of its marketing materials, but it’s pretty clear this is a gaming headset designed for kids. Visually, it has a lot in common with more recent plastic Logitech gaming headsets like the G733 Lightspeed and the G335, with a handful of pretty significant departures.

The headset doesn’t have the suspension band of those two more expensive options, instead opting for a hollow, all-plastic frame and a headband wrapped in fabric. If this headset were heavy, the lack of actual cushioning in the band might be a problem, but it’s 163g—lighter than just about any gaming headset we’ve reviewed—so it’s really not an issue. The ear cups are a little on the small side, but the mesh fabric covering is comfortable, and the headset’s clamping force is slight enough that it doesn’t feel egregious.

A man wears the Logitech G435 gaming headset sitting at a computer.
Looks a little odd on an adult head, doesn’t it?

Using the Logitech G435 Lightspeed is a little more complicated than it seems at first. This gaming headset has scant few controls, but a decent number of additional features, and it doesn’t use Logitech’s G Hub companion app. A mic mute button, power button, and buttons for increasing and decreasing volume line the back edge of the left headphone. Apart from controlling the features you’d expect, different combinations of buttons also govern Bluetooth pairing, switching between Bluetooth and USB wireless connections, and toggling the headset’s built-in volume-limiting feature. Here’s what the buttons do (functions with multiple buttons listed as “hold” need to be held at the same time):

PowerMic MuteVolume upVolume down
Power on/off
Power
Hold (tap for battery level)
Mic Mute

Volume up

Volume down

Volume up
Power

Mic Mute

Volume up
Press or hold
Volume down

Volume down
Power

Mic Mute

Volume up

Volume down
Press or hold
Mic mute
Power

Mic Mute
Press
Volume up

Volume down

Bluetooth pairing
Power
Hold (3s)
Mic Mute
Hold (3s)
Volume up

Volume down

Mic monitoring
Power

Mic Mute
Double press
Volume up

Volume down

Raise mic monitoring
Power

Mic Mute
Press
Volume up
Press
Volume down

Lower mic monitoring
Power

Mic Mute
Press
Volume up

Volume down
Press
Volume limit (85dB)
Power

Mic Mute
Hold (3s)
Volume up

Volume down
Hold (3s)
Volume limit (100dB)
Power

Mic Mute
Hold (3s)
Volume up
Hold (3s)
Volume down

Switch between Lightspeed and Bluetooth
Power

Mic Mute
Hold (3s)
Volume up

Volume down

One more thing—arguably the most significant thing—indicating this is a headset for kids: the Logitech G435 can limit audio output to either 100dB or 85dB. 85dB(SPL) is particularly important, as that’s the volume you need to hit to start risking noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), and children are even more susceptible than adults. You’d have to listen for 8 hours on end at 85dB(SPL) to damage your hearing, but gaming sessions are routinely hours long (at least, they certainly were when I was a kid). However, in our testing, we found that while the volume limit works, it doesn’t work as well as it should. Set to the 100dB limit, the headset can hit up to 110dB(SPL), and set at the 85dB limit, the Logitech G435 Lightspeed can reach 99dB(SPL)—it does limit, but it’s well over the specified level, meaning there’s still potential for hearing damage if you’re listening for more than 8 hours.

We’ve reached out to Logitech to clarify the capabilities of the G435 Lightspeed’s volume limiting features, and will update when we have more information.

How sustainable is the Logitech G435 Lightspeed?

Logitech has reported on its environmental impact for years, and now it’s kicking that up a notch with new gaming headsets. Like all its recent headsets, the Logitech G435 Lightspeed has a Carbon Neutral Certification from Natural Capital Partners. This means that through carbon offsetting programs and reductions in environmental cost along the product’s supply chain Logitech has determined that the G435 doesn’t have a carbon footprint. To be clear, this doesn’t mean that there’s no environmental cost to producing this headset, but through the use of recycled plastic in its construction and the use of wood from FSC-certified responsibly managed forests in its packaging, the damage is minimized. Logitech also has a global recycling program dedicated to salvaging recyclable materials from its devices once you decide to move on to something new.

Read on: The best eco-friendly headphones

When all of that stuff is balanced with other carbon offsetting projects Logitech takes part in—like reforestation and investment in other low carbon initiatives—the company can determine that its products are carbon neutral (or even carbon positive, eventually). Laid out like this, it might feel a little more like the solution to a math problem than a real-world problem, but it’s reflective of a whole lot more work being done on sustainability than you’ll find just anywhere else in the gaming headset space. Logitech has made more progress than most technology companies in decarbonizing its products, and it’s actually aiming to be carbon negative by 2030.

How does the Logitech G435 Lightspeed connect?

The Logitech G435 Lightspeed gaming headset lays on top of a Google Pixel 4a, which it is paired to.
Bluetooth connection is steady using AAC or SBC.

The Logitech G435 Lightspeed has two ways of connecting to your device of choice. For gaming, the headset uses a USB-A wireless RF dongle to connect with lag-free audio to your PlayStation 4 and PlaytStation 5, docked Nintendo Switch, and PC.

The headset also connects using Bluetooth to connect to your mobile device, undocked Nintendo Switch, and whatever else supports the standard. The G435 supports the AAC and SBC codecs, so iOS users will even have access to high(er) quality audio streaming—Android users may want to stick with SBC, though.

There’s no support for Bluetooth multipoint, nor can the headset connect via the USB dongle and Bluetooth simultaneously, which many gaming headsets can do. There’s also no wired listening option.

How is the Logitech G435 Lightspeed’s battery?

The Logitech G435 Lightspeed gaming headset leans up against a Sony PlayStation 5, with its USB dongle plugged in.
The USB dongle is the main connection method you’ll use for gaming.

Logitech claims the Logitech G435 battery can last 18 hours on a single charge, but in our testing, we found it well exceeds that. At a consistent output of 75dB(SPL), the G435 lasted 24 hours, 15 minutes on a single charge. Battery performance like this isn’t the very best you can find in a gaming headset, but it’s not far off. There’s no quick charging option, but the headset charges using USB-C.

How is gaming with the Logitech G435 Lightspeed?

The Logitech G435 Lightspeed gaming headset lays on a desk next to a Logitech gaming mouse and a HyperX mechanical gaming keyboard.
This is a nice fit for lengthy gaming sessions.

The Logitech G435 Lightspeed offers a pretty nice gaming experience. The headset is super lightweight and the ear pads are soft, which is definitely conducive to long gaming sessions. The battery performance also means you’ll be able to fit a decent handful of sessions in before you need to charge it.

Since the headset only supports connections over USB dongle or Bluetooth, there’s no way to play on Xbox consoles, but gaming on PlayStation 5, PC, and Nintendo Switch all work great. The G435 handles the surround sound demands of something like Knockout City using the PlayStation 5’s 3D audio very well. The headset also handles the din of the battlefield in Halo Infinite multiplayer on PC very well.

The Logitech G435 isn’t compatible with Logitech G Hub, so there’s no software option for something like virtual surround sound. It’s not too big of an issue, given most gaming platforms now offer their own solution.

Does the Logitech G435 block out noise?

An isolation chart for the Logitech G435 Lightspeed, which shows pretty mediocre isolation performance.
Don’t expect to get much of a buffer from the outside world here.

The Logitech G435 Lightspeed offers pretty mediocre isolation performance for a gaming headset. Putting the headset on, it feels like this inability to block out noise is largely due to the headset’s plastic construction. Something about the cheap-feeling plastic doesn’t appear to keep sound out very well, though it’s unclear if that’s the real cause or the rather porous, lightweight ear pads. Regardless, don’t expect this gaming headset to block out much of anything. If you’re playing at home, it’s probably not a huge deal, but this headset uses Bluetooth, and this kind of isolation performance means walking around or sitting in a cafe isn’t much of an option.

How does the Logitech G435 Lightspeed sound?

A frequency response chart for the Logitech G435 Lightspeed
This follows our target curve very closely.

The Logitech G435 Lightspeed (cyan) sounds pretty accurate for a gaming headset. Compared to our house curve (pink), the headset under-emphasizes sub-bass sounds, and adds a little emphasis to bass and midrange sound. The treble response drops off sooner than we generally expect, but there’s arguably not many noticeable sounds above 10kHz in music, video games, and movies for you to miss.

Lows, mids, and highs

Listening to Leave Me Alone by I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME with the Logitech G435, the instruments all come through very clearly, with very little auditory masking. The bass is a little quiet, but it never gets lost in the clamor of the drums and synth, and the same goes for the rhythm guitar. You should have a similarly solid experience with music of most genres, though tracks that rely on a lot of droning bass may feel like they lack a degree of oomph you’re expecting.

In game, frequency response like this shouldn’t cause any problems, regardless of what you play. The lack of sub-bass emphasis may mean that the rumble of explosions and gunfire is a little less impactful, but that might actually be preferable in competitive situations. They’ll still be the loudest kinds of sounds in a given scene, regardless. The slight emphasis in upper-bass and midrange sounds means that voices on Discord may come through a tiny bit more clearly too.

How is the Logitech G435 Lightspeed microphone?

The Logitech G435 gaming headset lays on a wooden surface with it's microphone and USB-C charging port in view
The microphone sounds a lot better than the typical embedded microphone, but it’s easy to tell it’s not a boom arm.

The Logitech G435 Lightspeed brings a new type of microphone to the gaming headset space. The headset uses two embedded beamforming mics to simulate a boom microphone experience, and the results are pretty good. To be clear, this microphone doesn’t sound quite as good as the boom microphones of even other Logitech gaming headsets, but it sounds considerably better than most embedded headphone microphones. You shouldn’t have any trouble coming through clearly in voice chat, and bass tones don’t have any issues sounding loud. Listen for yourself:

Logitech G435 Lightspeed microphone demo (ideal):

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Should you buy the Logitech G435 Lightspeed?

If you’re looking for a wireless gaming headset for your kid, or you’re just trying to be a little more environmentally conscious, you should consider the Logitech G435 Lightspeed.

The Logitech G435 Lightspeed gaming headset leans on the front of a Sony PlayStation 5, with its dongle plugged in.
If you’re looking for something to put on your kid’s head to drown out the sounds for shooting in Fortnite, this could be the thing.

If the Logitech G435 actually limited audio output as much as it’s supposed to, it would probably be the best wireless gaming headset for kids on the market. It’s still a solid, simple wireless option, but as it stands, it’s no better for kids than any other lightweight gaming headset. This is still a fantastic option for the eco-friendly among us—headphone companies are generally pretty far from being sustainable enterprises, but Logitech is making some serious headway.

The Logitech G435 gaming headset in blue, purple, and pink against a white background.
DUMMYLogitech G435 Lightspeed
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What should you get instead of the Logitech G435 Lightspeed?

If you’re looking for a gaming headset for your kid, the Puro SoundLabs PuroGamer remains one of the only truly good options. It’s a comfortable wired gaming headset, with a decent mic and a volume limiter that actually works.

The JBL Quantum 50 lays on a wooden table.
The Quantum 50 is a great option for mobile gamers.

If you like the idea of a gaming headset that doesn’t need software to be good, the HyperX Cloud Flight S has a bunch of features and they’re all loaded onto the headset, plus it sounds good, feels good, and has great battery life. If a wired headset is more your speed, just about anything that uses a 3.5mm connect should scratch that itch, look to options like the HyperX Cloud Alpha, the EPOS H3 Hybrid, or even the JBL Quantum 50—they all sound great, and run for between $30 USD and $120 USD.