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Logitech G733 Lightspeed
August 25, 2020
13.8 x 9.4 x 19.5 cm
Logitech has put some great gaming headsets out over the years, but a lot of the company’s more colorful plastic headsets have been in need of an update for a long time. The Logitech G430 was a great gaming headset when it first came out—in 2013—but standards have changed quite a bit since then. Logitech addresses these industry changes with the Logitech G733 Lightspeed.
Does this new lightweight wireless gaming headset modernize Logitech’s simpler offerings, or is it just one more piece of plastic for the pile?
Editor’s note: This review was updated on May 8, 2023 to include changes to formatting, and a new alternative section with more current selections.
Who is the Logitech G733 Lightspeed for?
PC gamers looking for something with a full software suite and long battery life. Remote workers looking for something lightweight and comfortable, with mic options that actually help audio quality.
What is the Logitech G733 Lightspeed like?
From the get-go, everything about the Logitech G733 Lightspeed screams gaming headset. This is a brightly colored, all-plastic device, with a clashing headband strap, colored LED lightstrips, and some rather odd angles. Basically, on a list of hallmarks, this checks every box, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
There’s a restraint to the Logitech G733 Lightspeed’s design that makes a lot of these elements actually pretty nice. The plastic is flexible, but there are very few points of movement or tension, so it feels sturdy. The LEDs are bright, but there aren’t many (they only occupy narrow strips on the front of the headphones). As garish as the G733 Lightspeed is, it’s also very comfortable.
The headset’s suspension band gives the fit a lightweight feel, and requires very little adjustment. Its ear pads are made of mesh fabric, which breath nicely and keep heat buildup to a minimum. Taken together, these aspects make the Logitech G733 Lightspeed really comfortable, especially over long durations, though they don’t do much for establishing a decent seal.
Actually using the Logitech G733 Lightspeed is pretty easy. This is a wireless gaming headset built primarily for the PC, but also compatible with consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch (when docked). Like most gaming headsets of its kind, the Logitech G733 Lightspeed connects using a USB RF dongle, and while there’s no wired option, it’s pretty much a plug and play affair.
The headset also supports Logitech’s G Hub app, and it’s probably a good idea to install it (more on that in a bit), but you don’t need it for basic functionality. On the left headphone there’s a power button, volume dial, and a button to mute the detachable microphone.
Is Logitech G HUB any good?
Logitech G Hub is typically a pretty run-of-the-mill app, offering EQ settings, customization options for the headset’s colored LEDs, and surround sound support, but with the G733 Lightspeed, it also offers Blue Vo!ce. With that inclusion, the Logitech G733 Lightspeed joins the Logitech G Pro X in being one of the few gaming headsets to offer a software experience that actually improves the headset.
Initially developed by Logitech-owned Blue for its Yeti mic, Blue Vo!ce is a suite of microphone software options. Turning it on dramatically improves mic output, and allows you to customize your mic audio with an impressive degree of granularity. There are preset mic profiles, like AM Radio and FM Radio, as well as different broadcast options and profiles for low and high voices. You can also set your own custom profile, and adjust everything from the EQ to options like noise reduction, compression, filtering and gating, and more. It’s a really comprehensive suite of options, and perfect for anyone who really values dialing in exactly how they sound on a call.
How is the battery life?
Logitech claims the G733 Lightspeed can last up to 29 hours on a single charge with the LEDs turned off. In our testing we found the headset lasted 28 hours, 26 minutes on a single charge at a consistent output of 75dB—so pretty well in line with what’s advertised. If you generally keep the volume lower than that, you may do even better, just know the LEDs require a lot of power. Expect a few hours less of battery life if you want to keep the lights on—still nothing to sneeze at.
How well does the Logitech G733 Lightspeed block out noise?
The Logitech G733 Lightspeed’s headband offers a good deal of tension, and paired with the flexible mesh ear pads, the headset has no issue establishing a decent seal. However, even with that, the material covering the ear pads and the thickness of the pads themselves mean isolation is pretty poor. This gaming headset clearly isn’t designed for outdoor use, so bad isolation isn’t a huge deal. However even a slightly noisier home might prove a little trying from time to time.
How does the Logitech G733 Lightspeed sound?
The Logitech G733 Lightspeed has very accurate sound output pretty much across the frequency spectrum. Compared to our house curve, bass emphasis is a little lower than we generally like to see, but it’s hardly terrible. The bottom line bass is accurate, rather than a little boosted.
For listening to music, a sound signature like this is great for pretty much any kind of music. The accurate bass output means genres like EDM should sound great, without the risk of unduly drowning out other sounds. In the Electric Six classic Danger! High Voltage, the shrieking guitar dominates the song, but never in such a way that it drowns any of the other instruments out. Similarly, the distorted bass feels present, but doesn’t pull too much focus.
The accurate bass output means EDM should sound great.
In game, frequency response like this is great for basically any genre. You won’t have to worry about firefight sounds drowning out quieter sounds like footsteps in Valorant, and orchestral scores should come through really clearly, even when games sounds get more intense.
The headset also offers DTS:X 2.0 virtual 7.1 surround sound through G Hub on PC, and it works as well as most virtual surround standards. Directional cues in matches of Overwatch come through clearly, and you shouldn’t have any trouble with figuring out the direction of gunfire and explosions in games like Fortnite.
How is the microphone?
From a frequency response perspective, the Logitech G733 Lightspeed microphone is really nothing to write home about. It’s clear enough, but features a huge bass and midrange dropoff up to around 500Hz. If you’re playing on console, that’s pretty much all there is to it. If you’re on PC, G Hub and its Blue Vo!ce features can really improve things. Even before you select a preset, just turning the setting on introduces a notable bump in sound quality. Listen for yourself:
How does the microphone sound to you?
Should you buy the Logitech G733 Lightspeed?
If you want a full featured wireless gaming headset with great battery life, you should get the Logitech G733 Lightspeed.
Save for isolation, the Logitech G733 Lightspeed offers the same performance and almost identical features to Logitech’s more hardcore-oriented G Pro X, plus some of the best battery life you’ll find in a wireless gaming headset—all for the same price. If you know you won’t need to block out anything louder than idle chatter in another room, this is pretty much a slam dunk.
Logitech’s more colorful gaming headsets have been in need of an update for a long time. This new line is clearly aimed at the needs of a new generation of games and gamers, and absolutely nails what it needs to.
What should you get instead of the Logitech G733 Lightspeed?
If you’re looking for something a little more current than the G733, there are a ton of excellent options on the market. Over in Logitech’s end of things, the G735 represents a big step forward in comfort and build quality. This high-end wireless gaming headset supports connections over Bluetooth and 2.4GHz using a USB dongle, and it features a tension rod-based frame—this metal design is heavier, but it feels very sturdy. Basically, this the current top of the line for Logitech gaming headsets, and you can get it for $208 at Amazon.
Outside of Logitech’s offerings, there are a number of really compelling options. The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless is a recent wireless update to a classic. It pairs the reliable excellence of the wired Cloud Alpha with a stunning battery capacity—in our testing it clocks in at more than 327 hours. The headset is a little more expensive than the G733 Lightspeed, available for $151 at Amazon, but it’s hard to imagine being disappointed with it.
However, both of these options aren’t terribly budget friendly. If you’re looking to save a little money, options like the Razer Barracuda X (2022) and the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless will run you roughly $99 USD, and they’re reliable performers.
Frequently asked questions
If you’re using a VR headset that connects to a PC or the PSVR, the G733 should work fine. However, this won’t work with standalone VR headsets—this gaming headset only connects via USB-A, so there’s nowhere to plug it in on something like the Oculus Quest.
You can shut off the LED lights using the Logitech G Hub app.
You can’t. The only way to adjust the colored LED lights on the Logitech G733 is use the Logitech G Hub desktop app.
No. As we state in the review, this headset doesn’t support wired connection methods.
The headphone pads are removable, but Logitech doesn’t sell replacements, so you’ll have to go for a third-party option.
No, there’s no way to easily access or replace the battery of the Logitech G733.
The Logitech G733 Lightspeed charges using USB-C.
A lot this depends on the volume of the noises you want to block out, and how close they are to the microphone, but the Logitech G733 does a decent job blocking out extraneous microphone noise. If you’re a gaming on PC, you can also use the Blue Vo!ce features, which include noise reduction settings.
Unfortunately, the Logitech G733 is a little on the new side for spare dongles to be available for sale. If you’ve lost yours, it’s best to reach out to Logitech support through the company’s website.
The headset is wireless, but it still depends on a USB dongle. So no, it can’t connect to phones.
Yes! If you plug the headset’s USB dongle into a Nintendo Switch base station, you’ll be able to get wireless audio.
They can be more comfortable—especially if the gaming headset is on the heavier side. When a headset like this one uses a suspension band, it can feel like there’s barely anything on your head—whether that’s something you want comes down to personal preference.
The Logitech G733 isn’t compatible with mobile devices. It doesn’t support Bluetooth or 3.5mm connections.