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Tristan François Published on November 16, 2010
Translated by Catherine Barraclough

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Headphone Type Closed
  • Speaker Dynamic
  • Cable Length NA
  • Weight 328 g
After the very promising G35, Logitech has upped the ante with a new star headset for gamers—and this time it's wireless!

Design: why the cable tidy?

One thing that's rather surprising when you first unwrap the G930 is that it's supplied with a fairly large cable tidy. Needless to say, it's quite an unusual accessory for a wireless headset! However, it's actually a well thought-out addition (see insert). The USB dongle is quite long, but shouldn't cause too many problems if your USB ports are already cluttered as its width and depth have both been kept in check.

The outer casing of the left earphone is covered in a selection of buttons, including volume controls, microphone mute and macros. The bendy microphone stick can be positioned with great accuracy, and when you flip it into the vertical position it automatically cuts out. There's room for improvement though, as once you've pushed it up to the vertical position, a red light comes on showing that the mic has been muted, but you can't actually see this if you're wearing the headset. We think it would have been more useful for this light to be on when the microphone was active and off when muted.

In terms of user comfort, the G930 feels very similar to the G35. The G930 doesn't come with adjustable ear pads but it's still a very comfortable headset.

Audio Quality: good Dolby mode

The G930 takes up the same basic audio quality and effects as the G35, although here, sounds can be accurately positioned in space—even in stereo. We're very pleased to see Dolby handled so well, as it's really very rare in this type of product!

Unfortunately, an over-accentuation of the bass and treble impacts the overall accuracy of the sound in all types of output. It ends up sounding hollow and dry.

The noise-reducing microphone is as effective as ever, and shouldn't cause you many problems at all. You can even play around transforming your voice with loads of special effects, if you feel the need ...

The G930 isn't really all that different to the G35 and it's a shame that Logitech hasn't taken the opportunity to correct a few of its minor flaws. However, it's been very well-designed and wireless technology really brings something new to this model. Strictly on audio quality, the G930 isn't the best gaming headset out there, but it has plenty of other qualities that definitely shouldn't be overlooked.
 
Cable Tidy and Charging Station
This accessory has two uses:

- It serves as a base for the USB dongle, which plugs directly into the cable tidy so you don't have to fiddle around on the back of the computer to unplug the headphones each time you want to take them somewhere.

- It also serves as a power cable and charging stand for recharging the headset.

Once the cable is rolled around the tidy, the whole thing is really very neat and quite compact. It's just a shame there's no on-board storage for the USB dongle. This would be handy for when you're on the move.

PROS

  • Wireless
  • Very accurate sound reproduction
  • Good spatial positioning
  • Easy-access controls
  • Cable tidy / charging station

CONS

  • Overall output lacks neutrality
  • No volume level or mic on/off lights

CONCLUSION 5/5

Although wireless isn't usually a feature of gaming headsets, the G930 is a good product. It's based on an older, wired model that was already an excellent headset, and the addition Wi-Fi makes for freer, more flexible handling. The G930 is definitely worth checking out.
5 Logitech G930 Digitalversus 2010-11-16 00:00:00

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