As a pianist, I have always had a proclivity for good audio quality, and for the past several years I’ve been looking for a headset that has the right qualities in noise. My searches have led me from an old Sennheiser headset that kicked the bucket at the beginning of the year, to a really cool, visually appealing headset from Afterglow’s Performance Designed Products division, to a Corsair Void, and finally, to the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Wireless headset.
The first thing that immediately comes to mind about the G933 Spectrum is its appearance. Just pulling it out from the packaging, it immediately looks like a polished product. The headset is extremely light, by headset standards. At 374 grams, the headset gives off the impression of being impressively light while also maintaining Logitech’s highest standards for quality. The headset consists of both matte and a more heavily reinforced polished plastic component, with a flexible steel band that runs through it. During a conference call that took place introducing the product to me, the team stressed that this headset’s design was to be light without being cheap. This allows the headset to conform to the shape of the head wearing it. There are also four new gaming buttons that run along the left ear cup that can be used for different features — skipping songs, activating skills in-game; this headset has you covered. On the bottom, tucked away in a small recess, is the standard 3.5 mm headphone port which can be used with an included cable for usage on multiple devices, and the recharge port, powered through micro USB.
Logitech’s G933 Artemis Spectrum also contains removable faceplates. One of the faceplates houses the wireless USB dongle receiver, and the other plate houses a removable battery component. A more unique feature of the headset is the microphone, which is tucked along the left ear cup. When the microphone is hidden away, it automatically mutes. Bringing it down and flexing the microphone activates it. So, in other words, if you’re playing a game, and get into a fight with the significant other that you don’t want your teammates to hear, just move the microphone up and it mutes.
Everything about the headset design works out quite well, even the ear cups. The ear cups themselves are made up of washable and removable sports mesh that pulls out heat and moisture, keeping the ears cool. A large problem with many of the headsets I have tested lately have been the overheating of my ears and making it very discomforting after extended usage. Logitech has found an effective means to counter that while maintaining near-perfect levels of comfort for extensive gaming and listening sessions. Making it washable and of a material that easily dries up was just an added bonus.
So what does the sound actually get you in this $200 headset? For a lot of people, there’s little difference in these different modes that a lot of headsets have to offer; but to some, these features are what makes or break a purchase. For the Logitech G933 headset, Logitech opted for a proprietary audio driver component, one that actually does make quite a powerful difference compared to a more generic audio driver. The proprietary Pro-G driver is incredible, and that’s not something I say too lightly. The audio quality delivered by the G933 and by comparison its little brother, the wired G633, is crystal clear. The spatial awareness that the headset provides for gaming in chaotic environments is close to life-like. Details like footsteps in the sand, or the sounds of water flowing, all sound crystal clear. For the first time, an industry first, there is now a headset capable of Dolby 7.1 surround sound, and DTS HeadphoneX Surround sound.
When partnered with the Logitech Gaming Software program, the full capabilities of this headset are unleashed. In conjunction with my Logitech G910 Orion Spark mechanical gaming keyboard, the two operate hand-in-hand. The Logitech Gaming Software suite allows both headset and keyboard to be controlled together and synced with its special effects, which range from a breathing effect to color cycling, with 2.3 million colors available on an RGB color wheel. The program allows the user to change the way that the sound profile is delivered, as well. The sound profile options can be tweaked to different modes according to sound play: FPS, MOBA, FLAT, a Drop the Bass mode, Cinematic Gaming mode, and communications. The favorite for me was cinematic gaming. The Pro-G driver allowed for a lot of subtle environment cues to be heard, like the rushing of water, or hearing footsteps creeping from behind me. The sound itself is fantastic in quality, and definitely worth the price tag. Modes allow individual tweaking for a customized sound experience, and fit for each individual. For those who want louder bass, treble, or microphone to the output of background noise in-game, this headset’s Logitech Gaming Software suite has you covered.
It should be noted that this headset has an impressive range. When compared to my older Afterglow PDP Kral headset, whose range lasted only about twenty feet, or the Corsair Void, which lasted to just about 25 feet without losing connection, the Logitech G933 lasts at an indoor range of approximately 40 feet. I was able to navigate around the majority of my house with the headset on without interruptions in signal. The headset only suffered connection lapses when I was at far-off corners of the house, which are commonly my internet dead zones for mobile devices.
At the end of the day, Logitech has a beautiful headset that is worth it for any gamer. Gamers now have a choice to buy the little brother G633, whose only difference is that it’s wired, and the G933, which is wireless. The headsets both use the great Pro-G audio driver, and come with the same lightweight material. The headset is great at dispersing heat and the LED RGB lighting is bright and adds an air of flair to the gadget. With RGB lighting considered to be a staple for most computer hardware sets now, it’s no surprise that Logitech has jumped headfirst into the game. Their endeavor has paid off, and resulted in a great product that looks as great as it sounds. With a new Logitech G502 tuneable mouse coming out in the next few months, with its own RGB lighting mechanis, it’ll definitely be interesting to see how the three pieces play together. By far though, we’d recommend picking this headset up for those who are interested in a stronger audio gaming experience.