For a short interval in 2016, the Logitech G933 sat atop our suggestions for wi-fi gaming headsets. Retailing for about $100, lower than half the value of premium choices just like the Astro A50, the 933 nonetheless was a great-sounding headset with an ingenious hidden microphone and a fancier look than the G930 it changed.
But then Logitech put out the G533—cheaper, higher wanting, extra snug, and constructed particularly for the PC. Yes, Logitech dethroned itself, and the G533 has sat on our suggestions listing for almost two years now.
Can it occur once more? It’s time to search out out, as Logitech lately launched the G935, rightful successor to the G933—and maybe a brand new inheritor to the throne.
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Or maybe not. Again, one of many causes we gave the nod to the G533 was as a result of it appears to be like nice. For years Logitech’s been steadily dialing again the “gamer” nob, so far as its design language is anxious. Keyboards, mice, headsets, they’ve all develop into steadily sleeker, extra minimalist, ditching jagged edges and brilliant blue highlights for curves and piano black. The G533 was, so far as headsets go, the fruits of that.
To its credit score, the G935 is a little more restrained than its predecessor. The aggressive horizontal slashes on the G933’s ears have been changed with a flowing S-curve, which supplies it a barely extra fashionable look. Also, by no means underestimate the worth of leatherette. The G935 makes use of that as an alternative of sports activities mesh, and it immediately lessons up the general impression.
That’s about it, although—barely completely different accents, and using leatherette. Otherwise this is similar design because the G933. It’s not dangerous by any means, however the G935 does appear barely dated with its boxy silhouette and showy angles. For some motive Logitech stored the bizarre triangular engravings inside the headscarf as effectively, which I actually don’t perceive. So superfluous, and so completely different from Logitech’s present minimalism.
On the opposite hand, the G935 retains plenty of options I beloved from the final mannequin—and ones that weren’t current on the G533, for that matter.
The hidden growth microphone returns, as an illustration. Of all of the headsets to do that little bit of misdirection, the G935 is probably the most profitable. If you didn’t know there was a built-in microphone, you’d be hard-pressed to identify it. When not in use, it folds proper up into the physique of the headset, completely mimicking the traces of the chassis.
Does it matter? Eh, most likely not. As I identified final time, “The G933 is so bulky, I doubt I’d wear it away from my computer.” And at my laptop, it doesn’t actually matter whether or not there’s a microphone hooked up or not—that’s extra of a streetwear concern. It’s a nifty piece of engineering, however gained’t actually change how you utilize the G935. Nevertheless, I feel it’s cool, and the microphone itself is first rate. It’s a bit oversensitive for my part, selecting up plenty of mouth noise even at a distance, however precise voice high quality is nice.
I’m additionally a fan of Logitech’s dongle storage. This characteristic’s develop into increasingly more widespread the previous few years, and thank goodness. I can’t even inform you what number of wi-fi headsets I’ve rendered unusable as a result of the dongle obtained misplaced someplace in my condominium.
But the G933 was one of many earlier examples, and I nonetheless suppose it’s a strong resolution this time round. The outer panels of the G935’s earcups are held on magnetically, and a delicate tug peels the faceplate proper off. The proper ear homes the battery, so you can maintain a backup on-hand or simply substitute it just a few years from now when it gained’t maintain a cost. The left ear has a cutout for the dongle.
And then there are the bevy of built-in controls. These aren’t as important to me, and I appreciated the simplicity of the G533. That stated, the G935 packs an influence change, three macro keys, a mute button, and a quantity wheel on the left ear. It feels crowded at first, however the refined variations in form between every make it remarkably intuitive after just a few days. I don’t know that I want macro keys on my headset, however it’s much less obtrusive than you may anticipate.
In any case, the true shock is how little’s modified. Given the design overhauls Logitech’s been doing these days, I anticipated a much bigger shift between the G933 and G935. This is by-and-large the identical headset although—sturdy, however cumbersome and a bit too tight, with the identical RGB mild ribbons on the rear and some different superfluous parts. It’s not dangerous per se, however I nonetheless suppose the G533 is a stronger design.
It’s additionally value mentioning the brief battery life, as a result of that hasn’t modified both. Even in 2016, Logitech’s eight-hours-per-charge (12 with the lighting disabled) appeared brief. In 2019, it’s dreadful. The G935’s direct competitors, HyperX’s Cloud Flight headset, lasts as much as 30 hours with the lighting disabled. Another competitor, the SteelSeries Arctis 7, lasts as much as 24. Given Logitech’s stride in wi-fi mice, I’m disillusioned the G935’s battery didn’t get extra of a lift.
The G935 sounds nice although. That was key to our love for the G933, and Logitech’s improved on that even.
Where the G933 used 40mm drivers, the G935 is the primary Logitech headset to make use of the now-standard (for gaming headsets) 50mm drivers. Now, let’s be clear: A well-tuned 40mm driver is best than a poorly balanced 50mm driver. In concept, the driving force measurement isn’t a enormous consider how a headset sounds.
But a bigger driver does typically point out higher bass presence, and that’s one of many areas the place the G933 struggled. The G935 doesn’t sound bass-heavy, by any means, however there’s positively extra low-end this time round. Last time I felt all-but required to make use of Logitech’s “Drop the Bass” EQ setting to get an thrilling sound, however this time the default “Flat” response feels fairly rattling near what I would like. I don’t suppose it’s fairly as flat as Logitech claims, and I detect a smidge of heat on the low finish and within the upper-mids, however not in a approach that’s distracting.
It’s a very good factor I just like the default sound too, as a result of there doesn’t appear to be almost as a lot bass headroom this time round. I did, for the sake of experiment, soar forwards and backwards between the “Flat” setting and the now better-named “Bass Boost” setting, however I can barely inform the distinction even in music with outstanding bass chug. Even creating my very own EQ and pumping the bass sliders to max didn’t make a lot of a distinction. Personally I don’t suppose you want extra low finish than the G935 has on supply, however in case you’re looking for skull-shaking bass then this isn’t your headset.
That area of interest apart although, I feel the G935 is without doubt one of the higher headsets in the marketplace—particularly within the sub-$200 vary. The HyperX Cloud Flight provides Logitech some stiff competitors, however I feel the G935 nonetheless edges it out—barely.
My solely actual disappointment? Isolation. As I stated, Logitech switched to leatherette on the G935 and I used to be onboard. Sure, there’s extra warmth buildup, however typically each sound high quality and luxury are higher with leatherette.
Of course, a part of the rationale leatherette improves sound high quality is as a result of it blocks outdoors noise from intruding. I used the aforementioned Cloud Flight in an airport as an illustration, and was amazed how a lot crowd chatter it filtered out. The G935 isn’t almost as spectacular—in actual fact, as I write this I can hear the tap-tap-tap of my keyboard over the music I’m listening to. Logitech’s not the one offender on this division, and it’s definitely higher than earlier sports-mesh designs just like the G933, however given the transfer to leatherette I anticipated higher.
Ultimately, the G533 holds the throne. The G935 is a better-sounding headset, there’s little doubt in my thoughts, and at $169 the value is extra cheap this time round as effectively. But I strongly want the G533’s design, the battery life is (barely) higher, it’s cheaper, and it nonetheless sounds fairly rattling good. “Good enough,” I’d say.
That stated, the G935 is a strong replace. Logitech’s toned down the worst of the G933’s design excesses, upped the bass presence considerably, and stored the remainder just about the identical. It’s not probably the most inspiring improve, however it’ll maintain Logitech’s flagship on par with the competitors for the subsequent few years at the least.
Meanwhile I’ll be ready for the G535.