Logitech G230 Gaming Headset Review
If you are familiar with the larger sister G230, the G430, expect a similar design. The two devices are identical except for three things: the G230 doesn’t come with a USB adapter, doesn’t have the software. And it uses red foam pads instead of blue (which I think is fantastic; your mileage might be different).
Like the G430, the G230 is one of the most comfortable headsets out there. It features an expandable headband, rotating ear cups, comfy cushioning, and a semi-flexible microphone. The spinning ear cups themselves put the G230 miles ahead of most competitors, and they feel much safer than their G430 counterparts.
My biggest complaint, like the G430, is that this headset feels a bit thin overall. It made of both plastic and light steel. Most likely, this device can withstand a little penalty, but I would not be inclined to put it under the packed suitcase or play too rough with the mic.
Turning the ear cup makes a big difference in terms of gaming headsets, and the G230 is a model I have reviewed that offers it. The ear glasses themselves are a miracle: The over-the-ear design with generous cushioning keeps them in place without pressure or discomfort, even for long periods.
One thing to remember is that the cushions on the ear cups are much thicker and more extraordinary than the cushions on the headband. That doesn’t bother me, because I have a lot of hair at the top, but those who can’t find that headband don’t offer much support.
Regarding sound quality when playing games, the G230 does not disappoint. I tested the device with Titanfall and Assassin’s Creed Unity to see how it worked. Although the sound is rather flat overall, it conveys in-game action very well without hampering my performance in both games.
While Titanfall sounds good, it does reveal a potential weakness with the G230 for competitive multiplayer games: lack of directional sound. Even though I’m not entirely impressed with the G430 marginal surround sound, it’s hard to deny that it helps during competitive multiplayer matches. I can still hear the roar of futuristic weapons and robots clearly with the G230, but that didn’t help improve my performance.
I have a similar experience with Assassin’s Creed Unity. I am locking his sword with the Royalist guards, running through the crowd of demonstrators. And diving into a haystack were all heard and clear, but his voice was not varied enough to make the experience feel profound. Beautiful music also sounds rather calm and boring.
Although the G230 and G430 must be identical in terms of music, the G230 is a better choice. Because the gadget does not have a USB converter, plugs directly into your computer’s microphone and speaker jack. It is giving a cleaner, brighter sound than what you get by running it through the USB port and proprietary software first.
However, you can plug the G430 directly into a computer and get the same sound quality. However, it will lock you in from some of the unique features of the G430, which the G230 avoids for simplicity.
I tested the G230 with a variety of music, including Handel’s “Messiah” (Baroque) and albums from Old Crow Medicine Show (Bluegrass) and Flogging Molly (punk). While soundscape isn’t nearly as plentiful as that delivered by a pair of headphones that focus on music, it exceeded my expectations for a gaming headset. The music sounds clear, with a reasonable treble/bass balance, and there is no familiar echo in this peripheral.
When I reviewed the Logitech G430, I thought it was an excellent all-around headset, but I noted that some features didn’t match their full potential. The G230 avoids this problem neatly by focusing on what minimalist gamers need and getting rid of what they don’t do. The result is a device that is less customizable but is also cheaper, slimmer, and able to deliver cleaner, more consistent sound.
The G230’s limited device features and weak mic prevent it from getting higher ratings, but for everyday gamers with a limited budget, the G230 is one of the best choices.
- No software
- Lacks surround sound
- Weak microphone
- Very comfortable
- Good sound for the price
Conclusion > The Logitech G230 is a streamlined gaming headset with excellent sound quality and a low price tag.
Logitech G230 Gaming Headset Specification
|Frequency Response||20 Hz to 20 kHz|
|Input Impedance||Not available|
|Indicator Lights (LED)||Not applicable.|
|Inline Audio Controls||Volume control, Microphone mute|
|Earcup Audio Controls||None|
|Cable Length||7.65 feet or 2.33 meters|
|Cable Management||On cable tie|
|Microphone Type||Rotating boom|
|Connection Type||3.5 mm|
|Noise Canceling||Hardware noise cancelling|
|Frequency Response||100 Hz to 20 kHz|
|USB Protocol||USB 2.0|
|Headphone/Headset||184 mm (7.24 inch)||89.2 mm (3.51 inch)||189 mm (7.44 inch)||255 g (9 ounce)|
Logitech G230 Gaming Headset Manuals
Logitech G230 Gaming Headset Software
|Logitech G HUB
Logitech Gaming Software (64-Bit)
Logitech Gaming Software (32-Bit)
Logitech G HUB (Mac)