Logitech G430 Gaming Headset Software Manual and Review For Windows and Mac

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Logitech G430 Gaming Headset Review

The Design

With a handsome black & blue color scheme, comfy foam pads around an expandable headband, and an adjustable microphone, the G430 is about elegance & simplicity. For those who are familiar with the G230 will notice that the G430 looks identical, except the blue pads, not red.

Be careful with this headset, it made of thin plastic and steel, and it feels like a sharp impact will break down many parts of this rigid device. It’s great that the G430’s earcup is playing outside the ear (you will be surprised how few headsets offer this feature). Just lifting the device causes the cup to rattle and move. This microphone is designed to bend, but feels fragile and does not maintain a bent conformation properly.

However, the G430 does one thing that makes it superior to headsets at the same price: It offers a standard audio and microphone jack in addition to a USB connector. It means that if you don’t want to play around with third-party software and would instead connect the headset to your computer, you can do it. If you like to plug the headset into your phone & listen to music on the train, that’s fine too.

Although the G430’s sound quality is not good enough to replace dedicated headphones, attaching the headphones and a mic port to a USB adapter. Rather than connecting a USB to a headphone adapter seems suitable for audio devices. Too bad that more headsets do not follow this example. The physical dial to adjust the volume is also a nice touch.

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Convenience

The G430 easily ranks between the most comfortable headsets I’ve ever reviewed. The rotating earmuffs, adjustable headband, and foam pads make it very easy to wear for hours without any discomfort at all. I am even considering my hair and big glasses.

I consulted with colleagues who use the G430 as a daily headset, and he agreed. Large earcups tend to make a little noise and prevent a fully immersive experience, but in terms of raw comfort, they are difficult at the top.

Logitech G430 Gaming Headset

Game Performance

I test the G430 with Titanfall, to see how the headset would cost the crossfire, and Assassin’s Creed, to see if it could provide a cinematic gaming experience. Peripherals succeeded on both counts, but not with flying colors.

Sound on Titanfall is well enough to make the job done. I could hear enemy pilots & mechs coming in different directions, and each shot, explosion, and melee attack was easily distinguished. I doubt the G430 improves my performance, but I play to my usual standards.

Assassin’s Creed is not tunable enough. Although orchestral music, parkour sounds, and the roar of the Paris crowd were all present and accounted for, they sounded flat and forgotten. The G430 makes this game look perfect, but it doesn’t feature an impressive sound design.

The problem here is twofold: earcups and surround sound. The earcup itself is large and comfortable but does not maintain its tone well. The headset also comes with Dolby 7.1 surround sound, which only makes matters worse. While surround sound gives the direction of the headset, everything also gives a slight echo. They are making it seem as though every sound in your ear first filtered through a simple Gothic cathedral.

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Music performance

Listening to the music on the G430 is like using the built-in laptop’s mic to record a podcast: This works, but there is much better equipment available for the job. While the G430 is light years ahead of the loud, unclear sound of SteelSeries Raw Prism, it has a kinda dark and dull soundstage.

Both bass and treble sound very different, and if you listen to songs with intense harmony, there isn’t much nuance to be had. I listen to Handel’s “Messiah,” as well as more recent albums from the Old Crow Medicine Show and Flogging Molly. Even with surround sound turned on, they all sound rather dull.

The Point

Logitech G430 offers most of the best gaming headsets. Sounds OK and packs a star mic, and you can wear it for hours without wanting to take it off. For single-player and casual, competitive multiplayer games, this completes the work without asking for too much money in return. Peripheral software is lacking in choice, and the music performance leaves a lot to be desired, but the G430 is a solid headset for its price.

The Bad

  • Limited software features
  • Music sounds unimpressive
  • Surround sound doesn’t deliver

The Good

  • Very comfortable
  • Smart physical design
  • Decent sound

Conclusion > The Logitech G430 has a stellar mic and is comfortable enough to wear for hours on end, but missing software features hold it back.

 

 


Logitech G430 Specification

Headset Spec

Device Type Surround Sound 7.1
Headband Design Over-the-head
Connection Type USB (corded with 3.5mm adapter), Analog 3.5mm stereo
USB VID_PID See adapter specifications.
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Input Impedance 32 Ohm
Indicator Lights (LED) None
Adjustable Headband Yes
Headband Padding Fixed
Earcup Padding Interchangeable
Inline Audio Controls Volume control, microphone mute
Earcup Controls Not applicable
Cable Length 7.65 feet or 2.33 meters
Cable Management On cable tie
Microphone Specifications
Microphone Type Rotating boom
Connection Type USB (corded with 3.5mm adapter), Analog 3.5mm stereo
Noise Canceling Hardware noise canceling
Frequency Response 50 Hz to 20 kHz
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Adapter Spec

Connection Type USB
USB VID_PID VID_046D&PID_0A4D
USB Protocol USB 2.0
USB Speed High-speed
Connect Button No
Indicator Lights No

Dimension

Product component Width Depth/Length Height Weight
Headset 184 mm (7.24 inch) 89.2 mm (3.51 inch) 189 mm (7.44 inch) 0255 g (9 ounce)
Adapter 22 mm (0.87 inch) 140 mm (5.51 inch) 8 mm (0.3 inch) 12 g (0.42 ounce)

Logitech G430 Headset Manuals

Setup Guide.pdf

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Logitech G430 Headset Software

 

Logitech G HUB

  • Software Version: 2019.4.18783
  • Last Update: 2019-05-08
  • OS: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 10
  • File Size: 35.6 MB

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Logitech Gaming Software (64-Bit)
  • Software Version: 9.02.65
  • Last Update: 2018-10-08
  • OS: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 10
  • File Size: 111.7 MB
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Logitech Gaming Software (32-Bit)
  • Software Version: 9.02.65
  • Last Update: 2018-10-08
  • OS: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 10
  • File Size: 123 MB
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Logitech G HUB (Mac)
  • Software Version: 2019.2.16584
  • Last Update: 2019-02-27
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.11, macOS 10.12, macOS 10.13, macOS 10.14
  • File Size: 20.9 MB
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