The Logitech G430 are above-average gaming headphones with a good-enough sound for critical listening. They're comfortable and have a decent mic that filters a lot of noise. However, they're not very versatile headphones. They won't do well in loud environments, they leak a lot and they're not made for sports or commuting.
- Negligible latency.
- Good audio reproduction and microphone.
- Comfortable and breathable design.
- Mediocre build quality.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Relatively high leakage.
The Logitech G430 are lightweight gaming headphones with well-padded ear cups but they're a bit tight on the head. This makes them a bit less comfortable to wear for long gaming sessions but they may loosen a bit over time. They're also not the most versatile headphones to take outdoors, and their build quality feels a bit cheap and less durable than some of the other gaming headphones we've tested so far. They have a simple and straightforward design that's easy-to-use for gaming but not ideal for any other use case.
The G430 have the same look and feel as most of the Logitech gaming headsets. They have large square-ish ear cups and a wide headband. They also stand out a bit more than typical headphones thanks to the slightly flashy color accents. Unfortunately, they won't be the most outdoor-friendly headphones since they're somewhat bulky and you can't detach the mic.
The Logitech G430 are lightweight and comfortable headphones that are a bit too tight on the head. Their ear cups are spacious and large enough to fit comfortably around most listeners' ears. The headband and earcups are well padded, although the material used for the padding does not feel as nice on the skin as some of the other headphones we've tested.
These headphones have a simple button layout that just gives you control over the volume level and the ability to turn the mic off. This control scheme is easy-to-use and responsive but lacks too much functionality to make the G430 an all-purpose headphone.
The G430 are just stable enough for casual use but will not be ideal for running or working out. They're a bit tight on the head so they don't move much when gaming or walking around. However, since they're not made for sports, they're a bit cumbersome and will easily sway and potentially fall off your head if you use them while doing physical activities. The cable is also not detachable so it will yank the headphones off your head if it gets hooked on something.
The G430, like most gaming headphones, do not have the most portable design. They're big and bulky with large ear cups that only lay flat and do not fold into a more compact format. They're a hassle to carry on you if you don't have a bag or a backpack and do not come with a case or pouch which is slightly disappointing.
The G430 have a decent metal frame that makes the headband somewhat durable but the rest of their build quality feels cheap. The joints especially do not feel particularly durable and although the ear cups are dense enough to handle a few accidental drops without getting damaged, the whole build is creaky and feels a little weak. Also, the cable is relatively thin, not detachable and non-replaceable.
The Logitech G430 is a good sounding pair of closed-back over-ear gaming headsets. They have a very good and extended bass, an excellent mid range and a good treble. The also have decent imaging and distortion performance. However, their bass is slightly boomy and prone to inconsistencies, their treble is on the warm side, and they lack an open and spacious soundstage.
Very good bass range performance. Sub-bass is extended down to 21Hz, which is excellent. Bass and high-bass are about 3dB over our target, making the sound of these headphones slightly bass-heavy and boomy.
Excellent mid range performance. The overall response is virtually flat and within 0.2dB of our target response.
Good treble range performance. The response is rather inconsistent, and on the warm side. The dips around 4KHz and 10KHz have a small negative effect on the clarity and brightness of vocals/leads.
Mediocre consistency performance. These headphones are prone to consistency issues throughout the range, especially in the bass range. The maximum variance measured across our human subjects was about 9dB at 20Hz. We also noticed that certain types of glasses could break the seal on these headphones and cause a drop in bass.
Average soundstage performance. Due to relatively small and shallow ear cups, these headphones don't interact with the pinna like loudspeakers do, causing the soundstage to be perceived inside the listener's head as opposed to in-front. However, because of the relative openness of G430, their soundstage will be relatively open sounding.
Decent imaging performance. Phase error is minimal especially in the mid range, and most of it will be inaudible to most. However, the phase mismatch in the bass and treble region could have a small negative effect on the stereo image and transparency of the sound.
Decent harmonic distortion performance. At 90dB SPL, the amount of distortion in the bass range is within good limits, however it increases measureably as the volume increases. In the treble range we noticed an overall decrease in distortion at 100dB SPL which could be either to the noise floor or diaphragm stiffness.
The G430 have a poor isolation performance. Although, the ear cups make a decent seal around your ears the breathable padding lets noise easily seep into your audio and also leaks a lot of sound. This means the G430 won't be ideal if you have a very noisy gaming environment or your trying to not disturb those around you.
Poor isolation. These headphones don't have active noise cancellation and isolate passively. They don't achieve any isolation up to 400Hz, and above that, they achieve a maximum of 10dB of isolation, which is poor.
Poor leakage performance. The significant portion of the leakage sits between 500Hz and 6Khz which is a relatively broad range. The overall level of the leakage is also moderately loud.
Decent microphone performance. Although speech recorded by this microphone will be quite thin sounding, it will be decently comprehensible to the listener due to the good high-frequency extension and low distortion. In noisy situations, this headset is able to isolate speech from noise very well, even in environments as loud as a subway station.
Average recording quality. The LFE of 538Hz means that the speech recorded with this headset won't have any bass, and will sound quite thin. However, due to the decent frequency response and good high-frequency extension, the recorded speech will be decently comprehensible.
- 100% SpNR
Very good noise handling. The average amount of level difference between the speech and noise signals were about 28dB which is very good. It should be noted that the frequency range for this calculation is limited between the microphone's LFE and HFE.
The G430 doesn't have any active features but thanks to the great Logitech gaming software you can control many aspects of the sound quality and surround sound effect. Also since they're wired they essentially have no latency (negligible system latency depending on your PC or console) which makes them great for gaming and even watching movies.
Wired connection, negligible latency.
The Logitech gaming software also supports the G430. This gives them access to a simple graphic equalizer, volume and microphone level control. You can also switch between Dolby 7.1 or DTS surround sound. The app is a little more restricted on the G430 than the G930 because they do not have as many features, but overall it's an easy to use and versatile software.
In the box
- Logitech G430 Headphones
- USB headset adapter