Logitech G430 Gaming Headset Headphones Review

Updated Mar 23, 2018 at 02:09 pm
Logitech G430 Gaming Headset Picture
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

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.

Our Verdict

6.0 Mixed Usage

The best use case for the Logitech G430 is for gaming and critical listening. They have a surprisingly well-balanced sound that you can also tweak with the Logitech Gaming Software. They also have very negligible latency since they're wired. Unfortunately, they're not really suitable for much else. They won't be stable or portable enough for sports and do not block enough noise for commuting.

7.5 Neutral Sound

Above-average for neutral listening. They have a surprisingly balanced audio reproduction. They cater well to instruments and vocals with a good representation of the mid-range and a relatively balanced treble range. They also have a fair bit of bass that rumbles and kicks without being overpowering. However, they're not as good as some of the more neutral listening oriented headphones when it comes to imaging soundstage and total harmonic distortion.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
5.0 Commute/Travel

Poor for commuting. They're not made for traveling so they have a bulky design that doesn't fold, no control scheme for mobile devices and they do not block a lot of noise so they will not be suitable for the loud environments involved in commuting.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
5.8 Sports/Fitness

Subpar for sports. The Logitech G430 are not made for running and jogging. They're big bulky headphones with a gaming only control scheme and wired design that's not practical to workout with.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
5.9 Office

Not ideal for office use. The Logitech G430 gaming headset doesn't block a lot of noise so you will hear what's going on around you. These headphones also leak quite a bit so they may distract your colleagues.

See our Office recommendations
6.0 Wireless Gaming

Above-average for gaming. The Logitech G430 have a balanced sound, a decent mic, and a wired design so they have no latency. This makes them good for gaming but also slightly limited. They won't be ideal if you like to move a lot during your gaming sessions since the audio cable does not have a lot of range but they're comfortable and breathable so you can wear them for hours.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
7.7 Wired Gaming
6.6 Phone Call
  • 6.0 Mixed Usage
  • 7.5 Neutral Sound
  • 5.0 Commute/Travel
  • 5.8 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.9 Office
  • 6.0 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.7 Wired Gaming
  • 6.6 Phone Call
Pros
  • Negligible latency.
  • Good audio reproduction and microphone.
  • Comfortable and breathable design.
Cons
  • Mediocre build quality.
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Relatively high leakage.
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  3. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The Logitech 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.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.6 lbs
Clamping Force
1.2 lbs

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. For a similar headset with pleather pads, take a look at the G432.

6.1
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Yes
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control N/A
Talk-Through
N/A
Additional Buttons

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.

6.8
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 4.6 C

These are decently breathable headphones for an over-ear closed-back design. The porous pads of the earcups allow a bit of air flow which keeps the outer ear relatively cool. However, since they create a fairly good seal around your ears they will make you sweat a bit more than average if you use these headphones while doing strenuous physical activities. They're not made and won't be the ideal headphones for sports but at least you can wear them a little longer than some of the other gaming headsets like the HyperX Cloud Stinger and Cloud Revolver.

5.2
Design
Portability
L 8.2 "
W 7.1 "
H 4.1 "
Volume 238 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required N/A

The Logitech 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.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

These headphones do not come with a case or pouch.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The Logitech 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. For a better-built affordable gaming headset, we suggest looking at the Corsair HS50 or the Logitech G635 for a similar but higher-end model.

6.5
Design
Stability

The headphones 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.

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Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
0.38 db
Treble Amount
-2.23 db
6.1
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.88 dB

The Logitech G430 has a mediocre frequency response consistency performance. These headphones are prone to consistency issues throughout the range, especially in the bass range. The maximum variance measured across our five human subjects was about 9dB at 20Hz, which is noticeable. We also noticed that certain types of glasses could break the seal on these headphones and cause a drop in bass. In the treble range, the maximum amount of deviation below 10KHz, is about 6dB, indicating that these headphones' treble delivery is rather sensitive to positioning.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.0
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.84 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
21.5 Hz
Low-Bass
1.71 dB
Mid-Bass
3.37 dB
High-Bass
3.0 dB

The bass is very good. Their LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 22Hz, which is great and more than what most speakers are able to reach. Accordingly, low-bass is over our neutral reference by about 2dB. Mid-bass and high-bass are also overemphasized, but by more than 3dB. Overall, the bass is thumpy, punchy, and well-balanced, but bit hyped and north of neutral which fans of bass will appreciate. Also, their bass delivery varies noticeably across users, and is sensitive to the quality of fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses. The response here represents the average bass response and your experience may vary.

9.1
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.25 dB
Low-Mid
-0.03 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.13 dB
High-Mid
-0.17 dB

The mid-range of the Logitech G430 is excellent. The response is flat, even and within 0.2dB of our neutral reference. This ensures a clear mix and a well-balanced reproduction of vocals and lead instruments. The mismatch between the L/R driver is taken into consideration in the Imaging category, but it's not significant.

7.9
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.55 dB
Low-Treble
-2.59 dB
Mid-Treble
-2.14 dB
High-Treble
-3.3 dB

The treble is good. The response is rather uneven, but still relatively balanced, being underemphasized by only 2.5dB. The results in a treble that is a tad low on brightness and detail, especially on S and T sounds.

7.9
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.28 db
Dips
1.26 db
8.1
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.4
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.99
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.18
Weighted Phase Mismatch
6.66

The imaging is very good. Their weighted group delay is at 0.4, which is good. The GD graph shows that the response doesn't cross our audibility threshold, except for the area around 70Hz. This means that they have a transparent treble, but their bass may lack a bit of punch in kick drums, but not enough to be significant. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were well-match, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (instruments, voices, footsteps) in the stereo image.

6.4
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.53 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
2.87 dB
PRTF Distance
8.5 dB
Openness
9.2
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.9

The soundstage is sub-par. Their PRTF response has above-average accuracy, but not a lot activation (size). The PRTF distance value, which gives cues regarding the distance and angle of the source is also very low. Therefore, the soundstage will be perceived to be quite small and located inside the listener's head, as opposed to in-front. The high openness value however, makes their soundstage feel more spacious than that of highly isolating headphones.

7.2
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.435
WHD @ 100
0.218
Isolation
2.2
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-4.27 dB
Bass
0.39 dB
Mid
-3.47 dB
Treble
-10.07 dB

The isolation is poor. Although their enclosure design is closed-back, their breathable pads make them perform more like an open headphone. Therefore, they do not achieve any isolation in the bass range, important for cutting out the rumble of airplane and bus engines. In the mid-range, occupied mostly by speech, they reduce outside noise by about 4dB, which is barely noticeable. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds, they achieved 10dB of isolation, which is also poor.

5.8
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
46.07 dB

The leakage performance is sub-par. The significant portion of their leakage is between 400Hz and 5KHz, which is relatively broad range. This means their leakage will sound fuller than that of in-ears and earbuds, but not as full-bodied as that of open-back headphones. Also, the overall level of their leakage is not very loud, peaking at around 60dB SPL at 1 foot away, which is just above the noise floor of most offices.

Microphone
7.2
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
538.17 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.52 dB
HFE
9665.27 Hz
Weighted THD
0.253
Gain
30.73 dB

The microphone has a decent recording quality. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 538Hz means that speech recorded/transmitted 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 (HFE) of 9.7KHz, speech will have quite a bit of presence and detail, meaning it will be quite intelligible.

8.0
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
27.99 dB

The noise handling performance of the G430's boom mic is great. In our SpNR test, they achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 28dB, indicating they are able to separate speech from ambient noise to a very good degree, even in very loud environments.

Active Features
N/A
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
N/A
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power Saving Feature
N/A
Audio While Charging
N/A
Passive Playback
N/A
Charging Port N/A

No battery life since they're wired, passive headphones.

7.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name Logitech Gaming Software
iOS N/A
Android N/A
macOS
Windows Yes
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
N/A
Mic Control Level
Room effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Sound Dolby 7.1

Update 05/17/2019: The Logitech Gaming Software has been updated to G Hub. However, this headset is not compatible with the new software. We've adjusted the score accordingly.

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.

Surround Sound

Firmware

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
N/A
NFC Pairing
N/A
Line of Sight Range
N/A
Default Latency
N/A
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A

These headphones are wired and do not have a Bluetooth connection. If you want a gaming headset that supports Bluetooth, check out the Turtle Beach Stealth 700.

The USB wired connection of these headphones has negligible latency which is suitable for gaming and home theater.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.4
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
Yes
Detachable No
Length 10.2 ft
Connection 1/8" TRS
Wired Latency
2 ms

Update 06/13/2019: We had previously listed the PS4 to fully support audio and microphone. However, we tested this via USB rather than with the 1/8" connectors with a controller. Since they don't come with an adapter, you can only plug the 1/8" audio cable of the G430 into controllers. The score and text have been updated accordingly.

The Logitech G430 have a wired connection with a USB adapter that provides volume and microphone compatibility for PCs and the PS4 if plugged directly in the console (see our recommendations for the best PS4 headsets). However, since they don't come with a 1/8" TRRS Y splitter adapter, you can only plug in the audio cable in consoles' controllers, which means you won't have mic support. The same applies for PCs that only have one 1/8" TRRS jack, but since you need a USB connection to access the app on PC, we expect users to use the USB adapter.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PC / PS4 Wired USB
Audio + Microphone
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
N/A
USB Input
N/A
Line In
N/A
Line Out
N/A
Optical Input
N/A
RCA Input
N/A
Dock Charging
N/A
Power Supply
N/A

This gaming headset does not have a dock. If you need a headset with a dock that also has a wired connection for gaming or watching movies, then consider the Astro A50.

In the box
In the box

  • Logitech G430 Headphones
  • USB headset adapter
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The Logitech G430 is a customizable wired headset for gaming. They have a low latency connection and support the Logitech gaming software, which gives them more features and customization options than typical wired gaming headsets. They also have a more breathable design but a mediocre-at-best build quality that will not be as durable as some of the competing models below. See our recommendations for the best Xbox One gaming headsets, the best over-ear headphones under $50 and the best gaming headsets under $50.

Logitech G432 Gaming Headset
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Logitech G432 are better gaming headphones than the Logitech G430 thanks to their great microphone recording quality. They also come with a USB dongle that gives you access to the new G Hub app for great customization, although the older Logitech Gaming Software had similar options. Their sound quality is pretty similar, and you can use a 10-band EQ on both headphones inside their app. Other than the microphone, the only noticeable difference is that the G432 ear cup padding is now pleather and feels better on the skin than the mesh-like fabric of the G430, but it isn’t necessarily much more comfortable.

HyperX Cloud Stinger
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Logitech G430 and HyperX Cloud Stinger are similarly performing gaming headphones, and each have their strength. The Logitech G430 have a nice companion app that lets you EQ the sound to your liking and enable surround sound. On the other hand, the Stinger are slightly better-built, and their microphone recording quality is better and more suited for online games.

HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The HyperX Cloud II are better gaming headphones than the Logitech G430. The HyperX are more comfortable and are noticeably better-built than the G430. Their metal frame is sturdier than the very plasticky Logitech headset. They also have a better microphone and support channel mixing, but the Logitech have access to a great customization software, which the HyperX lacks. On the other hand, the HyperX is more versatile since you can unplug the microphone and use the headphones outside. The Logitech are more neutral sounding, especially in the treble range.

Logitech G433 Gaming Headset
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Logitech G433 are better gaming headphones than the Logitech G430. The G433 model is compatible with the new G Hub app, which is one of the most complete and useful gaming software we’ve seen so far. The G433 also has a noticeably better microphone quality and a slightly less plasticky build quality. Overall, both headsets offer great value, but if you play a lot of online games with friends, the G433 might be a better option.

Corsair HS50
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Corsair HS50 are better gaming headphones than the Logitech G430. They feel sturdier due to the dense plastic and metal build of the headphones. The G430 feels very flimsy, and the microphone can’t be detached to give them a more outside-friendly look. On the other side, the G430 is compatible with the Logitech Gaming Software, which is one of the desktop apps that offers the most amount of control and customization options.

Razer Kraken Pro V2
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Logitech G430 are surprisingly decent gaming headphones at an affordable price, and are better than the Razer Kraken Pro V2. They are more comfortable, and their sound quality is far superior to the Razers. They are also compatible with the Logitech Software app, which gives you great control options and an EQ. On the other hand, the G430 feel very plasticky, especially when you compare them to well-built Kraken Pro V2. The Kraken also have a better microphone for online games and supports it on Xbox, which the G430 can’t do.

Logitech G635 Gaming Headset
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

Both the Logitech G430 and the Logitech G635 are decent gaming headphones, but the G635 is better-built than the cheap, plasticky G430, and their sound quality is better. The new G Hub app is also better than the previous Logitech Gaming Software and offers more controls. You can also map different actions to the buttons on the G635, which you don’t have on the G430. However, the G430 might offer better value if you don’t mind not having RGB lighting, since they perform really well for budget headphones.

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