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Reviewed on Mar 23, 2018

Logitech G430 Gaming Headset HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
6.2
Mixed Usage
7.5
Critical Listening
5.2
Commute/Travel
5.8
Sports/Fitness
5.9
Office
5.9
TV
7.2
Gaming
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.

Test Results
Design 6.4
Sound 7.7
Isolation 4.1
Microphone 7.4
Active Features 7.5
Connectivity 5.3
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 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.

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6.4

Design

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.

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 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 Controls
Ease of use : Good
Feedback : Decent
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : Yes
Channel Mixing
:
No
Noise Canceling 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Cable
Detachable : No
Length : 10.2 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRS

They come with a USB adapter to turn the split mic and speaker cable into a USB connection.

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7.7

Sound

The Logitech G430 is a good sounding pair of closed-back over-ear gaming headsets. They have a very good, punchy, and deep bass, an excellent and well-balanced mid-range which is great for vocals, and a good treble. This makes the headphones suitable for most genres from classical, rock and EDM. They also have decent imaging and distortion performance. However, their bass is slightly hyped and prone to inconsistencies, and their treble is on the warm side, lacking a bit of detail. Also, like most other headphones, they don't have a large and speaker-like soundstage.

8.1 Bass
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 Mid
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 Treble
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.

6.1 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.

8.1 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.

5.9 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
2.53 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
2.87 dB
PRTF Distance
:
8.5 dB
Openness
:
7.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
4.9
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB

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.

7.3 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
3.344
Weighted THD @ 100
:
2.355

The Logitech G430 have a decent harmonic distortion performance. At 90dB SPL, the amount of distortion in the bass range is within good limits, however, it increases measurably 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.

4.1

Isolation

The Logitech 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 headphones won't be ideal if you have a very noisy gaming environment or if you're trying to not disturb those around you. 

3.3 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-4.27 dB
Bass
:
0.39 dB
Mid
:
-3.47 dB
Treble
:
-10.07 dB
Self-Noise
:
0 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 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.

7.4

Microphone

Integrated
:
No
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
Yes
Detachable Boom
:
N/A

The Logitech G430 have an above-average boom microphone. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound noticeably thin, but with quite a bit of presence and detail. This makes speech easily understandable. In noisy situations, they perform great and are able to separate speech from unwanted noise, even in very loud environments, like a subways station or a gaming competition.

6.8 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 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.

7.5

Active Features

The Logitech 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. You get an equalizer, surround sound options and microphone level control. It's a great app and one of the only software to support a wired headset. However, you have to use the USB adapter if you want to use the Logitech gaming software.

N/A Battery
Battery Type
:
N/A
Battery Life
:
N/A
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
N/A
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
N/A

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

7.5 App Support
App Name : Logitech Gaming Software
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS :
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

5.3

Connectivity

The Logitech G430 are wired passive headphones. They're compatible with the PS4 and PC with the USB adapter and can provide audio with console controllers. Since they're wired they have negligible latency for gaming and watching movies but do not have the convenient range of some of the wireless gaming headsets we've tested.

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
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.

8.7 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
Yes
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio Only
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio Only
PC Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone

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.

0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
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.

0 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A

These headphones do not have a wireless range since they're wired. If you want a good wireless gaming headset, check out the SteelSeries Arctis 7.

10 Latency
Default Latency
:
7 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

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

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.

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.

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.

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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6.2 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 Critical Listening

Above-average for critical 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 critical listening oriented headphones when it comes to imaging soundstage and total harmonic distortion.

5.2 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.

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.

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.

5.9 TV

Decent for home theater use. If you're using these headphones with your PC, the low latency of the wired connection and good audio reproduction make them great for watching videos and movies. However, they won't be ideal for a home theater setup, as the cable is not long enough unless you have a 1/8 TRS or USB extension cord.

7.2 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.

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