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Logitech G433 Gaming Headset Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated May 03, 2018 at 03:06 pm
Logitech G433 Gaming Headset Picture
5.8
Mixed Usage
7.4
Neutral Sound
4.9
Commute/Travel
5.6
Sports/Fitness
5.6
Office
5.8
Wireless Gaming
7.5
Wired Gaming
7.6
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Logitech G433 are a good gaming headset, with a well-balanced sound, and a versatile design for everyday use. They have a detachable mic, a regular aux cable, as well as a USB/headset dongle for PCs. They're a lot more practical to use outdoors than other gaming headsets, and the boom mic is great for gaming and making calls. They're comfortable and decently well built but are not the most portable since they don't fold. They also do not block a lot of noise.

Our Verdict

5.8 Mixed Usage

The Logitech G433 is a good gaming headset with a versatile design for more casual and mixed usage. They have a well-balanced sound that you can also tweak with the Logitech Gaming Software. They have practically no latency thanks to their wired connection, which makes them a suitable option for gaming and watching movies. Unfortunately, they won't be ideal for sports and for commuting since they're a bit unstable and have poor isolation.

Pros
  • Negligible latency.
  • Good sound and microphone quality.
  • Comfortable and breathable design.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • High leakage.
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses.
7.4 Neutral Sound

Good for neutral listening. They have a surprisingly well-balanced audio reproduction and they're decently comfortable to wear for extended listening sessions. They cater well to instruments and vocals with a good representation of the mid-range and a relatively balanced treble. They also have a good bass but its dependent on the fit and seal they create around your ears. Some listeners who wear glasses will have some consistency issues with the bass range. Their soundstage is also not ideal since they have a closed-back design.

4.9 Commute/Travel

Poor for commuting. Although their closed-back, casual design is better suited for commuting than other gaming headsets, if you use the default pads, they won't isolate enough for loud environments. This means you will hear most of the noise on your commute unless you play your music at high volumes.

5.6 Sports/Fitness

Below-average for sports. The Logitech G433 are decently breathable and relatively lightweight but they are not stable enough for exercising or working out.

5.6 Office

Average office use. They don't block a lot of noise so you will hear what's going on around you and they also leak quite a bit so they may distract your colleagues.

5.8 Wireless Gaming

Good for gaming. The Logitech G433 have a good sound, a great mic, and a wired design with low latency. They're also comfortable and breathable so you can wear them for long gaming sessions without much fatigue. Unfortunately, their wired design means they're not as convenient as the other wireless gaming headsets we've reviewed since the audio cable does not have a lot of range.

7.5 Wired Gaming
7.6 Phone Calls
  • 5.8 Mixed Usage
  • 7.4 Neutral Sound
  • 4.9 Commute/Travel
  • 5.6 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.6 Office
  • 5.8 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.5 Wired Gaming
  • 7.6 Phone Calls
  1. Update 2/17/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  4. Update 8/9/2019: We've updated the Call/music control score. This headset comes with another cable that has an in-line remote with a multipurpose button.
  5. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.

Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The Logitech G433 7.1 have a more casual design than most of the gaming headphones that we've reviewed so far. They don't look as good as the G Pro but they have a sleek-looking headband with a comfortable layer of padding. The ear cups are also covered in a soft fabric that matches the padding detail on both the headband and the ear cups. You can remove the mic, which combined with their casual design, makes them quite practical to use outdoors unlike flashy, gaming-only headsets that can be some what of an eyesore. If, however, you're a fan of gamer-oriented aesthetics, take a look at the JBL Quantum 400, which feature a customizable RGB lighting scheme.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.6 lbs
Clamping Force
1.1 lbs

The Logitech G433 are comfortable headphones with decently sized ear cups that fit well around most listeners' ears. They're lightweight and well-padded, although the padding material does not feel quite as soft and smooth on the skin as some of the other gaming headphones that we've reviewed. Also, they're a bit tight out of the box and the ear cups, though decently large, are a little shallow. This may slightly irritate the tip of your ears over time and the tightness may cause a bit of fatigue during particularly long gaming sessions.

7.0
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No

Update: 08/09/2019 After reviewing other gaming headsets with an in-line remote, we decided to revise the score of the G433's controls as they come with another cable with call/music control, although you won't have the ability to use all the controls simultaneously. The Logitech G433 gaming headset has a simple control scheme for gaming. You can adjust the volume level with a dial that's easy-to-use and responsive but doesn't have distinct notches so that you can set an exact volume level you prefer. They also have a very basic on/off switch for the microphone. They also have another cable with an inline remote for mobile devices, which makes them a pretty versatile headphone. The second cable has a multi-function button, but no volume controls.

6.6
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 5.3 C

The G433 have a somewhat breathable design, thanks to their slightly porous ear cup pads. They will still make your ears fairly warm during long listening sessions and would not be suitable for more intense workouts, especially if you switch to the second set of pads included in the box. On the upside, they're decently breathable compared to other closed back over-ears.

5.4
Design
Portability
L 8 "
W 7.5 "
H 3.5 "
Volume 210 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The Logitech G433 are not particularly portable headphones. Like most gaming headsets we've reviewed so far, they do not fold into a more compact format for easy transportation. The ear cups do lay flat but do not save much space. This makes them slightly too cumbersome to carry around on your person unless you have a bag.

5.5
Design
Case
Type Pouch
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

These headphones with a soft pouch that will protect the headphones from scratches but not impacts, drops, or water damage.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

In our Logitech G433 review, we've found the build quality to be decent. The headband is decently flexible and reinforced with a wide metal frame that should be capable of withstanding a couple of drops and twists without getting damaged or deformed. The ear cups are also well-made, decently dense, and covered in a soft fabric that gives it a distinct look. But the fabric will wear and tear over time, which won't look as great. On the upside, the cable is detachable and replaceable.

6.5
Design
Stability

These headphones are adequately stable as they have a relatively tight fit. However, they're still not meant for sports and the big ear cups can sway if you use them while doing physical activities like running and working out. On the upside, their detachable cable can easily disconnect if it gets hooked on something. For a more stable pair of gaming headphones, check out the Razer BlackShark V2 X.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Logitech G433 Headphones
  • USB headset adapter
  • Y splitter headset adapter
  • Additional Pads
  • Carrying pouch
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-0.57 db
Treble Amount
-1.77 db
5.5
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.24 dB

The Logitech G433 have sub-par consistency performance. The maximum variance in bass delivery across our human subjects is about 15dB at 20Hz. We also noticed that having glasses on could negatively affect the bass delivery even more. However, the consistency in the treble range is less than 6dB for the most part, which is decent, especially since it happens in a narrow range.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.4
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.08 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
36.68 Hz
Low-Bass
-2.81 dB
Mid-Bass
-0.37 dB
High-Bass
2.42 dB

The Logitech G433 have an excellent bass. Low-frequency extension is at 22Hz, which is great. Low-bass, responsible for thump and rumble, and mid-bass, responsible for body and punch in the bass range, are reproduced within 1dB of our neutral target. However, high-bass is overemphasized by more than 2dB, adding slight boominess to the sound.

8.6
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.85 dB
Low-Mid
-1.7 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.02 dB
High-Mid
-2.05 dB

The mid-range is excellent. Low-mid and high-mid are nearly flawless, which means vocals will sound full and clear. But mid-mid shows a 4dB bump centered around 700Hz, which brings vocals/leads slightly to the front of the mix.

7.2
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.73 dB
Low-Treble
-1.81 dB
Mid-Treble
-2.14 dB
High-Treble
-7.37 dB

The treble range performance is very good. The response is rather inconsistent from 4KHz to 7KHz, negatively affecting the balance of detail and presence in vocals/leads. The 6dB peaks around 10KHz could make these headphones a bit sibilant on overly bright tracks(sharp and piercing on S and Ts). Overall though, the treble is well-balanced and within 2dB of our neutral target. Also, their bass delivery varies significantly 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.

7.6
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.55 db
Dips
1.06 db
8.0
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.44
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.0
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.3
Weighted Phase Mismatch
6.85

The Logitech G433 have very good imaging. Weighted group delay is at 0.44, which is within good limits. The GD graph also shows that except for the area around 70Hz, which could sound a tad loose, the response is below the audibility threshold. This suggests a bass that is tight for the most part, and a treble that is transparent. In terms of driver matching, our test unit was very well-matched, which is important for accurate localization and placement of objects (voice, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo image.

6.4
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
4.11 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
7.17 dB
PRTF Distance
14.87 dB
Openness
5.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
5.3

The Logitech G433 have an average soundstage. Their PRTF response shows a high amount of pinna interaction and activation, but low accuracy, and a shallow 10KHz notch. Therefore, their soundstage may be perceived large, but unnatural and located inside the head. Also, due to their low isolation, they may feel more open sounding than highly isolating headphones.

2.0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
On/Off
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
Dolby 7.1
8.2
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.205
WHD @ 100
0.068
Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
USB
Connection
USB
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom
Isolation
4.5
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-10.22 dB
Bass
0.41 dB
Mid
-8.75 dB
Treble
-23.14 dB

The isolation performance is sub-par. In the bass range, occupied by the rumble of airplane and bus engines, they achieve no isolation. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they achieve about 9dB of isolation, which is about average. In the treble range, where sharp sounds like S and Ts sit, they isolate by 23dB, which is above average.

5.4
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
48.06 dB

The Logitech G433 has a sub-par leakage performance. The significant portion of their leakage sits between 300Hz and 4KHz, which is a broad range. The overall level of the leakage is relatively loud too. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 48dB and peaks at around 62dB. This is a little above the noise floor of most offices.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
Yes
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
Yes
8.7
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
20 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
1.6 dB
HFE
7346.09 Hz
Weighted THD
0.26
Gain
35.62 dB

The boom microphone has great recording quality. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 20Hz, which is excellent. This means speech recorded/transmitted with this mic will sound full-bodied. However, the bump in low-bass makes it prone to pops and rumbling noises. The HFE of 7.3KHz is above-average, resulting in a speech that has a good amount of detail and presence, but lacking airiness. The response between LFE and HFE is very flat and even, resulting in a natural voice.

8.9
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
42.35 dB

The microphone is excellent at noise handling. In our SpNR test, it achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 42dB, meaning it will be able to separate speech from ambient noise to a great degree even in very loud environments.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
No Battery
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Passive Headphone
Charging Port None

These headphones are passive and have no battery life.

7.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name Logitech G Hub
iOS No
Android No
macOS Yes
Windows Yes
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
No
Mic Control Adjustable Level
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
Yes

Update 05/17/2019: The Logitech Gaming Software has been updated to G HUB. We've adjusted the scores and text accordingly.

The Logitech gaming software offers different options depending on the headphone. With the G433, you get a good graphic equalizer as well as mic control with a sidetone feature so you hear your own voice. You also get a good surround sound menu which overall makes for a pretty customizable software. However, you have to use the USB dongle as the regular aux or headset cables will not be recognized by the software.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android 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
8.3
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
Analog to USB adapter
Detachable Yes
Length 6.5 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
60 ms

The Logitech G433 have a wired connection that provides volume control and microphone compatibility support for consoles as long as you plug them into the Xbox One or PS4 controllers. They also come with a USB adapter for PCs that give them a bit more control over the microphone and audio.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PC/PS4 Wired USB
Audio + Microphone
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
0.4
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Wired USB Dongle
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
USB

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 SteelSeries Arctis 7.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The Logitech G433 have a versatile casual design that makes them a lot more suitable to use outdoors with your phone than most gaming headsets. They're one of the best closed-back headphones we've tested in this price range. They have a good mic and a surprisingly well-balanced frequency response that also makes them a good choice for critical listening. They won't be as convenient as some of the wireless gaming headsets but for their price, few headphones can match their performance. See our recommendations for the best gaming headsets for PC and the best PS4 headsets.

Logitech G432 Gaming Headset

The Logitech G433 Gaming Headset feel better made than the Logitech G432 Gaming Headset and they have a more accurate sound out-of-the-box. However, you can EQ both headphones easily inside their app. There’s not much of a difference between these two headsets other than their style, as they perform fairly similarly across our testing procedure.

Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset

The Logitech G433 Gaming Headset and the Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset are both very good wired gaming headsets, with the biggest difference between the two being their designs. The G Pro X have a much sleeker, more modern look. They're made with more premium materials and are also more comfortable. Both models otherwise perform quite similarly overall, although the G433 do have an edge in microphone performance.

Logitech G430 Gaming Headset

The Logitech G433 Gaming Headset are better gaming headphones than the Logitech G430 Gaming Headset. 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 HS60

The Logitech G433 Gaming Headset are overall better gaming headphones than the Corsair HS60. The Logitech have more connection options than the Corsair and come with a mobile-friendly cable that will work with your phone. They also come with more accessories than the Corsair, like extra ear cup pads and detachable cables. They have a slightly better sound than the Corsair but are also a bit less consistent, so they won't sound the same on all users. On the other hand, the Corsair have much better build quality than the Logitech. They also have a more consistent sound, which means they will sound a lot better overall for most.

HyperX Cloud Alpha

The Logitech G433 Gaming Headset and the HyperX Cloud Alpha are both similarly performing wired gaming headphones. Both have an inconsistent bass and treble delivery but only the Logitech have companion software with a graphic EQ plus presets that allow you to tweak their sound to your liking. The Logitech also have a better performing boom microphone that captures your voice clearly, even in noisy environments, and they even offer Dolby 7.1 virtual surround support. The HyperX , in comparison, have a better build that's slightly more comfortable and they leak less sound.

Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset

The Logitech G433 Gaming Headset are better headphones overall than the Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset. Although the G Pro have a more polished design, their build quality doesn’t necessarily feel any better than that of the G433 and they aren’t more comfortable. Although the G Pro have much better noise isolation, the G433 sound much better than the G Pro, especially since you can use the Logitech Gaming Software to EQ their sound your way. Unfortunately, the G Pro are not compatible with the Logitech Gaming Software, since they do not have a USB connection. They’re similar headsets, but the Logitech G433 provide better value overall.

HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II

If you’re looking for a headset that you can customize and have many controls, then the Logitech G433 Gaming Headset will be a better option. If you prefer straightforward headsets and prefer to care about comfort and build quality, then the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II is a better choice. These gaming headphones are both good for their intended use but will be better at different things. Also, the HyperX have channel mixing, which the G433 is lacking. On the other hand, the sound quality of the G433 is more accurate, and you can EQ it inside their app, which you can’t do on the Cloud II.

HyperX Cloud Stinger

The Logitech G433 Gaming Headset is a better gaming headset than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. On top of having noticeably better audio reproduction, they also have a slightly better microphone, but also have a good app that allows customization options like an EQ, presets, and surround sound, which the Cloud Stinger are lacking. On the other hand, if you have a bit of ambient noise in your gaming area, the Cloud Stinger’s fit will do a better job of blocking it out. However, their microphone isn’t fully detachable like the G433’s boom mic.

JBL Quantum 400

The Logitech G433 Gaming Headset are much more customizable headphones than the JBL Quantum 400. The Logitech's padding is a little plusher, they have an easier-to-use control scheme, and feature a similarly comprehensive dedicated companion app in the Logitech G HUB software, which offers the same range of configuration options as the JBL Quantum Engine software. However, the JBL have slightly better noise isolation performance, making them better suited for loud and hectic environments.

SteelSeries Arctis 1

The Logitech G433 Gaming Headset are better gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis 1. They are more comfortable, thanks to their larger cups, and the materials used feel more durable. You also get an additional pair of pads with the G433. They are also one of the best-sounding gaming headphones we’ve reviewed so far. Additionally, thanks to their USB dongle, you get access to G HUB for customization options, which the Arctis 1 lack. On the other hand, the noise isolation of the Arctis 1 is slightly better but is still pretty sub-par.

Razer BlackShark V2 X

The Logitech G433 Gaming Headset headphones are better wired gaming headphones than the Razer BlackShark V2 X. While both headphones are similarly comfortable, the Logitech are better-built, and their boom microphone is even more easily able to separate voice from noisy environments. They also have companion software so you can customize their sound, they come with a lot of cables including a USB headset adapter, and they have a better passive soundstage. However, the Razer leak less sound and are significantly more stable on your head.

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