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Reviewed on May 03, 2018

Logitech G433 Gaming Headset HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
6.6
Mixed Usage
7.9
Critical Listening
5.7
Commute/Travel
6.0
Sports/Fitness
6.2
Office
6.0
TV
7.5
Gaming
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.

Test Results
Design 6.8
Sound 8.1
Isolation 4.7
Microphone 8.8
Active Features 7.5
Connectivity 5.7
Pros
  • Negligible latency.
  • Good sound and microphone quality.
  • Comfortable and breathable design.
Cons
  • Mediocre build quality.
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • High leakage.
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses.
  1. 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.
  2. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.

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6.8

Design

The Logitech G433 have a versatile design that's good for gaming and casual listeners. They come with an additional cable that has an inline remote for mobile devices. They're a bit less cumbersome than typical gaming headsets, and you can remove the boom mic. They also have a decent build and a comfortable fit and come with a little pouch to carry them in, which is a nice touch. Unfortunately, the soft fabric on the ear cup may wear and tear and not look as good over time, and they're a bit unstable for sports with a somewhat limited control scheme for mobile devices.

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.

7.5 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.

7.8 Controls
Ease of use : Decent
Feedback : Good
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : Yes
Channel Mixing
:
No
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : 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 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 Portability
L : 8 "
W : 7.5 "
H : 3.5 "
Volume : 210 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

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 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 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 Stability

These headphones are decently stable thanks to their detachable cable that will disconnect easily if it gets hooked on something. They have a relatively tight fit. However, they're still not meant for sports and the big ear cups will sway if you use them while doing physical activities like running and working out.

Cable
Detachable : Yes
Length : 6.5 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS

The Logitech G433 come with 2 audio cables; a 1/8' TRRS audio cable with an inline remote and another 1/8TRRS cable with just a volume dial. They also come with a Y splitter and a USB headset adapter.

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8.1

Sound

The Logitech G433 is a very good sounding pair of closed-back over-ear gaming headsets. They have a well-extended and balanced bass, a nearly flawless mid-range, and a very good treble. This makes them quite versatile and suited for a wide range of genres and video games. However, their bass delivery is prone to inconsistencies across different users, especially if they wear glasses. Their mid-range is a bit forward and overemphasized on vocals, and their treble could sound a bit sharp on overly bright tracks. Additionally, they image very well, but like most other closed-back headphones, they don't have a speaker-like soundstage.

8.8 Bass
Std. Err.
:
1.77 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
22.13 Hz
Low-Bass
:
-0.47 dB
Mid-Bass
:
0.82 dB
High-Bass
:
2.77 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.

9.0 Mid
Std. Err.
:
1.4 dB
Low-Mid
:
-0.45 dB
Mid-Mid
:
1.39 dB
High-Mid
:
-0.86 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.

8.4 Treble
Std. Err.
:
3.03 dB
Low-Treble
:
-0.15 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-1.15 dB
High-Treble
:
-1.69 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.

5.5 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.

8.0 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.

6.7 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
4.11 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
7.17 dB
PRTF Distance
:
14.87 dB
Openness
:
5.6
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
5.4
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB

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.

8.8 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
0.535
Weighted THD @ 100
:
0.163

The harmonic distortion performance is very good. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is very low, across the spectrum. However, the lower amount of THD at 100dB SPL compared to 90dB SPL. suggests audible amounts of self-noise when the headphones are used with its USB dongle.

4.7

Isolation

The Logitech G433 headset does not block a lot of noise. These headphones have a more outdoor-friendly design than most of the other gaming headsets we've tested but unfortunately, their closed-back ear cups do not prevent noise from seeping into your audio. They perform a bit worse than other casual passively isolating headphones due to their slightly more breathable pads. This also means that they're also quite leaky at higher volumes, which may be distracting to those around you. They won't be ideal for the subway and may be a bit too leaky for the office. However, changing the pads to the other ones included in the box should improve their isolation a bit more.

4.3 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-10.22 dB
Bass
:
0.41 dB
Mid
:
-8.75 dB
Treble
:
-23.14 dB
Self-Noise
:
20.96 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 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.

8.8

Microphone

Integrated
:
No
In-line
:
Yes
Boom
:
Yes
Detachable Boom
:
Yes

The Logitech G433 has an excellent boom microphone. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound full, detailed, and present, but will lack a bit of airiness. In noisy situations, they can separate speech from background noise even in most demanding environments, like a subway station or a gaming competition.

8.8 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 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.

7.5

Active Features

The Logitech G433 support the Logitech Gaming software when you use the USB headset adapter. This gives the headphones a couple of customization options lacking in most wired gaming headsets. They also benefit from having negligible latency thanks to their wired connection, which makes them suitable for gaming and watching movies. Unfortunately, they do not have the best range since the audio cable is relatively short and they do not have any wireless capabilities.

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

These headphones are passive and have no battery life.

7.5 App Support
App Name : Logitech G Hub
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : Yes
Windows : Yes
Equalizer
:
Graphic + Presets
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : Level
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : Dolby 7.1

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.

5.7

Connectivity

The Logitech G433 are not wireless headphones and do not come with a base or dock. They only connect via a wired audio cable but on the upside, they are compatible with most consoles, they have negligible latency, which is good for gaming and watching movies, and they have a USB adapter that offers more control and software support when plugged into your PC. They also have a regular audio cable to use with your phone.

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.

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

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.

0 Base/Dock
Type
:
Wired USB Dongle
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 SteelSeries Arctis 7.

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 (see our recommendations for the best wired headphones). If you want a good wireless gaming headset, check out the Astro A50.

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

Compared to other Headphones

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.

HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II
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If you’re looking for a headset that you can customize and have many controls, then the Logitech G433 will be a better option. If you prefer straightforward headsets and prefer to care about comfort and build quality, then the HyperX Cloud II is a better choice. These gaming headphones are both good for their intended use case 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.

Logitech G432 Gaming Headset
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The Logitech G433 feel better made than the Logitech G432 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 G430 Gaming Headset
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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 HS60
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The Logitech G433 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 HS60, 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 HS60 have much better build quality than the G433. They also have a more consistent sound, which means they will sound a lot better overall for most.

Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset
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The Logitech G433 are better headphones overall than the Logitech G Pro. 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 Stinger
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The Logitech G433 are better gaming headphones 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 at blocking it out. However, their microphone isn’t fully detachable like the G433’s boom mic.

SteelSeries Arctis 1
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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.

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Conclusion

6.6 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.

7.9 Critical Listening

Good for critical 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.

5.7 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.

6.0 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.

6.2 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.

6.0 TV

Average-at-best for home theater use. If you're using these headphones with your PC then the low latency, wired connection, and good audio reproduction, make them a suitable options 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.

7.5 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.

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