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Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Nov 18, 2021 at 10:15 am
Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Picture
7.8
Neutral Sound
6.3
Commute/Travel
6.8
Sports/Fitness
6.5
Office
6.8
Wireless Gaming
5.5
Wired Gaming
6.1
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless are gaming headphones designed with teens and tweens in mind. However, they should fit most adult-sized heads with no issue. They have a simple design and a very lightweight as well as comfortable fit. Their warm sound profile also helps emphasize sound effects in gameplay, although they don't have an EQ or presets to customize it. They also have an adjustable 85 or 100 dB volume limiter that you can set to protect the user's hearing. Unfortunately, we were able to exceed the 85 dB limiter and reach up to 91 dB. While they support Bluetooth and come with a proprietary wireless dongle, you can't stay connected to your console and Bluetooth device at the same time, which is a little disappointing. The dongle also has high audio latency.

Our Verdict

7.8 Neutral Sound

The Logitech G435 are very good for neutral sound. They have a slightly warm sound profile, but a dip in the mid-mid nudges vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix. Unfortunately, they're very prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, meaning you need to take the time to adjust their fit, seal, and positioning each time you use them to get a more consistent sound.

Pros
  • Lightweight and comfortable design.
  • Very good battery performance.
Cons
  • No EQ.
6.3 Commute/Travel

The Logitech G435 are passable for commute and travel. They have a comfortable and very lightweight fit and have under 20 hours of continuous playback time. However, they lack active noise cancelling (ANC) and don't block out the low rumble of bus and plane engines. They also have a bulky design that doesn't fold up.

Pros
  • Lightweight and comfortable design.
  • Very good battery performance.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Not very portable.
6.8 Sports/Fitness

The Logitech G435 are fair for sports and fitness, although they're not designed for this purpose. They're very lightweight and have a comfortable fit. However, they're not stable enough for use during physical activity, and they can fall off your head while you're moving. They also lack an IP rating, though this is to be expected from over-ear headphones.

Pros
  • Lightweight and comfortable design.
Cons
  • Not very portable.
6.5 Office

The Logitech G435 are just okay for office use, but this isn't their intended purpose. These headphones have a lightweight and comfortable fit. They also last under 20 hours continuously. However, they don't block out much mid-range noise like ambient chatter, and they leak audio at high volumes.

Pros
  • Lightweight and comfortable design.
  • Very good battery performance.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Not very portable.
6.8 Wireless Gaming

The Logitech G435 are fair for wireless gaming. They have a comfortable fit, just under 20 hours of continuous playback time, and are equipped with a mic that offers an alright overall performance. However, when connected via their USB-A dongle, they have somewhat high latency, which could interrupt your gameplay. They also lack customization features like an EQ or presets.

Pros
  • Lightweight and comfortable design.
  • Very good battery performance.
  • Alright recording quality.
Cons
  • No EQ.
  • No multi-device pairing.
  • High non-Bluetooth wireless latency.
5.5 Wired Gaming

The Logitech G435 are wireless gaming headphones, and you can't use them wired.

6.1 Phone Calls

The Logitech G435 are mediocre for phone calls. They have an integrated mic that can capture your voice clearly. However, the mic struggles to separate your voice from moderate ambient noise, so it may be harder for the person on the other end of the line to hear you clearly if you're calling from a moderately noisy environment like a busy street. The headphones also don't block out much ambient sound, so it could be harder to hear your phone call well.

Pros
  • Alright recording quality.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • 7.8 Neutral Sound
  • 6.3 Commute/Travel
  • 6.8 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.5 Office
  • 6.8 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.5 Wired Gaming
  • 6.1 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Nov 18, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Nov 15, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Logitech G435 have a somewhat nondescript look. They have coiled audio cables that lead from the ear cups up into the headband, which gives them a slightly more gamer-centric design. In the 'Black & Neon Yellow' variant, they don't stand out from the crowd. However, if you're looking to make a statement, they come in two more eye-catching color variants: 'Blue & Raspberry' and 'Off-White & Lilac'.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.35 lbs
Clamping Force
0.6 lbs

The Logitech G435 have a comfortable fit. They're extremely lightweight and have a good clamping force, so you can wear them for long periods without feeling too much fatigue. They also have memory foam ear padding, which feels nice on the skin. However, they have a limited range of motion, and since they're designed for teens, they may not fit on extra-large heads.

5.6
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Volume Limiter + Sidetone

The Logitech G435 have sub-par controls. There aren't a lot of buttons but there are a lot of controls, which aren't intuitive out of the box. These headphones don't come with a manual either, though Logitech provides a digital copy here. There are beeps for a lot of the commands like reaching max volume as well as a crescendo beep when you unmute the mic and a decrescendo beep when the mic is muted. The buttons are also pretty clicky. However, there's no feedback to let you know when you've reached the min volume.

On/Off button:

  • One press: Indicates battery level. When the light is green, you have roughly 31-100% of battery life. When red for five seconds, there's 15-30% of battery life remaining. Finally, if the light is flashing red, you have under 15% battery life left.
  • Hold for 1.5 seconds: Turns the headphones on.
  • Hold for 3.0 seconds: Turns the headphones off.

Volume button: Raises and lowers the volume.

Mute Mic button:

  • Short press: Mutes and unmutes the mic.
  • Hold for 5.0 seconds: Switches the connection. When the light is cyan, you're using non-Bluetooth wireless. When the light is blue, you're using Bluetooth.
  • Double press: activates mic sidetone, which allows you to hear feedback of your own voice.
  • Single press (while holding the 'volume up' button): Raises sidetone.
  • Single press (while holding the 'volume down' button): Lowers sidetone.
  • Hold for 3.0 seconds (while holding the 'volume up' button): Sets the volume limiter to 100 dB.
  • Hold for 3.0 seconds (while holding the 'volume down' button): Sets the volume limiter to 85 dB.

5.8
Design
Portability
L 7.0" (17.7 cm)
W 6.6" (16.8 cm)
H 2.8" (7.1 cm)
Volume 128.84 in³ (2,111.30 cm³)
Transmitter Required No

These headphones aren't really portable, which is to be expected for gaming headphones. While they're a bit smaller in size than other Logitech products like the Logitech G733 LIGHTSPEED Wireless, they don't fold or swivel inwards to help reduce their footprint. They also don't come with a carrying case to help protect them when you're on the move.

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Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A
6.5
Design
Build Quality

The Logitech G435 have an alright build quality. They're mostly made of lightweight plastic. The headband is covered in fabric, while the ear cups have cloth-covered memory foam padding, which is a nice touch. However, they don't feel the most sturdy, especially as the headband's cloth covering could rip with time. The hinges may also wear down over continuous use.

6.5
Design
Stability

The Logitech G435 are reasonably stable. If you're gaming from your couch or desk, they shouldn't move around too much. However, they're not designed for use during physical activity, and they can fall off your head with larger or more vigorous head movements.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Logitech G435 Headset
  • Wireless USB dongle
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Logitech sticker
  • User documentations

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-1.65 dB
Treble Amount
-2.17 dB

The Logitech G435 have a slightly warm sound profile that delivers a touch of extra boom to your mixes, which can help bring out sound effects. Vocals and lead instruments are present but a bit bright. However, they lack an EQ to help you customize their sound to your liking.

Note: These headphones have a volume limiter that you can set to either 85dB or 100dB. When set to 85dB, we could reach a max volume of 91dB, which isn't ideal if you want to protect the hearing of younger listeners. That said, we conducted all of our sound tests with the volume limiter off.

6.2
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.86 dB

The Logitech G435 have mediocre frequency response consistency. Their audio delivery is dependant on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head, and they're prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery. You may notice a drop in bass if you have thick hair or wear glasses.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.3
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.29 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
36.15 Hz
Low-Bass
-3.24 dB
Mid-Bass
1.33 dB
High-Bass
2.39 dB

The bass accuracy of the Logitech G435 is good. They lack a bit of a thumpy low-bass, but the rest of the range is overemphasized, so mixes have a bit of extra body and boom.

Note: The response here represents the average bass response, and as bass delivery can vary across users, your experience may vary.

8.6
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.87 dB
Low-Mid
1.45 dB
Mid-Mid
-2.27 dB
High-Mid
0.03 dB

The mid accuracy is excellent. There's a bit of overemphasis coming from the bass range into the low-mid, which can slightly clutter mixes. A dip in the mid-mid also nudges vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix. However, the high-mid is very flat and neutral, so these sounds are clear and detailed.

7.4
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.82 dB
Low-Treble
0.87 dB
Mid-Treble
-3.06 dB
High-Treble
-8.14 dB

The Logitech G435 have decent treble accuracy. There's a small peak in the low-treble that keeps vocals and lead instruments present and detailed. However, a dip in the mid-treble dulls sibilants like cymbals.

Note: The response here represents the average treble response, and as treble delivery can vary across users, your experience may vary.

7.3
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.74 dB
Dips
1.38 dB

The Logitech G435's peaks and dips performance is decent. There's a wide peak between the low-bass to low-mid, which adds thump, body, and boom to mixes. A dip in the low-mid pushes vocals and lead instruments to the back of your mix, while a large peak in the low-treble makes the upper harmonics of these sounds harsh. An uneven mid-treble range turns sibilants like S and T sounds alternatingly dull and painful.

8.1
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.18
Weighted Phase Mismatch
14.6
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.63
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.94

The Logitech G435 have great imaging. The group delay falls below the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. The L/R drivers are also well-matched in amplitude and frequency response, which ensures a balanced stereo image. However, there's a very large peak in the phase response's mid to treble range, affecting the accurate placement of objects like voices in the stereo image. It seems to be louder from the left driver and is somewhat off-centered. It's also audible with regular content. However, our results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

6.3
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.26 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
5.03 dB
PRTF Distance
6.48 dB
Openness
7.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.9

The Logitech G435 have a passable passive soundstage. The soundstage seems large, natural, and somewhat open. However, sound is perceived as coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed in the room around you.

2.0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
On/Off
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
Windows Sonic Spatial Audio

These headphones are compatible with Dolby Atmos. However, you need a license for this, which isn't included in the box. They're also compatible with PS5's Tempest 3D AudioTech as well as Window Sonic Spatial Audio.

7.9
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.257
WHD @ 100
0.104

The Logitech G435 have a very good weighted harmonic distortion performance. There's a small peak at normal volumes in the low to mid-treble, but this can be hard to hear with real-life content. As a result, the rest of the frequency range falls within acceptable limits, resulting in clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Wireless (Proprietary)
Codec
PCM, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test the Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED. Our results are only valid when used in this configuration.

Isolation
3.3
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-10.19 dB
Bass
0.02 dB
Mid
-4.16 dB
Treble
-26.55 dB

The Logitech G435 have poor noise isolation. They don't block out any bass-range noise like the low rumble of bus and plane engines. They also really struggle to cut down ambient chatter, although they do a better job of reducing the high-pitched hum and an AC unit.

5.7
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
46.29 dB

The Logitech G435 have a sub-par leakage performance. Leakage is concentrated between the mid to treble range and sounds somewhat full-bodied. If you like to listen to your audio at high volumes, others around you can hear it, even if you're in a moderately noisy environment.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
6.8
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
182.21 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
6.17 dB
HFE
7,136.96 Hz
Weighted THD
1.079
Gain
13.06 dB

The recording quality of the Logitech G435 is fair. Your voice sounds bright but a bit unnatural and lacking in body. However, speech is still clear.

6.0
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
14.2 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
6.0
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
6.0
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The microphone's noise handling performance is mediocre. The mic struggles to separate your voice from moderate ambient noise. If you're talking near an open window with a lot of traffic outside, your voice may be drowned out by ambient sound.

Active Features
8.0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
19.8 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
19.8 hrs
Charge Time
1.7 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The Logitech G435 have a very good battery performance. They're advertised to last 18 hours continuously, and we measured just under 20 hours. However, battery life can vary depending on usage, and your real-life experience may be different. They have an auto-off timer that activates after 30 minutes of inactivity to help conserve battery life when you're not using them. Unfortunately, they don't have an AUX port, and you can't use them passively. You also can't use them while they're charging.

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Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No
Connectivity
7.2
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
Unspecified
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
324.15 ft (98.80 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
105 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
91 ms
Android Latency
82 ms

These headphones have decent Bluetooth connectivity. They have low latency on PCs as well as Android and iOS devices, which is good for wireless gaming. However, while they support Bluetooth, you can't connect to both a Bluetooth device and a console at the same time.

Note: We couldn't determine the Bluetooth version as it isn't mentioned on the manufacturer's website, in the manual, or on the box.

7.2
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
128.94 ft (39.30 m)
Non-BT Latency
92 ms

The Logitech G435 have satisfactory non-Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Using their USB dongle, their latency is a bit high, which can cause your audio and visuals to fall out of sync. If you're looking for wireless Logitech headphones with lower latency, check out the Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless.

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Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection
No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

These headphones only come with a USB-A to USB-C cable for charging up the headphones. This cable doesn't support audio, though.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
No
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone

These headphones are fully compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs. You can also use them with full audio and mic compatibility via their wireless dongle.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone

You can only use the Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED on PS4 and PS5 consoles via their wireless dongle. However, you have full audio and mic compatibility.

Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No
3.4
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Wireless USB Dongle
USB Input
Yes
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
USB

These headphones come with a wireless USB-A dongle that works on PlayStation consoles as well as PCs. It delivers full audio and mic compatibility.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED come in three color variations: 'Black & Neon Yellow', 'Blue & Raspberry', and 'Off-White & Lilac'. We tested the 'Black & Neon Yellow' variant and you can see our model's labels here and here. If you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Logitech G435 are wireless gaming headphones designed with teens and tweens in mind. They run a bit small, and like other kids' headphones like the Puro JuniorJams Wireless, they have a volume limiter that you can set to 85 or 100 dB, which can help protect the hearing of young listeners. However, for gaming headphones, they don't offer much in terms of extra features, though they do support Dolby Atmos. While you need to buy a license for this separately, these headphones also support Window Sonic Spatial Audio, which is free to use.

Check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets under $100, the best gaming headsets, and the best wireless gaming headsets

Razer Barracuda X Wireless

The Razer Barracuda X Wireless are better wireless gaming headphones than the Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless. The Razer are better built, have a better mic performance, and longer continuous battery life. You can also use them passively or while charging, which is handy in a pinch, and they have lower non-Bluetooth latency. However, the Logitech are aimed at teens and tweens as they have a smaller fit. They're significantly lighter, have a more neutral sound profile, and support Bluetooth, although you can't use Bluetooth and their wireless dongle at once.

Logitech G733 LIGHTSPEED Wireless

The Logitech G733 LIGHTSPEED Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless. The G733 feel better built, have a better overall boom mic performance, and you can use them while charging. They also have companion software, which allows you to customize their sound to your liking via the graphic EQ and presets. However, the G435 are advertised for teens and tweens, so they have a smaller fit. They have a significantly lighter design and support Bluetooth as well as come with a proprietary wireless dongle, although you can't use a Bluetooth device and a console simultaneously.

Logitech G335

The Logitech G335 and the Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless have different strengths, and you may prefer either one. The G335 are wired headphones that are more comfortable, better-built, and have more consistent audio delivery. Their boom mic also offers better overall performance. However, the G435 are wireless gaming headphones designed for users with smaller heads. They have under 20 hours of continuous battery life and a more neutral sound profile. They also support Bluetooth, which is nice if you want to connect them to your smartphone. However, their non-Bluetooth wireless latency is high, and your audio and visuals may be slightly out of sync.

Logitech G432 Gaming Headset

The Logitech G432 Gaming Headset and the Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless have different strengths, and you may prefer either one. While both headphones are comfortable and have similarly fair build qualities, the G432 are wired gaming headphones with a significantly better overall boom mic performance. They also have a companion app that offers a graphic EQ and presets so that you can adjust their sound to your liking. However, the G435 are wireless gaming headphones designed for users with smaller heads. They support Bluetooth, which is good if you want to connect them to your smartphone. However, their non-Bluetooth wireless latency is somewhat high, which can cause your audio and visuals to be out of sync.

Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless

The Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable, the G535 are better-built, they have a longer-lasting continuous battery life, and their boom mic has better noise handling. They're also compatible with Logitech G HUB software, which offers a graphic EQ plus presets to help you customize their sound to your liking, and they have lower non-Bluetooth wireless latency. However, the G435 support Bluetooth, so you can connect them to your smartphone.

SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition Wireless and the Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless have different strengths, and you may prefer either one. The SteelSeries are wired gaming headphones that feel better built, have significantly better microphone performance, and have longer-lasting continuous battery life. However, the Logitech are wireless gaming headphones designed for teens and tweens since they have a smaller fit. They support Bluetooth and non-Bluetooth wireless, although you can't use both connections at once.

Razer Opus X Wireless

Depending on your usage, you may prefer either the Razer Opus X Wireless or the Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless. The Razer are better built, and have ANC, although it only does an okay job of blocking out background sound. They also have a better battery performance, a low-latency 'Gaming Mode' for mobile gaming, and have EQ presets to help you adjust their sound to your liking. However, the Logitech are designed for teens and tweens, so they have a smaller fit. They support non-Bluetooth wireless, meaning you can game on consoles such as PlayStation and Xbox. However, their latency in this regard is a bit high.

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