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Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated Nov 30, 2017 at 03:14 pm
Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset Picture
Test Methodology v1.4
6.1
Mixed Usage
7.4
Neutral Sound
5.3
Commute/Travel
5.8
Sports/Fitness
5.8
Office
7.5
Wireless Gaming
6.0
Wired Gaming
6.6
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Logitech G533 are great-sounding gaming headsets, with a good build quality and a comfortable design. They have one of the best implementation of the Logitech G HUB so far, with a lot of features and customizable options. They also have sufficiently low latency for gaming and watching videos. However, like most gaming headsets, they're not suitable or practical to use outdoor and they're a bit bulky and cumbersome.

Our Verdict

6.1 Mixed Usage

The Logitech G533 have a great sound a comfortable design and low latency. This makes them a good option for gaming watching movies and critical listening. Unfortunately, they don't have a versatile or outdoor friendly design. They're too bulky and impractical for sports, and they don't isolate well enough for commuting.

7.4 Neutral Sound

Good for neutral listening. They have a balanced sound quality, with an excellent bass, and a great representation of instruments and vocals. Unfortunately, their frequency response is a bit inconsistent and may lose a significant amount of bass if you wear glasses. They also do not have the best soundstage due to their closed-back design but thanks to the breathable ear cup pads it's better than most.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
5.3 Commute/Travel

Mediocre for commuting. They have to be within range of the USB transmitter, which is very limiting for commuting. They also do not block much noise and aren't made to be used with mobile devices. However, on a plane, train or a long bus ride you may be able to use them with your laptop or tablet.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
5.8 Sports/Fitness

Sub-par for sports. They're bulky headphones not made for running or physical activities. They're decently breathable but also have to be in range of their USB transmitter which means you won't be able to use them outdoors effectively.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
5.8 Office

Decent for office use. The Logitech G533 wireless have great customization features, they're comfortable and you can use them while they charge. However, they have poor isolation so they will leak at higher volumes and won't block the noise of a lively office environment.

See our Office recommendations
7.5 Wireless Gaming

The G533 are great gaming headphones. They have low latency, a great sound, and a decent mic that filters a lot of noise. They also comfortable, decently breathable, and have great software support. Unfortunately, the mic doesn't always reproduce your voice accurately and the G930 has more mappable buttons which makes them a bit more convenient.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
6.0 Wired Gaming
6.6 Phone Calls
  • 6.1 Mixed Usage
  • 7.4 Neutral Sound
  • 5.3 Commute/Travel
  • 5.8 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.8 Office
  • 7.5 Wireless Gaming
  • 6.0 Wired Gaming
  • 6.6 Phone Calls
Pros
  • Great sound quality.
  • Low latency for gaming and home theater.
  • Good active features and app support.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
  • Poor noise and leakage isolation.
  • Bass and treble delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses.
  1. Update 3/27/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  4. Update 9/17/2019: We've updated the Controls score and text to better reflect what the G533 can do.
  5. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The Logitech G533 look like typical gaming headphones. They have a decently stylish design with big, square earcups, a large headband and a two-tone matte and glossy finish that makes them look high-end. However, they're a bit bulky compared to the HyperX Cloud Flight, and the mic is not removable but does fold into a dedicated indentation on the left ear cup. The all-black color scheme is not as flashy as some other gaming headsets, but the understated look will work for most.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.8 lbs
Clamping Force
1.1 lbs

The Logitech G533 headset is comfortable but a bit tight on the head. They have large ear cups that will easily fit around most listeners' ears, and they're decently well-padded so although they're a bit tight, they do not exert too much pressure. Unfortunately, they're a little heavy, the ear cups are somewhat shallow and the padding fabric, although breathable, is not the softest on the skin, which may get a bit fatiguing during long gaming sessions.

5.4
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Presets

Update 17/09/2019: We had previously listed the G533 to have channel mixing, which it doesn't have. We also made the text clearer as to what you can do with the controls of this headset. The review and text have been updated.

These headphones have a decent control scheme for gaming. They have a simple volume dial and a mute-mic button that can also be customized as a multi-function button that's responsive and clicky and can be preset using the Logitech G HUB software. If you wish to change the function of the button, you'll still be able to flip-to-mute the mic whenever you want. Unfortunately, they have no controls for mobile support or even changing tracks when directly connected to your PC which is a bit disappointing.

6.5
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 5.7 C
5.7
Design
Portability
L 7 "
W 7 "
H 3 "
Volume 147 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required Yes

Like most gaming headphones, the Logitech G533 wireless are not the most practical headphones to carry around on your person without a bag. They're big, bulky and do not fold into a more compact format. They're also limited by the range of their USB transmitter. Unfortunately, they also do not come with a good carrying case or pouch which is slightly disappointing.

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Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A
7.5
Design
Build Quality

In our Logitech G533 review, we've found the build quality of the G533 to be good. However, it has loose hinges that do not feel particularly sturdy. The headband is flexible, well-padded, and has a thin metal frame for support. The ear cups are also decently dense and won't break if you accidentally drop the headphones once or twice. Unfortunately, the hinges are a bit loose out of the box, and large ear cups and relatively narrow headband in comparison makes the hinge the most susceptible weak point of the G533's design.

5.5
Design
Stability

The Logitech G533 wireless gaming headset is not stable. These headphones are bulky and may slip off your ears, even during casual listening sessions, if you tilt your head too far back. They're not made for sports or physical activity. On the upside, the wireless design does remove the risk of the headphones getting yanked off your ears because the audio cable got hooked on something.

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In The Box

  • Logitech G533 Headphones
  • USB transmitter
  • USB charging cable
  • Manual

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.4 db
Treble Amount
-1.07 db
5.7
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.08 dB

Sub-par consistency performance. The maximum deviation in the bass range across our human subjects is about 9dB, which is rather poor. The treble consistency is also below average, most likely due to the ear cup and driver design.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.6
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.37 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
2.49 dB
Mid-Bass
3.32 dB
High-Bass
4.77 dB

Excellent bass range performance. LFE is extended down to 10Hz, which is great. The entire range's response is virtually flat, within 1.6dB of our 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.

8.1
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.56 dB
Low-Mid
3.68 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.03 dB
High-Mid
-0.82 dB

Very good mid-range performance. The remarkable thing here is the 5dB tilt favoring the lower frequencies. This will muddy up the sound slightly, and will also decrease the intensity and projection of vocals/leads.

7.9
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.84 dB
Low-Treble
0.73 dB
Mid-Treble
2.5 dB
High-Treble
-1.59 dB

Excellent treble range performance. In our Logitech G533 wireless review, the response is very flat up to 8KHz, but under emphasized by a dB or so. The peak at 9KHz could make the S and T sounds a bit piercing. Also, their treble delivery varies noticeably across users. The response here represents the average response and your experience may vary.

7.9
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.34 db
Dips
1.01 db
8.0
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.31
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.32
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
3.24
Weighted Phase Mismatch
9.24
7.2
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
4.04 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
6.57 dB
PRTF Distance
15.75 dB
Openness
6.8
Acoustic Space Excitation
6.5
5.2
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
Adjustable
Room Ambience
Presets
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
DTS 7.1
7.5
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.178
WHD @ 100
0.214
Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
112.0.11
Power
On
Connection
Wireless (Proprietary)
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom
Isolation
3.4
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-8.26 dB
Bass
0.32 dB
Mid
-3.88 dB
Treble
-21.4 dB

Poor isolation. These headsets don't have active noise cancelling, and do not isolate in the bass range. In the mid-range, they reduce ambient noise by about 4dB, which is poor. In the treble range the achieve and isolation of 21dB, which is decent.

4.4
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
52.38 dB

Poor leakage performance. The significant portion of leakage sits between 300hz and 4KHz, which is a broad range. The overall level of leakage is not very loud though.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
No
7.0
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
530.46 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.24 dB
HFE
6736.4 Hz
Weighted THD
0.196
Gain
21.18 dB

Average recording quality. Low-frequency extension is at 530Hz, which is poor and will cause speech to sound thin. HFE is at 6.7KHz, which is decent. The area between LFE and HFE is relatively flat, but with a tilt favoring higher frequencies.

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

Very good noise handling. These headsets achieve a speech-to-noise ratio of 28dB, which is great. This makes them a good choice for most environments.

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

The Logitech G533 wireless have a good 17 hours battery life. They take about 3.6 to 4 hours to charge, which is quite a bit of time when compared to Bluetooth headphones, but decent when compared to other gaming headsets (they're one of the best over-ear headphones for gaming under $100). They also automatically turn off if there's no audio playing, to save power, and can be used while charging which is great for gaming marathons if you're close to a power source.

8.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name Logitech G Hub
iOS No
Android No
macOS Yes
Windows Yes
Equalizer
Graphic
ANC Control
No
Mic Control Adjustable Level
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping Yes
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 G HUB is very customizable when paired with the G533 headset. You get access to a great graphic equalizer, surround sound effects you can personalize, microphone and volume levels you can set directly from within the software, as well as interchangeable profiles with saved personal settings. You can also map specific actions to the multipurpose button, its not as customizable as the G933 three mappable buttons but its a pretty useful feature. On the upside, you also get a auto-off timer option not available on the other Logitech G-series headphones which is a definite plus.

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

The Logitech G533 headset has 25ms of latency which is excellent for gaming and watching videos.

8.3
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
180 ft
Non-BT Latency
51 ms
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A
Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
No
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One 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

Compared to other headphones

Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

Both Logitech wireless models are great for gaming, but the Logitech G933 is slightly more customizable, has programmable buttons, and has a better microphone performance, which can be useful if you often play online or with friends. Also, you’ll be able to use it wired on consoles even if the battery is dead, which can’t be done with the Logitech G533. On the other hand, the G533 has a more low-profile look, and its sound quality is more accurate. You’ll also get a slightly longer battery life with the G533. It also offers channel mixing, which the G933 doesn’t.

HyperX Cloud Flight
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The HyperX Cloud Flight will be a slightly better gaming headset than the Logitech G533, notably because of the better recording quality of the microphone. The Flight can also be used wired, while the G533 have to be used with their USB transmitter. The Cloud Flight have more battery life, as well. On the other hand, if you care about customization options, the Logitech G533 are compatible with the G Hub app, which lets you EQ the headphones’ sound profile. They also feel slightly better-built than the Cloud Flight and have better wireless range.

Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The Logitech G930 are a slightly better gaming headset than the Logitech G533. The G930 have more programmable buttons on the ear cups which gives them a bit more flexibility when mapping functions and customization options via the Logitech Gaming Software. The G533, on the other hand, have a slightly more premium-looking build quality. They also have a longer battery life and a greater wireless range than the G930, with a more balanced default sound quality out of the box.

Logitech G635 Gaming Headset
SEE PRICE
B&H

The Logitech G533 are better gaming headphones than the Logitech G635 if you want a wireless-only headset. Both are built in fairly the same way and have very good audio reproduction. The microphone of the G533 is slightly better, but there’s not that big of a difference. The G533 can’t be used wired, and isn’t compatible with the Xbox One. The G635 can only be used wired but is compatible with all platforms thanks to its USB and analog cables.

Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset Price

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