Reviewed on Nov 30, 2017

Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
6.7
Mixed Usage
7.9
Critical Listening
5.8
Commute/Travel
5.6
Sports/Fitness
6.6
Office
6.7
TV
7.5
Gaming
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.

Test Results
Design 6.2
Sound 8.1
Isolation 3.7
Microphone 7.3
Active Features 7.5
Connectivity 4.9
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 9/17/2019: We've updated the Controls score and text to better reflect what the G533 can do.
  2. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.

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6.2

Design

The Logitech G533 are decent-looking and comfortable gaming headphones. They feel sturdy enough handle a couple accidental drops without getting damaged, but the hinges are a little loose out-of-the-box. They're also not the ideal headsets to use outdoors. They're bulky and cumbersome, they're limited by the range of their USB transmitter and the non-detachable mic makes them look like gaming headphones and not a casual design you can wear every day. 

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 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.

6.0 Controls
Ease of use : Decent
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 : 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 (see our recommendations for the best PC gaming headsets).

6.4 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 5.7 C
2.7 Portability
L : 7 "
W : 7 "
H : 3 "
Volume : 147 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : USB

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.

0 Case
Type : No case
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A
7.5 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 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.

Cable
Detachable : N/A
Length : N/A
Connection : USB

Comes with a USB transmitter and a USB charging cable.

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8.1

Sound

The Logitech G533 wireless are a very good sounding pair of closed-back, over-ear, gaming headsets. They have a deep and well-balanced bass, a good mid-range and great treble. However, their bass delivery is prone to inconsistencies. Their mid-range sounds a bit cluttered, and their soundstage is average but better than typical closed-back headphones (see our recommendations for the best wireless headphones under $100).

9.2 Bass
Std. Err.
:
1.25 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10 Hz
Low-Bass
:
1.31 dB
Mid-Bass
:
0.99 dB
High-Bass
:
1.61 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 Mid
Std. Err.
:
2.54 dB
Low-Mid
:
1.42 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-2.14 dB
High-Mid
:
-3.14 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.

8.7 Treble
Std. Err.
:
2.58 dB
Low-Treble
:
-1.11 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-0.01 dB
High-Treble
:
0.59 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.

5.7 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.

8.0 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.31
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.32
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
3.24
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
9.24
7.3 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
4.04 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
6.57 dB
PRTF Distance
:
15.75 dB
Openness
:
6.9
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
6.5
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB
7.1 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
1.536
Weighted THD @ 100
:
10.805

Average harmonic distortion performance. The overall response is within good limits, except for the big bump 300Hz which is more pronounced in the left ear cup suggesting it could be a mechanical issue with our test unit.

3.7

Isolation

The Logitech G533 headset does not block a lot of noise and leaks quite a bit at higher volumes. These gaming headphones have porous pads designed for more breathability, but this also makes them more susceptible to noise in loud environments. You will easily hear the ambient chatter in a competition-like setting, and the leakage level may be a bit distracting to those around you in quieter conditions. Overall, they're a bit more suitable if you game alone or if leakage and noise isolation are not that important for you.

3.4 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-8.26 dB
Bass
:
0.32 dB
Mid
:
-3.88 dB
Treble
:
-21.4 dB
Self-Noise
:
21.25 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 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.

7.3

Microphone

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

Decent microphone performance. Speech recorded with the Logitech G533 wireless will sound thin, and rather airless. However, these limitations won't have a large effect on speech intelligibility. In noisy environments, the G533 headset is able to separate speech from voice to a very good degree, making them suitable for loud environments such as competitions.

6.5 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 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.

7.5

Active Features

The Logitech G533 have a great wireless range and very low latency for gaming and watching videos. They have more customization options with the Logitech Software than the other Logitech headphones and a customizable auto-off timer. They last longer than the G930 at 17hr of battery life on a single charge, which combined with their great power saving features, makes them a good choice for long gaming sessions.

7.5 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Battery Life
:
17 hrs
Charge Time
:
3.6 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
Yes
Audio while charging
:
Yes
Passive Playback
:
No

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

4.9

Connectivity

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A
0 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
N/A
Analog Audio
:
N/A
USB Audio
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
4.2 Base/Dock
Type
:
Wireless USB Dongle
Optical Input
:
No
Line In
:
No
Line Out
:
No
USB Input
:
Yes
RCA Input
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Compatible
:
No
PC Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
Power Supply
:
USB
Dock Charging
:
No
9.2 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
55 ft
Line of Sight Range
:
180 ft

The G533 have an outstanding wireless range. They reached up to 50ft when the signal is obstructed and up to 180ft in direct line-of-sight. This makes them a suitable gaming headset with more than enough range for most gaming setups (see our recommendations for the best wireless gaming headsets).

9.7 Latency
Default Latency
:
25 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

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

In the box

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

Compared to other Headphones

Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset
SEE PRICE
B&H

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
Amazon.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
Amazon.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
Amazon.com

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.

Conclusion

6.7 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.

7.9 Critical Listening

Good for critical 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.

5.8 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.

5.6 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.

6.6 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.

6.7 TV

Great for home theater use. They have very low latency, a good sound and a comfortable fit which makes them good for watching movies and videos.

7.5 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.

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