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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
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
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Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset is a great-sounding gaming headset, with a good build quality and a comfortable design. These headphones have one of the best implementations of the Logitech G HUB that we've seen 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, these aren't suitable or practical to use outdoors, and they're a bit bulky and cumbersome.

Our Verdict

6.1 Mixed Usage

The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset are headphones with 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.

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.
7.4 Neutral Sound

The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset are headphones that are decent for neutral listening. They have a balanced sound quality, with 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 don't have the best soundstage due to their closed-back design but thanks to the breathable ear cup pads, it's better than most.

5.3 Commute/Travel

The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset are inadequate headphones for commuting. They have to be within range of the USB transmitter, which is very limiting for any sort of traveling. They don't 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.

5.8 Sports/Fitness

The headset is sub-par for sports. They're bulky headphones that aren't 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.

5.8 Office

The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset are sub-par headphones for office use. They 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.

7.5 Wireless Gaming

The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset are good wireless gaming headphones. They have low latency, a great sound, and a decent mic that filters a lot of noise. They're also comfortable, decently breathable, and have great software support. Unfortunately, the mic doesn't always reproduce your voice accurately.

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
  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 11/21/2019: 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.

Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset look like typical gaming headphones. They have a decently stylish design with big, square ear cups, 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 isn't removable but does fold into a dedicated indentation on the left ear cup. The all-black color scheme isn't 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 Wireless Gaming Headset 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 don't exert too much pressure. Unfortunately, they're a little heavy, the ear cups are somewhat shallow, and the padding fabric, although breathable, isn't 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 Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset 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 Gaming Headset isn't the most practical headset to carry around on your person without a bag. These headphones are big, bulky, and don't fold into a more compact format. They're also limited by the range of their USB transmitter. Unfortunately, they don't come with a good carrying case or pouch which is slightly disappointing.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A
7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset are headphones with a good build quality. However, they have loose hinges that don't 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 their design.

5.5
Design
Stability

The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset isn't 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.

Design
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Design
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Design
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

The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset are headphones with a 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

The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset are headphones with a good bass range performance. LFE is extended down to 10Hz, which is great. The entire range's response is virtually flat.

Their bass delivery varies significantly across users and is sensitive to the quality of the 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

The headset has a 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

The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset has a good treble range performance. These headphones' response is very flat up to 8kHz but underemphasized by a dB or so. The peak at 9KHz could make the S and T sound 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

The headset has poor isolation. These headphones don't have active noise cancelling, and don't 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

The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset has poor leakage performance. The significant portion of leakage sits between 300Hz and 4kHz, which is a broad range. The overall level of leakage isn't very loud.

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

The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset has decent recording quality. The 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

The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset has very good noise handling. These headphones achieve a speech-to-noise ratio of 28dB, which is great. This makes them a good choice for most environments. That said, if you're looking for a similarly-performing wireless gaming headset with even better microphone noise handling capability, check out the Logitech G733 LIGHTSPEED Wireless.

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 Gaming Headset are headphones with a good 17 hours of 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 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 Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming 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, it's not as customizable as the Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset's three mappable buttons but it's a pretty useful feature. On the upside, you also get an 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 Wireless Gaming 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 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

Compared To Other Headphones

Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset

While the Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset is also good for gaming, the Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset 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

The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset are slightly better wireless gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Flight. The Logitech look and feel a bit better-built, though they don't feel nearly as stable on the head. The sound profile of the Logitech is slightly better-balanced, and their much-better companion software gives access to a graphic EQ. They also have virtual soundstage features, though we don't test for this. On the other hand, the microphone of the HyperX performs much better overall, and they leak quite a bit less sound. They also have a much longer battery life, though the latency of the Logitech is a bit lower.

Corsair HS70 Wireless

The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset and the Corsair HS70 Wireless are both very good wireless gaming headsets. The Logitech are a more customizable option thanks to their great compatibility with the Logitech G HUB software, but the Corsair reproduces audio more accurately out-of-the-box for those who prefer to just plug-and-play.

Logitech G635 Gaming Headset

The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset are better gaming headphones than the Logitech G635 Gaming Headset 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.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017 and the Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset are both good gaming headphones, but the SteelSeries are a bit more versatile since they can also be used wired. They also feel more durable, have a better microphone, and longer battery life, but the Logitech are more customizable with the Logitech G HUB software.

Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset

The Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset are a slightly better pair of gaming headphones than the Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset. 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 longer battery life and a greater wireless range than the G930, with a more balanced default sound quality out of the box.

Logitech G935 Wireless Gaming Headset

The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset and the Logitech G935 Wireless Gaming Headset each have their own pros and cons. The G533 have a longer battery life, but can’t be used wired. The G935 have more customization options with the Logitech G HUB software, but worse wireless range and latency.

Cooler Master MH630

The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset is a better gaming headset than the Cooler Master MH630. While the Logitech are wireless, they have a slightly more comfortable fit, a better balanced and neutral sound profile, and they offer virtual soundstage features. They even have companion software with a graphic EQ and presets as well as a 17-hour battery life, so you can play for hours without having to worry about recharging them. However, the Cooler Master's wired design makes lag not an issue and their boom microphone has a superb recording quality.

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