Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Updated Dec 15, 2020 at 08:38 am
Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset Picture
7.7
Neutral Sound
5.3
Commute/Travel
5.8
Sports/Fitness
6.4
Office
7.6
Wireless Gaming
6.0
Wired Gaming
6.5
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset are sleek gaming headphones that are well-built and comfortable. They're compatible with Logitech G HUB software, which offers a lot of customization features such as a graphic EQ. Thanks to their non-BT wireless USB transmitter, they have sufficiently low latency for gaming and watching videos. However, like most gaming headphones, they're not very suitable or practical for more casual or outdoor use. Still, they offer a customizable and wireless experience that fans of PC and PS4 gaming should enjoy.

Our Verdict

7.7 Neutral Sound

The Logitech G533 are decent for neutral sound. They have an excited v-shaped sound profile that adds extra bass and sparkle without overwhelming lead instruments and vocals too much. Unfortunately, their frequency response is a bit inconsistent, and you may lose a significant amount of bass if you wear glasses or have thick hair.

Pros
  • Customizable sound via companion software.
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
  • Bass and treble delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses.
5.3 Commute/Travel

The Logitech G533 Wireless are inadequate for commuting. They have to be within the range of their USB transmitter to receive audio, which is very limiting for any sort of traveling, and they 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. They won't block out almost any ambient noise around you, though.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
  • Poor noise and leakage isolation.
5.8 Sports/Fitness

The Logitech G533 are sub-par for sports. They're not really designed for this purpose, as they need to be within range of their USB transmitter to receive audio. They're also not very stable on the head, and they have a bulky design that can trap some heat around your ears, which may be made worse when working out.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
  • Not very stable.
6.4 Office

The Logitech G533 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.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
  • Poor noise and leakage isolation.
7.6 Wireless Gaming

The Logitech G533 are good for wireless gaming. These comfortable headphones have low latency, which is suitable for gaming, and an excited sound profile to help bring out the thump and rumble in sound effects without totally overpowering vocals. They also have companion software that allows you to customize their performance. Their foldable boom mic can separate your voice from moderate background noise, although it sounds thin and flat.

Pros
  • Low latency for gaming and home theater.
  • Customizable sound via companion software.
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Great noise handling mic.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
  • Bass and treble delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses.
6.0 Wired Gaming

The Logitech G533 are wireless gaming headphones and can only be used with their wireless USB transmitter.

6.5 Phone Calls

The Logitech G533 are alright for phone calls. Their retractable boom mic does a satisfactory job of capturing your voice, although it sounds very thin and flat. On the upside, it can separate your voice from moderately noisy environments like a gaming tournament. Still, it's better to use these headphones in a quiet environment, since they don't really block out most ambient noise around you.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Great noise handling mic.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
  • Poor noise and leakage isolation.
  • 7.7 Neutral Sound
  • 5.3 Commute/Travel
  • 5.8 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.4 Office
  • 7.6 Wireless Gaming
  • 6.0 Wired Gaming
  • 6.5 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Jun 29, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  2. Updated Mar 27, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  3. Updated Nov 21, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  4. Updated Nov 21, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  5. Updated Sep 17, 2019: We've updated the Controls score and text to better reflect what the G533 can do.
  6. Updated Feb 16, 2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  7. Updated Nov 30, 2017: Review published.
  8. Updated Nov 28, 2017: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Logitech G533 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. The mic isn't removable but folds into a dedicated indentation on the left ear cup.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.8 lbs
Clamping Force
1.1 lbs

These headphones are comfortable but a bit tight on the head. They have large ear cups that are decently well-padded, and while they're a bit tight, they don't exert too much pressure on your head. Unfortunately, they're a little heavy, and the ear cups are somewhat shallow. The fabric padding, although breathable, isn't the softest on the skin, which may also be 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 09/17/2019: We had previously listed the Logitech G533 as having channel mixing, which they don't have. We also made the text clearer as to what you can do with the controls.

They have disappointing controls. They only have a simple volume dial and a mute-mic button, which is clicky and responsive. The mute-mic button can also be customized as a multi-function button and can be preset using the Logitech G HUB software. If you wish to change the function of the button, you can still flip the mic to mute it. Unfortunately, these headphones don't have 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

These headphones have okay breathability. The ear pads trap in some heat, which could cause discomfort if you're gaming for several hours at a time.

5.7
Design
Portability
L 7.0" (17.8 cm)
W 7.0" (17.8 cm)
H 3.0" (7.6 cm)
Volume 147.00 in³ (2,408.89 cm³)
Transmitter Required Yes

Like most gaming headphones, the Logitech G533 aren't the most practical to carry around on your person without a bag. They're big, bulky, and don't fold into a more compact format. You also need to have their wireless USB transmitter to use them, which is limiting. They don't come with a carrying case or pouch, either.

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

These headphones don't come with a carrying case.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Logitech G533 have a good build quality. The headband is flexible, well-padded, and has a thin metal frame for support. The ear cups are also decently dense and shouldn't break if you accidentally drop them once or twice. Unfortunately, the hinges are a bit loose out-of-the-box and don't feel very sturdy. However, the large ear cups and relatively narrow headband make the hinge the most susceptible weak point of their design in comparison.

5.5
Design
Stability

The Logitech G533 aren't the most stable. They're 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 removes the risk of them getting yanked off your ears because the audio cable is hooked on something.

Design
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Design
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Design
Top
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

These headphones have an excited, v-shape sound profile. They deliver a thumpy, boomy bass that helps bring out sound effects in action-packed gameplay. Although a little muddy, they also have a well-balanced mid-range for vocals and lead instruments. Their bright treble helps bring sparkle and detail to sibilants as well. If you prefer a different sound, their companion software offers a graphic EQ.

5.7
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.08 dB

The Logitech G533 have a sub-par frequency response consistency performance. Their bass delivery varies and a drop in bass can occur if the ear cups aren't flush to your head, such as if you wear glasses or have thick hair. The treble range is also inconsistent. As the overall frequency response depends on the fit, seal, and positioning of these headphones, once you achieve a good overall fit, you should get a more consistent frequency response each time you use them.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.7
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 have good bass accuracy. The entire range's response is very flat, although a bit overemphasized, resulting in a more prominent thump, punch, and boom. Some users may even find it sounds a bit muddy.

Their bass delivery varies significantly across users and is sensitive to the quality of the fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses or have thick hair. 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

These headphones have great mid accuracy. There's an overemphasis continuing from the bass range that makes mixes sound muddy or cluttered. However, the mid-mids are well-balanced and neutral, resulting in present upper harmonics. The slight dip in the high-mids weakens instruments and vocals a bit, but it shouldn't be too noticeable.

8.1
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.84 dB
Mid-Treble
2.5 dB
Low-Treble
0.73 dB
High-Treble
-1.59 dB

The Logitech G533 have very good treble accuracy. The low-treble is just a little overemphasized, but it results in bright, detailed, and present vocals and lead instruments. There's a bit more of an overemphasis in the mid-treble, though, so sibilants like S and T sounds could be a bit piercing.

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

The Logitech G533 have very good peaks and dips performance. There's a small peak in the low-mid which slightly clutters and muddies the mix. A dip in the high-mid makes vocals and lead instruments sound weak and distant. There are also two peaks in the treble range, which make upper harmonics sharp and bright, while sibilants are piercing.

8.0
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.31
Weighted Phase Mismatch
8.54
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.32
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
3.24

The Logitech G533 have great imaging. The weighted group delay is low and the graph also shows that the entire GD response is below our audibility threshold, ensuring tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. Also, the L/R drivers of our test unit are well-matched in amplitude and phase, meaning that objects (like footsteps) and instruments are located very accurately in the stereo image on these headphones. They're a little mismatched in terms of frequency, which may cause holes in the stereo image at certain frequencies. However, these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

7.4
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
4.04 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
6.57 dB
PRTF Distance
15.75 dB
Openness
7.7
Acoustic Space Excitation
6.5

They have a decent passive soundstage. The soundstage sounds large and as if coming from out in front of you. However, it's a little unnatural and it doesn't sound as open as headphones that use an open-back enclosure.

5.2
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
Adjustable
Room Ambience
Presets
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
DTS 7.1

The Logitech G533 have a disappointing virtual soundstage. They support DTS 7.1, and you can even cycle through different presets to find a sound that suits your needs. However, we don't currently test the functionality of this feature.

7.5
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.178
WHD @ 100
0.214

The weighted harmonic distortion performance of these headphones is good. There are no peaks at a normal listening volume, so audio sounds clean and pure. However, there's a spike in the mid-range at max volume. It can be hard to hear this when listening to real-life content, though.

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

These are the settings used to test the Logitech G533. Our results are only valid when using these settings.

Isolation
3.0
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-8.26 dB
Bass
0.32 dB
Mid
-3.88 dB
Treble
-21.4 dB

These headphones have poor noise isolation. They don't have active noise cancelling, and don't isolate any noise in the bass-range like bus or plane engines. They also barely reduce mid-range noise such as office chatter. While they do a slightly better job of cutting down high-pitched noise like the hum of an AC fan, they're not a suitable choice if you game in a noisy environment.

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

The Logitech G533 have a poor leakage performance. They have a wide band of leakage, so if you're listening to your audio at a high volume, those around you can hear it, even in a moderately noisy environment like an office. For gaming headphones that leak less audio, see the Razer Barracuda X Wireless.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
No

These headphones have a foldable boom microphone.

7.0
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
530.46 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.22 dB
HFE
6,736.4 Hz
Weighted THD
0.196
Gain
21.18 dB

The Logitech G533's boom microphone has a satisfactory recording quality. Speech sounds very thin and flat. However, you shouldn't have too much of a problem being understood.

7.5
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
27.98 dB
Noise Gate
On/Off Toggle
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
7.5
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
7.5
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The Logitech G533's boom microphone has great noise handling. They can separate your voice from moderately noisy 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 have a great battery performance. They can last up to 17 hours and have an auto-off timer when there's no audio playing to help conserve battery life. Unfortunately, they take quite a bit of time to charge, but if you're in a pinch you can use them while charging, which is handy.

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 great companion software. It has a graphic EQ, surround sound effects you can personalize, as well as microphone and volume levels you can set directly from within the software. You can also create interchangeable profiles with saved personal settings, and map specific actions to the multipurpose button, though it's not as customizable as the Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset's three mappable buttons. On the upside, there's also 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 aren't Bluetooth-compatible.

9.0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
180.00 ft (54.86 m)
Non-BT Latency
22 ms

The Logitech G533 have great non-Bluetooth Wireless connectivity. Using their wireless USB transmitter, they have low audio latency, so they should be suitable for gaming.

0
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 can't be used wired. They come with a USB charging cable and a wireless USB transmitter.

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

These headphones aren't compatible with the Xbox One.

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

The Logitech G533 come with a wireless USB dongle.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Logitech G533 come in one variant: 'Black'. If you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update the review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Logitech G533 are good wireless gaming headphones that use a USB transmitter. While they're only compatible with PC and PS4, they offer a good overall mic performance and have companion software that allows you to customize their sound profile. Their battery performance is great, and they support DTS 7.1 virtual surround, though we don't test for this. Check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets under $100, the best wireless gaming headsets, and the best gaming headsets for PC.

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 have a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box for those who prefer to just plug-and-play.

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.

Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset

While the Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset is also good for gaming, the Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset are gaming headphones that are slightly more customizable, have programmable buttons, and have a better microphone performance, which can be useful if you often play online or with friends. Also, you can use the G933 wired on consoles even if the battery is dead, which can’t be done with the Logitech G533. On the other hand, the G533 have a more low-profile look, and their sound profile is more neutral. You also get a slightly longer battery life with the G533. They also offer channel mixing, which the G933 doesn’t have.

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 similarly well-built and comfortable. 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 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 profile out of the box.

Logitech G733 LIGHTSPEED Wireless

The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset is better for wireless gaming than the Logitech G733 LIGHTSPEED Wireless. The G533 headphones have significantly better build quality, their boom mic has better overall performance, and they provide lower latency with their USB transmitter. On the other hand, the G733 have longer continuous battery life. Their companion app offers more sound customization options, and their boom mic is detachable for when you want a more casual look.

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.

Razer Barracuda X Wireless

The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset is better for wireless gaming than the Razer Barracuda X Wireless. The Logitech are better-built, with a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box. They offer a better passive soundstage, and they have companion software with a graphic EQ so you can customize their sound. The Razer have longer continuous battery life, and unlike the Logitech, you can use them wired. They're also more stable, and they leak less audio.

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.

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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