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Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Feb 10, 2022 at 10:42 am
Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Picture
8.0
Neutral Sound
5.3
Commute/Travel
6.0
Sports/Fitness
6.6
Office
7.7
Wireless Gaming
6.0
Wired Gaming
6.2
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless are gaming headphones with very low latency, thanks to their USB wireless dongle. Like most gaming headphones from this manufacturer, they're compatible with Logitech G HUB software, which allows you to customize their otherwise neutral sound to your liking using the graphic EQ plus presets. They also have over 35 hours of continuous playback time, which is great for long gaming marathons. However, their non-detachable boom mic offers an only okay overall performance, and your voice lacks depth and body. The headphones also block out almost no background noise and leak a lot of audio at high volumes, which can disturb others around you if you're gaming in a shared space.

Our Verdict

8.0 Neutral Sound

TheĀ Logitech G535 are great for neutral sound. Out of the box, they have a fairly neutral sound profile that's versatile for most kinds of audio content. While they're lacking a thumpy low-bass, and their treble is a bit recessed, you can adjust their sound to your liking using their companion software's graphic EQ and presets. They also have a decent passive soundstage that feels like sound is coming from speakers placed in the room around you, rather than from inside your head, which can help immerse you in your audio. However, they're prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, so it's important to take the time to adjust their fit.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets via companion software.
  • Comfortable and decently well-built.
Cons
  • Prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery.
5.3 Commute/Travel

TheĀ Logitech G535 are disappointing for commute and travel. They're gaming headphones with a bulky design and a non-detachable boom mic. You can only use them with their wireless USB dongle, limiting which devices you can connect them to. They struggle to block out background noise like the low rumble of bus and plane engines. On the upside, their fit is comfortable, and their over 35 hours of continuous battery life easily lasts through long days on the go.

Pros
  • Comfortable and decently well-built.
  • Over 35-hour continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Bad noise isolation.
  • No call or music related controls.
  • Prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery.
6.0 Sports/Fitness

TheĀ Logitech G535 are mediocre for sports and fitness, though they're not for this purpose. You can only use them with their wireless USB dongle, so if you want to use them with your smartphone, you'll need an adapter. They also have a bulky design, lack call and music-related controls, and can move around your head with moderate head movements. That said, they're comfortable and decently well-built.

Pros
  • Comfortable and decently well-built.
Cons
  • No call or music related controls.
6.6 Office

TheĀ Logitech G535 are okay for office use. These headphones use a wireless USB dongle that you can plug into your PC. Their over 35 hours of continuous battery life lasts through long days at the office, and they have a comfortable fit. However, they don't block out background noise like office chatter, they leak a lot of audio at high volumes, and their gamer-centric design includes a non-detachable boom mic, which stands out from the crowd.

Pros
  • Comfortable and decently well-built.
  • Over 35-hour continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Bad noise isolation.
  • No call or music related controls.
7.7 Wireless Gaming

TheĀ Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED are good for wireless gaming. Thanks to their wireless USB dongle, they have low latency to keep your audio and visuals in sync while you're gaming. Their companion software also offers customization features like a graphic EQ plus presets to help you adjust their otherwise neutral sound to suit your tastes. If you like to game with others, their boom mic can separate your voice from moderate ambient noise, although the recording quality is just okay. On the downside, the headphones are prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, so it's important to take the time to adjust them on your head.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets via companion software.
  • Low non-Bluetooth wireless latency.
  • Decent noise handling.
  • Over 35-hour continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery.
6.0 Wired Gaming

TheĀ Logitech G535 are wireless gaming headphones, and you can't use them wired.

6.2 Phone Calls

TheĀ Logitech G535 are passable for phone calls. Their non-detachable boom mic can separate your voice from moderate background noise like traffic from an open window. However, the mic's recording quality is just okay as your voice lacks depth and body. The headphones also struggle to block out background noise, so if you're taking a call from a busy street, you can't hear the person on the other end of the line clearly.

Pros
  • Comfortable and decently well-built.
  • Over 35-hour continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Bad noise isolation.
  • No call or music related controls.
  • 8.0 Neutral Sound
  • 5.3 Commute/Travel
  • 6.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.6 Office
  • 7.7 Wireless Gaming
  • 6.0 Wired Gaming
  • 6.2 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Feb 10, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Feb 04, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

TheĀ Logitech G535 look similar to other headphones in the LIGHTSPEED lineup with rectangular ear cups and a mostly black plastic frame. Like the Logitech G733 LIGHTSPEED Wireless, they have a ski-band headband design with a reversible fabric strap. One side of the strap is mostly blue, and the other side is mostly purple. That said, the headphones only come in one color: 'Black'.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.5 lbs
Clamping Force
1.1 lbs

TheĀ Logitech G535 have a comfortable fit. They're fairly light, the ski band headband design distributes weight well, and they don't clamp onto your ears too tightly. You can also adjust the hinges to help accommodate larger heads. However, the ear cups have a limited range of motion, and the headphones themselves are a bit big, so they may not fit you well if you have a small head. In addition, the headband strap has a limited range of adjustment, as there are only two settings that you can use to tweak its height.

5.6
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
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 No

TheĀ Logitech G535 have sub-par controls. They're very simple in design and lack call and music-related controls like play and pause. That said, the controls are still easy to use. There's an on/off button, mic mute when you flip the boom mic upwards, and an infinite volume wheel that beeps once you've reached max volume. However, there isn't any feedback to let you know when you reach the minimum volume, and the wheel is very sensitive, so you can accidentally change the volume if you brush your hand against it.

5.5
Design
Portability
L 7.2" (18.3 cm)
W 7.6" (19.4 cm)
H 3.1" (8.0 cm)
Volume 173.32 inĀ³ (2,840.20 cmĀ³)
Transmitter Required Yes

These headphones aren't very portable, which is normal for gaming headphones. Unfortunately, although they don't weigh too much, they have a bulky design that can't fold or swivel to reduce their footprint. You also need to bring their wireless USB dongle with you to use them.

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Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A
7.0
Design
Build Quality

TheĀ Logitech G535 have a decent build quality. They're mostly made of lightweight plastic with a cloth headband strap and a silicone-like flexible mic. While they feel like they should survive a couple of accidental drops without taking too much damage, the middle of the headband and the yokes seem like weak points of the build.

6.5
Design
Stability

TheĀ Logitech G535 are reasonably stable. They shouldn't move around while you're gaming at your desk or couch. However, since they're not for physical activity, even small head shakes can make the headphones move around your head. That said, their wireless design eliminates the chance of the audio cable snagging on something and pulling them off of your head.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Headset
  • Wireless USB dongle
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Logitech sticker
  • User documentations

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-1.67 dB
Treble Amount
-1.55 dB

TheĀ Logitech G535 have a fairly neutral and well-balanced sound profile. Although they lack a bit of thumpy low-bass, they have a touch of extra boom to help emphasize sound effects like footsteps. Vocals and lead instruments are still clear, making them suitable for dialogue and soundtracks.

Note: There have been reports that these headphones don't get very loud. We also experienced issues getting our unit to reach 100dB, which we don't experience with other Logitech headphones.

6.6
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.73 dB

TheĀ Logitech G535 have passable frequency response consistency. Their audio delivery depends on the fit, seal, and positioning of the headphones on your head. If you have thick hair or glasses, you may notice a small drop in bass as these features can break the ear cups' seal.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.2
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.43 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
37.21 Hz
Low-Bass
-4.15 dB
Mid-Bass
1.52 dB
High-Bass
1.49 dB

The bass accuracy is great. Although the low-bass is very underemphasized and mixes lack thump and rumble, the mid and high-bass are overemphasized. As a result, mixes have a bit of extra punch, body, and boom. However, this doesn't overwhelm vocals or lead instruments too much.

8.7
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.71 dB
Low-Mid
-2.03 dB
Mid-Mid
-1.04 dB
High-Mid
0.23 dB

TheĀ Logitech G535 have excellent mid accuracy. The range is fairly neutral and flat. The low-mid is a bit underemphasized, so mixes sound a bit thin. While vocals and lead instruments are slightly nudged to the back of your mix, they still sound clear and detailed.

7.8
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.37 dB
Low-Treble
-1.2 dB
Mid-Treble
-1.93 dB
High-Treble
-7.41 dB

These headphones have very good treble accuracy. The range is slightly underemphasized, so the upper harmonics of vocals and lead instruments are slightly veiled, while sibilants like hi-hats are a bit dull.

7.6
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.54 dB
Dips
1.19 dB

The Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED's peaks and dips performance is good. A large peak in the bass range adds extra boom and punch while a dip in the low-mid thins out your mix. The right driver has a peak between the high-mid and low-treble, making vocals and lead instruments a bit harsh. Another peak in the mid-treble affects both drivers and makes sibilants like cymbals piercing.

8.3
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.23
Weighted Phase Mismatch
9.25
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.2
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.68

The imaging performance is great. 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, which helps balance the stereo image. However, there's some mismatch present in phase and frequency response. The mid-range sounds like it's slightly centered to the left, and it can be noticeable with real-life content. That said, imaging can vary across units and can indicate a manufacturer's quality control and ergonomics.

7.0
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.23 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
7.28 dB
PRTF Distance
12.87 dB
Openness
8.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
5.1

The Logitech G535's passive soundstage performance is decent. Although they have a closed-back design, their passive soundstage still seems open, natural, and wide. Sound is perceived as coming from speakers placed in the room around you rather than from inside your head.

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 Window Sonic Spatial Audio, PS5's Tempest 3D AudioTech, and Dolby Atmos. However, you need a license to use Dolby Atmos.

7.8
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.266
WHD @ 100
0.113

The weighted harmonic distortion performance is very good. Although there's a small peak in the low-treble, it can be hard to hear with real-life content. That said, the rest of the frequency response falls within acceptable limits, resulting in clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
190.0.200
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 G535 LIGHTSPEED. Our results are only valid when used in this configuration.

Isolation
2.9
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-8.9 dB
Bass
0.24 dB
Mid
-2.94 dB
Treble
-24.01 dB

The Logitech G535 have terrible noise isolation. Although they have a closed-back design, they can't block out the low rumble of bus and plane engines or ambient chatter. They can cut down the high-pitched hum of an AC unit, though.

Note: These headphones have a 'Noise Removal' toggle in their companion software. However, it's unclear what this feature does. There isn't a difference in noise isolation when this feature is on or off.

5.6
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
47.12 dB

The leakage performance is sub-par. Leakage is mostly concentrated between the mid to treble range, which sounds somewhat full-bodied. As a result, if you're listening to audio at high volumes, others around you can hear it, even in noisier environments like an office.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
No
6.5
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
515.36 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
1.64 dB
HFE
6,177.3 Hz
Weighted THD
2.317
Gain
28.78 dB

The Logitech G535's boom mic has a fair recording quality. Your voice sounds natural and clear. However, it also lacks a lot of body.

7.2
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
10.72 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
7.0
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
7.5
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The boom mic's noise handling performance is decent. The mic can separate your voice from background noise well. Even when there's loud noise like traffic from an open window, your voice still sounds clear.

Note: These headphones have a 'Noise Removal' toggle in their companion software. However, it's unclear what this feature does. There isn't a difference in noise handling when this feature is on or off.

Active Features
8.8
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
35.3 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
35.3 hrs
Charge Time
1.4 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The Logitech G535 have an excellent battery performance. They're advertised to last 33 hours continuously, and we measured just a bit over this. They also have an adjustable auto-off timer to help conserve battery life when you're not using them. While you can still receive audio while charging, they don't have an AUX port, so you can't use them passively.

8.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name Logitech G Hub
iOS No
Android No
macOS Yes
Windows Yes
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
No
Mic Control Adjustable Level
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

These headphones are compatible with Logitech G HUB software. It's compatible with both Windows and macOS, although the macOS version doesn't have EQ presets or the 10-band EQ. That said, if you're using the Windows version, you can access bass and treble adjustments, a 10-band graphic EQ with different presets, and even create your own presets. You can also adjust the sidetone level and mic level. There's a 'Noise Removal' toggle, but it doesn't make a difference in noise isolation or noise handling when on or off.

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
8.4
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
57.41 ft (17.50 m)
Non-BT Latency
29 ms

The Logitech G535 have great non-Bluetooth wireless connectivity. They have much lower latency than the Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless, ensuring your audio and visuals stay in sync while gaming.

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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 come with a USB-A to USB-C cable to recharge them. However, they lack an AUX port and don't support an analog connection.

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

The Logitech G535 are fully compatible with PCs via their wireless USB 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 connect these headphones with your PS4 or PS5 by using their wireless USB dongle for 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 and PC consoles with full audio and mic compatibility.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Logitech G535 come only in 'Black' and you can see our model's label here. If you come across another variant of these headphones, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Logitech G535 are wireless gaming headphones part of this manufacturer's LIGHTSPEED lineup. Like the Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset, they have very low latency, ensuring that your audio and visuals stay in sync while gaming. They're also compatible with Logitech G HUB software, which offers a graphic EQ and presets to help you customize their fairly neutral and balanced sound to your liking. However, if you like to game with others, their boom mic's overall performance falls a bit short compared to other gaming headphones like the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019.

Check out our recommendations for the best gaming headphones, the best wireless gaming headsets, and the best headsets for PS5.

Logitech G733 LIGHTSPEED Wireless

The Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless are better wireless gaming headphones than the Logitech G733 LIGHTSPEED Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable and decently well-built, the G535 reproduce audio more consistently, have a slightly more neutral sound profile, and their passive soundstage seems more open and natural. Their continuous battery life is much longer, and their non-Bluetooth wireless latency is lower too. However, the G733 leak less audio at high volumes.

Logitech G435 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.

Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset

The Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless and the Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset are similarly performing wireless gaming headphones. While both headphones are comfortable and have very low non-Bluetooth wireless latency, the G535 have a more neutral sound profile and a significantly longer continuous battery life. The G533 are better built, create a more natural as well as out-of-head-feeling passive soundstage, and they support DTS 7.1. They also have a better overall boom mic performance.

Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset

The Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset and the Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless are similarly performing gaming headphones, so depending on your preferences, you may prefer either one. The G PRO X are more comfortable, better-built, and their mic offers a better recording quality. However, the G535 have a better battery performance, and their non-Bluetooth wireless latency is lower.

Logitech G935 Wireless Gaming Headset

The Logitech G935 Wireless Gaming Headset are more versatile gaming headphones than the Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable, the G935 are better-built, have a somewhat better overall boom mic performance, and can be used wired via their 1/8" TRRS audio cable as well as wirelessly. However, although the G535 are wireless-only gaming headphones, they have lower non-Bluetooth wireless latency, and their passive soundstage seems more open and wide.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are more versatile gaming headphones than the Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable, the SteelSeries are better built, have a more neutral sound profile, and a significantly better boom mic performance. Their wireless transmitter base also allows you to adjust your settings on the fly or charge their extra battery cartridge. They support Bluetooth too, which is handy if you want to stay connected to your console and your phone at the same time, and you can use them wired via their 1/8" TRRS cable. However, the Logitech have a longer continuous battery life.

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