Logitech released the G230 headset in 2013 and it hit the retail shelves early in 2014. It’s now been available for purchase for going on five (5) years now, but it still remains one of the top-selling headsets available today.
Nope – Logitech went full speed ahead and not only produced the G230, but all of their headsets follow the same ugly design. For this reason, Logitech earns the Ugly Award. I swear, if I was at the helm of Logitech, an entire branch would be fired for this embarrassing mess.
Audio: The audio frequency range of the Logitech G230 has a response range of 20Hz on the low end to 20,000Hz on the high end, which matches the exact audible range of the human ear. In my opinion, this is the bare-minimum standard for headsets, so I’m pleased to see Logitech’s G230’s does this. One thing that surprised me is that Logitech put neodymium drivers into these units. Neodymium drivers reduce the size and weight of the headset, thereby allowing manufacturers to put more features into the units, while at the same time not causing fatigue by the user. This is an impressive thing to see in these Logitech G230’s.
An important part of the G230 is the connections and it really shows that this unit is pushing 5 years old. The G230 uses two (2) 3.5mm connections – one for the microphone and one for the audio.
You might think “What’s the problem with that?” and for a PC a PC or gaming system you could be right. However, PC’s are slowly evolving to remove the 3.5mm analog jacks. Some motherboards don’t ship with onboard 3.5mm audio and microphone jacks. For this reason, these units are starting to show their age and might soon find it difficult to interface with newer PC’s.
Now don’t get me wrong, I actually like 3.5mm jacks as they allow the user to use the headset as a pair of headphones with their smartphones. The problem here is that Logitech didn’t blend the audio and microphone signals into one 3.5mm plug, so if you do want to use your headset with your smartphone you have to plug your audio jack into your smartphone with the other microphone jack dangling free, looking like a weirdo. Mind you, if you end up buying the ugliest headset on the market, then I wonder about your sanity to begin with.
One feature that Logitech included with the G230’s is the in-line volume control. This is a must for all headsets today. The in-line controller allows the user to increase/decrease and mute the volume on the unit with the click of a button, rather than having to go to the PC audio controls.
Lastly, the cable connects directly into the left ear cup and is not removable, like many others. I prefer headsets that have a removable cable in the event you get up and snag your headset, the cable will eject from the unit safely. Not on the G230’s – it’ll rip right out of the ear socket and break your headphones.
Microphone: The microphone on the Logitech G230 is fitted to the left ear cup and is also not removable, nor does it push in/out of the ear up. Logitech uses a swivel mic so that when not in use the microphone flips up out of the way.
The microphone is a noise-cancelling mic with a frequency response from 50Hz to 20,000Hz. Unfortunately when I tested this out I sounded like I had a bad sinus infection (imagine plugging your noise and talking and you get the effect this microphone has in-game). The microphone also had a small, mild “hiss” that never went away.
Cushions: The cushions on the G230’s are made from soft memory foam, covered by a sport’s performance cloth mesh material. The cups that they’re attached to rotate and can actually lay flat, which is a great feature, as people tend to use one hand when removing their headsets, which put external force directly on the ear cup connectors. If the ear cups have no flexibility or the ability to rotate like these G230’s, they’ll break at the joint. Another good feature that Logitech incorporated into these are the ear cushions are fully removable and machine washable.
Headband & Adjuster: When looking at headsets in the sub-$100 to sub-$150 price range, you’re not going to find many options in the way of a quality headband or adjusters. The G230 is no exception, made with cheap, rigid plastic that tends to creak and crack constantly.
The headband features a band of memory foam on the top, covered with a rich red cloth material. Unfortunately this top padding can’t be removed for cleaning, so after a short amount of time, this is going to get very dirty (think of a grease catching sponge).
The one thing that tends to be the weakest link on any set of headphones is the adjuster, with the majority of low-end headsets opting for a rigid plastic adjuster. That’s not the case with Logitech’s G230’s.
The G230’s feature a flexible aluminum frame with the audio and microphone wires embedded into the center channel.
In my opinion, this is one of the best headset adjusters you’ll see and you’d be hard pressed to find a headset even into the $150+ range that incorporates this quality design.
What I Like
I like the fact that Logitech incorporated an in-line volume controller. While I think this should be standard, there are numerous manufacturers that to this day, still don’t include this.
I also like that if you’re going to make a headset that uses cloth ear cups, that they’re removable and machine washable. That’s forward thinking!
Lastly, I think the most important feature and one that should not be overlooked, is the aluminum frame and adjuster. For this very reason, these headsets will outlast most of their competitors.
What I Don’t Like
I just can’t stand how ugly these things are. For this reason, I honestly had a hard time reviewing these and had to not look at them. Call me vain, but I just can’t see myself wearing these or being seen by anyone (including my own family) with these.
I also don’t like how cheap and plasticy these things are. They look like something that was manufactured in the 1970’s! Just taking them out of the packaging and putting them on my head they were creaking and cracking worse than a 1930’s house.
When I’m speaking to friends’ in-game, I want them to hear my voice and not a background ‘hiss’ that these units produced. While I appreciate these use a noise-cancelling microphone, the quality of the microphone and background hiss was horrible.
Verdict – Would I Buy It Again?
This is a question that my daughter asked me and honestly, the answer is “it depends on what you’re looking for”. If you’re looking for an entry-level headset, then this isn’t bad for its price point.
For me there’s just far too many negatives compared to others at this price point. Plus, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and these are the ugliest headsets I’ve ever seen. They take the Ugly Award for sure, coming in uglier than even knock-off, no-name manufacturers and that says a lot. So my verdict on these are that I just couldn’t ever go with them.
Detailed Product Information
Product: Logitech G230 Stereo Gaming Headset
Cheapest place to buy: Amazon
Warranty: 3 Years
My Rating: 4 out of 10