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Written by Joey Peng - Edited by Olin Coles   
Friday, 08 October 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Logitech G930 7.1 Channel Wireless Headset
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Logitech G930
Logitech G930 Detailed Features
Logitech G930 Software, Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset Final Thoughts

The Logitech G930 performs great, a huge improvement from stereo sound. While there are numerous surround sound headsets out on the market, most support 5.1 surround sound as opposed to 7.1. The truth is most of the time the benefit of 2 additional audio channels cannot be consciously realized. For music, most are still using stereo recording so that's really not in the picture. For games and movies (namely Blu-ray) the two additional channels may offer a more 360 degree audio experience, but in the end the benefit, while there, is small. So it all comes down to the pricing.

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Logitech G930 Conclusion

The Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset is perfect for those looking for a 7.1 surround sound experience and wireless connectivity. The battery really does last up to 10 hours at reasonable volume levels, though the charging time is incredibly long if charged while in use. The G930 has excellent directional sound for 5.1/7.1 audio, and even the emulated 7.1 surround sound is good most of the time. Compared to competitors such as Razer, the Logitech G930 offers comparable or better audio experience thanks to integrated Dolby Headphone technology. Stereo sound quality is excellent, too. There is no wired state for the G930, but that's not a problem as the wireless experience is lag-free and can reach distances up to 40 ft. The only slight weakness is limited bass enhancements.

The appearance is very classy. The G930 has a healthy mix of matte and glassy surfaces. The leather offers excellent comfort while preserving style. The left earpiece with mic and buttons really define the "gamer" design of the G930, even though it can be a great product for anyone wanting a surround sound experience.

In terms of construction, there's nothing to complain. Airplane-grade aluminum alloy was used for the headband and rubber applied in all critical areas. The volume roller and buttons are solid and has great durability. Initially the occasional "creaking" of the plastic may freak you out but it really is

The Logitech G930 offers pretty much all the functionality anyone would need as a gaming headset, including 3 programmable buttons, volume control, mic, wireless connectivity, and about a dozen other features and built in technology. The numerous LED indicators let you know what's on and what's off. The software has its odd areas and can use some additional plugins for its programmable G-buttons, but otherwise it does everything it needs to and more.

The Logitech G930 is available for $124.99 at Amazon or $131.99 at NewEgg, but I recommend you compare the prices of this 981-000257 model with other online merchants as well. Most 7.1 channel surround sound headsets are between $50 and $150 depending on brand and quality. However the only comparable brands available on newegg.com are SteelSeries and Razer, priced at $100-150, neither of which are wireless. The Logitech G35 (essentially an earlier generation G930 without wireless connectivity) is priced at $96.99. In this sense the G930 is priced reasonably, charging about $40 additional for the wireless feature.

Overall the Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset performs great and offers many features that make it a great headset for gamers. It's even a good choice for those wanting to take their PC entertainment to a new level. The price includes premiums for all the available features but is priced competitively among the high-end headsets. There are cheaper options out there but if you want the very best, with wireless, then the Logitech G930 is perfect for you.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

+ Excellent directional audio for surround sound
+ Emulation is fairly good most of the time
+ Wireless, lag-free, up to 40ft (12m)
+ Good stereo quality
+ Blocks out noise very well
+ Comfortable for gaming sessions lasting several hours
+ Battery lasts up to 10 hours.

Cons:

- PC only
- Programmable buttons have limited capabilities
- No travel pouch, inconvenient for carrying around
- Limited bass enhancement

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.25
  • Appearance: 9.25
  • Construction: 9.25
  • Functionality: 9.00
  • Value: 8.25

Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.

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# good specs but,....RealNeil 2010-10-08 06:20
I like this headset but I'm unable to wear one due to having hearing aids in both ears.
I may get one of them and offer them up to my sons when they come to visit and they're burning the midnight oil playing my games. That way they get great sound, and I'm undisturbed when they're here.
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# G930 + hearing aidsjwmore 2012-09-27 15:23
Hey, RealNeil, I don't understand your reticence with the G930 and hearing aids. even if you have the bulkier over-the-ear receivers, the G930 can accommodate them. I know. I have both kinds; in-the-ear, and over-the-ear receivers. I use the G930 for music and gaming, and find them quite comfortable, as well as excellent for audio. You should give them a trial, eh?
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# HP HW supportsteve 2010-11-19 11:59
I have the usb version of this headset and I love it, this by all appearances is identical in terms of the headset design. One more con I would add to this excellent product is that although it is pretty durable, the joint near the earpiece is the weakest point in the chain and I broke my first set falling asleep with the headset on. I don't blame logitech for this, but be aware of this. Other than that I have no other issues with the headset.
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# Outstanding Headset!Brian 2010-12-13 01:10
After first buying the Creative World Of Warcraft wireless headset, reading all of the very negative revivers about them concerning the very flimsy one-piece plastic headband that is always breaking at the slightest nothing and even more hateful reviews about Creative's non-communication and unresponsive actions, and then returning them right away, I checked out the Logitech G930 wireless headset version. I read all the great and positive reviews about the G930 headset, and after those read reviews along with seeing the 4.6 of 5 star ratings, that being totally unlike the dreaded Creative World Of Warcraft wireless headset, I decided to give them (the G930's) a shot. And I am very glad I did! I have been using them ever since I got them, and they are just awesome too. One thing I was afraid of was that the G930 headset would not have the gaming voice changing software and voices as did the Creative ones but they did! I downloaded the G930 software and got the voice morphing like the other ones I sent back. When I saw this plus the G930's actual study and awesome construction, I was choppy and well satisfied again. One thing I want to mention is while the Creative WOW wireless headset and software could only be used on one computer at a time only, and if you wanted to use them on another computer you'd have to totally uninstall it from the other computer first, the Logitech G930 wireless headset and software can be used and installed on as many computers as you wanted to, without having to continuously uninstall and reinstall. With all of this said, what I simply did was save myself a ton of anger and frustration beforehand by returning the cheap made Creative WOW headset and bought the incredible, sturdy made Logitech G930 wireless headset, which I highly recommend to any and all people.Thanks for reading!
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# +1 for wireless, -2 for comfortMump 2011-02-21 02:50
I've owned a pair for 2 months now. I game, run FL studio, watch movies, and listen to a lot of music.

Positives:
Excellent reception range (>40ft. but YMMV)
GREAT sound for GAMING. GOOD sound for movies. GOOD sound for music. Somewhat-Acceptable sound for music editing, but let's be honest, that isn't what these are made for.
Terrific battery life, and gauge is accurate.

Negatives:
Get very uncomfortable after wearing for over an hour. Don't even try to wear glasses under them for any amount of time. I can't over-stress this, they are not comfortable headphones for me.
Adjustment notches are very loose, and can easily slip.
G-keys "customization" is limited, and doesn't allow a "push to speak" option.
2.8gHz, means it will pick up interference when microwaving those hot pockets.
very squeaky joints on the headset, doesn't seem to be a durability problem, but makes them feel poorly constructed.
The mic off-light (when placed in full-up position) is a good idea, but not visible in any extent of my periphery- and so- useless.

General comments:
If you leave reception range. the mic will turn back on, even if it is set to the off position. This can lead to unfortunate things being heard.
The voice morphing capabilities are cute, but eventually useless and can lead to a chopiness for the listener. Bass is a little weak, but still better than most headsets.

TL;DR
Great headset, I'd recommend it solely on its wireless nature, but can't wear it for too long.
Buy it for what it's designed: gaming. You can use it for other applications, but it won't blow your mind away.
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