Review: Logitech G230 Headset

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The Logitech G230 headset features a basic stereo experience and mostly practical design. I’ve reviewed here a refurbished model that came in practically indistinguishable quality from a new product. It cost me about $29 at the time of purchase. That’s not exactly cheap, but as gaming headsets go, it’s on the lower end for the price spectrum.

Note: There’s a newer version of this headset available called the G231. It looks pretty similar but has some added connectivity features and a new color scheme. I have NOT reviewed that model and can’t give any input on it.

Specs

I don’t want to bore you with a pile of audio specification gibberish so I’ll just point out a few major features. If you want to know the full specs, follow this link to the Logitech spec page.

The main points here: washable ear cushions, noise cancelling microphone, in-line audio control, and analog stereo input with analog mic output.

Build Quality

During my time using this headset, I didn’t experience any issues with the build quality. It actually felt pretty sturdy. The headband is partly steel, the rest is plastic.

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Plastic is to be expected in a headset because excessive weight can become uncomfortable. That said, the plastic can be a downside and I’ll elaborate later. You also find swiveling ear cups, reinforced connections from the cables to the cups, a decent head cushion, and well labeled connectors. So far so good.

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The flip up microphone seemed sturdily attached and the audio cables were braided; which supposedly can add to durability there. The G230 ear cushions are designed to be removed and washed so you get all of that gamer sweat off of them.

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If you do most of your sweating while playing games, you need to get outside more. Still, in the summer, in a hot location, and when you’re just coming home to relax from working out, washable ear cushions can be a good feature. They’re also covered in a mesh-like fabric that allows for extra breathing space. That’s a nice touch.

My concerns in the build quality category are related to the in-line volume controls.

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I’ve had some bad experiences with older Sennheiser headsets that ended with a volume-control-ectomy and conductor quadruple bypass. I don’t trust this small and flimsy feeling control box (or the thin braided cables attached to it) to last through abuse. I have rolled over my headphone cords many times when I had a rolling desk chair. I prefer the control system on my discontinued set of Plantronics headset. All of the controls were built into the left ear cup. It’s really a great design and I’m disappointed that many companies either abandoned or never adopted that system.

Ease of Use

You plug it in, put it on your head, and go. It doesn’t get much easier with headsets.

Audio Quality

This is where things get personal. You may love the qualities I’m about to describe. Others may turn away from this headset because of them. When I used this headset for music, I was blown away by the amount of bass they produced. The same happened when I tested them in CS:GO. The R8 Revolver sounded like it could rattle my brain loose. The pounding of AWP shots had way more impact over the Plantronics I mentioned earlier. That said, it isn’t exactly a good thing. Let me explain.

Rich bass can add impact, but it can also obfuscate details in the sound that you need in a competitive game. The same goes for music. Some songs sounded more powerful, but less balanced. Overall though, they did sound good to my ears. There significant downsides to the sound though.

Stereo separation was OK. It was more difficult for me to locate enemies by sound with this headset than with my other one. I might have learned the characteristics better with more use time though. I am unsure about that though.

The ear cups block out a lot of outside noise. Coming from a more open headset, my own voice sounded muffled and strange. Hearing my own voice is bad enough; hearing it that distorted felt terrible. On top of that, the audio cable generates a lot of stethoscope noise so you’ll want to move the cable into a position of minimal movement or contact with other objects while you’re using this headset.

The microphone was significantly quieter and brighter sounding than my Plantronics headset; which to my ears sounds more natural. Though this may be a result of the rest of my computer system, I had to turn the microphone boost all the way up in Windows to get my audio through at a decent volume.

Other Thoughts

I sent this same headset to my brother to test out and he sent me some quick thoughts back:

Pros
-they sound pretty good for hearing things
-they block sound well
-noise cancel on microphone seemed good
-mic adjust-ability was solid built
-pretty comfortable on ear lots of room to keep ear cool
long cord
clip on volume control has adequate pressure
Cons
-space for ear and plastic body seem to cause a tinny sound but it isn’t very bad (too much treble for my taste)
-pretty large head phones
-plastic body felt kind of cheap
-chord was prone to stethoscope sounds to your ear
Verdict
 They do a good job for gaming but they in sound sensitive situations like CS:GO but I don’t like then any better than ear buds for music/long term listening.
Conclusion
This is a headset. It works for things and can do a good job. If you like the qualities described, you’ll probably enjoy using it. Most of us cheap people are not too picky. It gets the job done. Just watch out for the small durability concerns I mentioned if you do buy it. Mitigating them through careful use is prudent.

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