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« on: August 06, 2012, 11:28:29 AM »

Original post date:2012-08-06
Updated:2013-08-24

Basic Info
Device NameLogitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930
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Device support URLhttp://www.logitech.com/e...rnet-headsets-phones/7248
Device Version ReviewedThe G930 Headset - one of a range of Logitech audio devices.
Headset kit consists of: (see diagrams below for explosion of out-the-box components)
  • Headset, with mic armature and all controls (3 x programmable keys, mic mute button, volume wheel, Stereo/7.1 switch, ON/OFF press toggle) on the LH side earpiece.
  • Base station with input USB cable, output small USB cable, USB slot (for USB Xmitter dongle).
  • USB wireless Xmitter dongle (approx. 2.5" length).
Driver/software details: (on CD-ROM, but latest versions are as per Logitech support site)
  • Title: Logitech Gaming Software
  • Software Version: 8.46
  • Post Date: 27-APR-2013
  • Platform: Windows 7
  • File Size: 55 Mb
Test System SpecsMS Win 7-64 Home Premium
Supported OSesCompatible with Win 64-bit/32-bit and Windows XP
Support MethodsDriver/software download and support via the above Logitech link. Has a very good FAQ, which also tells you how to use the headset without using the Logitech software.
Handbook (US-Eng.) "Getting Started" is here.
Upgrade PolicyDriver/software upgradeable for FREE from above Logitech link.
Pricing SchemeI had seen pricing on Amazon ranging through US$90 - $100,
though people on DC forum have fed back that retail pricing is more typically US$130-$150.
Because I wanted to try the headset out before buying, I chose a local NZ retail outlet for the NZ$ equivalent of US$XXX
Here are some screenshots of the headset GUI: (click to enlarge image, click again to diminish)
           

           

Diagrams from the "Getting Started" handbook (see link above), showing the layout of the controls, and what's in the box:
     

Intro and Overview:
This review follows on from the DCF thread started on 2010-10-20 by @mouser:
 Glowing web review of Logitech G930 wireless headset
I did at first start to update that thread, but then realised that it was a bit old, so I have done this Mini-Review instead.

Becoming fed up with the leads into my laptop being yanked about whenever I stood up wearing my noise-cancelling headphones whilst forgetting that they were plugged in to my laptop, I decided that I really needed a decent wireless Hi-Fi headset - one that included a mic - and so I ended up deciding to trial and buy the G930 (at a reduced price). My decision was largely based on this PC Mag review: Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930.
(Review dated September 26, 2011.)
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Short story: (follow the hyperlink for the full review)
Pros
Long range. High-quality audio output. Handy controls on the headset. Can be used while charging.

Cons
Bass isn't particularly powerful.

Bottom Line
The Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 stands as one of the best wireless gaming headsets you can find, with high-quality audio output, smart design, and an impressive range.

In the above PCMag.com review it was given a great review and made the Editor's Choice.
Wanting to save (not spend) some money, I did try out the smaller Logitech Wireless Headset H600 first, but it was cr*p ( a technical term) and so I returned it to the store the next day and bought the G930 headset - and kept it.

Having used the G930 mic/headphone headset for a couple of months, I can say that it provides one of the nicest, most comfortable and good listening headphone experiences that I have ever come across - it has excellent sound, and I found the bass excellent too, contrary to the PCMag review. If you select/adjust the bass or other frequencies in the equaliser, you will be able to get what your ears like.
The switch between Stereo and Surround Sound seems to produce good stereo, and if you are listening to a 5.1 or 7.1 audio track (music or movie), then selecting the 7.1 switch produces an amazingly lifelike surround sound.
Some stereo sounds better (to me) in the 7.1 mode, though my daughter preferred stereo in the stereo mode. "Chip" music tracks seem to sound decidedly wrong in 7.1 and just fine in stereo.
(The headset's stereo function doesn't seem to be called "stereo" anywhere though - which I don't understand.)

The original software and drivers that came on the CD-ROM with the headset seemed a bit buggy, but there have been several online updates issued since I started using this headset, and it all now seems to run sweetly. However, the functionality of the three programmable keys - which were OK initially - does not always stick/persist (I have them set up for Winamp), and this seems to be caused by the driver software.

Operation:
  • The headset functionality does not operate via USB, only via wireless.

  • The headset is "smart" and detects transmission/reception activity. It automatically switches itself off after a continuous period of time (about 10 minutes) of inactivity in transmission/reception. This is to conserve the battery, which seems to last a long time anyway.

  • The headset can only be switched ON manually. When you do switch it ON, it makes a discernible but faint soft tone, to let you know that it is working, and it makes the same tone when manually switched OFF.
    When it automatically switches itself OFF (no activity), it makes the same tone.

  • The headset needs to be connected to a USB port for charging the battery. I usually connect it to the USB outlet in my laptop's power supply/charger, so charging can take place regardless of whether the laptop is on or off. Charging can take place whilst the headset wireless functionality is in use on the laptop.

Who this headset is designed for:
Seems to be aimed primarily at gamers who would like Dolby audio 7.1 Surround Sound for in-game realism,  and mutated microphone speech in a game (I have tried out but have not needed to use the mutated microphone speech functionality).
However, many music tracks and DVDs come with either Dolby 7.1 sound output as standard, or as a selectable output option. In such cases there is little doubt that Dolby 7.1 can add a whole new dimension to the listening experience. It may also give an edge to monaural recordings, though I have not experimented with this yet.
So this headset could have strong appeal to audiophiles (including me).

The Good:
  • Very nice headset all round. Good listening experience. Mic works fine.
  • Quality of headset design. Solidly built. Manufacture and functionality is first-rate.
  • Good working range from the transmitter.
  • High-quality audio output, switchable between normal Stereo and Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound.
  • All the controls and the mic armature on the headset are located on the LEFT headphone, so there's no confusion.
  • Very handy arrangement of controls on the headset - controls have thoughtful ergonomic design.
  • Comfortable fit and can be worn for a long time without discomfort - good ergonomic design.
  • Can be used whilst charging.

The needs improvement section:
  • The software has "application aware" functionality, but the software/drivers seem to sometimes behave inconsistently between version releases - this is only as regards the 3 programmable function buttons. The functions are not always persistent. I think this may have been fixed in the latest software update.
  • There is no slot in the headset to store the USB wireless network xmitter dongle (which is about 2.5" long), when it is not in use. I would have preferred one of those very small/micro USB wireless network xmitter dongles that are virtually unnoticeable.
    However, I have a fix for this: When not in use, the dongle can be stored snugly inside the lefthand headphone, by pushing it in lengthways between the edge of the red plastic casing and the soft ear cushioning pad.

Why I think you should use this product:
I think gamers would be very happy with the quality of the Stereo or the Dolby audio 7.1 Surround Sound, and the choice of plain or mutated microphone speech in a game.
Audiophiles could well be very happy with the sound.

How it compares to similar headsets
Though I do not have the experience to compare this headset with other "gamer" headsets, the published reviews on the Internet rate this headset pretty highly.

Conclusions:
I really like this headset.
A very nice headset all round.

Links to other info sources/reviews of this application:
See the PCMag hyperlink above.
                                            
« Last Edit: August 24, 2013, 12:33:23 AM by IainB; Reason: Updated operational details and fix re dongle storage. » Logged
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2012, 04:59:02 PM »

This review has got me seriously thinking about buying a G930.

I am a huge sucker for headsets with great audio quality, and this one looks like it could be right up there with the best of them!

Thanks for the review!
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2012, 05:13:51 PM »

I have it also.  I use it for gaming, and it's pretty cool for that.  It has great isolation, bass, and the 7.1. works amazingly well.  I actually use it with my desktop, so I don't have any problems with the dongle, and do like that the charging cord also doubles as a wired solution when you have to use it but it needs charging.  My only complaint is that it's a bit heavy after prolonged use, and can become a bit stifling, but all of them at this level suffer from that kind of problem.

Also, IainB apparently got a good deal... it's usually about $110-130 on most outlets (Amazon's showing $113 right now for me, and newegg (where I got it from) is showing $124)
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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2012, 07:36:37 PM »

this sounds like a fine product and a quick check showed that it retails here for about ~$130-$150. so IainB got it at a really good price.  thumbs up

i couldn't tell from the review but does this headset come with the box thingy where one can adjust volume and such? something like this:

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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2012, 07:54:24 PM »

It uses what Logitech calls a "Wireless USB" dongle - just a small black thing that looks like a flash drive.  All controls are on the headset, (except for any extras provided by software, of course).

B&H have the G930 for $107.89 in the States.
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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2012, 08:45:49 PM »

Logitech really makes some good stuff. I'm not surprised to hear a glowing review like this. smiley
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2012, 09:24:22 PM »

this sounds like a fine product and a quick check showed that it retails here for about ~$130-$150. so IainB got it at a really good price.  thumbs up

i couldn't tell from the review but does this headset come with the box thingy where one can adjust volume and such? something like this:
 (see attachment in previous post)

No.  It comes with the headset, a USB dongle (the normal kind -not the mini), and a spool that doubles as a cord organizer and a place to put the dongle if you don't want to reach around to the back of the computer.  The only controls are on the headset, and it doesn't have a separate DSP (which is what those usually are).
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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2012, 11:11:06 PM »

@wraith808: Thanks. I shall update the OP with a better description of the components.

EDIT 2012-08-09 2145hrs (NZT): Comprehensively updated. Still to add some dollar ($) values.
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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2012, 08:24:01 PM »

Been looking a number of years for a decent wireless gaming headset... wonder if my prayers have finally been answered because my knees are extremely worn. Will check this out.
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« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2012, 03:34:41 AM »

2012-08-25: Updated the Opening Post with diagrams from the "Getting Started" handbook, showing the layout of the controls, and what's in the box.
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« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2012, 10:25:55 PM »

2012-11-08: Updated the Opening Post with additional notes from my use of these headphones and following the latest Logitech driver/software release.
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« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2012, 12:03:26 PM »

Nice review! 

I have been using this headset for over a year.  It has many advanced features for gamers, but I use it primarily from a home office with Skype and GoToMeeting.  The hardware quality and performance has met my expectations, and I would recommend this headset with a few caveats...

I am using the latest drivers 8.40.83

Pros:
  • Quality hardware, still in perfect condition after extended daily use!
  • Excellent, lag-free sound quality from mic / speakers.  Other party often comments on the clarity of sound.
  • Comfort during multiple-hour sessions.  I was initially concerned with the size/weight, but it hasn't been an issue.
  • Battery life - easily lasts 8+ hours, and can even be used while charging.
  • Programmable controls on headset, which are application-aware.

Cons / Caveats:
  • Initially, had many issues with Logitech drivers and Windows 7 64-bit.  Control panel would crash, lost connection to the device, etc.
  • Drivers are flaky.  Updates seem to be mostly for game compatibility.
  • With UAC enabled, must run control panel as Administrator.
  • Audio levels reset themselves - Volume, Mic, AND Sidetone.
  • Sound isolating, and it is weird to not hear your own voice normally during conference calls.  Sidetone helps, but randomly resets level or disables itself!  This has been an often reported problem for a long time...

http://forums.logitech.co...t-Do-Anything/td-p/474193
http://forums.logitech.co...detone-setting/m-p/886158
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« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2012, 02:01:57 AM »

@tomicjr: Thanks. Useful input. I'll have to update the review re the latest drivers.
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« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2013, 06:18:09 PM »

I have updated the review in the opening post to reflect the latest version of the Logitech Gaming Software: 8.40.83
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« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2013, 12:36:28 AM »

2013-08-24: Updated software/driver version and operational details, and documented a fix re dongle storage.
The Logitech G930 is still one of the best headsets on the planet, IMO.    smiley
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« Reply #15 on: August 24, 2013, 09:49:55 AM »

@IainB: thanks for the update. this is one headphone i keep coming back to..
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