Logitech G930

Review

posted 8/11/2010 by John Yan
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So the battery doesn’t just discharge when not in use, the G930 will turn itself off after a few minutes should the USB receiver become unplugged or the computer turns off. You can manually turn the G930 on and off with a button but it’s nice to see that the G930 will automatically shut down if needed to.

The control panel is pretty much the same as the G35 with one addition. You can now adjust the volume for each individual virtual speaker when in surround sound mode. For those that think one direction isn’t as loud as it could be or is too loud, just adjust the volume. On the lower left hand corner, you’ll see a battery indicator letting you know how much charge the G930 has left before it goes completely dead. The rest of the features from the G35 control panel is there such as the voice morphing option and G key profile setup. I like the control panel and its simplicity as well as the organization of all the information making it easy to adjust what I need to.

The setup for a regular stereo headset with working voice was as easy as plugging the receiver in, waiting for the drivers to automatically install, and then powering on the G930. If you don’t want to use any of the G keys or Dolby surround sound, you can be off and running in minimal time. Installing the drivers gives you a few more options but it’s nice to know you can just plug them in and go.

For testing, I played a few sessions of Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, and StarCraft II. I also listened to some music and watched various scenes of The Dark Knight and Star Wars Episode III. I decided to use the setup in both stereo and 7.1 surround sound mode. Now, there aren’t separate speakers for surround sound like in some headsets as the G930 uses the Dolby software solution to simulate surround sound form the two 40mm neodymium magnetic drivers.


In gaming, the G930 setup really shined. Sound was crystal clear from both highs and lows and in stereo mode, the voices, action, and music sounded really close to the ears. Everyone said I sounded clear and with little or no background noise with my voice. Flipping the switch to surround sound mode, I was treated to a more spacious sounding experience. Some games worked better than others though but if you play something like Left 4 Dead 2, it can certainly pay off to have it on. In some instances, I was able to tell which direction zombies where coming from and sometimes the coughing of the smoker. With that ability, I was able to be more accurate on where I thought the danger was coming from and it allowed me to really use my hearing to an advantage in aiding my gaming. It doesn’t always work out that well in my experience but it does happen more often than not. Depending on the game, I sometimes preferred stereo such as when I played StarCraft II. In both modes, the G930 held up extremely well in testing as I expected coming from the G35 technology tree.

As far as lag goes, I couldn’t tell any from gaming. The set does operate in the 2.4GHz band and my house does have plenty of devices that use that frequency. I never did hear a hiccup or interruption from testing but I’ll be sure to note this review if I do in the future.

With movies and music, it was a hit or miss with the surround sound, just like with gaming. Music, I definitely had Dolby surround turned off as it sometimes distorted the music. Of course, most music is recorded for stereo output anyways so this point is rather mute. On movies such as those that are heavy in action and special effects, the Dolby surround sound does work but I’m one of those that prefer a multi-speaker setup rather than a virtual surround sound setup. Myself, I can tell more distinctly where the sound is coming from with a traditional speaker setup. Just like with gaming, it’s really source dependent but I would definitely turn on the surround sound for action movies if I had to watch it with the G930.

The one thing I wish the G930 could do was turn off the transmitter and re-route the sound back to the main speakers when I powered off the headset. I emailed Logitech if this could be possible, but they said it was a limitation of Windows that didn’t allow for this. I did find a kludgy way of doing this but I had to have the mouse with me to go into the control panel and disable or re-enable the headset.

Now, why do you ask would I want to do this? Wouldn’t it be simple to just unplug the USB transmitter? Well, for my gaming computer, yes it would be simple. For the setup in my bedroom though, where I have a Windows Media Center machine near my big screen TV, it’s not as convenient to reach over and unplug it. Sometimes in the evenings, I or my wife would stay up later to watch or finish watching a movie or TV show. What I would love to be able to do was just have the G930 plugged in and have one of us use the cordless headset so as not to disturb the other person. But, say I’m done or one of us would want to watch the show currently on TV but have the sound come out of the speakers during some other time. A simple switch via software would’ve been a great feature so one of us (most likely me) isn’t forced to get up to pull the transmitter out or plug it back in later. Yes, it’s a lazy factor in there but I think it would’ve been a nice option. It’s too bad that it’s a Windows limitation (stated by Logitech) but I hope Logitech finds a way software wise to accomplish this in the future to make it a little more convenient for those with setups like mine.

At $160, the Logitech G930 is on the expensive side but the set is top notch and sounds awesome while also offering some great features. Having one less cord to deal with is great and the slight modifications to make the G930 lighter make the headset a great pickup for gamers looking for one to get serious with. There are but a few minor quibbles I have with it but for the most part, the G930 has become my main headset of choice for gaming.


* The product in this article was sent to us by the developer/company for review.

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I really liked the G35 and the G930 just takes that product and makes it wireless and lighter to wear. The battery will need to be charged frequently but performance is great. It's a little pricey but I really enjoyed the setup and quality of the G930.



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