Logitech G332 Wired Stereo Gaming Headset Review
I told you, a while ago, of new developments in the range of gaming headsets from Logitech. Alternatively, Logitech recently sent me the G332 over-ear headphones, the entry-level of their gaming headsets, so that I can test it and give my reviews about it. After two weeks of use, it is time for me to let you know what my remarks are.
I can say Logitech G332 are headphones designed for players with a low budget (they cost a little over 60 dollars) who at the same time want to enjoy comfort (in fact, for a long time we have not been so surprised by how good a headset from this price range can lie on their heads) and quite a good sound quality.
Our Unbiased Review
- Excellent sound rendering
- Easy to use
- Smooth Finish
- Notchy microphone without adjustment
- The plastic used
- Fit comfortably on small to medium heads
Logitech G332: UNBOXING AND DESIGN
The box in which the G332 arrives is all dressed in blue, the original, and rather a sober color of Logitech. On the front, a photo of the headset and the information specifying that it is a wired and compatible multi-platform headset, PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
On the back, another photo of the headset with the design details and its various functions.
When the box is opened, we can’t say that the bundle is delirious, but we must not forget that it is the entry-level of the brand. Also, apart from the headphones, the only thing you will find in the box is the connector allowing you to pass from the simple 3.5 mm jack to the double for the connection on PC. Here, no pouch for transport or additional pads, and in the user manual guide, you will find just a sheet with an internet line telling you about the Logitech site.
Question design, those who know the G230 will not be lost because, roughly speaking, we take the same and start again! Well, more or less, because a few things have changed all the same. On the G332, the fabric has been replaced by imitation leather, either on the ear cups or on the padding under the headband.
Padding has lost its red color to the benefit of black just like the ear covers that have swapped their red border for a shiny black, the rest of the headset being in matte black plastic. Plastic this also looks a bit cheap for my taste, the positive counterpart being that the headset is relatively light since it only weighs 303 grams.
However, when unpacking, I noticed squeaks at the hinges, at the junction of the headband and the headset, which only reinforces this feeling of “cheap”! Fortunately, once on the head, no more creaking to deplore! The hoop, on the other hand, is always made of metal covered with plastic and is easily adjusted thanks to notches marked just enough; on the other hand, still no adjustment mark (but is it really serious?).
The earpieces are always foldable flat, to rest comfortably around the neck and they always pivot slightly downwards or upwards to properly position themselves on the skull.
However, compared to the G230, it loses the remote control that was on the cable. Indeed, it has a volume button placed behind the left atrium. It is very easy to find when you have the headphones on the head and the microphone is cut by folding it up.
Personally, I’m not a fan of remote controls, especially when they only have very basic features. So on this point; it is rather a very good evolution of the headset. Another detail that changes compared to the G230: the cable that loses a few centimeters since it goes from 3 m to 2.3 m, but it is still very good, for almost any setup. Besides, the braided cable has given way to a simple sheathed cable, certainly more flexible, but the braided cable being still more robust, it still contributes to this feeling of cheapness! Pity.
However, as always with Logitech, the quality of manufacturing and finish is there.
Logitech G332: COMFORT
I admit that I am not very convinced in terms of comfort. If the earpieces (which could have been a little wider) perfectly encompass the ears, the problem comes from the fact that the headphones really grip the head, and, after 2 hours, I admit that I was happy to remove it. On the other hand, I did not feel any heating, even with the replacement of the fabric with imitation leather, which brings in addition; it seems to me, better insulation. But I will come back to this in the audio section.
And how about music and movies? You can easily use Logitech G332 and for this kind of entertainment, although it should, of course, be borne in mind that its intended use is gaming. Speaking of gaming, I should also praise the efficient location of sound sources (especially useful when playing network FPS) and a reliable microphone.
And how do these headphones play? The best term will be “pretty good”. However, if you compare them to other models from the same price range, you can already write: “very good”. Logitech did not overdo it with high or low tones. The sound is accurately balanced and perfectly matched to most game genres.
AUDIO AND MICROPHONE
As the G332 is the entry-level, it is the only headset to be equipped only with stereo, but that does not detract from its sound rendering which I found very good. The 50mm transducers do their job well and are responsive. In the game, we analyze well where the sounds come from. Besides, on Battlefield 5, I could perfectly hear where the enemies were coming from.
If the bass is pretty well mastered, you will have to go through the equalizer because, by default, the sound is set to “flat”, when plugged into Windows, which is not at all the best choice for this headset. Once done, even pushing the volume, we encounter very little distortion, and even listening to music, it is very pleasant.
The explosions in play are very well rendered; I must admit that we take full eardrums for my greatest treat! Similarly, whether on Skype or in Discord, the voices have a good rendering and we hear very distinctly its game partners, the reverse is not necessarily true, unfortunately, but I will get there.
Only the insulation is rather average; these headphones are not made for playing in a noisy environment. Indeed, headphones on my head I heard the TV installed in the next room, certainly muffled but not that much. In other words, to enjoy a good immersion in play, it will be necessary to favor a calm environment; otherwise, you will have to push the sound volume a bit too loud, which is a bit of a shame for a headset like this.
Logitech G332 mic not working?
As for the microphone, if you leave it as it is, your partners will find it difficult to hear you, because, as I was told: “We can hear you from afar”. But this problem can be resolved, in part, by mounting as I did the microphone amplification at +10 dB via the audio settings of your operating system (on the other hand, do not try +20 dB because this generates a very unpleasant permanent breath) and by positioning it as close as possible to your mouth.
Besides, if it mutates when folded, I had the unpleasant surprise to realize that it affects the amplification since by redeploying it, my partners told me again to hear me from afar. And, to return to a volume acceptable to them, I had to go through the amplification again, which I had to go up to 20 dB then go down to 10… So, rather restrictive and annoying. Clearly, you must avoid mutating it in full part! And it always asks to be at 100% of the volume under penalty of not being heard again.