Logitech G330 Gaming Headset
Good headsets are easy to come by…but good portable headsets are not. Typically, the smaller and more compact a headset gets, the more the quality suffers. The G330 gaming headset from Logitech bucks that trend by offering exceptional audio and voice quality in compact, behind-the-neck design.
The G330 looks very similar to the sport headphones usually tied to an MP3 player at the gym, except for the mic boom, of course. The black and grey color scheme with red inlay is subtle but certainly gamer-chic.
The microphone boom is very similar to what you would find on a full-size headset, where it swings out of the way when not in use. The mic on the G330 rotates to sit flush with the neckband on the left side, blending in with the rest of the headset.
I have a fairly large noggin, so I was surprised by how well the G330 fit. While most headphones adjust size above the cans, the G330 has one adjuster on the back of the neckband, and it accommodates even the largest of heads. The inline volume controls are pretty standard, with a switch for turning the mic on or off and a volume wheel on the side.
Solid design is well and good, but it doesn’t amount to much if the audio and mic quality aren’t there. Luckily, the G330 performs above average, a difficult task for a headset of this size. The mic can be quiet at times, but the audio is top-notch, and will match or exceed any other offering of similar size. The bass could be better, but the mids and highs are well-represented, and the overall blend does movies, music and games justice.
Logitech includes a USB dongle with the G330, and it gets the job done, but you probably won’t use it much now that even the lowliest netbook comes with audio in/out.
There are plenty of headsets that will outperform the G330, but they’re all three times as big and twice as expensive. Logitech’s other gaming headset, the G35, might offer a better mic and more features, but it can’t fit in your laptop sleeve in a pinch. If you need a headset that consumes minimal real estate without sacrificing sound quality, look no further than the G330.
The G330 is available at Newegg for $49.99