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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

Read customer reviews of the Logitech G330 headset


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  • tamick88
    Nice article, I really like that backpack. I might have to get it after the one I have finishes falling apart lol.
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  • BrentonMcGhee
    nice read, i travel for work around the country and i am normally gone from home 25 days out of the month. I actually already had 3 of those things as a part of my mobile gadget collection but i will def have to check out that mouse!
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  • BrentonMcGhee
    nice read, i travel all over the country for work and are gone normally 25 days a month. I already had 3 of those things as a part of my mobile gadget arsenal but i will def have to check out that mouse!
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  • ethaniel
    Adding together the cost of the netbook and the optical drive you have enough budget to get one hell of a notebook, much more powerful than the 1201 N. Check the Dell Vostro 1015 in Newegg, and you'll see what I mean.
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  • dconnors
    ethanielAdding together the cost of the netbook and the optical drive you have enough budget to get one hell of a notebook, much more powerful than the 1201 N. Check the Dell Vostro 1015 in Newegg, and you'll see what I mean.


    Thanks for the comment, ethaniel. That Dell you were talking about isn't a bad little machine, but the graphics on the 1201N are actually better. ION (aka Nvidia GeForce 9300/9400) beats Intel IGP any day of the week. Plus, the 1015 doesn't have HDMI out.

    The optical drive is really optional. Nowadays you can get by without one, especially if you have a desktop at home to rip ISOs with.

    -Devin
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  • allenpan
    headphne, mouse, why not get all bluetooth, reduce wire and dongles?
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  • antemon
    how about that Alienware netbook? :|
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  • Tomsguiderachel
    allenpanheadphne, mouse, why not get all bluetooth, reduce wire and dongles?

    Well, the mouse is bluetooth. The headphone is not, simply because we have yet to see a gaming headset in bluetooth. However, there are many headsets available with bluetooth for voice applications.
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  • Anonymous
    I know it's mentioned in the article, but once the Alienware M11X starts actually shipping I don't think there would be much comparison. Considering it starts (with EPP pricing) at $719.
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  • Tomsguiderachel
    m11x guyI know it's mentioned in the article, but once the Alienware M11X starts actually shipping I don't think there would be much comparison. Considering it starts (with EPP pricing) at $719.

    Well, I think the MllX weights a little more than an a pound over the Asus 1201n's weight...so if weight is a consideration the Asus wins.
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  • palmor
    The Dell Studio 14z, while a little more $$ is 4.30 lbs, gives you a core 2 processor and a GeForce® 9400M G card etc. I'm sure I'm a little bias because that is what I for my mobile setup but I like it a lot more then most netbooks I've played with
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  • palmor
    The Dell Studio 14z, while a little more $$ is 4.30 lbs, gives you a core 2 processor and a GeForce® 9400M G card etc. I'm sure I'm a little bias because that is what I for my mobile setup but I like it a lot more then most netbooks I've played with
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  • chechak
    i like logitech G330 it's awesome
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  • carol_51
    I just powered on my new 1201N today and did the setup and now I can't shut it off. I did as I was directed by the user guide (press and hold the power switch) but instead of powering off, it went into suspend mode. I haven't used a laptop before so maybe this is partly my lack of knowledge but the user guide is not at all comprehensive and offers nothing to help me resolve this issue. I sure would appreciate some help. Thank you.
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