Review: Logitech G432 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

Logitech’s newest line of gaming headsets is aiming to deliver a different type of audio. We recently reviewed the Logitech G935 headset that was state-of-the-art with the technology implemented. This technology has been carried over to a budget-friendly headset with the G432. With this headset, you get all the tech that powers the G935 including 7.1 Surround Sound and DTS Headphone:X 2.0, which projects a three-dimensional Surround Sound for helping identify enemies. All of this for nearly half the cost of its big brother. The lack of bells and whistles, however, is noticeable.

The G432 includes the same 50mm audio drivers to deliver theater-quality sound to your ears. While both are compatible with consoles, the G432 feels like the better choice if going that route. It comes with a USB adapter to get the Surround Sound options across. If using on a PC, the Logitech G Hub software will allow for some customization options. Logitech set out to provide a new audio experience with both these headsets by focusing on low-level audio. The G432 sounds just as great as higher priced headsets with the options to back it up.

For comfort, this headset also carries over the same leatherette cups to comfort the ears. Each cup encapsulates each ear that allows for virtually no noise to get in or get out. The headband is also carried over from the G935 as the headset provides a snug fit. What also carried over is still the ear fatigue. Using the headset at more than a moderate volume for over an hour can become troublesome.

The microphone that is included with the G432 also allows easy muting. Simply flipping the mic up will mute the it, but the headset does lack any type of lighting indication for when this occurs. The voice clarity is as clear and precise as the G935 and allowed for easy communication. The mic itself is where the budgeting starts to come in to play. The G935’s mic is shorter and actually folds up into the design of the chassis. The G432 mic sticks out like a sore thumb and while it’s bendable, I feel it’s possible for it to break off.

The overall design continues the trend of feeling like the watered down version of the G935. The ear cups are outlined with blue striping where as the G935 includes RGB lighting. Yes, you can’t see the RGB while playing and it is justifiable to not have that on a budget headset. The ear cups also include a glossy Logitech G logo and a volume dial for easy access. This is a plus to have as compared to having the dial somewhere on the cabling. The G432 is lightweight, but it also feels overly loose. The exterior of the headband is less durable and the texture of the plastic backs up the budget feel.

Closing Comments:

The most important aspect about the Logitech G432 is the sound, and for the price, it really can’t be beat in terms of sound quality and options. This headset contains all the technology of a $160 headset for half the price. Fantastic theater-like quality that includes the option for 7.1 Surround Sound and DTS Headphone:X 2.0 is a steal for $80. This also includes the same comfort options as the G935. The difference in price really focuses on the aesthetics. It really comes down to the specific player. If you just want the state-of-the-art technology, you can’t go wrong with the G432. If you want something a bit more aesthetically pleasing, however, there might be a better option in that price range. On paper, it’s hard to argue with these options for $80.