With great hobbies come great responsibility for not spending all of your money on everything you want to buy involving that hobby. Now, I know that’s not the fun way to exist but sometimes we have to do things that aren’t that fun. Here’s a little bit of a trick though. If the $180 piece of gear does not follow your budget, look into the one for $40. You just saved yourself $140! The higher priced gear might be the best on the market but we’re on a budget here people! Some sacrifices need to be made. With that bit of advice, welcome to this weeks Hardware discussion!
This week for a discussion I will be covering the Logitech G230 headset. For those who have been following us for a while know that I bought a Turtle Beach Stealth 700 a little while back. I love it so much! However, this pair might not be within everyone’s budget. I wound up comparing two different headsets between the Turtle Beach and the Afterglow, if you love headsets you’ll like that comparative review. Let’s talk about the Logitech G230! (Click on the picture above or the links throughout to buy one today).
Logitech has been around for as long as I can remember and started off in Switzerland. They have an office around the world including one in the ole US of A in California. I understand that Logitech is not the first company that comes to mind when you’re thinking about buying gaming gear but you have to keep in mind, we’re on a budget. Logitech itself does not produce garbage hardware, that’s why they’ve been around for as long as they have. Compare them to Mad Catz and they shine as bright as Razer does. Logitech has been making computer products for quite some time and is ramping up their products by gearing a lot toward PC Gaming. You can see some of your favorite E-sports champs repping some Logitech advertising on their uniforms.
With how online gaming growing in popularity day by day it has no signs of stopping or slowing down anytime soon. Having a headset is pretty much vital these days if you need to coordinate with your team-mates and looking to have a successful run on a game.
Ahead Of The Game
The Logitech G230 has some really nice aesthetic looks to it. Off the bat, you can see that the headband is pretty thick and durable which will be what you are looking for in a heated match or session. To improve the comfort of the headset you’re able to adjust the headband up and down like most headsets, of course. This should be able to fit most peoples heads from kids to adults. The cushion in the middle of the crown will help improve comfort because the pad is made of a soft and durable cloth similar to the earpieces. So far the headset is looking pretty good, but is it going to be the best bang for our budget buck? Let’s keep moving forward to the ear pads/cups.
As noted before, the earpieces have cushions covered in soft and durable cloth which will help for hours of gameplay. Another notable feature of this headset with the earpieces is that they are able to rotate independently. So, if you’re holding a convo with someone IRL and gaming at the same time you can comfortably turn one of these earpieces around and talk to both parties. I just hope you’re able to hold 2 conversations at the same time, otherwise, your teammates might get upset with you.
Moving right along down the headset you will undoubtedly notice the big boom mic sticking out. This is a matter of personal aesthetic preference. If you like smaller mics, then you won’t like this headset. The mic itself has a frequency response of 50-20KHz. Not too bad for comms, your teammates would have no problem hearing you. Although the mic might be a little too big for some of you, the good thing is you can flip it up and get it out of your way. If you’re looking to just use the headset for listening to your game, this is the best feature.
So far we have gone over the aesthetics of this headset and some of the functionalities of it as well. Here is a break down of what comes with the headset :
- High-Quality Stereo Sound for Gaming
- Soft and Durable Cloth Earpads, Lightweight Design. Headphone Frequency response-20Hz-20KHz. Microphone Frequency response-50Hz-20KHz
- Folding, noise-canceling boom mic: Reduces background noise for clear voice pick up and rotates up and out of the way
- On-cable sound controls: Volume dial and mute switch are close at hand for quick audio adjustments
- System Requirements – Windows 8, Windows 7, or Linux operating system, Headset and microphone inputs
When it comes to a headset, you want to make sure it’s the right one for you. The headset itself is set up the same as a lot of other headsets. The look of the G230 and the fact that Logitech is behind this headset really helps it out. Although there are other headsets out there that have their own gimmicks, like SUPER HEARING mode, you don’t really need it to play a game. Think of it like this, the turtle beach X-12 for the Xbox 360 has a microphone frequency response of 50Hz-15KHz and the Logitech G230 has theirs at 50Hz-20Khz. That’s not too bad when you’re gaming on a budget!
If you’re looking for something to pick up on the lower end, this headset is right up your alley. Of Course, it’s not the top of the line but that’s the point. It does its job and it does it well enough that you can game and hear all of your friends on the other end. Of course, you’ll be able to use it for more than just gaming if you want but come on, who would really want to do that? Maybe some YouTube videos on how to improve your KD ratio might be acceptable though. You cannot argue with the price, go out and buy one today for yourself or a fellow gamer.
Thank you very much for reading this article, if you liked what you read let me know in the comments below. Even if you didn’t like it, I would still love to hear from you! Until next week everyone, take care.