Author:
Mike Adams
05/18/2011

TechHub employee Roy geeks out on the headset

TechHub employee Roy geeks out on the headset

Being able to communicate effectively with your team can mean the difference between life and death. This is true in life…and this is especially true in the online arena. Being able to tell someone to get out of the fire or telling the tank that you pulled aggro on the boss (which can happen occasionally as a hunter) can mean a success instead of a wipe. (In case you can’t tell, the game I am talking about is World of Warcraft.) In the old days, I would have had to type everything in “raid chat”, hoping that the person it was directed to would see it, and on top of that, it would take precious seconds to even type my message/warning in the first place. Well, I now live a world that includes Ventrilo and the Logitech G330 Gaming Headset. Check out my take on this headset after the break.

The first thing that should be mentioned is how comfortable this headset is. As a gaming headset, Logitech knew that gamers are people that will sit in front of their computers for hours at a time and that comfort is an incredibly important feature and they nailed it with this headset. Besides being lightweight, Logitech decided to go with a behind the head design (instead of over the head like many traditional headsets) so the actual earpieces hang over the ears. Because of this, the headset does not need to “squeeze” your head to keep the headphones on your ears. Very comfortable. On top of this, the back of the unit is adjustable, and as someone with a large head, I appreciate this feature very much.

Closeup of the Logitech G330

Closeup of the Logitech G330

Besides comfort, what else is important for a headset? The sound of course! So how does the sound on the Logitech G330 stack up? I won’t be replacing my SkullCandy 50/50 earbuds anytime soon, but the headset is fantastic for what it is…a gaming headset. Sound is excellent for gaming sounds and voices, but lacks the bass that you need for music.

So while the sound is great for what it is meant to do, I would have to say that the other best feature of this headset (aside from the comfort) is the microphone. It uses a unidirectional microphone (picks up sound from one direction) versus omnidirectional microphones (picks up sound from all directions) that other headsets have used in the past. Because of this, the microphone does not pick up a lot of ambient noise around you, which is a blessing to those on the other end of the line. (I have been in quite a few raid groups where someone has more noise coming through their mic than their actual voice, making it hard or impossible to discern what they are saying.)

This headset comes both PC and Mac compatible right out of the box. That might seem silly to even mention, but newer Mac computers only come with one audio in/out port making it impossible to use standard headsets unless you have a USB Audio adapter. Well, this comes with one right in the packaging. The only thing that I find annoying is that after restarting my computer (which is a Mac), I have to go to my System Preferences > Sound and choose the “USB Audio Device” as my input and output. I wish there was a way to save it so that when you plug it in, it automatically sets it up for you.

Closeup of the USB Audio adapter

Closeup of the USB Audio adapter

This headset is fantastic, especially for the price. And don’t let the title fool you, this isn’t JUST a gaming headset. Because of the sound clarity and comfort, I would recommend this to anyone who uses Skype or does a lot of web-conferencing. It is designed to wear for hours at a time and let’s face it, when your ears start hurting, you aren’t focusing as clearly as you should be on what is being said and communicating effectively is right out the window.

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