A little over a month ago, Logitech announced the new range of gaming headsets it would be launching in South Africa. The range included a good mix of options for various levels of gaming, from the hardcore to casual gamer. With some time having passed since the previous update of the gaming range, the Logitech G432 7.1 Surround Sound Headset is an overdue update of the G430, which originally launched in 2013 and updated again in 2015. While the two may look similar on the surface, the G432 has been touted with numerous performance upgrades over the original. With the four-year gap between the two release dates, one should expect that the 7.1 surround sound quality should have only gotten better. So, does it?
Build and Design
As stated in the introduction, the G432 has a very similar build and design in comparison to the previously released G430. The most notable change is that the design team has gone for a more conservative approach, switching out the blue accents with a more subtle black. In addition to the colour change of the ear cups, Logitech has also switched from a foam-based finish to a pleather approach. The remaining elements of the design still feature a predominantly plastic build with a flexible, steel headband. The look is identical, right down to the edging and cut-outs throughout the design.
A few of the minor updates include a much better microphone, which protrudes from the left ear cup, despite it being non-removable. There’s also a volume dial situated behind the cup on the left, to control the volume levels of the mic. Perhaps the design team could’ve added a rounder design to the mic, as is the modern trend, but they’ve kept the squared design, which doesn’t look half bad.
In terms of the connectivity options provided by the G432, there are quite a few to consider. Firstly, there’s the standard, 3.5mm auxiliary cable, which provides stereo audio to the user. There is a splitter available in the contents, which allows users to separately connect the audio out and microphone. Lastly, the unit can also be connected via a USB adapter, which enables quite a few more options over the standard connections.
While I have reviewed the previously-released G430 some years back, too many years have passed to compare the comfort and quality of the two devices side by side. That said, I can speak to that of the G432, which is more than comfortable enough, even over longer periods of time. The pleather ear cups are soft while still having a snug fit. The pleather, however, does mean that the ears do get a touch warm under the cups, without even realising it. There were a few times when my ears felt a tad sweaty, with the device requiring a wipe down, although nothing too serious.
As mentioned above, users can unlock quite a few additional options by means of the USB connectivity option. Most of these options also require the installation of the Logitech G Hub software, which supports the entire range of G gaming peripherals. The biggest unlock using the USB option is the DTS 7.1 surround sound audio. Users are able to setup each of the “speakers” in order to direct the sound how they wish, as well as an equaliser to get the perfect balance of sound.
It’s important to note that the 7.1 surround sound feature won’t be ideal across the range of playback, as the option is better suited to gaming and movies that support it, versus listen to music or standard sounds that don’t. Additional features from within the software include noise reduction, which isn’t quite noise cancellation but does a good enough job regardless. Logitech does offer a few optional setup selections to make it easier for users to optimise their audio quality without the laboured approach of setting up each one.
The microphone also has a few options to available via the software to increase performance for use within games. It’s a decent enough microphone to get the job done, but users shouldn’t expect studio-level functionality.
Performance and Quality
As mentioned previously, there’s a mixed bag of results when it comes to audio performances of the G432 based on the type of media you’re consuming. The best option would be to make use of the software to select the type of audio you’ll be listening to, connected via the USB, as well as toggle between the stereo and 7.1 surround sound option based on this. Listening to music and the likes, it’s better for users to choose the standard stereo option to get the full audio experience with rich and loud audio playback.
Switching to games, however, with many new games having the capability to support 7.1 surround sound audio, there’s a rich variety of sounds in game. The most minute of sounds can be picked up, from footsteps from behind you too, to wind blowing from left to right. The experience was rich and the volumes good enough as well, with little to no echo, as often hampers surround sound headsets.
The USB option is the best connectivity option, irrespective of whether you’re using stereo or surround sound modes. Sound quality was better and much louder using the USB connection, which meant that connectivity to 3.5mm enabled devices didn’t provide the best audio experience, even using a modern smartphone with a set of equaliser options of its own.
The Logitech G432 7.1 Gaming Headset provides a good mix of connectivity options and delivers reasonable sound on each provided that each has been setup appropriately via the Logitech software using the USB option. At the end of the day, while users can more than adequately listen to various audio modes, you get the best out of the G432 when playing games in 7.1 surround sound than listening to music. As such, the unit won’t easily replace your existing headsets for experiences other than games or movies, so it may be best if you continue to use two devices for these different audio types.
The G432 carries a retail price around R2,199 via Evetech, which is almost double that of the G430 when it launched in the country some six years ago. This speaks both to the increased price of tech as well as the poor exchange rate at the time. The G432 delivers good enough performance to look at adding it to your list of gaming tools but, at the listed cost, you would be best served comparing prices and features of units within the same price range.
Logitech G432 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
While the G432 delivers a reasonable amount of features and audio quality, the price is something to consider.
- Connectivity options
- 7.1 surround sound
- Comfortable design
- Same design as G430
- Requires USB connection for best results
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