Logitech G533 Wireless ReviewManufacturer: Logitech
UK price (as reviewed): £139.99 (inc VAT)
US price (as reviewed): $149.99 (ex tax)
The Logitech G533 is the logical successor to the company's ageing but still popular G930. It is still a wireless, virtual 7.1 surround sound gaming headset, but it has seen a number of a technological upgrades to modernise it. Logitech says it is targeting the core PC gaming market with this headset; it will work on the PS4, but not with the full set of features i.e. virtual surround sound.
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£140 may seem like a lot, but it's actually middle-of-the-road as far as wireless headsets go. The same is true also of the build quality – the G533 has internal steel bands and pins and feels durable enough for sustained use, but the plastic exterior is hardly the highest quality. Still, comfort is of greater importance, and here I found the G533 to be decent. The earcups are extremely spacious, and the foam is generously applied, soft, and breathable – you'll still feel your ears warming up after a few hours, but not to unbearable levels. The 350g weight is easily tolerable for long periods too, especially as the height adjustment, earcup pivoting, and general flexibility allow you to easily find a proper fit that distributes the weight evenly.
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The closed-back earcups can fold inwards for easier transportability, and the foam padding on them is easily removed and can be washed. On the left earcup, there's a non-detachable microphone which rotates down into position and has an extendible tip. This earcup also hosts the power button, micro-USB charging port, onboard volume control, and the G-button that acts by default as a microphone mute switch but can be set to other functions in Logitech's Gaming Software – the microphone self-mutes whenever it's flipped upwards anyway. There's also audible feedback when changing volume and whenever the mic mutes or unmutes.
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Data connection is only made to the headset wirelessly via the supplied 2.4GHz USB dongle; the 2m, rubberised micro-USB cable is solely for charging purposes. Logitech says it has redesigned the antenna and assembly of the headset as a means of improving wireless transmission, claiming that the 15m range value is a conservative value (and still described by Logitech as 'best in industry') and that the signal is maintained even in areas with lots of electromagnetic interference (EMI) i.e. those where the air is crowded with wireless signals, which applies to most office spaces and urban areas these days. I was very impressed when I put it to the test: The G533 maintained clear signal through the majority of our two-storey office building, including when moving between some rooms. It wasn't perfect, with some cut-offs at the building's extremities, but the range definitely still surprised me, and it's hard to imagine many situations where you'll be far enough away from the dongle to run into issues. That said, thick walls do cut down on the transmission range quite substantially, which became clear when I was using the headset at home.
Logitech also claims a 15-hour, industry-leading battery life, again stating that's a conservative value. Leaving the headset on with music playing at 80 percent volume, I recorded an impressive life of about 14.5 hours, so Logitech's estimation certainly isn't far off.