Logitech G Pro X (Wireless) Review
In competitive games, sound (and communication) can be as important as sight. Knowing when and where that enemy has decided to reload their gun can net you easy kills, for example, and knowing exactly where that enemy Raze is firing their ultimate from can mean the difference between dodging that rocket propelled grenade and dying a frustrating death.
Logitech's Pro line has existed for a few years now, with the line's claim to fame being that all of its peripherals are made with (and for) professional gamers. With the release of the wireless version and more and more pros opting to use this particular product to give them that vital audio information we thought it was high time to review this headset so we sent the wireless and wired version over to our reviewer. Read the full review to find out what he made of it!
Logitech G Pro X Headset - First Impressions
Quick note: I received both the wired and wireless editions for this review. My testing was mostly focused on the wireless version since that is the newest version of this product. I have talked to Logitech and they confirmed that both versions use the same drivers, materials, and so on, meaning that the sound quality and characteristics should be the same. I will of course highlight any differences between the two versions in the review.
The Pro X Headset is a beautiful product if you're asking me. No RGB or crazy colors here (even the typical Logitech blue can't be found anywhere) as all of that has been omitted in favor of a stylish, almost slightly retro looking design. Particularly eye catching are the ear cups, which feature a beautiful mix of polished and textured surfaces. These catch the light wonderfully under certain angles without becoming super distracting.
The headset features high quality materials throughout as well. From the nicely stitched and luxurious feeling headband to the durable aluminum construction of the frame itself: all of this is stellar.
As far as first impressions go the Pro X Headset is definitely up there with the best of the best. It just looks and feels great.
Inside the box you'll find the headset, a carrying pouch, an extra set of cloth ear pads, and the mic.
With the wired version you also get a bunch of connector cables (pictured on the right side of the carrying pouch) including a Y splitter, a cable to connect the headset to your mobile phone, a USB DAC, and a cable to connect the headset to your PC via said DAC.
The wireless version comes with the receiver dongle and a USB-C charging cable.
This is exactly what I want to see from a premium headset. The ability to choose between two different sets of ear pads is always nice (I generally dislike leatherette materials) and Logitech went the extra mile by including a carrying pouch and just about all the cables you'd ever need.
Build and comfort
As you've no doubt been able to deduce from the first impressions part I rather like the build quality of the G Pro X Headset. There aren't any creaky parts, the frame is just bendable enough in all directions to ensure a snug and comfy fit, and the whole product just feels like it will last you for years and years, even if you have a bit of a habit of slamming your headset on your desk after a rough match.
The comfort is stellar as well. The area where I live is currently going through the worst heatwave the country has ever seen and even in these blistering temperatures I managed several marathon sessions without having any issues. Heat buildup is of course a bit more of an issue with the leatherette ear pads but that's always going to be the case, and I didn't really have any problems with heat when I switched to the cloth pads. The headband also has plenty of padding and the frame is adjustable enough to ensure a comfortable fit even on larger heads. I should know because I've got a pretty substantial dome.
All in all I can't see anyone suffering from any major discomfort when using this headset for extended periods of time. It's a very comfy piece of equipment, and for a competitive gaming headset (which can reasonably be expected to sit on people's heads for hours on end) that's definitely a big plus.
Sound and mic
One aspect of the Pro X Headset that's often highlighted is the fact that Logitech have partnered with Blue for the microphone of this headset. Blue is the company behind the well-known Yeti and Snowball microphones so it can be said that they know a thing or two about mics, and while the wired edition sports one of the most impressive microphone experiences I've seen on a gaming headset so far (thanks to the vast amounts of options you've got to to tweak the actual sound and the overall quality of said sound) I am very disappointed with what the wireless version offers.
You can check out the samples for yourself on the right. These clips were recorded mere minutes apart at the exact same settings, yet it's like the wired version has a completely different microphone. To be completely sure that I didn't receive a dud or something I used the detachable mic from the wired version and put it into the wireless edition but I got the same results.
On its own the wired version has a pretty good mic out of the box, but it's when you start using the Blue technology to really tweak the mic settings to match your voice that it starts to shine. Even if you're just using the presets that Logitech included it's clear that the Blue tech raises the mic to a different level altogether, and the wired version delivers one of the best mic experiences on a gaming headset right now. I feel like I've said that a lot lately, but it's nice to see that companies are constantly raising the stakes when it comes to the microphones on their headsets.
Unfortunately the same can't be said for the wireless version. The mic isn't absolute garbage but the difference between the wired and the wireless version is pretty staggering to say the least. Even the Blue VO!CE technology can't raise the microphone experience of the wireless edition out of that 'it works, but that's all I can say about it' league, and that's a shame because its wired sibling is definitely playing in the highest leagues as far as the microphone goes.
Both headsets do match each other when it comes to the sound though, and the sound is good. The default profile gives you a nicely balanced output without going overboard on the bass like some gaming headsets tend to do. For some that could be a disadvantage, but for competitive gaming you definitely don't want the lower end of the sound spectrum to be boosted too much as that can cause explosions and other loud noises to drown out important stuff such as footsteps, reloads, and so on.
Speaking of locating sounds: the G Pro X comes with DTS HEADPHONE:X 2.0 surround sound. Some people absolutely love virtual surround sound while others loathe it but it has to be said that it's done decently here. I wouldn't recommend turning it on by default in every game but the virtual surround sound can be very impressive in games that handle it properly. That said: the soundstage of the G Pro X is more than adequate to give you that positional awareness without DTS HEADPHONE:X 2.0 enabled, so I basically left it off for most of my competitive gaming and I never felt the need to turn it on.
The Pro X comes packed with a bunch of premade EQ profiles and it also allows you to create your very own custom profile. A little interesting quirk here is that the wired version has the EQ settings of a bunch of esports pros as the predefined settings while the wireless edition goes for more common EQ profiles such as 'FPS, cinematic,' and so on without including the profiles of the pros.
As a dedicated gaming headset you might think that it's not suited for media consumption but I had absolutely no issues using the G Pro X for listening to music or watching some Netflix. It's not the most crispy clean experience ever but its rather balanced sound profile served me well while I was listening to my favorite tunes. As mentioned before the bass isn't the deepest and the highs don't always come through super cleanly either but as far as gaming headsets go this one has a pretty impressive sound all things considered. Of course this headset doesn't match dedicated audiophile headphones but it certainly holds its own.
G Pro X Wired without VO!CE
G Pro X Wired with VO!CE
G Pro X Wireless without VO!CE
G Pro X Wireless with VO!CE
Features and ease of use
The Pro X can be used without downloading Logitech's G Hub software but you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you use it like that. G Hub gives you the ability to use the Blue VO!CE tech, change the volume of the mic, change the EQ settings, and toggle (and set up) the virtual surround sound. Aside from all that you also get the ability to use sidetone. That's basically a monitor; it allows you to hear exactly what your mic is sending to your friends (or stream, or conference call, ...) and it's a feature that I always turn on whenever I get a product that comes with the option.
Logitech's G Hub is very clear and easy to work with, though people who aren't familiar with audio/recording might find themselves overwhelmed by the vast amount of options that the Blue VO!CE tech puts at your disposal. That's not meant in a negative way (more options is always better) and there's a decent amount of information on what each individual option does, but it does mean that you might want to reserve some time to 'dial in' the mic, doubly so if you're going to be using the wireless edition.
The headset itself has markings on the headband to ensure that perfect fit even if someone else has been using your Pro X, and the detachable mic also deserves a mention for being so easy to manipulate. Quite often with these types of mic they feel a bit too 'rubbery' and it can be hard to bend them to the correct position but that's not the case here: it's got a quality feel to it and stays exactly where you want it to be.
On the wireless version of the headset (which has an impressive battery life of over 20 hours of use) you get an on/off switch, a mic mute button (that plays a sound when you mute the mic) and a volume wheel. Not overly complicated, but it's everything that you'd want at your fingertips as far as I'm concerned.
The wired version doesn't have any physical controls on the headset itself but it does come with a tiny plastic dongle on the cable that allows you to mute the mic and change the overall volume.
Overall everything seems thought out here: none of the controls on the wireless headset are awkwardly placed so that you can accidentally manipulate them when you adjust the headset, and the G Hub software offers pretty much everything you'd want out of a gaming headset (including sidetone!) without going overboard.
The wired G Pro X is a great piece of equipment, delivering great audio, supreme comfort, and one of the best mics in the business, all packed into a stylish and attractive design.
The wireless headset has the exact same stylish design, pretty much the same sound, that same comfy build, an impressive battery life and completely lag- and static free wireless experience, but it does so while having a (significantly) worse microphone experience. Does that make it a bad headset? No, not really, but it's a bit strange to me that the wired headset has such a stellar microphone while its wireless sibling is very underwhelming in this regard. I know that compromises need to be made if you want a wireless product, and all things considered the mic is the best aspect to 'axe' as you really don't want the audio quality or connection to suffer, but still.
If you don't really care about the wireless aspect I'd always recommend the wired version: it's friendlier on your wallet and you get everything that you get out of the newer wireless edition plus a better mic. If you absolutely want a wireless headset then the G Pro X is still a worthy contender though. Yes, the mic isn't the best, but aside from that it does offer everything that the wired version offers in a wireless package that is completely devoid of interference or lag, and that's something that's impressive in its own right.