Logitech G733 Review
In the gaming scene, wireless headsets have long been neglected by professional and casual gamers alike but in recent times we’ve seen an uptick in the amount of pros who use a wireless headset to play with. Perhaps that’s a logical consequence of the fact that companies have been putting out more and more high quality, gaming-focused headsets, or perhaps gamers have just slowly been gravitating towards wireless products in general, but it is definitely something that we've noticed.
Today we’re taking a look at Logitech’s G733 headset, which is a lightweight set of cans complete with RGB lighting, virtual surround sound, and memory foam padding. All of that comes in at a weight of just 278 grams, with a promised battery life of 29 hours.
To find out whether or not this headset is worth your attention in a market that’s getting more and more crowded each day we’ve sent one over to our reviewer to find out what he makes of it. Read our full Logitech G733 review to find out all that you need to know!
Logitech G733 - First Impressions
Logitech specifically advertise the fact that the G733 is very light, and that really is something that you notice almost right away. I’ll speak more about the build quality further down in this review but this is definitely a pleasantly airy product.
There’s no escaping the fact that this is a gaming headset though. With the RGB strips and rather thick design you’re without a doubt sporting something that’s going to be noticed. Whether or not this is a problem for you will of course depend on your personal preferences, but I don’t really mind it. Comfort is king for me with headsets, and you can always turn the RGB off, which immediately makes the G733 a bit more subtle.
The G733 unboxing experience isn't really anything special. Inside the box you'll find the G733 along with the USB receiver, the detachable microphone, and a USB-C charging cable. The usual info leaflets along with a small advertising booklet for Logitech's Color Collection complete the package.
A neat little detail is that Logitech has also printed the quickstart instructions on the inside box flap so that you're greeted with those when you open up the packaging. This doesn't really matter too much for a product like this (plugging in a headset isn't difficult) but it's a good use of space and it's something that I noticed so I included it here.
Build and comfort
Comfort is something that Logitech specifically mentions in their marketing materials and on their website, and I have to say that this is one comfy headset. The headset is very light, and that combined with the thick and cushiony padding on the ear cups makes for a pleasant wearing experience. I initially had some concerns because I thought that the elasticated band that’s supposed to suspend the headset’s top portion above your skull would be too short/small for my large head, making for a headset that feels like it wants to 'jump off' of your skull, but that’s not the case. I got a comfy fit right from the get-go
I wore this headset for hours on end multiple times, alternating between gaming, work, and just random house chores (that’s undoubtedly one of the main advantages of a wireless headset: you don't ever need to take it off if you don’t want to) and at certain points I even forgot that I was wearing a headset. The fact that it’s so light definitely helps with that. No matter how comfy I find a headset to be; if it’s too heavy I will want to take it off after a certain amount of time. Not so with the G733. The clamping force is just enough to give you a comfy seal around your ears (though it’s definitely not the most isolated experience, but more on that later) without going overboard on the pressure. I realize that all of this is subjective though. What’s comfy for me might not be comfy for you, but I can only speak from my own experiences of course. It's also worth noting that you can adjust the fit of the headband a bit: you can make it a bit shorter if you so prefer. That all makes for a headset that should fit on most heads.
Initially I had some concerns about the durability of the G733. After all it is made out of mostly plastic, but I put it through some flex testing and made a few trips with it in my stuffed backpack and it survived all of that with flying colors. Naturally I can’t test how it holds up after several years, but as far as I can test it’s decently sturdy. Completely plastic headsets can quickly feel cheap but are no creaking or squeezing sounds present here, so that's another plus for the G733.
The material that they used on the ear cups is pretty breathable, which makes for a headset that stays comfy even when using it during the summer. As I mentioned before this does mean that there won’t be a lot of isolation, though. If you’re gaming in noisy environments a lot or you just like to be completely shut off from the outside world this won’t be it for you.
Sound and mic
I’ll say one thing first: it is completely possible to use the G733 without installing any software, but I do recommend you to download Logitech’s software to get the most out of it since it allows you to mess around with the EQ to get a sound profile that you like.
Speaking of sound: I was pleasantly surprised by the overall sound quality of the G733. These days this isn't completely true anymore, but there used to be a time where nearly every headset that was targeted at the gaming market overemphasized the bass to the point where it became a muddy, bassy mess.
The G733 puts out a very neutral sound across the board, with clear mids and highs. This makes it a great fit for competitive gaming. Important ingame sounds such as reloads, footsteps and (for example) scoping sounds aren’t drowned out by booming explosions or gunfire, making it easy to locate enemies and important sound cues in the game world. The excellent positional audio also helps with that, so if you’re looking for the competitive edge you can definitely get that with the G733.
Even though the frequency response, to me, sounds good it’s not the overall best sounding headset that I’ve ever tested. The overall sound quality falls somewhere in the ‘high mid tier’ category for me (at least when compared to other gaming headsets) but given the price of this product I do not mean that as a dig. If you want a noticeable and heavy bass sound you might want to tread carefully though. What's notably missing here is a bit of that low end 'oomph', even after tweaking the EQ. This also means that it might not be an ideal headset for that cinematic experience, and if you like to listen to bass-heavy music or you love that teeth-rattling experience when watching movies this won't deliver. That doesn't necessarily matter to me though, as this is a gaming-focused headset and the sound profile is great for that.
Speaking of sound: it's nice to see that Logitech's premade sound profiles in their G-Hub software are actually distinguishable from each other. The cinematic profile, for example, boosts the low end and the mids a bit, while the FPS profile focuses on the higher tones to aid its owner with spotting important sound cues. These different profiles actually do sound very different in practice (though again: no tangible bass booms here) and that's not something that can always be said about gaming headsets with predefined EQs.
The ability to tweak the sound profile to your liking is one of the reasons that I really recommend (future) owners of the G733 to download Logitech's G-Hub, but the most important reason might be the Blue VO!CE tech that you can enable in G-Hub. Rather than a gimmick, this technology really does make the microphone of the G733 sound a lot better, and the way it allows you to customize the sound of the microphone to suit your particular voice is a nice extra. Of course the G733 will never quite match a dedicated broadcast microphone in terms of sound quality but I find that, with Blue VO!CE enabled, it's definitely sporting an impressive mic. Coupled with the fact that it's a wireless headset I can conclude that I'm very pleased with the overall sound quality of the microphone.
All in all the G733 isn’t the most impressive sounding headset in the world, and it probably won’t please the audiophiles out there (but then again: not a lot of gaming headsets will do that) but it does give you an accurate sound that sounds, for all intents and purposes, nice.
Mic Sound Tests
Features and ease of use
On the headset itself you will find a mic mute button, a volume wheel, and a power button (this one tells you the current battery level if you press it when the headset is on, which is always handy) so technically you’ve got everything you could want on the headset itself. The buttons and wheels are also placed conveniently so that you, for example, don’t accidentally completely open the volume when you want to take the G733 off. The slight bit of resistance that's on the (smooth) volume wheel also helps with that last part, and that's something that I appreciate. It could be my own dumb fault, but in the past I reviewed some headsets with an inconveniently located volume wheel that caused me to accidentally blast the volume when I wanted to take it off, and that's never a pleasant surprise.
As far as the battery life goes: I ran it dry multiple times and while I can’t give you an exact number on how long the battery lasts I can say that the 20 hours (with RGB lights on) that Logitech states is a somewhat accurate estimate. Leaving the RGB lights off will give you a battery life boost of around 9 hours, and given the fact that you don’t even see those lights when you’re using the headset I would recommend you to turn those off.
Something that I would have liked to see is a notification LED on the end of the mic to let you know when it's muted, but that's a very minor nitpick that doesn't influence my opinion on the overall product at all. That mute button can be reprogrammed in G-Hub, by the way. I'm not sure what kind of ingame (or productivity) action I would bind to a button on my headset but hey, the option's there.
Logically, you can also use the headset while it's charging but the included USB-C cable is annoyingly short for that purpose so you will probably want to find yourself another one if you think you're going to be doing that often. This isn't a big annoyance for me personally since I almost never forget to charge my wireless devices (I'm one of those people who has a schedule for these things) but I don't really see why Logitech didn't make this cable a bit longer. If you find yourself in trouble with the battery during a gaming marathon and your PC isn't on your desk next to you, you're going to have to sit in a very awkward position for a little while.
The wireless aspect is, as we've come to expect from Logitech, flawless. For me it kept playing even when I went down a floor (the connection did drop as I traveled further away from my PC on the bottom floor but that's normal) so the range is more than enough, and the signal was never interrupted while I was using the headset in the vicinity of my PC. To top it off there's no static or white noise to be heard when using the G733. The wireless implementation here is fantastic.
If this review sounds a bit unenthusiastic it's because the Logitech G733 doesn't really wow me in any department, but it never disappoints either. It simply reaches a rather high standard in pretty much every department, which makes this a fantastic product to buy if you're in the market for a (lightweight) wireless gaming headset. It's not going to be the choice for you if you're always gaming in noisy environments, and some minor nitpicks (such as the short charging cable) can be a little bit annoying, but overall this is a hit if you ask me.
The G733 is a headset that's comfortable for hours on end, and it delivers a nicely balanced and clear sound experience, though it needs to be noted that it lacks a distinctive punch in the lower registers. Top that with a bunch of interesting customization options (including Blue's VO!CE tech, which really elevates the microphone), an impressive battery life, and a flawless wireless performance (Logitech's LIGHTSPEED wireless tech has been known as very reliable for years now; it's no different with the G733) and you've got a product that hits the mark across the board.
This isn't a world-shocking product, but it does everything that it sets out to do without any big flaws.