The Logitech G Pro X Headset line has been a massive success for Logitech. It’s the first line of headsets to truly challenge the HyperX Cloud II as the most used headset in competitive gaming, and now Logitech is trying to solidify that position by releasing a renewed version that contains a number of improvements over the original. Read our full Logitech G Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED review to find out of these changes have been enough to catapult the headset into the highest tiers of gaming headsets.
At A Glance
Logitech G Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED HeadsetUsed by 2 players (Jun, 2023)
❝…it’s a wireless headset with a battery life of 50 ingame hours with a great build quality and a high quality sound profile that performs great ingame due to the excellent directional audio. It’s not a super neutral headset, but it does have a very interesting sound profile if you ask me.❞
- Great sound quality
- Very comfortable
- Choice of two earcup materials
- Flawless wireless connection
- Great build quality
- Good battery life
- Limited EQ
- Microphone doesn’t live up to the price tag
As you might know, the G Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED is the successor to the G Pro X. There are a number of differences between the two products, two of which immediately become clear when you first unbox the G Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED. This new edition is lighter and has swiveling earcups, giving it a leg up as far as comfort goes over its predecessor.
This new version also comes with Bluetooth support, has a much larger battery, and it has graphene drivers. That’s one of the major selling points of this headset, as the G Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED is the first pair of headphones in the world to use graphene drivers (this diaphragm is 90% graphene by weight: there are graphene-coated drivers, but that’s of course just a coating and not the same as using graphene for the driver material) which makes it kind of a big deal, at least theoretically. If all of this sounds like gibberish to you, you can always read our article on how dynamic drivers work to get up to speed, and if you’re not interested in all of that I’ll of course explain how the headset sounds in non-audiophile terms further down in the review.
As for the headset itself: it looks and feels great. I was a big fan of the original G Pro X headset’s looks and overall feeling, and that’s no different here. This is a sleek product that, to me, breathes style.
- Carrying pouch
- USB receiver for wireless connection
- Warranty guide
- Quickstart guide
- Cloth ear pads
- Detachable microphone
- 3.5mm jack cable
- USB-C cable
The G Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED is meant to be more of a ‘never take it off’ type of headset than its predecessor, so it includes a ton of extras to allow you to connect it to basically any audio source. The pouch is also a nice extra, but I particularly love the inclusion of cloth ear pads. I am not a fan of leather(ette) materials at all, so it’s great that I can swap these out and go for a more breathable material. This obviously has an effect on the overall sound profile of the headset, but I’ll speak more on that further down in the review.
Build and Comfort
The G Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED feels absolutely fantastic. It uses metal and aluminum for the frame and high quality plastics for the ear cups. Combine that with a luxuriously padded headband and comfy, thick cushions on the ear cups and you’ve got a headset that’s extremely comfortable to wear, even for long periods of time.
Thanks to the rotating ear cups and adjustable headband it’ll also be comfortable for a large variety of heads. I have a comically large head which usually leads me to use the biggest setting on headphone headbands, but here that’s not the case so I have no doubt that this will fit almost everyone.
The ear cup pads are thick and luxurious as well. I had to press down really hard to get my ear to touch the inner portion of the headphone so there’s enough padding there, and the ear cups are also roomy enough to fit my entire ear without any issues.
All in all, this is quite simply a very impressively built headset that gives you a comfy wearing experience, and the inclusion of two sets of pads to choose from means that people who dislike the ‘trapped in’ feeling of leatherette materials can just go for the more breathable fabric pads.
Sound and Mic
Let me start off with the most disappointing aspect: the microphone. Logitech still has the Blue VO!CE tech backing the headset’s microphone, but of course that’s just processing software that can’t perform miracles. The whole microphone experience is disappointing to me since I really like the mic on the wired G Pro X headset (not the wireless version though) and I love the Blue VO!CE tech, so I had hoped that they would’ve devoted some more attention to this aspect in the successor to their flagship gaming headset, but sadly it’s still just underwhelming.
I want to nuance this a little bit: the microphone isn’t downright ‘bad’ or something like that, and it’s perfectly fine for making callouts and pre-game bantering with your friends in Discord or Teamspeak, but at this price point and in this day and age I was expecting something better. I am aware that there are compromises to be made with a wireless headset, and I am not expecting broadcast microphone quality on a wireless gaming headset, but when compared to other (wireless) headsets in this price range it fails to deliver the goods. Feel free to judge for yourself in this sound sample:
On to perhaps the selling point of this headset: the graphene drivers. Graphene is kind of a ‘holy grail’ material in headphones since it’s extremely lightweight yet very sturdy, and those are qualities that any good driver diaphragm should have.
Traditional dynamic driver diaphragms are made out of materials such as mylar, which is a thin material that can bend and crease when it’s rapidly vibrating, causing distortion in the sound. You could say that manufacturers should use a more robust material so that it doesn’t bend and distort, but those are usually heavier and require more power to drive, and a diaphragm that’s too heavy loses out on responsiveness and sounds less detailed as a consequence.
For all these reasons, graphene is an exciting material. It’s extremely lightweight, yet very sturdy, so it’s ideal to use in headphone drivers. The Logitech G Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED is the first pair of headphones in the world to use a graphene diaphragm, so my expectations were high, and I have to say that I’m very impressed.
The sound that the G Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED puts out is a little focused on the bass, but not so much that it becomes an overpowering thump that drowns out any other important sounds; it’s very clear and clean and it doesn’t distract from the experience at all. Bass, when overdone or when done poorly, has a tendency to ‘take everything else with it’ and drown out all other frequencies, making for a rumbly and messy sound. That’s not the case here: the bass gives a pleasant punch to the overall sound and delivers that ‘oomph’ sensation when it’s called for, but it never sacrifices the overall sound clarity to do so.
The mids sound clear and precise, and that combined with highs that sound a little dialed down makes for a headset that has a warm and thick overall sound. It’s definitely not a completely neutral headset, but I greatly enjoy the overall sound that the G Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED puts out, as I personally prefer the bass to come through when listening to music and consuming content. The problem with this preference of mine is that a ton of headsets don’t manage to do this without impacting the other sounds in the range, so it’s nice to hear that the G Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED pulls this off.
What I also particularly like is that the headset is very detailed and precise. I have a bunch of complex and intricately layered music tracks that I listen to when I test audio equipment and there are passages there that have me subconsciously bracing myself when testing, since a lot of gaming headsets fail to accurately represent those sections and become muddy and distorted, but that’s not the case here. The G Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED remains detailed, and when it comes to the overall sound quality it’s up there with the very best that the gaming headset space has to offer. In my opinion it’s even the best sounding gaming headset that I’ve tested in recent years, but of course that’s a subjective notion as everyone has different preferences on this front.
It’s also very distortion-free. I never use my headsets at max volume for extended periods of time (I’m not interested in permanently damaging my hearing) so if you are that kind of person you might have a different experience, but I found it impressive how clean the G Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED kept sounding, even at high volumes.
Using the fabric earcups impacts the sound somewhat, and this is logical: the leatherette earcups are denser and don’t let through as much sound as the fabric ones, so if you’re using the fabric cups you can expect a bass that’s a bit less thumpy and a headset that sounds a little bit thinner overall. When it comes to the overall sound, I definitely prefer the leatherette earcups (so much so that I’m using them over the cloth ones, which I prefer comfort-wise) but this’ll of course come down to personal preference.
For gaming, you need great positional accuracy, and the G Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED really delivers here. Picking out enemy footsteps (even when there’s a ton of action going on) felt very natural because of how detailed the headset sounds and while you definitely get that bassy ‘oomph’ feeling when you fire an AWP with the volume on high it never feels overdone to the point where it distracts from more useful sounds: I was always able to hear footsteps or reloading sounds at times where I should hear them.
That’s an amazing feeling, as most (competitive) gaming-focused headsets almost completely eliminate the bass response, giving them a somewhat thin sound which, while good for competitive gaming, can often sound very boring. The G Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED doesn’t sound boring at all, and it manages to deliver a pleasant bass response without neglecting important audio cues. You can have your cake and eat it too. I absolutely love the sound performance of this headset.
Features and Everyday Usage
Logitech’s G HUB is a straightforward piece of software, and if you download this you’ll be able to use different EQ profiles, tweak the sound of your mic with Blue VO!CE, enable sidetone, and so forth.
When available, I always use sidetone, so I’m happy that it’s included here but it has to be said that the EQ is a little limited. I’ve tested headsets with a lot more options on this front in recent times, and while it’s not a big issue for me because I love the default sound profile of the headset, it might be different for you. If you’re someone who loves messing around with equalizer settings to truly optimize your sound for different games and applications this might be a drawback.
Since Logitech wants the X 2 LIGHTSPEED to become a headset that can be used for commuting and gaming on different platforms it also comes with an audio jack and has the ability to connect via Bluetooth. There’s no simultaneous BT + USB connection possible, so people who love this feature on other headsets will want to take note of that.
During my testing, I had this headset connected to my phone via Bluetooth as well as to my PC via the receiver, and switching between different connections is as simple as pressing a button on the headset. The device then takes less than 2 seconds to make the switch. Do note that there are no microphones in the headset itself (aside from the detachable microphone of course) in case you want to take calls while on the go.
There’s also a minijack port in the USB receiver which transmits any audio that gets fed through the jack to the headset.
With a battery life of up to 50 hours, the G Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED is playing in the top leagues. Even if you use it for 12 hours a day you’ll still only be charging it once or twice a week, and that’s great for peace of mind. The included USB-C charging cable is also long enough to allow you to use the headset while it’s charging.
On the device, there aren’t many controls. There’s a volume wheel, a mic mute button, a Bluetooth connector/switch button, and of course a power switch. This power switch briefly lights up when you power up the headset.
For me, the controls are laid out in a way so that they’re easy to reach without any accidental volume bumps or what have you, but if you want to control your music (like skipping or pausing a track) when in Bluetooth mode you’ll have to pull out your phone or audio device as there are no onboard controls for those kinds of things. That’s a bit of a bummer.
The range of the G Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED is nothing short of impressive. My gaming PC is located upstairs, and during my testing I could easily go to the toilet (which is located on the ground floor) without the signal dropping, and this is something that some other headsets have difficulties with.
Of course the range won’t be the most important aspect of a wireless headset for most people but it’s nice to know that you can grab a drink or go for a quick bathroom break without taking off the headset. That way you can clearly hear when a game has been found, for example, so that you can rush back to your PC and get back to fragging.
Logitech G Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED Review – Conclusion
The G Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED costs $20 more than its (wireless) predecessor, but if you ask me it’s worth the markup. It’s a logical successor to the G Pro X Wireless, though they did miss an obvious opportunity to score points by improving the microphone in a meaningful way.
Everything else is there, though: it’s a wireless headset with a battery life of 50 ingame hours with a great build quality and a high quality sound profile that performs great ingame due to the excellent directional audio. It’s not a super neutral headset, but it does have a very interesting sound profile if you ask me.
It’s not overly bassy and bombastic like a lot of ‘casual gaming’ headsets, and it’s also not shrill and tinny-sounding like a lot of headsets that focus on competitive gamers. There’s an emphasis on the low and mid register, yes, but it’s not distracting or annoying, and if you want a gaming headset that delivers some punch without it muddying all the other sounds, this is a great one to consider.
All in all, I can say that I’ve really enjoyed my time with this headset. I can’t say that I need my headsets to be wireless, but there is a certain sense of freedom when you can just get up and grab a drink while talking to your friends in between two matches, for example. The flawless Bluetooth switching also meant that I could just switch to my phone if I went to touch grass in the garden. I also wanted to do this because I really enjoy the sound of the G Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED, and as a consequence this would definitely be my choice if I had to choose one gaming headset to use for content consumption and gaming. The long battery life also has something to do with that.
Of course there is also the price. If you’re looking for a purely gaming-focused headset there are more affordable alternatives that perform just as good but may sound a little worse, and if you’re looking for an audio product for content consumption there’s a vast market of audiophile-grade headphones to consider at prices that are lower than the $249 price tag that Logitech G Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED commands. I haven’t seen many headsets marry those two worlds as successfully as this one, though, so if you’re in the market for a ‘do it all’ type of headset with the looks and build quality to take on the road to class, work, and what have you, then this is a fantastic option to consider.
I’ll end with this: for me, it would be a no-brainer for Logitech to release a more affordable wired version of this headset with the same drivers and features. Not everyone wants to shell out more than 200 dollars for a gaming headset, but if they can also offer this in a wired version at around $140 I think it would sell like hot cakes.