Logitech G432 Headset Review

 

Logitech remain one of gaming’s most consistent purveyors of peripherals, and this year’s headset range has seen them refreshing their lineup with tweaked designs, new features and upgraded components. They’ve also got a headset to suit your pocket, whether it’s weighed down with loot or home to a family of undisturbed earwigs, with the G432 sitting at a RRP of £69.99. Just right if there’s a mix of earwigs and loot.

The G432 is light, pleasingly so, and despite some seriously creaky plastic when it’s in your hand, once it’s on your head it feels satisfying solid. You can tell that it’s at the lower end of Logitech’s range, particularly if you compare it to the G935 we recently reviewed, but it’d be wrong to say that it feels cheap. The G432 is aiming to be a good value headset if you’re not looking to spend too much, but don’t be surprised by the amount of plastic involved in its construction.

Each angular earpiece plays host to a shiny Logitech ‘G’, and there’s some blue banding on each leatherette ear cushion, but otherwise this is a fairly unassuming, slightly old-fashioned black gaming headset. They’re not going to be much cop out of the house thanks to the rubberised mic arm which, while you’re able to fold it up and out of the way, is quite large and obvious. That’s something of a shame if you were thinking of using these for something other than gaming and not get some funny looks.

If you want to be surprised though, simply stick the G432 into the nearest output and discover just how good the audio is that they’re pumping out. They’re warmer than a lot of other headsets out there, but thanks to the clarity of the audio and the width of the soundstage they are enjoyable to use, whether gaming, watching a movie or particularly when listening to music.

You’ve got 50mm speaker drivers so you’d expect some real impact to the headset’s output, but they’re a little light on the bass out of the box. Pairing them to a PS4 or XBO where you’re not able to tinker with an EQ does mean you might miss out on some bone-rattling bottom end, but they’re exceedingly clear without being too toppy, which is great if you’re listening out for an audio detail like footsteps or gunfire.

If you’re using them with a console, phone or tablet there aren’t any bells or even a solitary whistle. As far as features go, you’ve got a mic, a very solid volume wheel and that’s it. The mic arm looks like a rubberised butter knife, and while you can kind of angle it towards your mouth it’s disappointingly rigid and offers far too little fine movement compared with pretty much every £50+ headset out there. Part of the consequence is that my voice then sounded thin and somewhat distant, even if it was more than usable for in-game chat, and it compared poorly to other Logitech headsets.

PC is a different story though, and the G432 comes with a USB breakout box that allows you access to 7.1 surround sound and a range of EQ settings through the Logitech G Hub, though as with the G935 we struggled to get anything of use out of it. It seems as though the software runs into a bevy of conflicts with what your PC is doing audio-wise, but either way I couldn’t access the surround option once I’d found my way into the application in the first place. I needed to directly run the updater from within the GHUB folder before the application will run, otherwise it just stays stuck at the loading screen.

Plugging it in via USB does make a distinct difference to the audio, when it works. Unfortunately our review USB connector was slightly iffy though, with a dodgy connector that forced me to turn the jack around until I found just the right spot. It’s disappointing that the headset’s PC performance relies on a piece of software that doesn’t feel like it’s out of beta testing and a connector that seems to have issues, as what we were otherwise able to experience was top notch.

Hopefully an update will be able to fix the software issues, and it’s possible that our USB connector suffered from a rare defect, but it’s worth thinking very hard if this is going to be a headset you’re buying primarily to use on PC. You do get a 3.5mm splitter, so you can still plug it into your computer directly if you prefer.

When put up against other headsets in the same price bracket, the G432 just comes up short, especially when compared with something like the Razer Kraken TE that wins in terms of comfort and has PC software that actually performs like it’s supposed to. It’s also way behind the stylish LucidSound LS25 in terms of looks. My top pick would still be last year’s Logitech G433, which offers the same great audio output while outdoing the G432 in every other way.

The Logitech G432 is a disappointingly average headset. It’s got some excellent audio quality, but that’s tempered by an outdated, plastic-heavy design, buggy software and a substandard mic.

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TSA's Reviews Editor - a hoarder of headsets who regularly argues that the Sega Saturn was the best console ever released.

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