$80. at a good value
Many of Logitech’s previous wireless gaming headsets cost over $100, but its latest is a relative bargain without compromising too much on comfort or features. The G435 Lightspeed costs $80, comes in three colorways, and can connect wirelessly to a PC or PlayStation console via its USB dongle, and to phones, tablets, or other devices via a low-latency Bluetooth connection. Might connect (Logitech didn’t share specific millisecond latency specs at the time for publication). The headset will be available from Logitech’s site sometime in September 2021.
Its design picks up where the G733 Lightspeed left off, with lots of color, breathable mesh fabric, and plastic all around. There are some differences both cosmetic and functional. Logitech says that the G435 Lightspeed was primarily designed for smaller heads, as it is pitching this model to a younger generation. However, it still fits easily on my oversized head. The ear cups are on rails that allow for easy adjustment, whether you want them to fit a larger or smaller head.
The G435 Lightspeed looks like a traditional wireless gaming headset, except for one major omission: a boom microphone. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a mic at all. Instead of having a physical mic, Logitech employed a dual beam-forming microphone built into the left earcup, aiming to achieve similar results without a mic in front of your mouth. During my week of testing, it did a good job of picking up my voice and drowning out the sound from my noisy window air conditioner.
It might be the lightest gaming headset ever, weighing in at 165 grams. The frame and headband are mostly plastic, but Logitech nailed two important aspects about the fit: making sure the headset doesn’t feel like it’s weighing down on your head or too tight around your ears. Is. Impressively, there’s barely any cushioning around the headband, just a thin piece of breathable fabric wrapped around it. Still, there were no issues with regards to comfort during my time with the G435.
It’s understandable that for $80 the G435’s building materials might come into question. And yes, with the headset in hand, it feels well built but is a bit on the anxious side. To Logitech’s credit, the sound quality is much better than I expected from a headset at this price, to the point where I didn’t really care about any quibbles I had with the construction materials.
Boasting a few more specifications, this model charges via USB-C and claims to reach up to 18 hours of battery life per charge. To switch between receiving audio from the included USB dongle and Bluetooth, the G435 requires you to manually swap sources by pressing the mute button.
If you’re in the market for an affordable wireless gaming headset, there are a growing number of options worth checking out, thankfully. With Microsoft’s Xbox Wireless Headset and Razer Barracuda X launching for $100, and this model coming in at $80, it’s now easier to find a console-friendly headset that won’t break the bank.