Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset  Review: Stylish, lightweight, and comfortable
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Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset Review: Stylish, lightweight, and comfortable

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Manish Rajesh   Jan 18, 2022

Verdict

Priced at Rs. 7495, the Logitech G435 is a solid wireless gaming headset offering from Logitech, which is perfect for anyone who wants to wear headphones all day without feeling taxed. The all-plastic build can feel a bit flimsy and cheap, but it's easily ignorable for the comfort you can get out of the G435. We're a bit disappointed about the lack of G Hub support, but the headphones are pretty feature rich despite it. On the audio front, these headphones have an accurate sound profile, making it good for general listening purposes and gaming and they will easily last you a day on a single charge.

Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset detailed review

Ever since the Logitech G733 released in 2020, we've seen Logitech branching out with their gaming headsets. While they've still got the Logitech G Pro X which still very much looks and feels like a conventional gaming headset, with the G733, the G335, and now the G435, Logitech has gone for a more stylistic approach. With brighter colours and much lighter weight, these headsets are targeted at a more casual user base who might want a headset for more than just gaming.

Logitech G435

Logitech G435: Build and comfort

Like the G335 and the G733 before it, Logitech have gone for an all plastic build with the G435. They’ve also got some very bright and vibrant colour variants in addition to the more muted black with neon yellow option that we received. Logitech has made it very clear that these headphones are targeted at younger gamers, and the ability to be able to express yourself through colour is all part of the package with the G435.

Logitech G435 Build and comfort

The standout feature of the Logitech G435 is it's incredibly lightweight. At just 165g, this is one of the lightest headsets we've ever reviewed. This of course, comes with many benefits when it comes to comfort. Even after several hours of use at a stretch, these headphones do not feel taxing on your ears at all. Unlike the G733 and the G335, the G435 does not have a floating headband, it instead has a hollow plastic frame wrapped in fabric. While this would have been very uncomfortable with conventional gaming headsets which tend to be a lot heavier, with the G435, you will feel almost nothing. The mesh covered, memory foam ear cups exert just enough clamping force to keep the headset secure without feeling uncomfortable, and use very breathable fabric which definitely contributes to why you can wear these headphones for hours on end without feeling a thing. The earcups are however, on the smaller side, so larger ears might not fit into them.

Logitech G435 headband

Logitech G435: Features

When it comes to actually using the Logitech G435, things can become a bit complicated. Simply using the headset wirelessly with a PC via the 2.4Ghz USB Dongle is simple; all you need to do is plug the dongle in and power the headset on by holding down the power button. The Logitech G435 has only 4 buttons in total, including the power button, a mic mute button and the volume up and down buttons. However, using a combination of pressing and holding these buttons, you've got access to quite a few features. Unfortunately, these button combinations are the only way to access these features as the G435 isn't supported by Logitech's G Hub companion software.

Logitech G435 features

Coming to the button combinations, you can hold down the mic mute and power button for 3 seconds to initiate Bluetooth pairing. Just holding down the mic mute button for 3 seconds allows you to switch between Lightspeed and Bluetooth connections. Double pressing the mic mute button enables mic monitoring. Pressing the mic mute and volume up button together increases mic monitoring levels, and the same with the volume down button instead decreases mic monitoring levels. Holding down the mic mute and volume down button limits the volume to 85dB, and the same with the volume up button instead, resets the limit to 100dB. The reasoning for the volume limit, according to Logitech, is that listening to audio output over 85dB for over 8 hours at a stretch is known to cause hearing damage, and the hope here is to prevent that from happening.

We cannot confirm whether or not the G435 actually limits the volume to 85dB, but there’s certainly a noticeable difference in volume when the limit is active.

Logitech G435 dongle

It should be noted that the Logitech G435 does not have any wired connectivity options, but Bluetooth support should cover most platforms where the USB dongle won't work. Xbox users should probably give this one a pass for obvious reasons. There's no support for Bluetooth multipoint, so you can't connect to multiple devices at the same time either. Similarly, you cannot have the G435 connected via the USB dongle and Bluetooth at the same time as well.

Logitech G435: Performance

For a headset that Logitech wants you to wear everywhere, the Logitech G435 offers mediocre isolation at best. This could have to do with the build, or the earpads, but overall, you will hear outside sounds while wearing these headphones.

The Logitech G435 comes with 40mm drivers, is Discord certified, and is also compatible with Dolby Atmos, Tempest 3D AudioTech and Windows Sonic.

Coming to the sound profile, we've got a pretty accurate sounding headset with the G435. There's a slight boost on the high-bass and mids, while the sub-bass is actually toned down a bit. There's plenty of clarity when it comes to instruments, voices and other detailed sounds which aren't drowned out by louder sounds. However, the underemphasized sub-bass means that the super low, rumbling bass sounds lack any impact. This does slightly take away from sounds like explosions and gunfire which feel less impactful while gaming, but we'd also argue that it lets you game longer since those sounds generally tend to strain our ears over time.

Logitech G435 performance

The Logitech G435 uses two embedded beamforming microphones, with the intention of simulating a boom microphone. While it certainly isn't nearly as good as a boom microphone, what we have here is still pretty decent. Certainly better than most other embedded microphones out there. Voice sounds clear, and the headphone doesn't have issues with overboosting the bass and making you sound loud or jarring while you're talking. The mic will however pick up sounds around you quite easily, so keep that in mind.

Logitech G435: Battery life

Logitech G435 battery life

When it comes to battery, the Logitech G435 comes with an advertised battery life of 18 hours on a single charge. However, we found the G435 to last quite a bit longer than the advertised time, and managed to pull a few extra hours out of it. Then again, we tend to keep the volume fairly low. The device comes with a USB-C cable in the box for charging.

Logitech G435: Verdict

Priced at Rs. 7495, the Logitech G435 is a solid wireless gaming headset offering from Logitech, which is perfect for anyone who wants to wear headphones all day without feeling taxed. The all-plastic build can feel a bit flimsy and cheap, but it's easily ignorable for the comfort you can get out of the G435. We're a bit disappointed about the lack of G Hub support, but the headphones are pretty feature rich despite it. On the audio front, these headphones have an accurate sound profile, making it good for general listening purposes and gaming and they will easily last you a day on a single charge.

 

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