Logitech G435 Lightspeed Review: Light as a Feather.
The G435, Logitech’s latest product, holds a lot of potential, especially given its low price.
It’s a super light gaming headset made from recyclable plastics that Logitech has certified as carbon neutral, making it eco friendly.
It’s also Logitech’s newest step into the affordable market, and it does it well, with a stylish design and good sound.
With the G435 Logitech proves to us that they can make a pair of headphones that are comfortable, portable and sound good at a really valuable price.
Let’s Start With Their Design and Comfort:
Let me say it again, it is shockingly lightweight!
You know how happy and impressed we get when a gaming headset weighs as little as 0.6 pounds, and there’s the Logitech G435 Lightspeed that weighs only 0.36 pounds.
The construction as a whole is made of light plastic; there’s no metal at all, which is understandable with the given price and with what I mentioned earlier, the recycled plastic content. Yeah, go on, feel proud that your purchase is helping the world’s health.
The Logitech G435 Lightspeed is available in three colors: matte black with neon yellow accents on the wiring and buttons; off-white and lilac mix; and blue and raspberry. Even though they are colorful, there is no RGB here, so yeah, you will have to rely on their colors to look flashy.
Its frame is built with little to no padding; it basically just has a thin fabric over the plastic. Some might think that’s where the manufacturer gets the savings from, but it serves the lightweight purpose, and surprisingly enough, it is really comfortable.
The ear cups are also precisely crafted with a nice amount of depth to them. More importantly, they have an ergonomic shape and will fit almost any ear type. Thanks to the memory foam, they are well-padded and never feel hot—making the Logitech G435 Lightspeed one of the most comfortable budget gaming headsets.
Logitech designed those headphones mostly with teens and tweens in mind, especially females, so yeah, people with bigger head sizes might find them bothersome in some aspects.
Functionality and Connectivity
Sadly, the G435 doesn’t work with G Hub and has no specific software or app, so you will have to rely only on the buttons. In the right earcup, you will find nothing. All the controls are crammed together on the left one, so you won’t have to try pressing non-existent buttons in the right earcup.
The buttons are quite simple, it has a power button, a volume rocker, and a button to switch between Lightspeed mode and Bluetooth.
Holding the connectivity button will also mute the headsets, and maxing the volume will let you know with a beep sound. Turning the headset on, you will hear a rising sound. Turning it off, you will hear a descending sound. Switching from wireless to Bluetooth and vice-versa also has its own unique sounds.
While we are still on this topic, let’s take a moment to commend the Logitech G435 Lightspeed for offering both a wireless mode and Bluetooth, since the more expensive wireless gaming headsets out there only offer one of the above.
The Lightspeed wireless connection offers a range of 10 meters of lightweight wireless flexibility, meaning you can walk around your apartment without suffering any issues.
At the bottom of the cup, you will find the USB C port, which sadly only allows charging and has no option to be used as a wired connection. There’s also no audio jack input, making these gaming headsets only Lightspeed and Bluetooth. So how do they compare to wired gaming headsets, is a big question mark, I can’t really answer that. As for the USB dongle, I don’t think you will have a problem with it your PC or Console will quickly recognize it.
There’s also no microphone boom, but it has dual beamforming mics on the front of the left earcup.
How do They Sound, Performances
While in the sound department, the Logitech G435 Lightspeed sports 40mm drivers that produce respectable sounds. I’ll cut the chase right away. The audio quality is good, and I will leave it right there. It is not amazing, it is not great, but it is not bad or awful either. You’ll hear important game sounds just fine, and the tonality of the music sounds nice, but it falls a bit short on the bass. So yeah don’t expect anything big here, there’s no such thing as virtual surround sound, still, being a lightweight gaming headset, I am happy with what they have to offer.
But something worth mentioning is that it supports Dolby Atmos, Tempest 3D AudioTech, and Window Sonic.
While not having real ANC, the dual built-in beamforming mics pick up some background noise and reduce them (note the keyword here is reduce and not eliminate). The airy, earcups do a good job of passive sound isolation.
As for the microphone quality, don’t expect a wow performance since it is beamforming, and there’s no microphone boom. Still, the mic did a good job picking up my voice clearly in games, but I’d recommend using the Logitech G435 Lightspeed more in a quiet environment since the microphone makes a poor option if there’s too much background noise.
The stamina is nothing to write home about just like with any other Bluetooth device. Logitech promises us 18 hours of battery life, and it lived up to that when I had the chance to test them myself. Still, 18 hours is not awful, but there are options out there that can last up to 25 hours or more. On the plus side, the Logitech G435 Lightspeed lacks RGB lighting, so the battery performance is indefinite.
- Really Lightweight
- Wireless/LightSpeed and Bluetooth at the same time
- Quite Comfortable
- Colorful Design
- Well priced
- No support for G Hub
- No cloth on the drivers
- No Audio jack to listen when out of battery
- Mediocre sound quality and bare-bones features.
Bottom Line, Conclusions:
The Logitech Logitech G435 Lightspeed looks good and is quite comfortable. It has a dual wireless capability, and the lightweight rewards you with great portability, so you can use it on your phone, console, and PC. Even though it has some drawbacks, the microphone doesn’t isolate sound, and there’s no app to pair them with, giving them a sound quality that won’t blow anyone away. But still, it’s as good as you can get for a pair of under $60 headphones.
For a few more bucks, you can get the Razer Barracuda X, which offers pretty much the same stuff, with a way better microphone, but it lacks Bluetooth connectivity. There’s also the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT, which offers great versatility but costs thrice as much.
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