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Review: Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset

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Review: Logitech G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset

We had our fair share of fun with Logitech G’s G733 headset earlier this this year. It was a lightweight RGB headset housing both quality sound and stylish appearance options. Now, we are going to take a look at Logitech G’s latest release in the same vein of audio products. The G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset again brings you wireless PC audio while coming in color options with plenty of pop. However, the G435 is even more mobile than the G733, housing both LIGHTSPEED Wireless and Bluetooth connectivity options. Add in an armless beamforming mic, and you have yourself a space-conscious product that is primed for the outdoors.

Normally priced at a still-approachable $79.99, the G435 is currently going for a generous $59.99 at the time of this post. So now is as good a time as any to take a look at what $60 gets you with this headset. Let’s dive into the G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset.

Logitech G G435 Headset Specs
Weight:5.8 oz (165 grams)
Dimensions:6.4×6.7×2.8 in (163×170×71 mm)
Audio Drivers:1.57 in (40 mm)
Frequency response:20 Hz-20 KHz
Impedance:45 Ohms (passive)
Sensitivity:83.1 dB SPL/mW
Max volume:<100 dB with optional limiter at <85 dB
Microphone Frequency response:100 Hz – 8 KHz
Wireless Range:Up to 10 meters (33 ft)
Play time:18 hours
Specs and 3 stock photos below taken from Product Page.

A G435 purchase lands you the headset itself, a USB-A to USB-C charging cable, and a LIGHTSPEED wireless USB dongle. The G435 comes in three color variants: Off White and Lilac, Blue and Raspberry, Black and Neon Yellow. Today, we are taking the Black and Neon Yellow G435 for a spin.

Build Features and Comfort

At a high level, the G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset shares the same kind of visual pop and vibe of that of the G733. For the ear cups, you have memory foam padding under a breathable fabric skin. Connecting those 40mm driver ear cups is a highly flexible headband under another fabric skin of its own. All of the headset’s inputs and controls reside on the left ear cup. Going from the rear to the front, you have the headset’s main power button, volume controls, a mic mute toggle, a USB-C charging port, and the headset’s “Virtual Boom Arm” mic.

Going deeper into the G435’s controls and functions, you can use the mic mute and volume controls in various button-press variations to control additional settings. You can enable, disable, or manage the level of the headset’s Side Tone feature, which allows you to hear your own voice when you speak. You can also toggle between two max volume settings of 85 dB and 100dB for the headset’s inbound sound. Last but not least, the Mic Mute button also handles the hopping between LIGHTSPEED wireless and Bluetooth connections, as well as Bluetooth pairing.

Hopping between PC and your mobile device connection takes mere seconds. However, you do not get additional functionality via the Logitech G Hub software when connected to the PC. Yet, given all of the above out-of-the-box settings that are included, you still have a respectable number of options for a plug-n-play headset. Stretching versatility even further, that LIGHTSPEED wireless USB dongle also opens the door to using the G435 with the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

While the headset’s frame is optimized to fit a younger gamer’s head, the G435 can still support a wide variety of head shapes and sizes. I have quite the melon of a head on top of my shoulders. Even so, I can say that the G435 still fits naturally on my head. Not only is it the lightest gaming headset I have tried to date, it is also the most comfortable. The headset had no issues maintaining a sturdy yet astonishingly gentle grasp on my head. Add in the G435’s very breathable ear cushions, and you have a headset stays comfortable for hours on end without ever leading to any noticeable wearing fatigue.

While the headset destroys in the comfort department, it suffers in sound isolation. Those feather-like ear cups do little to keep even moderately loud volume sounds from leaking in. This is less noticeable during gameplay, but not by much. Of course, that aspect has its benefits. If you are gifting the G435 to a child whose attention you need to grab at a moment’s notice, they should have little issue hearing you, even if you or they set the Max Volume setting to 100 dB.

Sound isolation aside, the G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset sports an excellent build. It is a headset that excels in comfort and houses simplistic controls that are easy to handle.

Performance

At its base, the G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset deals out a balanced and entertaining sound presentation. Crisp highs allow for the easy recognition of gunshots and footsteps. Clean mids help inbound speech to come in as clearly as you would like from your teammates. You also have solid and well-established lows that do not overwhelm the other ranges but is still present enough to be to add to the immersion.

Teaming up the G435 with Dolby Atmos allowed for a very enjoyable and effective listening experience. In Battlefield 2042, I got to enjoy overheard positional audio as aircrafts soared above me. Take that nice surround sound presentation into Apex Legends and you have an immersive experience where picking up enemy gunshots and footsteps posed no issues whatsoever.

In Destiny 2, sound continued to present nicely, where gun shots and special ability sounds exploded and rumbled all around me, really solidifying that immersion. It was a pleasurable listening experience throughout both the Vault of Glass Raid and last week’s successful Trials of Osiris run.

When it comes to Bluetooth connectivity, I did sense a slight softening of the highs when I used the G435 to listen to music from my phone. Mids, vocals and bass were still solid, however. Bringing it all together, the highs were at least sharp enough to still allow for an enjoyable mobile listening experience. Although I might be asking too much of such an affordable headset, I would have liked it if one of the buttons allowed for the controlling of media on your mobile device. While you can still control mic muting and master volume straight from the headset, controls like play, pause, next track and previous track all have to be controlled from your media source. Nevertheless, a wireless PC, PS4, and PS5 that you can use with your phone is still nothing to scoff at.  

The beam-forming mic on the G435 does a pretty good job at projecting your voice cleanly to your teammates. My callouts during PVP or Destiny 2 Vault of Glass raids reached my teammates loud and clear. However, when it is recording you, it also does a good job at picking up background sounds. Therefore, if you are using in-game voice chat, and it lacks any kind of mic gain or listening threshold management, you may want to apply that push-to-talk setting. Of course, if you are using a chat client like Discord, you can at least curb background sounds using in-client functionality.

Final Thoughts

The G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset is a no-brainer purchase for any young aspiring PC or mobile gamer that is just starting to get their feet wet. Adding in the ability to change the maximum headset volume is a nice touch, aiding in protecting young developing ears. It is also a solid bargain purchase for any adult gamer that wants a wireless PC headset that they can also use on the road. The headset’s virtual boom mic also allows the headset to remain compact and out-of-the-way. The G435’s comfort, portability and versatility are not to be ignored, even for its original price of $79.99.  (As of December 14, 2021, it is currently priced at $59.99.)

If sound isolation is important to you, inbound sound leakage has me suggesting this headset more for players that have quieter or more-isolated gaming environments. However, if sound itself is important to you, this headset will not disappoint. You have strong sound presentation backed by Dolby Atmos, Tempest 3D AudioTech and Windows Sonic compatibility. Not to mention, also supporting compatibility with PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 only adds to the list of reasons of why you should consider this headset.

While $59.99 is a bargain bin price point, the G435 does not bring that “bargain bin” quality. Instead, it easily surpasses it as a headset that is as fun to use as it is to see. Do check out the G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset for yourself by clicking here.

† As usual, there are no affiliate links contained within this post. We were provided a G435 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset for review purposes and were not compensated for this review.