Announced at CES 2017, the Logitech G533 Wireless player headset stayed on our heads for long hours. We have experienced it both in the field of play (his specialty) and in music. Let’s see what it has in the headphones!
The G533 Wireless is, like its big brother, the G933, a wireless headset specialized in video games. But, strangely, it does not have too much of the look: no neon lights, nor garish colors and even less ornate or flashy earphone shells. No, the coating of the G533 is made of black plastic, sober and also relatively thick. This gives it an impression of solidity, a feeling reinforced by its 350 grams measured on the scale. A weight a priori important but which, thanks to the wide and comfortable arch, distributes well and causes no fatigue. Even after several hours of play. Note that the headband and the headphones adopt the same padding covered with micro-ventilated material. The latter is very comfortable to wear and does not make you sweat excessively.
The headphones of the G533 are much thinner and less “flashy” than those of the G933. The fact that the rectangular shape of the structure is attenuated by a round and shiny base visually softens the lines.
Who says gaming headphones, says command (s) at your fingertips. Here, we limit ourselves to a volume wheel (which takes control of the Windows setting), a shortcut “G” button to configure in the driver and the small switch to turn on the headphones. Point.
Let’s finish with a word on the 40mm speakers hidden inside the headphones. They are 100% Logitech (Pro-G) design and, among their many strengths, they would have better resistance to deformation which would improve the precision of the sound.
Accurate in stereo, less in DTS 7.1 emulation
The G533 Wireless followed us during our adventures in video games for a few days. And as we are heavy consumers of first-person shooter (FPS), adventure and strategy games, the headset was subjected to several distinct sound environments and legs. Overall, our eardrums were satisfied with what they heard, regardless of the type of play.
For example, in FPS (Rainbow Six: Siege and CS: GO), in stereo mode, the spatialization is good, the headphones transcribe fairly well the footsteps and other impacts of bullets ricocheting on a wall. We also used the pilot’s “FPS” sound profile during our reviews. It is clear that the latter lends itself fairly well to exercise.
But it is the only one of the four pre-recorded equalizations that has convinced us! However, it is possible to create your own equalizations and then save one directly to the headset, effectively becoming the “default” profile. Well seen.
During the presentation, Logitech had strongly insisted on the quality of the DTS Headphones X 7.1 mode present in the helmet and on its effectiveness in Battlefield 1. Dont act! We launched the title of DICE and engaged the software emulation of its space in the pilot. After an hour of play, one thing is clear: on the solo part of BF1, 7.1 brings a “cinema sound” to the adventure. Using it in multiplayer will be more difficult. The action is generally more intense, the movements more nervous. This type of emulation then fails to be as accurate as the good old stereo sound. In any case, this is the opinion of our eardrums.
We then left the games for music. There, flat equalization, the G533 does not work miracles. The sound lacks relief and the acoustic scene is, for its part, quite confined. As a result, it sometimes feels like the musicians are playing a little on top of each other. A finding supported by our technical reviews where the mediums appear omnipresent and invasive. Bottom line, you have to correct the shot with a great equalizer if you want to be able to listen to music in good conditions.
Let’s move on to the microphone boom which folds down along the left earpiece. As soon as you lower it, a small sound will sound in the headphones to let you know that it is active. Then just slightly pull the end of the microphone to deploy it and bring it right in front of your mouth.
To interrupt voice transmission, simply raise the boom or configure the shortcut button to mute the microphone. Anyway, the transmission quality of the microphone is worth that of the G933 provided you take a little time to refine the settings, both in Logitech drivers than in Windows or chat software.
No emergency wired mode but good autonomy
The Logitech G533 bypasses wired use. If you connect the USB cable used to recharge the battery to a PC, the latter does not allow sound to pass through. Thus, in the event of a battery failure, you must necessarily keep the large and unsightly USB receiver connected to the machine and connect the cable. From our point of view, this is one of the biggest shortcomings of this Logitech headset.
Fortunately, the blackout should not happen often. Indeed, we measured a slightly higher autonomy than that Logitech evoked at the exit of the helmet: a little more than 16 h against 15 announced. As a reminder, we measure the autonomy in continuous music playback, with the volume of the source at 2/3.
The verdict of the review
Logitech G533 Wireless
The Logitech G533 is a headset for wireless players of honest quality but sold 30 euros too expensive from our point of view. Its excellent autonomy compensates for the lack of wired connection but, for the rest, it does not excel in a particular field and can not boast of being at ease everywhere.