I’ve done a fair amount of headphone reviews here on the site and I love a fair amount of the headphones I’ve reviewed. This is the first pair of gaming headphones I’ve personally reviewed and they left me seriously impressed. Read on for my full review of the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum wireless gaming headphones.
The Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum wireless gaming headphones have the following features and specifications:
- PRO-G™ Audio drivers
- Multi-Platform compatibility
- Customizable RGB lighting
- 2.4GHz wireless
- Programmable G-keys
- Custom sound profiles
- Multi-source audio mixing
- Driver: 1.6 in (40 mm)
- Frequency response: 20Hz-20KHz
- Impedance: 39 Ohms (passive), 5k Ohms (active)
- Sensitivity: 107dB SPL/mW
- Microphone Pickup pattern: Cardioid (Unidirectional)
- Microphone Size: 4mm
- Microphone Frequency response: 100Hz-20KHz
- Wireless Range: 15 meters indoors – 20 meters outdoors (range may vary)
- Battery Life: No lighting = 12 hours – Default lighting = 8 hours (tested at 50% volume)
- Noise canceling
What’s In The Box
- Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum wireless gaming headphones
- 3.5mm analog cable w/ audio controls
- RCA to 3.5mm cable
- USB data/charging cable
- USB powered wireless mix adapter
- Custom tags (left/right)
- User documentation
I’m not going to lie here: when I first opened up the Logitech G933 box I was struck by the size of these headphones. They’re much larger than any other headphones I’ve used. Constructed of high-quality plastics, foam, and cloth they don’t feel cheap despite the lack of what one would consider premium materials. The headband adjusts smoothly with very little effort to make those fine adjustment so you can fit it properly. The headband foam and cloth are super comfortable as are the washable ear cups. As a matter of fact, I was blown away at just how comfortable these were.
Gaming is one of those things you can do for hours if you’re not careful and wearing these for two and a half hours, I was never uncomfortable. The ear cups are plush, cushy, and large so even my big lobes fit nicely inside. The aesthetic design of the G933’s is in line with many other gaming headsets. Some may not like the stealthy, sporty, and glossy look of the G933’s but I found them to be attractive for gaming headphones. These would probably never make it outside of gaming.
Controls and accessories can be found on both sides of the G933’s ear cups. Let’s start with the left cup where most of the action is. On the left cup, you’ll find that the custom tag plate is removable and underneath is where the USB Wireless Mix Adapter is stored. The left cup also has most of the controls including the wireless on/off switch, three programmable buttons (G1/G2/G3), microphone mute button, volume wheel, AUX in, microUSB port, and the boom mic. The right ear cup also has a removable custom tag plate and under that is where the rechargeable/replaceable battery is housed.
Like many other gaming headphones, the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum are outfitted with RGB lighting which is fully customizable in the downloadable software. Along the back side of each ear cup, you have an RGB lighting strip and on each custom tag plate, there is the Logitech G logo which also lights up. RGB lighting isn’t everyone’s thing so you do have the option to keep the RGB lighting off, which does save a significant amount of battery.
The G933’s do have some weight and bulk to them but in all honesty, I felt the bulk was primarily concentrated in the padded areas. This isn’t a bad thing as I felt the comfort level of the headphones was excellent but the added weight did make them a bit cumbersome from time to time. Overall the design is angular, sporty, and aggressive much like many other gaming headphones. The quality of the build is excellent and the comfort level is something I was very much impressed with.
First off let’s just say, out of the box the G933’s do not sound all that great but don’t despair! It is highly recommended you download the Logitech software and plug these bad boys into your PC first before you start putzing around with them (more on that in the software section). Once you have the firmware updated and the G933’s EQ’ed as you like, the sound is amazing. There are a few presets you can choose from and also some profiles the software will pull from if you have games installed on your PC already.
The Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound is, for lack of a better term, insane! I’ve used some of the best and most expensive headphones on the market with my Xbox One and the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum bested them in gaming sound. The sound is immersive and very large, you can hear everything going on around you in the game and the noise cancellation is fantastic. The ability to tweak the EQ for your favorite games is great as well. As I said before, this is my first pair of actual gaming headphones and there is a noticeable difference in sound quality versus even my most expensive ($549USD) pair of headphones that I love using for music.
Overall the sound is stellar, I enjoyed playing games with these on as I felt right inside the action and in my own little world. Logitech has tuned these things for ultimate gaming sound and it really shines through.
Microphone quality on the G933’s seems to be great. Players said they could hear me clearly and without issue. I even asked specifically for feedback on how I sounded in their ears and to be sure to let me know if there was any distortion or break up of the signal. From my testing, I didn’t have any issues with the mic at all. The mic itself is a nice design as it folds into the earcup so it can be tucked away during gameplay.
Voice quality was also good on my end as I was able to hear the other players clearly and without issue. There were times when in-game sounds were a bit louder than the player’s voices but that could have been their microphones. Overall the mic and voice quality on the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum is very good.
So, let me urge you that no matter how badly you want to open these things up and use them right away, don’t do it! Charge them up full, download the Logitech software, and then retrieve the wireless mix adapter to connect to your PC. Once the software finds your headphones, you’ll likely have a firmware upgrade. Get that out of the way and then you can start tweaking until your heart’s content.
The Logitech software gives you full control over the EQ, profiles, RGB lighting, and how your headphones behave. When you first fire up the software it will detect any pre-installed games on your PC and download the sound profiles for those games. You can choose to use those profiles or just tweak everything in custom EQ. The experience is really so much better when you set the headphones up with the software first. Of course, if you want to hear what they sound like without the software and EQ tweaks, you could just plug and play first then you might appreciate the difference. That is, of course, exactly what I told you NOT to do but I do get the urge to start using a gadget straight away. Overall the software is pretty slick and I thought it added a lot of value to the experience.
The MSRP of the G933’s is $199.99USD and you can pick them up from Logitech for that price. Now, these headphones are really worth the $200USD price tag through and through, but as of this writing, you can pick them up on Amazon for $139.99USD. That price makes them an even better deal and nearly a must-buy for many. I think even at full retail you’re getting a good value for your money here.
Gaming headphones aren’t just a gimmick, they really do bring your gaming experience to another level and the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum are among the best on the market.
*We were sent a review sample of the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum for the purposes of this review.
Last Updated on January 23, 2017.