When you bring up wireless anything to a gamer, you’ll more than likely be met with hesitation and skepticism.
For years, wireless technology, no matter what a company did, ultimately came up short because of various problems including battery life, interference, and lag. It just made sense for gamers to stick with wired technology. But with all of the improvements in technology over the years, it may be time to give it another go.
The Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum is the latest wireless offering from the popular peripheral company, and aims to change the negative stigma that surrounds wireless technology. But can it actually offer the comfort and performance that a $200 price tag should warrant? Let’s find out.
The Logitech G933 is a bit bulky, but it doesn’t really take away from the beauty of the device. The G933 features large cushioned ear pieces as well as a padded head band to allow maximum comfort for long periods of use. It does take some adjusting to make the headset fit perfectly, but once it’s right, the headset feels incredible.
Being a wireless headset, the G933 comes with a USB adapter as well as a rechargeable battery. Each are located on the ears, and can be accessed via removable panels. It’s a nice, subtly storage area that actually took a little bit to find without looking at the book that comes with the device.
It also has a fold away mic that mutes on closing, which is pretty nifty. There are three customizable G-keys on the headset in addition to the power switch, volume wheel and mute button. The headset was even designed for use on other devices, but we’ll touch more on that in the next section.
Let’s start with the teased features from earlier. The G933 comes has a USB port as well as a 3.5mm jack for standard headphone connections. The USB cable can charge it while being used while the device is hooked up via the aforementioned 3.5mm jack. It even comes with a R/W AV cable for connections to TVs and surround systems, making it one of the more versatile gaming headsets to be released.
It’s compatible with the Logitech Gaming Software, as expected. Users can set custom profiles for each game, can have specific equalizer settings and even set custom RGB lighting profiles for the device. The RGB doesn’t do much, but it’s still pretty cool.
This is obviously what everyone cares about, and I’m happy to say that the G933 performs as good as any wired gaming headset I’ve ever used.
Listening to music is pretty damn great with the custom settings, but we all know it’s about the games. I used the G933 with a number of games including Project Cars, Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Smite in order to get a full range of games under my belt with the device. When using standard profiles for every game, the headset sounds great. However, it really shines when utilizing the different profile options for each game.
In CS:GO, you can here where enemies are coming from even over nearby gun fights; Project Cars has you feeling like your actually sitting inside a car; Smite just sounded clearer than ever, though sound doesn’t really impact the way I play MOBAs much.
As far as battery life in concerned, it ranges anywhere from 8-14 hours, depending on the settings being used. On average, while using the RGB lighting, the G933 lasted about 10-12 hours on a full charge.
The one major performance downfall is that it seems to have hiccups when trying to use a program like Curse. If you don’t have the headset powered on before launching the software, you could find yourself struggling to get your device working properly even after making sure the in-program settings are set to utilize the G933. Another nit picky performance feature I’d like to see is the ability to select what sounds come through the headset, and which ones come through the default speakers.
Verdict: If you were skeptical of wireless headsets, the G933 from Logitech is a good enough reason to give it another shot. Despite the hefty price tag of $200, this is, by far, one of the best headsets I’ve ever used, wireless or wired. The wireless functions work perfectly, and the in-game performance helps make any game a more immersive experience.