Welcome, to what feels like the most lightweight gaming headset in the history of gaming headsets! The Logitech G435 is part of Logi’s new lineup of gaming headsets, offering lightweight design, and wireless connectivity to devices. The headset uses Bluetooth technology to connect to games consoles, phones and even your PC. I originally wrote that there was no dongle in the box, but there is. It was just extremely well hidden and I missed it the first time round. It’s only when I was looking at the Logi website that I realised and dug deeper. It’s small, and when plugged into my PC, it recognised it straight away, installed the drivers and away I went.
The headset I can’t emphasise enough is super lightweight. So much so that I felt the G435 felt a little ‘toy’ like, or ‘My First Gaming Headset’. Like it’s something you’d give a 10-year-old to play Fortnite or Roblox with their pals, though it’s not really cheap enough for when they inevitably break them from launching it across the room after losing out on that victory royale. They come in at around £80 retail here in the UK, which is up there alongside mid-range headsets, which is not a price point you’d feel happy with replacing a bunch of times. Weight has been reduced drastically from the headband, which is made up of a plastic skeleton band and felt covering. It doesn’t make much difference for padding here, as you’re not really going to feel it on the top of your head anyway.
The earcups themselves are tough, though have a hollowness to them. The padding for your head is soft, but again not too thick as you’re not going to need to protect yourself from clamping force with these. There was no audible creaking which was great and the mechanism to slide the earcups up and down the band for bigger heads was nice and smooth. They fit my head fine, but my ears suffered a bit. Inside the earcups themselves, it’s again just pure plastic. There’s no material covering the speaker holes, which for me was a little bit of an issue as my ears touched the plastic and felt a little uncomfortable after a certain amount of time. Of course, I could be an anomaly, and people with smaller ears shouldn’t have this issue, but for me, I didn’t like it. The earpads can be replaced if they get a little manky, and all you need to do to replace them is pull the earpad aware from the headset, and a small rubber band gets removed from its clamp. Putting them back on though was the biggest pain. Some small magnets would have been a much better design here.
The IO is housed on the left earcup and from top to bottom you have a power button, a volume up and down rocker and a mute microphone button. Just underneath that is a USB-Type C charging port so you can charge the Bluetooth on the headphones. The battery will last for around 18 hours which is pretty solid and gives more than enough time for a few days worth of gaming in an evening. There are also exposed cables running from the earcups to the headband, which is something I’ve never liked in ANY headphones as it’s one area that could be deemed more delicate than others, but especially here. They should have been housed somehow inside, just to give them that added protection from kids throwing them around.
The microphone is also built into the earcup itself too. It does not extend to get closer to your mouth, which to some might be an issue. It does pick up audio fairly well but doesn’t do a great job of removing background noises such as typing on mechanical keyboards. Audio quality from the microphone for your voice isn’t great either, but it’s certainly passable if you wanted to have a quick couple of games of Forza Horizon 5 with your friends and chat with them through Discord. It’s very tinny and has a bit of a cave-like reverb to it, and reminds me of older radio qualities, like that AM radio frequency.
Game audio also suffers from sounding a little empty too, which to some might be hugely advantageous. The Logitech G435 gaming headset doesn’t sound bad by any stretch, but I would have liked to have some bass in certain scenarios. Driving around my Jaguar E-Type around Mexico in Forza Horizon 5 I would have liked to have a bit more grunty bass, to really feel the rumble of that engine. But, in competitive FPS games, having those high-mids and treble frequencies at the forefront of the audio, it was a lot easier to place enemies from quieter audio cues such as footsteps, reloads and breaking windows. So you’ve really got to decide what your priorities are here and what type of games you play. Logitech has done a decent job with audio quality here I think.
The Logitech G435 is really hindered by the fact that they’re so lightweight,. that it gives them this aura of feeling cheap. They’re not though. They cost £80 retail as mentioned at the start, but I must admit they sound wicked, and this is definitely their strongest feature. The microphone though isn’t great, and I must admit I wouldn’t be happy with the quality it offers, especially when Logitech are competing at that price point where you can find some Steelseries Arctis models, the HyperX Cloud Alphas and many more. It’s a shame, as they look really funky and are a lot more fun than your basic black gaming headset we see time and time again. For more information, check out the Logitech G435 gaming headset webpage.