Price: $129 retail with Blue Voice Dongle (as reviewed). $99 without.
Into a crowded market for gaming headsets comes the Logitech Pro X. And they tick off literally every box I’d want to see them hit doing so, and at a modest price that is game changing.
– Closed back
– Both leather and velour over ear cups
– Built in mic (and it’s removable if you want to wear em on a bus or plane without looking like a dork)
– Mic and sound level adjustments on the cable, including a mute switch
– Y cable that lets you adapt to individual connectors if needed.
– Able to hit louder than I can stand
– Solid bass output while still being mostly neutral
– Separate cables for chat use vice phone connection
– 50mm drivers
I mean what else could you want? First thing I did was put in a few hours listing with the leather cups. They sounded great but my jam is always gonna be velour. The problem with velour is that they can sometimes leak a bit and dull the bass response. So I dutifully got a feel for the Pro X with the leatherette on and then as soon as I was comfortable with that I put on the velour cups. It was a bit of a pain in the ass to do so, and that doubles my resolve to never go back. The velour is soooo good, comfortable with negligible loss of bass effect that it should be the default choice for everyone. If you REALLY need a good seal to not let sound out and disturb a spouse or have leaks get picked up by an external mic you could stick with the leather, but if you don’t then feel free to permanently move to the velour set and wear these for hours upon hours in comfort. Never look back!
Let’s talk about build quality: sturdy and stylish. Leather cover to the top with a nice pad covering the head strap so you don’t get a metal feel. Easy clamping without feeling like your head is going to be crushed. Serious amount of head size adjustment. I have a huge pumpkin head and I only needed 2-3 clicks out to get the perfect size for me. The ears are covered in a rubberized material that may not be cocobolo premium but will last forever with no scratches or fingerprints. The outside is a sleek steel button with the G logo and brushed metal ridges. There’s a moderate amount of flex that allows them to budge without get stuck that way. If there is one minor complaint some folks might have is they do not fold down AT ALL.
There are two included cables. One for standard chat use that has a big round volume knob and a mute switch. The second has a built in mic and a one button mute, designed for use connected to a phone for actual call communications or streamlined for use when using the set on travel. And there’s a Y cable too if you need to break out both voice and sound to separate lines.
Sound quality – Gaming and Music:
In a word: strong. The bass kicks nicely and is evenly matched at the high end. The sound is punchy and natural to me without coloring either end.
I’ve been playing Diablo 3 nearly non stop the past few weeks enjoying Season #18 with the Pro X and I don’t think I can ever go back to bare laptop speakers again. First of all it completely eliminates all frustration I’ve had with the sound the fans make when the GPU engages. Even the lower seal of the velour pads makes that a non issue. Add in a flawless mic experience right out of the box and I’m sold on headset gaming for life. I’ve mucked around with the G Hub settings a bit and found that I liked a few of the different presets over the unmodified one but I would be very happy without adding them in. I spent most of my gaming time chatting with clanmates without any mods.
D3 isn’t strong on positional 3d location of sounds, so to test that out I disconnected the headset from the laptop and popped it in to my Xbox 1 X, where I’ve got full Dolby Atmos support. Logitech’s engineers told me they specifically support DTS:X for PCs but they have tested the Pro X with the Xbox Atmos experience and found it pleasing. I think they undersold the experience. With both Gears of War and Destiny 2 I found the headset experience especially great when playing with teammates. Having a solid mic in those instances more than makes up for losing true Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 sound. When playing solo I still preferred the big speakers but that’s to be expected. The Pro X hits the deep explosive notes we want while gaming, with the escape from an exploding rocket silo during the first campaign mission of Gears of War 5 providing a great example. “Don’t save him, he’s only a robot!”… “That’s not his fault!”
On the music end these compare VERY favorably with my collection of Sennheiser and Beyerdynamic cans that I use for critical listening. Disclaimer: I’m fully digital for music listening and 100% of my music was scanned in to iTunes, Music Matched, or comes direct from Apple Music. If that makes me less than a golden ear I’M OK WITH THAT. I don’t need lossless to enjoy music. Convenience and cost win for me.
Separation is simply awesome with great response in pans. I love sounds that bounce stuff around, like Oh Yeah by Yello and that song always brings a big smile to my face. The Pro X did great with it with solid kicks from the low end matching the echoes and swoops and hollers.
Standout listening tracks:
Ping Pong by Bass Nectar (Crushing bass pounding)
Let Yourself Go by Green Day (Fast modern rock)
Rollin’ Deep by Digital Terrorists (Awesome pairing of synth xylophones against deep bass percussion line)
Robot Rock by Daft Punk (Synth over bass synth over bass)
Human Beat Box by Fat Boys (classic rap with 5 gallon bucket bass)
Low by Flo’Rida (Club bass)
Buckjump by Trombone Shorty and Rebirth Brass band (Big band)
Devil Main Theme by Fernando Vasquez (Orchestra featuring heavy bassoon)
Back in Black by AC/DC (Classic Rock)
Crazy in Love by Beyonce (Big sound stage pop)
I feel for you by Chaka Khan (Pop funk)
Funkytown by Lipps Inc (Disco funk)
Cineramascope by Galactic (Modern Jazz Funk)
How ya like me now? by The Heavy (Modern Rock)
I got one for ya by Kid Rock (Rap rock)
The mic is a one piece plugin cardioid on the end of a flexible pipe covered with a metallic coil. It’s solid and sounds great. Removable for when you just want to wear earphones without chatting. Clan mates report I sound natural and 5×5.
There’s a lot more in the box than I was expecting!
PRO X Gaming Headset
Memory foam & leatherette ear pads
Memory foam & cloth ear pads
USB External sound card
2m cable with inline volume and mute
Mobile cable with button
Y splitter for separate mic and headphone ports
User documentation & sticker
That’s way more than any of the other gaming headsets I have tested out. And they are all useful in their own way. We’ve already talked about the flexibility of the two different cables and two sets of ear cups, but the Y cable allows for plugging in to just about any setup whether it supports a single line or not and the spandex bag is compact and provides plenty of protection, Which brings us to the Blue detachable USB Dongle….
The G Hub experience:
Plugging in the Blue USB dongle allows you access to the G Hub and all of the neat effects that Logitech and Blue have cooked up. You can make your voice sound either more professional and clear… or go the other direction and make it sound ridiculous, robotic or gender swapped, sort of.
Note: As of this date there is an issue with the G Hub software not recognizing the Pro X headset under the latest Windows 10 drivers. Logitech is aware of the issue and are working on a fix. In the meantime I simply unplugged them from the Blue dongle and put them into my laptop’s combined mic/speaker port.
Should you consider the cheaper version without Blue?
If you are going to podcast or stream with the Pro X using the Blue Dongle might very well be worth the extra 30 beans. I definitely found a few presets that made my own voice sound more natural to me. None of them were quite as detailed as my $200 Line Powered mics that I use on the HTF podcast but they definitely sounded better than most ‘chat’ headsets ever could. Is that worth it to you for ‘just’ gaming? you’ll have to decide that for your own. But the bare mic is no slouch by itself and you lose the need to have a resident app running constantly eating system resources and processor cycles. If $30 isn’t going to break you, yeah grab em. If you just want the best gaming headset you can get for under a hundred bucks, you can’t go wrong with the basic set.
Ultimately the Pro X headset provides everything I want in a gaming headset that is as comfortable on a PC or laptop as it is on a console like the Xbox 1 X. It’s got a solid build, super comfortable velour pads packed in the box, and sounded as great with music as it did on AAA games. All at a price $50 or more cheaper than others in its class.
For all those reasons the Logitech Pro X headset EASILY earns a HTF “Highly Recommended”
Length: 138 mm (5.43 in)
Width: 94 mm (3.70 in)
Height: 195 mm (7.67 in)
Weight (w/o cable): 320 g (11.28 oz)
PC Cable Length: 2 m (6.56 ft)
Mobile Cable Length:1.5 m (4.92 ft)
PC splitter: 120mm (0.39 ft)
Driver: Hybrid mesh PRO-G 50 mm
Frequency response: 20 Hz-20 KHz
Impedance: 35 ohm
Sensitivity: 91.7 dB SPL @ 1 mW & 1 cm
Ear and head pads: Memory Foam Leatherette
Extra Ear pads: Memory Foam Cloth
Microphone Pickup Pattern: Cardioid (Unidirectional)
Type: Electret Condenser
Size: 6 mm
Frequency response: 100 Hz-10 KHz