Logitech - G430 Over-the-Ear Gaming Headset - Black

Intensify your game audio with this Logitech G430 981-000536 over-the-ear headset that features Dolby 7.1 surround to ensure an immersive soundscape. The noise-cancelling boom mic enables clear communication with your teammates.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Logitech G430 Over-the-Ear Gaming Headset
  • 3.5mm cable, USB adapter
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2106 out of 2282)

Features


Over-the-ear design

Allows for comfortable wear. Soft, breathable earcups with 90° swivel offer a custom fit.

40mm drivers

With neodymium magnets provide high-quality audio.

Sound isolation

Reduces background noise to help eliminate distractions.

Dolby 7.1 surround sound

Provides immersive audio to enhance your gaming experience.

Noise-cancelling boom mic

Promotes clear communication with other players during gameplay and folds up and out of the way when not in use.

On-cable sound controls

Enable you to alter the volume or mute sound entirely without interrupting your game.

Works with PlayStation 4 in stereo mode

So you can experience chat, voice interface and gaming audio in rich detail.

20Hz - 20kHz frequency response

Offers pure sound in both high and low ranges.

90dB/mW sensitivity

Delivers crisp, powerful audio.

32 ohms impedance

Efficiently conducts power.


Customer rating

4.4
93%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

4.0

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent headset

    Posted
    JasonOi
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    The Logitech G430 headset is a fantastic choice. Amazing sound, a flexible microphone boom that can be moved out of the way, comfortable to wear, sturdy construction and all while remaining under $100. The only thing that I don't like is that the headset does not cancel out all other external sound. While this may not matter to some people, those who want the experience of complete immersion, external sound is a problem. That being said external sounds are dampened and muffled quite considerably. You will be hard pressed to find better quality sound output even in much more expensive headsets. The G430 delivers rich 7.1 simulated surround sound, you will hear sounds as if they are in front of you, behind you, to the either side, above you, below you, and any combination. For example you will hear the helicopter coming in from the top right front, cries for help from the front bottom left and a rifle being fired behind you while bullets whiz past your head...ALL AT THE SAME TIME! Of course to experience that sort of sound your media has to provide 7.1 channel sound. The G430 headset is made of durable plastic, comfortably padded over-ear speakers and headband. The headband itself also has wide metal extenders that provide a beefy sense of quality. One of the best features of the G430 is often overlooked, the wire has the typical rubber coating of any wired headset that can separate due to over extension causing a short in sound reception or delivery through the microphone. Logitech takes durability a step further by sheathing the wire in a woven/braided fabric cover that minimizes if not prevents the stretching of the wire, virtually eliminating the wire short out problem that most other wired headsets have. Speaking of wire the G430 has a very long cord with in-line volume control as well as mute switch for the microphone. Also the G430 can be used either with the dual audio in/out jacks or with the provided USB jack adapter. I prefer the audio jacks so that I have one less peripheral taking up a USB port. I paid $77.99 plus tax for my Logitech G430 headset which is a stunningly low price for the quality. I've seen and used far inferior headsets that were more expensive and none that are less expensive come close to the quality of the Logitech G430. Also it comes with a limited TWO YEAR warranty, I personally purchased the 2 year comprehensive Geek Squad warranty just for my own peace of mind. Even with the extra warranty my total was less than $100 you just can't beat that. Would I recommend this product to a friend? All day, everyday. If you're looking for a quality headset that delivers amazing sound for less than $100 you can't go wrong with the Logitech G430. If your budget is between $50 - $100 get the Logitech G430, most wired gaming headsets start at around $50 and go up from there. Why not pay a little more for the G430 and get the sound quality you're looking for? Why pay more and get disappointed?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for gamers looking for an afforadble headset

    Posted
    Brandon
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Are you looking for a headset that provides comfort for up to multiple hours at a time? How about a headset that not only has great sound and voice recognition but helps cancel out all other outside noise and distractions so you can focus when it really matters? I often found myself not able to properly hear my teammates in game, or not being able to easily communicate due to my poor microphone, however, with the Logitech - G430 Over-the-Ear Gaming Headset, I was finally able to step up my game and hear all audio in surround sound as well as communicate clearly and effectively to my teammates with the noise cancelling microphone. I have owned this specific headset since January 2014, and so far is has definitely been one of the better computer peripherals I have purchased. Advantages: The Logitech - G430 Over-the-Ear Gaming Headset is made of a sturdy and durable, yet light weight plastic and metal that provides comfort through long use sessions. The padding around the ear phones and the top of the headset is soft and made of a comfortable cloth material that is removable and washable in order to keep your headset nice and clean. The wires are surrounded by a tough mesh material that prevents tangling and tearing, and also has an on-cable volume and microphone control. The sound quality is amazing as it uses Dolby 7.1 surround sound in order to really immerse you in any game setting. The ear cups fit snugly to your head in order to prevent any outside noise from interfering with your audio. These headphones were definitely my saving grace when it came to clear and crisp audio as well as comfort. Disadvantages: Like many technology products there are some distinct disadvantages. A disadvantage of this product is that for individuals that wear glasses like myself it does not always fit properly and may sometimes press your glasses down roughly into the bridge of your nose at first. After a few months of use this stopped occurring as the foam ear pads formed to the placement of my glasses. Many other product reviewers have stated how frail and flimsy the plastic material is, however, I have not experienced this in the year and a half that I have owned this product. If you take great care of this headset and do not overly stretch the ear cups the plastic should remain intact. If you are looking for an affordable headset that is comfortable, durable, and offers great sound and voice quality than this is the product you are looking for. There are very similar products that offer these same exact benefits, however, I find this one to be the best in terms of what you will be spending.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Terrible build quality

    Posted
    Thor

    I went over tons of reviews before choosing this product over a different gaming headset. Seemed to be the best possible headset based on quality vs cost. I knew before purchasing it that others had problems with the bracket that connects the headpiece to the headband and the bracket would break making it impossible to use after that. I thought,hey,maybe if I treat it like a glassboned baby it'll last for a real long time. Wrong. Bracket broke like tons of others have and now i'm out 40 something bucks. I leave it resting on a custom built stand to make sure it's always being taken care of,I couldn't possibly have babied it anymore. I put it on today and as the headphones adjusted to my head,the bracket broke into about 6 pieces and there is no possible way of fixing it. Despite them now being useless,I really loved them up until this point. The sound was AMAZING and made all of my games much more enjoyable with the surround sound. Could drop a pin in any direction and you could pinpoint exactly where it fell with the headphones. The mic wasn't bad either,it allowed for recordings without any issues. The braided cable is super tough and doesn't kink up which was a plus. If only the brackets that held the headphones together weren't so useless,otherwise this would be a perfect set of gaming headphones. Buy at your own risk.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good headset at a very good price point.

    Posted
    jdrewf1
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Very good headset at a very good price point. It is not perfect, but the imperfections lie more with the firmware/software than with the hardware. PROS: - VERY COMFORTABLE the cloth cover of the ear pads felt great. The clamp force is just right. The material on the cups feels great. They are very breathable, they do not feel warm or hot, and they will not make your ears sweat. The foam is okay, other much more expensive headsets have softer foams. - Very long braided blue cord terminating in 3.5mm jacks (it does come with a USB plug). The cord is thin and very soft, but feels very premium, high quality and strong. In addition, it comes with a Velcro strap that you can use to organize the cord. - The virtual surround sound delivers on its promise. This will up your game if your system supports Dolby 7.1 or virtual surround sound. I have been playing various games and the positional/directional sound support is so beautiful and immersive. CAVEAT: you need to install the bloated Logitech gaming software + you need to use the included usb sound card for virtual surround sound to work but more on that later - Noise reduction on the mic is great. Headsets that are more expensive have those bendable mics and stuff - this does not, and I like it that way. It feels very futuristic and sturdy. I recorded myself sitting beside an electric fan and when I listened to the recording, I could not even hear the fan but my voice was very loud and clear. Very happy about this - comes with 3.5mm analog mic and headset jacks. Perfect for when you just need stereo sound and you cannot be bothered with USB CONS: - WILL NOT WORK ON USB 3.0 ports! Believe me; I spent four agonizing hours trying to figure out why my mic would not work properly and why the drivers kept crashing my desktop. Logitech tech support on their official forums was no help. Out of sheer frustration, I finally stumbled on the solution - I decided to try switching my connection from my USB 3.0 port to my USB 2.0 port and made the headset the primary and it suddenly worked perfectly. - Logitech Gaming Software the only reason to install this is if you absolutely need 7.1 virtual surround sounds. SUMMARY: GET THIS HEADSET. It would be a steal at this price if only Logitech would become organized and update the firmware to work with USB 3.0. Other than that, this headset is near perfect.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    An Averge Headset with Subpar Qualities

    Posted
    Atom
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I decided to purchase a pair of these because the pick-up on my 3.5 jacks is low on my ASUS motherboard and I had seen this headset worn in a Twitch stream by Bioware employees where it appeared to have a good mic sound. I needed a relatively decent USB headset and the ratings on this one were generally good. I ran into several issues. The drivers from Logitech failed to properly download for Windows 10, until I found them elsewhere on the Logitech site ( the file they had loaded on the headset page itself, for Windows 10 64-bit, was the wrong file.) The headset itself is cheap and overpriced for what it is, and it shows, and feels it. Light plastic with hard "cloth" plastic mesh ear cups that for some reason are square instead of round, and block out almost no external noise, and I did not find them particularly comfortable. At first, the microphone sounded awful, skipping in and out, requiring I download a firmware update from Logitech, and then update the driver software, which involved plugging and unplugging the USB multiple times, and configuring Windows 10 sound options. (Sidebar - If anyone with a Realtek driver is reading this, I advise removing the Realtek drivers and using the default WIndows 10 sound options, then whatever software you want - in this case Logitech.) You will also need to disable to microphone output through the headset options unless you want to hear every breath you take. While this is a good option for those doing voiceover while playing, the white noise it produces is excessive. With software and firmware both up to date, and without other drivers (Realtek) interfering, I was finally able to achieve good mic and decent sound. However, the constant creaking of the cheap plastic headset and the rubbing of the cloth cord against any surface was so loud and disruptive that I couldn't continue to use them. Further, the USB produced uneven sound between left and right ears, causing me to go into Windows and adjust the balance, there. I can't speak to the 7.1 Dolby Surround emulator because I dislike the echo-effect it produces and prefer to leave such things up to the game software itself, so I did not use it. If you are a casual gamer unconcerned with things like white noise static, uncomfortable ear cups, cheap build materials, and problematic software, but you have to have a blue and black headset, this could be for you. Instead, I would recommend the Kingston HyperX Cloud, which is a far superior headset (in both USB and Analog varieties) for slightly more money.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product for the money

    Posted
    Homer
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    For a little over a year I had been using a Turtle Beach X12 headset, until one day my dog messed up the microhpone cord and I could no longer use my mic to communicate when I was talking to my friends, gaming, etc. I decided to head to BestBuy to buy a replacement pair when I decided to look at some other options. I looked for awhile and was about to buy the X12 when I saw the G430 on display. I put it on and listened for a few moments until I heard some loud yelling behind me (it was playing a Borderlands 2 sound demo). I jumped and turned because I thought somebody in the store was actually yelling at me. As soon as I realized it was just the headphones, I made the decision that I was buying the G430. Everything works well and is comfortable. My friends never have any problems hearing me through the mic, and I never have problems hearing anything through the headset. I love the surround sound, on these, it adds a new layer to gaming (especially with atmospheric or horror games) and it has given me the advantage many times when playing games online (such as Battlefield). I also find them comfortable enough to not have any issues while wearing for long stretches of time when I'm talking to my friends, which is a nice contrast to the X12 which would give me a headache after awhile. I personally don't have any complaints about the product, it always works 100% and I couldn't be happier with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for long hours of gaming

    Posted
    RussianTux

    As a 14 year old gamer, I've had this headset for about half a year now, and it's still doing good to this day. Lets start with the box. It made a good impression on first glance, with the fancy x-ray of half of the headset. Inside the box is the headset, manual, and USB Audio Card. To start using it was very easy. Just plug it in to your audio ports, or if you want the 7.1 surround, use the USB audio card. The software is... not bad. It crashes sometimes on Windows 8 x64 Bit. Without the software running, you can NOT use the 7.1 surround sound. The UI for the software is good enough for beginners like me. Now to the headset itself. It feels quite nice, and it doesn't feel like bricks on your head when you're using for long hours. The pads are like memory foam (Excuse my english, it an't good, since I speak russian) and they are covered with a mesh that feels nice. The mesh makes it a breathable headset, so not a lot of sweat will build up. The pads are removable so they are easy to wash. The cable is VERY long, though this could get annoying at times. The sound quality is nice since it has 7.1 surround on it. Mic quality is pretty good since I use it for my YouTube videos, though I plan on using a different mic soon. Overall this headset is very good for long hours of gaming, its 7.1 surround sound, and how good it feels on your head. 4/5

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quality headset

    Posted
    FireNinja117
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I recently purchased a new Samsung Galaxy s9 plus, and knew I had to buy a higher quality headset to play games like Player Unknowns Battlegrounds and Modern Combat 5. I watched countless reviews for headsets from respected youtubers. After days of review binging, I came to the conclusion that Logitech gaming headsets were the most bang for your buck. I just couldn't decide between the red G230 or the blue G430. I visited Best Buy, and was very impressed by the customer service that was provided. I asked an onslaught of questions, and finally determined that the surround sound G430 was the right choice. I went out to my vehicle, and immediately opened the product, (which was nicely packaged to begin with) plugged it into my phone using the 3.5 mm adapter that is included, (One of my questions for that poor associate...) and was blown away on every aspect. The quality of the sound, and the volume was amazingly sharp. I played Pubg mobile that same night, with maximum volume, (on both phone and headset) and could hear footsteps from an exact degree of position. If you are looking to purchase a quality headset for under $60, I would strongly suggest this masterpiece from Logitech. I would also suggest Best Buy and your retailer, for their professional service.

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about mids quality, treble quality, design and noise isolation. Editors have mixed opinions about reliability. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 81/100 = Very good quality.
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