Logitech has lifted the veil on its G533 wireless gaming headset with DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound. The G533 is positioned as a replacement for the popular G930 cans that used to be found in TR's System Guides. The G533 set uses Logitech-designed 40mm Pro-G drivers to deliver what it says is "the most immersive and accurate PC gameplay experience."
The headset has wireless connectivity with a claimed range of just under 50' (15m), even in environments rich in electromagnetic interference. An improved battery should offer 15 hours of sound between charges, a length of time that ought to suffice for all but the most obsessive gaming sessions.
The manufacturer says the DTX Headphone:X surround sound virtualization accurately replicates 7.1 speaker placement and positioning and should offer an advantage in games. The included software lets gamers tune the volume for each of the seven primary audio channels, too. The traditional design should help the headset avoid the high clamping force required by some other more adventurous headset designs. Gamers pushing the limits of that 15-hour battery will surely appreciate the removable, washable mesh ear pads.
The noise-cancelling boom microphone has the same lift-to-mute feature we found so intuitive in the HyperX Cloud Stinger we recently reviewed. A separate microphone mute button and a volume control roller are located on the left earcup. More complex audio adjustments will require Logitech's included LGS software. The headset's 12.5 oz weight (350g) is just slightly heavier than corded models that don't have to include batteries.
Logitech says the G533 will cost users $150 when it starts shipping later in January, and is covered by a two-year warranty.
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