It’s rare that I try out a piece of electronics and almost immediately know I’m going to like it. It’s much more often that I can feel the shortcomings of something because I want to stay open and give time for the flaws of a perfect-seeming device to come out before I make conclusions.
I loved the wired headset almost immediately when I put it on. It’s a great looking, comfortable headset. Once it’s on your head, it sounds good, offers significant customization, and elevates itself above the competition while still offering what a pretty reasonable price for everything inside at $129.99.
The Pro X is a direct successor to Logitech’s G Pro headset. I reviewed that headset for another outlet and it became my favorite almost immediately. More importantly, it became a favorite of my most frequent multiplayer gaming partners. They preferred the sound of the G Pro mic over other headsets I plugged in.
The G Pro had an unusually high price for a wired headset, but made a case for itself with great sound and an excellent mic, with even details like the nylon-wrapped cable helping it to stand out. The G Pro was my favorite wired headset.
The Pro X wants to top that.
Style & Build
Right out of the box, I already liked what I was holding. The Pro X headset has a classic headphone look that not only could pass as headphones in public, but pass as nice headphones. Unplug the mic and you’re in stealth mode.
Most of the headset is simple matte black. The headband and black yokes remind me more of Sennheiser and Grado headphones than of Logitech. The coiled wire that connects the earphones to the headband is even a nice classic touch.
The headset also comes with both leatherette and velour ear pads. Both are comfortable, but ultimately I preferred the leatherette, even in this hot-and-humid Minnesota summer.
The only thing that sticks out as not being matte black is the steel accent on the ear cup showing the Logitech G logo.
The primarily aluminum build of the headset gives it a sturdy, durable feel, and the overall matte coat means that it doesn’t pick up fingerprints too badly, something I often see (and dislike) on matte electronics.
The Pro X headset has just about perfect pressure so that it doesn’t move, but also doesn’t squeeze too hard. There’s plenty of room inside the ear cups for my medium-sized ears. Even after hours of play, they were still comfortable, and taking them off for a second while I got a glass of water was enough to cool them off.
And again, even the details feel good. The gooseneck headset boom holds its place well, and the only feature I’m really missing that’s present on Logitech’s wireless headsets is the lift-to-mute action. Once again, Logitech has included a longer 2m cable that has nylon wrapping and a muting switch. I really wish Logitech would do this for all its cords. The nylon wrap ensures that the cord is almost impossible to kink or accidentally knot but at the same time doesn’t make it feel stiff or squirrelly, either. It’s almost like the cord disappears. Just remember to take the headset off before you walk more than a step or two.
The full package, aside from the headset itself, includes a 1.5m 3.5mm mobile cable, a 2m 3.5mm cable, a Y splitter, a detachable mic, memory foam ear pads in velour and leatherette textures, a USB sound card, and a neoprene carrying pouch.
Features & Mic
But it’s not just the build. For a wired headset, this thing has a whole pile of features.
As a wired headset, it can be plugged into any headphone jack or console controller, and there’s a headset/mic splitter in the box if that’s your preferred setup. But where the Pro X really shines is the included USB sound card.
The sound card is obviously PC-only, making this a headset aimed firmly at PC gamers. Once plugged in, the Logitech G HUB software will light up with new options.
The most interesting feature among the many offered by the card is the Blue Voice mic tech. Logitech acquired Blue Microphones back in July of 2018, and, it seems, put the team immediately to work on making its headsets sound better.
With the Blue Voice tech, Logitech will take the output from the Pro X’s boom mic and filter it in real time to reduce noise, compress the audio without wrecking it, and even attenuate all those sibilant S sounds with de-essing technology.
Enabling Blue Voice lights up all kinds of other menus. You can tweak voice EQ, high-pass filtering, noise reduction and de-essing, as well the expander, compressor, and limiter. Once that’s all set, you can also set your mic gain and the Blue output level. You can also ignore all this stuff.
That’s because Logitech has seen fit to include a bunch of filters titled with things like “high voice soft” and “high voice loud,” “FM station,” “broadcaster.”
What really makes all of this tick though is the mic test. You’ll record a short sample. Make it a short sentence – something with lots of different sounds. Then, hit play and start messing around. You can just try out different filters if you want, or you can dive into the dozens of dials and science your voice to perfection. Each change is applied in real time to the voice sample as you play it back, and repeats until you hit stop so that you’re not having to go back and hit play each time you make a change. This makes getting a great-sounding voice easy and convenient. It’s still your voice – there aren’t any robot or ghost filters in here – it’s just the best-sounding version of your voice possible.
You can communicate knowing that the person at the other end isn’t cringing when you hit a sibilant sound or a microphone pop. You can also set your audio gate to match your environment. Your teammates will hear you, not your excitable dog.
On the listening side, there are plenty of options, too. The headset includes DTS Headphone:X 2.0 surround sound, and you can set things like sidetone and noise filtering as well. One thing that many gamers are likely to appreciate is the inclusion of presets set by pro gamers like TSM Myth and G2 shox. I don’t know who those people are, but if you do, you can use exactly the same settings these pro gamers use in their games. Then, when you get wrecked five minutes into the match, you can’t blame your headset, because you’re using exactly the same headset and settings those players use.
The headset has to sound good, too. Hearing audio cues clearly can mean the difference between winning and losing. Knowing where the pirate is on your ship, where the operator is in the compound, and just hearing what your teammates are saying. The headset uses the same Pro-G 50mm drivers that they used in the G935. Logitech claims that the drivers offer better low-frequency response with less distortion. The focus is on accurately reproducing sound for the best possible experience rather than shaking your head off your shoulders. When you do switch from playing games to listening to music, though, you’ll want to make sure to disable the virtual surround sound. It works great in games, but makes music sound terrible.
As someone who owns a lot of headphones, I can say that the Pro X headset isn’t going to replace my M50x headphones or my Shure SE535 earbuds. Those, however, are dedicated headphones and earbuds that cost more than the Pro X does with all its bells and whistles. They do one thing – play music – and do it really well.
The Pro X does an great job with music, all the same, and I don’t feel like I’m getting a “lesser” experience with them. The oscillating effects in RJD2’s ‘Ghostwriter’ show off a relatively wide sound stage. The bass on Alice in Chains’ MTV Unplugged album and Kyuss’ ‘Space Cadet’ are clear and clean. Instrument and track separation is solid, too, in tracks like Calexico & Iron and Wine’s ‘Burn that Broken Bed’ or any of Mr. Bungle’s many-layered tracks.
In short, I’m over the moon with the Pro X headset. I sit and wear it at my computer just because I like wearing it. Even headsets I like I only wear as long as I’m playing a game – this is something special.
Before I even pump music or games through the headset, I love the Pro X. It’s a gorgeous headset that marries simple and elegant design with a sturdy build. It’s incredibly comfortable and provides enough comfort and connection options between the two cables and two earcup sets to make sure you have choice without overloading you. The included bag means you don’t lose the stuff, either.
Meanwhile, it sounds great, too. Logitech’s big drivers deliver on their promise. These sound as good as the best headsets I’ve worn, if not better. I’d pick them over any of my wireless headsets without hesitation.
The mic, though, is what truly sets the Pro X apart. In a recent game, one of my frequent teammates said “I keep thinking about that mic. You sound so good. You sound like a radio DJ or something.” This was unprompted, and I wasn’t doing a silly voice at the time or anything like that. The mic sounds so good that people will notice it and say something.
The Pro X is Logitech’s best wired headset and, unless you really need wired, I would recommend it over any of their wireless gear, too.
Disclaimer: Logitech provided a review unit that we spent about 40 hours playing games and listening to music with before starting this review.