Logitech has announced a new series of gaming headsets. Dubbed the Artemis Spectrum series, the new range includes the G633 and a wireless top-of-the-range version, the G933.
They are the result of Logitech’s sound engineering team’s attempt to create a gaming headset that delivers audio comparable to top-shelf headphones. With patent pending Pro-G audio drivers, 7.1 Dolby surround sound, AND DTS’ Headphone:X 7.1, these headphones aim to immerse you into the game.
The two headphones look similar, with the G933 as the beefier big brother. The G933 includes a few more features than the G633, such as the ability to operate wirelessly and an additional audio input for up to three sources for sound mixing.
At Logitech’s audio lab in Camas, Washington, I got a hands-on with the two units that are billed as the successors to the G930 headset. The G633 uses either a wired USB or 3.5mm connection, while the G933 uses a 2.4GHz wireless USB mix adapter. If the user prefers, the G933 can use a wired connection as well. The G933’s wireless range is advertised at 15 meters, although I understood from Logitech engineers that they have been tested to reach up to 24 metres.
In addition PCs, the both headphones will also work with Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles – Xbox One owners will need to purchase a separate dongle. Each model features the programmable buttons on the left ear cup, right next to a volume wheel, mic toggle and input switch. Both headsets also feature programmable RGB lighting that can be controlled with Logitech Gaming Software.
At the heart of the Artemis headsets lie Logitech’s new Pro G driver, which was developed entirely in-house from the ground up. During a media visit to the lab, Logitech’s senior acoustical systems engineer Tracy Wick says the drivers deliver accurate highs and deep lows that are meant to compete with high-end consumer headsets. The driver uses a proprietary textile mesh membrane that offers audiophile-level sound, due to its lighter and softer characteristics – as compared to the thicker, ‘plastic’ like material used for the G930, which doesn’t do as good a job with high frequencies.
I had a chance to try out both headsets in the lab, and found the cans to be of moderate weight and of good construction, although I found the macro buttons to be a little tacky. I was especially impressed by the headset’s DTS surround demo in Logitech’s Signature Studio room. My first impression of the headset has been positive so far, but will leave my final judgement until I fully tested out the G633 headset that was provided for review. So expect a more in-depth look soon.
The G633 will retail for S$229 in mid-late September, while the G933 (priced at US$199 in the US) will not be available in the region. I’ve asked Logitech for a clarification on this, as it is a little odd to not launch what I think will be a very good value for money wireless gaming headset.
(UPDATE: A statement from Logitech on the G933 release)
“Logitech G commits to bring the best gaming offerings to the gaming communities around the world whenever and wherever possible. The new Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum is the latest gaming headphone with dual surround-sound technology that will be available in Asia from late September. The wireless version G933 is available in selected markets for now, and we’ll share updates when available.”
– Ujesh Desai, Vice President and General Manager of the Logitech Gaming business.