Once you go black…
There are way too many buzzwords and features clogging up gaming peripherals, especially with headsets. Most of them are made with style over substance in mind. Truth be told, it is necessary for peripheral makers, both legitimate and questionably so. However, an old-fashioned fella like me just want a sleek-looking headset with great sound and a decent mic with a matching price tag to go along with it.
Logitech must have read my mind because their G PRO X Gaming Headset (Pro X for the remainder of this write-up) is pretty much what I’ve wanted out of a pair of headphones that complements my gaming habits. No frills & fuss; just regular functions done exceptionally well with a fair price. Like a Rolex, but for the ears.
As with any pair of headphones or gaming headsets, audio and vocal output matters. Some of these offer the best sounds but they have subpar microphones and vice versa. The Pro X has both covered to a tee in a robust fashion.
I won’t mince words: the headphones sound awesome. Playing through music to test headphones like the live version of Alice in Chains’ “No Excuses” or Yoshi Horikawa’s “Bubbles” is just straight-up aural bliss. When connected via USB and using Logitech’s hub tool (more on that later), you can adjust the stereo levels to your liking or just keep it to default and let the game’s audio take you for a ride. In my Overwatch bouts, I can hear every footstep, shot, or power-up sound and pinpoint where my opponents are coming from precisely through these headsets.
But to use this bad boy to the fullest, you will need the aforementioned Logitech G Hub app that lets you change up your microphone levels so that you can get the best output.
In fact, the headset’s Blue Voice feature (from the same guys that birthed the Blue Yeti microphone) is so crisp and clear that it’s almost an affordable substitute to a line audio input and XLR microphone setup.
This is assuming you know how to tweak your recording settings and have the patience to fiddle around with the G Hub microphone output levels. If you’re lazy, the hub even comes with some esports presets so you can hear what they hear when playing and livestreaming their CS:GOs or Dota 2s. Even if you’re not into that, you’ll have a ball just tweaking the microphone settings just for regular online play for your Destiny 2s, Division 2s, and Warframes.
I’m not sure what kind of tiny magical elves are making the Pro X sound good and create clear microphone recordings. Suffice to say, it’s hard to go back to any old headset once you put these on for a few hours.
Carry On Listening
Speaking of comfort, the Pro X is astoundingly comfortable to wear thanks to its plush earpads. They don’t squeeze your head like a vice; they just rest on your ears just dandy. Whether you’re crooning to some music for 30 minutes or playing through Overwatch in surround sound for hours, you won’t feel much when wearing these for a long while.
Just having this beast in your hands feels good. The cables you attach to it are braided and do not feel flimsy and thin. It’s not that heavy, yet it feels durable enough to withstand a few accidents thanks to its aluminium fork and steel headband.
The best part is you can wear it out in public without looking like a technicolour fool. Its choice of colours and material makes it great to bring out and carry. It’s a shame you can’t fold it into the provided black cloth bag so that you can save space when packing it. But to be frank, it’s sexy and stylish enough to be shown out in public without coming off as obnoxious.
Bad In Black
I was initially turned off by the packaging. The sleek black box that houses the headset did crop up some buzzwords amidst its oblique casing; like it’s trying to come off as a pretentious final answer to gaming headsets.
After days and hours listening and carrying the Pro X out and about, I truly believe it is. At least for headsets made last year and this year.
Truly, Logitech emerges triumphant by just creating a solid and classy product that demands to be rested on human ears. This is an apex predator that will soundblast the competition to kingdom come.
The price tag is nothing to sneeze at (RM699), but believe it when we say it is worth its weight in refined steel and aluminium. Short of spending RM1,500 on DJ-level headphones, you won’t find a better and sleeker deal than this.
Dub this one the Bentley of headsets if you wish; your eardrums won’t regret being in the bosoms of the Pro X’s outstanding build.
- Amazing sound output…
- …Amplified by DTS USB option.
- Godlike microphone powered by Blue Voice.
- Appropriately lengthy & beefy cables & jacks.
- Easy to carry around.
- Simple and elegant aesthetics-wise.
- Headphones do not swivel or fold.
FINAL SCORE: 100/100
Length: 138 mm
Width: 94 mm
Height: 195 mm
Weight (w/o cable): 320 g
PC Cable Length: 2 m
Mobile Cable Length: 1.5 m
PC splitter: 120 mm
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 Condense
Size: 6 mm
Frequency response: 100 Hz-10 KHz