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What happens when you have a large number of products to be reviewed around and you suddenly receive a large box containing two of the most anticipated PC game titles of 2013? Now as expected we usually place all products in a line based on the when we received each one so we can be fair to every manufacturer out there. However we do make some exceptions due to certain events and so since we recently received Batman Arkham Origins and Battlefield 4 naturally we wanted to enjoy them as much as possible and the only possible way to do that was to place priority on certain gaming peripherals which is exactly what we did in the end. Of course combining business with pleasure is not the easiest thing but it's better than just business so for the past 7 days we've been focusing in testing gaming peripherals. So since we all know how important it is for game immersion to have good and clear audio today we will be taking a closer look at the latest 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Headset by Logitech the G430.
Focused on innovation and quality, Logitech designs personal peripherals to help people enjoy a better experience with the digital world. We started in 1981 with mice, which (new at the time) provided a more intuitive way of interacting with a personal computer. We became the worldwide leader in computer mice, and have reinvented the mouse in dozens of ways to match the evolving needs of PC and laptop users. Since those early days, we have expanded our expertise in product design beyond the computer mouse, with a broad portfolio of interface devices that are the “last inch” between you and your computer or your console game, digital music or home-entertainment system. With products sold in almost every country in the world, Logitech’s leadership in innovation now encompasses a wide variety of personal peripherals (both cordless and corded), with special emphasis on products for PC navigation, gaming, Internet communications, digital music and home-entertainment control. For each of our product categories, we study how our customers use their digital devices, and then our designers and engineers set their sights on how we can create a better experience with those devices – richer, more comfortable, more fun, more productive, more convenient, and more delightful.
For the latest G430 headset Logitech has used two stereo drivers paired with a 7.1 virtual surround USB soundcard a "recipe" which seems to be very successful especially amongst gamers since it offers a very good price/audio performance ratio. Each driver is 40mm in size (something that may end up hindering its bass performance and levels) and features a frequency response of 20Hz-20KHz with 32Ohm impedance and 90dB sensitivity. The fold-up microphone used is unidirectional and has a frequency response of 50Hz-20KHz with -40dB of sensitivity at 2.2KOhm. Specs-wise you can see that the G430 is not really something unique since there are many similar headsets out there from a large number of manufacturers, however as you will also see later on thanks to the quality of materials used, its design and the Logitech Gaming Software the G430 is far from your average 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Headset.