It has to be said that, for the most part, gaming headsets are a bit, well… plasticky, with many manufacturers preferring to deliver an audio substance over outright aesthetic style. The same cannot however be said for the Logitech Pro X Gaming Headset. See, not only does this piece of gaming goodness look like it has burst straight out of a professional music studio, but it pretty much sounds like one too.
From the very first minute you set eyes on the Logitech Pro X Gaming Headset, you’ll understand that you’ve got a quality piece of kit in your hands, ready to be placed over your head. Coming in with a gloriously understated black design, it is just a small bit of external mirrored chrome on each ear cup which allows for any breakup. I have to admit to being somewhat enamoured by the logos sitting on these cups, with the Logitech logo standing proud amid a swirl of silver. Without a shadow of doubt, these look the part in terms of what is required for a top end headset.
The rest of the design is just as neat. The padded headband comes with the ‘Pro’ moniker lovingly emblazoned on the top of the headset, and this is off-set nicely by a super squishy, utterly comfortable underside to the headband. There are many gaming headsets out there that seem to do away with too much padding, but the Logitech Pro X is not one of them, ensuring that comfort is at hand at all times. With a lightweight black steel and aluminium inner band adjustable to multiple lengths, fitting on your bonce should not be an issue either. In fact, even though this headset looks relatively tiny when compared to other gaming headsets, like the Razer Nari Ultimate for instance, the amount of play in the headband brings about some great spring. This will easily fit any type of head.
It’s helped by the well padded memory foamed oval ear cups too. These sit nicely over your ears as opposed to on them, and with a huge amount of additional squish and plushness to the premium leatherette cups, they fit well, enclosing your lugs for as long as need be. They fit tight too, so you’ll have the full immersion available to you whenever you take to the gaming scene with the Pro X in tow. And with 50mm Hybrid mesh Pro-G drivers inside, the sounds that the Pro X allows are just as good. Whilst perhaps not as delightful as some recent Dolby Atmos powered kit that has become available on the market – Hi Mr RIG 800LX – you can’t really fault what Logitech are doing in terms of the audio coming in, and the DTS Headphone:X 2.0 that is being utilised is more than up to the job.
You can’t fault them for what is going out either. The Pro X comes with a detachable cardioid boom mic that seems to pick up every single tone of your voice superbly, delivering it out to party members whilst in game without fuss nor bother. At no point through use of the Pro X have I had a single teammate complain that they have been unable to hear me, or borne witness to any break up in the audio. In fact, it’s been a delight to use this headset during my Xbox One gaming sessions.
With a single 3.5mm audio port available on the Pro X, there isn’t a single button or dial in sight of the headset itself. Instead all the magic happens on the cable which attaches it to your controller, with a simple to use mute switch always to hand, alongside a standard volume dial which allows you to work the audio how you see fit. Perhaps annoyingly though the mute switch is tricky to see in dark conditions, and the red marker underneath the switch which signifies that a mute has been actioned is occasionally hard to pick out. A bright LED or the like would much be preferred.
However, whilst things work well on the Xbox scene, the Logitech Pro X has more magic up its sleeve. Thanks to the inclusion of Blue Voice purchasing this piece of kit for PC use will give you extra features. Adding in the included USB-A Sound Card adaptor for Windows PC or Mac – before having fun with the Logitech G Hub – adds absolutely crystal clear voice commands and a whole ton of EQ settings coming to the fore. You can easily record and amend your voice as you see fit, changing up parameters like those of the high-pass filter, noise reduction, de-esser and compressor amongst others. With a variety of preset audio templates in place, and the chance to create your own custom levels, I’ll go out on a limb here and say that I don’t think I’ve ever used a headset that provides such clarity and options in terms of voice audio as the Logitech Pro X Gaming Headset does on PC. It’s just a shame this can’t be used when complete with console or mobile too – it’s that darn good.
With a pair of alternative cloth ear cushions coming in the box should you wish to use them – personally I don’t see the need to switch out the plush leatherette ones that are attached by default – and a lovely little carry bag thrown in to store away not just the headset from harm, but the variety of cables at the same time, there’s a fair old bit of kit included with the Pro X. And for the price point, it certainly makes it a viable option for anyone looking to run the wired route with their gaming sessions on Xbox One. That said, if you’re in PC land, then the addition of the Blue Voice magic makes this an absolute no-brainer.
Massive thanks go out to Logitech for providing us a review unit of the Pro X Gaming Headset. If you wish to pick a set of these cans up for yourself then head on over to Logitech direct. You should be able to find them for around £110.