Sophisticated design, solid sound

Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum gaming headset.
Photo: Logitech

The Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum gaming headset is a sophisticated beast, one that combines exquisitely detailed design with formidable performance.

It is packed with features such as simultaneous dual input (analog and USB), RGB lighting, three macro keys and inline volume control.

Right out of the box, it is clear that the headset is built for comfort. Both the headband and ear cups are padded with a layer of mesh-covered foam.

The cushioning is thick enough such that despite the headset weighing 374g - pretty hefty compared to other headsets like the Razer Kraken Pro or the SteelSeries Siberia V3 Prism that are both 300g or less - it does not feel heavy even after hours of use.

The ear cups also swivel to cater to different head shapes and sizes, and fold reasonably flat for easy storage.

Looks-wise, the Artemis Spectrum is one of the classiest-looking gaming headsets right now, with dark grey chrome accents and soft-glowing RGB lights on the side panels.

But what I really liked about the Artemis Spectrum was the attention to detail that went into crafting it. This manifests itself in the smallest of ways, like the triangular motif on the inside of the headband continuing onto the mesh ear cups, or the grooves of the 3.5mm jack being painted in Logitech's signature shade of blue.

The headset also sounds good. It eschews the usual overwhelmingly bass-heavy profile of most gaming headsets and excels in reproducing the details.

Its crisp and clean sound means that rapid noises, like the burst fire of a machine gun, come across wonderfully distinct.

Still, I found the bass a little too thin for my liking.

The balance of the headset tilts towards the mid-high range, to the point that it sometimes comes across a little shrill.

The virtual 7.1 surround sound was also not the most dynamic. I felt like there was a dead zone behind me when watching movies or playing games.

The button placement on the headset was also not to my liking.

I do not see the point of having three macro buttons on the back of the left ear cup. I doubt many gamers will be using such awkwardly placed triggers in the heat of battle.

The volume wheel, which is also on the left ear cup, was also placed such that I kept accidentally activating it when putting the headset on or taking it off.

TECH SPECS

PRICE: $229
DRIVER: 40mm
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 20Hz to 20KHz
SIZE: 190mm by 180mm by 94mm
WEIGHT: 374g

RATING

FEATURES: 4/5
DESIGN: 5/5
PERFORMANCE: 3/5
VALUE: 4/5

OVERALL: 4/5

Verdict: The Artemis Spectrum is a beautifully designed gaming headset that delivers solid (but not spectacular) sound.


This article was first published on December 16, 2015.
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