Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum Gaming Headset
Logitech requires little introduction and many of our readers should recognize their respectable presence in the gaming headset market which goes as far back to 2005 with the Precision PC Gaming Headset
. What we're looking at today is one in a pair of new flagship Logitech gaming headsets which boast RGB lighting on top of years of experience in audio products. The G633 Artemis Spectrum is the wired version of the new RGB headsets with the G933 being the wireless version.
Besides the new fancy RGB lights the G633 features Logitech's own Pro-G audio drivers, three customizable macro G-Keys, a folding microphone, multi device support including gaming consoles and mobile devices, integrated volume control, and 7.1 virtual surround sound. Much of these features can be found in Logitech's other high-end gaming headsets, the G35 and the G930, so it's clear this could be their winning formula.
Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum Gaming Headset Features:
Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum Gaming Headset Specifications:
- Expansive cinematic gaming: Advanced Pro-G audio drivers
- Easy access controls: Audio controls and 3 customizable G-Keys
- Customizable lighting: Up to 16.8 million colors
- Foldaway, noise-cancelling mic
- Simultaneously game, answer calls, and more: Mix audio from two devices
- Works on PC with USB and mobile devices with analog cable
- Software equalizer and custom sound profiles
- Swappable backlit custom tags
- Driver: 40 mm
- Frequency response: 20Hz-20KHz
- Impedance: 32 Ohms
- Sensitivity: 107dB SPL/mW
- Microphone Pickup pattern: Cardioid (Unidirectional)
- Size: 4mm
- Frequency response: 100Hz-20KHz
The G633 can be found on Amazon for $149.99
which isn't cheap. The wireless G933 is even more pricey at $199.99
which makes it the most expensive gaming headset from Logitech to date. A 2-year warranty at least guarantees decently long usage.
The G633 box opens like a gift box and sliding off the lid reveals the headset nested in a molded plastic tray. Beneath the tray is a box containing the accessory cables.
The G633 comes with a 4-pole 3.5mm analog cable, a USB-to-microUSB cable, and a safety notice. The quick start guide is actually printed on the inside of the box. It directs the user where to download the software and how to operate the two cable input modes. We've got an exciting review ahead so hang on.
Looking Around the Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum
The G633 Artemis Spectrum is a full-sized circumaural gaming headset. What should stand out is its size. While it is not the heaviest gaming headset we have reviewed, the earcups are hefty and thick to accommodate the electronics.
The foldable microphone is the only big business going on the front of the headset. Looking elsewhere, Logitech has put RGB light zones, volume control wheel, and the G-Keys on the back. While the placement of these controls may not appear to be an intuitive, it was easy using the left thumb to adjust the volume. It took a bit longer to remember the feel of the shape of the three individual G-Keys and they're stiff enough that the entire earcup has to be held to press those buttons. By putting RGB LEDs on the back of the headset, the lighting is visible to others people standing around.
The G633 has thick foam earpads with ample earspace and padding on the headband wrapped in mesh cloth.
The adjustable headband is light, but sturdy. It has a high clamping force to secure the heavy headset on the head.
Two sets of hinges give the earcups articulation to rest flatly and securely on the head.
The microphone folds cleanly into the headset which automatically mutes it and causes the headset's lights to flash red momentarily.
The tip of the microphone boom is also retractable and can be bent to adjust the pickup pattern. Muting the microphone from either system volume or the button on the headset turns on a red LED indicator on the tip of the boom.
The G633 comes with two cables: a 5 ft. (60 in. / 1.5 m) braided 4-pole 3.5mm cable and a 9 ft. 10 in. (118 in. / 3 m) long USB-to-microUSB cable. On the bottom of the left earcup are jacks for these cables. A sliding switch on the same earcup controls which jack receives the input.
The 3.5mm analog cable has an inline microphone and controller with a clip placed 6 inches from one end. It has a built-in volume control wheel that works independently of the source, a play/pause button for mobile devices, microphone mute, and a switch for choosing either the headset microphone or the inline microphone.
On each side of the headset are what Logitech calls swappable tags. These are stylized plastic plates held in place by magnets.
Logitech Gaming Software
The Logitech Gaming Software must be downloaded in order to fully utilize the G633 Artemis Spectrum's features including G-Key assignments, LED color settings, and virtual surround sound. This same software program is also used for other Logitech Gaming products. It can be downloaded from Logitech's support webpage
The home menu for the G633 features a graphic of the headset with glowing G-Keys. Clicking those keys brings up the G-Key assignment menu which can also be accessed from the bottom row along with the other settings.
On the G-Keys setting menu, there is a list of commands to the left of the headset graphic that can be modified or assigned to a G-Key.
A command can be edited or created to a wide set of functions including media controls, text macros, and program shortcuts.
In the lighting settings, several lighting presets are provided as well as the option to make custom ones. The G633 can store one lighting setting to its onboard memory.
Logitech Gaming Software now allows for the light setting of compatible RGB gaming peripherals to be synced.
With a custom lighting profile, the user can adjust the brightness, color, and effect of the lights on the headset. Leaving the lighting effect to off keeps the LED lights at a steady glow.
Other menu options include per-profile settings and Lighting Sleep Timer
which turns off the LED lights after a set idle time.
The breathing effect lighting effect causes either the logo light zone or the side light zones or both to pulse on and off at a certain rate in the settings.
The color cycle lighting effect causes the lighting zone to change color continuously in a set order.
A volume level and equalizer menu controls the system volumes of the headphones and microphones as well as providing a simple equalizer and an advanced equalizer. To the left is a list of equalizer presets and custom sets.
The G633 features 7.1 virtual surround sound implementations from Dolby and DTS. During our listening, there wasn't any substantial difference in positional audio so it is probable that the virtual surround is upmixing the stereo input to simulate the sound of a spacious room with speakers.
Turning on the surround mixer, we see there is a slider for toggling between DTS Headphone:X and Dolby Surround Sound.
DTSL Headphone:X has a few settings selectable in the drop down menus. There are three room presets – DTS 7.1, First Person Shooter, and Logitech Signature Studio – and three stereo modes – Super Stereo Front and Super Stereo Wide.
Dolby Surround Sound features volume levels for each of the simulated surround sound channels.
On this page, we demonstrate in photographs the array of RGB lighting in different lighting conditions with not only the G633 Artemis Spectrum headset, but also the G910 Orion Spark gaming mechanical keyboard, and G303 Daedalus Apex gaming mouse. Since our G910 review, a firmware update has eliminated the 8-bit color gradient limitation and the keyboard now has smooth color transitions for its lighting effects. Clicking on a thumbnail will bring up the full-sized image.
Subjective Listening: Music, Movies, and Games
Not everyone hears the same as each other. People's ears are different and preferences dictate our style. The subjective listening tests in our reviews not only compare the product with other gaming headsets, but also audiophile-grade headphones. Those who don't regularly listen with higher-end equipment may not notice the sound quality deficiencies we are able to notice.Music
Though the G633 Artemis Spectrum has multiple operational modes through different cables and surround sound implementations, it maintains a distinct sound character. The highs are bright and shrilly, mids are present and upfront, and lows are almost nonexistent. Audio outputted from the G633's integrated audio chipset had some detail missing across all frequencies and delivering audio over the 3.5mm analog cable from a dedicated sound card yielded a better result.Movies
Though the very weak bass response doesn't lend to an explosive entertainment audio experience, the controlled mids don't overwhelm trebles which give good pop to sound. Movies and TV shows sound pretty good with the G633 since the less busy nature of the medium when compared to music, is more forgiving with less bass. The virtual surround in Logitech Gaming Software is best used for movies and TV to give a different character.
The G633 is best used for gaming. The bright shrilly highs aggressively elevate most environmental effects such as footsteps and gunshots so that they stand out from most other sounds. By focusing the sound character on high frequencies where there tends to be less reverb, gaming sounds are tight and precise. Positional audio is only acceptable however and is not particularly impressive.
The recording quality of the microphone is good with no serious distortion imparted upon voice chat.
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
Logitech set out to make its RGB gaming headsets, the G633 and G933 Artemis Spectrum, both functional and cool looking. With our G633 review sample, it scores well, but not spectacularly in all the major categories aside from the RGB lighting.
The sound character is tuned more for gaming audio than any other listening application. Trebles are very bright and quite shrilly and bass is near nonexistent. By relying on focused highs, sounds in the game environment snap with precise timing. Positional audio is only acceptable and virtual surround is meant more for simulating a cinematic sound for movies and TV. Aggressive equalization can change the sound for more immersive music, though audio quality suffers particularly with instrument heavy tracks.
Comfort was obviously a major design consideration for the G633 ranging from the selection of materials to the mechanics. Mesh cloth covered padding is gentle and doesn't warm up the skin as much as leatherette though we are aware some people have a preference for the latter. The earspace is generous permitting the wearer freedom to align the headset on his or her head in just about any position. Each double jointed earcup is pressed flat against the head for even pressure distribution. The G633 become uncomfortable to wear after long gaming sessions during which the combination of the weight and decent amount of clamping pressure needed to secure the headset on the head. The microphone meets the typical requirement of most gamers with its good voice recording quality.
The appearance of the Artemis Spectrum headsets is quite impressive in several regards even beyond the RGB lighting. Faux nickel-plated surfaces and matte black plastic crossed by glossy patterns accent the exterior. The size of the earcups and the earpads also give a sense of grandness. The RGB LED lights on the G633 are perhaps the most impressive compared to other current gaming headsets with such a feature. The color produced remains visible in our well-lit photographs. Gradients transitioned smoothly without any visible “steps.” Bringing together a suite of Logitech Gaming RGB gear and syncing their lighting in Logitech Gaming Software was impressive to watch.
By and far the biggest weakness of both Logitech Artemis Spectrum headsets is how much they cost at $149.99 for the G633
and $199.99 for the wireless G933
. The list of features is convincing to those vested with an interest in the aesthetic, but budgeted gamers and audio purists are going to steer clear of these headsets. As far as RGB gaming headsets go, the G633's has little competition. Steelseries's lineup of Siberia Elite headsets are nearly as comfortable and light change gradients aren't smooth. The lights on Razer's Kraken Chroma and Corsair's newer Void RGB headsets are nowhere near as bright as those on Logitech's Artemis Spectrum headsets. The RGB gaming headset market is still very open and we hope increased competition will force improvements and sway pricing. For now, Logitech upped the standard.
Legit Bottom Line:
The Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum commands an enthusiast gamer pricing on a headset with impressive RGB lighting tacked on more modest high-end sound quality and features.