I like reviewing budget and entry level peripherals. Usually older veterans of gaming peripherals know what they want and how they want it unlike newcomers looking to get their feet wet on gaming gear. Of course, what most newcomers want and prefer is a budget peripheral that executes its basic features in the best possible. Essentially in better terms, what newcomers are looking for are the best bang for buck gaming peripherals. And with the amount of brands out there competing for your hard earned cash, thankfully we have a lot to choose from. The key in looking for a good budget gaming peripheral is basically wading all through the endless gaming peripherals released recently, picking out the best with price in mind of course and eventually slimming it down to one. This is your preferred pick out of all the candidates that caters to your specific needs. This may it be specific games, build quality, specific features, aesthetic appearance or you might even consider the simplicity it holds. Since a newcomer won’t necessarily need yet all these new features that a lot of high end gaming gear offers.
Logitech is a serious contender for entry level gear with their Prodigy line. We have reviewed a few in the past which includes gaming mice and keyboards so if you’ve seen those reviews or own a Prodigy product yourself, you might want to add this to your Prodigy lineup. However, if you’re new to the Prodigy line and in search of a gaming headset with a tight budget, the Logitech G231 Prodigy Gaming Headset is another serious contender like many of Logitech’s Prodigy products.
The Prodigy G231 is a budget gaming headset that has a good set of features and compatibility alongside it if you also play on a PS4 or Xbox One besides your PC. Logitech chose to focus on the basic features to help keep the price down at around $70 but you can also find some at an incredibly price of as low as $99AUD.
Logitech G231 Review – Whats in the Box?
The Logitech G213 comes in a medium sized blue box. In front of the box is a picture of the G213 itself along with its name and the Logitech branding. One thing to note here is the Xbox One, PS4 and PC printed on the box letting you know that you can use the product on these platforms. On the other sides of the box, you can see other specifications for the product.
There’s not a lot of content inside the box. When you take it out of its packaging, you will encounter the Logitech G213 protected inside a hard plastic. Inside it as well is manual and the Y-splitter you would need for a PC connection.
At first glance you would confuse the Logitech G231 with the G230. The build design is exactly the same except that the Logitech G230 is red while the G231 is neon orange. It also has the same design as the G430. All three are large headsets with over-the-ear cup design. So people who have slightly bigger ears might grow uncomfortable after prolonged use. Although I know some people who does not mind it at all and even find it comfortable so in the end, it’s still subjective.
The G231 has soft cushion padding towards the top below the arc of the headphones. The foam inside is quite thick and has a cool neon orange color to it to make it pop.
Like the padding, the ear cup pads also have a generous cushion inside which provides a lot of comfort. It also has nice neon orange highlights to its side like the padding. The cups are made from breathable cloth material. The cloth feels soft to the touch and quite durable so you won’t expect these things to tear up on you unless you don’t really take care of them properly. The cups cover both ears decently and if you have relatively small to medium sized ears, it will have a nice snug fit. It doesn’t fit tightly either unlike sealed headphones that tend to give discomfort after long hours of use. The big ear cup design pretty much covers most of the ear to prevent cartilage ear discomfort which I tend to get with my other headphones that have smaller ear cups and a tighter grip.
The ear cups can also rotate from left to right giving enough room for various head shapes and sizes. The grip on your ear is not too tight as I’ve said but it isn’t too loose either. People who have fairly smaller heads won’t have any problems with the headphones being too loose on their head and eventually falling off.
The headband where you pull the ear cups is sturdy and is made of metal. It has a decent amount of length to be able to fit people with bigger heads.
The mic boom has longer length than other headphones but not to worry however, you can also fold it and make it bend if it’s too long. The mic boom is made with flexible material and you can bend it 90 degrees without damaging it. With its long length, it doesn’t need to be extendable.
The cable is 2 meters long which is enough but also not too short that you wouldn’t have room to move. I’ve had headphones that have cables that are incredibly long , I had to tape them and I’ve also head headphones that are too short that I found myself inching closer to the point that staying in that position for too long made me uncomfortable. There’s an added Y-splitter if you want to use it for your PC that requires a separate audio input and mic input separately.
Towards the end closer to the headphone, there’s an inline volume control and mic mute switch for easier headphone control access. This is great when you instantly want to mute your mic when you’re playing with people and the software you’re using for mic doesn’t have push to talk. It’s also great if you don’t like using the push to talk feature since you have to continuously hold the button.
The general build quality of the G213 offers decent quality for its price. It doesn’t look like a $70 headphone either and it’s comfortable to use.
Height: 7.44 in (189mm)
Width: 7.24 in (184mm)
Depth: 4.0 in (89.2 mm)
Weight: 9.0 oz (255 g) without cables
Connection Type: Analog 4 poles 3.5mm plug
Headphone Type: Analog Stereo Headphones
Corded or Wireless: Corded
Driver size: 40 mm
Headphone Sensivity: Analog 4 poles 3.5mm plug
Headphone Frequency Response:20hz-20khz
Microphone Type: Cardioid (Unidirectional)
Microphone Frequency Response: 50hz-20khz
Audio Controls: Volume control, Microphone mute
Noise Canceling: No
Cable: 2 m
Y-splitter extension: 12 cm
Using the Product
There’s not much to do when using the Logitech G231. As we’ve said earlier, it doesn’t even have software support.
All you really need to do is make sure you have everything inside the box and plug it in. You can refer to the box contents on the “What’s in the box?” part of this review. After that, just plug it in. If you’re using it for PS4 or Xbox One you can plug it in directly, however if you’re using it for the PC, you would need the Y-Splitter to connect it.
Unlike other Logitech products, the G213 doesn’t offer software support. It doesn’t have RGB lighting or other features that need customization or tinkering. However, you can still contact support via the Logitech website if you need any help on the product.
It’s great for starters. It doesn’t offer new features but the build quality is great for a $99AUD product. The overall aesthetic too is really good. I personally love the neon orange highlights to make it stand out while also not making it look to weird. It has a perfect balance aesthetically of not being too simple but also not being too flashy either. The build quality is good and the metal extension provides a sturdy frame. Add all of these and you have nice budget headphone that doesn’t look like one. It looks professional and high end.
The mic quality is decent for its price range. You can clearly understand the words spoken through the mic which makes this a good team cooperative headphone for gaming.
Lastly, we have the most important feature, the sound quality. The G213 produces clear and detailed sound that rivals headphones from higher price range. Of course if you nitpick on it, you can tell that others are better but as I’ve said at the beginning, it’s hardly noticeable at all which I think is what entry level consumers are looking. It is something that you won’t easily be able to tell which is better unless you really compare it and nitpick on every detail. It also has a wide soundstage perfect for listening to various types of music. Acoustic music really does great with this headphone. The midrange is pretty neutral but with great high frequency extension. The bass is quite decent. This is the one that you can clearly tell apart without having to compare with others. It isn’t as deep or as large like other headphones. However, it still clearly has that impact that bass sounds are typically known for. Overall, the Logitech G231 is a pretty solid pick when you have a tight budget.