There are a million gaming headsets out there, making it harder for those of us who don’t have time to wade through each new feature set and design, and just want to pick up the best headset money can buy.
The new Logitech Pro X claims to be the undisputed king of gaming headsets, offering premium quality virtual surround sound, top of the line comfort, and a microphone built by Blue (the microphone company purchased by Logitech last year) .
Design and comfort
When I took the Pro X out of the box, it was hard not to notice that this is a beautiful headset. Logitech has always made aesthetically-pleasing peripherals, and the Pro X might be the prettiest one yet. While there’s no flashy RGB lighting, the black-and-silver color scheme exudes a premium, luxury feel. The steel and aluminum frame is as sleek as it is sturdy. Logitech didn’t skimp on the build quality – this headset is rock solid.
When it comes to comfort, the Pro X feels great. The seal on my ears was snug, but not oppressive. The Pro X was light enough that I wore it for hours and forgot the headset was even on. One thing that really stood out to me was that the Pro X doesn't push the sides of my glasses into my head, like a lot of other headsets do, nor does it slide around, forcing me to readjust it. It’s a great fit that I often don’t find in gaming headsets.
But the pièce de résistance of the Pro X has to be the memory foam leatherette earpads. They’re generously padded and roomy enough for even the largest ears. They also do a great job of keeping the sound inside the headset without forcing my ears into the side of my skull.
Logitech also included a second pair of velour earpads for those who want the feel of fabric. The velour is more breathable, with a slightly looser fit, but it leaks more sound than the leatherette earpads. It’s easy to change between earpads – just pop one pair off and snap the new pair on.
Performance and features
The Pro X offers several different options to plug into your devices. If you’re on PC, you’ll want to use Logitech’s USB DAC. This lets you to enable the headset’s biggest selling points – the virtual surround sound and Blue Voice microphone technology.
For those gaming on consoles, you can use a traditional 3.5mm jack.The Pro X has a second rubber cable that’s designed for use with your phone. While the Pro X is a little too bulky for me to want to take out in the street or on a train, thatt’s a cool inclusion, especially if you’re someone who does a lot of mobile gaming.
The sound quality on the Pro X is excellent. It comes equipped with 50 mm drivers, giving the soundstage a natural, wide sound. Music is lush and vibrant across a variety of genres. Mid-range frequencies are crisp, with a nice, warm tonality. The bass is powerful and raw, but not too rattly like a lot of headsets that want to deliver a bone-crunching bass.
In-game, the Pro X sounds better than any other headset I’ve used. Sound effects are viscerally immersive. Each scream of an enemy, each sword slice and gunshot, felt shockingly realistic.
This is one of the few headsets where the virtual surround sound transcended its gimmicky status and became a full-blown game-changer. I think what helps is the effect is subtle, but noticeable, especially when comparing characters at a distance versus up close and personal. It sounds hyperbolic, but I actually enjoyed playing games more with the Pro X. Whether I was playing shooters like Overwatch or hack-and-slash titles like Dead Cells, I felt like I was experiencing these old favorites for the first time.
The microphone comes equipped with Blue Voice technology. Most gaming headsets have an adequate-at-best microphone. Not the Pro X. The Blue voice tech is more than just a gimmick – it actually gives your voice a more rounded, natural sound, with surprisingly deep bass and punchy mid-range that rivals some standalone USB microphones.
With Logitech’s G Hub software, you can customize the mic’s compression, hi-pass filter, noise reduction, gate, and more. It’s a little overwhelming, but for those who don’t mind digging in and messing around, you can have a field day tuning the Pro X’s mic to sound exactly how you want it. Thankfully, there are also a bunch of presets if you’d rather just pick something and get back to gaming. The microphone is also detachable, allowing for easier transportation and storage.
If $129 for the Pro X is a little steep for you, Logitech also has the Pro headset, which is less expensive at $99. However, with his model you’re missing out on the additional fabric earpads, the Blue Voice technology, and the virtual surround sound. Without these features it's far less exciting than the Pro X, and a $30 savings doesn't feel quite significant enough to warrant the loss of those bells and whistles - but it's always nice to have different options on the market.
With the Pro X, Logitech has made the ultimate gaming headset, one that legitimately makes me enjoy playing games more. If you're in the market for a new headset or just want an instant upgrade for your current experience, check the Pro X out on Newegg.