Asus, Logitech, Steelseries: gaming headsets wars

Powerful sound, good microphone, comfortable fit, wired or wireless connection.We test three headsets for PC and console players and say which one is worth the money.

High-end gamers have similar demands on their hardware as audiophile music fans. Ordinary headsets must therefore bring along a lot of features. We tested and compared the following three devices

The headsets from Logitech and Steelseries can be used wirelessly, the Asus headset is firmly connected with a USB cable.

The processing of all headsets is very good. The manufacturers rely on high-quality plastic, in addition comes metal, such as hinges or the bracket. The exception is the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum, which is completely made of plastic.

In design, the ghosts are different. Especially the Asus ROG headset is fully responsive to the RGB trend, the headset not only flashes, it can also be synchronized with other headsets or lights in the PC. This may be interesting for e-sports teams, in fact it is gimmickry and even cheesy depending on the viewing angle. Also, the Logitech device lights up, the colors can be set in the associated app. Only the Steelseries headset comes without LEDs.

All tested headsets connect easily with PCs and Playstation 4. The Asus ROG Strix Fusion 500 relies exclusively on cable, the connection is via USB.

The Logitech headset works both wirelessly and via cable. This is a 2.4 GHz dongle included, this can be plugged into the PC or the Playstation 4. Alternatively, the devices can be connected directly to the headset via USB and jack plug.

The Steelseries headset is completely wireless. In addition to Bluetooth, the device connects via 2.4 GHz with the included transmitter. This can be connected via optical cable and jack with PC, TV, consoles or stereo and then transmits the sound with a lossless codec on the headset.

What about the Xbox One? Here it is a bit more complicated, because of the fact that Microsoft does not play audio over USB with the Xbox One. The Steelseries device can still be connected to the optical input , the Logitech headset must be plugged into the controller .

The audio quality of all three devices is very good. If you like it more bass-heavy, you should use the Asus ROG, the sound of the Logitech G933 and Steelseries Arctis is more balanced.

The Logitech and Asus devices produce a virtual 7.1 sound image, but Logitech can only do this on the PC. That sounds great. Logitech and Steelseries headsets support Doly DTS Headphone X.

The microphones show a slightly larger difference. Although players always heard us understandably in the test, the language is more nasal in the Asus ROG.

It is interesting that Steelseries offers at the transmission box the possibility to actively influence the sound. For example, the ratio of voice chat to game volume can be adjusted. Ambient noise suppression has worked best on the Steelseries headset.

All tested headsets are over-ear devices, with longer Zock-Sessions the ears become warm accordingly. The headsets were also comfortable for longer games. The Steelseries and Asus devices keep the headset in a good position. With the back of Logitech slightly offset, the headset can slide off your head when you place your head back. In the test, this happened when drinking.

The Logitech and Steelseries headsets rely on batteries. Although it can be exchanged with Logitech, it is charged in the headset. Steelseries supplies two batteries that can be exchanged during operation. For charging, a battery is plugged into the transmitter so that there is always a full battery.

Battery life
Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Steelseries Arctis Pro Wireless
Runtime (manufacturer) 12 hours Ten hours
Runtime (with LEDs) Ten hours
Term (practice) Seven hours Ten hours

In the high-end range, the headsets take little quality. Our test winner is the Steelseries Arctis Pro Wireless. The sound of the headset is right, and there is a connection option for almost every output device with the transmitter box. A high-end device for a high price.

 

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ASUS ROG Strix Fusion 500 Gaming Headset (90YH00Z2-B8UA00)

Asus ROG Strix Fusion 500

Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Black (981-000599)

Logitech G933 Artemis, black

Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum White (981-000621)

Logitech G933 Artemis, white

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless black (61473)

Steelseries Arctis Pro Wireless

 

The prize winner comes from Logitech. The Artemis G933 not only costs the least, it also leaves the choice between cable and radio. Bluetooth would have been nice instead of the pure 2.4 GHz radio, but in practice are the many cables with which you can connect the device almost everywhere. The Asus headset is placed in the middle. For gamers who appreciate a uniform RGB lighting and good sound, but the device is worth a look.

Overview
product Arctic Pro Wireless G933 Artemis Spectrum ROG Strix Fusion 500
Manufacturer SteelSeries Logitech Asus
sound Dolby DTX Headphones 2.0 7.1 7.1
Cable / wireless – / ✔ ✔ / ✔ ✔ / –
LED
controls grope grope touch
PC / Playstation / Xbox ✔ / ✔ / – ✔ ✔ / – ✔ ✔ / –
Battery life up to 10 hours 12 hours, 7 hours with LEDs
comfort ++ + ++
processing ++ ++ ++
sound Balanced Balanced Bass-heavy
microphone Very well Very well nasal
grade 1 2 2

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