Logitech G’s Prodigy line seems to be meant for the newer PC gamers, introducing them to a whole world of gaming peripherals without inundating them with complicated hardware options. By combining basic high-end functionality with a simple design package, Logitech G intends to hit the sweet spot for entry-level gaming. We take a look at their Logitech G231 Prodigy Gaming Headset to see just how they want to achieve that in the highly competitive headset market.
Design and Comfort
For those of you familiar with the Logitech G230, the G231 Prodigy is pretty much a direct upgrade. Following a similar, more traditional Logitech-style, the orange highlights and dark gray plastic are a stark contrast to the LED highlights and radical design of the Artemis Spectrum series.
The headband and over-the-ear cups are lined with thick foam, opting to go for minimal weight and maximum comfort. The earcups are padded with a thin, breathable cloth fabric that is washable so you can keep the headset clean after long hours of use. While the pads don’t block much noise from the background, they feel cooler and are not as uncomfortable as some fully sealed headphones. But if you’re looking for ambient noise reduction, you’re probably better off checking out the G633 or the G933 headsets.
The ear cups are also highly flexible, swiveling to accommodate most users’ ears and they can even be made to lie flat, making them easy to transport. The microphone sits unusually high up on the left ear cup, but its longer length makes it easier to adjust. Being made of a flexible material also helps customize it to your preferences and direct the microphone to the correct area of your face.
As these are stereo analog headphones, they channel their audio through a single 3.5mm connector and can work with most consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One S as well as smartphones and tablets. They do come with a Y-connector included so you can separate the outputs into headphone and microphone ports.
The inline controls include a volume wheel and a microphone mute switch along with a clip to secure then onto your clothes. However, they seem to be placed a little too low so there was some cable slack for me to deal with.
While the headset doesn’t feel as plush or luxurious as the higher-end models, they’re definitely comfortable enough to be worn for long stretches of time. They don’t press down too hard on your ears and I could spend hours grinding corn in Stardew Valley without any complaints.
When it comes to their audio quality, Logitech doesn’t skimp out. The stereo analog headset uses 40mm drivers and offers a frequency response of 20Hz to 20KHz. There was a good deal of clarity between the highs and lows, everything from the crunch of boots to the explosions of land mine.
Without a USB connection and digital amplifier, there is not much in the way of modifying the sound settings but the simplicity of just plugging-in and diving right in is still appealing. The G231 Prodigy was capable of handling whatever kind of gaming environment I could throw at it and for a budget headset, it didn’t show any markedly visible signs of compromise.
Probably the only downside of the G231, the microphone is average at best. While my voice was clearly heard, there was also a ton of static noise picked up from the background. Most games with open-mic settings might be able to handle the noise detection levels, but I would suggest keeping it muted when you’re not actively talking.
While the Logitech G231 Prodigy headset stands in the budget category of gaming headsets, it sets itself apart with clear stereo audio and a comfortable design. While they may not be in the same dynamic range as their more expensive counterparts, they certainly hit high above their weight class.
Priced at around AED 250, if you’re not looking for surround sound effects and planning on getting a pair of entry-level gaming headphones, the Logitech G231 are hard to beat on pure value.