Last week I took a look at the G502 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse and was shocked at how much it’s improved over previous generations, so I couldn’t wait to give the G633 Artemis Spectrum Gaming Headset a go. Unlike the G502 which was released back in 2014, the G633 was only just released in the fall of 2015 and is already being herald as a top tier gaming headset.
This headset is slick. The second after I took it out of the box, I had to put it on, it was that inviting. After about an hour of wearing it while sitting on the couch, not plugged into anything, I was politely asked by my significant other to “Please either plug it into something or take it off. I feel like you’re wearing it just so you don’t have to listen to me”. Hear her I couldn’t, this headset has great isolation and outside noise would need to be fairly loud to bleed through. However, I decided I didn’t want to spend overnight on the couch, so I took them off and had a closer look.
I love the appearance of the G633. From it’s curved edges, to the distinguishable buttons, to the RGB lighting, it’s a stylish headset. The ear cups did seem slightly larger than what I’m used to, I only assumed this was to support the 7.1 Dolby or DTS Headphone:X Surround Sound. I couldn’t find the microphone right away it’s that well hidden, which is a good thing when not in use. If it performed half as good as it looked, I was in for a treat.
- RGB Lighting provides up to 16.8 million color choices which can be customized to two separate LED zones, the light strip and the logo.
- Soft, breathable material used in the ear cups and along the underside of the headband make this a comfortable headset for long gaming sessions. The ear cups are able to swivel, and can also be removed in order to wash them. Outside side panels of the ear cups can be easily removed and my guess is that customized panels are on their way.
- The noise cancelling microphone, as noted above, is well hidden. Once pulled down from the headset, it can telescope out via a wire tubing for further placement options. When finished with the microphone, it will automatically mute upon inserting it back into the headset.
- The left ear cup features three programmable “G” buttons, along with volume and mute control, and the ability to switch between USB and Analog sources.
- Logitech’s gaming software provides users with the ability to control the RGB lighting, set up custom profiles which can then be mapped onto the “G” buttons, and enable both 7.1 Dolby and DTS Headphone X Surround sound through use of the “Pro G” drivers.
- USB and Analog provide multi source audio mixing controlled by a switch found on the left ear cup. This allows people to hear audio from two separate devices or applications. This is a nice feature for streamers who like to listen to music while playing, without having to worry about copyright claims.
- Removable micro USB and 3.5mm cables do away with always attached cords.
- A wireless version of the headset is available for an extra $50 USD named the G933.
The G633 Artemis Spectrum Gaming Headset performs well in all categories, and although it is primarily a gaming headset, it delivers crystal clear audio in the form of music tracks too! I had this puppy cranked up to the max with some Rage Against The Machine, and there was little to no distortion at even the highest levels with the bass coming through nicely. I found two somewhat negative aspects of the G633, the first being that it is somewhat difficult to get positioned properly on your head. I feel like once it is in place, it doesn’t take too much effort to have it slide off your head when leaning forwards or backwards.
The second point is that some may feel uncomfortable wearing this headset out and about, even with the retractable microphone, as it does scream “gaming headset” with the oversized ear cups and multiple buttons. Since it is so large, it may be tough to pack properly without damaging as well.
As with the G502 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse, I highly encourage you to have the Logitech Gaming Software installed while using this peripheral. Not doing so would be akin to driving a car without a heater while living in Alaska. Sure you could do it, but it would be so much more enjoyable to have it installed.
If you would like to read more about the G633 Artemis Spectrum, visit Logitech’s G-Series of products here.