Logitech’s G Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED gaming headset is basic. There aren’t a lot of advanced features like active noise cancellation (ANC) or head-tracking on offer here. Instead, Logitech has focussed on improving the drivers to produce better audio quality.
This is an incredibly comfortable headset. It has a brilliant 70-hour battery and a capable microphone. But its main drawcard, the 50mm graphene drivers, fall a bit short of expectations.
Logitech wants you to think that these drivers deliver a massive increase in audio quality and blow other headsets out of the water. On paper, they should, but unfortunately, they don’t. Yes, I could hear quieter sounds in the mix, like enemy footsteps and instruments in the soundtrack. However, there was very little difference between the audio produced by the Pro X 2 headset and other – similarly priced – non-graphene headsets.
For $500, there’s not a lot on offer here. Most gaming headsets these days are comfortable, work with multiple devices and have long-lasting batteries. For a similar price, you can get a gaming headset that produces similar audio quality and has more advanced features included as well.
- Very comfortable
- Massive battery life
- Good audio quality
- No ANC
The Pro X 2 costs $500. This is a mid-range price more in line with the $550 JBL Quantum 910 Wireless. It’s more expensive than the Corsair HS80 RGB wireless headset, which costs $245 but not as expensive as the SteelSeries Nova Pro Wireless, which costs $880.
The Pro X2 headset is one of the most comfortable gaming headsets I’ve used. Weighing only 345g, it’s very light, and the memory foam earcups and headband are comfortable for extended periods of play. I appreciated that the headset came with both leatherette and velour earcups that can be switched out as well.
The headset provided a secure fit without uncomfortably squashing my head. This tight seal generates a good amount of passive noise isolation, which is ideal for a headset that doesn’t have ANC capabilities. With that said, if you’re using them in a busy environment, you may hear some audio leak through.
Unlike their predecessor, the earcups are on rotating hinges allowing them to turn 90° so they can lie flat. This comes in handy when placing the headset on a table or desk or storing it in a case, and it is a welcome improvement.
The left cup houses easy-to-access controls, an on/off switch, a volume wheel, a mic on/off button, a USB-C charging port, a Bluetooth on/off button and a port for the detachable microphone. On the right earcup, there’s a 3.5mm port for wired connections.
I’m not a huge fan of detachable microphones. I prefer a foldable mic like the one on the JBL 910 Wireless. However, this will come down to personal preference. I rarely use my gaming headset outside my house, but if you do, I can understand wanting the detachable mic.
The Pro X 2 is compatible with three connection types, a USB-A 2.4GHz LIGHTSPEED dongle, a 3.5mm jack and Bluetooth. This means the headset can connect to almost any device. Xbox players are only able to use the wired method, while PlayStation users can use all three; however, be warned, if you use the 2.4GHz dongle on PlayStation, the volume slider won’t work. Like most gaming headsets, the Pro X 2 is best on a PC.
The Pro X 2 comes in two colours, White and Black. Our review device boasted the white colour scheme, and it looks sleek and classy; however, RGB-lovers may be disappointed to find there are no flashy lighting options on offer here.
The Logitech Pro X 2 headset boasts two 50mm graphene audio drivers. To understand what this means, you need to know how audio is produced in headsets.
When you’re gaming – or listening to music – your device sends an electrical signal to your headset. This signal represents the sound in game, and it contains information about the audio, like the frequency and the volume. When this signal reaches your headset, it runs through an amplifier – if your headset has one – which boosts the signal, making it strong enough to move drivers inside each earcup and produce sound.
These drivers sit inside the earcups and contain an electromagnet and a small vibrating diaphragm, which is usually made of a flexible material like paper or plastic. When the amplified signal reaches the driver, it passes through a coil of wire attached to the diaphragm. This creates a magnetic field around the coil. This field then reacts with the electromagnet inside the driver, which makes the diaphragm move back and forth rapidly.
As this movement is happening, it pushes and pulls the air around it creating sound waves. These soundwaves travel through the earcup and into your ears, allowing you to hear audio. And by producing sound waves at different frequencies, the drivers can replicate various sounds.
The 50mm graphene drivers – a material usually reserved for more advanced headsets – bring some benefits. First, it’s an incredibly lightweight and rigid material. This allows the driver to vibrate more accurately in response to electrical signals. There’s less chance of unintended vibrations coming through the headset meaning the sound should be clearer and more detailed.
Graphene drivers are also more efficient. It doesn’t require as much power as other materials. This can extend the battery life of the headset. It’s also incredibly light, meaning manufacturers like Logitech can reduce the headset’s weight.
So, with that explained, does the Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED sound remarkably better than a headset without graphene drivers? Well, no, it doesn’t.
The audio quality here is very good. I tested it with games where telling the difference in audio is very important, like Hell Let Loose and Escape From Tarkov. I was easily able to differentiate footsteps from gun sounds and grenade explosions. The low rumbles of explosions came through clearly without distorting the overall mix, and I could hear more subtle audio, like the music on games like Tunic or Eastern Exorcist. However, I didn’t notice a remarkable difference between this and other good-sounding headsets. I’ve had very similar experiences with gaming headsets that don’t have graphene drivers.
To get the most out of the headset, you’ll want to download the Logitech G Hub app. This allows you to equalise the audio and turn on features like surround sound. The G Hub app includes DTS Headphone: X 2.0 virtual surround sound, and it works well with games. However, it doesn’t sound great with music. Fortunately, turning it off is easy within the app.
The microphone here is fine. It isn’t as good as a dedicated podcasting mic, but it isn’t the worst microphone I’ve used, either.
Your friends will be able to hear you clearly in-game, and it can produce a loud signal meaning you will be able to be heard over other loud sounds. It also works well for voice calls on Skype and Zoom.
Inside the G Hub app, you can access the Blue Vo!ce software suite, which allows you to change the microphone settings to your preference. You can equalise the mic and turn on features like de-popping, a limiter, a compressor and a de-esser. This is a good set of features not often found with gaming headsets, and it’s a great way to get the microphone to sound just how you would like.
The Pro X 2’s battery life is very good. Logitech claims it can last up to 50 hours. However, I experienced much longer than that. In the two weeks I’ve had the headset, using it significantly every day, I haven’t had to charge it once. This is impressive.
Charging is done via the USB-C charging port on the left earcup. And it only takes a few hours to charge it fully.
The Logitech G Pro X 2 LIGHTSPEED gaming headset offers a comfortable design, versatile connectivity options, and decent sound quality.
The headset’s lightweight construction and memory foam earcups make it comfortable for extended gaming sessions. The rotating hinges allow for convenient storage, you can use the headset with almost any device, and the microphone delivers clear voice output.
But for $500, I was expecting a bit more. There’s a lack of features here – ANC being a major one – and while Logitech will want you to think the graphene drivers are worth the relatively high price, they don’t make that much of a difference.
If you’re looking for a gaming headset packed with the most advanced features the market has to offer, this isn’t it. If you’re looking for a headset that is easy to use and produces good audio, you’ll love the Pro X 2, however, don’t expect miracles from the graphene drivers.