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Logitech G231 Prodigy Headset – Review

Logitech G231 Prodigy Headset – Review

The mid-range headset market is awash with very decent and less than desirable products. It’s hard to innovate in this space, and judgements come down to a balance of build-quality and price. That’s a sure focus of Logitech’s Prodigy range at large, but while the G403 Mouse surprised, the G213 Keyboard failed to inspire. Let’s see how the G231 Prodigy Headset fares.

The Headset

Viewed alongside both Prodigy keyboard and mouse, the G231 Prodigy Headset looks out of place. Whereas both keyboard and mouse are a sleek black – giving in-built RGB lighting full effect – the G231 is a mid-grey offset with orange. It’s a bizarre choice: the chance to provide a set of matching peripherals seems obvious, particularly when any two out of three products might be needed. Quite why Logitech hasn’t committed to a unified look isn’t clear, and as a result this design jars a little.

Beyond colouring, the G231 appears fairly lightweight and well-built, albeit somewhat ‘plasticky’ to the touch. The steady, easily adjustable headband has adequate padding and allows a sensible balance of flex and resilience too. We’re confident it should survive all but the most robust day-to-day treatment. At the ends of the headband, the angular ear cups feature a smart silver ‘G’ on the outside and rotate 90 degrees.

It’sLogitech G231 Prodigy Headset mic up a fine feature for a mid-range headset; the option to lay the headset flat is something we’d expect of more expensive products. Especially given the extra consideration for comfort and personal fit that the feature offers.

Inside the cup a good amount of depth better isolates ears from external audio. And, as with the headband, ear cup padding looks up to scratch. There’s something extra here too, as the G231 Prodigy’s cups can be easily removed for cleaning. Then (fairly) easily returned to the body of the headset.

Such forethought indicates clear insight on Logitech’s part. So too does the unidirectional mic. It’s cleanly designed, and as unobtrusive as the clipped in-line volume and mic control; although that control is a long way down the headset’s 2m braided cable. The length can be shortened below the control by an on-cable tidy, yet that still leaves the control well below the level of a desk. It’s adapted with a 12cm Y-splitter cable, so good for consoles too.


In use the G231 Prodigy provides comfort above that provided by a fairly large segment of the competition. The first thing we noticed is the weight: without cables, Logitech claims this headset is 255g. It’s not the lightest, but it light enough not to worry about potential discomfort during use. In fact, there was no need at all.

The G231 Prodigy sits steady, and yet its steadiness does produce some initial pressure around the ears due to headband tension. Even adjusted to the correct size, this strength in the headband’s structure seems to produce a very slight clamping effect in the early stages of wear. It wasn’t enough to give us concern, but it was noticeable. Thankfully the feeling ease with subsequent wear, but not at the cost of a secure fit.

Logitech G231 Prodigy Headset frontPadding – or a lack thereof – is of course one of the usual causes of discomfort or irritation in less expensive headsets. Logitech’s padding shows sensitivity to that issue, with satisfying amounts of foam covered in a strong high-performance cloth. It’s a step up from other headsets around the £50 mark, and offers a sense of durability while retaining a soft and fairly cosy feel.

After a couple of hours’ wear we expected this cloth to be too rough, but were pleasantly surprised we remained comfortable. No warm ears, no sore spots and no real issues. Worn for long periods several times over we certainly didn’t feel this headset would do anything other than stay on our heads keeping ears and head snugly secure.



General audio quality is good if lacking some punch. In Battlefield 1 explosions and gun-shots effectively punctuated orders and footsteps and battle chaos. Likewise, the rumble of vehicles over terrain – and the whine of those strafing from the air – was reproduced with a decent amount of fidelity. In Witcher 3’s open landscapes, atmospheric and weather effects were balanced and immersive. More subtle effects like horse hooves on terrain and sword swipes sounded a little lost, but combat effects were clean.

Logitech G231 Headset controlDialogue was a little flat, and this seemed to repeat with real-life vocals when tested on Discord.The mic was also a little flat. It required a little boosting but we were heard without major issues over repeated VOIP tests. In our self-recorded samples, the microphone did appear to pick up some atmospheric noise – not ideal, but not terrible by any means.

Still, we were happy with the flexibility of the microphone and the ease with which we could manoeuvre it. We were less impressed by the sounds the headset itself made. The plastic body squeaked when putting on and removing the headset, something also apparent when rotating the ear cups. With the headset on these noises were non-existent, and it’s possible it was a sample issue.

Driver: 1.6 in (40 mm)
Frequency response: 20Hz-20KHz
Impedance: 32 Ohms
Sensitivity: 90dB SPL/mW

Microphone (Boom):
Microphone Pickup pattern: Cardioid (Unidirectional)
Type: Pressure Gradient Electret Condenser
Frequency response: 50Hz-20KHz
re: 0dB=1 Pa, 1KHz
Test conditions: 3.0V, 1KHz


Logitech G231 Prodigy Headset – Conclusion

This headset is hard to sum-up, and no stranger to contradictions. Standing on its own, the G231’s design is quite appealing. Yet when lined up alongside its Prodigy stablemates it left us scratching our heads. A similar oddity presents itself through the headset’s physical attributes. It feels sturdy and durable under minor stress, yet in our hands a little plasticky, occasionally creaking and squeaking in the manner of a less expensive product. That’s a shame, because in terms of material use there is comfort and innovation here – the set’s foam and high-performance cloth are real bonuses.

Audio performance was solid overall. The G231’s drivers output a level of audio which fails to shine, but that isn’t unusual at this price. Similarly, the easily-adjusted microphone was consistent in spite of its tendency to capture background noise. One gripe comes with the in-line control which, although functional, is placed 70cm down the cable. That did make it somewhat tricky to reach. It’s about as tricky as placing this headset. It’s intriguing, innovative in some ways, and comfortable too…but ultimately a bit of an oddity.

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Kevin Pocock

Kevin is a tech-lover with over a decade's experience testing, reviewing and writing about all kinds of kit.

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