That does not mean that the G Pro sacrifices any visual impact for its simplicity. I prefer the stealthy black design, broken only by the white Logitech logos on the earcups, rather than design companies like Asus and Astro. There is a glossy “G” logo on the top of the headband and a discreet “pro” on the side. Apart from that, all are smooth black curves and soothing sturdy construction materials. The headband itself is not padded with memory foam, but it’s a super-light 259 g (9.14 oz) headset, so you do not need more padding.

The ear cushions are available in two flavors: faux leather out of the box and an additional pair of microsuede pads. Faux leather insulates well against outside noise, which is why it is used in so many other gaming headsets (to Kingston’s HyperX cans) and with the unusually large square ear of the G Pro, it feels like a must. The option in Mikrosuede is more breathable, but to be honest, they look like they’ve been left in someone’s pockets and accidentally put through the laundry. When attached to the headset, they completely tear the sleek, stealthy look of the G Pro like a pair of black stockings that you’ve washed 300 times to see the gray gray they wear against their black suit. Stick to the imitation leather unless you have a rare condition where there are an unusually large number of sweat glands on your ears.

This brings us to the general comfort: they are good. Not the best I’ve ever tested: The HyperX Cloud Alpha seems to be tailored to my cranial dimensions and can not be beaten. The slightly looser fit and lighter design of the G Pro provide a different level of comfort, less than being held in a warm embrace by your headset, forgetting you’re not wearing it. Seriously, nine ounces. This is incredibly easy and really makes a difference after the first lesson. These esports people are obviously not strangers in the series of torments that stick to your head on longer sessions of powerful headsets, and they’ve made Logitech an effective solution.

In terms of controls, there are only two – a volume control and a microphone mute switch on the braided mini-jack cable. Maybe to keep the weight down, this in-line control feels a little weak, but it does the job. I miss that for any headset that is not a Steelseries Arctis, I now have physical chat-mix control since I got used to that little convenience, and you’d imagine professional players would appreciate it.

Special praise must be reserved for the microphone, which is one of the best electret headset microphone models in production. Not only does it effectively filter out background noise and articulate your voice with clarity, it also does a wonderful job of reproducing the lower qualities of your voice to a degree bizarre for such a tiny and unobtrusive, detachable microphone. This is good in the streaming quality range and stays in position even after bending.

The G Pro scores well on most fundamentals, but these pieces do not matter if you do not have excellent audio quality, and that seems to be out of the way of the G Pro. The 40mm drivers are crisp and accurate, but seem to forego power and bass articulation in comparison to our absolute favorites of HyperX and Steelseries. Perhaps this top sound is an absolute must among professional players, for whom the rest of us simply can not see the practicality, because we do not play at this level. Even if this were the case, it still means that the G Pro is not suitable as a mobile companion for the smartphone or for watching movies on the plane. It’s not a headset I would use for audio outside the game.

I have heard anecdotal reports from people who have significantly improved the sound quality by running the G-Pros through a preamp. However, with an impedance of 32 ohms, it is not immediately clear why this is the case. This number tells you that it’s intended to run without power, but who cares – if you already have a preamp as part of your setup, it’s worth experimenting.

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