Build Quality and Comfort
Though predominantly plastic, the G933 and G633 both felt very well made, even when flexing them with both hands. Thankfully there was an absence of the characteristic creaky plastic noises often heard from cheap construction, which extended to the time I was actually wearing them. There is a really high level of fit-and-finish to these that's apparent from the moment you remove them from the box; while only time will tell how durable they are, they do feel very solid.
One aspect of the design stood out right away, and that was the quality of the headband adjustment. The size adjustment was quite strong, and there is a reassuring click with each step. The headphones hold their position well, too; making it easy to keep them at your preferred setting through multiple listening seasons. I simply set them down on the desk between uses, and they were at my setting when I picked them back up, even after moving them around. I own headphones that have to be readjusted each time, so this was a nice surprise.
Overall I was very impressed, and as we move on to comfort we'll see more details about the construction of these headsets.
No matter how good a pair of headphones may sound, if they are uncomfortable to wear for any period of time they aren't going to be enjoyable. To this end I'll try to cover my experience with these headsets as objectively as possible, as my own experience – based on head size and personal preferences – wouldn't be very helpful to the reader. Here are my impressions:
- Size and Weight
These are big headphones. There's no way around that. The earcups stick out about 2.5 inches from the side of your head, which contributes to a 'large' feel. As the owner of a pair of Audio Technica AD700X's I'm used to a large size, but these felt larger on my head.
They weren't as heavy as I was expecting at 13 oz considering how substantial they look, and both headsets felt fine after longer listening sessions. To put the weight into perspective, the Razer Tiamat 7.1 headset is close to the same weight at 12.6 oz, and the ASUS STRIX 7.1 is 15.8 oz.
This is made from combination of materials. Internally it starts with a metal band, which is covered with plastic trim panels and has a fabric cushion where it rests against your head. The foam inside this pad is more dense than that of the ear cups, and feels like it will hold up for some time.
- Clamping force
This is moderate; enough force to keep the ear cups against your head without squeezing – though I can only speak for my own dome here. This is an important aspect of comfort, and in this case level of force contributed to a more comfortable feeling during longer listening sessions.
- Ear cups
The ear cups are large and have a soft, padded fabric cushion that fits around the ear.
These were comfortable and did a surprisingly good job of reducing outside noise. They don't create an airtight seal, but I prefer this only mostly open-ear designs (personal preference here, of course). So, while these are definitely not open-ear headphones, the breathable cushion does allows some air – and thus noise – in. This external noise is faint, as I could barely hear anything with the headphones in place and nothing playing, and with the game or music on I didn’t notice any outside noise.
Another benefit of the fabric is breathability, and this aided in the comfort over longer listening sessions by preventing uncomfortable perspiration buildup against the ear cups (it sounds gross, but it happens!). And on this topic, the ear cushions are actually easily removeable for cleaning.
Simply pull them off to wash (I recommend hand washing with light soap and then allowing them to air dry).
The ear cups also swivel generously; moving inward several degrees as needed to provide a good fit, and outward close to 90 degrees.
The headphones can also lay completely flat, and it's useful to be able to turn an earcup away from your ear without completely removing the headset.
Next we'll look at controls and software.