updated 08:29 pm EDT, Wed March 20, 2013
New devices tailored for comfort and extended play sessions
While input device manufacturer Logitech has made gaming-focused accessories for some time, the company is now formalizing the G-series of gamer input devices. Prior to design of the new models, the company claims to have "studied the interaction between hand and device during gameplay" and have enhanced the devices with fingerprint-resistant coatings, hydrophobic materials and durable switches, allowing for long product life. Today, the company unveiled four new mice, two keyboards, and two gaming headsets. All of the new products are expected to see wide retail release in April.
The Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse is a wireless gaming mouse with the report rate of a wired gaming mouse over 2.4 GHz wireless or connected by USB, up to eight times faster than a standard USB mouse. A data-over-cable connection using a standard Micro-USB cable can be plugged in on the fly, with no signal dropout. The mouse has a durable hydrophobic coating on the palm area, with dry grip on the sides. 13 programmable controls allow for programming single actions, complex macros with multiple keystrokes, repeating and user-defined delays with the Logitech Gaming Software (LGS). The Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse is expected to be available for a suggested retail price of $100.
For first-person shooter fans, the Logitech G500s Laser Gaming Mouse boasts a gaming grade laser for precise cursor control on a wide variety of surfaces and a dual-mode scroll wheel. It also features the same hydrophobic coating as on the G700. It has up to 27 grams of customizable weight and center of gravity adjustment for user tuning. A switch toggles from 200 DPI to up to 8200 DPI with two buttons in easy reach near the index finger. The unit features 10 programmable controls with the Logitech Gaming Software (LGS) package. The optional software can also be used to reassign game commands or multi-command macro. The Logitech G500s Laser Gaming Mouse is expected to retail for $70.
The Logitech G400s Optical Gaming Mouse coupled with LGS allows for customization of eight programmable buttons, and the mouse also features primary mechanical microswitches rated for a 20 million-click lifespan. The programmable buttons allow you to shift through multiple DPI settings to quickly select on-screen options, increase sensitivity to 4,000 DPI or downshift to 400 DPI with buttons above and below the scroll wheel. The Logitech G400s Optical Gaming Mouse will sell for $60.
The Logitech G100s Optical Gaming Mouse features buttons designed for heavy clicking and the Delta Zero sensor technology for accuracy at any speed. The mouse also has a durable hydrophobic coating on the palm area and the primary buttons have fingerprint-resistant coating to prevent fading. The ambidextrous inverted trapezoid shape encourages comfort through long sessions. The Logitech G100s Optical Gaming Mouse is expected to be available for a suggested retail price of $40.
The Logitech G19s Gaming Keyboard boasts a full color integrated, adjustable GamePanel LCD. Custom-color backlighting allows the user to choose from 16 million shades, and assign a specific color to every profile and profile mode in the same game. With the Logitech Gaming Software, users can configure the 12 programmable G-Keys with up to 36 different functions across three different modes with three macros per key. Two USB 2.0 ports in the keyboard act as a powered hub and are capable of charging battery powered devices. The keyboard also includes anti-ghosting over 26 keys allowing for multiple complex actions without interference or ghosting. The Logitech G19s Gaming Keyboard is expected to sell for $200.
To make complex actions simple, the Logitech G510s Gaming Keyboard provides 18 programmable G-keys, which allow you to configure up to 54 different functions across three different modes, with three macros per key, with the Logitech Gaming Software installed. In addition to custom-color backlighting the keyboard features a backlit GamePanel LCD, allowing for display of real-time game stats, system information, or VoIP communication data through community-created GamePanel applets. The Logitech G510s Gaming Keyboard has a retail price of $120.
Dolby Headphone technology is integrated into the Logitech G430 Surround Sound Gaming Headset to create a 360-degree sound field. With Dolby Headphone 7.1 surround sound, seven discrete channels of audio data, plus a Low Frequency Effects channel, are provided. This headset also features washable ear cups that offer a soft fit for long gaming sessions. The noise-canceling fold-up mic can be adjusted to block out other sources of sound besides the wearer's voice. The Logitech G430 Surround Sound Gaming Headset is expected to debut at $80.
The Logitech G230 Stereo Gaming Headset delivers stereo sound with 40mm neodymium drivers. The new headset features ear pieces covered with washable performance-sport cloth for comfort and easy cleaning. With a flexible, noise-canceling folding mic, sound is focused on your voice, practically eliminating background noise for better audio quality. In-line audio controls for volume and microphone mute are mounted on the connection cable. The Logitech G230 Stereo Gaming Headset retails for $60.