PAX East 2013: Logitech Booth “G-Series”

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The first people at the Logitech booth (Via Logitech’s Facebook)

PAX East 2013 was a hectic weekend for us in the media, making appointments and meeting up with old friends from events past. During that weekend I realized I never made a stop to see the Logitech booth, This was a complete surprise to me because I’ve been using a Logitech mouse for as long as I can remember.

I worked my way towards the Logitech booth and got a tour of all their new products which featured four redesigned mice, two redesigned keyboards and two sweet headsets all from their new Logitech G line of products.

Since I had been using my old Logitech MX518 for years I asked about the mice first and was told about their four new mice. They had the new G100s, G400, G500s, and the wireless rechargeable G700s.

The Logitech G100s mouse (Click to Expand)

Starting off with the G100s I had been told that this optical mouse was specifically made for RTS’s and MOBA’s the most impressive points of this mouse was the quality and durability to price ratio. The G100s retails for $39.99 and has upgraded mechanical microswitches that are rated for a 20 million-click lifespan. That’s compared to your average office mouse that is rated for somewhere between 2.5 and 3 million clicks, and double the lifespan of your average gaming mouse. So you can expect this mouse to keep on working for years and years to come. Like most of the Logitech G series mice, they come with DPI switching buttons to fine tune your game play. In need of some low DPI long armed swipes for sniping? Then go ahead and hit your programmable DPI increase or decrease buttons down to 250DPI and you’re good to go. Let’s say you’ve fired your shot and you hear someone behind you, just click the increase DPI button to 2500DPI and swing the mouse and you’re instantly looking the other way. Another one of the huge features for this mouse is the durable hydrophobic coating that is placed on the palm area to keep your palms from sticking to the mouse. The buttons even have a fingerprint-resistant coating to prevent fading. You’ll notice on some mice that you get some sort of buildup of hand grease and grime, but not on the new Logitech G series line. Included also with this G100s is the new Delta Zero sensor which is optimized for high-accuracy cursor control.

The Logitech G400s mouse (Click to Expand)

The second mouse I was told about was the Logitech G400s This optical mouse had some nice features including the one-millisecond report rate which up to eight times faster than a standard USB mouse. Included on the G400s is all of the same stuff included on the G100s, but there are some upgrades including the DPI sensitivity. You can switch on the fly to go between 400DPI and 4000 DPI in any increment you like via the programming software That’s a huge range to let you find your sweet spot while also allowing you to switch on the fly for every possible situation. But let’s not forget about the eight programmable buttons that can be programmed to do whatever it is you need. This can range from making macros to remapping keys on your keyboard to the convenience of your mouse. With the help of the Logitech Gaming Software (LGS) the possibilities are endless. Coming in at $59.99 this is the perfect mid range mouse.

The Logitech G500s mouse

Next up is the Logitech G500s Laser gaming mouse. Retailing for $69.99 this mouse is your perfect solution for all you FPS gamers out there. With a laser for precision cursor control on huge variety of surfaces and a special toggling scroll wheel you’ll be getting headshots like a pro. When you start paying more for your mice you start to get some cool new features including the standard weight and balance tuning. The G500s comes with 27 grams of extra weight that can be inserted into the mouse body which can drastically change how the mouse feels and reacts in your hand. You also get the toggling “dual-mode” scroll wheel. This allows you to scroll with clicks to easily switch between weapons on the fly while toggling the button again lets the wheel roll freely which is really nice when you’re viewing those long pages on the internet. Like all of the mice above it comes with the hydrophobic coating on the palm area to keep from sticking and the fingerprint-resistant coating on the buttons to keep away that gunk buildup. An upgrade from the G400s is the 10 programmable controls that once again using the Logitech Gaming software will allow you to create more macros and remap any buttons you want to.

The Logitech G700s mouse (Click to Expand)

And now to the top of the line gaming mouse that Logitech offers, the Logitech G700s Rechargeable gaming mouse. Retailing for $99.99 the G700s allows you the freedom to game without wires, program 13 buttons, and change your dpi on the fly between a huge distance of 200 to 8200 DPI. Now I was a bit weary when asking about this mouse and the wireless technology it uses. There’s a few things gamers won’t stand for and one of the biggest ones is latency. When you move your mouse you want the game to recognize that instantly, any delay can mean death and Logitech has that under control. The G700s maintains a consistent report rate, whether it’s over the 2.4GHZ wireless or when it is connected by USB and both of those methods are up to 8 times faster than a standard USB mouse. And yes you read that correctly, you can plug the mouse in to charge and play at the same time. Very similar to the Xbox 360’s wireless controller and the Play N’ Charge kit you can plug in the micro USB cable and play your games while your mouse is charging. They have even created the cable to insert seamlessly so it only takes a second to plug it in. The G700s also has the same hydrophobic coating and fingerprint-resistant coatings as the other mice and even has the  “Dual-mode” scroll wheel  but adds even more programmable controls raising the amount to 13 programmable buttons! On top of FPS’s this mouse could easily be used to control MMORPG’s so you never have to move your keyboard hand to struggle and reach keys 6 through 0. You could even re-route your whole spell bar to the mouse.

The Logitech G series of mice will be available to ship starting in April.

Then came the keyboards, I have always been pretty fond of the Logitech keyboards with their solid build quality and the LCD screens and let me tell you the new G510s and G19s didn’t let me down.

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The Logitech G510s Keyboard (Click to Expand)

The G510s is up first and this is the cheaper of the two  (money wise of course) This keyboard features the GamePanel LCD that i’ve always loved and it’s not just something you look at once, it’s something you’re going to want to use all the time. You can have the monitor show your real-time stats, system information, and even VoIP communication data. There are also other applets that can add additional functionality for particular games or applications. Like all fancy keyboards they have added some backlights to the keys, but it’s not just your standard 1 or maybe 3 colors. with the G510s you have 16 million colors to choose from and you can even set different colors to different profiles. This allows you to see what your Eighteen programmable G-keys are going to do for you without having to look into some random menu. These G-keys are the same ones you’ve seen on a lot of the gaming keyboards from Logitech and it’s only getting better. You can configure up to 54 specific function,  three different modes with three macros per key. Just like the surface materials of the G series mice, the keyboards have gotten the G510s has gotten the same hydrophobic coating on the palm rest,  fingerprint-resistant coating on the faceplate, and durable double UV coating gives the keys extra long life. The keyboard even features integrated USB audio. You can plug in your headset and not lose any time with their easy to find ports. You can even control the independent audio output and microphone of your headset through the keyboard. The Logitech G510s retails for $119.99

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The Logitech G19s Keyboard (Click to Expand)

The last keyboard I learned about was the Logitech G19s gaming keyboard. The G19s has everything that the afformentioned G510s has and more. Remember that GamePanel LCD? Well the G19s is outfitted with a adjustable color LCD so you can change your keyboard and truly customize it how you want. Although it only has 12 fully programmable G-keys you can still configure up to 36 specific functions. But the big feature for the G19s are the two Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports. These powered USB ports work just like a hub and allow you to plug in flash drives, MP3 players, and more while also charging battery-powered devices. The Logitech G19s retails for $199.99.

The two G series keyboards will be shipping this April.

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Logitech G230 Headset (Click to Expand)

And last but certainly not least, are the Logitech G series gaming headsets. First starting with the Logitech G230 stereo gaming headset that retails for a cool $59.99 This headset provides game-quality stereo sound that allows for a fully immersive audio experience. I was excitedly told about the performance-sport cloth earcups and how they were able to wick away sweat and keep your ears and head cool. The headset was also extremely light so I wouldn’t image any problems wearing these for an extended period of time. The G230 also features a folding noise-cancelling microphone which actively filters out the background noise and makes sure your teammates, or enemies can only hear your voice and not the wub wub wub of the dubstep that is going on around you. This headset also has on-cable controls which is a must nowadays for controlling your microphone muting and headset volumes. Not to mention the Lie-flat earpieces, the earcups are able to swivel up to 90 degrees and because of that they can turn and lie flat. This makes them less prone to breakage from the everyday torque that is put upon them when picking them up and stretching them over your head.

Here’s the technical specs straight from Logitech,

Product Specifications

  • Headphone
    • Driver: 40 mm
    • Frequency response: 20 Hz-20 KHz
    • Impedance: 32 Ohms
    • Sensitivity: 90 dB SPL/mW
  • Microphone
    • Pickup pattern: Cardioid (Unidirectional)
    • Type: Pressure Gradient Electret Condenser
    • Frequency response: 50-20 KHz
    • Sensitivity: -40 dBV/Pa re: 0dB = 1 Pa, 1 KHz
    • Test conditions: 3.0V, 2.2K Ohm

 

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Logitech G430 Headset (Click to Expand)

And last but certainly not least is the Logiech G430 Surround sound gaming headset. Ringing in at stores for a very reasonably priced $79.99 you get a USB 7.1 surround sound headset with Dolby headphone technology which allows you to hear seven discrete channels of audio plus the low frequency effects channel. Logitech has some cool software that splits up the audio it receives from games and places them in the correct location and lets you hear exactly where the sound is coming from. Everything the G230’s have is included in the G430 like the folding mic, the performance-sport cloth earcups, the lie-flat earpieces and even the same on-cable controls.

 

Here are the technical specs for the Logitech G430,

Product Specifications

  • Headphone
    • Driver: 40 mm
    • Frequency response: 20 Hz-20 KHz
    • Impedance: 32 Ohms
    • Sensitivity: 90 dB SPL/mW
  • Microphone
    • Pickup pattern: Cardioid (Unidirectional)
    • Type: Pressure Gradient Electret Condenser
    • Frequency response: 50-20 KHz
    • Sensitivity: -40 dBV/Pa re: 0dB = 1 Pa, 1 KHz
    • Test conditions: 3.0V, 2.2K Ohm

 

The two G series Headsets will be shipping this April.

Logitech stands by their products with a huge 3 year limited hardware warranty. The industry standard is 1 year so if anything happens THREE years from the day you buy one of these mice, keyboards, or headsets they’ll handle it. That helps out all of us budget conscious gamers.

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