Logitech announced to select press that a new line of PC gaming peripherals known as the Logitech G line. The new line of products includes two new headsets, two keyboards and six newly redesigned mice aimed at high performance PC gaming.
The new Logitech G lineup for mice includes the Logitech G700s Rechargable Mouse, Logitech G500s Laser Gaming Mouse, Logitech G400s Gaming Mouse and the Logitech G100s Optical Gaming Mouse. The new keyboards announced are the Logitech G19s and the G510s, while the two new headsets are the Logitech G430 Surround Sound Gaming Headset and the G230 Stereo Gaming Headset.
The new Logitech G line is expected to be available in the U.S. beginning in April 2013 and in Europe one month later.
“With Logitech G, we put our passion for science to work for you,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, general manager of the Logitech gaming business group. “Just as gamers are compelled to beat levels, our engineers are compelled to test scientific theories. For close to 20 years the relentless pursuit of what’s next has been our game – and we’re pretty darn good at it. With Logitech G we will continue to push the limits of speed, precision, reliability – even intuitiveness. We do it because gamers expect us to push the limits as far as they do. Every inspired design choice and late-night engineering argument serves but one purpose, to help gamers play their best. When science wins – gamers win.”
The Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse is a wireless device with a reporting rate of a wired gaming mouse. It purportedly maintains a consistent report rate, whether over 2.4 GHz wireless or connected. The mouse features a hydrophobic coating on the palm area that is designed to keep palms from sticking to the mouse and dry grip on the side for a steady hold. There are 13 programmable controls to define single actions or macros when coupled with the Logitech Gaming Software. The G700s mouse will be available at a retail price of $99.99.
The Logitech G500s Laser mouse is a notch less expensive at $69.99 and packs a gaming grade laser for precise cursor control on a wide variety of surfaces. It also has the hydrophobic coating and dry grip sides. There’s a button on the G500s to switch between 200 DPI and 8200 DPI while also boasting 10 programmable controls. The G400s runs $59.99 and offers “Delta Zero” sensor technology for high-accuracy cursor control.
The two other optical mouse that will make up the Logitech G line of peripherals are the G400s and the G100s which are priced at $59.99 and $39.99 respectively. The G400s is built specifically for first-person shooter (FPS) gamers and offers eight programmable buttons and mechanical microswitches that are rated to a 20 million-click lifespan. The G100s is aimed at real-time strategy and MOBA gamers, meant to extend the legacy of the popular Logitech G1 mouse. It features the same lifespan rating and a fingerprint-resistant coating to prevent fading.
The two keyboards are undoubtedly aimed at PC gamers that take their peripherals seriously, starting with the Logitech G19s Gaming Keyboard. This beast comes with an adjustable “GamePanel” LCD and custom-color backlighting. The keyboard sports advanced surface materials aimed at increasing the overall durability and comfort of the device. There’s also hydrophobic coating on the palm rest to prevent sticky hands and there are twelve programmable G-Keys with up to 36 different functions. There are two high-speed USB 2.0 ports in the keyboard and will retail at a suggested price of $199.99.
The second of the two keyboards announced for the Logitech G line is the G510s Gaming Keyboard, which sports 18 programmable G-Keys for 54 different functions. On top of the custom-color backlighting it also features the GamePanel LCD. This unit is expected to retail for $119.99.
For those in need of a solid new gaming headset, the Logitech G line will have two initial offerings, the G430 and the G230. For the G430 Headset, this unit is graded as a Surround Sound Headset and is powered by Dolby Headphone technology for “an immersive 360-degree sound field” and 7.1 surround sound effects. The headset also has washable ear cups that provide a soft and comfortable fit and a foldable mic that stays out of the way when not in use. The Logitech G430 Surround Sound Gaming Headset will retail for $79.99.
Finally, the Logitech G230 Stereo Gaming Headset delivers stereo sound by using 40mm neodymium drivers. This headset features ear pieces covered with washable performance-sport cloth. There’s also a noise-canceling folding mic and in-line audio controls for volume and mute. The Logitech G230 will retail for $59.99.
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