LOGITECH’S Uber-Cool New G-Series PC Peripherals (Hands-On)

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The G-series line of gaming peripherals from Logitech gives gamers what they want: complete control. Today, Logitech unveiled an extension of its award-winning G-series by introducing three new products that deliver precision, high performance and customization: the Logitech G19 keyboard for gaming, the Logitech G35 surround sound headset and the Logitech G9x laser mouse. Delivering everything gamers need for a competitive edge – from programmable buttons to 7.1-channel surround sound and 5000 dpi laser sensors to backlit keys – Logitech’s best-in-class gaming peripherals are engineered to deliver everything you have always wanted.

 “The G-series product line is all about seeing how far we can push the envelope, giving gamers extraordinary, engineered-to-win features developed as a result of our deep connection with the gaming community,” said Ruben Mookerjee, Logitech’s director of product marketing for gaming. “With each one of these new G-series products, gamers gain exceptional benefits; but most importantly, they can transform their gear to suit their gameplay.”

 
The Logitech G19 Keyboard for Gaming

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Standing out on Logitech’s G19 keyboard is the 320×240 LCD screen attached right on to the keyboard.  Logitech has ensured that the add on screen is not just for the “neat” factor as the purpose for it can range from displaying CPU performance, picture frame, stats for games that support the item, POP3 mail notification, RSS feed reader and video (including Youtube streaming).  With any high end “gaming” keyboard, the G19 provides a number of programmable keys on the left hand side to optimize your controls for popular keyboard heavy games like World of Warcraft.  The LCD screen will also assist you in assigning your desired button or series of buttons sequences for a specific game. The keyboard will also allow you to have different sets of macros for the avid gamers who like to have different control schemes and shortcuts depending on the application.   

 Aesthetically, the keyboard is back lit with customizable colors (really…any color you can think of), and desktop controls like volume and media player quick buttons (play, pause, skip).  For gamer specific needs there is also the “Start” key disabler to prevent accidental pauses in the game during intense moments that may otherwise be a deciding factor ,  In addition almost expectedly, the keyboard also has two USB 2.0 ports for easy plug and play directly from the G19. 

The Logitech G19 Keyboard goes over and above other keyboards available by providing the standard quick buttons for multimedia purposes and adding programmable buttons and the extras that gamers would appreciate.  The LCD screen is a nice touch that is handy for purposes in gaming and non-gaming benefits.  Given the $249.99 CAD price range of the item, you can be rest assured that any serious gamer will get their money’s worth with this.  Sean C.

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Giving you an arsenal of advanced gaming technology, the Logitech G19 keyboard for gaming is the first Logitech keyboard to feature a color GamePanel LCD. The tiltable, 320-by-240-pixel display provides valuable in-game information for over sixty games, including World of Warcraft® (requires installation of included Logitech GamePanel software). In addition to in-game information, the screen can show VoIP communication data, clock, CPU load, or other non-gaming specific items such as pictures or videos. And you can easily switch among types of information – without ever leaving your game. 

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Logitech’s newest keyboard for gaming offers 12 fully programmable G-keys with three macros per key, giving you 36 time-saving commands per game. Performing multiple actions simultaneously is also made easier with the keyboard’s multi-key input-functionality, which allows you to engage up to five keys at the same time.

A popular feature with previous Logitech keyboards for gaming, the Game Mode switch can disable the Windows® key so you don’t get accidentally locked out of your game. And so you can connect and power devices – such as your G9x mouse or G35 headset – the G19 keyboard features two high-speed USB 2.0 ports.

The G19 keyboard for gaming is compatible with both Windows-based and Mac® computers.

 
The Logitech G35 Surround Sound Headset

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Tested on Unreal Tournament 3 and Quake Live toting 7.1. Dolby Surround sound at the flick of a switch (otherwise Dolby 2.0 or Stereo), the Logitech G35 Surround Sound Headset heightens your PC gaming experience without waking up the neighbors.  Though not an all out replacement for a high end PC speaker system, the G35 does perform with more detail and crispness compared to other headsets when the Dolby switch is turned on.   Provided 7.1 Dolby surround is supported in the game, you do get a more intense gaming experience with an aural detail that allows you to be more enveloped in the gaming experience and intended atmosphere.   The mic is easily adjustable and does a pretty good job of filtering out background noise to avoid excessive transmissions and annoying others you’re playing with. 

In addition, the headset does provide 3 quick buttons that can be programmable for remote access to other programs.  For instance with Itunes or Windows Media player, you can assign one button to launch the program, and the other two for track selection back and forth. 

 Though understandable bulky, the head set does fit nicely to any head providing different padding sizes for customization.  The headset does also have a volume scroll which doesn’t seem to get distorted when maxed out, but at the highest levels, it generally feels like it is not as loud as it can be.   Sean C.

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For game-changing immersion, the Logitech G35 headset is the first Logitech headset to offer 7.1 surround sound – a perfect complement to the growing number of action games and high-definition movies that support 7.1-channel surround sound. Powered by second-generation Dolby Headphone technology, the G35 headset simulates the complex acoustics of a listening room, creating a detailed, outside-the-head sound field. Plus, with its proprietary ear-enclosing design, the G35 headset greatly reduces ambient noise from interfering with your entertainment, while an adjustable, noise-canceling microphone focuses on your voice and reduces background noise.

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If you want to sound like your World of Warcraft character or disguise your voice when gaming, you can install the included software to enjoy six voice-morphing options, including cyborg, giant, mutant, space squirrel, troll and alien. If you use popular chat clients such as Ventrilo or Team Speak, the G35 headset includes three G-keys on the left earpiece for one-touch command over voice morphing. Additional on-ear audio controls provide quick access to volume, microphone mute and surround sound adjustments.

To ensure your headset remains comfortable during long gaming sessions, the G35 headset features three swappable headbands – thin, thick and contoured designs – so you can select the style that fits you best.

To enhance sound files recorded in more traditional formats, including MP3 files, the G35 headset uses Dolby Pro Logic II in conjunction with Dolby Headphone technology to create an expanded stereo sound.

 
The Logitech G9x Laser Mouse

Providing precision at any hand speed (up to 150 inches per second on most popular gaming-mousepad surfaces), the Logitech G9x laser mouse extends the promise of the award-winning Logitech G9 Laser Mouse with its next-generation laser sensor. Featuring on-the-fly adjustable dpi from 200 to 5000 dpi, the G9x mouse makes it easy to go from pixel-precise targeting to lightning-fast maneuvers without pausing the action.

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The G9x mouse includes two interchangeable, snap-on grips that let you choose a fit and feel that’s best for your playing style. With more ways to tune for the way you play, the G9x mouse also features onboard memory – program up to five ready-to-play profiles. The weight-tuning system gives you up to 28 grams of extra weight. And custom-color LEDs let you match your G9x mouse to your personal preference – or the colors you choose for your G19 keyboard or G13 gameboard.


The Logitech G13 advanced gameboard wins Best of Innovations in Electronic Gaming


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With the G13, one can assume that this was designed to eliminate or limit the usage of a keyboard for more convenient PC gaming.  With 25 customizable keys, to get even close to that convenience, a lot of time must be put in to programming those keys and adjust to the learning curve of using the hardware and making it feel natural.  When it comes to shooters where commands are a bit more simplistic and less ranging, the learning curve is lower, allowing you to adapt quickly to your new scheme.  However testing it on World of Warcraft, it becomes a bit more time consuming to program your most used commands and getting accustomed to an already specific way you play the game.  If your willing to put in the time and growing pains of implementing the G13 as your main peripheral, the design does provide a compact and more ergonomic option for PC gaming that also includes stats and CPU usage tracking via the attached LCD screen.   Sean C. 

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The new G-series products join the recently announced Logitech® G13 advanced gameboard, which was just awarded the CES 2009 Design and Engineering Award: Best of Innovations in Electronic Gaming. The G13 gameboard offers a contoured design that complements the natural shape of your hand and fingers. So you don’t have to take your eyes off the screen, the concave keys along the home row make it easy to locate buttons by touch. And for a tactical advantage, the G13 gameboard includes 87 buttons, so you can set up custom button-profiles for each one of your favorite games, and a 160-by-43-pixel GamePanel LCD that shows live game stats, system info and messages from other players. The Logitech G13 advanced gameboard is available now in the U.S. and Europe in March for a suggested retail price of $79.99 (U.S.).

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Pricing and Availability
The Logitech G19 keyboard for gaming is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe in March for a suggested retail price of $199.99 (U.S.) $249.99 (CDN). The Logitech G35 surround sound headset is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe in March for a suggested retail price of $129.99 (U.S.). The Logitech G9x laser mouse is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe in April for a suggested retail price of $99.99 (U.S.). Canadian pricing for the G35 and G9Xcannot be confirmed as of this posting.

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~ by consolecreatures on March 25, 2009.

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