Logitech's G Line of PC Gaming Peripherals Signals a New Era

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ocnier

I'm wishing logitech would get on board with a true 5.1 or 7.1 headset action instead of "SIMULATED" dolby. Man I miss the HPA2s.... Turtle beach sucks now in quality and the tiamats are astronomical in price. The Kave lacks bass like crazy and the sirus are only effective from the powered usb puck which isn't nearly as good as my sound card in my machine. Aaaaagh!!!! Somebody make a good true 5.1 or above headset!!!

PS Hey turtle beach get off your butt and fire up the the HPA2 again at least it didn't fall apart in your hand like that stupid z6a!

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TsunamiZ

the G700 is a s#it mouse. horribly stiff buttons and cord.

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wkwilley2

Yes yes, the cord must be terrible, considering it's not there at all.

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compro01

Wireless G600 please.

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West996

I am a Logitech fanboy and with good reason. Not only do they have great products they have great customer service.

They also stand by their products 100%. I have had the pleasure of dealing with their warranty process a few times in all the years I have owed their products.

That might sound bad at first because I have had to warranty in the first place but keep in mind that I currently own and am using Logitech speakers, 2 keyboards, 3 mice and a wireless headset. That is currently using not just a list of the products I've owned, that list is much longer.

The last time I had to warranty an MX Performance mouse, which had a 3 year warranty, it started to skip around and loose responsiveness around the 2.5 year mark. I'm on my personal computer at least 5 hours a day, and more like 12 on the weekends, lol.

I opened a ticket, they offered a few trouble shooting steps, no luck. They mailed me a new mouse. They didn't even ask for the old one back. Just 'we've accepted your warranty claim, thank you for being a loyal customer, here is your replacement.

So feel safe buying into any of this new line.

One questions I do have though, are these new keyboards mechanical? Otherwise it seems like kind of a step backward, no?

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Mohdify

Their rebranding looks pretty promising so far. I like the new aesthetic they're going for with this line - aggressive without being cheesy/over-the-top. Now, hopefully they'll make a mechanical version of the G13 with this new line!

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ApathyCurve

My G700 is the best mouse I've ever owned, no contest. Combine it with a G13 gameboard, and you've got what I consider the current king of FPS gaming control setups.

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Aerumnosus

Amen to the G700!

The button location and shape of the buttons are perfection IMO.

For every PC I own, a G700 is connected to it.

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Carlidan

The problem with logictech's keyboards is they are not mechanical like my cosiar k90. But I do love my logitech g9x mouse. :)

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Peanut Fox

I have a hunch that Logitech designed the K90. The likeness to their G510 series board is uncanny.

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ApathyCurve

A non-mechanical keyboard doesn't really bother me for gaming, and I love the form factor of the G13. It allows for much more natural arm and hand positioning for mouse-and-keyboard gaming -- your hands and forearms are turned more in toward the centerline of your body, similar to how your hands are positioned when typing. I've found it reduces fatigue greatly during long gaming sessions. I'm also middle-aged and less flexible than I used to be, so ergonomics are increasingly important to me.

For touch typing, however, nothing beats an IBM Model M micro-switch board. I can easily top 100wpm on it -- and it's satisfyingly noisy, too. =)

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Peanut Fox

Truer words have never been spoken about the G700.

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Scatter

I'm still waiting for the day that someone will design a good ambidextrous (or God forbid left handed) WIRELESS mouse for gamers. Oh well, I can always dream.

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vrmlbasic

Why not take the "someone" out of the equation and make yourself ambidextrous?

This new Logitech mouse may communicate with the PC 5x more than a standard wired mouse but I'm still not sold on wireless control tech for gaming. Horrible experiences with wireless console controllers have scarred me, I guess.

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PiEGuY

The Razer DeathAdder comes in a left-handed version. The only problem I had with it, and the reason I had to return it, was that the 2 main buttons, the left and right ones, were hard-coded as a left-handed mouse. While this may work for some people, I've gotten used to simply moving the mouse to the left, I still use the right-handed settings, as do a lot of people from what I’ve seen on forums from people trying to change the setting. So close, yet so far…

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TrollBot5000

That G700 looks slick and I'm getting ready to replace my M310 mouse and K520 keyboard. I'm realizing I'm a bit of a logitech fanboy. I have that wireless combo plus the N200 laptop cooler. I was reading the march issue keyboard roundups and noticed the G710+ mechanical was one of 2 that had a rating of 9. The other being the Roccat Iksu. The article even says that at 90 for the roccat you're better off with the G710+. I've never owned a mechanical keyboard so I was wondering if they really are worth the extra cash. Yeah as far as the mice go I'll be adding a G700 to my cart in the near future.

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Paul_Lilly

I'm a big proponent of mechanical keyboards, though not all are the same. The type of key switch will affect how loud or quite it is, whether or not it offers a tactile response, and the accentuation point. My favorite is Cherry MX Blue key switches, which are loud and tactile.

Das Keyboard has a pretty good primer on the subject, and is definitely worth reading if you're new to mechanical planks.

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TrollBot5000

Ok thanks for the heads up Paul. I just read that article which answered any questions I had. Yes I can see why you favor the mx blues since they're the best for typing which is what I want as well. I'm guessing the G710+ is cherry mx black? since it's a gaming keyboard and all I would tend to think so but it doesn't actually say.
"Tactile high-speed, mechanical keys

The mechanical keys on the G710+ deliver gaming-grade responsiveness and tactile feedback superior to rubber-domed keys. With an actuation force and distance of 45 g and 4 mm, respectively, the keys are optimized for rapid command entry. Plus, the keys have been tested for durability to a 50 million cycle life."

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B.A.Frayd

I have the G710+. It has MX Brown switches. They don't click obnoxiously loud like the MX Blues. Instead, they providing a click-less tactile feedback upon actuation. MX Browns have the same actuation force as the MX Reds.

I find the MX Brown switches to be perfect. You feel the actuation without having to hear it. They still make noise, silent they are not. Logitech has gone the extra yard, though. They have installed a rubber O-ring on each key to dampen the sound when you bottom out.

The G710+ also features white key backlighting at four intensity levels. You can also choose to exclusively light up the WASD and arrow keys.

Other things I like include the volume scroll wheel, media controls and a single USB pass-through. I don't really use the 6X3 macro keys, but they are there if I ever want too.

On the minus side, I wish the wrist extension was a bit deeper. The caps-lock/numlock/windows-key-disabled indicators are a bit too bright. My one other quibble is the space bar is quite a bit noisier than the other keys.

Overall, the G710+ performs very well in gaming (I'm mainly an FPS player), and the keyboard has been rock solid.

BTW, I'm surprised that they didn't include the G710+ in this new promotion. It is a gaming KB. It's only been out for a few months, and it is the very first mechanical KB that Logitech has made.

Hope this helps.

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Dark_wizzie

There is still personal prefernce involved. The most common is the brown switch, which is as light as red and considered a good compromise between red/blue switches. Blacks are too heavy for my taste, but some people are into that. My keyboard is CM Storm Trigger. 5 macro keys, media keys, red backlight, brown switches (availible in other types too), 2 usb slots, wrist wrest, solid construction. Currently may favorite at it's price (It's what, $105?)

If you want it to be airtight, you're going to have to try our the switches yourself. For kicks mostly, I got one of each switch from WASD Keyboards + orings + a few cacaps for 8 bucks. Fun little items. Or you could take a trip down to Frys.

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severnia

I'll second as I have the same KB. LOVE IT.
mechanical keyboards from any reputable brand are the only way to go for power users. i certainly recommend visiting WASD keyboards and picking up a pack of silencers, and while there I also grabbed a laser engraved space bar (with my in game name on it) since the trigger doesnt light up the space bar any way. my only complaint is the USB hub on it is useless with the backlights at full bright unless you have a (not included) power brick also plugged in.

Now back to the article

Im certainly VERY interested in the new line. My trusty G5 i've had since their release something like 7-8 years ago finally died on me recently. It has since been replaced with the Saitek/MadCatz M.M.O. 7, which is a nice mouse, but it doesnt have the build quality Logitech has. I dont expect it to live more than a few years honestly, but that G500s has my name all over it. Im not sure at this point to trust logitech and just pre-order one, or wait for a few reviews and/or my mmo7 to die, but either way, Im fairly certain i will end up with one.
I dont care for wireless mice. nothing wrong with them per say, but i dont have cord drag issues that some have and my battery will last for years... UNLESS im in the middle of an intense gun fight, then it will die at the most inopportune time....I hate software popping up and saying batteries are low, and im too lazy to mess with it, so i stick with high end wired mice.

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Exarkun1138

I still have my original Logitech G5 Mouse and G15 Keyboard, and they both work flawlessly today as they did 6 years ago!! I don't plan to upgrade any time soon unless I just have to because one or the other fails.

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Peanut Fox

Don't see much new here. It's all nice though. I've the "old" G510 and G700, and aside from a new paint job on both I'm not sure what really changed. Not crazy about the headsets.

I love that they added the G700 to their Gaming software. Way better than using Setpoint. Setting up macros helps a lot with my workflow.

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TrollBot5000

Yeah now the headsets are something I wouldn't buy. When it comes to headsets Sennheiser or Shure is the way to go.

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severnia

they arent as high end sure, but i have the G330 chat headset and like it quite a bit. it certainly isnt studio quality, but neither is the price tag, and it has decent full range and low end. its very light weight, and with a toddler at home, i can still hear whats going on around me. the mic seems to be of decent quality as well. if you want >stereo sound, or good ambient noise isolation, dont bother. if you want something affordable for gaming when you want to chat also (skype/vent/TS/etc) that is comfortable to wear long term, the g330 has my recommendation.

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Peanut Fox

I use a set of Sennheisers. The PC350s. They're still working great after 5 years of use. Picked them up on the cheap for 80 bucks from Dell's website of all places. PC350S are great for games. A tad heavy, and the inline mute gets in my way.

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USraging

I just bought a new tablet samsung galaxy note 10.1 and it is not even close to being able to replace my desktop. Its basically my SIII with a larger screen.

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