Logitech’s G Series Revamp: Sleek, Reasonably Priced
Logitech is revamping its entire gaming hardware division, better known as the G series line of PC peripherals, and the new gear was on full display this morning on the first day of PAX East 2013.
The new peripherals are a mix of some wholly new offerings and some revamped fan favorites, the former of which includes two new headsets. The G430 and G230 are both mid-range headsets, retailing for $79 and $59. Where high-end Logitech cans have on-ear controls and the like, these move controls onto an in-line fob. The G430 is extremely lightweight, but it manages to pack a few features found in more expensive products, like 90 degree twisting and removable foam cups.
Most of the new keyboards and mice are refreshes of current products, but Logitech isn’t hiding this fact at all in the names. The G400s, the successor to the G400, is the latest mouse based on the tried and true MX518 design. The optical sensor now goes up to 4000dpi – but even Logitech doesn’t expect gamers to utilize the increased dpi – and the button layout is the same as G400. There will be a G500s and G700s as well, and each packs a laser sensor that can shift from 200dpi up to 8200dpi.
The truly new mouse – for the US market, at least – is the $40 G100s, which is an entry-level mouse that’s been kicking around in Asia in one form or another for years now. Popular with MOBA and RTS gamers, the G100 has a 2500dpi sensor and a basic button layout — left and right click, wheel, one dpi button, and zero thumb buttons.
Last but not least are the G19s and G510s, based on – you guessed it – the available G19 and G510. The big differences here is a font change on the keys themselves, which allow more light to come through. Beyond that, most of the updates are about preserving the hardware for longer. Across the entire mouse range and the two new keyboards, Logitech has added a “hydrophobic” coating, which keeps your palms from sticking to the rubber or plastic. The G19s and G510s also have new fingerprint-resistant coatings, which should keep them looking new and shiny on your desk for the foreseeable future.
All the new Logitech hardware will be available in April, with the mouse prices ranging from $39.99-$99.99, and the new keyboards going for $119.99 (G510s) and $199,99 (G19s)