In a recent peripheral review, I had mentioned that the market as of late for keyboards and mice has been a little stagnant. Sure, we are seeing a large number of mechanical keyboards being released, but aside from that, things just don’t seem to be quite as active as they used to be. An example I gave involved Logitech – while the company used to release so many gaming peripherals, it was hard to keep up, the roll-out slowed significantly in recent years.
Well, apparently Logitech itself realized this, as today’s launch proves that it still has a commitment to PC gaming. This time, though, the products are infused with so much “science”, it can make your head spin. No joke:
“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.“
This has resulted in a couple of improvements. First, “advanced materials” were added to strategic tactile zones, and a fingerprint-resistant coating has been added to the heaviest contact zones. In addition, a hydrophobic coating covers the palm rest to repel sweat. Some models also include a dry grip for better control, and the keys on the dual keyboard models feature a double UV coating to delay the inevitable wear.
The G100s and G400s (I’m not sure why the upper two are excluded) include an exclusive Delta Zero sensor technology that “accurately responds” to hand movements – we might have to get our hands on one to truly understand the differences though.
Of the eight products announced here, four are mice, with the wireless G700S ($100) pictured above being the flagship. The others are the laser G500S ($70), and optical G400S ($60) and G100S ($40). On the keyboard side, we have the G19S ($200) and G510S ($120) (neither are mechanical, unfortunately), and for headsets, there’s the brand-new G430 ($80) and G230 ($60).
I won’t go through the exhaustive feature list here, but recommend hitting up the press release for full details. At this point, there are no dedicated product pages, but rather a minimal preview site. All products are expected to begin shipping next month in the US, and May in Europe.