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PAX East 2016: The Logitech G Lineup

The last Logitech peripheral I had ever used was about eight or nine years ago. It was durable, well-designed and comfortable, but also not exactly what one would call gamer-centric.

Enter the Logitech G line, and suddenly there’s a whole collection of enthusiast hardware. Now Logitech G has a few new toys to show off.

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Yes, that is a wall of Logitech G keyboards displaying that image. Not only that, but a whole series of animations cycled. The Logitech G brand very obviously wanted to arrive at this year’s PAX East with a bang.

I was shown a few of the new peripherals that were in the Logitech G lineup, and I was immediately gripped by gear envy.

G900 Chaos Spectrum

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The G900 Chaos Spectrum kicked things off. Featuring fully adjustable ambidextrous design, a scroll wheel that can lock and unlock and fully programmable LED’s, this mouse looked like a small spacecraft. Better yet, it’s a wireless mouse that performs instantly. A demonstration was given using a sensor that tracked the time between the click of the button and the command arriving to USB. The sensor was attached to the G900 unplugged and a Razer hardwired mouse, while a screen showed live telemetry. During the live test, the sensor showed the G900 Chaos Spectrum had a reaction rate of 5 milliseconds on average, while the Razer clocked a speed of 11 milliseconds.

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The point of the test wasn’t to talk down another product, it was explained, but more to provide context between an advertised 1 millisecond click and the time that click arrived to the computer. It also utterly smashed the stigma that wireless mice are slower. The battery itself lasts for about a week of regular use, and takes about two hours to fully charge with any micro USB charge cord.

The G900 Chaos Spectrum retails for $149.99.

G810 Orion Spectrum

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The G810 Orion Spectrum is basically a cleaner, more streamlined version of the G910 Orion Spark. The keys have been smoothed out for comfort of use whether gaming or typing, the programmable G-keys have been removed, and fully programmable LED lighting was added. Beyond that, the same Romer-G mechanical switches, media controls and 26-key rollover features remain.

With a cleaner look and less frivolous bells and whistles, the G810 felt like the natural progression from its predecessor. The G810 Orion Spectrum retails for $159.99.

G933 Artemis Spectrum

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The super-car of headsets, the G933 Artemis Spectrum carries a lot of utility for its price. The Artemis has wireless functionality that can be linked to a PC, home entertainment system, game console or mobile device. The boom mic folds neatly away when it’s not in use. The headset carries several buttons to adjust volume or to engage one of several audio profiles that can be individually mixed and saved in the included software. It also includes a multi-source audio mixing feature that lets you balance multiple sound sources at once so you can game and listen to,music without the audio from either clash. And, of course, the Artemis also has fully customizable LED lighting.

The G933 Artemis Spectrum retails for $199.99

I was also shown a couple of other peripherals, which continued the idea of iterating on previous versions and giving people choice. I saw the G610 Orion keyboard that had the same features and form factor of the G810 Orion but had Cherry MX mechanical switches, and I saw the G502 Proteus Spectrum, which was the same as the G502 Proteus Core but with customizable LEDs.

Overall, the Logitech G line continues to improve with each released peripheral, and the level of performance looks as high as ever.

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