Logitech Gaming Software

Good Gaming Keyboard – Logitech G613 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard!

As if the recent PowerPlay Lightspeed gaming gear they just released wasn’t enough, those top chaps at Logitech G have an awesome new gaming keyboard joining the mix – the Logitech G613 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard!

The G613 is a next generation wireless keyboard perfect for living room gamers who are looking for the satisfying¬†click of mechanical switches and the freedom of wireless ūüôā Logitech have¬†used their new LIGHTSPEED¬†wireless technology as well and this delivers a mind-blowing 1 ms report rate for super-fast and responsive gaming, this is the same¬†professional-grade wireless solution that’s built into the exceptional¬†G703 and G903 wireless gaming mice.

They’ve made it savvy for the lounge by fitting a solid wrist rest onto the front, it’s also a little bit longer than the G413 with the additional¬†G-Keys lined up on the left for gamers.

Being a living room savvy device Logitech have also taken care of a few additional features to make this keyboard even better – along the top you’ll find a host of quick media control buttons, these will allow you to quickly adjust volume, fast-forward, rewind and all that good stuff, what’s even cooler though is that Logitech have included Bluetooth connectivity as well as wireless, and with a quick-change button up beside the media controls you can hot swap between devices with ease! ¬†Included with the keyboard is also a nice smartphone stand as well, similar to the one included with the G910 Orion Spectrum but this time in black.

Romer-G mechanical switches deliver precise mechanical performance with that signature ultra fast actuation we love, for those newbies coming to this new switch from something like a cherry blue, what makes the Romer-G switches so good is that your key-presses register at just 1.5 mm depth, around 25% faster than normal mechanical switches providing great response times in game – once you’re used to it ūüėõ Unlike many of the Logitech G mechanical keyboards we‚Äôve been seeing recently, the G613 has got six dedicated macro G-keys so installing the Logitech Gaming Software is still a must even without the RGB options – it is a little odd to have keyboard without LED lighting now, but on the other hand we do understand, sacrifices must be made for battery life – there is a button that will light up though, the battery life warning indicator turns on when you’re down to 10% apparently ūüôā

Logitech boasts¬†that we’ll get 18 months of battery life on the two AA-batteries included with the kit – we’ll update our¬†GGPC PC Gaming Blog with the latest as we test this new gaming keyboard out!

GAME ON!

 

Good Gaming Keyboard – The Logitech G Pro TKL RGB!

The Logitech G Pro TKL RGB is the first to carry the name Pro, a¬†keyboard is designed and built to the exacting standards of some of the world’s top eSports athletes – we’ve used it’s spiritual precursor, the G310 in many gaming tournaments and found it to be excellent!

Featuring Logitech’s own exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches –¬†purpose-built for pro-grade performance, responsiveness and durability these have a very short actuation point at just 1.5mm making them around 25% faster than a standard mechanical switch. A perfect blend of speed, precision and quiet performance, the Romer-G is the stealth assassin of mechanical gaming keyboard switches ūüôā

The compact tenkeyless design which frees up tournament table space for low-sens mouse movement, and a detachable cable for easy transportation to the next tournament. Durability is built into every component and reinforced by a super-strong steel backplate that adds stability and rigidity to gameplay.

To improve performance even further, Logitech focused on KSP (Keystroke Signal Processing) which is the sequence of events that translates a switch actuation into a USB signal. To make the Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard ultra responsive, they’ve optimised¬†the KSP to be up to 10ms faster response than the competition. Speed isn’t just in the key switch, it’s the entire system starting with the switch actuation, KSP, and then report rate.

Using Logitech Gaming Software you can customise every key manually but there is also a massive range of lighting profiles available for over 300 different games. We highly recommend you enable ‘Automatic Game Detection’ in the Logitech Gaming Software to have them automatically display on the Pro Keyboard when the game launches – when Mass Effect Andromeda launched we were surprised with a very cool custom A logo on our keyboards during loading which was pretty crazy cool and once you get in-game it just gets cooler by lighting up all the keys you’ll need in your gaming session ūüôā

Combine all this with smart little touches like a removable USB connection, killer macro management and those oh-so-perfect height adjusting rubber tipped feet and you’ve got the Logitech G Pro TKL RGB Gaming Keyboard!

GAME ON!

Good Gaming Keyboard – G413 Mechanical in Silver and Carbon!

UPDATE: Hands on the with new Silver G413 – it’s beautiful!

Hot on the heels of the excellent TKL Gaming Keyboard just released (Ten Key Less, it basically means no numpad :P), those fine folks at Logitech G have just released another TWO new metal keyboard options for us!

Full sized but lightweight with high strength aluminum alloy top casing for added rigidity along with a slim,¬†blade-like form factor thanks to the way the keys raise off the board – they’ve done something brilliant here within the keycaps and the LED lighting on these doesn’t suffer from the light leakage issues you may have experienced in the past with other slim metal board designs, the package even includes extra gaming keycaps that are interchangeable with the ones in the keyboard as well as a keycap puller to get those keys out when you feel like it.

 

One of the best bit’s about¬†these new¬†G413 is they both feature a USB passthrough so you can charge your smartphone from the keyboard,¬†an excellent feature that should be on every gaming keyboard! They’ve also added a nice cable route pathway on the bottom of the keyboard too ensure everything stays super tidy ūüôā

The media, brightness and volume controls are now integrated as secondary functions accessed via the F keys. and you can also setup your favourite programmable macros for games via the Logitech Gaming Software suite. Two distinct versions are available, the first is Carbon Black with a red LED backlight and the second is a super cool looking Silver G413 version with white LED.

Good Gaming Headset – Logitech G533 Available NOW!

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UPDATE: The G533 Gaming Headset has landed in NZ!

There are a few really nice gaming gaming headsets available in NZ today and a new piece of audio goodness has just released from those fine folks at Logitech G!

The G533 is a sleek new gaming headset that’s using the same Pro-G audio drivers found in the exceptional 933 Artemis Spectrum, it’s also packing¬†DTS X 7.1 surround sound which accurately replicates 7.1 speaker position so we can enjoy all the ambient¬†sounds and audio ques that make playing games with a nice headset oh so enthralling¬†ūüôā It’s also handy for a multiplayer gamer as being able to hear which direction gunfire is coming from can be a pretty neat tool for getting into the action (or getting out the way :P) You can configure all this and more with the Logitech Gaming Software.

GGPC Logitech G533 Gaming Headset Buttons up closeThe headset packs in all the goodness we’ve come to expect from Logitech G with earpieces that can also be removed and washed if needed, these cups also pivot making for comfortable in those moment when you’ve got the headset around your neck as you run off to grab a quick Redbull between matches ūüôā You’ll still be able to hear when the next match is coming up because this one is wireless thanks to an included 2.4GHz USB dongle (which apparently gives even more range than the G933!) and will last a solid 15 hours of game time at around 50% volume, which is managed via that slick roller we liked so much in our G910 Gaming Keyboard review \o/

UPDATE: We’re well into testing this one out for ourselves now and it’s really¬†good, a few things have really stood out to us. Firstly the unobstructed range appears to be well over 15 metres, with the USB dongle in our GGPC editor rig we still had a perfect connection all the way down in the other end of the workshop and that’s a good 30 metres away!¬†When testing in a two story house we were able to head downstairs and into the kitchen to grab a drink and still maintain voice comms while waiting in que, great stuff Logitech ūüôā Battery wise the headset has just crossed the 16 hour mark and do another quick test soon to see how long this thing last at full volume (which we don’t advise, these ear cannons are loud!).

Keep your eyes on the GGPC Computers Blog for the latest!

 

Good Gaming Mouse – The BEST in Logitech G Wireless

GGPC Wireless Mice are AWESOME

Wireless mice have come a long way and right now Logitech G have the two best options for gamers¬†with the very affordable¬†Logitech G403 Prodigy and premium¬†Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum¬†available ūüôā

To be perfectly clear, wireless mice were not always this good – and getting them to this point sure took a while… ¬†finally the latest wireless ones are as fast as their wired friends, and also have very nice lightweight feel to them \o/

The battery life for both is also really excellent, spanning over several days of heavy gaming without the need to charge but for a wireless mouse to beat out the wired competition it must be able to be charged conveniently as well, even in the middle of a game. For this there are¬†no fancy external docks needed instead a USB cable connects to the front of the mouse turning it into a wired mouse while it charges – so no problem at all ūüôā Logitech Gaming Software¬†can be used to customise the RGB LED lighting on both to further increase the time between charges, though we’d kinda miss having everything glowing away in perfect sync.

Speed wise they really are fast – fast enough to take on professional eSports scene and in the recent ESL finals between SK Gaming and Cloud9 player Autimatic used a G403 and after his team won he got also got given the MVP award as well ūüôā

We’ve been using both the G403 and G900 since launch earlier this year and happily recommend them, the G403 has a price that’s pretty hard to resist but if you go with the larger G900 you’ll get more buttons and also that slick ambidextrous design making it perfect for lefties.

 

 

 

Good Gaming Keyboard – The Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum

UPDATE: This amazing keyboard is available in NZ now!

Not to be confused with the previous Orion Spark the new Logitech G Orion Spectrum is what happens when a company listens to customer feedback and adjusts to make their products even better.  An awesome version of the G910 from Logitech is incoming РThe G910 Orion Spectrum!

With a darker look, RGB logo and those ultra fast Romer-G mechanical switches to give you incredible responsiveness, this sleek RGB Mechanical keyboard actuates your presses faster than standard mechanical switches.  This faster actuation gives you faster response for the winning edge in battles where every move you make matters.

A small detail in the keycaps has been adjusted to be smoother allowing for easier finger travel between them during the more complex maneuvers we all attempt while in the heat of battle.

As with the original Orion Spark the Spectrum allows for some pretty extreme customisation via the Logitech Gaming software, you can tweak keyboards lighting effects and mark individual keys by colour to keep track of spells and game commands. ¬†Each key‚Äôs backlight can be customised from a palette of 16.8 million colors. The key letters are entirely illuminated for a beautiful, evenly-lit glow with minimal light leakage ūüôā ¬†You can also download¬†ARX Control app for your smartphone (here are links for Android and Apple) which introduces some second-screen capabilities. ¬†Use your smart phone or tablet screen to display in-game info, vital system statistics and more. ¬†The keyboard‚Äôs adjustable smart dock positions your phone perfectly at the top of the keyboard.

We’ve really put this keyboard through some extremely enjoyable game testing and happily give it our full recommendation – the Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum is GOOD!

This keyboard is outstanding top to bottom, in-game integration for lighting effects is simply outstanding – check out the video below as we test this with Counter Strike: Global Offensive using the key lighting to signal the number of rounds left in our clip.

 

Good Gaming Mouse – G403 Prodigy Wireless from Logitech G!

Logitech have absolutely nailed it with their latest design – the G403 Prodigy Wireless Gaming Mouse¬†is an exceptional piece of gaming gear with a very comfortable shape and smooth movements¬†that performs well above its price point. Logitech have created a¬†lightweight, ergonomically designed body with rubber grips on the left and right sides to give you added control while the body¬†molds to your hand for long-lasting comfort during gameplay ūüôā

The Prodigy¬†G403 brings together supreme comfort, quality, and durability in a wireless mouse that’s¬†built for speed, accuracy and endurance. With a 1ms report rate, G403 is up to 8x faster than standard mice, when the mouse is moved or clicked, the response is near-instantaneous allowing us to be¬†more accurate than ever been before. The G403 Prodigy features the world‚Äôs most advanced gaming mouse sensor, used by eSports pros worldwide and it is exceptionally precise and consistent so you can respond quicker and enjoy more accurate targeting.¬†With a lightweight construction and included 10g removable weight, you have options when it comes to tuning the mouse to your preferences.¬†¬†Advanced buttons use metal springs to help keep the left and right mouse buttons primed to click, reducing the force needed to click and delivering exceptional click feel, response, and consistency.

Battery life wise the mouse holds its charge well and we were able to game with no interruptions for a full night, should the gaming session last¬†so long that you do need to charge simple connect the cable to front of the mouse and continue gaming on ūüôā This charging cable can also be used as a USB wireless dongle extension thanks to a handy adaptor included¬†in the box.

GGPC G403 Progidy Gaming Mouse

Logitech G403 Prodigy Gaming Mouse can be fully configured using Logitech Gaming Software to quickly match to your preferences. As with other recent gear from Logitech G you can use this software to choose from a palette of up to 16.8 million colours and brightness levels(both the logo and a laser strip on the mouse wheel) to match your favorite team, personal style, system or environment. Advanced users can configure the 6 programmable buttons to simplify in-game actions via the Logitech Gaming Software and quickly execute complex tasks, you can then save your settings to the memory on the mouse and use your settings on any PC without needing additional software or requiring a log in to use them. With onboard memory, you can take your settings with you wherever you go. On-the-fly DPI shifting that lets you program and switch between up to 5 sensitivity settings, from pixel-precise targeting (200 DPI) for sniping, to lightning-fast maneuvers (up to 12000 DPI) for fast and accurate 180-degree turns.

It’s not often we see a mouse this good, and after a long weekend gaming with it we happily give this mouse our GGPC Recommends Award – The Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless Gaming Mouse is GOOD!

Good Gaming Headset – Logitech G933 Artemis Snow Special Edition Incoming!

GGPC Artemis Snow

Logitech G have created a beautiful “Snow” special edition for their awesome G933 7.1 Dolby Gaming Headset and oohhhh it’s looking really good. ¬†The headset itself hasn’t changed, it’s still the excellent wireless unit that provides around 8 hours of continuous wireless gaming freedom but in this new colour scheme it certainly¬†stands out from the crowd even more than before ūüôā

The G933 features advanced Pro-G audio drivers are made with hybrid mesh materials that provide the high quality audio performance gaming demands. These Pro-G drivers deliver both clean and accurate highs as well as a deep rich bass that you would expect from premium headphones so you can experience incredible 7.1 surround sound with Dolby or DTS Headphone:X Surround Sound.  These audio technologies helps to create a more lifelike in-game special awareness, allowing you to clearly hear enemies sneaking around.

Sporting a really good¬†noise-cancelling boom mic, your communication in game will be¬†crispy clear and when you’re not using it¬†the mic can be folded back into the headphones and is nearly invisible. G933 is travel-ready with an included mobile cable and secondary inline mic for mobile devices when you don‚Äôt want a microphone boom in your face.

Even though it’s primarily a wireless gaming headset the Artemis Snow gives you the best of both worlds, with the option to play either wirelessly or wired \o/ Play either¬†on the 2.4GHz wireless or use the 3.5mm analog input on the headset to play wired without using battery power.¬†Both the light strip and logo can each be programmed to different colours or effects, or can be synchronised.¬†Adjustable RGB lighting to suit and the Logitech Gaming Software can even deploy your chosen colour scheme over all your logitech gaming gear for the perfect setup.

The special edition Logitech G933 Artemis Snow Gaming Headset¬†is on it’s way to NZ and should be with us around October, keep your eyes on the GGPC Computers Blog for more of the latest and best in gaming tech!

Good Gaming Mouse – The Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum

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Logitech has been working on a new wireless gaming mouse design and their efforts come to life with the latest G900 Chaos Spectrum – they might have just built a mouse that outperforms all other gaming mice, including wired ones ūüôā

This lightweight semi modular masterpiece is well suited for both lefties and right handers with the side buttons being removable and you can even opt to have no side buttons with the included plates. The G900 has 5-11 buttons available to you, including a left and right click on the scroll wheel.

Unplug the data and charging cable to seamlessly switch between wired and wireless modes without interrupting your game. ¬†It’s got staying power – ¬†the wireless battery life of older G700 was a admirable 8-10 hours, the G602 had¬†its rather insane 200+ hours battery life but the trade off was weight added by two AA batteries (or one, the mouse can be used¬†just a single battery)¬†and while the G900 doesn’t quite hit those numbers you can still¬†game without recharge for around 24 hours with all the lighting on, and upto 32 hours with the lights off. ¬†The mouse automatically goes to sleep when not in use and¬†wakes up quickly when you want to use it again.

The Chaos Spectrum is equipped with the PMW3366 optical sensor which is widely regarded as the best gaming mouse sensor on the market.  With features like zero smoothing, filtering or acceleration across the entire DPI range (200-12,000DPI) this component delivers incredible tracking and accuracy with consistent responsiveness even at maximum speed.

LED is the¬†now more commonplace 16.8 million configurable along with your macros via the Logitech Gaming Software, it features two lighting zones that can be tweaked¬†independently or colour synced to match your setup. ¬†Don’t forget to grab the ARX control app as well, if you’re reading this on your smartphone here are¬†the¬†links for Android and iOS¬†ūüôā

UPDATE: This amazing mouse is now available in New Zealand!

Good Gaming Keyboard – Logitech G610!

Logitech has unveiled two new mechanical keyboards, the Orion G610 brown switch and G610 red switch, using the same sleek chassis as the recently released G810.

The 610’s differ from the¬†the G810 by¬†using Cherry MX instead of their own in-house¬†Romer-G switches and¬†feature white backlighting instead of RGB. ¬†¬†You’ll still be able to assign your button¬†macros on F1 through F12 to suit¬†your favorite games¬†and by selecting and personalizing each individual key light via the Logitech Gaming Software makes keeping track of spells and other commands is a breeze ūüôā