It appears that Logitech is looking to expand into the audio wearables market, as the company has announced its intention of buying Jaybird LLC – an Utah-based consumer electronics company that manufactures headphones as well as wearable activity trackers. The deal involves Logitech paying $50 million in cash as well as up to $45 million over the next two years based on achievement of growth targets. Regarding Logitech’s new acquisition, its president and chief executive officer, Bracken Darrell, has stated the following:
“Logitech and Jaybird share a passion for products. We’re impressed by the technology, products and marketing Jaybird has brought to this business. As one team, we can address the fast-growing wireless audio wearables market with all the advantages of Jaybird’s strong brand and sports expertise, and our combined audio engineering and design capabilities. With both the Ultimate Ears and Jaybird brands in our portfolio, we are expanding the long-term growth potential of our music business.”
Those of you who enjoy an active lifestyle might be familiar with some of Jaybird’s most popular products, including its award-winning BlueBuds X and X2 wireless buds. The Logitech acquisition is expected to be completed in the following weeks, and the company’s leaders believe that this will not affect its FY 2017 guidance. The founder and chief executive officer of Jaybird, Judd Armstrong, also had a few words to say about the deal:
“It has been an incredible journey. We love what we do, and we’re stoked to continue to innovate and bring amazing new products to our fans. Jaybird will benefit from Logitech’s global distribution network and deep engineering prowess. We’ve watched as they’ve connected incredible products with passionate consumers under the UE brand, and we’re thrilled to be part of the team.”
Are you looking to win the greatest PC mouse ever created? We’ve teamed up with the good people at Logitech to give one lucky winner (UK) the chance to win this incredible gaming mouse. Equipped with the latest wireless technology, the G900 offers up flawless performance that’s even faster and more accurate than its rivals, and that includes wired models!
Ultra light, fast, accurate and ready to take the competitive gaming world by storm, the G900 Chaos Spectrum is a fantastic mouse. It can be used wireless and wired, comes with a fully ambidextrous design, modular buttons, a 1ms report rate, and one of (if not the) best sensors on the market.
6-11 programmable buttons (depending on side button configuration)
“In high-pressure moments, latency can be the difference between winning it all or losing. With millions on the line, top eSports professionals can depend on G900 Chaos Spectrum. Featuring a 1-millisecond report rate and our highly optimized 2.4GHz wireless connection, Chaos Spectrum delivers incredible responsiveness for competition-level twitch targeting.” – Logitech
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The world of desktop mice is very competitive, and it doesn’t matter if you’re in the office, a stay-at-home gamer or involved in eSports, when it comes to buying a new mouse, you’re going to want the best mouse you can possibly get, assuming you’ve got the budget of course. Enter the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum, said to be the most innovative and best-performing mouse on the market, not just in terms of what Logitech has created before it, but even compared to their many rivals high-end products too. This is a bold claim and it’s something we’re eager to test today, so let’s take a look at what the G900 has to offer.
Professional Grade Wireless
“In high-pressure moments, latency can be the difference between winning it all or losing. With millions on the line, or just some e-cred with your buddies, PC gamers can depend on the G900 Chaos Spectrum to get the GG. With a 1 millisecond report rate, and our highly optimized 2.4GHz wireless connection, the G900 Chaos Spectrum outperforms the competition’s solutions, even the wired ones!” – Logitech
Advanced Optical Gaming Sensor
“The G900 Chaos Spectrum utilizes the PMW3366 optical gaming sensor, which is widely regarded as the best optical sensor on the market. The PMW3366 sensor precisely translates hand movement onto the screen, even at high-sensitivity. It delivers exceptionally accurate and consistent responsiveness at any speed across the entire DPI range (200-12,000DPI) with zero acceleration and zero smoothing thanks to Delta Zero technology.” – Logitech
Wireless has often been a sticking point for competitive gaming, as it has a history of lower latency, problems with interference and more, but Logitech has thrown every bit of research you can think of at their new design and the end result is a wireless mouse (although it can be used wired mode also) that has the lowest latency on the market, even compared to wired mice, the most consistent signal even in the most demanding scenarios, an ultra-light design and none of this has come at the compromise of features, as the G900 is one of the best equipped and most feature packed mice you’ll find.
Fully programmable buttons, Logitech’s legendary adjustable scroll-wheel, one of the best sensors on the market, a fast processor and premium grade switches. Of course, the most important thing here in my eyes is that it weighs just 107 grams, which is virtually nothing for a mouse and even more so for a wireless mouse! There’s nothing more we could ask for in a mouse, so let’s jump right in and take a closer look at what it has to offer.
6-11 programmable buttons (depending on side button configuration)
Lightweight hyperfast tilt scroll wheel
Customizable RGB Lighting
Metal pivot main key design
Metal spring button tensioning system
Resolution: 200 – 12,000 dpi
Max. acceleration: >40G*
Max. speed: >300 ips*
* Tested on Logitech G240 Gaming Mouse Pad
USB data format: 16 bits/axis
USB report rate: 1000 Hz (1ms)
Wireless report rate: 1000Hz(1ms)
Wireless technology: Custom 2.4GHz
Microprocessor: 32-bit ARM
Weight: 107 grams (mouse only)
Dynamic coefficient of friction**: .11 μ (k)
Static coefficient of friction**: .17 μ (s)
**Tested on wood-veneer desktop
Buttons (Left / Right): 20 million clicks
Feet: 250 kilometers
The packaging is quite compact with a nice image of the mouse on the front, as well as the usual branding.
Around the back, a quick rundown of the major features such as the 1ms wired or wireless report rate, 107g weight, sensor and button configuration.
The slip cover comes off the box, revealing a durable presentation box.
It opens out to reveal the mouse prominently displayed and surrounded by lots of custom cut protective packaging.
Under the mouse, all the required accessories.
There’s a lightweight braided cable for using the mouse in wired mode or to simply charge the mouse. There’s also a wireless dongle and additional side buttons.
The ambidextrous mouse allows you to remove the side buttons and swap it between true left/right-handed modes, or even configure it to have dual side buttons to suit your taste. The dongle is a simple USB device but also comes with a block that can be used as an extender, which we’ll see in action shortly.
These days we keep hearing about 3D printers, the devices that can print everything from railguns and computer cases to bridges and organs. This is all great, but how about the other way around, you see a nice model and you want to bring it into a game, what can you do other than painstakingly map out every twist and turn? That’s where 3D scanners come in, and now you can get one for just under $100.
The CowTech Ciclop is a 3D scanner designed around two lasers and a Logitech webcam acting as a 720p camera. The Ciclop is also open-source but does require some assembly. In order to get the Ciclop up and running you will need to print off a few parts, but with it only requiring small parts, any small 3D printer should be able to create them.
The total size of the object that the scanner can capture is 200mm wide by 205mm tall. The total scan though will only take between 2-8 minutes, much shorter time than it takes to print off anything you’ll want to scan in.
If this is interesting to you and you want to scan in and create your own models, parts or toys then you can find the project on Kickstarter now.
The Need For Speed franchise usually adopts an arcade driving model to easily drift around corners and remain accessible to players using a controller. It’s diametrically opposed to the simulators popularized on PC such as Assetto Corsa, Project Cars, iRacing and RFactor. Despite this, EA is making the PC version of Need For Speed more akin to a simulation game. Clearly, the handling remains fairly arcade-like but the studio decided to implement manual transmission and support every major wheel model on the market. This includes the Logitech G27/Thrustmaster TX 458/T500RS and more! As a result, the game will automatically map all the key functions to your wheel of choice without having to waste time with manual tweaking.
Not only that, the game engine’s speed will not be tied to the framerate like its predecessor and allow for an uncapped framerate. This is a wonderful choice and means players with 144Hz monitors can enjoy the benefits of such a high refresh rate. On another note, Need For Speed has natively support 4K monitors and looks absolutely fantastic due to the superb texture quality. Although, there’s no current information regarding 21:9 monitors and how well the UI will scale.
While the PC version is facing a significant delay compared to the console editions, it seems worthwhile given the added visual quality and smooth frame-rate. Furthermore, the PC version includes both the Icons and Legends update from day one! Currently, it’s scheduled to release on March 15th but Origin Access members can play the game early for a limited time, starting March 10th. To mark this occasion, EA has released a trailer showing in-game footage. Although, it’s a shame that the captured video is recorded at a maximum resolution of 1080P. Whatever the case, I cannot wait to try Need For Speed on PC, and preparing my wheel setup for its release.
Logitech has just unveiled its new full-size RGB mechanical gaming keyboard named G810 Orion Spectrum, which is equipped with the company’s exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches. These switches guarantee 25 percent faster actuation when compared to regular mechanical keyboards, which means that they are able to receive commands more quickly. This might not seem like much at a glance, but these switches can mean the difference between victory and defeat during competitive matches, and the fact that they come with a durability rating of about 70 million keystrokes definitely doesn’t hurt either.
We should also mention the product’s dedicated media controls and customizable RGB lighting as both of these features are often appreciated by gaming enthusiasts. The lighting feature can be customized using the Logitech Gaming Software, and it can be synchronized with other Logitech G gaming gear. Furthermore, the G810 Orion Spectrum also boasts a fingerprint-masking matte texture as well as a durable braided cable. The easy-access media controls allow the user to play, pause and mute music or videos while a dedicated roller can be used to control the volume.
The F1 to F12 keys can be customized to support various macros, which is always a plus. As far as pricing and availability are concerned, the Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard will hit U.S. and European markets this month, and it will cost $159 and €189 respectively.
A company that stood out as a leading manufacturer of computer mice since the 1980s has officially announced its withdrawal from the OEM mouse business not too long ago. Logitech has stopped selling affordable mice to computer manufacturers, but it still retains its position as a key supplier of pointing devices and keyboards. The decision to exit the OEM mouse market certainly has something to do with the declining sales of desktop PCs, as this affected the brand directly in terms of profitability. The company announced its plans to stop selling OEM devices in March 2015, and it managed to empty its inventory completely by December.
Logitech has been branching out over the last years, especially when it comes to gaming gear such as headsets, speakers, controllers, mice and keyboards. Therefore, it makes sense that investing in other portfolios will balance out the brand’s losses as a result of leaving the OEM mice business. During last year’s fourth quarter, OEM Logitech hardware revenue amounted to just 4.45% of the company’s total revenue. The graph below shows Logitech America’s total value share when compared to other brands.
Do you think that Logitech’s decision to exit the OEM market was a good one, or do you believe that the brand will suffer as a result?
Based on the Logitech G502 Proteus Core, which is already one of the world’s most impressive mice, the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum represents the company’s latest attempt to offer a great-looking and feature-rich gaming peripheral. What makes the G502 Proteus Spectrum stand out when compared to the Proteus Core is an RGB Customizable Lighting system that can be modified by the user using the company’s Gaming Software. Apart from this new lighting system, the mouse comes with a powerful PMW3366 optical sensor that offers a DPI range between 200 and 12,000 with no sensor acceleration or pixel rounding.
Other highlights include 11 programmable buttons and a surface tuning system that adapts the sensor’s dynamic range according to the properties of various surfaces in order to ensure top-notch performance. The textured rubber grips also come in handy, as does the dual-mode hyper-fast scroll wheel that allows the user to scroll Web pages with incredible speed. As far as pricing and availability are concerned, the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum gaming mouse will hit U.S. and European retailers this month, and it will come with a suggested price of $79.99 and €89.
Would you consider purchasing this new Logitech offering? I definitely wouldn’t mind playing some MMO or MOBA games with it.
Gaming headsets come and go with rapid succession in this industry, some great, many good and a lot that are fairly forgettable, but every now and then, something big happens. Today is one of those days at eTeknix HQ, as one of the most important headsets in recent years has landed on our desk and its expected to be something truly special. I am, of course, talking about the Logitech G933, following in the footsteps of the legendary G930, highly regarded as one of the best wireless headsets on the market, the G933 looks to make everything bigger and better than ever before.
“Patent pending advanced Pro-G audio drivers are made with hybrid mesh materials that provide the audiophile-like performance gaming fans have been demanding. From your favorite music to expansive game soundtracks, the Pro-G drivers deliver both clean and accurate highs as well as a deep rich bass that you would expect from premium headphones. Experience incredible 7.1 surround sound with Dolbyreg; or DTS Headphone:X Surround Sound,* creating lifelike in-game special awareness, allowing you to clearly hear enemies sneaking around or special ability cues.”
The Artemis is very well equipped, offering support for virtually any audio device, including games consoles and PC. Despite being wireless, it comes with a simple USB-powered transmitter that can be used to turn any wired audio jack into a wireless compatible device, and that’s something that simply cannot be ignored, as it opens up a huge range of devices for use with the Artemis. Add to that high-end 40mm drivers, a high-quality microphone, LED lighting, rechargeable wireless functionality, a fold away microphone, and more.
“G933 Artemis Spectrum works with PC, mobile, home theater devices, and game consoles, including PS4 and Xbox One. One headset for all your devices lets you take G933 Artemis Spectrum from your gaming rig to your gaming console and your mobile devices. You can even connect your home theater to the USB-powered wireless mix adapter and listen to TV shows, music, or movies wirelessly without disturbing the people in your home.”
For a quick look at some of the cool features on offer, check out the official product trailer from Logitech.
The packaging doesn’t give away much information on the front, but it does give you a great image of the headset and first impressions are that it looks pretty awesome!
Lots of technical details dotted around the back and the side of the box, most notable are the 16.8M RGB lighting, Dolby and DTS X support.
The headset is very nicely packaged with lots of protection to keep it safe in transit.
The headset out and you’ll find a simple visual guide to setting up the basic functions of the headset.
Finally, a collection of cables which include a 4-pole 3.5mm cable for use with mobile devices, which features a built-in in-line controller, an RCA passthrough cable and a USB to Micro-USB cable. Finally, we’ve got a 3.5mm to 2.5mm adaptor.
Picking the right keyboard is a fairly complex battle these days, there’s a huge range of products out there and so many well established (and relatively new brands) that all have shiny and attractive products. Even then, the prices and configurations can vary wildly from model to model, even though they all do the same basic things, so which one is the right one for you? We don’t actually know! What I can tell you are some of the best keyboards we’ve tested recently here at eTeknix, round-up some of their best features and help you find one for your budget, and one that ticks all the right boxes for you in terms of features.
We’ve got one fantastic collection, as you can see in the image above. There are mechanical, membrane, plunger and Romer switches, different sizes, prices and more in our keyboard pile. We’ve tried and tested every single one of them and would happily go out and spend out hard-earned cash on any of them, but we would love to know which one you would want to buy? Let’s jump right in and take a quick look at what each one of them has to offer.
Ozone Strike Battle
The Ozone Strike Battle has long been my favourite keyboard. It’s quite a contradiction for me too, as I love a big keyboard, full of features and packed with macro keys, but the TKL design of the Strike Battle was something I fell in love with quite quickly. It has virtually no bezel on the body, so the desktop space it occupies is incredibly compact, leaving more room for your mouse and other desktop treasures.
This is also one of the lightest keyboards I’ve ever seen, at least for a mechanical, which combined with the small size means that it’ll fit in your backpack with ease, making it a great weapon of choice for travelling to LAN gaming events. It’s also exceptional value for money, especially for a keyboard that features the well tried and tested Cherry MX Switches. The only downside of the lightweight design is the keys are quite clanky, something that I personally fixed with a set of O-ring mods.
One of the more expensive models on the market is the Razer Blackwidow, but it’s one that is loved by gamers all over the world. Razer is a great gaming brand with a huge range of products, and the Blackwidow Chroma is certainly a stand out product in their range. The backlighting on this is some of the best RGB lighting I’ve seen, with really vivid colours that will excite those who love a bit of customisation.
In terms of the performance, the BlackWidow is a slight diversion from the usual Cherry MX boards we see, as Razer developed their own brown and green variant switches. They’re finely tuned for gaming and offer even better durability, but subjectively, they’re at least just as great as any other premium switch. The angular design and slick build quality are certainly standout features, making this a great addition for any desktop gamer, Razer fan or otherwise.
Another expensive model here, although when you’re looking at the best of something, prices are often going to sweep to the higher end of the spectrum more often than not. The G910 is the latest and arguably the greatest keyboard from Logitech. It comes packed to the brim with exciting features that make it well suited to PC gaming, from a range of dedicated macro keys, ARX dock, multimedia controls, custom shaped ergonomic key caps, two detachable wrist-rests, per-key RGB lighting and more.
What really stands out here, however, is the Romer-G mechanical switches, a hybrid of traditional mechanical and plunger switches, which feature a light action, a tactile bump and a lower actuation point for super fast response times. They tick all the boxes for an almost greatest hits of different switch types, all bundled into a single package.
G.Skill may have made a great reputation in the memory market, but recently they’ve taken the peripherals market by surprise, with the release of the rather amazing KM780, a fully featured mechanical gaming keyboard that has every feature you could ever hope for and more. The build quality is exceptionally good, with a huge black brushed aluminium chassis, a durable rubber grip wrist rest, dedicated macro keys, dedicated multimedia controls, RGB lighting and so much more. It’s certainly one of the more unique looking keyboards too.
They are an unproven name in the peripherals market, but with such great looks and build quality, as well as a fully Cherry MX switch layout, it’s not hard to guess how well it performs. Additional features, such as the detachable wrist rest, optional gaming key caps, USB and HD audio cable pass-through and lovely RGB lighting make this a great keyboard for gaming and day-to-day desktop use.
The TteSports Poseidon Z is quite a simple looking beast and quite frankly, it is. It has all the basics and little else, but what it does have, it does really well. The compact design is great for those who want to free up a bit of desktop space, and the slimmer design means it’s much easier to transport too.
Build quality is rock solid, there’s some LED backlighting for a little extra flair, but at the end of the day, that’s about all you get. The keyboard is equipped with Kailh mechanical switches, which come with the advantage of being a lot cheaper to buy, making it a great mid-price entry to the mechanical keyboard market and a big step up for those coming from a membrane switch keyboard. It’s great for gaming, but the simple design means it wouldn’t look out of place in the office either.
Another entry from Thermaltake, with their super affordable Commander, what’s so special about this one? It’s incredibly cheap! Using the more common membrane switches and cheaper construction, it’s now about to blow you away, but there’s a lot of keyboard here for very little money, with the added bonus that it also comes bundled with a gaming mouse!
If you’re looking for an affordable entry into PC gaming, then this is certainly the best place to start. It’s keys are light and responsive, the design looks great and there’s still some nice features, such as the LED lighting and multimedia key shortcuts to add to the already excellent value for money.
Much like the Poseidon Z, the Quick Fire XTi is a little back to basics in terms of features. The no-fuss design is certainly something that appeals to me and it’s also a proven choice for many pro-gamers too. The slim design doesn’t take up too much space, but what really makes this keyboard stand out is the build quality. Cooler Master keyboards are one of the things that will still be around in a thousand years time, they’re incredibly durable, which is great if you’re prone to rage quitting.
Fully equipped with Cherry MX switches, and one of the few keyboards on the market that offers MX Green as a switch type, this is simply one of those keyboards that once you try it, you won’t want to stop typing on it, ever. It’s a joy to use, looks nice and sleek and the price is pretty reasonable too given the build quality. A great option for LAN gamers, at home gamers, the office or anywhere for that matter. I also love the red and blue lighting, which can be combined to give you pinks and purples, but it offers up some lovely warm colours that certainly add to the appeal.
Cougar have been cropping up more and more this last year, with an absolutely fantastic range of gaming mice and keyboards. One of the ones that stoop out for me was the Cougar 700K as it’s one of the best looking mechanical gaming keyboards on the market, and also one of the more unique ones at that. With detachable wrist guards, a fantastic ergonomic layout, brushed aluminium chassis, dedicated macro keys, dedicated multimedia controls and an on-board macro engine, it’s certainly versatile.
There’s a range of Cherry MX switches on offer, so it’s easy to find the one that best suits your needs, although I personally think the MX Red is especially good on this model. It’s a little expensive, but with such great build quality, as well as a cool bonus features such as the USB and audio pass-through, it’s a competitive option for those wanting a fully featured mechanical gaming keyboard.
The Roccat ISKU FX is, in my opinion, one of the absolute best membrane keyboards on the market. It’s got super fast and low set keys that are an absoulte joy to work on, but with all the bells and whistles you would expect from a high-end mechanical gaming keyboard. There’s full RGB lighting, dedicated multimedia keys, dedicated macro keys with on-the-fly recording, three rather handy thumbster keys, a built-in and durable wrist rest, and so much more.
It’s a little greedy in terms of required desktop space, but for this money, you’re going to struggle to find so many features anywhere else. It also comes with the benefit of the rather sublime Roccat Talk desktop software, which allows extensive settings customisation, as well as syncing features with other Roccat products.
Not a fan of membrane keyboards? Don’t worry, you can still get all those lovely gamer focused features of the ISKU FX from Roccat in a more premium model, the RYOS MK Pro. Now, I’m sure Roccat would like me to class this as an entirely different keyboard, but just look at it, it’s very similar to the ISKU FX, just with a fully mechanical switch setup and a slightly thicker, heavier and more durable design overall.
It’s just as featured packed as the ISKU, but with better build quality and world-class Cherry MX switches, as well as USB and HD audio pass-through, making it a great choice for those who love their mechanical keyboards, so long as you can spare the extra financial investment, of course.
We finish up with another budget friendly offering, the membrane switched Octane from Cooler Master. It’s a pretty humble keyboard, but the design looks great with the matte black finish key caps, a little LED lighting, and as a very welcome bonus, a set of basic multimedia keys on the top row.
For gaming on a tight budget, the Octane is hard to beat, but its value is even further improved by the bunded 3500 DPI optical mouse, making it great for those who need a complete setup. Both the keyboard and mouse feature 7 colour LED lighting, giving you some scope for desktop customisation, and the membrane switches are remarkably pleasant to type on overall.
Picking the right gaming mouse can be a tricky task as there are virtually countless brands on the market offering a staggeringly huge range of mice in seemingly every shape, colour, size and budget you can think of, so where do you even get started?
We’ve had a dig around for some of our favourite gaming mice, albeit with a slight focus on more recent models, giving you a good impression of what’s currently available on the market and with any luck, help you find the one that is right for you. Of course, which is best is a matter of personal opinion, one may have a better sensor, but you may prefer the look or grip of another, it’s about finding what’s best for you and your requirements.
As you can see from the list below (and the image above), we’ve got quite a selection of great gaming mice at our disposal, and we’re confident that no matter which you choose, you’ll be very happy with it as these are all great products in their own respects. We’ve got a wide range of budgets covered too, from around £20 to well over £100! Let’s get on with the fun stuff and take a closer look at what each of these gaming mice has to offer!
CM Storm Xornet II
Ozone Argon Ocelote World
CM Storm Sentinel III
Logitech G502 Proteus Core
Corsair Scimitar RGB
TteSports Ventus X
G.Skill Ripjaws MX780
CM Storm Xornet II
A lightweight and compact mouse design that is well suited to fast-paced gameplay, the Xornet II is a great little gaming mouse. The compact design lends well to fingertip and claw grip play styles, making it a great weapon for twitchy FPS shooters, but it’s also very well suited to younger gamers who naturally have a smaller grip and hand size, so it’s a popular option for the Minecraft generation. The buttons are light and responsive too, which is great for frantic MOBA sessions.
With a smooth optical sensor, with three programmable DPI levels, as well as an adjustable lift-off height, fully programmable buttons and a little bit of full RGB flair, it’s a versatile tool for gaming and day-to-day desktop use, at a price that’s certainly attractive; it’s actually one of the cheapest in our round-up today.
Zowie has a very respectable reputation in the pro gaming scene, offering a range of mice that are loved by gamers at home and in the eSports industry. A lightweight and nimble design, as well as large slipmats, give the FK1 exceptional glide and agility, combined with comfortable ergonomics, responsive switches and a zero fuss design that lends well to competitive gameplay.
The flawless deployment of the Avago 3310 Optical Sensor is pixel perfect, something that’ll benefit both work and gameplay, but we find this mouse is at its absolute best in games like CS:GO and we’re certainly not the only gamers to think so.
There’s no desktop software, the DPI selector is on the base of the mouse, offering up 450/1150/2300DPI and the ergonomic left-and-right handed design can be toggled back and forth directly on the mouse, so no need to worry about setup, you can just plug it in and get right on with the action.
Another mouse with an eSports pedigree, the Ozone Argon is a great gaming mouse, but we like their special edition which was designed by legendary pro gamer Ocelote. Equipped with a pin point accurate Laser sensor, a switchable ambidextrous design, on the fly DPI switching, grippy side panels and 9 fully programmable buttons, the Argon has all the features you could likely ever need or want from a gaming mouse.
The stylish and lightweight design is certainly appealing, but you can also benefit from a weight tuning system that allows you to customise the glide and balance of the mouse to best suit your play style. While not the cheapest or most expensive mouse here today, you will struggle to find better value for money than what Ozone have to offer here.
Cooler master is the only brand we have in this list twice, so you can be certain that there’s a good reason for doing so. Their recently released Sentinel III is their latest and greatest Sentinel gaming mouse yet, with practically every aspect of the mouse having been improved upon, especially the build quality, without ruining what we loved about the original.
The Sentinel III ticks all the right boxes for a desktop mouse, with an accurate sensor, fully programmable buttons, comprehensive software, a built-in OLED display for DPI and profile readout, weight tuning system, on-board memory, full RGB lighting and more, making it as versatile for office work, as it is for competitive gaming; a solid all-round mouse.
There are a lot of things I can say about this mouse and every single on of them is positive. Without a doubt, the G502 is one of the best gaming mice in the world today and comes with all the latest features you would expect from a flagship gaming mouse.
Equipped with what may very well be the best sensor we’ve ever tested, the accuracy of the G502 is unmatched. With extensive customisation options available via the desktop software, 11 fully programmable buttons, a sniper mode button, on-board memory for saving your profiles, full RGB lighting, a weight tuning system, as well as the iconic unlockable scroll wheel that has been a popular feature for Logitech mice and so much more, there isn’t a thing that the G502 wouldn’t be perfect for.
It’s a little more expensive that some other options, but the saying that you get what you pay for rings loud and clear here, and I think it’ll be a long time before we see a better mouse on the market.
The world of MMO and RPG gaming can be quite demanding, with complex commands and more often than not, a control setup that uses virtually every key on the keyboard and mouse. The help gain more control and speed over the competition, the Scimitar deploys a fantastic mechanical keypad on the side of the mouse, giving you a frightening amount of flexibility for deploying macros, cooldown timers, shortcuts and more, giving you the edge over the competition when you’re in the middle of a complex raid mission.
On top of the monstrous amount of buttons, it’s also a fantastic looking mouse, with some of the coolest RGB lighting that you’ll find on any gaming mouse. Snappy and responsive switches, comprehensive software features, built-in memory and a fantastic sensor make the Scimitar a powerful weapon for control-intensive gaming.
One of the more affordable mice on our list today, the Ventus X is a great all-round mouse that may not have all of the crazy features of some of the products we’ve suggested so far, but it certainly has all the basics right.
A smooth sensor, snappy and response switches, comfortable ergonomics, a new grip coating and durable rubber grip side panels, weight tuning system, LED lighting, hand ventilation, macro engine and more make it suitable for a wide range of gaming and work applications, it also looks pretty stylish too.
The laser sensor may not be the highest grade on this list, but you’ll find it gives silky smooth results right across the range, giving you excellent accuracy. Combined with the effortless glide and tunable weight, it’s easy to use even after many hours of gaming.
G.Skill may be relatively new to the peripherals market, having spent years making award-winning memory products, but the MX780 is proof that they’re able to deliver the same relentless high-quality and performance in a new market. The MX780 is not only one of the best-looking mice we’ve ever seen, it’s also packed full of fantastic features, such as the removable side panels that allow you to tweak the ergonomics, or turn it from a right to left-handed mouse.
All the high-end features you would expect are here, RGB lighting, high-quality sensor and switches, weight tuning system and more, all topped off by the fantastic laser sensor, making this a great gaming mouse for a wide range of users, play styles and more.
The Tyon is an easy mouse for me to recommend, as it has been my mouse of choice for a year now and I’ve no intention of swapping it out anytime soon. The sensor is great, offering up to 8200 DPI and the rather fantastic software from Roccat is, in my opinion, the best on the market.
Customising the mouse with macros, RGB lighting effects, the sensor performance and more is easily done and with the addition of a dual switch fin on the top, a button on the wing, extra buttons next to the LMB and RMB, as well as an analogue thumb controller, the Tyon is an unrivaled mouse for FPS gaming; especially for games like Battlefield, where those extra buttons are great for controlling vehicles.
Razer is one of the most recognisable gaming brands in the world, proving a popular choice for gamers at home, as well as many members of the eSports community. Razer claimed their new Mamba mouse was one of the most advanced mice ever created and while it comes with the price tag to reflect this, it delivers on features and performance that help justify the investment.
Capable of being used wirelessly and wired, with incredible RGB lighting effects, a fully programmable button layout, one of the best sensors you could ever imagine on a mouse and so much more. Capable of performing at up to 16,000 DPI, there’s no doubt this sensor can provide you with everything you need and more. However, the best features, at least in my opinion, is the adjustable click responses on the left and right mouse buttons. Wants them fast and light or clicky and heavy? Not a problem, just turn the screw and get them just how you like them.
We’re back again with our latest Logitech review, and following on from the stunning Logitech G502 Proteus Core gaming mouse, we now have the G910 Orion Spark, the big brother of the also recently reviewed Logitech Atlas Spectrum G410 TKL Keyboard. The G410 was certainly unique, offering a lot of cool features that put it on a lot of people’s wish list. The G910 keeps pretty much every feature we loved about the G410, but it’s bigger and better, with even more cool features and, of course, a full-size keyboard design with a number pad.
With the G410 review behind us, I’m expecting equal performance from the G910 and hopefully even better performance courtesy of the added features. Equipped with the fantastic Romer-G mechanical switches, which are exclusive to Logitech, the Orion Spark is finely tuned for competitive gaming. Romer-G have a shorter actuation than most mechanical keys, meaning response times are lower and you can use less effort to deploy rapid commands.
“Exclusive new Romer-G mechanical switches with up 25 percent faster actuation for an edge in matches where every millisecond matters. Improved durability allows Romer-G switches to weather the wear and tear of intense gaming for years to come.”
The keyboard is also compatible with the cool ARX Control system, a mobile app that allows you to track stats of your gaming, system and more. Even better, the keyboard has a built-in phone dock to help keep that information at your fingertips.
Equipped with LED RGB 16.8 million colours lighting, you can tune every single key on a per-key basis, allowing for endless combinations that make it great to zone out your favourite gaming profiles, or just give it some cool visual flair.
Clocking in at just 1.5KG the G910 is fairly lightweight, especially given that it’s quite large, so best measure your available desk space if you’re rocking a smaller desk.
The packaging is really nicely designed, showing off the RGB lighting effects, as well as some details of the exclusive Romer-G switches.
Around the back, a little more detail on the same, so perhaps it’s best we just open the box and take a closer look ourselves.
Take the slip cover off the box, there’s a very durable inner box with a cool G logo cut into it; doesn’t make the keyboard any better, but I thought it looked cool.
The time for holiday festivities is almost upon us and as the modern tradition of consumerism continues to grow, it becomes harder and harder to pick the right gifts for people every year, or perhaps it’s just me who struggles? Either way, we’ve sat around a Christmas fire, or just a general fire in November and December, getting into the gift buying state of mind and picked a range of our favourite products which we’ve reviewed here at eTeknix throughout 2015, as what better products to recommend than the ones we’ve had in our own hands and tested!
We’ve got a huge range of budgets covered here today, although I think it’s fair to assume that given we play around with graphics cards and a lot of enthusiast friendly products, there are some real wallet busters here too. Of course, you can use this guide to find some of the best products of the year to treat your family, friends and more, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t just spoil yourself too!
Rock Band 4 Band in a Box
Get ready to rock out this Christmas and no doubt many other days. Pick up the guitar, drum sticks, or just butcher your favourite song on the microphone. Rock Band 4 – Band in a Box is a fantastic gift and it’s a great thing to deploy at parties too, certainly beats the usual Karaoke chaos! It comes with the guitar, microphone, drums and the game for $249.99. To save costs, the standalone game with the guitar is just $129.99. In the UK, the Band in a Box is £219.99, while the guitar and game is just £109.99.
The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Mid-Tower chassis is by far my favourite chassis of 2015, it just oozes high quality inside and out, with capabilities for high-end water and air cooling and so much more. It is available from Overclockers UK for £139.99 and is available in both Gun Metal and black.
What a fantastic little chassis this is! Built from beautifully finished brushed aluminium and available in a wide range of colours, this would make a great gift for someone building a new gaming system this Christmas. The Raijintek Styx chassis is available from Overclockers UK for just £64.99.
Another expensive chassis on our list, but one of the best we’ve seen this year. If you’re wanting to build someone, or yourself, a gaming PC that not only looks great but is as silent as you could ever hope for, the Silent Base 800 Window is the way to go. It is available from most popular retailers for 149,90EUR/119 GBP/149,90 USD ex. VAT.
Corsair Strafe RGB MX Silent Red Mechanical Keyboard
Featuring the innovative Cherry MX Silent Switches, the Corsair Strafe RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is simply amazing to use. It’s packed full of features and is by far the quietest mech we’ve ever tested. A little expensive, but I’m sure anyone would be happy to unwrap this at Christmas. The Strafe is available for £139.99 from Overclockers UK, while the MX Red and the MX Brown are priced at £129.95. If you want the non-RGB version, you can find the MX Red and the MX Brown at £99.95 each.
Thermaltake Commander Gaming Gear Keyboard and Mouse Combo
The TteSports by Thermaltake Commander Keyboard and Mouse Combo is a great gift for Christmas, it’s affordable, has a nice range of features and you get a keyboard and a mouse in a single nice and tidy (and easy to wrap) box! With prices around £23.99 it’s hard to say no to such a great deal! Readers in the US can pick one of from Newegg for an equally impressive $29.99.
RGB mechanical keyboards are everywhere this year, but the XTi from Cooler Master is my personal favourite so far. It’s no-fuss and bold design is great for home and office, gaming or work, with the added bonus that it’s incredibly durable and has some of the nicest lighting tones I’ve seen so far, even if it does only allow for a mixture of red and blue! You can pick up the XTi from Box for just £134, although there’s also a deal that includes a free mouse here!
The Gaming Scimitar RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse is packed full of features that will put a smile on any PC gamers face. With RGB lighting, excellent performance and a customisable keypad on the side, it’s one of the best mice we’ve ever tested. better yet, it’s only £69.95 from Overclockers UK.
The Logitech G502 is a prime example of how great a gaming mouse can truly be. This is without a doubt the best mouse sensor we’ve ever tested and the rest of the mouse isn’t exactly lacking in features either. I’d be tempted to buy this one for myself this Christmas, but you could always treat someone else with it too. It’s available directly from the Logitech website (with free shipping) for just £69.99.
A relatively new entry on the peripherals market, the G.Skills MX780 is a fantastic gaming mouse, with a switchable left or right handed grip that makes it ideal for a wide range of gamers. With a retail price of just $59.99 it is exceptional value for a Christmas gift, and given its spec, it’ll go head to head with many of the best mice on the market.
We were absolutely blown away by the Corsair Void series, some of the best sounding, most comfortable and best-looking headsets we’ve ever seen! They would make a great gift, but be careful, if you try them out before you give them away, you may want to keep them. The Corsair Void USB 7.1 RGB Headset is available from Overclockers UK for just £79.99. This is £10 cheaper than the Wireless headset which is £89.99, I prefer the wireless and think it’s not much more to pay for the extra tech, but you’re own preferences will obviously determine which model you prefer.
Eager to get the best of the best gaming headset for you or your loved one? Then make no exception, the Astro A40 TR Headset with Mix Amp Pro is the way to go. This is one that’s sure to leave a dent in your wallet, but as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. Available from the Astro store for £200, plus around £48 for the optional Mod Kit, the Astro is expensive, but the sound quality, features and comfortable fit are priceless.
SSD prices are dropping constantly and there really has never been a better time to invest. If it’s for your own system, you can give yourself a great upgrade without spending a fortune, but the smaller drive sizes make excellent gifts to those who could do with a performance upgrade on their system. The Crucial BX200 comes with an MSRP of £234.49 ($299.99) for the 960GB model and £66.49 ($84.99) and £116.99 ($149.99) for the smaller 240GB and 480GB models, plus the small boxes are super easy to wrap up as a gift.
Give the gift of a connected home this Christmas, from streaming your movies around the house, to backing up those important files, there are a lot of benefits to owning a NAS. Not the cheapest of gifts, but it’s one of those products where if you buy cheap, you’ll likely regret it in the long run. The QNAP’s TS-251 Turbo NAS can be found at NewEgg for $384.99, at Scan UK for £295.32, or through Geizhals starting at €284.
AMD have created a mighty powerhouse with the R9 380X and the Sapphire Nitro is one of the finest examples. It’s fast, sleek and affordable, more than enough power for 1080P ultra gaming, or 1440p high gaming, making it a great addition to anyone who wants the latest PC games for Christmas. The Sapphire Nitro R9 380X is currently available from OverclockersUK for £199.99. NeweggUS currently has this card listed for $229.99.
Spend a little more, get a lot more, the GTX 970 is a superb card, but one that may be getting a little expensive for those looking for a Christmas gift. With enough power to play anything on the market and even delve into high-end resolutions, it’s a strong contender for something to put under the Christmas tree, or even put on your own wish list. The Gainward Phoenix GTX 970 is currently available in the UK from SCAN for £273.56 and for an estimated $360 in the US.
It wouldn’t be Christmas if we couldn’t all hope and dream, but the Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980Ti is currently one of the best cards on the market and we would be crazy not to suggest the best of the best. Available in the UK for the £599.99 it’s certainly not cheap, although we’ve seen some great deals bringing it down below £500, so it’s best to shop around. Just imagine the look on your partners face when they unwrap this monster on Christmas day!
Getting a little more back to reality and reasonable prices, DDR4 memory is dropping in price quite nicely now. It was super expensive at launch, but now you’ll often find DDR4 kits at equal or lower prices to their DDR3 equivalents. That makes them a great upgrade for Christmas, but make sure you have a DDR4 motherboard to go with it!
Snapped up a 4K TV in the Black Friday deals? The Nvidia Shield Console is the most powerful Android device on the market, and it’s the perfect media player for Plex, 4K content on Netflix and more. Even better, it’s also a very powerful gaming system, with many AAA games available to play, as well as game streaming features that will leave you wondering why this device doesn’t cost more than £149.99! You can buy the Shield TV and accessories directly from Nvidia here.
Think someone could do with a cooling upgrade for their system, or perhaps even parts towards a new system build this Christmas? Treat them to an AIO water cooler and they’ll be able to reduce the noise from their system and unlock its overclocking potential! The Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme S is a little expensive, but it’s still a competitively priced AIO at just £81.98 and would make a great gift, especially if you’re just going to treat yourself.
The Atlas is one of the coolest coolers we’ve seen this year, a tiny form factor with big performance and virtually silent acoustics. Building a system for someone or upgrading your own, this is one cooler you’ll want to consider and given that it’s available from Overclockers UK for a very reasonable £42.95, it’s another great addition to our buying guide.
Need a premium cooler but don’t want to pay a premium price this Christmas? The be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim is more affordable, but still packs some impressive performance figures. It’s available from Scan.co.uk for just £30.52 + shipping here in the UK and from Amazon.com for $49.90 + $9.80 shipping in the US.
Love your music on the go, when you’re out at the park, or anywhere for that matter? The Mercury box offers up a huge sound from such a tiny box. Built from aluminium and featuring a waterproof design, it’s one of the best mobile speakers on the market, great for listening to music wherever you are! Available from Amazon.com for just $48.99 and readers in the UK can get it from Amazon.co.uk for £49.99.
The perfect stocking filler, a 10,000 mAh mobile battery. This has enough juice to charge most mobiles several times, and it’ll even recharge high-end devices such as iPads with ease too. Perfect for travelling, and best of all, it’s super lightweight and affordable. The power bank is £13.99/$14.99/€15.99 and you can order it directly from OnePlus.
Nothing says I love you like a kick-ass gaming PC. Of course, budgets vary wildly from hundreds to even thousands of pounds/dollars, but that’s the joy of buying a PC, or building your own, there’s so much to choose from! With so many awesome system integrators around these days, you can’t go far wrong. Chillblast, CyberPower, PC Specialist, Vibox, Freshtech or Overclockers UK.
Gaming in the living room? Why not invest in a CyberPower Syber Steambox! Prices start at £485 and go right up to £1905, giving you a great choice to suit your needs, and your budget.
A whole lot of gaming for not a lot of money from Chillblast, with their very competitive Fusion NightHawk, a great option for those looking for their first gaming PC at just £599.
Another mid-budget powerhouse, this time from Vibox with their Element X. At just £649, this MSI R9 380 and AMD FX-6300 powered computer is great for gaming and would make a great gift this Christmas.
Time to bring out the big gun’s and really treat yourself? Or perhaps you just want your friend or family member to open a present they’ll never forget? The FreshTech Solutions Stealth Gaming PC is an absolute beast, powered by some of today’s latest and greatest hardware. Of course, it’s not cheap at £1412, but this is not your run of the mill gaming PC.
Logitech have a long history in the peripheral business, having created some of the most popular desktop and gaming mice around. With that in mind, we’re very happy to see their latest mouse, the G502 Proteus Core in the eTeknix office, as it comes equipped with some pretty awesome features that should make it a lot of fun to test.
The G502 Proteus comes equipped with a high-end 12,000 DPI sensor, which Logitech claim is the most accurate sensor on the market, a claim I won’t be taking lightly in our testing. An accurate sensor is obviously something we all want in our mice, be that for gaming or otherwise, how well it tracks can be the difference between catching that all important headshot or defeat.
A fast built-in 32-bit microcontroller, a (hopefully) super accurate sensor, weight tuning system, and so much more on offer with this mouse, the G502 is certainly ticking a lot of boxes.
Most accurate sensor on the market
3 on-board profiles
1 millisecond report rate
Primary buttons rated to 20 million clicks
Improved keyplate design for better click feeling and performance
Braided cable with hook and loop cable tie
Sleep mode disabled
3 DPI indicator LEDs
Magnetic weight-cavity door
The new sensor promises great performance, but to ensure you can get the best out of it, it can be tuned to your surface of choice.
“Wood, Laminate, Steel, Mouse Pad, all surfaces have different properties. Proteus Core makes sure that no matter where or what you game on, your mouse is optimized.”
If tuning the sensor isn’t enough, there’s also a weight tuning system to allow you to tweak the balance and overall feel of the mouse.
“Proteus Core allows you to change the weight, balance, and enables you to adapt to wherever you choose to play. Customize it to the way you game and make it yours!”
The box shows a cool picture of the mouse, as well as some of the tuning weights.
Around the back, a quick breakdown of some of the features of the G502, such as the programmable buttons and surface tunable sensor.
In the box, you’ll find a small plastic box with the Logitech logo on it.
It’s a handy little storage box that houses five 3.6g weights.
Today is a special day here at eTeknix, as we’ve got the all-new Logitech Atlas Spectrum G410 mechanical keyboard. That in itself is pretty special, as this is a major product for Logitech, but it’s also great for us, as it’s been a long time since we’ve had a Logitech product on the site, and it’s certainly nice to have them back in the office again.
The G410 is certainly an interesting and unique product, which is not a common thing in a considerably over saturated peripherals market, where very similar products are commonplace. With a compact and lightweight design, this TKL (Ten Keys Less) keyboard is designed for gaming at home, eSports, LAN gaming and more, basically anything gaming related. Being lightweight means it’s easy to carry and that’s going to be great for gamers who like to travel with their systems to various events.
One thing really got my attention about this keyboard, it comes with switches I’ve never used, the Logitech exclusive Romer-G Mechanical Switches. Promising quiet performance, a shorter actuation and high-end reliability, they’re certainly interesting switches and as an added bonus, they’re also equipped with 16.8 million RGB LED per-key lighting.
“Where every millisecond matters, get the edge on the competition. Exclusive Romer-G switches gives Atlas Spectrum compact mechanical keyboard up to 25 percent faster key switch actuation. Atlas Spectrum weathers the wear and tear of intense gaming for years to come.” Reads the Logitech website.
There’s even a mobile phone dock, allowing you to easily use your smart phone for Arx Control, a Logitech app for game info, system statistics and more.
“Logitech Arx Control app for Android and iOS adds second screen capability that allows your mobile device to display in-game info, vital system statistics, and more. For ease of access, Atlas Spectrum’s removable Arx Control dock is stored conveniently in your keyboard and can be placed anywhere on your desk.”
Check out the product video below to find out more about the G410, then we’ll jump in and take a closer look at it ourselves!
As you can see, this keyboard is insanely light, clocking in at just 830g with the cable!
The packaging is nicely laid out, with a colourful image of the keyboard on the front, as well as details of the new Romer-G switches.
Around the back, a little more information on the tournament ready design, phone dock and per-key lighting.
The PC contains a humongous selection of authentic racing simulators including iRacing, DIRT Rally, Assetto Corsa, Project CARS, rFactor and more! While the experience can be enjoyable with a traditional controller, it’s difficult to recreate the satisfaction and underlying feel from a dedicated wheel setup. Any mid-high end cockpit utilizing advanced force feedback and a smooth belt drive allows you to gauge the grip level and accurately adjust the steering with opposite lock.
In the racing sector, price relates to build quality which can make the purchasing process quite daunting. However, the investment is worth it when you factor in component reliability and time spent enjoying such an exhilarating experience. During the past few years, I’ve tested almost every sim racing product out there and compiled this list as a comprehensive buyer’s guide to the world of elite racing. To clarify, this isn’t designed to take financial value into account, and only outlines the best products available with an unlimited budget.
5: Thrustmaster TH8A Shifter
The majority of steering wheel bundles opt for paddle shifters instead of a traditional gearbox to save money and provide a more compact package. This isn’t a cause for concern if you stick to open-formula racing but many racing aficionados require a dedicated shifter in Rallying and other event types. Sadly, there isn’t a lot of choice on offer in this niche field and the only option I’m aware of is the Thrustmaster TH8A. Thankfully, the TH8A is an absolutely stunning piece of equipment and 90% of the build is construction from aluminum.
Additionally, the HallEffect AccuRate Technology utilizes a contactless magnetic sensor without any tact switch or potentiometer. This results in a reliable mechanism which doesn’t degrade over time. Other notable highlights include a reinforced mounting system, universal gear knob attachment and additional H-pattern shift plate. The TH8A’s staggering choice of high-end materials and responsive movement combines to make the best aftermarket shifter on the market. At £125.99 it’s an expensive proposition but well worth the money.
4: Logitech G27
In theory, the Logitech G27 is an end-of-line product and replaced by the G29. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth as the G29 is sold to overcome compatibility problems on the PlayStation 4 and doesn’t even include a shifter. The Logitech G27 offers an impeccable price to performance ratio and features extremely high build quality for the reasonable price between £159-239. The wheel rim contains a beautiful hand-stitched soft leather finish and strong metal frame. Additionally, there is an LED gear gauge and highly-responsive helical gears. Unfortunately, the mounting stand feels rather cheap but keeps the wheel in position well while eliminating unnecessary vibration. The force feedback is strong but the lacks the subtly of higher-end Thrustmaster models.
On another note, the weighted pedal set with clutch is superb and allows you to feel the resistance whilst braking. The shifter though is quite poorly made and utilizes a flimsy mount and horrible plastic gear knob. For the price though, it’s a welcome addition and adds to the value of this particular package. If you want to get into the racing scene without spending a fortune, the G27 is the only viable option and can be picked up on the cheap for around £150 via eBay.
3: Thrustmaster T500RS
The Thrustmaster T500RS perfectly balances the build quality, motion sensor and other features required without spending an absolute fortune. Thrustmaster is renowned for its marvelous dual-belt system which allows for a fluid, and joyous turning sensation up to 1080 degrees. Additionally, the force feedback produced by an industrial motor recreates even the smallest vibrations when running wide onto a rumble strip. The amount of nuances from the FFB motor is sublime and makes it relatively easy judge grip levels on and off the racing line.
The base is also vastly superior to the Logitech G27 and possibly the best integrated mount on any wheel I’ve tested. To put this into perspective, you could violently shake your desk around, and the wheel wouldn’t even slide by a millimeter. As a result, it’s the perfect wheel for consumers who don’t want to invest in a PlaySeat or custom cockpit. The pedals are another exemplary inclusion and attached to a realistic floor section. This improves your driving posture and adds a level of stability when suddenly applying the brake. The pedals portion alone is built from premium-grade hardware and only outclassed by the Fanatec ClubSport V2 or V3 set.
Prices of the T500RS can vary between £300-375 which is a significant step up from the Logitech G27. However, the materials, force feedback and dual-belt system makes it easily worth the extra money.
2: Fanatec Clubsport V3 Pedals
It’s difficult to accentuate how impressive the Fanatec ClubSport pedals are unless you’ve personally used them in a number of simulators. In basic terms, the V2 and V3 models are flawless and I cannot think of any improvements to make either product a more enticing proposition. Frankly, the V3 pedal kit is the best PC peripheral I’ve ever tested in terms of build quality and workmanship. So what makes them so special?
Firstly, the brake utilizes a custom-designed 90kg load cell sensor to precisely alter the amount of deceleration based on muscle tension. This degree of tension and overall feel mimics how a real-world vehicle applies the brake and create an unparalleled feel during harsh-braking phases. Furthermore, the D-shape pedal design, 12-bit resolution and adjustable stiffness allows you to create a configuration which suits your height and braking style. For example, you might want to alter the setup for left foot braking.
Other features include a vibration motor on the gas pedal to emulate wheelspin and oversteer. This selection of realistic parts is accompanied by three CNC-milled aluminum pedals and a steel frame. As you might expect, this level of expertise and authenticity comes at a fairly hefty price. The Clubsport V3 retails on its own for $300 but I would gladly pay around that as a proud owner of this hardware.
1: Fanatec Clubsport Base and Formula Carbon Rim
Finally, we come to the ultimate setup for a hardcore F1 enthusiast or sim-racing professional. The ClubSport Wheel Base weighs a monumental 4200 grams and constructed from CNC machined aluminum. Furthermore, the base mount is fully modular and supports various wheel rims from the Formula Carbon to the BMW M3 GT2. This amount of flexibility is rarely seen on wheel base setups except for some of the Thrustmaster models like the TX458. In this particular configuration, the Formula Carbon rim features an LED readout, gear meter, carbon fiber front and soft cushioned handles.
Moving back onto the base, Fanatec decided to allow for 900 degrees of rotation, a 500 Hz update rate, comprehensive cooling system, and brushless survo motor plus two vibration motors. This delivers a smooth and consistent motion and eliminates dead spots which can cause latency problems. Also, the DUAL HALL technology opts for two sensors, one mounted on the motor and another positioned on the axis to maintain maximum precision.
The drive belt is another highlight and made from premium ball bearings and European belts to produce realistic and incredibly detailed force-feedback response. Now we come onto the price, and if you’re from a nervous position look away now. The base is $599.95 while the wheel rim costs $249.95. If you’re seriously considering this setup, then the Clubsport V3 pedals are a must at $299.95. Overall, that is over $1000, and a huge amount of money. Although, the pioneering technology and German-engineering is second to none, so you really do get what you pay for.
Logitech has unveiled a visually stunning Bluetooth keyboard and mouse which offers unrivalled flexibility to work on any PC, Tablet or smartphone. The K380 keyboard can seamlessly connect to three devices at a time and quickly switch between them using Logitech’s Easy-Switch button. The idea behind this concept is to automatically detect the key layout for various devices and setup a specific set of specialized functions. Logitech’s K380 is relatively compact and features a TKL design. As a result, it’s extremely portable but might not be the best choice for consumers who intend to type large documents on-the-move.
The mouse doesn’t offer anything revolutionary but looks aesthetically pleasing and can track accurately on any surface. This makes it the perfect travel mouse and is fairly comfortable due to the textured finish and ergonomic, curved shape. Additionally, Logitech has incorporated more advanced functions and the mouse is able to execute programmable functions. This is vital if you want to use the M535 across multiple devices.
Bizarrely, the mouse and keyboard isn’t a pre-configured set as shown in the press image and only available as individual products. The K380 keyboard will be launched worldwide in September. Although, the Latin America region will only have to wait until October. In terms of pricing, the keyboard and mouse has an MSRP of $39.99. Honestly, I think Logitech should offer a discount for buying both products as a bundle, and perhaps set a retail price of $69.99.
Designed by Logitech’s sound engineering department, the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Wireless Gaming Headset and the Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum Gaming headset represent the newest additions to the company’s high-end audio lineup. Both of these headsets are equipped with patent pending Pro-G audio drivers made using hybrid mesh materials that ensure irreproachable audio quality.
The drivers are complemented by surround sound technologies, which are incredibly important during gaming sessions as they dramatically improve audio awareness. Furthermore, the headsets are compatible with DTS Headphone:X technology that uses advanced processing and calibration in order to deliver a studio-like experience through 7.1 channels. DTS Headphone:X is not available at the time of writing, but it will be enabled by a separate Logitech Gaming Software update in October.
The Logitech G633 and G933 are fully compatible with PCs, Xbox One consoles, PlayStation 4 consoles and mobile devices. The Logitech G633 boasts an analog input and a USB connector, which means that it can mix sound from up to two devices at a time. The Logitech G933 comes with one USB mix adapter and two analog inputs.
The Logitech Gaming Software can be used to modify the headsets’ lighting patterns, buttons and audio settings. RGB lighting can be adjusted from up to 16.8 million colors while three programmable G-keys can be used to create custom game macros. The G633 is an exclusively wired product while the G933 can also be used over 2.4GHz wireless. As far as availability and pricing are concerned, the G633 will cost about $149.99 and will become available in September. The G933 will cost $199.99 and will hit the stores in October.
Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.
Logitech has undergone a major visual overhaul and opting to use more bright colours to differentiate their products from the competition. Additionally, the company plans to launch the “Logi” range which looks set to appear on a wide range of new and unexpected categories. While, the official blog post gives no concrete information, I would predict this may be a new direction perhaps in fashion or something similar. Notice, the branding drops the “tech” portion so it would be fair to suggest this part of the company will not produce technology products. It seems Logitech are fully aware of the struggling nature of the PC peripheral market and trying to expand their product line to remain a competitive force.
Peter Curtis was hired recently and acts as Logitech’s first chief design officer. In a brief exchange with The Verge he stated Logitech would begin ,
“design as an ethos and a mentality.”
Curtis also went onto say,
“whether we as a company completely transition to Logi over the next two or three years is yet to be seen.”
I find this a very intriguing statement to make. Reading between the lines, it’s clear Logitech has no long-term plans to ditch the traditional peripheral sector but if their returns diminished further and the Logi brand was a success, it could be up for discussion. Considering they haven’t given a stern no to this possibly, it’s a cogent theory that Logitech could be restructuring in a revolutionary way.
How do you feel about Logitech’s new brand identity? Do you worry their focus on the PC will be neglected in the coming years?
It has been a while since we’ve seen a new racing wheel from the house of Logitech, but the days of waiting are over – that is if you were waiting for a new racing set. The new G920 Driving Force is Logitech’s first force feedback racing wheel and it will be available for both Xbox One and PC this fall and the Logitech G29 is the counterpart for the PlayStation 4.
“The G920 is the wheel fans have been asking for on Xbox One,” said Ujesh Desai, general manager of the Logitech gaming business. “We built on our history and legacy of previous generation driving wheels to deliver on a truly immersive experience for Xbox One gamers. I personally can’t wait to get behind our new wheel to play Forza Motorsport 6.”
It features powerful dual-motor force feedback transmission with anti-backlash helical gearing, hand-stitched leather-wrapped rim, and stainless steel throttle, brake, and clutch pedals. The wheel is also compatible with the optional Driving Force Shifter, a six-speed manual gear stick with push-down reverse. This is also the first Logitech racing wheel available for Xbox One.
The Logitech G920 Driving Force is expected to be available globally at the beginning of October 2015. Just like the predecessors, it won’t be cheap and comes with an MSRP of €399.99. The extra Driving Force Shifter six-speed manual gear stick with push-down reverse will set you back another €59.99.
The Logitech G29 Driving Force is expected a little earlier and should be available in July 2015 for an MSRP of €399.99.
As a follow-up to the Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400, the K400 Plus is an interesting peripheral to say the least. It was designed to allow the user to control his or her computer using a TV, which is probably why it boasts an impressive range of 33 feet. It also comes with an integrated touchpad that further facilitates PC control, whether we’re talking about streaming films, watching TV shows or queuing up some tunes.
The K400 Plus is basically an all-in-one keyboard and mouse solution. It features shortcut buttons for volume controls and menu navigations, as well as intuitive arrow buttons. As far as looks are concerned, the designers wanted it to be able to match contemporary living rooms, which is why they went with a neutral gray color complemented by subtle touches of yellow. The device features rounded sides that insure comfort during prolonged use, and it comes with pre-installed batteries that can last up to a year and a half. The Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus by Logitech will become available in the United States this month, and it will hit retailers around the world in July. As far as pricing goes, Logitech suggests a tag of $39,99, which is relatively affordable.
Would you swap your current keyboard and mouse for this all-in-one device?
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Logitech, one of the most popular and prolific computer peripheral producers in the world, is set to shift its focus away from mouse production, citing a sharp decline in demand. The manufacturer announced on Thursday that its operating profit fell by 34% for the first quarter of 2015 – an operating profit of approximately $14.5 million, compared to the $21.8 million of last year – with net sales down 4.7% to $467.2 million.
Its shift in strategy will see Logitech refocus on producing wireless speakers, videoconferencing peripherals, and video game controllers in order to offset the market’s sacrifice to the emergence of smartphones and tablets, as well as the growing popularity of laptops and netbooks with built-in mousepads.
The company has been struggling with slow sales growth for six of the past seven years, so a strategy revision to focus on other wireless technologies is long overdue, but in the meantime, Logitech Chief Executive Bracken Darrell warns that prices of its accessories will going up to offset the decline. “We are raising prices around the world [outside the US],” Darrell told Reuters. “The price increases will take effect in this quarter.” The prices of Logitech peripherals in Europe is set to increase by between 11% and 13% in the coming weeks.
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If a lot isn’t enough, then go for more. That or something similar must have been the motto while Logitech created their G303 Daedalus Apex high-performance gaming mouse. The mouse is designed based on feedback from the gaming enthusiast and eSports community and comes packed with high-end parts.
The G303 features the Logitech G exclusive Delta Zero optical sensor and a metal spring button tensioning system packed in a lightweight form. The left and right click buttons have been tested for 20 million clicks and the DPI can be adjusted all the way from 200 up to 12,000 and tracks movement at 300 inches per second. The built-in RGB light allows you to change the colours to fit the rest of your setup, or whatever mood you might be in.
“The community sent us a clear message that they wanted the lightweight, symmetrical design of our G302 combined with the amazing sensor in our G502,” said Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of the Logitech gaming business. “We took this feedback and built a mouse that was tuned and tested by pros to help ensure improved accuracy, comfort and performance. Thanks to you and this feedback, we’ve built an amazing product.”
The Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex Performance Edition Gaming Mouse is expected to be available in both Europe and the US at the beginning of March for a suggested retail price of $69.99.
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The new Logitech ConferenceCam Connect is a portable all-in-one video conference solution with a design for small and medium sized rooms. It works with any computing device with USB connection like PC, MAC, and Chromebooks and with virtually any video conferencing software: Microsoft Lync and Skype, Cisco Jabber and WebEx, Citrix GoToMeeting, Blue Jeans, Google Hangouts, Lifesize, Vidyo, Zoom, and many more.
“For about the cost of an office chair, businesses of all sizes can now afford to quickly connect with customers, vendors and remote employees anytime and anywhere with the Logitech ConferenceCam Connect,” said Jason Moss, general manager of the Collaboration Group at Logitech. “We believe there is simply no workspace that should not have video conferencing capability, and the ConferenceCam allows us to connect to meetings no matter where we are.”
The portable solution can easily be moved from room to room and around where ever it’s needed at the time. It supports mobile connectivity for screen-mirror projection through Miracast technology and Windows and Android users can connect wirelessly to the ConferenceCam Connect for screen-mirror presentations, spreadsheets, videos or Internet content.
It has a 90-degree field of view with digital pan and tilt, mechanical tilt control, 4x digital Full HD zoom, and ZEISS optics with autofocus. The speakerphone supports both mobile and USB audio calling with features such as Bluetooth, NFC, and USB. The 360-degree sound system allows users within a 12-foot diameter range to hear and be heard, while full duplex sound, acoustic echo, and noise-canceling technology delivers great quality.
It even has a built-in battery for up to 3 hours video conference or up to 15 hours speakerphone use, but it can also run on AC power.
Logitech has unveiled their latest product in the Logitech G series; the G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA Gaming mouse. As the name suggests, this mouse is developed with competitive gaming in mind. Logitech has worked with a long line of professional eSport gamers to make sure it has all the features and responsiveness that is needed for this area of usage.
The new mouse uses Logitech’s Delta Zero sensor for the most accurate translation of hand movement to on-screen actions.It has an adjustable resolution between 240 and 4000 dpi that is adjustable on the fly from assigned buttons. The G302 can handle a maximum acceleration over 20G and a maximum speed of 3 m/sec.
The six programmable buttons are designed for high-speed clicking and are using a metal-spring tension-system to improve the responsiveness with up to five clicks per second. The buttons are tested for more than 20 million clicks, that would equal an eSport gamer playing for 15hours a day for 2 years.
The new lightweight gaming mouse will be available beginning of November at a suggested retail price of $49.99 and comes with a 2-year limited hardware warranty.
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Logitech have just unveiled their latest gaming keyboard to the world; the Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Keyboard, or just G910 for short. Logitech has been working hard on this keyboard for a long time and it’s the culmination of years of experience, research and user feedback. It is said to feature lightning speed responsiveness, improved accuracy and superior RGB illumination in a performance-driven design. It also uses Logitech’s exclusive new Romer-G mechanical switches that are 40% more durable and 25 % faster than other mechanical switches on the market.
“This keyboard is the culmination of years of ongoing development by our engineering team, incorporating feedback from gamers and eSports athletes to develop a next-generation mechanical key,” said Vincent Tucker, director of Logitech gaming. “Our team was charged with developing a keyboard that truly improves the gaming experience, and Orion Spark delivers.”
Orion Spark features the new exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches, which can’t be found on any other keyboard so far. With an actuation point of just 1.5 mm, the new switches register your key presses up to 25 percent faster and they have an improved durability at 70 million keystrokes, up to 40 percent longer than previous mechanical switches on the market. It sounds like this is a keyboard that will last for a long time, even under extreme gaming conditions.
Another awesome new feature compared to the old G19 Gaming keyboard, that by the way wasn’t mechanical, is the new Arx Control Integration. A combination of a docking station and a mobile app that can give you additional information and instant control features.
This is a big step up compared to the old integrated display system, and one that probably will find a lot more developers. Otherwise it works pretty much like the old system. D,evelopers have access to a SDK and can build support for their games and applications to use the phone as an additional monitor. This allows for a theoretical endless stream of options. Out of the box it features the same things as the current keyboards with system and media information.
The new G910 has 9 programmable hot-keys placed to the left and above the F1 to F4 keys. This is another improvement over the old two to three line setup to the left. The new layout not only places the keys more conveniently to reach, you’ll also be hitting the wrong key less times in hectic situations. The buttons can be programmed with macros or single keystrokes and there are 3 profiles available, making it a total of 27 customizable commands at the press of a key.
The G910 is also a full RGB keyboard, meaning that you can assign each key individual colours depending on your active profile. This is a great way to group keys by colour and quickly find the right key to press, such as those that you use often in games as such as WASD, Control and Space. The somewhat oddly shaped hand-rest is another improvement over the old Logitech gaming keyboards, and should make for a more comfortable gaming session. It also has a 113 Key Anti-Ghosting, and that shouldn’t be forgotten.
The Logitech G910 Orion Spark Gaming Keyboard is expected to be available in the U.S., Europe and select countries in the AP beginning in November 2014. With all these new features, this isn’t a cheap keyboard and will retail with a suggested price of $179.99/£159.00.
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Logitech has unveiled their new multi-device keyboard, the Logitech K480 Bluetooth keyboard. The new keyboard stands out from the rest by allowing it to connect to three devices simultaneous with the ability to switch between then with a simple knob on the keyboard. The keyboard is completely multi-platform oriented and not only compatible with all major operating systems, it also has the dedicated keys for them printed where they should be.
Not long ago, we posted news about another multi-device keyboard that allowed to connect up to 5 devices, but as many of our readers so well pointed out, the placement of the switch key, instead of the left control key, wasn’t to smart. Logitech has solved this much better with the turn-knob at the top left of the board. The K480 also features a secure cradle-dock for your phone and/or tablets that angles the display for a better viewing-angle. The cradle is 10.5 mm thick and 258 mm wide, so it should fit most mobile smart-devices.
This cradle is the really interesting new thing though, as we’ve previously seen similar smart switches on the K760 and K810 keyboards.
“Typing needs have evolved and consumers are computing and texting across multiple screens, often using two or three different operating systems,” said Charlotte Johs, global vice president of computer peripherals at Logitech. “The Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 makes it simple for people to work, create or communicate quickly and comfortably, no matter what computing device or platform they are using.”
The new keyboard is guaranteed to work with Windows 7 or later, Mac OS X or later, Chrome OS, iOS 5 or later and Android 3.2 or later, but should theoretical work with any Bluetooth capable device. It comes in two colour choices, white and black. It uses two AAA batteries that are pre-installed and the battery life is set to four million keystrokes, that equals about 2 years of work in an office environment.
It has a pretty low warranty period of only 1 year, so it might wear out fast. That however is just a speculation of mine. It doesn’t take up much space on your desktop or in your backpack either, if you want to take it in the go. The height is is 20 mm, width 299 mm and the depth is 195 mm, it does however weigh 820 gram.
The availability starts within days in both Europe and the US. A few shops already report stock while other expect them to land within the next 1-2 days. The Logitech K480 has a MSRP of $49.99. In Germany it’s being listed starting at €40 while the cheapest version in the UK was listed at £49.99 at the time of writing.
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