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Tuesday, 06 January 2009 17:02

Logitech launches new G-series peripherals

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Keyboard, mouse and headset


We already spotted Logitech's new G19 gaming keyboard almost a month ago, but then it was believed to be called the G18. Today Logitech finally announced it together with an updated G9 mouse called the G9x and a new gaming headset called the G35.

The screen is better than expected as it features a 320x240 resolution although it's not clear how big it is. The keyboard is supplied with Logitech's GamePanel software which enables the display to work with over 60 games according to the press release. The screen can also provide non game information such as CPU usage and a clock and it can also be used for displaying pictures or video.

The keyboard has 12 programmable G-keys and a range of multimedia keys. You can also select which keys should be back lit and the back light colour can also be set by the user. Finally the G19 also has two USB 2.0 ports and cable management for those that want to attach their mouse to the keyboard.

Next up we have the G9x mouse which is an updated version of the G9 which has a new laser sensor which operates from a silly 200dpi to an insane 5,000dpi. Apart from the new sensor there doesn't seem to be much that makes it differ from the old G9, as the G9x also comes with a selection of weights, onboard memory for storing profiles and two interchangeable grips.

Finally we have the G35 surround sound headset which connects to a USB port and offers 7.1-channel audio, if we're to believe the press release. To achieve the 7.1-channel audio the G35 headset is using technology from Dolby. Although the headset can't be used with your soundcard, so for those with a high-end sound card, this is not the way to go. The headset also features a built in microphone with noise cancelling technology.

Also, unlike pretty much every headset we've seen the G35 has three control buttons or G-key's as Logitech likes to call them, which allows you to easily switch between various audio profiles. On top of the G-keys the G35 also has built in volume controls, a mic mute button and adjustments for the surround sound settings. The microphone also supports voice morphing and comes with six profiles which can be switched by pressing one of the G-keys.

The audio quality should be pretty good with 40mm speaker units which Logitech claims are laser-tuned, whatever that means. You also get three different kind of pads for the headband which should allow the G35 to fit comfortably on just about anyone's head. We wish there could've been some different ear pads as well, as the G35 has leather covered ear pads.

The G19 is expected to retail for US$199.99 (€149/£137) and will be available from March. The G9x should retail for US$99.99 (€75/£69) and will be available from April. Finally the G35 should retail for US$129.99 (€97/£89) and will also be available from March.

You can find the G19 product page here, the G9x here and the G35 here

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