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Logitech shows off revamped G series line of gaming accessories

Logitech this week unveiled a revamped line-up of gaming accessories, dubbed the G series. The firm said it poured hours of extensive research into redesigning the gadgets, which resulted in features like hydrophobic coating and Logitech's exclusive Delta Zero sensor technology.

Headlining the new G series are four new mice, two keyboards, and two pairs of headsets.

The Logitech G700s rechargeable gaming mouse ($99) includes support for 2.4 GHz wireless or microUSB data-over-cable, and 13 programmable controls. The G500s laser gaming mouse ($69.99) is aimed at first-person shooter gamers and features a button that switches between 200 DPI to up to 8200 DPI and 10 programmable controls. The G400s ($59.99) and G100s ($39.99) are both optical gaming mice and include Logitech's Delta Zero sensor technology, while the G400s have multiple DPI settings. According to Logitech, all the mice include hydrophobic coating on the palm area, dry grip sides, and the buttons should all withstand over 20 million clicks.

The two new keyboards are the Logitech G19s ($199.99) and the G510s ($119.99) and the key for both is customisation. The G19s feature a GamePanel LCD that offers stats, game-specific apps, and customisable information panels. It also includes custom-colour backlighting, 12 programmable G-keys with up to 36 functions, 2 USB 2.0 ports, and anti-ghosting over 26 keys. The G510s include 18 programmable G-keys with up to 54 functions, custom-colour backlighting, and a backlit GamePanel LCD. Both keyboards also include the same hydrophobic coating found on the mice.

Last up are the two gaming headsets, the G430 Surround Sound Gaming Headset ($79.99) and the G230 Stereo Gaming Headset ($59.99). Both include washable ear cups and a noise-cancelling, fold-away mic to isolate background noise. The difference is that the G430 is equipped with Dolby Headphone 7.1 surround sound for seven channels of audio whereas the G230 uses 40mm neodymium drivers to power the speakers.

"Just as gamers are compelled to beat levels, our engineers are compelled to test scientific theories," Ehtisham Rabbani, general manager of the Logitech gaming business group, said in a statement. "With Logitech G we will continue to push the limits of speed, precision, reliability — even intuitiveness. We do it because gamers expect us to push the limits as far as they do. Every inspired design choice and late-night engineering argument serves but one purpose, to help gamers play their best. When science wins — gamers win."

All of the Logitech G series peripherals are set to be released in the US April 2013. European PC gamers can look to get their hands on these in May, though UK pricing has not yet been disclosed.