Logitech G510s Keyboard
The new Logitech G510s is, as you guessed it, a revision of the original G510, which itself was a new version of the G15. The move from the G510 to G510s is sort of like how the car industry works: you have a great base model launched, and future yearly iterations are mild improvements on the design.
With the G510s Logitech has made some cool new improvements over the previous model, mainly an improved laser etching for the keys to let more backlight through. The WASD and arrow keys now also have a silver tone to them, making them easily distinguishable in the heat of battle. Similarly the 18 programmable G-keys on the left also have silver markings next to them, although I think this is more of an aesthetical thing rather than actually differentiating between the regular keys and the G-keys.
Another noticeable change over the G510 is that the new G510s features improved surface materials for longevity. A hydrophobic coating on the palm rest prevents your sweaty palms from sticking to it. Meanwhile the glossy faceplate has a fingerprint-resistant coating to ensure you don’t smudge that shiny G510s. Of course, nothing can save a keyboard if you’re using it while also having a pizza. The keys themselves have a UV coating for more durability, although I don’t personally know anyone who emits radiation for this to be necessary.
Things like the multi-information LCD panel, audio jacks, multimedia controls along with Game key (to lock the Windows key) and a multicolor backlit keyboard are still present and perform just as well as in the new G510s; all on one USB cable no less. The changes are minor, but welcome to be sure, and the G510s is a nice revision over the G510.
Logitech G700s Wireless Mouse
Similar to the G510s, the G700s is also a revision of the very popular G700 wireless gaming mouse from Logitech.
For the most part the G700s remains similar to its predecessor, using the same buttons and materials. The major changes comes in the form of the new laser sensor which goes all the way up to 8200dpi. Another improvement comes with the hydrophobic coating (similar to the one of the G510s) over the main body which should help prevent your sweaty palms from sticking to the mouse over prolonged usage.
On the sides you have the same sandpaper-like gripping material as on the original G700. Button placement is pretty natural, with the large grooves in every switch easily distinguished. The four large thumb buttons on the left lack proper tactile feel, unfortunately. Meanwhile the free-scrolling mouse wheel (which can also lock into clicking mode) is the same used on the G700, and is a love or hate thing depending on your preferences.
There wasn’t much wrong with the original G700 to begin with, the dedicated wireless plug ensures a 1ms response time and the 2.4GHz signal never interfered with anything else. The micro-USB cable, if too stiff for you, can be replaced with literally any other data cable you use for your Android or Blackberry smartphone. The battery easily lasts me 3 to 4 days with roughly four hours of daily usage and the rest of the time on standby.
All in all the Logitech G700s is an excellent wireless mouse, with some very minor caveats. As with all mice, try it before buying to make sure you’re happy with how the G700s feels, and if you decide to go for it, it’ll serve with smooth accuracy for years to come.
Logitech G430 Gaming Headset
(by Mufaddal Fakhruddin)
And finally, we have the Logitech G430, Logitech’s newly refreshed premium gaming headset that promises the sound quality and fidelity you would expect from the brand. The G430 is immediately pleasing with its soothing blue print across the device (and even on the cable) that really makes the headset standout among the sea of similarly large but single-toned headsets.
This is a ‘G’ device, but you won’t find any customizable ‘G’ buttons on this one. And that’s a good thing as those buttons were ultimately quite useless and only added to the bloat and price of the device. Instead, the G430 opts for simplicity and easy plug-n-play. It features an in-line control which allows you to fiddle with the volume and turn the mic on and off.
I tested the G430 with The Last of Us, Naughty Dog’s latest PS3-exclusive that has some of the best audio I have heard in a video game. I was initially disappointed with G430’s audio; it was quite tiny and wasn’t doing a splendid job on sound positioning which is absolutely vital for the game. However, I realized I had set the in-game audio to ‘headphones’, which isn’t the best option. After setting it to ‘Small Speakers’, the G430 came to life and left me simply astound at the depth and level of quality it was outputting. I could hear every movement, every rustle, and every Clicker in the distance. When near any of those infected creatures, I could feel them breathing down my neck.
The G430 sports Dolby Headphone 7.1 surround sound technology, but as it is powered by its own USB attachment, I could not test it out on the PS3 as it requires drivers to function. I fired up Metro: Last Light on PC for that, another atmospheric game from 4A Games. I can’t say I was too impressed with the 7.1 surround sound. Like other virtual 7.1 surround sound solutions, the audio felt too spread and distanced, and also produced a hallow effect that left some of the audio effects and environmental cues less punchy.
In terms of comfort, the G430 features sports performance cloth ear cups, which are designed to be breathable and provide support during marathon gaming sessions. While the G430 are sufficiently light, they clamp on your head a little too tightly, making it uncomfortable thirty mintues in. This will especially be uncomfortable for those wearing glasses, like me, as it will also put pressure on the nose. As a result, you will always feel like you have headsets on and that can be slightly distracting at times.
Overall, the Logitech G430 is an excellent gaming headset that delivers supreme audio quality for a reasonable price of $80. If you are in the market for a not-so-expensive headset that will provide fantastic aural experience, the G430 fits the bill – just make sure you try them on before buying.