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Review: Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Wireless Gaming Headset

Feb 03 // Laura Kate Dale
Product: Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Wireless Gaming HeadsetManufacturer: LogitechInput: One USB 2.0+ PortMSRP: $199.99/£169.99 So, let's talk a little about the design of the G933 first. The headset, black and slightly industrial in design, is incredibly comfortable to wear. Featuring rectangular ear cups that surround and encase the entire ear rather than sitting on the outer ear and a sturdy, padded headband, I found the headset very comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. The headset features a small strip of colour changing lights, which can be switched off using buttons on the headset if desired. Ear cups can be repositioned from the headband for head size, supporting surprisingly small and large extremes, and the ear cups also rotate to fit the head. The headset is quite bulky and does not feature any method of being folded which might make transporting cumbersome, but for a stay-at-home gaming headset it's very much was I was looking for. The included wireless dongle fits neatly inside one of the ear pieces when not in use, behind a well-designed magnetic panel. The included microphone also nicely folds away into the earpiece when not in use, making it less immediately obvious it's a gaming headset. [embed]338768:62113:0[/embed] It's important to note before we go any further that the G933 headset only works wirelessly on PC, with PS4, Xbox One, and mobile functions restricted to cabled connections. The headphones feature an auxiliary port for use with those other pieces of hardware, as well as a USB port for wired PC gaming and charging, alongside a host of buttons. The left ear piece hosts a dial for volume control, buttons mapped to audio profile presets, and a power button for using the headset wirelessly. All of the buttons were easy enough to find while wearing it. So, how is the quality when using this as a wired headset with a standard microphone lead? Extremely strong. The basic audio profile is tuned surprisingly well to both gaming and a variety of music genres. If you want to switch to something more bass or treble heavy, the hot keys on the headset do a really strong job of keeping pace. The high end of the volume is going to be loud enough for those of you looking to truly drown out the world, and the overall audio quality was exactly what I would expect out of a high-end pair of headphones. The advertised 7.1 surround sound worked perfectly out the box, and required no setup. Also, at the top end on volume, there was minimal audio leakage to those around me, which is reassuring. As for the wireless setup? Absolutely no noticeable drop in audio quality. Setting the headset up was as simple as plugging in the provided USB dongle and switching on the headset to switch the default audio output to the headset. It also has a surprisingly large wireless range, which is impressive for a device designed for a gaming setup. The headset lasted around eight hours on full volume with the coloured lights turned on, and almost four hours longer with the lights switched off. In terms of gaming specific audio, I tested the headset with Rise of the Tomb Raider, American Truck Simulator, and Tales from the Borderlands. In Tomb Raider, it did a great job of highlighting directional audio for gunshots, while keeping vocals at the front of the mix when needed. American Truck Simulator kept a nice base rumble going that was nice and distinct from the sound of the radio in my cab. Borderlands focused on vocals and sound effects in the mix, but without drowning out music. Overall, I was very impressed with its handling of multiple types of games. So far I have been nothing but positive, but I do have one notable drawback that holds the G933 from being a unanimous recommendation, and that is the quality of the inbuilt microphone. While it's certainly clear enough for you to be understood by other players, it has a decidedly hollow sound when used for voice chat or recording. It's likely not a deal breaker if you're just using it for in game chat, but it's certainly not a high-end microphone. As someone who regularly podcasts, it's not going to hold a candle to dedicated microphones. Overall, I am incredibly impressed by the G933 as a high-end wireless gaming headset. It held its own with every kind of audio I threw at it, it was comfortable, and it looks great. The fact audio quality is maintained wirelessly is a big pro for PC gamers, as is the surprisingly strong range on the headset. Just be aware the built-in mic won't blow anyone away. [This review is based on retail hardware provided by the manufacturer.]
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Music to my ears
I'm not going to lie, Logitech is not a name I've traditionally associated with quality equipment for a gaming setup. Realistically, the only time I tend to browse Logitech products is when I need a cheap basic keyboard or mo...

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Logitech G29

Logitech's G29 Driving Force PS4 wheel is expensive, but functional


Just be aware of the lack of PS4 racers
Aug 06
// Chris Carter
I've only had one racing wheel in my life outside of the one Logitech just sent me for testing. It was really cumbersome unit for the original PlayStation, and as a kid, it was tough to find room for it long term. By the time I left for college, it was lost to the void. During the past week or so I've been re-introduced to wheel life, and my god, the tech has come a long way.
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These things are amazing
[Update: Contest over!] Destructoid has once again partnered with our friends at Logitech, and this time we're giving away two G910 Orion Spark RGB mechanical keyboards to lucky readers! If you've never used a mechanical keyb...

Review: Logitech G910 Orion Spark

Nov 23 // Darren Nakamura
G910 Orion SparkManufacturer: LogitechMSRP: $179.99 Logitech has been making gaming keyboards for a while now, but the G910 Orion Spark is the first to use the specially engineered Romer-G mechanical switches for the keys. These are tactile switches -- they require a minimum applied force before they will begin to depress -- but the actuation distance is lower than that of its closest competitors, which theoretically improves actuation speed. A more obvious design element are the facets found on the keys. More angular than standard keys, the intent is to keep the user's fingers centered over the keys in order to decrease unintentional key presses. Almost all of the keys at least have inclines on the right and left sides, but each key within three spaces of WASD also has a lip on the top side. I could not detect a noticeable improvement in accuracy due to these facets, but they do feel like they can help keep fingers from sliding around unintentionally. Among the three-faceted keys on the G910 are the nine custom G keys: G1 through G5 run down the left side of the keyboard and G6 through G9 span across the top of the F1 through F4 keys. Fully programmable, these keys are meant to take the place of additional functions that are usually assigned to keys furthers from WASD, or to use as macros in place of multiple key presses. The keys along the left side took some getting used to, because I could typically hit the CTRL key without looking just by finding the bottom-leftmost key on the keyboard. With G5 in that place, I mistakenly hit it a few times when trying to quickly copy and paste outside of a game. It is not a huge deal, but it requires a bit of reprogramming, either of muscle memory or of the G5 key itself. [embed]284169:56422:0[/embed] The last design innovation of the Romer-G switch worth noting is that it is built to allow the most light through, allowing the LED underneath to really shine (so to speak). The G910 comes with four lighting modes, each boasting millions of colors. The first lighting mode is Freestyle, which simply allows the user to assign any color to any key at will. For regular use, I just go with this, with all of the keys set to a dark green. The Zones mode groups certain keys together and lights each group individually. WASD is its own group, lit up while the rest of the letter keys are dark, the G keys are a group, the F keys are a group, the number keys are a group, the arrow keys are a group, and the keys to the right and left of the space bar are a group. This could be used to quickly find important keys and re-center for those who look down and move all around the keyboard. The Commands mode seems more functional for learning a new game or keeping track of games that use a lot of key commands. Upon loading the Logitech software, common games are detected and their profiles loaded. When playing a particular game, only those keys that have a function are lit; useless keys are unlit. Some of the newer releases were not automatically added (for example, Civilization V was detected but Civilization: Beyond Earth was not), but profiles can be manually created for any new games. The last lighting mode, Effects, is simultaneously the silliest and the prettiest. Different visual effects can be applied, including a rainbow wave, a slow illumination and delumination, a random key twinkling, and lighting that shows up and slowly fades after a particular key has been pressed. They are neat to play around with, but they are far from functional. Another use for the lighting is to help visualize the heat map, which is probably the most useful feature for the average gamer. Before starting up a gaming session, the user can initiate key press recording. This part of the software keeps track of the play session, counting how many times each key is pressed. The reason this is useful is that it provides a visual for which keys are used and to what extent. For instance, if the Y key is used more frequently than the T key, it would make sense to switch the mapping in order to decrease the travel distance of the finger between WASD and the desired function. In extreme cases, it can help to move a game function from a key that requires the player to look at the keyboard to one that is easily touch-typed. The one major downside to the heat map is that the key recording seemed to take a significant chunk of my CPU process, slowing down the game I was playing while it was active. My rig is getting on in its years, so newer systems may not be affected like this. Along the top of the unit is a simple docking area for a phone or a tablet. This is not a true docking station with any sort of electronic connection, but it is meant to be used for games with second screen capability or along with the Logitech companion app ARX Control. This app can be used to quickly launch games, monitor vital system statistics, remotely control audio and video, and easily remap the G keys. The app's functionality is not necessary for the operation of the G910, but it is a cool free addition.  Overall, the G910 Orion Spark is a fine product. Though most non-competitive players will not notice a huge difference in performance, it is clear that a lot of work went into engineering it specifically for gaming. The keys have a nice tactile feel without being too clicky and loud. The lighting modes run the gamut between form and function. The key press heat map can help improve players of all skill levels. For those willing and able to plunk down the cash, the G910 Orion Spark is a great gaming keyboard. [This review is based on a retail unit of the keyboard provided by the manufacturer.]
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Reaching for the stars
In high-level competition, every little advantage counts. It is why Olympic swimmers shave their bodies before a race, why pre-med students fight tooth-and-nail for every half point on every test, and why gaming keyboards exi...


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Logitech

Here's Logitech's attempt at creating the world's fastest gaming mouse


Call it Algernon and send it flowers
Aug 01
// Brittany Vincent
Logitech has announced its G402 Hyperion Fury gaming mouse that claims to have taken the throne as the worlds fastest gaming mouse. The G402 can reliably track over 500 inches per second and includes Logitech's exclusive Delt...
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Plus two awesome gaming mousepads
Our friends at Logitech have hooked us up with an awesome set of PC gaming gear to give away to one lucky Dtoider! Up for grabs is the G502 Proteus Core gaming mouse, which features 11 programmable buttons, in-game DPI adjust...

Contest: Win a Logitech keyboard, mouse, and headset!

Dec 23 // mrandydixon
Be sure to follow Logitech on the web for more hardware news and goodies: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/logitechgaming Twitter: https://twitter.com/LogitechG
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Santa Dixon
[Update: Contest over! Winner is King Sshi!] Our friends at Logitech have just hooked us up with a beautiful bundle of PC gaming goodies to make one lucky Dtoider very happy this Christmas! Included in the crate of awesome is...

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Logitech iPhone controler

Logitech unveils iPhone 5 gaming controller & battery


Assuming control
Nov 20
// Steven Hansen
Logitech has revealed its entry into the iPhone controller market, hinted at earlier this year, with the Powershell Controller + Battery. Now that iOS 7 comes with native support for gaming controllers, Logitech is stepping u...
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HAHAHAH and I want this Logitech iPhone controller now


Long, strong, down to get the friction on
Oct 02
// Dale North
I'll be honest. I laughed out loud when I saw the picture in this tweet from evleaks. We're not sure of the source, but this is supposed to be Logitech's new iPhone game controller. Is it? We're still trying to find out. We h...

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