When you have a passion for something, you tend to try and make the best of it. If you like your cars, you'll get better wheels and tyres, and apply some engine upgrades. If you like tramping, you'll get some expensive leather boots, and clothing which is lightweight, breathable, and waterproof. These additions – while not necessary – increase the enjoyment of your hobby, and also help you perform better.
In PC gaming, once you've got your rig and monitor sorted, the next thing to look at is peripherals. It's these that Logitech have focused on to bring you a set of devices which not only look great, but will increase your enjoyment and performance of your chosen genre of game.
The Logitech G series of devices comprises of a set of quality peripherals which can be customised through a central hub. Together and individually they make a real difference to your gaming experience.
Improving on the award-winning design of their G900 wireless gaming mouse, the G903 now represents possibly the best wireless gaming mouse available.
The mouse looks and feels beautiful in the hand, and it performs flawlessly. Personally, I loved just how true every movement I performed was, and it’s really noticeable compared to the standard wireless mouse I normally use.
Also the quality construction (which uses metal spring tensioning) means the left and right buttons feel just right. with minimal press required, but clear and precise registering of the click.
This performance is delivered across a number of fronts which I’ll summarise below:
DPI settings, custom commands, and G logo lighting can also be customised through the Logitech Gaming Software.
This mouse can be used wired and wirelessly and contains all the leads, along with extra magnetically attaching buttons. This is also one of only two Logitech mice which are compatible with the Powerplay wireless charging system.
This generous mousepad utilises Powerplay and Lightspeed technology which means a compatible mouse will charge as you use it, and provides 2.4GHz wireless connectivity at the same time.
It's a beautiful piece of kit, and comes with both a hard and soft surface to suit your gaming needs.
You merely insert a “Powercore” module into the base of a compatible mouse (currently the G903 and the G703) and you’re ready to go – it’s really that easy. Like the mouse, you can also customise the colour of the logo in full RGB goodness.
Another positive is that you don’t need to use the mouse’ wireless USB if you’re the mousepad, freeing up a USB port – always good in my book.
The only negative I can see is that because you place the Powercore into the same slot as the weight disc on the G903 mouse, you can’t have both. This is not really an issue as you can just use the Powerplay as a standard mat in this case.
The G413 mechanical keyboard is another beautiful piece of kit. With its brushed aluminium-magnesium alloy top and backlit keys, it really catches the eye. This aircraft grade aluminium gives a feel of quality and will take bumps and knocks in its stride.
The keyboard can be purchased in Carbon Black with red backlight, or the one I have for this review; silver with white backlit keys.
Keystrokes feel true, fast, and consistent which is what you would expect from a quality mechanical keyboard. This performance is delivered via Logitech’s custom ROMER-G mechanical switch.
Additional features include:
One of my favourite additions is the inclusion of 12 replacement keys for the most used gaming keys - Q, W, E, R, A, S, D, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
The Logitech gaming software allows you to customise keys, create specific game profiles, adjust keyboard lighting,and even perform input analysis so you can review keystroke performance.
The G433 is a versatile gaming headset offering virtual 7.1 surround sound via the DAC, and associated PC software.
The kit also comes supplied with cables for console players which includes chat mute and volume, as well as a cable to use with your phone to listen to music/podcasts which comes with an inline mic to take calls.
I was pretty impressed with the sound across all platforms. The highlight is the virtual 7.1 offered for PC games via the USB DAC which connects to the console cable. Combined with the software, this headset increases the soundscape and immersion of your chosen PC game. The DAC does a good job of separating sounds as well as visceral sound placement in the simulated 7.1 environment.
Console performance was good as well, but you're limited to stereo with sound adjustments direct from console, which means the headset will never be as good as a dedicated console headset.
I was also pleasantly surprised with the sound quality when connected with the dedicated cable to my iPhone. My reference album is Kimbra - Vows, and this headset had a lovely richness to it, as well as handling all of the bass and treble variations really well.
The Logitech gaming software provides the ability to choose sound modes, and also assign specific sound profiles to your chosen game. In addition it has a full equaliser which has preset modes plus the ability to do full custom equalisation from 32 - 16,000 Hz, and save these adjustments to specific games. Pretty powerful stuff really.
Here’s the NZ prices as published by Logitech:
What you may notice is the mouse is quite expensive (and one of the best available) compared to the other excellent devices, which are very reasonably priced in contrast to the competition. This makes the package price reasonable for the quality and compatibility it provides.
If you’re a PC gamer wanting to really upgrade both your gaming experience and in-game performance, this set of Logitech G Devices offer both reasonable value and very good performance.
The Logitech Gaming software brings out the best of each device individually, and also make owning the set really worthwhile with the ability to create gaming profiles for each device which when operating together, produce some outstanding results.
Excellent quality, and great performance – you'll love what these devices can do for your gaming experience.
Terry received the G903, G433, G413, and G Powerplay from Logitech for review.