Logitech Announces The Ambidextrous G900 Chaos Spectrum Gaming Mouseby Brett Howse on March 24, 2016 3:01 AM EST
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Today Logitech is announcing the latest in their lineup of gaming mice. The G900 Chaos Spectrum is a wired and wireless mouse, and it is one of the few gaming mice which is ambidextrous. But it’s not just a vanilla mouse which can work in either hand, but instead it’s a mouse that can be customized to fit as either a left-handed or right-handed model.
In addition, the mouse features customizable lighting with up to 16.8 million colors, and you can use the Logitech software to customize the lighting into breathing and other patterns. The software also allows you to calibrate the sensor against the surface you are going to use the mouse on, which should help with responsiveness.
As for the tracking capabilities, the G900 Chaos Spectrum mouse features the same PMW3366 optical sensor that Logitech features in some of their other mice. It offers 200 to 12,000 DPI and features zero smoothing or filtering across the range. Maximum acceleration is greater than 40 Gs and the mouse can handle 300 inches per second of travel speed.
Logitech has designed a mechanical pivot for the buttons, which they state offer a crisp, clean click, and the metal spring tensioning reduces the amount of slack in the system before the buttons hit the actual switches. The buttons are rated for 20 million clicks. As with many of Logitech’s higher end mice, the scroll wheel is the fantastic hyper-fast scroll design. I’ve used a lot of mice, and I keep finding myself migrating back to Logitech for this feature alone.
The mouse is a wireless model, connecting over 2.4 GHz, and it can also be used as a wired mouse by connecting the cable on the front. This lets you charge while still using the mouse (amazingly not all mice do this even today) but either on wired or wireless, the G900 has the same 1000 Hz reporting rate. Logitech has put a lot of effort into power efficiency as well, and the G900 is rated for up to 32 hours of continuous use, or 24 hours with the default lighting enabled. That is impressive because the mouse weighs just 107 grams. If you go back in time to the Logitech G7 wireless gaming mouse, it offered two batteries and you’d be lucky to get through a single day without swapping the battery at least once.
The mouse has dimensions of 130 mm x 67 mm x 40 mm, and while this mouse doesn’t offer the massive button count that some games require, it does offer some unique features that should help set it apart from some of the other Logitech offerings, including the ability to configure the mouse for either left or right-handed grips.
The Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum gaming mouse will go on sale in April, with a MSRP of $149.99.
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close - Thursday, March 24, 2016 - link"the mouse features customizable lighting with up to 16.8 million colors"
I'll never get this feature. Not only will nobody ever be able to tell it only has 16000 colors (as opposed to a normal screen where you can tell in an instant) but the lighting is covered by the hand most of the time. It seems to be a nearly pointless investment that can just raise the cost of the mouse.
Venya - Thursday, March 24, 2016 - linkThey implement only 3 colors (red, green, blue) and get ability to show almost any color automatically. I doubt it is really 16M, but no one cares
ddriver - Thursday, March 24, 2016 - link3 colors and 8bits per color, quite the achievement for the standards of logitech...
laughable to see them leaning on such lame marketing rather than improving on their terrible hardware, software and product value
rahvin - Thursday, March 24, 2016 - linkLogitech is all we've got these days, Microsoft dropped the ball with the recent Sculpt Mice/Keyboards. If you want ergonomic all you've got is Logitech and it sucks because generally their stuff could be great if they didn't cut every corner and make some of the dumbest material design choices. All the other keyboards/mice don't take any ergonomic concerns into account so that if you are older than 30 they'll ruin your hands.
The thing that makes me the most mad is that Logitech could be great, if they did like Microsoft used to do and spend the extra dollar to get the better plastics and durability.
theatomicbrainfart - Friday, March 25, 2016 - linkYou know that their G502 is considered to be essentially the king of gaming mice, right? And their software is possibly the easiest to use. Their new G810 is also being touted as a fantastic mechanical keyboard. Get your head out of your ass and do some research instead of using preconceived notions from years ago
Sivar - Sunday, March 27, 2016 - linkI am generally very happy with Logitech's hardware quality, and try to get Logitech or Corsair first. My Harmony keyboard has done amazing things to make my complicated home theater.
My G930 wireless headset has worked flawlessly for years and has incredible range.
While I use a Corsair mouse now (free from Newegg for review), the Logitech it replaced worked wonderfully for 6 years without issue and still tracks smoothly at high speed today.
Their speakers, while obviously not high-end, are far better *and* cheaper than anything made by Bose, not that that's hard to do, and their keyboards have a far better reputation than Razor's despite often being cheaper.
nevcairiel - Thursday, March 24, 2016 - linkFull RGB LEDs aren't expensive, and it magically gives you this number of colors "out of the box", so shrug.
nathanddrews - Thursday, March 24, 2016 - linkYeah, it's not like it adds any more to the price than a monochromatic light up mouse. And you can most definitely tell the difference when you're trying to color-match to the other lights and colors of a complete system theme.
bigboxes - Friday, March 25, 2016 - linkMatch your purse
danjw - Thursday, March 24, 2016 - linkRGB is usually done in 2 digit hex (0-256) for each color. So 256 ^3 is ~16.8 million. Simple.