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G19 keyboard  (Source: Logitech)

G35 headset  (Source: Logitech)

G9x gaming mouse  (Source: Logitech)
G35 headset with 7.1 and G9x mouse also at CES

If you are the sort to go to LAN parties, you've probably seen a G11 or G15 (first or second gen) gaming keyboard from Logitech.

Now, a new G19 version is coming that features an adjustable, 320x240 pixel color display, which apparently runs Linux. The keyboard requires an AC power supply as well as a USB 2.0 connection.

In addition to showing a clock, CPU load, and gaming specific data, you can now view video and pictures. It has 12 G-keys, which is halfway between the first and second generation G15, and allows for programming 3 macros per key.

The keys are all backlit, but what is new is that you can now select the color of the keys as well. It also comes with two USB 2.0 ports, especially handy for a mouse or USB headset.

The G19 is supposed to be available in March for $200(MSRP) in both North America and Europe.

Also shown at CES were the G35 7.1 surround sound USB headset and G9x mouse.

The G35 has on-ear audio controls that provide access to volume, microphone mute and surround sound adjustments, as well as voice morphing controls that can be preset through software. It also has three types of swappable headbands based on preference.

The G9x is an update on the G9 gaming laser mouse. The dpi now ranges from 200 to 5000 dpi. More onboard memory allows you to program up to five profiles. The weight-tuning system gives you up to 28 grams of extra weight. Custom-color LEDs also let you match your G9x mouse to your G19 keyboard.

The Logitech G35 is expected to be available in March for $130. The Logitech G9x is expected to be available a month later for $100. 

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If you need external power for your keyboard
By Proteusza on 1/14/2009 7:21:31 AM , Rating: 4
... its time to get out of your mom's basement. No, seriously.

RE: If you need external power for your keyboard
By MrPoletski on 1/15/2009 9:03:15 AM , Rating: 2
one day, somebody will release a mouse with the feature I want on it.

It's not a hard one to impliment either, being as we've been changing sensitivity on the fly for years.

The thumb button on my G5 laser mouse, I want to be able to configure it so whhile *held down* my mouse sensitivity is A and while not *held down* my mouse sensitivity is B.

I don't have the extra milliseconds whilst playing my FPS games to glance at my mouse and knock up or knock down the sensitivity with those dedicated buttons by the mousewheel.

By the time I've turned the sensitivity down to snipe, I'm already dead. Hold to reduce sensitivity works real well for me in counterstrike, because I can write a script to do it. I can't do this in any other game I've played so far though (except others based on the half life source engine like TF2, or quake engine games, which HL is really).

By greenchasch on 1/15/2009 12:28:29 PM , Rating: 2
That's a pretty damn good idea.

By Clauzii on 1/15/2009 1:57:25 PM , Rating: 2
But hopefully at less than $100 the G9x costs ;)

By riku0116 on 1/15/2009 7:23:53 PM , Rating: 2
I think the SteelSeries Ikari series might have something close to what you're looking for. Basically it has one button that toggles between high and low sensitivity, both of which you can customize in 1 dpi increments. I find it to be a very efficient implementation. And the mouse itself has the best ergonomics I have ever found in a gaming mouse.

no 18 keys :(
By xti on 1/14/2009 12:36:35 PM , Rating: 4
if it werent for MMORPGS, i'd say 'wtf u need 18 keys for'...and now i cant live without my first gen g15. i keep having to order then online cuz i keep spilling coke on them :(

at least the g13 came out which is really slick as a backup when 12 keys on this new kb isnt enuf.

RE: no 18 keys :(
By FITCamaro on 1/14/09, Rating: -1
RE: no 18 keys :(
By xti on 1/15/2009 10:40:44 AM , Rating: 3
pick up less guys in your Camaro.

Uh, ok
By grenableu on 1/14/09, Rating: 0
RE: Uh, ok
By MrPoletski on 1/15/2009 9:04:40 AM , Rating: 2
A USB 2 port delivers 500mA.

What bloody processor they got in there that needs more than that? bear in mind this is a KEYBOARD.

RE: Uh, ok
By Clauzii on 1/15/2009 2:08:07 PM , Rating: 1
Maybe Logitech are going this way too (The ASUS EEE Keyboard):

RE: Uh, ok
By Clauzii on 1/18/2009 2:59:50 PM , Rating: 2

By jrb531 on 1/14/2009 1:10:09 PM , Rating: 2
The original G15 is still the best. All this does is give you a color screen and allow you to pick the colors of the key backlights.

How about offering a version without the color screen for under $100?

Why do I need a tiny screen to look a movie or video?

IMHO this is just overkill and makes the price of the device too high.

I love my original G15 (they ruined the new G15) and I like everything about the new one save the price tag. If the price is high because of a color screen... go back to a B&W screen and then there is no reason to charge $200 for a keyboard?

The ability to run linus programs might be nice but I would have to see some examples of what this could do before I even consider plopping down $200 for a keyboard.

Please Santa, Please!
By bldckstark on 1/15/2009 12:38:53 PM , Rating: 2
Would somebody PLEASE make a wireless keyboard with backlit keys that doesn't cost $300? Pretty please?

This keyboard can only light up without its driver.
By on 1/13/09, Rating: -1
By Etsp on 1/13/2009 9:02:33 PM , Rating: 2
I've never had problems in the past with WoW and my first-gen G15 keyboard's macros. Of course, I only used it to emulate key-combinations, like ctrl+numpad0 through ctrl+numpad9 and had buttons bound to those key combinations... Haven't really tried it with other games...

Besides, it's about damn time for their keyboard to have USB 2.0 ports on it...that's probably a big reason for the separate AC adapter, but I can live with that... now do something about that price tag, and I'd be in business...(Bought my G15 with $70 worth of Best Buy gift cards, I figured I wouldn't use them for anything else...)

By Jansen on 1/14/2009 8:43:22 AM , Rating: 2
The main reason for the AC adapter is to power the LCD screen. Power through the USB port is just too low.

The 2G G15 I'm using has USB 2.0 ports, I just wish there were more. I've already used the 4 on my monitor. :)

By Etsp on 1/14/2009 6:32:26 PM , Rating: 2
I was under the impression that a USB 2.0 port must be able to provide a minimum amount of current to be considered USB 2.0, and given that the device is connected to only one USB 2.0 port, which provides the device that bare minimum, then the ports on the device itself could not possibly be capable of providing that amount of power, as they are limited to the power provided by the USB 2.0 port it's connected to.

By MrPoletski on 1/15/2009 9:09:21 AM , Rating: 2
You are correct. A USB 2 port must provide 500mA of current. That is not the only thing of course, but one of the requirements for it to be USB2.

A little note though, USB 2 will not provide any more than 500mA though and the cables certainly aren't designed to.

So when you charge your iPod or whatever on USB, remember that 500mA limit and then look at the current output of the power adaptor charger... probably delivers at least twice, possibly 4x the current and may deliver at a higher voltage than 5v too.

This is why your battery life doesn't seem as long as it used to be, you're not charging it properly.

By lagitup on 1/16/2009 7:32:49 PM , Rating: 2
My first gen G11 runs off usb power. When I have the macro software installed i can't use my flash drive because of "insufficient power in the usb hub." When I don't have the macro software installed my drives run at USB 1.0 speeds because the keyboard can't power them sufficiently for 2.0 speeds.

By MrPoletski on 1/15/2009 9:05:38 AM , Rating: 2
Don't feed the troll.

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