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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ingwe - Thursday, March 24, 2016 - linkIsn't it 0-255?
leoblaze9 - Thursday, March 24, 2016 - linkYes, but how many numbers are in that range? 256, since 0 is also a number
inighthawki - Thursday, March 24, 2016 - linkI think he was referring to the "(0-256)" which was technically incorrect, as it specifies a range, not a count.
darkfalz - Thursday, March 24, 2016 - linkIt's just a red, green and blue led with approx. 256 levels of intensity for each, not as complicated or expensive as you make it sound.
ImSpartacus - Thursday, March 24, 2016 - linkThink about it this way, If you have leds like that, then you can usually customize them. So that means changing then to a more subtle white, or off entirely. That's much better than a cheap blue led that I can't turn off.
Friendly0Fire - Thursday, March 24, 2016 - linkBut if you're doing interpolation between different colors, having just 16k colors will prevent the transitions from appearing smooth. You'll see the stepping between the colors instead of a continuous gradient.
damianrobertjones - Thursday, March 24, 2016 - link" $149.99"
A fool and his money...
Sure, of course, I'm positive that it'll be a really, really great mouse but the price is silly. Once we all buy this, at this cost, they'll release another one with an increased price.
Jedi2155 - Thursday, March 24, 2016 - link"Logitech has designed a mechanical pivot for the buttons"
I call it...."THE MECHANICAL MOUSE" and I'll charge 3x the price for it.
nerd1 - Friday, March 25, 2016 - linkStill better than most high-end mouses that uses cheap omron switches.
chaos215bar2 - Thursday, March 24, 2016 - linkI'd pay that much for a mouse that felt and worked great and offered truly convenient wireless functionality. I don't think this mouse quite meets the criteria since I'll undoubtably get lazy and just leave the cable plugged in (even Logitech's old mice with swappable batteries were a better solution), but my money is waiting if someone can solve that problem.