Logitech Unveils Two G-Series Laser Mice for Gamers, Combining Extreme Performance and Custom Tuning

Logitech Unveils Two G-Series
Laser Mice for Gamers, Combining Extreme Performance and Custom Tuning

Mice Feature Combination of Laser
Tracking, 2000 dpi and Full-Speed USB; PC Gamers Can Opt for Cordless or
Variable Weight Tuning

FREMONT, Calif. — August 11, 2005 —
Logitech (SWX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI), the world’s leading manufacturer of
computer mice, today unveiled two much-anticipated, extreme-performance G-series
gaming mice. These new mice raise the bar for PC gaming by providing impressive
specs, blazing speed, and a wide range of customization options. The
Logitech(R) G7 Laser Cordless Mouse
gives gamers the opportunity to play
with a cordless mouse that is truly Gaming-Grade(TM), with lightweight,
quick-swap, rechargeable batteries. And the Logitech(R) G5 Laser Mouse
features a highly versatile weight-tuning system, enabling gamers to customize
the weight and balance of the mouse according to individual preference,
resulting in superior control.

The Logitech G7 Laser Cordless Mouse
and Logitech G5 Laser Mouse include an extremely powerful tracking system. Both
include resolution of up to 2000 dpi, which can be adjusted on the fly to as low
as 400 dpi; Logitech Gaming-Grade laser illumination and tracking; full-speed
USB data transfer; a fast 6.4 megapixels of image processing per second.
Altogether, these specs allow gamers to experience unparalleled precision and
speed from their G-series mouse.

“These G-series mice are the
culmination of our ongoing relationship with PC gamers,” said Ashish Arora,
Logitech’s vice president of product marketing for retail pointing devices. “The
feedback we’ve received from gamers is that their ideal mouse is a combination
of the most advanced performance specs and the highest level of customization.
With pixel precision, blazing speed, and customizable features, the G5 and the
G7 mice certainly meet, and even exceed, the dream gaming mouse described to us
by gamers around the world.”

Logitech Gaming-Grade Laser
Logitech’s G5 and G7 mice feature Logitech newest Gaming-Grade laser tracking
technology, providing superior precision. At 2000 dpi, Logitech’s Gaming-Grade
laser is capable of tracking 45 inches per second – ensuring that even
lightning-quick movements will be tracked with extreme precision.

Full-Speed USB The G7 and G5 are
Logitech’s first computer mice to leverage full-speed USB. Each mouse delivers
500 reports per second – much faster than the 60 to 125 reports per second of
traditional USB mice. This ability to transmit data more frequently is critical
to ensure absolute precision with no lag. For Windows(R) 9x and ME users only,
the Logitech(R) SetPoint(TM) software will limit the report rate to 125 reports
per second.

Extreme Cordless Performance: The
Logitech G7 Laser Cordless Mouse Many gamers believe that a cordless mouse will
hinder their performance due to lag, interference, power management issues, and
battery weight. The Logitech G7 Laser Cordless Mouse overcomes these problems,
which previously prevented cordless mice from being used in the competitive
gaming environment:

No lag: The G7 mouse avoids lag with
two innovations. First, it uses full-speed USB to increase the number of reports
per second. Second, it features an advanced gaming mode that prevents the mouse
from going into power-saving sleep mode until a full minute has passed, which is
far longer than the usual ten seconds for conventional office mice.

No interference: The G7 Laser
Cordless Mouse features Logitech’s 2.4 GHz cordless technology with 24 channels
unlikely to interfere with other consumer devices. If the mouse encounters
interference, Logitech’s intelligent frequency hopping enables the mouse to
automatically jump to a channel where there is no interference.

Battery indicator: The mouse also
features a built-in battery-level indicator so that gamers always know their
power status. Using Logitech SetPoint software, this battery-level indicator can
be customized to alert gamers when there is anywhere from 30 percent to 5
percent of battery life remaining, based on preference. In the default gaming
power mode, the battery life will last up to two and a half days for average
game play. Under tournament conditions, if used continuously, the mouse will
last up to seven hours per charge. During normal office use, the mouse will
achieve up to four and a half days of battery life in gaming power mode before
needing a battery swap.

Lightweight, rechargeable battery
packs: The G7 mouse comes with two rechargeable 18-gram lithium-ion battery
packs. Only one is in use at a time, so the mouse weighs significantly less than
other rechargeable mice currently on the market, and much less than mice that
require two AA batteries. The low weight of the mouse allows fast moves and zero
inertia, which are important for minimizing fatigue during long gaming sessions.
To quick-swap the batteries, gamers simply press a button on the base of the
mouse to pop the battery pack out so the alternate battery can slide into its
place.

The G7 Laser Cordless Mouse also has
a striking paint scheme. The iridescent green siding contrasts with the silver
keyplate, each with a polish similar to that of a high-gloss automobile finish.

Tuned for Game Domination: The
Logitech G5 Laser Mouse To provide the ultimate in customization, the Logitech
G5 Laser Mouse comes with 16 miniature round weights – eight weighing 1.7 grams
and eight weighing 4.5 grams. Any combination of up to eight weights fits into a
small cartridge that can be inserted into the base of the mouse. Gamers can
achieve thousands of combinations of weight, including distributing the weight
within the cartridge so that the mouse is heavier on one side or the other.
Gamers can tune to their exact needs – so that they have unmatched precision.

The Logitech G5 Laser Mouse also
features a radical, hand-finished paint scheme. Each mouse goes through a
seven-step finishing process, features three colors of paint, and is hand-sanded
so that every mouse is unique. The final product is a combination of rust red,
smoke black, and silver colors. To the touch, the surface feels soft and
comfortable, ideal for extended game play.

Attention to Detail: Gaming-Specific
Design and Advanced Software To reduce resistance and improve accuracy as the
mouse glides across a surface, the G5 and G7 mice feature two large
polytetrafluoroethylene feet. For gamers who practice skating, the action of
lifting the mouse off the surface to return it to a central position, the mouse
features a pinky ridge for better grip and an outrigger foot for added
stability.

With the included Logitech SetPoint
software, gamers can choose differing horizontal and vertical resolutions. For
example, if a game requires rapid horizontal movement but more accurate vertical
movement, one could tweak those resolution settings to be 2000 dpi horizontally,
and 400 dpi vertically. The software also allows gamers to program as many as
five levels of resolution. Without software, the two buttons beneath each
mouse’s scroll wheel increase or decrease the mouse resolution during game play
to three preset resolutions – 2000 dpi, 800 dpi and 400 dpi.

Pricing and Availability The
Logitech G7 Laser Cordless Mouse has a suggested retail price in the U.S. of
$99.99, while the Logitech G5 Laser Mouse has a suggested retail price of
$69.99. They will be available in the U.S. and in Europe in September.

 

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