Gaming Gift Ideas for Dads
Logitech has many new products that will be a perfect fit for gaming dads or that special guy in your life! This week we got samples of several Logitech produts to test test out. In the gaming department, we received the new Logitech G series Gaming Mouse, Keyboard and Headset. This included the G303 Daedalus Apex Mouse, G410 Keyboard, and G633 Artemis Spectrum Headset. This line is a new offering from Logitech aimed at serious gamers and eSport professionals. They all feature programmable colors and highly responsive inputs. My husband put these to use and was very happy with them.
First up was the G303 Daedalus Apex mouse. This is a corded black mouse with very nice fit and finish with a long cord with braided cover. It has a two zones of programmable color features on the top and sides that offer 16.8 million possible colors including a pulsing “breathe” option which offers no functionality aside from matching any gaming PC lighting but is just cool! It has the standard right and left buttons and scroll wheel as well as another button nearby that adjusts the sensitivity on the fly. This allows for quick gross motion and super fine pixel by pixel targeting. The number of resolution options and other details are modifiable via the associated software. These can be applied to the onboard memory so they are consistent across any computer to connect to making it useful for home use and LAN parties, etc. One important thing to not– the mouse and software are MAC compatible, which is not entirely clear on the packaging or website.
Also included was the G410 Atlas Spectrum Gaming Keyboard. This is a small, light keyboard without the number keypad intended for portability. Each key can be individually color-coded and has several programmable “G keys” for specific functions. Another useful idea is the Game Mode button which disables the windows button to avoid unintended task switching while playing. There is also the Arx dock which is a device to hold a smartphone. When using the app on Apple/Android devices it will show CPU/GPU data and other game specific information that may be useful for the more hard core gamers. The buttons are very responsive leading to a pleasing tactile experience and tight control. They happen to be pretty loud so others in the room may not love them.
It’s worth mentioning that while the keyboard is Mac compatible via USB, the color and button programming is not. This is also true of the headset.
Rounding out the gaming group is the G633 Artemis Spectrum headphones. As mentioned, these feature programmable accent colors and side buttons that can use macros to control multimedia functions without leaving a game. Like the keyboard, these features are only available when connected to a PC. They also feature 7.1 surround but only in PC mode which uses a USB port. The headphones also support a standard 3.5mm headphone connection and sounded amazing when used with our Macbook Air and PlayStation4. There is also a flip-down microphone that automatically mutes when flipped up. This nice for both gaming and when receiving phone calls.
While the Mac/PS4 testing we did doesn’t allow us speak to some of the functions of these devices, they were the best we had ever used for gaming in each category. Both inputs were super responsive and held up to clickfests like Diablo 3 and StarCraft 2. We didn’t think the data on the Arx dock app was all that useful, but for a higher level player concerned with the details of system performance, it may be a useful tool. The headphones sound fantastic and feel comfortable and conformed well to everyone in our house. The entire line has a quality made feel that makes the claims of 20 million clicks testing for the mouse believable.
While your husband may not be a professional gamer, he will appreciate the feel of tools made for him. It’s okay for MAC users, but to get all the features you will have to use a PC.
*We received a package of Logitech products in order to facilitate this review.