“…Logitech never looked down nor out when it came to attracting attention.”
Logitech were kind enough to host me as a VIP in their inflatable igloo over the weekend so that I could enjoy Insomnia 55 in style. Aside from offering me beanbags, a great view of the expo stage and a free bar (yep, pretty awesome right?), the gaming peripheral specialists had a lot more to show off with in the expo hall as well. These are some of my personal highlights from their exhibits.
Racing wheels are BACK!
I wasn’t aware, neither did I expect to see, that racing wheels were coming back into the gaming arena with a bang. These peripherals largely dominated the expo hall over the weekend, and many exhibitors had chosen to use Logitech’s G29 and G920 racing setups alongside their gaming tech to show off a bit of Project Cars action.
Logitech’s setup was not the most elaborate that I came across at the show, but it was still rather impressive. Using a Playseat with their racing gear attached in a Formula 1 car-style setup, it made you feel comfortable and a part of the action as you climbed on to have a play. The pedals and gear stick worked as though there were the real deal, although the flappy paddle gears seemed to be people’s unanimous preference. The only part of the setup I was not so sure about was the steering wheel itself.
Granted I am not a driver, and the gentleman who was watching over the setup did inform me that this might make the setup a bit more challenging for me. Nevertheless, I do know how a car works, and thus I had a good idea of how to control it. The wheel however seemed to have a mind of its own at times, forcing itself around without me touching it. I was told this was due to the way I was driving and it may well have been, but I was not the only person to highlight this struggle. Some players were visibly handling the setup very well however, and watching them play made the setup look fantastic.
In terms of value for money, you might need to save for this one. At a price tag of £299 this was no cheap gimmick, and that does not even include the Playseat either. If you are a big fan of racing games however and you want the real deal when it comes to experiencing the thrill of the drive, the Logitech G29 and G920 could be right up your alley.
The Logitech G910 Orion Spark Keyboard
The other highlight of Logitech’s show was the G910 Orion Spark keyboard. With some features comparable to Razer’s exceedingly popular Chroma keyboard, Logitech were showing off how theirs had all of those cool features and more.
Perhaps one feature that really stood out on this was the shape of the keys. Each individual key was moulded to the shape of your fingers, allowing you to rest more naturally on this keyboard than most others you could get your hands on. For gaming, this comfort factor is important, closely preceded of course by responsiveness. The G910 has that as well however, as was aptly demonstrated via a few setups of CS:GO in the Logigloo.
The G910 is a lovely bit of gaming kit then, but it is certainly not aimed at casuals. With another high value price tag of £160, this keyboard is truly only aimed at the serious gamers, which may set back sales somewhat against big name rivals (namely the aforementioned Razer, who’s high end gear still does not reach that price). Despite the price however, looking at it and touching it definitely made me want it, and it would not be surprising to see it on a few Christmas lists this year.
Aside from their hosting of big name YouTubers in the VIP area, these were the two key highlights of Logitech’s show. There were plenty of other peripherals dotted about, some of which appeared to be popular though not overly suited to myself. I felt that many of the mice were either too large for my hand or lacked comfort, and a number of their touch screen models of keyboard, such as the G19S and G510S, were not plugged in to show these features off.
In terms of their show however, Logitech never looked down nor out when it came to attracting attention. If a consistently busy stand is anything to go by I think they will have gone home happy, a few sales made and many drinks consumed, feeling as though they had done well at this year’s Insomnia.