To coin an old Scottish saying: “There’s a moose (sic) loose, aboot this hoose” (strange people the Scots). Well three of them to be precise, because Logitech has kindly decided to expand its laser technology to the common man.
The results are the G5, G7 (no G8?!) and MX610 (pictured below left to right). Details are sketchy at present, but it looks like they will retail for $59, $79 and $43 respectively. Without any marketing fluff… sorry, I mean important technical details filled out with exciting adjectives and moving verbs I can only give you the basics, so this is what we have.
All three of the little blighters will be based around 2.4GHz laser technology, with adjustable resolutions (400, 1200 and 2000dpi) and should be available between the middle and end of September.
There will be battery life indicators on all three, but the Gs feature a more useful three bar system. As you can see the G5 is the only corded mousey here, but that should please gaming affionardos who still insist that you pay for such freedom which lag (a dodgy gamer always blames his equipment ;) ).
As for button arrangements, size blah blah, both the G5 and 7 are essentially spruced up MX518s which is fine since there is nothing wrong with them. As for the MX610, Logitech appears to have simply hacked the cord off an MX510 and given it the obligatory number bump.
Users of Windows 98 (stop it), Millennium (really stop it), 2000 (get with the times) and XP (it’s no Tiger) will be supported, but as yet there is no news of any Mac compatibility. UK pricing is will no doubt arrive in due course, but until then you can begin sticking two fingers up at posh MX1000 owners like me who soon aren’t going to feel so smug anymore.
Logitech has confirmed this nifty trio now and said that a new keyboard, the G15, will be released around the same time (yes, September - knew I was right!). The backlit offering has 18 programmeable keys, a built in LCD display and matches the trio (at least I think it does). There's a piccy below, if you like it then the purported asking price, in the region of £40-45, shouldn't be too much to swallow.