The Logitech G Aurora Collection

Logitech have launched the Aurora Collection, a set of bright, customisable PC gaming peripherals built to be “gender inclusive”. Fortunately, that seems to be more than just pastel colours and cynical “For girls” marketing – the G375 headset, G705 mouse, and the G715 and G713 keyboards are all proper gaming-spec accessories, and they’ve been crafted by mostly female design and engineering teams based on feedback from women PC players.

The G705, then, is a wireless mouse designed for smaller hands, while the G375 headset – also wireless – is proportioned to fit smaller heads and has more space in the earcups to accommodate earrings. It’s safe to say I’m not the Aurora Collection’s target audience, but having used the G705, the G375, and the G715 wireless keyboard as my main peripherals for a few days, I can say all three are pretty swish playthings regardless of how you identify. What’s more, their light, soft-cornered aesthetic is a nice break from the blacks, greys and harsh angles that have become standard design language for gaming gear. Anyone who’s ever cringed their face inside out at a peripheral resembling Megatron’s running shoe may indeed find these more to their tastes.

Mostly, anyway. Before getting into some impressions, I’ll say that there’s not much inclusive about the Aurora Collection’s pricing: the G705 mouse is cheapest of the bunch but still sells for £85 / $100, with the G735 headset reaching £189 / $230. In the middle are the wireless G715 (£170 / $200) and wired G713 (£145 / $170) keyboards, so everything here asks for properly premium-tier money. Only some of the very best gaming keyboards, best gaming mice and best gaming headsets are more expensive, and most simply aren’t.

Of the three I’ve tested, the G715 feels the most worth it. It’s not far removed from the outstanding G915 Lightspeed Wireless, specifically its TKL variant, sharing the same rock-solid wireless connection tech and a generous smattering of media keys and control buttons. The G715 is also fully mechanical, with your choice of quiet linear switches or clicky tactile switches. Mine came with the latter, and it’s a lovely keyboard for typing as well as playing, though I did make ample use of the G375 to muffle out the click-clackiness.

Like the rest of the Aurora Collection, the G715 is easily customisable too. Not just by way of macro commands and key reassignments – though you can do all that too, through the Logitech G Hub app – but with an instantly removable plastic top plate, and matching keycaps that are sold direct from Logitech’s website. The idea being that if you get bored of pure white, you can throw in some green or pink accents to personalise the look. Replacement ear cushions for the G735 are also available in matching shades, and Logitech has even reissued the Blue Yeti microphone in pink and white, so you can have a fully colour-coordinated peripheral set.

It’s a neat bonus feature that takes the Aurora Collection even further away from typical dreary colour schemes, though the G715 would be a great keyboard even without it. Maybe not a perfect one – the RGB backlighting is pretty uneven – but it feels nice and crisp, and there are enough core features that you could maybe justify the price if you truly loved the aesthetic as well. It also comes bundled with a cloud-shaped wrist rest, which I did initially think fell on the wrong side of twee, though it proved comfortable enough to override my hangup.

I’ve been liking the G705 mouse as well. That’s despite it having maybe only two-thirds the mass of my everyday gaming mouse, the Razer Basilisk V3, and generally catering more to those of a more petite hand-build. I could get a decently comfortable resting position, mind, thanks in part to the thumb rest and surprisingly grippy matte texture on the left- and right-click buttons. Even the tiny thumb buttons were easily usable – I don’t recall ever hitting the wrong one by mistake.

As with the G715, the soft edges and white/pastel colours hide some respectable gaming credentials. A trip into G Hub provides full control over DPI settings, the single strip of RGB lighting, and the full array of button assignments and macro options, and even if you leave everything as default then the G715 still feels smooth and accurate enough for more demanding, twitchy games.

Still, it also doesn’t do anything exceptionally well, which at £85 / $100 is a problem. And I can’t really see where they money goes in the G375 headset, either. It does sound great, which is no small matter, and there’s enough padding that I could wrap it around my (also not small) head for hours at a time without complaint. I don’t wear earrings but that I’ll gladly take that extra roominess in the earcups, thank you very much.

Otherwise, however, it’s nothing truly special. There are loads of headsets with comfortable fits and detailed sound, many of them on sale for a lot less, and often with better microphone quality to boot. I could still come through intelligibly on the G375’s boom mic (which, like the ear cushions, can be replaced with a green or pink version) but with nothing like clarity and sharpness of, say, the HyperX Cloud II. Logitech have included their Blue VO!CE microphone tech to help out, but I actively dislike how it sounds here. It made me louder, which might’ve helped if I were playing in a room filled with background noise, but also added a heavily processed effect to my voice without clearing it up.

As with the G715, the soft edges and white/pastel colours hide some respectable gaming credentials. A trip into G Hub provides full control over DPI settings, the single strip of RGB lighting, and the full array of button assignments and macro options, and even if you leave everything as default then the G715 still feels smooth and accurate enough for more demanding, twitchy games.

Still, it also doesn’t do anything exceptionally well, which at £85 / $100 is a problem. And I can’t really see where they money goes in the G375 headset, either. It does sound great, which is no small matter, and there’s enough padding that I could wrap it around my (also not small) head for hours at a time without complaint. I don’t wear earrings but that I’ll gladly take that extra roominess in the earcups, thank you very much.

Otherwise, however, it’s nothing truly special. There are loads of headsets with comfortable fits and detailed sound, many of them on sale for a lot less, and often with better microphone quality to boot. I could still come through intelligibly on the G375’s boom mic (which, like the ear cushions, can be replaced with a green or pink version) but with nothing like clarity and sharpness of, say, the HyperX Cloud II. Logitech have included their Blue VO!CE microphone tech to help out, but I actively dislike how it sounds here. It made me louder, which might’ve helped if I were playing in a room filled with background noise, but also added a heavily processed effect to my voice without clearing it up.

 

 

Turtle Beach’s Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX and Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX for Xbox Named Top Wireless Gaming Headsets

Leading gaming accessory provider Turtle Beach Corporation (Nasdaq: HEAR) today announced its Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX for Xbox and Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX for Xbox models continue the series’ legacy of being named top gaming headsets by leading publications. The new Stealth 700 and 600 Gen 2 MAX models are the latest additions to Turtle Beach’s acclaimed wireless gaming headset series, adding multiplatform compatibility, groundbreaking battery life, new color options and more to an already impressive list of features. The new MAX models launched last month, and critics and fans alike continue echoing the same positive sentiment and feedback that’s made Turtle Beach’s Stealth 700 and Stealth 600 series wireless headsets best-sellers around the world.

IGN reviewed the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX for Xbox, calling it, “Amazing,” and awarding it a 9/10 review score plus the publication’s Editors’ Choice designation, and naming it the “Best Wireless Xbox Headset” in their Best Xbox Series X|S Gaming Headsets 2022 story. Additionally, thanks to the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX and Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX for Xbox’s multiplatform ability to connect to other gaming systems like the PlayStation 5, IGN also named them the “Most Versatile PS5 Headset” and “Best PS5 Headset for Multiplayer,” respectively, in their Best PS5 Headset 2022 story. CG Mag gave the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX for Xbox a 9.5/10 review score plus their Editor’s Choice designation as well, saying, “The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX headset is the contender to beat for best headset 2022.” The Techne also reviewed the Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX, calling it, “A complete winner.”

Turtle Beach’s Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX for Xbox (MSRP: $199.99) and Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX for Xbox (MSRP: $129.99) offer gamers massive battery life, multiplatform compatibility, premium sound and comfort, and are currently available from www.turtlebeach.com and at participating retailers worldwide. The updated Stealth 600 Gen 2 USB for Xbox (MSRP: $99.99) also offers improved battery life and retains the attractive price that’s made Turtle Beach’s Stealth 600 the industry’s best-selling gaming headset series. Gaming site GameTyrant reviewed the Stealth 600 Gen 2 USB and awarded it a 9.5/10, saying, “The Stealth 600 Gen 2 USB is an excellent piece of hardware that is easy to use, comfortable to wear, and sounds great.”

“The Stealth 700 & 600 Gen 2 MAX models are phenomenal headsets. They carry on the series’ tradition as top, performance-driven products and are perfect choices for today’s multiplatform gamers,” said Juergen Stark, Chairman and CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. “The MAX models once again deliver the world-class sound and long-lasting comfort the series is known for, and now provide expanded compatibility with more gaming systems and impressive battery life – features we know are important to gamers. I love that both the new MAX models, for Xbox, landed on IGN’s best PlayStation 5 headsets list because of their multiplatform compatibility – that’s perfect.”

Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX offers gamers a refined premium build, long-lasting 40+ hour battery life, and multiplatform connectivity with Xbox Series X|S, PS5 and PS4, Windows PCs, and Nintendo Switch for a $199.99 MSRP. Additionally, the 700 Gen 2 MAX’s Bluetooth connectivity lets players game on mobile devices and connect to the 700 MAX’s mobile companion app for expanded customization. The Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX for Xbox has a massive, best-in-class 48+ hour battery life and offers the same multiplatform connectivity with Xbox Series X|S, PS5 and PS4, Windows PCs, and Nintendo Switch for a $129.99 MSRP.

Logitech G introduces the women-centric Aurora gaming collection

Logitech G introduced the Aurora Collection, a new collection featuring the G735 Wireless Gaming Headset, G715 Wireless Gaming Keyboard, G713 Gaming Keyboard, G705 Wireless Gaming Mouse and eight custom accessories.

The range is the result of feedback from women in the gaming community, overseen by a team comprising mostly of women – not that guys won’t like the gear in this collection, of course – and designed around comfort for long play sessions, a less aggressive look and feel, and customizable aesthetics; hence the White Mist base color.

The G735 Wireless Gaming Headset is designed for comfort and accommodates smaller head sizes, while the White Mist finish is complemented by soft, ethereal RGB lighting.

You can further customize the headset with optional ear pads and mic booms in pastel pink (Pink Dawn) and green (Green Flash).

The headset is rated for a 56-hour battery life (without lighting and at half-volume, 16+ hours with full lighting) and features on-ear dual-audio mixing with concurrent audio from Lightspeed and Bluetooth-enabled devices so you never need to take off your headphones to switch between your phone and your game.

For communications, the G735 uses Blue VO!CE microphone technology that reduces unwanted noise and accentuates your speaking voice.

G715 and G713 Mechanical Gaming Keyboards are tenkeyless (TKL) keyboards in wireless and wired configurations respectively. Like the G735, the two TKLs are decked out in White Mist and feature per-key RGBs as well as perimeter lighting.

Aesthetics is certainly the headline act here as Logitech has gone to the extent of designing a cloud-like palm rest (included) to match the keyboards.

If you find white a tad boring, Logitech has designed alternative keycap sets and top plates in Pink Dawn and Green Flash so you can tweak your keyboard to taste.

You can also choose between linear or tactile switches to suit your typing preferences. The clicky option is not available in Singapore because Logitech probably isn’t evil enough to subject us to that.

The G715 supports both Lightspeed wireless and Bluetooth connectivity and has a battery life of up to 25 hours.

Much like the G735, the G705 has been ergonomically tweaked to better fit smaller hands through a reshaped contour and sculpted thumb rest a la MX Master, which helps facilitate hours of comfortable play.

It also weighs a modest 85 grams, which is light but isn’t Superlight light, but that’s also a way more expensive mouse.

What the Superlight doesn’t have, though, is three ethereal RGB zones featuring the Aurora series’ signature lighting.

The dpi count of 8,200 is much lower than the leading gaming mice of today but it’s more than enough for most people (1kHz polling rate, 130 IPS max speed, and 30G max acceleration).

What’s more important is Lightspeed wireless, six programmable buttons and a reasonable 40-hour battery life with the lighting on.

Of course, there are also matching accessories in the form of a colour-coordinated mousepad and carrying case, which fits both the mouse and G735 headset (not for SG market).

It also weighs a modest 85 grams, which is light but isn’t Superlight light, but that’s also a way more expensive mouse.

What the Superlight doesn’t have, though, is three ethereal RGB zones featuring the Aurora series’ signature lighting.

The dpi count of 8,200 is much lower than the leading gaming mice of today but it’s more than enough for most people (1kHz polling rate, 130 IPS max speed, and 30G max acceleration).

What’s more important is Lightspeed wireless, six programmable buttons and a reasonable 40-hour battery life with the lighting on.

Of course, there are also matching accessories in the form of a colour-coordinated mousepad and carrying case, which fits both the mouse and G735 headset (not for SG market).