New Logitech gaming keyboard has customizable backlight


— 1:33 PM on October 15, 2009

Logitech is known for big honkin' gaming keyboards with built-in LCD screens and oodles of configurable buttons. The company's new G110 gaming keyboard is a little less flashy, but it still packs a healthy number of gamer-friendly features, not to mention aesthetic extras to make you stand out at LAN parties.

The G110 doesn't have an LCD screen at the front. However, it features 12 programmable "G-keys," three "M-keys," and an MR key that lets you set up macros on the fly. Load up Logitech's Profiler software, and the company says you'll be able to "assign up to 36 single keystrokes, multi-key macros, or intricate LUA scripts." You can even create game-specific profiles, and there's a setting to disable the Windows and context-menu keys in games.

Not only that, but the G110 includes a high-speed USB 2.0 port and a pair of 3.5-mm audio jacks for a microphone and stereo headset. The keyboard itself connects to the host PC via a single USB cable, so we presume Logitech has built in an audio controller of some sort. (At least, the firm says plugging in a headset turns it into a "high-quality USB audio device.")

Oh, and see the different key colors in the image gallery below? Well, the G110 actually includes red and blue backlight LEDs, which users can control via the Profiler software to make the keyboard red, blue, or "pretty much any shade of purple you can imagine." That functionality has a practical use, too, because the software lets you change the backlighting color depending on the keyboard's "M-mode."

The G110 comes with both Mac and PC software, and it'll set you back $79.99. Logitech doesn't say when it will actually become available, though.

   
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