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Logitech wants you to chill out

Posted by: John at 8/22/2006 6:27 AM
Are you getting sweaty hands using a controller on your PC? Logitech has a product for you designed to cut that sweat down. It's the ChillStream controller and has a built in 40 mm fan that circulates air around your hands. It's plug and play so you don't have to install any drivers. I'm going to have to check this one out and see how well it works along with how much sound the fan generates.


FREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 22, 2006--Logitech (NASDAQ:LOGI) (SWX:LOGN) today unveiled a new game controller with an innovative built-in fan-based cooling system, designed to keep the hands of gamers cool and dry -- even during intense competition. The Logitech(R) ChillStream(TM) controller for PC is the only new game controller to offer this exclusive, patented technology.

"We're always evaluating the different kinds of materials and technologies that can help make the gaming experience more comfortable," said Ruben Mookerjee, Logitech's director of product marketing for gaming. "But for intense action-games, there is nothing that can substitute for moving air -- it's the best way to keep hands cool and dry. This new controller offers Logitech's unique ChillStream hand-cooling technology without compromising on the size and design of the controller. And the fan is extremely quiet -- you'll know it's on only because you can feel the air cooling your hands."

Logitech ChillStream Technology

Logitech's exclusive ChillStream Technology includes a built-in 40 mm fan that circulates up to 3.41 cubic feet of air every minute, while generating very little noise. Because of the fan's compact size, Logitech can deliver the ChillStream feature in a standard-size controller. Three narrow vents on each side of the controller push air directly onto the four fingers, the base of the thumb and the palm of the hand -- the three areas of the hand that need cooling most. The air stream has three settings -- high, low, and off. The air vents are recessed from the surface of the controller and rubber linings surrounding the vents are flush with the surface -- making the vents barely noticeable to the touch during gaming.

Logitech ChillStream controller for PC

The plug-and-play, full-speed USB Logitech ChillStream controller for PC works on Windows(R) XP computers (with the latest service pack), and will work with Windows(R) Vista(TM) when Microsoft's new operating system becomes available. The controller's stylish silver-and-black color scheme is accented by the metal grille covering the air intake at the base of the controller. The controller features Logitech's patented floating D-pad, which uses four points of contact instead of a single pivot point -- a design that resists side-to-side tipping inherent in other controllers, making the controller more precise. The controller's analog stick has been machine-tested to perform at least one million circular revolutions, ensuring that it can handle the rigors of gaming over a long period of time. The Logitech ChillStream controller for PC will be available in the U.S. and in Europe, beginning in September. It has a suggested retail price of $39.99 in the U.S.