Logitech G500 Reviewgotdamojo06 - December 8, 2009
Category: Input Devices
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Are you currently searching the market for a new mouse for your computer? Are you looking for the perfect mouse that is going to be able to give you an advantage over your opponents in your favorite FPS or RPG? Maybe you are just looking for a mouse that is going to be able to provide you with some good ergonomic support for your hand and won't give you any cramps. What ever you are looking for in a mouse, you may just want to check out the new mouse from Logitech, the G500! This mouse comes packed with some cool features as well as a nice looking color scheme that reminds me of the digital camouflage fatigues the Army uses. I am anxious to take a good look at this mouse and see exactly how it compares to a few of the others that are currently out on the market, so let's get started.
Logitech sent me the G500 as an OEM device, which means that it was not packaged inside of the retail packaging nor does it come with any accessories, so I am unable to show you exactly what it is going to look like if you were to go out and buy one or how well protected the mouse is inside of the retail package, however, I am going to be able to show you exactly what the mouse itself looks like, which we all know is what we are after. Taking a look at the back of the mouse, you are going to see the Logitech logo printed inside of the very unique paint job on the top of the mouse. The left side of the mouse, where your pinky and ring fingers will be resting has an indented side to allow your fingers to easily rest on the mouse and give them support so they do not drag on the mouse pad. The front of the mouse is where you are going to start to see some of the cool features the G500 has packed on it. The first thing that I noticed was the large scroll wheel, this thing is plastic and has a rubber ring around it so your finger can get some traction for when you are going to be spinning it. The right hand side of the mouse is where a majority of the buttons on the mouse are located, I will be getting into more detail and explanation of these buttons a little bit later. The right hand side of the mouse also has a large indent in the side to allow your thumb to rest on a ledge while you are using the mouse, this is going to give your thumb support during a few long gaming sessions or when you are working at the computer and using the mouse constantly.
As I had promised earlier, we are going to get into some explanation of what the buttons on the mouse are used for and what they do, well the first ones that I am going to explain are sitting on the top right hand side of the mouse, this is where you are going to see the + and - signs, these are going to be able to control your DPI resolution settings on the fly while you are in a game or need to have the pointer move a little slower while you are zoomed in on an image and editing it. The ones on the side of the mouse next to your thumb while you are holding it are able to be programmed with the software packaged with the mouse, when it comes out of the box, the forward button on the left will move your web browser to the next page you had visited and the one on the right is going to take you to the previous page you were at. The top of the mouse right behind the scroll wheel is a toggle button, this is going to control the scroll wheel. This is going to allow the scroll wheel to freely spin or to have the normal ratcheting feeling to it and preventing it from freely spinning. This could be useful in games or while you are working on editing an image and need to quickly zoom in or out.
Even the underside of the mouse as a nice feature, there is a weight cartridge that you are able to install in the underside of the mouse to make it weigh more if it feels too light for you and does not give you the performance that you need. The laser that this mouse uses to track the movements is claimed to be able to work on just about any surface you can think of, yes this does include a glass desktop that you may have. The Logitech G500 communicates with the computer via a USB 2.0 cable, this cable is not your normal plastic cable, as it does have a cloth outer casing around it to keep everything looking nice and unique.
Now that we know exactly what the mouse looks like, it's time to take a look at the software that comes packaged with the retail version of the mouse and then we can get into some testing of the mouse to see how it stacks up against some of the competition.