Logitech G500 Reviewgotdamojo06 - December 8, 2009
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When you first start the installation file it begins its auto-install sequence, you are going to get the welcome screen. The welcome screen is going to give you their congratulations for purchasing a Logitech product and what you are going to be able to do with the software that you are currently installing such as customize your button assignments, adjust your pointer speeds, and on-board memory management. Logitech does let you know that you are going to need to connect the mouse to your computer before you begin, select the language from the drop down menu below and then click the next button. Once you click the next button, you are going to get a screen that asks you where you want the installer to place the program files on your hard drive, it defaults to "C:\Program Files\Logitech" but if you wish to change it, you may. After clicking next on the getting started screen, you are going to run into the License Agreement screen, this is where you are able to read the Software License Agreement and select the next button to continue the installation. The following screen is going to show you the progress of the installation of the SetPoint software. Once the installation is complete, you are prompted with the final screen of the installer, this is going to thank you for installing the software on your computer, if you click the next button you will be able to launch the SetPoint software.
Now that the SetPoint software is installed on your computer and you opened up the software, we are going to be able to see exactly what the software is going to allow you to do. To actually get into the configuration you are going to need to double click the mouse that you have installed on your computer, in my case it is the only Logitech mouse hooked up to the computer. The Overview screen is going to show you a good overview of the more important settings of the mouse; such as the profile name and where the profile is installed, what the function of all ten buttons are, the pointer information such as the speed, the acceleration, and the DPI levels you have selected, as well as both the vertical and horizontal scrolling speeds. When you click into the Basics screen, you are going to be able to change the name of the profile, give the profile a description, and then it will show you where the profile is going to be stored at as well as allowing you to edit the applications that are assigned to the mouse.
The Buttons screen is where you are going to be able to edit all of the different buttons and what they are going to do when they are pressed, you can even change the DPI increase and decrease buttons to turn up or down the volume your music is playing, or even set a button to open up an application such as making the square button on the side launch CPU-Z. The Pointer screen is where you are going to be able to edit all of your pointer settings, this includes how many DPI levels you are going to want to scroll through using the buttons on the mouse and what setting they are going to be set at, anywhere from 200-5700DPI. You are even able to set the X and Y axis to different DPI levels. This is also the screen where you are going to be able to change the amount of times the mouse is going to send the data to your computer per second, from 125-1000. The scrolling screen is where you are going to be able to change the speeds of the vertical and horizontal scrolling from 1-10.
The Profile Manager screen is where you are going to be able to keep track of the different profiles that you have created and make sure that they are all stored where you want them to be stored at on the mouse. You are also able to transfer them from the mouse to your hard drive for back up or to be able to send them to any of your friends. The Macro Manager screen is going to give you the options to set macros that you are able to set to a button, this could be any type of keystroke that you need it to be or any mouse movement that you wish to have recorded. This could be helpful if you have to make multiple keystrokes while you are playing a game and need to create a macro to speed things up or even while you are editing images and create a macro to help speed up some of your editing such as resizing the image. The Device Options screen is where you are going to be able to check for firmware updates for the mouse or restore the default profiles. On the SetPoint Options screen, you are going to be able check for updates for the software on your computer.
Now that we know exactly how to configure our mouse and what settings we are able to change, it's time to take a look at the specifications of the mouse and see how it's going to compare to some of the other mice on the market.