Logitech G500 Review

gotdamojo06 - 2009-11-23 14:51:12 in Input Devices
Category: Input Devices
Reviewed by: gotdamojo06   
Reviewed on: December 8, 2009
Price: $60

Introduction:

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.

Closer Look:

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. 

Configuration:

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.

Specifications:

 

Interface

High-Speed USB 2.0

Resolution

200 - 5700 dpi

Max Acceleration

30G

Weight

up to 27 grams

Image Processing

12 Megapixels/second

Tracking Speed

165 Inches/second

Button Durability

8 Million Clicks

USB Report Rate

1000 reports/second

 

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All information courtesy of Logitech @ http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/mice_pointers/mice/devices/5750&cl=us,en

Testing:

To properly test the Logitech G500, I will be testing it on four different aspects; speed, comfort, precision, and customization. To test the speed of the mouse, I will rate how fast the cursor is able to move across the screen. To test the comfort of the mouse, I will rate how comfortable it is to handle. The precision of the mouse will be rated by in-game sniping ability rated by the amount of head-shots. For the last rating, I will be rating how well you are able to customize the mouse to fit your needs.
 

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Mice:

 

First up is the speed test, which will be rated on a scale from 1-10. I will be moving the mouse from the top left corner of the screen to the lower right corner. A 10 rating would represent lightning fast, while a 1 would be equal to a snail moving across your screen.

 

 

 

 

The comfort test is going to be rated by how comfortable and natural the feel of the mouse is to the hand, using a 1-10 point scale, where a 10 represents your hand is in heaven, while a 1 is equal to extreme discomfort.

 

 

In the precision test, I will be gaming using Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and using the Barrett .50cal. I will rate the accuracy on a 1-10 scale, where 1 would represent no head-shots and a 10 would mean all head-shots.

 

 

Lastly, we have customization. To grade each mouse on this test, I will see exactly how well you are able to change the buttons of the mouse, as well as how easily it is to adjust the DPI resolution levels on the fly while you are in a game. A 10 would mean you can easily change your DPI settings in the game and have full control over changing the buttons using the software. The Microsoft Intelimouse received a 0 score in this benchmark due to the fact that there is no ability to customize the mouse outside of the standard customizations Windows allows (double-click speed, pointer speed, wheel speed, etc.).

 

 

I gave the Logitech G500 a 10 in the speed test for the simple fact that when you set the DPI resolution to the highest setting (5700) you are not going to be able to even see the mouse move from the bottom corner to the top corner, it is unbelievably fast! The G500 scored a good 9 in the comfort test because it is not big and bulky, it does have some nice curvatures to it to help support your hand and fingers while you rest your hand on it as well as giving you a natural hand resting feeling to it. The comfort level of the mouse plays directly into the precession test where the Logitech was able to score an 8, because of how natural the resting position of my hand felt on the mouse and how easy it was to move, I was able to get some good headshots. Where the G500 excelled was in the customization of the mouse. You were able to change every single button on the mouse to what ever you may want it to be used for, you were also able to change the speeds of both the x and y axises separately if you wish to.

Conclusion:

When it comes to the performance of the Logitech G500, it was quite impressive. The mouse was able to perform well on all levels of testing that I put it through including the precision testing, the customization testing, the comfort testing, and the speed testing. When it came down to the amount of customization that Logitech has given us to have over the mouse, I was impressed. With most mice you are able to change the pointer speeds, a majority of the buttons, and the scrolling rates, however Logitech has given us the ability to create macros and store them on the mouse's onboard memory and be assigned to any button on the mouse you may wish. I really like the scroll wheel button placed at the top of the mouse which allows you to change the mode of the scroll wheel between a free spin or the ratcheted settings. With the price of the mouse coming in just under $60 at Newegg, you would easily be able to pick this mouse up if you were in the market and the $60 will be well spent with the amount of customization that you are going to be able to achieve with the G500. The Weight adjustments that are packaged with the mouse are always a great way of making sure that your mouse is going to be liked by many gamers. The actual weight of the mouse with out the weight cartridge installed is a little bit heavier than I am used to and would like to be using on a daily basis as it could get tiring on your wrist after a few hours of gaming. The on the fly DPI adjustments are also a great way to be able to customize your mouse while you are playing a game or working and don't feel like opening up the software to change the DPI setting. If you are in the market for a new mouse for either gaming or just regular every day usage, you may want to check out the Logitech G500 mouse, it is going to be able to provide you with some great customization tools, a great feel and look to the mouse and it will not break the bank. I would suggest this mouse to any of my friends that are looking for one and I will be using the G500 for everyday usage at my main computer.

 

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