Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse Review

BluePanda - 2013-09-22 13:21:27 in Input Devices
Category: Input Devices
Reviewed by: BluePanda   
Reviewed on: January 16, 2014
Price: $62.99

Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse Introduction:

Logitech is quite the well-known brand when it comes to keyboards and mice. At every electronics store, you'll find at least the basic Logitech mouse and keyboard on the shelf. No one can forget the MX 510 or MX 518 Logitech sold on the "gaming" market – the 510 being one of the first gaming mice out there to really catch on. It is quite fair to say Logitech started the whole gig of "gaming" mice. Who doesn't still have one in their closet or perhaps even at their desk? I know I do; I actually still have both around as go-to mice when I want something that just works.

Today we take a look at Logitech's recent mouse entry, the G600 MMO Gaming Mouse. If you ever wanted a mouse with MOAR buttons, this is it. Not only are there 20 actual physical buttons, there is the "G-shift" button that essentially doubles the count. You can effectively say you have 19 times 2 buttons, or doing the simple Math, 38 buttons to play with (and really, there can be another secret set – I'll let you read to find out how). There can be no complaining about not having enough buttons in your game of Pandas now. The dual-dish thumb panel beneath your thumb houses twelve of the buttons in two actual "dish" shaped sets of six buttons, allowing you to find such buttons without having to look (a lot quicker to learn than some MMO mice out there). On top of all that, the dual-dish panel also lights up in your custom color with every possible choice on the RGB spectrum. This mouse truly has a lot to offer and at a reasonable MSRP of $79.99 USD (only $62.99 on Amazon). We best get looking at all the details before deciding to buy.

Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse Closer Look:

The last packaging I saw for a Logitech product was the G510s and G19s gaming keyboards we just reviewed; before that it was the simple Logitech Internet 350 USB keyboard box I bought as a temporary (which actually ended up being longer than a year use). I don't recall the box for the MX 510 or MX 518, but I'm guessing it was something just as snazzy as this box. The front of the box shows off a full image of the mouse itself with the twelve MMO buttons glowing in white. The box is very subtle with a simple circular green background letting the mouse itself be the main focal point. The top of the box shows the standard Logitech symbol we all know. The box reads "G600 MMO Gaming Mouse" repeated below in French. The front states that there are 20 MMO-Tuned Buttons, with the back of the box explaining five additional features in three languages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sides of the box need not go forgotten. One side shows off the specifications of the mouse, while the other side a quick motto of "The Gear That Gets You There" with an additional top-down shot of the mouse. There is also a QR code on the bottom left corner of the box to link you to the website for more information on the mouse. As such, if you are in store, you can find out a bit more with your smartphone besides your usual Google search.

 

 

You may have noticed the edge of a front flap in one of the side profile pictures of the box. The front does open up to reveal a sealed view of the mouse itself. In formed plastic, you can actually reach your hand in and get a quick feel of the mouse. Though nothing is like holding the mouse itself, this is the next best thing when in a store without samples out. The inside of the flap provides a little information on the twelve thumb buttons and how they can indeed light up with full RGB.

 

 

The packaging for the mouse itself is pretty neat. Removing the two round stickers to the left of the mouse, you can pull out the neat triangular box. No need for a knife to open this up, as the stickers peel off with no problem and there are no annoying zip ties like all the toys of your younger years. A tidy white box encases the quick install instruction guide and warranty information. Unfolding the box carefully reveals the full mouse in all its glory. I must admit, at this point I'm most entertained with the way the cable is wrapped up so neatly. Overall, the G600 out of the box is quite the beauty. Move on to the next page to see a bit more.

 

Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse Closer Look:

Starting off with the top-down, front, and rear pictures of this mouse, quite a bit of the story shall be revealed. From the top we can see the two standard left and right mouse buttons, but what is this to the right? That is the G-shift button I mentioned in the introduction. Almost as a side car to a motorcycle, the third button sits off where your ring finger is happy to relax above that undeserving pinky. It's possible your fingers believe in a hierarchy. It's definitely something to get used to as after a little use, I'm finding I click it a lot more frequently than I had imagined. Though thankfully, it is a shift-key, so a single rapid click here and there doesn't have any major effect.

Focusing back on the looks, you can see the scroll wheel has two arrows, one to the left and one to the right. The scroll indeed has left/right tilt! There are also two buttons beneath the wheel: the G8 and G7 buttons. By default the G8 button (top) is set to be a "Mode Switch" while the G7 button (bottom) is set to "Shift + B". The Mode Switch seems to be the most notable function here, as when you press it you get yourself yet another set of the twelve thumb buttons PLUS shift options for those as well. The buttons just keep multiplying!

The bottom of the mouse appears rather plain and here I shall point out that this is an actual review sample, which means there isn't a serial number or any real identifying numbers to it. You can use your imagination as to where the stickers with the serial number and perhaps barcodes may be. However, you can actually see the massive skates on the bottom of this mouse, which provide epic glide if I must say so myself. Below the Logitech logo, you can see the hole for the laser which Logitech claims as "gaming grade" and ready to deliver precision at various hand speeds across a variety of surfaces.

From the rear of the mouse, there isn't too much to see other than a subtle Logitech logo beneath the palm of your hand. I mostly notice at this point the neat matte black finish starting to show all the scrapes and scratch marks from simply rolling around a bit. The surface does feel quite nice and it really isn't something you'll be sweating with. It's a nice literal dry feel. The front of the mouse shows off the three buttons again as well as the more impending doom of scratches. Though to be fair, beneath your hand you won't really be seeing them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving on to the sides of the mouse, I'll let you see a full shot of those marvelous twelve thumb buttons I've done nothing but talk about. Looking closely you can see how there are two dish-shaped sets of buttons There are six up front (G9-G14) and six in the rear (G15-G20) separated by shape as well; what I'd call keyboard home row indicators (the little raised bumps on your J and F keys). It's quite the nice feel under the thumb and less confusing to handle than twelve buttons really sounds. The right side of the mouse really just emphasizes the width of the mouse. Adding the third button beneath the ring finger adds quite the fatness to this mouse. However, despite my small hands, I really didn't mind. The only issue I really had at first was me wanting to use the furthest right button to right click…weird how the brain works (or doesn’t, haha).

 

 

Donkeys, kaleidoscopes, crayons, and gummy bears – are you still following along? Just making sure you're still awake here. I have asked you to do a bit of reading so far, and there is only more to come (though it is all the information you want). To be kind, I won't even comment on these two shots – you should know enough at this point to get the picture (no pun intended).

 

 

The cable plugs in with a standard USB cable; not a real big surprise here at all. The braided cable is hook and loop so it is a bit softer feeling and more malleable than what has slowly become the tighter knit standard on the market. It has a nice soft-to-the-touch feel, but seems rugged overall. The cable does come with a nice inline Velcro strap that allows you to bundle it up nice on the go and not lose the strap while using the mouse since it is still attached.

 

Words, words, words, too many of them lately – here's just a couple shots to enjoy without WORDS!

 

 

Wrapping up the closer look, I close with some shots of the twelve buttons lit up. From the full RGB spectrum, I left the mouse on a lovely cycle blend between all the colors. The shots I happened to grab include a shade of pink, a lighter blue, and a greenish blue. Mind you there are plenty more colors to catch or from which to set a constant color to. You can also be well assured that the buttons are very clear to read across all twelve despite how the camera poorly handled the top and bottom row of buttons. I promise the real life deal is much sharper.

 

 

So that is the Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse up close. It is quite the nice build and I'm overall impressed with it despite my first thoughts of "OMG BUTTONS". Only one last step to check before announcing an award to close the deal – how well does it perform? Looks and feels are one thing, but read on to see what it brings to the table in everyday use, work use, and of course, gaming.

Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse Closer Look (The Software):

Not all of you are so curious to see the software itself, so for those of you who want to just read results on the next page, here's a quick summary of the software: simple and easy to use. Done. Now carry on. For the rest of you a little more curious about the details, stay here a bit and read a little more.

First off, you'll want to go to the Logitech website and download the latest firmware after buying the mouse and the executable to install the software as well. The firmware is a small download and quick to flash deal, so just do it. The software is quite necessary if you want to really take advantage of all the previously mentioned buttons, as well as coloring. The first page of the software loads up to an image of the mouse, which actually matches color with your settings as well (even with pulsing or color cycling). Three sets of buttons highlight in blue indicating what can be set/changed. Click on one to advance to the next software page (also indicated by the symbols highlighted in blue at the bottom of the screen).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next screen allows you to start picking settings for the mouse and defining the multiple buttons. It can look like quite the kludge of buttons at first, but it really isn't that bad when you start changing things. Here you can set the standard buttons, the buttons associated with the G-Shift, and those associated with the Mode Switch (plus the G-shift yet AGAIN!!). You can also choose to set a static color on the mouse or allow it to keep cycling. Sometimes it is easier on static to see what you are doing. Worse comes to worst, you can restore the defaults and start with a clean slate of functioning buttons.

Clicking on the options to "Edit" a button brings up the command editor. You can provide it with keystroke options including standard Windows options or an arrangement of your own. I've played a bit with fun things and ultimately got hooked on having a button for Ctrl + V to paste things about. Your other options include obvious mousing functions including left click, right click, forward, back, middle click, DPI settings, Mode Switch, and G-Shift locations. There's nothing written in stone – so you can make EVERY button what you want.

 

 

The next menu allows you to change pointer settings. Here you can set up your DPI levels (up to four) and set each one individually at whatever DPI value you desire. Out of the box the mouse comes with one DPI level set to 1200 at a 1000 Hz polling rate. It seems quite perfect with three monitors.

 

The next page is about everyone's favorite thing, or at least it is one of mine. You can set your color options here to cycle the lighting, pulse the lighting, or stick on one color. I really enjoyed having the cycled lighting option – something about it was just relaxing and fun to look at. You can set three parts of the wheel in the "Select Mode" window to whatever options you prefer to quickly change between. In the shot below, I have cycle lighting enabled in the top option, solid green with no effect in the left option, and solid white with full cycle lighting enabled on the right. There is a lot to play with here – take you time and pick wisely (not that you can't change it later).

 

These last shots are of the settings menu that pop up when you click on the gear-shaped symbol at the bottom of the screen (the final two link to Facebook/Twitter and help menus). The first "General" menu of the settings tab allows you to have the software run on startup (Windows), allows quick macro recording, allows games to control the illumination, allows on-screen graphics, and let's you scan for installed games. The G600 tab simply tells you about the firmware and provides a button to link you to update to the newest version. You can also disable illumination entirely here. The "Profile" tab allows you to set up profiles to store locally or on the little space available on the mouse for gaming on the go (up to three profiles).

 

Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse Specifications:

Part Number:
910-002864 / 910-002871
Warranty Information:
3-year limited hardware warranty
System Requirements:
Windows® 8, Windows® 7, or Windows® Vista
Available USB port
Internet connection for optional software download*
Tracking:
Resolution: 200-8200 DPI
Image Processing: 11.25megapixels/second
Max. Acceleration: 30G
Max. Speed: up to 160 inches (4.06 meters)/second
Responsiveness:
USB data format: 16 bit/axis
USB report rate: Up to 1000 reports/second
Sleep Mode: disabled
Glide:
Dynamic coefficient of friction: .09 µ (k)
Static coefficient of friction: .14 µ (s)
Total weight: 133 grams, Cord: 15 grams
Package Contents:
Mouse, User Documentation
Durability:
Buttons (Left / Right / Third): 20 million clicks
Feet: 250 kilometers
Measurements:
Weight: 133 grams (without cable)
Dimensions: 118mm x 75mm x 41mm
Cable length: 6.5 feet (2 meters)

 

Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse Features:

 

 

Information courtesy of: http://gaming.logitech.com/en-us/product/g600-mmo-gaming-mouse

Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse Testing:

The Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse was put through over a week of use and testing. During that time, it was used it in everyday use, surfing the Internet, Photoshopping, and of course some gaming. As a mouse is personal to each and every individual, how it responds in these various tasks is important in different ways to everyone. This rather subjective review is best to provide you the feedback from use rather than assigning made up numbers trying to compare one mouse to another. It's pretty easy to distinguish the likes and dislikes of a mouse through words rather than leaving it to you to decide what a 7 or 8 really means. No guessing game – here's what I liked, and here's what I hated.

 

Testing Setup:

 

 

Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse Results:

 

Everyday Use:

For everyday use, this mouse is massive overkill as are most mice reviewed here at OCC. Everyday use doesn't often require much more than clicking, scrolling, and if it's a good one, forward and back options for navigation. However, it is always important to make sure that even as overkill a mouse it may be, that it can still handle day to day function – I mean, who wants to have to switch mice to play a game and back to another to read email? Not me! Anyway, the Logitech G600 is an effective everyday use mouse. With the ability to assign any button to just about any function, this mouse makes it easy to navigate, read email, surf the web, and of course troll the forums. I can't say there were any issues for day to day use. Even straight out of the box, the default settings and button bindings were functional without software (even if they weren't exactly where I'd want them, they worked). I really had trouble coming up with anything to complain about in this use; the only issue I guess would be if this is all you ever did. No real reason to buy it then, eh?

 

Working:

Working, I found this mouse to be rather helpful having so many additional buttons. I found myself attaching usual keyboard combinations to a single click, making things quick and effortless. Typical Windows copy, Windows paste, screen shots, and Microsoft Word/Excel fucntions were rather useful. I know a lot of people use additional buttons for CAD menus and the obvious Photoshop functions. I didn't have a chance to do any CAD options, but I did find it quite useful in Photoshop. I set a few quick options to color correct, tone correct, and contrast correct for three of the macro options. I also had a couple sub menus set for image size and canvas size to quickly navigate with less mouse movement. It was pretty neat once I got used to having buttons to do my normal click patterns for me and prevent me from really using the keyboard. It really depends on what "work" is to you, but the general items can be quicker with macro functionality like this, if not also easier. However, working with code is often quite the opposite; no need for the mouse at all. All in all, the mouse has its place.

 

Gaming:

In gaming, exactly what the mouse was designed to do, the Logitech G600 does it well. With all the additional buttons, I just had to find a use for them despite my usual non-need for them. With the Steam Winter Sale at its end, I've quite the loot of new games to play and had a little fun trying different button options with each. Age of Empires II HD was a little hard to get used to, but was EPIC with the ability to drop buildings and call upon developed armies at the click of a mouse button. Even simple games that I would normally consider button mashers were quite nice to append to a macro-button and get a literal button masher rather than a keyboard slam. I could really see this mouse being effective in World of Warcraft, Starcraft, any major MMO, or any RTS with build orders to stack up. Though I may not personally play daily in WoW, I do understand the need/want for all the buttons. I truly feel the G600 has got it down for you gamers out there.

Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse Conclusion:

Ultimately, I was rather skeptical about the Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse. I am often a little sad when a "MMO-style" mouse shows up, as most of you know I'm not a major player of any mainstream MMO games or big RTS-style games where having lots of macro options is rather helpful. I generally try to relate and get frustrated with button layouts and fail to appreciate anything there may have been to enjoy. The G600 flipped my world upside-down in this aspect. I actually love this mouse. The fatness to the mouse was comforting with a place for my ring finger to sit and glare down at the pinky. The reaction to over-click with the ring finger wasn't punished with any negative reaction and the fingers quickly learned their role. My thumb was most pleased with the dual-dish layout. It was obvious where my thumb was (upper or lower dish) and was easy to distinguish the pattern of six buttons. It didn't take long for my thumb to know its place and find a multitude of uses for the extra buttons in and out of games. If nothing else, it has brought a new world of gaming to the games I do play and a good one at that.

The mouse really is all that and a bag of chips. You've got your standard mouse functionality followed up with an added tilt wheel and twelve buttons to do nearly anything you can come up with. You have the option to use the G-Shift button to add in a full second set of 19 buttons as well as a mode selector to add in basically two more sets of twelve to the game. You can set three saved profiles to the mouse to take with you on the go and additional to your local machine for all the games and programs you desire. The Logitech G600 is quite the work of art in more than just the gaming world.

 

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