Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse ReviewBluePanda - January 23, 2014
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Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse Closer Look:
Top down gives a great perspective of how the mouse really looks (you can ignore the white arrow coming from the bottom of it – this is the pull tab for the battery). You can see the banding of darker gray contrasting with the body's main lighter gray near the locations of touch on the mouse. Silver accents jump out from the scroll wheel and wrap around the G11 and wheel release buttons. The silver also makes the three buttons to the left of the left click pop out to your vision as well. What you can't quite "see" so well is the varied textures of the mouse. The dark gray areas of the mouse, which sit beneath your thumb and hold your ring and pinky fingers, is a rough, almost gritty texture (almost like a plastic sandpaper feel). It provides good grip even if you have sweaty hands; however, it does seem a bit rough to get used to at first. The rest of the body, in the lighter gray, is a very smooth texture despite the graphics. It is very smooth plastic, with the feeling of about any typical mouse (not rubbery). The overall shape of the mouse seems to be designed to just fit your hand – big or small.
The bottom of the mouse, now you can see the pull tab, yellow on this side, is quite simple. There are four main skate pads to provide smooth glide on nearly any surface. The laser is positioned a bit forward compared to some mice, but doesn't seem to have a huge impact on use. The mouse still tracks the same and the only real issue I seemed to come about was issues running off my little mouse pad; but perhaps that is more to the freedom of having no cable than anything else. Opening up the battery compartment you can find a single rechargeable Eneloop battery. Some of you may already use these batteries in other devices you own (ex: wireless keyboards for HTPC, cameras, Dell wireless mice, etc.), but really depends more on whether or not you've been exposed to the Eneloop branding. It is something I picked up with my first "real" camera that didn't have a rechargeable battery – I love them. The true benefit here comes from the fact that the mouse body harnesses the ability to charge via USB while maintaining data connection, allowing you to use the mouse as it charges.
Just like the other wireless mouse we looked at from Logitech, the G602, you have a switch on the bottom of the mouse to turn it on/off. Sadly, even after having to deal with such a switch, I still have yet to learn to remember to turn off the mouse. Sure I can remember on the go with my little wireless Dell mouse, but at my desktop here I have yet to turn this mouse off yet. Luckily, this resulted in me having to test out the charging and use at the same time phenomenon; I'll share my disgruntle with that further along when we talk about the cable itself. Nonetheless, at least the toggle for the on/off switch on the bottom here is color coded for if/when the writing comes off later down the road.
Getting back to the overall looks of the mouse, we'll start with a front and rear shot of the G700s. Both images provide you a profiled look at how the mouse sits. With a slight tilt to the right, it fits the natural curvature of your rested hand. The scroll wheel has a rubber center with grip edges allowing you to easily scroll through news articles, email, and even in-game weapons. The first button below the wheel allows you to toggle the hold for the wheel enabling you to release and free spin the scroll wheel; as Logitech calls it, "hyper-fast scroll". The three big buttons off the left click can be changed up to whatever you prefer with the software. I liked the default settings with the further away/top button being "DPI up", middle button being "DPI down", and the closest/bottom button being the "Battery Level", which is indicated by some lights on the side of the mouse (shown later). The rear of the mouse again gives perspective on how the mouse fits your hand. You can also get a feel for how tall each of the button sets sit.
The side images of the mouse probably "tell" the most. The last picture in this set specifically gives a lot away with how tall the mouse sits. If you can imagine your thumb resting on the rest and just feeling the edges of the bottom buttons you can have an idea of how tall it really is. It is quite a bit tall – but weren't our favorite MX510 and MX518 tall as well? From the left of the mouse you can see the set of four buttons available to the thumb. Each can be set to your desire in the software with the forward and back options as most obvious set as defaults. Notice while you are here three little triangles to the front of the mouse – these are indicators we will discuss later. The right side of the mouse isn't quite as exciting as there generally isn't much over here. The body does curve inward a little, giving you a tighter grip from the right side, while providing just enough room for my small ring and pinky fingers to sit just off the side.
Below are a couple of pictures to just enjoy without me yammering on…
Moving on to the greatest gift to this mouse, or possibly its worst nightmare. The lovely Logitech cable is just a mini-USB cable, like what most phones plug in with (iPhones excluded). The body of the connector is molded to fit the opening of the mouse and provide a near seamless look when connected. It does look super nice when plugged in and if you didn't look too close you probably wouldn't recognize it as a non-wired mouse. However, there are some downsides to this cable. Sure it is long enough to plug into your computer, and it is great at doing its job as it does charge and allow you to keep playing. However, the cable is very stiff and until you can get it to hook under a monitor and perhaps an edge of your keyboard you will likely make a mess of the things on your desk. I'll admit I may have a few more knick knacks on my desk and homes for them with three monitors, but it was like death valley for each of them as they were slowly whipped away by the cable. I don't expect a braided cable with a wireless mouse – but I'm not sure I was expecting such inflexibility either.
Depending on your setup and specific situation you may need an extension for your wireless dongle. I won't go into reason why you might need it as those of you who do just know. But it helps to know that Logitech has you covered.
After turning on the mouse, which does come with a partial charge, you will notice some indicator lights on the side of the mouse light up when pressing certain buttons. The button below the scroll release is by default set to cycle through profiles. You can count the yellow/orange lights as they light up in order from back to front (bottom to top) to determine your profile selection. You can have up to five profiles at a time saved directly to the onboard memory. The bottom/back button up near your left click, as we discussed earlier, is default the battery indicator button. Press the button once to see the three lights light up giving you an indication, at least in thirds, of about how much battery is left. You can set in the software a warning to display on screen when the battery is low, just in case you forget to check often. The indication will show at 25% remaining and then give you an indication again just before it is dead, giving you just enough time to dig out the cable and get it juicing up again.
Wrapping up the looks of the mouse and bits of discussion about how it fits and things that are good as well as things that are bad, this mouse overall isn't a trophy winner in my book, but isn't a failed model either. With the high price to consider, the Logitech G700s is a pretty good looking mouse with good concepts – let's move on to see whether or not it can execute them well.