Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse Review

BluePanda - 2013-09-22 13:23:03 in Input Devices
Category: Input Devices
Reviewed by: BluePanda   
Reviewed on: January 23, 2014
Price: $79.99

Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse Introduction:

As we wrap up a journey of Logitech's most recent gaming peripherals, let's take a look back on what we saw: two keyboards, the G10s, the G19s; and two mice, the G600 and the G602. Today we look at one last Logitech member that I've saved for last: the Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse. With an MSRP of $99.99 one can imagine the high expectations I have for this mouse. Beyond the typical sound build quality we all know and love coming from Logitech, there is much more expected from a steep price. Looking at some key features of the G700s we can expect some neat things – but will it be worth the cost? I guess we'll have to give this mouse the old standard OCC beating and find out.

Let us first hype ourselves up about this mouse by discussing a few of the real mind grabbing features. First is the obvious fact that this is a wireless mouse; it's in the title of the review and you'll soon learn that it is in big letters on the packaging as well. This often causes fear in any true gamer with the predicament: what if the batteries die and I don't have any to replace them with? Sure rechargeable batteries can be used and are in this mouse – but who wants to wait for them to charge? The G700s solves this problem. When it is time to charge your G700s, rather than call it quits while it charges up, you can plug in the charging cable and keep going! The cable was designed to carry data and allows you to switch over and keep gaming while the mouse charges. If that wasn't enough, regardless of wired versus wireless, you'll always have the same consistent report rate of 1ms capturing your motion as fast as you can make them. Along with in-game sensitivity switching, a dual mode scroll wheel, micro dongle, and a gaming grade laser, this wireless mouse has a lot to pack behind its punch. Let's find out if it's truly a knock-out; keep reading to find out more!

 

Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse Closer Look:

To spare your boredom I won't babble on too much about the box this time. It is much like several of the other Logitech product boxes we've seen recently (so go take a read if you are super curious). Basically the theme here is to impress me and intrigue me with the X-Ray vision into the mouse to see its guts, which appeals to my mechanical side. The other half of the mouse is in full image and gives you a quick idea of what it looks like. The back of the box shows off the mouse in its entirety and three of its main features: 1) Recharging and data over a single cable, 2) Five onboard memory profiles, 3) 13 Programmable Buttons. A few more features are listed below the mouse image; you can find the full feature list on Page 4, the Specifications & Features page. The sides of the box read off these features – but for the sake of your eyes and the lack of extreme detail in these 800 x 600 images – we can continue on without reading them…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This box, much like the other mice, has a nice window to see the mouse itself (along with the mini-dongle). The box brags about the "advanced surface materials" that provide a "durable, hydrophobic palm surface, dry grip side panels, and fingerprint-resistant button coatings." Spoken in three languages the box speaks to English, French, and Spanish speakers allowing it to be marketed in many places. This continued theme of "Science Wins" is present throughout the Logitech products we've seen, which unspoken seems to be the idea that these products were born from scientific studies. Check out YouTube for some videos that were created on this motto. Otherwise just enjoy the mouse in the box for it's the last moment it shall be seen there (ignore my reflection in the packaging).

 

 

 

The box is again a tightly packed triangle requiring minimal effort to get to the mouse itself. There is a bit of tape holding it to the bigger box, but other than that you just need your hands to unfold this cardboard box. This one unbundles to reveal the charging/data cable, a white box with warranty info, a USB extender, and hidden behind it all, the mouse itself. All laid out in the open it is easy to see what you've got. The mouse looks quite nice at first glance, and the fact that the G700s is rechargeable (while being used) is ever more exciting. No need to go find batteries or charge and wait. Let's hope the mouse is as friendly to use as its concepts suggest. Onward!

 

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.

Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse Closer Look:

In case you haven't caught any of the last Logitech reviews here on OCC I'll go ahead and point out that Logitech is kind and especially has one driver for all. Whether you have the G700s, G602 or the G600, you will have the same software install. It picks up on what you plug in and bases its functions and images around that. Makes for a slightly larger install, but not enough to fuss over and makes thing super easy.

Anyway, with that being said, opening up the first page of the software you will see the G700s right in front of you. It may make you double take and look beneath your hand a couple times, but it does indeed match the mouse. This makes it a lot easier when trying to place macros as you don't have to look at where G11 is to figure out where the assigned function is going. On this menu you can select the On-Board Memory option for setting profiles directly on the mouse itself, or Automatic Game Detection for local profiles based on installed games. You may also notice in the top left a battery indicator for how much juice the mouse has left. This is the best indication you can get from the mouse as the on-mouse display is only in 33% values. I managed to actually kill this during a few days of being left on – you can note the change in indicators on the next few images; I end up having to use it plugged in!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Automatic Game Detection enabled, clicking on the mouse to open the panel for button assignments looks like the image below. Had you selected the onboard profiles you would not have game profiles already associated at the top: slight difference, same concept. Here is where you are able to set each button of the mouse as you see fit, for either games, programs, or anything else you like. If you wanted to be clever you could even set the left click to be right click and vice versa on a specific profile just to mess with people who try to use your rig. But that's just for fun. Being able to set different profiles really lets you configure a mouse to your game playing style, allowing you to have different setups for different games (which I find to be very helpful).

Moving to the next set of options, by clicking on the cursor with the settings gear next to it, gets you to the Pointer Settings. Here you can play with DPI levels: how many you want, what levels for each; Report Rates (125 all the way up to 1000Hz); and Advanced settings (per profile settings, separate X and Y DPI values, and pointer acceleration). You can even select a power mode, besides normal, enabling full-bore mode or the battery saving option.

 

 

The final images of the software I have to share with you are shots of the Settings menu, which is triggered by clicking on the big gear (which we've all been trained to mean settings). There are four tabs available: General, Notification, G700s, and Profile. The first tab allows you to set, like it says, general settings such as running software on start, macro recording display, illumination (more for other mice), and the toggle for allowing the software to scan for new games; pretty simple stuff. The next tab has a single option – to enable/disable battery indicators on the taskbar so that you notice your mouse battery is low before it dies. I recommend turning this on. The G700s tab isn't a picture of the mouse, rather is the option to update firmware as it becomes available. It also provides you with information on what current version you are running. Last but not least is the profile tab, which I'm sure you've guessed, lets you change some profile settings such as setting a hot key to cycle profiles, have a persistent profile or default profile for worst case scenarios.

 

 

Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse Specifications:

Part Number:
910-003584
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: 12 megapixels/second
Max. Acceleration: 30G
Max. Speed: up to 165 inches (4.19 meters)/second
Responsiveness:
USB data format: 16 bit/axis
USB report rate: Up to 1000 reports/second
Sleep Mode: variable
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, Wireless reciever, Charging Cable, Reciever extender cable, user documentation
Durability:
Buttons (Left / Right ): 20 million clicks
Feet: 250 kilometers

 

 

Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse Features:

 

 

Information courtesy of: http://gaming.logitech.com/en-us/product/g700s-rechargable-wireless-gaming-mouse

 

 

 

Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse Testing:

The Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse was defiantly put through over a week of use and testing. During this 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 so 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 G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse Results:

 

Everyday Use:

Generally speaking the G700s from Logitech does well on the everyday aspect of things. The only difficulty for me was remembering to turn off the mouse when I was done for the night or was walking away to make some food without returning for several hours. It ultimately took its toll on the battery life and I found myself having the mouse plugged in more often than I expected. At least I knew where the cable was each time it died; but the issue was again using the cable. I didn't like the cable, it was stiff and didn’t want to take on a new shape. I made a mess of my desk, but the mouse worked. I feel the concept is there for continued use just not quite executed to the best standards. Plugged in or not the mouse was fully effective as an everyday mouse – the price, on the other hand, doesn't allow this to be the only purpose for having this mouse – hence the "gaming" portion of its name perhaps.

 

Working:

For work it seems like this is more my everyday than not, but nonetheless breaking it into this category it was quick to catch on. The few extra buttons allowed me to set up some shortcuts that saved me a few clicks here and there and allowed me to be at least a little efficient while working. With the easy-to-adjust DPI settings, both in-software and by macro, it was really easy to get the precision I needed to get things done. Ultimately the mouse functioned quite well, and when I was using it wirelessly, it let me sit back a bit and relax as I got work done as well while using new parts of my desk most mice don't accommodate!

 

Gaming:

Gaming is where the real hammer came down with this mouse. Labeled as such I could expect a few flaws on the everyday use or working settings (though would be disappointed to see such), but when it comes to gaming – no slack allowed. Again the sense of having no strings attached was awesome. I never had problems getting caught up on things or just missing a shot because I wasn't using a mouse bungee. The ability to plug in while the battery was charging was one of the biggest features I appreciated most while gaming. Though I didn't like the cable, and won't bash on it more here, it was nice to be able to plug in between missions and keep going after a full day's worth of game play. The feet slid effortlessly, making it easy for the mouse and I to be one and lag? I don't think so. At the full polling rate, I'd be hard pressed to really argue a disconnect between the mouse and the headshot I just nailed; I found it to be quite connected for how literally disconnected it truly was. Honestly it was great in-game with the extra macro buttons and a rather comfortable fit.

Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse Conclusion:

In conclusion the Logitech G700s is quite the mouse as far as wireless gaming mice go. Not only is it wireless, but it also has a rechargeable battery (also replaceable: Eneloop) that can be charged while using the mouse. It is rare that you are able to keep going without either replacing a battery, charging a battery, or at least swapping a charged battery into a wireless mouse. I experience this sadness on the go with my little laptop mouse. Once it's dead, if I'm lucky to have a battery I have to find it, plug it in, and then try to remember what I was doing. The G700s saves a step of that process in the fact that I can leave the cable plugged in (so I know where it is) and just reach down and connect my mouse. It takes little effort and my mouse works again, while simultaneously charging the battery too – I don't have to remember much.

Okay so that's really not enough for the mouse to really win; so what, it can charge a battery and keep working. Well guess what, my mouse with a wired cable works just the same… no reason to stop ever, really. So what else does this mouse have to offer up? Well it does have some extra buttons to play with. You get a couple more besides your typical forward and back for your thumb and a few for your pointer finger to handle. There is pretty neat and simple software to come along with it all, and who doesn't love a free flying scroll wheel?

However, I found it hard to find this mouse to have things exceptional enough to warrant its price. That was the one looming fact that sat above me every time I used it – I have nearly a hundred bucks in my hand right now. I kept thinking about what I could get with at least half of the price and still had a decent wired mouse underneath my fingertips. What it really came down to for me personally was the fact that I have no desire for a wireless gaming mouse; with that being its only true "feature" from other mice on the market it wasn't a home run with me. The cable to charge was aggravating at best and left me wishing to let the mouse charge on its own and come back later to use it again. The lackluster battery life, especially after using the G602, found me having to plug it in quite frequently – every other day with good use. The G602 may have two batteries, but I'll take the added weight for over a weeks' worth of play.

I found it to be a good concept, but found it not so neat in practice. Perhaps if/when the market becomes more toward wireless gaming mice it will catch up, but even then the price will have to come down a bit to get me to bite. With that said, it's time to charge again.

 

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