Logitech G500 Mouse Review

Well it’s time for the latest peripheral review, the Logitech G500 mouse with it’s ergonomic shape and extra macro buttons i’m sure it’s what you’ve been looking for in a gaming mouse. A few of the other interesting features it boasts is an on the fly DPI switcher, an infinite scroll toggleable mouse wheel and removable weights to help you get the perfect balance and control in your mouse.

Logitech G500 Mouse
Fig1. – The mouse in it’s original box.
Logitech G500 Mouse
Fig2. – Some details on the mouse from the box.

I originally bought this mouse for my laptop when I purchased it but after using it for some time I realized that it’s amazingly better then my current Logitech mouse which I use for gaming and in particular first person shooters. The fact that it’s got DPI switching while playing a game is useful enough, this lets you swap between ‘fast slightly less precise moves’ and ‘slower precise moves’ which is useful when playing FPS’s occasionally when you’re sniping and switch between different guns often. There’s a DPI sensitivity meter on the mouse which I thought was a great addition to be able to see which sensitivity you’re currently on without exiting the game or pressing it till nothing changes. The meter includes three red LED lights and a ‘person sprinting’ icon also glowing red which shows you it’s the DPI sensitivity which you can’t turn off.


Logitech G500 Mouse
Fig3. – A shot of the side of the mouse.
Logitech G500 Mouse
Fig4. – The bottom of the mouse.

Another must-have feature I found is the toggle mouse wheel which swaps the wheel of the mouse between click mode, which is a typical integer scrolling method and freespin mode which pretty much just lets the wheel spin infinitely or until it runs out of energy. This is incredibly useful when scrolling down long webpages and bookmarks which would otherwise take multiple integer scrolls of the other mode. It can also be used for rapidly firing a gun in a first person shooter if you bind ‘fire’ to the wheel, this is typically overpowered and frowned upon but hey, you have the possibility if you want to do it.

One of the less important features is the weight cartridge which is stored in the back end of the mouse and gives you the choice of putting various weights (either 1.7g or 4.5g) in different positions for the perfect balance. There are 6 slots for the weights and you get a nice selection with the mouse, although I felt they barely made any difference to the control of the mouse, even though I like a slightly heavier one then usual.


Logitech G500 Mouse
Fig5. – Weights that are included with the mouse.
Logitech G500 Mouse
Fig6. – The weights on the dock being inserted into the mouse.

Apart from the typical buttons you would find on a mouse this one has 5 more then usual. Two of them are the DPI switching buttons which are located at the top left of the mouse which are easily accessible while playing games without having to move your hand into a new location. The other 3 buttons are right above the thumb indent and they include a forward, backward and stop button which can be used to control webpages by default or can also be remapped to do pretty much any task you’d like. They are also fairly easy to reach except the forward button which I have to move my hand forwards a little to reach, not that I use those buttons though.

The mouse has a nice grey speckled ‘spraypaint’ look on the top surface which fades into a darker grey, and the rest of the mouse is a grippy matte dark grey. This dark grey section of the mouse is actually very grippy and textured making it much harder to ‘drop’ the mouse during fast movements in games, it’s also only on the left and right sides of the mouse which is basically the only parts of the mouse I hold and use to control it during games, my other fingers only hit a button when I need to and don’t contribute to the movement of the mouse. This is a great and useful feature for me as sometimes my desktop mouse slips out of my hands during sniping causing me to miss a shot.


Logitech G500 Mouse
Fig7. – A top angle shot of the mouse.

The cable is fairly long and due to using it on my laptop i’ve had to tie up most of the length until I have about 30cm’s remaining which seems to be a good length, although I can’t condemn them for having a long cable as it’s non user replaceable and a lot of people would use it for desktops too.

That’s about it if you like the review or think i’ve missed something leave a comment below!


Conclusion

Logitech G500 Scores

Price/Value
It’s a great price at $35 AUD, no complaints here.
Price: 80%
Durability/Quality
The quality is very nice, which I expect from logitech and doesn’t feel like it will break anytime soon.
Durability: 70%
Size/Weight
The mouse is a nice size and has an adjustable weight system which is brilliant.
Size/Weight: 85%
Features
The mouse felt like it had enough features without being too over the top and most buttons were easily reachable.
Features: 65%
Aesthetics
I felt Logitech could have made the mouse look a little more appealing and ‘cooler’ being targeted at gamers.
Aesthetics: 55%
Usefulness/Innovation
There’s not too much innovation in this mouse, although the weight system is interesting and might be useful to some people. The free-spin wheel is amazing though.
Usefulness: 70%

Total

A nice and cheap mouse if you’re looking for something to replace you’re current one or want one with a few more features.

Total: 70.8%

Legend

0% – 25% = Terrible Item, The item will break shortly after purchase and will leave you with a paperweight only left for discarding.
26% – 50% = Meh Item, A very poor item that you would use and forget about after a few months of use, or may break quickly and degrade over that time.
51% – 75% = Good Item, This item would satisfy your needs for a long time but isn’t the best quality around and may need replacing or become outdated after a year or so.
76% – 90% = Fantastic Item, An item that you need but may either cost lots or wear out over time and may eventually need replacing after 2 or so years.
91% – 100% = Amazing Item, An extremely durable item that will suit all your needs for the device and more, as well as lasting many many years.

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