Although its overall build quality and ergonomics are decent, the Logitech G500 is a little overpriced at $100. You could easily get newer and better mice for less than that.
Over the years, Logitech has released a number of programmable mice in the market. Personally, I have set high expectations for Logitech products knowing that reputation is something that the brand has built upon over the years. Does the G500 meet my standards? Well, let’s find out.
The build quality of this mouse is impressive. Of course, this is nothing out of the ordinary considering Logitech’s proven track record. However, I was a little disappointed with the material used for the sides of the mouse. I personally did not fancy the rough surface on the sides. More on comfort below.
Overall, there is nothing out of the ordinary with the level of precision and speed offered by the G500. The G500 boasts a gaming grade laser sensor of only 200 – 5700 DPI which is fairly average in the market. That being said, I was pretty impressed with its response, tracking and accuracy when used on any flat surface thanks to the sensor’s 1,000MHz polling rate. You will not feel the difference if you are playing games other than FPS which does not require so much of the fast response and accuracy. There are two buttons on the left side of the mouse that allow for on-the-fly change of DPI. I found this to be pretty useful in-game especially in fast-paced FPS games such as Call of Duty.
The G500 has 10 strategically placed programmable buttons on the mouse (which includes the left, right and scroll wheel buttons), only 3 buttons less from the $99 Logitech G700. I had no problems reaching all the buttons with ease and quickness with my considerably large hand though I feel that those with a smaller hand might not experience the same convenience. The buttons can only be customized via Logitech’s SetPoint software which is fairly easy to use.
Under the scroll wheel is a button which allows you to engage and disengage the ratchet for the scroll wheel with a simple click of the button. Once the ratchet is disengaged, you will be able to scroll fast and freely which can be useful not so much for gaming, but more for those who has to endure reading long documents on the computer and or reading from the net.
Logitech advertises that the G500 comes with onboard memory which lets you take your profile settings with you. However, Logitech fails to mention that its 8kb onboard memory only allows one universal profile to be saved at any one time onto the mouse. This feature will not benefit those who intend to play multiple genres of games outside their homes. Further, any change of profile must also be done through SetPoint which can be a hassle if you are not on your personal computer.
The G500 also comes with a customizable weight kit which allows one to add to the weight of the mouse to up to 27 grams manually. Of course, weight customization is an individual preference. Personally and unlike most others, I prefer a slightly heavier mouse for my FPS gaming as it gives me slightly better accuracy for sniping purposes.
There is minimal illumination on the mouse (only for DPI settings and on the buttons to the left of the mouse) which can be disappointing to many.
The G500 is ergonomically designed but as mentioned earlier, not everyone will find this mouse comfortable to hold. This is largely due to the rough texture at the sides of the mouse which rubs against my skin every time I move the position of my thumb. For this sole reason, I would not advise using the G500 for long hours of gaming. The mouse is clearly meant for those with larger hands as the surface is rather wide. The G500 is non-ambidextrous and we would suggest that any left-handers stay clear of it.
At the price of $100, I find it hard to recommend the G500. Even with all the features the G500 has to offer, it flaws in several major departments. A good example would be its the onboard memory. As an avid gamer, I tend to bring my mouse along with me out of the house. As I play a wide variety of games ranging from Black Ops 2 to Guild Wars 2, I need the multiple profiles which many mice, including the SteelSeries Sensei or Logitech’s very own G700, has to offer.
In terms of its appearances, the G500 fails to give me an impression that it is something worth the fairly high price of $100. I base my judgment on the lack of illumination and cheap black and white glossy design on the surface of the mouse.
The G500 performs generally well though the same can be said for most of Logitech’s gaming mice. Logitech, through the G500, has proven itself in its ability to maintain the high performance standards and build quality expected from its gaming mouse range and should be given credit for that. But why pay more when a cheaper G400s at $59.99 could give the same experience, if not better? Further, the G400s, like many other Logitech mice, does not suffer from the same sandpapery surface that is present in the G500.
- Good build quality.
- Decent ergonomics.
- 7 additional buttons which are programmable.
- Sufficiently high DPI to suit most gamers.
- Great Amazon ratings at 4.3/5.
- Rough surface at the sides.
- Only one onboard memory at any one time.
- Rather pricey at $100.
- Minimal illumination.