|Logitech G700 Wireless Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Tom Jaskulka|
|Wednesday, 14 November 2012|
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Logitech G700 Detailed Features
The extra G buttons tip you off to the special nature of this device, and all are easy to reach (with the exception of G11 – the button at the highest point in the arc of the mouse, which I wouldn’t expect to be used much anyway). I’ve used a G300 as well, and I have learned to appreciate the manner in which Logitech has sculpted each G button to feel unique to your fingers. It is really easy to tell which button you are pushing without looking because of their shapes, which is a wonderful design choice. I have not seen this tactic used on any other brand as of yet, at least not to the extent that Logitech does. It’s something you’ll probably have to try for yourself, but it really does make it simple to put a cluster of buttons in close proximity and still have them be usable.
The primary mouse buttons seem to be weighted for positive, tactile goodness – I very much dislike squishy buttons, so these are one of my all-time requirements for passing the mouse “feel” test. I still prefer the tactile feedback and button feel of the Razer Lachesis over any other mouse, but this one is close. The G buttons are not quite as clicky, the ones on the side are almost silent – the “feel” is okay if somewhat mushy, and they lack that satisfying mechanical click. Again, this is pretty subjective. I’m a sucker for tactile feedback; others may really enjoy the quiet and softer feel of these buttons.
The scroll wheel is tilt-able, giving you two extra buttons if you should so desire - or just let you scroll horizontally. While this is a great feature for productivity, it lead to one of my biggest complaints with the G700 – the scroll wheel is nicely weighted, but because of this any side-to-side movement (which means most of them) results in the scroll wheel shifting ever so slightly - which you can feel EVERY TIME. It even results in a muted (but still very audible) mouse click sound. To me, it feels like it cheapens the whole mouse. I know it’s a little thing, but when you’re paying $99.99 USD retail for a mouse, the experience should reflect that investment (understandably, different people have different ideas on how $100-worth of mouse should feel).
My other gripe with the G700 is the body shape. It’s pleasing to look at, if a bit normal – which isn’t a bad thing at all. However, when you place your hands on it, it does not instantly link to that place in your brain where there’s a tiny gaming gnome rubbing his hands together saying “Good….gooood!” in an excited whisper. (Who just found out they have brain gnomes??) Some mice just feel “right,” others you need to grow into, and still others never quite match your hand or style. For me, this mouse falls under the last category – it never felt “right.” The grip where you rest your thumb seems too narrow, especially if you have to pick up the mouse – this may work if the sides were “grippier” or the mouse was lighter, but it isn’t! It just results in my thumb having to angle out and point straight into the side of the mouse to be comfortable, or tuck weirdly almost under the same plane as my index finger to fit along the mouse.
Yeah, I get it, I’m probably the only one that cares about these things… It didn’t fit me, but there seem to be many who are quite satisfied with the shape and ergonomics of this mouse, so don’t let my nitpicking deter you. It’s a different experience for everyone, so the best you can do is just give it a try.
The SetPoint software is sufficient, but could use a lot more work to appear friendly - they could do a lot to improve the usability and interface design to reflect a premium product. It could be slightly intimidating at first glance, but not too bad once you become more familiar with changing the settings.
Every "gaming" option seems to be there, but WHY doesn't the G700 use the same software / driver (Logitech Gaming Software) as all of their other G-Series mice?? Even my HEADPHONES use the same interface. C'mon. Yes, a little bit of reading can alert you to this fact, but it's still an unpleasant surprise. I have grown to really appreciate the LGS package, and to not include their flagship wireless "gaming" mouse seems like a really glaring omission. Refer to my above comment on usability and interface design - if they used the Logitech Gaming Software for the G700, I'd have nothing to say here but positive things. That being said, the software package does do what it needs to without any fuss. Many games will have trouble assigning functions in-game to any mouse button past #5, but here you can assign individual keys to whatever button you'd like. It is a powerful piece of software - I can't fault Logitech for the pure functionality here, it'd just be nice if they dressed it up a bit.
A comment on the above - while I DO admire what they've done with the Logitech Gaming Software, it seems my comment is inaccurate - the G9x and G500 don't seem to use LGS either, the driver page on www.logitech.com has you download SetPoint for these models (all of which have the Hyper-Response scroll wheel...). Hopefully they'll include all of their G-series mice eventually.