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Written by Tom Jaskulka   
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Logitech G700 Wireless Gaming Mouse
Closer Look: Logitech G700
Logitech G700 Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Logitech G700 Conclusion

Logitech G700 Detailed Features

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



 

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# RE: Logitech G700 Wireless Gaming MouseArgos 2012-12-18 23:44
I have had one for a long time now.
I do not use it as a wireless mouse. As a gamer I hate wireless input peripherals. I love the fact that this mouse can be both: wireless or cabled.

I love the build quality of Logitech mice. After having used two other famous but flimsy gaming brands that broke down on me repeatedly it was a relief to come back to a brand that builds mice that last.
I perceive this as a very comfortable and versatile mouse. The software though is indeed somewhat of a disappointment.
The buttons on the side are extremely well designed. Although they are placed close together you will never accidentally push the wrong one.

The only thing that sometimes happens to me during intense gaming is that I accidentally push the button close to the mouse wheel that switches between click-scrolling and smooth scrolling.

This strong workhorse of a mouse and its multi-button versatility has really grown on me. Until today I have not seen a single gaming mouse I would switch for it (and I easily switch between peripherals and have a large collection of mice to show for it), certainly not for one of those oh so popular but badly constructed and easily breakable gaming brands.
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# RE: Logitech G700 Wireless Gaming MouseSkidmarks 2012-12-19 05:41
Logitech was always my "go to" brand for mice because they were far superior to other brands in all regards. Nowadays with a million different choices out there & some very respectable mice the picture is not so clear anymore. Although they still seem like a decent alternative choice I'm yet to find any mouse that comes close to Roccat mice especially their new Pure mouse but as always it's a personal thing. I won't be switching brands in a hurry.
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# RE: Logitech G700 Wireless Gaming Mousekzinti1 2012-12-19 07:53
I completely agree your conclusion of this mouse. A mouse is something that has to be held in your own hand to judge whether you like it or not. In a mouse review, only the basics can be mentioned because everybody's personal ergonomics are as disparate as their fingerprints.
My personal favorite was a Microsoft SideWinder X8. I found a MadCatz R.A.T. 7 "Contagion" on sale during Black Friday and finally realized how much dragging my pinkie across the mousepad was hurting my game. The software sucks, there isn't a single game on the long preset list that I ever have, or ever will play, but I can't see myself going back to the SideWinder. The simple pinkie rest is something that can be described, but it must actually be experienced in action to really understand its implications and its effect on your gaming.
I've always liked Logitech mice but they have always lacked something even if I didn't know exactly what it was.
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# So, wait.Stamps 2012-12-23 06:31
Your review of this mouse is based on what? "I didn't use it at all, so it's bad?"

0/10.
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# CAN YOU READ???ron 2013-02-05 11:22
@Stamps: There is a point in life that you need to make an effort not to be so sad and angry with life. He did receive the mouse and test it thoroughly. The review is excellent and leaves no point(excuse the pun) uncovered.

Read again before you rate, then say sorry and give him the rating he deserves for a job well done.

@Tom: I personally am a huge Logitech supporter. Their ViP store lets you buy all their products at a decent discount. I recently bought a G600 to (give a try) over my G9x which has served me well. I have found it to feel strange in my hand, it may be theat I am 2m tall and have LONGGGGG fingers but the G600 doesnt feel right to me. Very dissappointed. I am now considering the G700. Would you think that it would feel better in a bigger hand?? Does it have a similar feel to the Logitech MX518 which I love.
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# RE: CAN YOU READ???Tom Jaskulka 2013-02-05 11:23
Thanks for the feedback ron - it's always great to have a sensible discussion regarding my favorite computer peripheral :) If you like the MX518, I think you'd like the G700 grip style equally well. I found myself wishing the body was a little wider in the "thumb-rest" region, but considering you felt the G600 was strange (which I haven't used personally, but it *looks* wider) I think the G700 would probably be a good fit. It's a great mouse - just didn't fit me :) I should update this review as well - the new Logitech Gaming Software driver now includes the G9x and G700, which was about my only other complaint... Thanks for the heads-up on the VIP store, I'll have to look into that further!
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# RE: Logitech G700 Wireless Gaming MouseTom J 2012-12-23 12:21
Appreciate the feedback everyone - it's nice to know that some of you search far and wide for "that perfect mouse" as well (and have the collection to prove it). Mice are so terribly subjective, and I fear my search is far from over. Hopefully the conclusion sums it up well for everyone - I think there's a reason Logitech has such a good reputation with peripherals, and at the same time I think there's a reason this mouse is rarely at full MSRP. I went back and forth with a coworker during an impromptu and "highly scientific" survey - opinions were pretty evenly split between the feel of a Mamba and the G700. It just goes to show one mouse doesn't fit everyone, and the best thing you can do is try one out for yourself. I'd invite my fellow mouse aficionados to provide whatever input they would have in the forums, I'd be interested to hear opinions on models I haven't tried. I'm convinced the perfect mouse is out there somewhere... :)
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