|Logitech G700 Wireless Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Tom Jaskulka|
|Wednesday, 14 November 2012|
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Testing & Results
So what is it like to use it? I brought it to work, where I could test out the all-day ergonomics and the productivity enhancing features like the micro-gear scroll wheel. I discovered the shape annoyed me less during productivity tasks (where I usually switch often from all keyboard to mouse and back – spending less time with my hand on the mouse), and in general the other productivity features such as the horizontal scrolling and lots of programmable buttons more than made up for the intermittent lack of comfort. Again, it’s tough to benchmark comfort, as everyone has a different experience. If you like the Logitech “grip” like the G500, G5, G400, etc., you’ll probably like this mouse as well. However, at the end of the day, switching back to my Razer Mamba felt…better. The rubberized texture Razer uses just felt smooth and comfortable, while being grippy at the same time. Little things, like the mouse pointer going exactly where I’m expecting it to with the Mamba, compared to the tiny adjustments I’d find myself making with the G700 (acceleration was turned off for both mice and in the OS). I know it isn’t very scientific and could be entirely a result of familiarity, but I just felt like I was constantly fighting to find reasons to choose the G700 over the Mamba at work (even after a full week of constant use). The scroll wheel is wonderful for productivity, but I have a wireless Logitech notebook mouse that will do the same thing for me (and cost about a third as much as the G700).
Well, it doesn’t say “G700 Wireless *Productivity* Mouse” on the package, so I figured it was time to fire up some Torchlight 2 and really test the mouse buttons on this thing. I was torn on my opinions with the G700 when it came to work, so maybe some play would change my mind.
After playing through to Act II, I can’t say my mind was changed. The buttons responded appropriately, the sensor tracked all of the movements accurately, the extra buttons did come in handy for assigning skills or other hotkeys… but the experience wasn’t game changing. Other than the ability to map extra abilities to the G buttons, I didn’t feel like my game experience was improved drastically over any other mouse. The wireless ability is nice, but the first act seemed to drain close to a third of the battery life (polling at 500 Hz). I don’t often use a mouse long enough in one sitting to require a recharge, so this isn’t that big of a deal, but something to think about if you really want the convenience of wireless and hate changing batteries or plugging in a cable – which to the G700’s credit, is a pretty seamless operation.