Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse Review

Total Rating:(4.8 / 5.0)

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Recommendation: The G500 is currently the gold standard of mice. It is superior to the comfort, durability, and functionality of mice that sell for twice as much.

Standard Retail: $69.99
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What we liked:

  • Comfortable design
  • New grip material avoids slipping
  • Improved 5700 DPI laser tracking
  • Fair price (more than fair when on sale)
  • Great durability, long warranty
  • On-the-fly DPI switching
  • Highly customizable
  • Weight cartridge
  • Excellent placement on 10 programmable buttons

What we disliked:

  • Braided cord wears on hard corners (easily fixable)

 

There’s a lot to love about the G500, which replaced the old Logitech G5.  Based on the reviews of people who have actually purchased the mouse, this is one of the highest-rated products we’ve seen.

Compared to the old G5, a few things have changed.  Most importantly, the old 2000 DPI engine got a major overhaul, and now tracks an amazing 5700 max DPI, meaning it can move as fast as your control allows.  Second, the grip was altered slightly to allow the thumb to rest more comfortably on the left side of the mouse.  Third, more buttons were added and repositioned, making them both convenient and very difficult to mis-click.

There are also some new features, like the 2-mode scroll wheel, which allows you to scroll in either standard mode or “free” mode.  Free mode is my personal favorite.  You can move a small amount to go up a few lines, or you can give it a flick and watch it spin for several pages.  I’ve pretty much stopped clicking scroll bars like the one on the right of this page.

Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse from the side
Perhaps the most controversial change was to the material.  Older Logitech mice have a smooth kind of feel to the grip.  The problem was that this made peoples’ hands sweat, causing the mouse to get slippery and gross feeling.  The new material is like a rubbery sandpaper.  It’s quite comfortable, not abrasive in any way,causes less perspiration, and gives a better grip.  I guess some people have a “thing” about textures that are not smooth.

By default the mouse is turned down to a low sensitivity setting, but you can customize up to five DPI in SetPoint.  This is 100% customizable, so please realize that anyone who says it “moves the cursor too fast/slow” has no idea what they’re doing.  In addition to changing speed settings, the software allows you to record and edit macros, then program them to a set button if you desire.

As always, you can also adjust polling rates and the weight of the mouse with the weight cartridge.  After reviewing every top-grade mouse on the market, the G500 is the one I’d suggest to my friends.  It also earned the highest marks from all reviewers combined (on our  mouse comparison chart).  Click on to check the price or get the G500.