Logitech’s range of gaming devices is far more subtle than many of their competitors. The look and feel of their mouse range remains inline with the expectations of 1990s devices, and yet the technology within is thoroughly modern. This have never been more obvious than with the Logitech G500s, a mid-range devices that manages to redefine just what standardised input can become.
Despite its familiar appearance the Logitech G500s hides a wealth of innovation. Three side mounted buttons rest alongside the dual button speed adjustment – allowing for three settings rather than the usual two – and a visual indicator of which setting is currently selected. A hefty central button controls the mechanical function of the mouse wheel, hiding the option to switch between smooth scrolling and click functions: this in itself is an innovation that Electronic Theatre didn’t know we wanted, but no that it’s here we wouldn’t want to use a mouse without it.
The weight of the Logitech G100s is its biggest asset, and while the Logitech G500s simply can’t compete with its low-end due to the increased mechanical functions, it does provide an option to adjust its weight distribution to your own preference. A cartridge hidden on the underside of the device can be removed, and within you can place several of the small weights included with the Logitech G500s package. This allows the player to significantly impact the weight of the mouse on any one side – or as a whole – and customise the force needed to be enacted upon it.
Sadly, the Logitech G500s is letdown significantly by the feet used on the base. The additional weight of the device results in a far more abrupt impact with the surface upon which it’s being used, meaning that it performs far better on hard mouse mats than soft. Furthermore, it’s typically difficult to use the Logitech G500s on any other surface, significantly restricting its versatility. Unlike the Logitech G100s, the Logitech G500s is designed specifically for gaming and would likely be little more than average at any other every day activity.
Purchasing a mid-range mouse specifically for gaming is becoming a regular investment for many, and if you plan on becoming part of this audience the Logitech G500s is more than likely to meet all of your needs. The slight obstruction to general use is easily overcome when faced with the balancing and input features of the device, and the braided cable (including shock absorber) makes the Logitech G500s responsive to any potential impacts. If the Logitech G100s is an average entry level device then the Logitech G500s is a convincing argument for upgrading to a superior calibre of gaming mouse.