Review: Logitech G700s mouse

Review: Logitech G700s mouse

Logitech’s new high-end keyboard has a wireless, rechargeable mouse to match – but it’s bit of a poor design

There is a lot to like about Logitech’s latest mousing effort. The
G700s is comfortable (though very focused on right-handed gamers),
attractive, and a pleasure to game with once you get used to the sensor
placement. There are some very attractive extras, too, and wireless
gaming really is hard to go away from once you get used to it.

However, there’s a bit of a problem up-front which is not only awkward
in execution, but just seems like an oversight in design.

The G700s features two cables and a separate tiny wireless dongle. It’s
the kind of device you see with dedicated portable mice, the kind meant
to go with sleek notebooks. In a perfect world, it plugs into the
closest USB port on your PC, and there’s no hassle. However, if your PC
is under your desk, you need to plug it into the non-charging cable
supplied with the mouse. Then, when you run out of charge, you plug in
the second charging cable, and game away. It’s a lot of cables for a
single product, and we have to wonder why Logitech didn’t go for a more
adaptable base-station solution, like Razer’s Ouroborous, where you
simply unplug the wireless station and plug that single cable into your
mouse.

Even better would be Microsoft’s old Sidewinder magnetic solution, but those days seem long gone now, sadly.

Thankfully the rechargeable AA battery in the G700s holds charge far
longer than most competitor mice, and features like a hydrophobic
coating on the upper surface make it a pleasure to use for even the most
clammy-handed of folks. The location of the sensor, which is just
forward of the centre of balance, takes a bit of getting used to, but
the button placement, and sense of precision from the two main buttons
mean you’ll be barely thinking of your mouse while gaming – you’ll be
too busy forgetting it’s there and just getting on with it. The
scroll-wheel is lovely, too, and can be set to free-spin or have a more
clicky scrolling action, depending on preference. The button to switch
between modes is on the top, too, so it’s easy to change it to suit what
you’re doing.

However, for all this ease and precision, the cable/charging situation
is still quite awkward. It’s a shame to have such a great mouse held
back by such an odd choice, but given the price premium of $150, we
really would expect this mouse to be perfect on
all counts.

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