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Logitech G700 wireless gaming mouse review: powerful, wireless bliss

Logitech G700 Wireless Gaming Mouse
Logitech G700 Wireless Gaming Mouse
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Logitech G700 Wireless Gaming Mouse

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The G700 is Logitech's best gaming mouse yet, combining a robust feature set, thoughtful design, wireless operation, and portability into an outstanding all-around package. It’s not an inexpensive mouse, but it’s hands-down one of the best gaming mice we’ve ever had the pleasure to use.

Logitech's previous flagship gaming mouse, the G9X Laser, was and still is one of our favorite gaming mice and general all-around computer desktop mice. The G700 combines the best traits of the G9x Laser and improves upon them, adds wireless connectivity, more programmable buttons, and improved portability and design.

The G700 kindly provided by Logitech was taken for a spin through a variety of games, including League of Legends, Left 4 Dead 2, and Civilization V, in addition to use for typical computer tasks, applications, and Web surfing

Ergonomics
The Logitech G700 is a right-handed mouse (sorry lefties) with a textured plastic shell. Although it doesn’t feel as ‘silky’ and comfortable to the touch as the smooth, rubberized coating popular on many gaming mice, it’s still reasonably comfortable and provides a secure, slip-free grip. It doesn't feel as nice, but after a while you probably wouldn't notice or care.

The G700 also has 8 uniquely sculpted, fully programmable buttons shaped to ergonomically fit your fingertips. This (theoretically) makes them easier to press and differentiate by touch, although this is somewhat dependent upon your preferred mouse grip. Using a ‘fingertip grip’ (where your hand is a little more behind the mouse and moved with the fingers makes the buttons a little harder to reach than a ‘full palm grip’ where your palm rests on top of the mouse.

Regardless of grip style, however, the scultped buttons work well. Each one makes a nice tactile 'click' when it’s pressed, and identifying them by touch definitely proved easier than the streamlined buttons found on most gaming mice.

One potential weak spot in the G700's ergonomics is its height. The G700 is a little bulkier, taller and more rounded than some well-loved gaming mice such as the Steelseries Ikari Laser and Razer Naga. The added height (though subtle) can increase the bend at the wrist. It makes the G700 slightly less comfortable than the Ikari and the Naga. This will be further influenced by your own grip style; I didn't notice any pain or discomfort after extended use.

Features: The mouse that has it all
Typical of Logitech's gaming products, the G700 is loaded with features. And it's as equally adept at fragging friends in Team Fortress 2 as it is web surfing, working, or even going on the road.

All of the G700’s 13 buttons (8+left and right mouse buttons, and the scroll wheel, which can be pressed down, left, and right as well) are fully programmable. They can be assigned to various functions, keystrokes, or complex macros. The macro recorder also allows for a mix of mouse actions, keystrokes, delays, and just about anything else. This is a mouse that could potentially make you someone's worst nightmare in Starcraft 2 or your favorite MMORPG.

Like Logitech’s G9x Laser, the G700 also has a dual-mode scroll wheel that can be switched between a gaming-friendly click-by-click mode (for weapon switching in games and the like), and a free-scroll mode (like a trackball) that is awesome for web surfing or just scrolling through long documents. The click-by-click mode could be a tad firmer, but it's a small criticism easily outweighed by the benefit provided by the surf-friendly free-scroll mode.

Best of all, the G700's dedicated button for switching the scroll-wheel mode is conveniently located on top of the mouse, below the scroll wheel but not prominent enough to be accidentally switched mid-game. (The G9x Laser's scroll-mode switch button is on its underside, so you have to flip the mouse over to change it.)

The G700 also sports up to 5 different levels of DPI settings, which can be customized between 100 to 5700DPI in 100DPI increments. It goes the extra distance by providing 5 polling rates (125Hz, 200Hz, 250Hz, 333Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz). By way of comparison, most gaming generally offer 125Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz.

There are also plenty of adjustments and tweaks available in the G700's control panel for adjusting sensitivity and performance characteristics, such as pointer acceleration, pointer speed, and vertical/horizontal scrolling speed. All performance characteristics and macros can be stored in profiles on the G700's onboard memory, so you can still use its features even without its software installed.

A small LED on the left-side of the mouse indicates the DPI level, and also flashes when your battery is low. You can turn the mouse off to save power via a switch on the bottom of the mouse.

PART 2: More features, what's missing, and final judgment

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