Logitech release new gaming mouse: the Logitech G500

When Logitech released the G9 mouse, a big fuss kicked up in regards to the design and appearance of the mouse, with a lot of people disliking the square, hard shape of it. Now, Logitech have introduced their latest mouse, which aims to get loyal customers that stuck with their much loved Logitech G5s when the Logitech G9 was released, to consider an upgrade.

The Logitech Gaming Mouse G500 is, in Logitech's words, "the successor to the classic Logitech G5 Laser Mouse," and has a new look, higher maximum dpi (dots per inch), as well as onboard memory. As is the norm with Logitech gaming mice, the dpi can be bumped up and down on the fly, but unlike the G5, the G500 can go all the way up to 5700 dpi.

There's the usual weight cartridge which slides into the bottom of the mouse, allowing for the mouse to be fine tuned depending on how heavy the user likes their mouse to be. Interestingly, the new appearance looks very much like a cross between the G5 and the G9, and that applies to the features too: the scroll wheel looks very similar to the G9 one, except that the scroll wheel on the Logitech G500 has a button just below it that allows the scroll wheel to switch from click-to-click scrolling to free scrolling, something the G5 didn't offer.

Ruben Mookerjee, director of product marketing for gaming at Logitech, said "as more and more people make gaming with family and friends the new night out, Logitech continues to push the envelope with the Logitech G-series."

"If you're getting serious about gaming – or have already seen the light – then the best way to dive ever deeper into the game is by putting the G500 mouse in your good hand."

However, whether or not the new look and features on the mouse will be enough to persuade gamers to upgrade remains to be seen.

You can check out the full range of features, and some more pictures, at the product page.

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5700dpi is a marketing hype and gives no improvement whatsoever to 99.9% of gamers. In most DirectX 3D games image/crosshair will jump in one pixel steps and it doesn't matter what mouse dpi you have (I guess this limitation is set because of "optimized" rendering) . 2000dpi mouse will have exactly same effect as this one. One benefit would be that it will give you wider range of sensitivity. Thats it. I have G5 and it feels like cheap sandpaper in your hand. Benefits of "weight cartridge" is only in your head because lighter and smaller mouse with good rubber grip which can be controlled with tips of your fingers (most precise part) will have much more advantages for FPS gamer.

call me crazy, but when i look at the button below the wheel, it somehow made me think that its a slider which moves along the slit between the 2 mouse buttons...

HP Voodoo DNA ( ya, who would have thought )

I think this mouse is the best I've had out of any so far, especially when comparing price. Got it for 20 bucks :P

I find all those buttons and lights distracting. In the heat of battle, fast moves and a steady shot is the key to pwnage.

And you only need one button for that.

protocol7 said,
I find all those buttons and lights distracting. In the heat of battle, fast moves and a steady shot is the key to pwnage.

And you only need one button for that.

hehehhe

I own the MX Revolution, G5, and Microsoft Habu (which is ergonomically is very similar to the mamba)

Out of all these mice i prefer the Habu, because it is the most comfortable in my hand and the razer mouse buttons are just fantastic. That being said, I notice very little tracking/accuracy difference between that and the g5 and use the g5 as my portable mouse i carry with my laptop as it is smaller and lighter. There is nothing inherently wrong with my g5 either, I'm quite happy with it. My Habu failed a little over a year after I Purchased it (usb cable ruptured internally) Microsoft was expedient and sent me a replacement immidiatley no questions asked. I was impressed as I have had more questionable times with Logitech support.

The MX revolution though.. The charging mechanism is cumbersome. If you're running low on batt, you need to prop it up on a dock, the mouse is unusable at that time. The Mamba interests me because of its usb charging mechanism which means you just have to deal with a wire while its charging the batt, you dont lose functionality. Apologists might blame me for not charging every night or some other type of extra responsibility I should have done but the bottom line is if I have to do anything more than I used to with a corded it has failed.

In addition the default mouse settings without the drivers are unnacceptable so you MUST install and run the logitech software at startup and sometimes if i plug and unplug the receiver from my laptop, it will forget to apply the changes till i run the configuration software

Now that being said, I love the dynamic scroll wheel. I miss it whenever I'm using another mouse. I also love the zoom slider. It is insanely useful and the software is powerful enough to keymap it for specific applications. This is majorly useful in games that use alot of keyboard buttons. Also, I mapped out the side scroller to browse through tabs in Firefox.exe. Its insanely useful. I miss it alot when I'm on my other mice.

So caveat emptor. These are my experiences with the 3 mice. Happy Mouse hunting!

I loved the MX rev, until I started to have problems with it. Random double clicking that wouldn't stop and lag issues eventually led to me RMA'ing it, but by that time, I had purchased an MX518, which is corded, and extremely precise.

The only thing I miss about the MX rev is the "free" scrolling. Can anyone clarify if the G500 has the super fast nearly infinite scroll like the MX rev does? The scroll on the 518 is okay, but nowhere near the fluidity of the Revolution. I miss is oh so omuch.

I must say I love the old aluminum look to this one over the ugly blue color that the G5 is. Still love my Razor mouse more, and it honestly doesn't make sense for a G5 user to upgrade to this.

Hopefully someone here will review this thing when it's released (chconline?) I have the MX Revolution and it's a total POS. Definitely need a new keyboard and mouse.

Orien said,
Still rockin' my MX518.
Just saw that in BB the other day, but my MX510 Red is working perfectly fine. When it dies, I'll replace it.

I still love my G5. I've never had a mouse last this long. looking at it I'm amazed that it looks brand new still and I use this thing like a sanding block. Its still fresh and crispy, tight and clicky. I find myself wanting a change tho and the only reason I haven't is because this sucker just wont die. Maybe I need 2 meese... yeah, I think I need 2.

IsLNdbOi said,
I miss my old Logitech MX1000...

Have my baby still here....Man this mouse is great and lasting a long time.

The only problem is the charger's connectors. They have gotten dirty and it takes 2-3 seconds to correctly put it in place and stay charging but other than that, the MX1000 still kicks ass.

powerade01 said,
Have my baby still here....Man this mouse is great and lasting a long time.

The only problem is the charger's connectors. They have gotten dirty and it takes 2-3 seconds to correctly put it in place and stay charging but other than that, the MX1000 still kicks ass.


I have the same problem with my MX1000. I have accidently hit the mouse off the table so many times but it still works.

Yep. Got it new last year when my MS wheel mouse's left button broke off.

Only gripe with the MX518 is how fast the mice buttons get dirty.

IamZed said,
MX Revolution FTW. I've got one for work and two for home. The best mouse ever.

Agreed, nearlly all my mates use MX now and changed from Razers etc

I will say that having it next to the scroll wheel is more convenient than having to press a button on the bottom of the mouse.

SK[ said,]I had the MX but went to the G5. I was sick of having to charge it up. Love the current G5.

The VX mouse (MX's brother) has 1 single AA battery, and that lasts at least a month with 8 hour per day use, I tried the G5 and didn't like it, cable ... arggh!

Rail Grinder said,
Why is there a battery guage on the new mouse if it's wired?

It's a speed setting. Fast, Normal or Slow. Same as changing it in Control Panel tbh.

Sounds like the MX Revolution is a good mouse. I'm looking for a new work mouse, is it any good for that, or are there better mice for working (non-gaming)?

Sazz181 said,
Sounds like the MX Revolution is a good mouse. I'm looking for a new work mouse, is it any good for that, or are there better mice for working (non-gaming)?

I like the MX 1100 more. I have both the MX Revolution and 1100 and they have pretty much an identical feature set set however I like the shape of the MX 1100 more.

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/mice_poi...s/4676&cl=us,en

And it's cheaper. The only downside with it is that it requires batteries, it's not rechargeable.

Seriously Logitech need to work more on their gaming mouses/mice(?), when it becomes to function the MX revolution beats them all, and still there is no wireless gaming mouses... sigh, don't give me the crap about them jamming the signal for each other that's old and would never happen to new things like the MX Revolution, its even encrypted as far as I know...

Leonick said,
Seriously Logitech need to work more on their gaming mouses/mice(?), when it becomes to function the MX revolution beats them all, and still there is no wireless gaming mouses... sigh, don't give me the crap about them jamming the signal for each other that's old and would never happen to new things like the MX Revolution, its even encrypted as far as I know...

Mamba... ?

Isn't this one made for gaming?

If you are not a pro gamer, then MX is just so much better in pretty much all areas: ergonomics, battery life, functionality, productivity, etc.

FoxieFoxie said,
Isn't this one made for gaming?

If you are not a pro gamer, then MX is just so much better in pretty much all areas: ergonomics, battery life, functionality, productivity, etc.


I own both the MX and the Mamba and I'll take the gaming mouse over the MX Rev any day. Even just using it in Windows. It is way more accurate, and I find myself mis-clicking with the any other than a gaming mouse. Plus the article is about a gaming mouse. The MX doesn't even compare correctly.

SweetRiverBaynes said,

I own both the MX and the Mamba and I'll take the gaming mouse over the MX Rev any day. Even just using it in Windows. It is way more accurate, and I find myself mis-clicking with the any other than a gaming mouse. Plus the article is about a gaming mouse. The MX doesn't even compare correctly.

sounds like a psychological problem :P no offence... there is not much difference in precision, and i never miss click, maybe your not used to that mouse :P

Leonick said,

sounds like a psychological problem :P no offence... there is not much difference in precision, and i never miss click, maybe your not used to that mouse :P

Maybe man, I know I'm a little crazy :P but I completely recommend that you try a gaming mouse over any high-end non gaming mouse. There is a total difference in precision.

SweetRiverBaynes said,

Maybe man, I know I'm a little crazy :P but I completely recommend that you try a gaming mouse over any high-end non gaming mouse. There is a total difference in precision.

yea i really want a gaming mouse, but the way my desktop is and the way things on it are organized the cable that is on all of the gaming mouses would be in the way, would break any benefit there is :P

ill try reorganizing on my desktop soon, but ive never got it to work with a cable :P

Leonick said,

sounds like a psychological problem :P no offence... there is not much difference in precision, and i never miss click, maybe your not used to that mouse :P

The resolution of the mouse does make a difference. If 2 different mice have different resolutions then one is going to be faster than the other and hence the mis-click. It happens because I do it every now and again (mostly when moving from touchpad to external mouse)

+1 for MX, and it's little brother the VX, for me the best mice out there, and I've tried the Razer, and even the Logitech G5 which I thought sucked compared to the MX

FoxieFoxie said,
Yep, looks similar to my G5, great mouse by the way.

MX Revolution still blows everything.

It depends. I used it and found MS Sidewinder more comfortable.

FoxieFoxie said,
Yep, looks similar to my G5, great mouse by the way.

MX Revolution still blows everything.


Except that the bluetooth connection sucks so much that it disconnects every 10 minutes, for 30 seconds. Maybe thats just mine though...

I had the disconnect issue.. Do an RMA and get a new one.. There are 2 revisions if ya got just the mouse and not the mouse+Keyboard combo.. Works awesome now.

darkpuma said,

Except that the bluetooth connection sucks so much that it disconnects every 10 minutes, for 30 seconds. Maybe thats just mine though...

It doesn't use bluetooth.....

It was great until my charger got all messed up, so now it has to be precision placed onto it in order to work. I'm also getting horrible one physical click = 2 mouse clicks on windows 7 issues.

It was great until my charger got all messed up, so now it has to be precision placed onto it in order to work. I'm also getting horrible one physical click = 2 mouse clicks on windows 7 issues.

I have three of these because I love them so much. One for my desktop and one for each of my laptops that I carry. I've never had any problems iwth the charger and I use Windows 7 (both the RC & RTM) and never have any issues with one click = two clicks. I've been using this mouse for over two years and have never had any troubles with it at all. Currently it is the only mouse I will use. Looks and feels great!