Pros: Wired or Wireless, 13 programmable buttons, 4-way scroll wheel, Great software, User serviceable and rechargeable battery
Cons: No weight system, Scroll wheel feels flimsy, Response issues on certain surfaces
No weight system, Scroll wheel feels flimsy, Response issues on certain surfaces
The G700s is Logitech's top of the line gaming mouse. It features adjustable DPI up to 8200, 13 programmable macro keys, wired or wireless performance, and a highly advanced scroll wheel. These are just the main features. There are many other smaller features that make the G700s a great overall mouse.
Starting with the box we see some key technical specs. The keys are rated for 20 million clicks, and the feet are rated for 250 kilometers. That is pretty amazing.
The reverse shows more key features including the wired option, 13 programmable buttons, and 5 memory profiles.
The packaging itself features a window into the mouse. The inner flap highlights the hydrophobic coating. More on that later.
Included in the package is the mouse, an extension cable for the included USB dongle, a manual, and a micro USB charging/data cable.
Here is a closeup of the USB extension cable and dongle. This dongle is specifically designed for the G700s. Other Logitech dongles won't work. The mouse needs a very high data rate that only this dongle can provide.
Moving on to an inspection of the mouse itself, we see the hydrophobic coating as well as the many macros.
All the programmable buttons are visible from the front. The G700s boasts 13. This includes the left and right mouse button, the three macros by the pointer finger, four macros directly above the thumb, one behind the scroll wheel, and the 3 button scroll wheel.
The bottom features a single Sanyo Eneloop AA battery, the laser sensor, four slippery pads, and a power switch. I love seeing the user replaceable Eneloop battery. These batteries are regarded as some of the best rechargeables on the market. If the battery every fails or stop holding a charge, you can simply replace it for a new one. There are no soldered in proprietary batteries to deal with.
From a front view we see the contour of the mouse. The mouse is curved in a way that makes it only usable as a right handed mouse. We can also see the micro-USB charging/data port.
Now to the review
The mouse feels very high end and performs great. The macros deliver a satisfying click and are located in very convenient places. I love the wired/wireless option. You can keep using the mouse while it is charging for truly unlimited usage. I love the scroll wheel for many reasons. The first is that it is a 4-way scroll wheel meaning it goes up, down, left, and right. The left and right feature is one that is not seen on many other mice. This makes navigating WebPages very simple. I programmed the scroll wheel to go forward and backward in my browsing history. I also love the dual mode scroll wheel. For normal use it is a generic scroll wheel with tactile segments for precise scrolling but with the push of a button it becomes free spinning. This is very useful for long WebPages or documents. The scroll wheel in this mode has extremely low friction and makes fast scrolling a breeze. I would have liked the scroll wheel to be a bit firmer though. It felt loose and somewhat imprecise.
One thing that I did not like about the mouse was the surface compatibility issues I encountered. The mouse worked fine on my wooded desk, but did not work all of the time on a soft mouse pad or a hard mouse pad. I don't know what caused this, but there was a week when I would get no response from a mouse pad, but perfect response from my wooden desk. It seems to be working fine now and I think this was just an isolated incident so I won't be too harsh. It also doesn't feature a weight system. It is a heavy mouse, and many gamers like to change weight system to suit their preferences. All in all the G700s is a very high performance mouse though.
The mouse was very easy to use. All the cables necessary for optimum use are included. No software is needed for basic use. The mouse fits well in my hand and I would describe it as a palm mouse more than a claw grip mouse. I was impartial to the coating though. It is hydrophobic which means it repels water. This keeps the water on your hand, which may make it feel clammy. Without the coating the sweat would transfer to the mouse making it feel clammy and gross. I don't know a solution to this and this is a problem all gaming mouse face in long gaming sessions. The coating provides excellent grip, but it felt a little bit like worn out sandpaper. I much prefer a soft-touch coating, but the coating is generally fine. All the macros are intelligently laid out and easy to find. The one directly behind the scroll wheel was a bit tricky to find without looking, but after some practice it became easy. Despite these few issues, the G700s is very easy to use and easy to fall in love with.
Logitech's Gaming Software is easily my favorite gaming software. It is easy to use, extremely powerful, and easy to navigate. The home screen shows the mouse and an option for automatic game detection or on board memory. I kept it at automatic game detection as this allowed for much more control and macro options.
The next window shows all of the macro options. Logitech's software provides many options for commands. You can even set up profiles for individual games. This will customize your set of macros to the game you are playing and allow you to switch between profiles when you switch games.
Finally we see the technical settings that can be adjusted including DPI from 200 to 8200 in 200 DPI increments, Report rate, and some more advanced options including power settings.
In conclusion, the G700s is an excellent mouse for the mobile gamer or any gamer who wants a wired or wireless option. It delivers great performance, amazing macro abilities, and a stylish yet comfortable design. It is slightly more expensive the many other gaming mice, but it is well worth it. It is great for gaming as well as non gaming applications. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a sub $100 mouse.