G400 bought at Best Buy June 2012. This store is rarely very busy, usually more employees than customers so I figured their stock sits around a lot. It definitely does not have angle snapping, but had the older described packaging, it did not have any stickers. LZ07WL18
I use a wooden desk as the surface so I can get a long sweep. When I built it I sanded it with 400 grit, and the poly coatings were sanded with 300 grit to give a very flat look, and is very smooth and have never had any tracking issues with any mouse I have tried on it (a Razer, SteelSeries, mx700, mx518, g400). The squiggles on the G400 are probably from any areas that have become slightly worn and roughed up from use, I have tried to see and feel this in games and my desktop, but cannot except in Paint.. Its not really important to me but my K:D doubled in twitch and precision games like BF3 and COD in hardcore mode, or regular mode. ArmA 2 feels so much smoother than the mx518s. I never noticed it impacted my mouse usage so much and that i never adapted to the angle snapping even after years. Desktop resolution is is 3 x 1280x1024
That is all, this kind of turned into a rant but this has been my experience with Logitech products:
I have had a mx700 (HERE
,) which was the mx510 body, but wireless. That lasted 5 years
. THe middle mouse button broke after 3 though. I epoxied it and it lasted a few months, broke again, reinforced it with a couple pieces of a toothpick and epoxy and that lasted a couple years like that. I picked up a mx518 while I still had the mx700 so I'd have a backup (around 2006ish I think, when it replaced the 510 which is what I had wanted, but was no longer made and the price was jacked up from being discontinued when I had found it). If i knew they would keep breaking I would have just spent more $ on other mice with a similar design and get used to the mouse shape difference. I just kind of liked the design and figured I wouldn't have bad luck like this.
First mx518 had the 'wire' issue where it goes into the mouse right out of the packaging. Sometimes I could move it just right to work but it was no where near consistent and it was brand new so.... Returned it. The 2nd 518 had the 'app' button break after a week (I literally only pushed it a few times to try it out). Returned it. The 3rd started doing the wire problem after a couple weeks, then the 'app' button broke. ***. Being frustrated and not wanting to drive the 30 miles to Best Buy AGAIN (oh yeah, they said they had it in stock online, i called, verified, and went up there. They couldn't find it... Waited there for over an hour while they tried to find it. Went home to order one online even though I needed one that day (I would just have to use my very very old MS ball mouse which is from the 1990's. I want to say I got it with windows 3.11 when MS and most companies made bullet proof hardware, still have my MS precision pro wheel and Joystick from the 1990's as well). After getting home I get a call that they found it and drove 30 miles back out to Best Buy. At 50 cents per mile. I wasted more than the cost of the mouse on driving there, even in fuel alone it would be close tot the value of the mouse. I should have just mail ordered it. Thats not a logitech issue though, thats bad management/inventory/workers at Best Buy....
I took that one apart and found the wires chaffing against the insulating boot near where they come into the mouse. Fixed the wires and that lasted about a year till the middle mouse button broke. Exact same with the 4th and there goes the app button again which is almost NEVER used. The app button does not matter, but I put up with the middle click breaking again by bounding a side button to click, but then the right click button broke and I decided to give the updated G400 a shot. I doubt I'm pushing the middle button too hard, I just push it hard enough for it to click, never push it hard, slam or throw the mouse or abuse it in any way.
Who knows, maybe Logitech sends BestBuy the 2nd rate, just barely passed QC products, or they got a few bad batches from Logitech. I only got o best buy when I need something that day, or have a coupon that puts it at a competitive online price. The mx700 did not have the 3 skate design the mx518 had. With the mx518 I blew through the skates (to the ridge around them) a LOT quicker than the mx700. The mx700 lasted 5 years, what gives with the newer mice? Cheaper manufacturing methods/materials? Add to that a DFGT that after about 3 years had the motor seize, start smoking and either some flame or enough heat to melt the circuit board around the motor, body and part of the gears it drives.. I was using it at the time and all of a sudden the wheel locked and smoke was coming out and the body started to deform some from the heat. I only used like 30% force in most games which isn't very strong. I could not find any cheap DFGT's to try to fix it, or the motor (I could not find the specs or anything about whats in the DFGT) even after weeks of searching.
Sorry for the rant. I'm just frustrated with going through 4 mx518s faster than my mx700. The mx700 was with a $100 wireless keyboard/mouse combo and a game pad from Logi lasted much longer than anything else Logitech I have bought. Now I'm worried I made another mistake with the G400, and it will break in the same manner and I feel dumb for falling for the familiar design (been using for nearly a decade now starting with the mx700 around 2003 or 2004.) So far the G400 feels identical (physically) to the mx518 minus the angle snap.Edited by frag85 - 6/19/12 at 7:39pm