Introducing the Logitech G100s, G500s, and G700s Gaming Mice

The dirty secret of gaming peripherals is that if they're good quality products in general, they're often going to be head and shoulders above hardware marketed toward the regular consumer. For whatever reason, high rent keyboards and mice just aren't marketed to consumers who'll often settle on an inexpensive wireless mouse and keyboard combination. This was strangely evident in Logitech's pre-G-branding era, and while the G branding is ultimately a good thing, some users are liable to miss out on some fantastic quality kit.

In the strictest sense, the Logitech G100s, G500s, and G700s aren't new mice. They're three of the four mice that were recently announced (the fourth being the G400s, which we unfortunately didn't receive in time for review), but they're primarily refreshes. That's okay, though: the G100s is a descendant of the G100 which wasn't made available in North America, the G500s gives me a chance to properly review my beloved G500 as a new product, and the G700s sheds light on the oddly scarce G700.

When I met with Logitech in San Francisco, their statement with these "new" mice was essentially this: "if it ain't broke, don't break it." While I'd be liable to rib them a little bit for complacency, the reality is that many of these products have been phenomenally successful for them and well-received. Seriously messing with the formula runs the risk of disenchanting the customer as well as potentially resulting in a run on a dead product. That's not what you want; you want a run on a live product.

Our conversations regarding peripherals were actually pretty long and detailed, certainly more than I've gotten from other vendors, but I think that's due to Logitech being principally a long-standing peripheral manufacturer. Mice and keyboards can be tricky things; each person's body chemistry is different which in turn affects the way different materials feel in the hand. I can't use Razer mice, they make my palms clammy in seconds, but I know a lot of people love the texture on their products. That's before getting into the differences in preference between the different mechanical switches Cherry produces in keyboards.

What Logitech is pushing with their G branding marketing, other than finally having a unifying brand umbrella (and software package!) for all of their gaming products, is summed up in their slogan: "Science Wins." It's goofy, but the philosophy is sound: they rigorously test their products (apparently one version of the G600 MMO mouse had a small production run alongside the current version, they were tested against one another, and the release one won out), and they design them based on scientific data about how they're used. That means looking at grip, looking at the situations they're used in, and so on.

The G100s, G500s, and G700s may have gradually increasing model numbers (and price tags to boot), but don't be deceived: each really does serve a unique purpose unto itself.

The Logitech G100s: For Real-Time Strategy
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  • Lyianx - Thursday, April 11, 2013 - link

    "Unlike the G500s, there's no LED on the mouse to tell you what speed it's running at,"

    Um, yea there are bud. Those 3 lights on the side serve multiple functions if you bothered to read up on the mouse.

    1. Default is a battery level (Green, Blinking Red when low)
    2. When switching between profiles, it indicates what profile you are on (Orange)
    3. When switching DPI, it tells you what DPI profile you are on (Red) {since they are not set and programmable, it uses profile number)
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  • LifesABeta - Sunday, April 14, 2013 - link

    Anandtech should do in-depth mouse reviews like GPU, CPU, Monitor, mobile phone etc etc. I see Dustin takes note of upgraded DPI levels for example for the g500s. Casually mentioning the DPI has been increased to 8200. What he didn't mention was the sensor being used. Most likely the avago-9800 laser sensor. From there he could've tested for hardware built-in acceleration. Also, tracking accuracy, i.e. how accurate the mouse will track relative to sudden burst of movement speed and also at differing level of DPI. There's a whole world of in-depthness that mouses can be put through and should be. Reply
  • Riddick51PB - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - link

    Question: Is the laser in the G500s a "predictable" laser? I'm trying to get a mouse that doesn't have a predictable laser. Reply
  • boomerbsg - Saturday, May 25, 2013 - link

    I registered to say. Recently getting back into pc gaming after quite a few years of console gaming. I upgraded my Xeon x3220 to an i7, and my GTX 460 to a GTX 660Ti. I dusted off my Saitek II keyboard (still works great, through 3 moves and being tossed in boxes etc), and my G500 thats years old (I think I've had it easily since its original release date, I still have my old MX518 as well.

    This G500 has been tossed around, fallen to the floor, kicked, swung, beaten up badly, braids on the cords have been tangled, and cut to see bare insulated wire beneath, and it STILL functions perfectly! I'm in the market now to replace it.. but not because it doesn't work like it should I just want something new, and thanks to this article the G500s will be purchased within a weeks time.
    Razer products dont fit my hand well enough, and I've never liked them in general. My money will always go to Logitech for my mice, I know I paid a pretty penny for this G500 on release, and got my moneys worth out of it tenfold.

    cheers
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  • anon29929292992 - Friday, May 29, 2015 - link

    Had this G700 mouse fora few years now. Good mouse contour/shape design but the wired connection port on the mouse has now gone bad from plugging and unplugging....I use it on 2 computers...1 wired 1 wireless...meaning the mouse now disconnects constantly during wired use....in overall the quality isn't 5 stars with most of their products and it's usually due to a mixture of hardware and software....I expect more for $50+ products that are priced this high. Reply

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