The Logitech G700 is the predecessor to the G700S and thus is very similar to it in many aspects such as the ergonomic features, shape, and button placements. The only thing lacking in this mouse is its outdated battery technology (up to 7 hours only). You should check out the G700S instead if you’re considering this mouse.
Logitech claims that its first wireless gaming-grade mouse, the G700, provides wireless freedom without sacrificing performance. However, does it justify its price of $99.99? In this Logitech G700 review, we’ll be looking at some of the more vital aspects of this particular gaming mouse that’ll hopefully help you make a well-informed decision.
The build quality for Logitech’s G700 can be summarized in one word. Solid. Of course, this is something one will and should expect from a mouse that costs $99. The matte finish is a huge plus, considering that fingerprints and smudges do not show on the surface quickly. This is of course a matter of personal preference. Some would prefer the shiny and arguably more polished look of the glossy texture of most mice that were produced before 2013. Recently, matte seems to be the trend however and for good reason. The overall surface wouldn’t feel sticky at all, even if you sweat at your palms (which I do rather considerably during fast-action or creepy gameplay). Plus, I was never a fan of shiny objects anyway.
The buttons on the mouse, including the 13 programmable ones, do not feel like cheap plastic, unlike many of the cheaper alternatives, and gives that satisfying clicking sound on every click. You would not be disappointed with the G700’s build quality.
The G700 allows for laser precision sensitivity from a minimum of 200 DPI up to the maximum DPI of 5700. While some might consider this to be a fairly average offering in the market, most average consumers would find the G700’s 5700 DPI sensitivity to be way more than sufficient for gaming purposes. Unlike many non-gaming grade wireless mice, there isn’t any input lag or stutter from the G700. As a result of the general gameplay that I’ve experienced using this mouse, be it FPS or MMO, it was fluid and enjoyable.
An issue that I had with the mouse, however, was its weight. It is considered rather heavy at 153 grams, mainly due to the single AA battery required to power the mouse. This affected the lift-off speed greatly, which might make it a less preferred choice if you’re a big fan of FPS gaming.
I highly advise anyone who intends to purchase this mouse to use only rechargeable batteries (one is included within the package) as the batteries can run out of juice within a mere 5 to 7 hours at most during heavy gaming sessions. Hence, if you’re a serious gamer, it’s likely that you’ll have to make frequent use of the USB rechargeable cable, which is included as part of the entire package. It’ll also be a good idea to keep a fully-charged spare if you’re planning to go on a long raiding session.
I have the feeling that the G700 is meant in all regards to be an MMO genre mouse due to the absurd number of programmable buttons that it possesses. Despite that, however, it performs well and comfortably for me in the 2 FPS games that I’ve tested it with, Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Counterstrike: Global Offensive.
The G700 has a total of 13 buttons (including the left and right mouse buttons), with four by the thumb, 4 in the middle of the mouse, and three perfectly placed by the forefinger, all of which are fully customizable with Logitech’s SetPoint software.
The G700 comes with an onboard memory that can store up to 5 ready to play profiles, suitable for those who have a multitude of games in their PCs or who prefer to use their own mouse outside of their homes. The buttons on the G700 can be customized to allow for a quick change of DPI and or profile on-the-fly at the click of a button.
Those who like to have bright and glowing LED lights on their mice will find the G700 rather disappointing in this particular aspect. You will only see three tiny LEDs on top of the buttons by the thumb, which can illuminate in the colors of orange (as an indication of the selected profile), green (battery level), or red (DPI setting).
The battery level notification would be highly useful for monitoring battery life. If it drops to 1 bar, you might want to switch out to the cabled option for uninterrupted gaming. Logitech could undoubtedly do a lot better in this regard. Still, then again, Logitech’s products are known more for their build quality and general comfort than their appearances and visual designs.
The G700 is ergonomically designed for precision and support, even after long hours of use. The surface of the mouse is wide enough to rest the palm of even those with large hands. However, the shape of this mouse is non-ambidextrous. I would advise any left-handers to stay clear of the G700 regardless of how well its reviews are. There are undoubtedly other better left-handed options. Movement-wise, it glides effortlessly across my QCK Steelseries mousepad, so no issues with that.
All in all, within this Logitech wireless gaming mouse G700 review, Logitech has outdone itself again with its first gaming-grade wireless laser mouse. The G700 offers a reliable build quality without compromising performance. However, we did have an issue with its power consumption, which can drain an AA battery completely dry within a short 5 to 7 hours. Is the $99 justified? It does seem a tad expensive, but you’d have to consider the fact that wireless options are always going to be significantly more costly than the wired ones. Plus, if you were to compare it to many of the best rated wireless gaming mice in the current market, I would say it’s a great buy and potentially the best in its class.
- Excellent build quality.
- Excellent ergonomics.
- Thirteen fully programmable and well-placed buttons.
- Reasonably priced at $99, considering it’s a wireless mouse.
- Sufficient DPI to suit any average gamer.
- Great looks and design.
- Lacks illumination.
- Power-hungry. Batteries last 7 hours tops when used to game continuously.