by J.D. Kane on April 25, 2013 in Gaming Peripherals
Logitech’s G100s might occupy the lowest rung on the company’s new G Series line of gaming peripherals ladder, but don’t let its price and that market positioning fool you. As with many great songs, sometimes a stripped-down rendition is the best way to go. Is the same true of the G100s? Read on and find out!
Before having a look at the LGS (Logitech Gaming Software), let’s establish one fact per my usual method when doing reviews of gaming-oriented peripherals: The G100s works perfectly well using just the native Windows USB drivers. It’s a simple matter of plug-and-play: Set it, and forget it. You’re good to go once Windows detects the device when you first plug it in.
When you install the LGS (a lightweight ~55MB download), though, you can customize your G100s and assign different user profiles as you see fit.
Right after the software is installed and initialized for the first time, it will auto-detect your G100s; you’ll then see a graphical representation of it in the GUI.
At the bottom right of the GUI you’ll see icons that represent the major sections the GUI is divided in. The Home icon, appropriately enough, takes you to the main screen of the software.
Clicking the icon that looks like a mouse takes you to perhaps the meatiest part of the software package, the Customize Buttons section. Here you can assign non-default functions to the buttons. You can also save sets of command configurations in different Profiles. On the G100s, given that it only has four buttons, it’s probably impractical to reassign functions to its buttons, although you could possibly choose a different function for the DPI switch if you’d have no need to change mouse sensitivity settings in the application you’re working on.
Next, clicking the arrow and gear icon icon opens up the Customize Pointer Settings screen. This allows you to precisely configure your DPI settings. You can set the DPI on the G100s to three different sensitivity settings (you can think of these as low, medium, and high). The minimum DPI is 250, while the maximum is 2500. You can set the three settings to a value within that DPI range as you see fit. You can also set the mouse’s polling rate to either one of two settings, 125Hz and 500Hz, in this section of the interface (default is 500Hz).
Clicking the big gear icon brings up a Settings window which is divided into three sections via tabs. The General tab contains various checkboxes that control your G Series hardware’s behavior in specific situations. In the case of the barebones G100s, though, most of these checkboxes are a moot point. The photo shows the default configuration of the software, so I didn’t bother to modify the settings in any way.
The next tab identifies your currently installed G peripheral. It also shows its current firmware version as well as notifies you if there are any updates available.
Finally, the Profile tab provides information relating to the set Default Profile, Persistent Profile and Profile Cycling features of the G100s.
The “?” icon brings up another window, Help and Support. Here you will find help and troubleshooting tips in case something goes awry as you use your G100s.
All told, this is a very user-friendly software package. Having said that, given the simplicity of the G100s, its use for this specific member of the G line seems limited to just fine-tuning the DPI settings to your desired level, as well as assigning user profiles to preferred configurations of customized mouse behavior.