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Logitech G100s Gaming Mouse Review
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Logitech G100s Gaming Mouse
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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!

Software

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.


  • Kayden

    If I had a laptop, this would be the mouse for me.

    • JD Kane

      It would work very well for that purpose.

      I honestly was very impressed with it, even if it is just a basic mouse. It’s much much better than other barebones mice I’ve used, including the Logitech whoknowswhatmodelitis I use at the office.

      • http://bestgamingmouseguide.org/ John Howell

        Actually, g100s is a great mouse. Despite the fact that it’s the low end of G series, it beats all medium quality mice on the market and it’s great for left-handers. and I like the coating =)

        • JD Kane

          Strongly agree. It’s hard to overstate how good the G100s is despite being such a simple, no-frills design.

  • Obituary

    is this good for FPS games?

    • http://techgage.com/ Rob Williams

      If you play FPS games anything like me, then no. I absolutely -require- thumb buttons (I usually dedicate one to a melee attack). If you happen to never use side buttons, this mouse should prove itself suitable.

      • Obituary

        Yep, but I only used side buttons (or your so called thumb buttons) for mic triggering but I think I can just click the scroll wheel, I use 400DPI with the mouse with accel off?

        • http://techgage.com/ Rob Williams

          That sounds like it’d work no problem. For online play I tend to use the side buttons for mic triggering also, just because I find it easy to reach in the heat of battle. I think with the scroll wheel I’d end up switching weapons by accident, haha. If you like what the mouse offers, I’d recommend it for your purpose.

          • Obituary

            sounds like it’s cool for me, could be just the same like g400(forme mouse) in terms of performance (my preference). actually im less into cs ryt now, almost dota, haven’t played csgo for like 2 months already. would be getting this if dad won’t give me extra bucks for a g400s. is the wire problem coming from both g400 and mx518 mice present in g100s and g400s?

          • http://techgage.com/ Rob Williams

            You’ll have to elaborate, wire problem? I am not sure I recall such a thing.

          • Obituary

            have u owned a g400 before or an mx518? when the wire inside gets snapped, the device will tend to disconnect/reconnect on the computer.