Logitech G500s Laser Gaming Mouse Review

Logitech G500s Gaming Mouse
by J.D. Kane on May 6, 2013 in Peripherals

We recently tested the least-expensive member of Logitech’s new G line, the G100s, and it impressed us enough to earn one of our Editor’s Choice awards. Today, we have a look at the higher-tiered G500s. It’s an altogether different animal compared to its less-pricey sister, so let’s find out if it impresses just the same.

A Look at Logitech Gaming Software

The G500s will work in Windows sans a driver, but its functionality will be limited to just the usual default actions. To truly get the maximum out of it, you need to install the LGS, a lightweight and elegant software solution that will allow you to configure the mouse to your heart’s desire.

Of course, we saw the LGS in our very recent G100s review. One thing I like about the LGS is that it is a smart piece of software. What I mean is that I simply unplugged the G100s from my test machine, plugged the G500s in, and the LGS auto-detected the new mouse. There’s no need to uninstall old software, plug in the new hardware, then install new software afterwards. LGS is obviously a unified software package that works with all G Series hardware. Very smart, Logitech. Color me impressed.

Logitech G500s Laser Gaming Mous

What’s even more impressive is that the LGS’ functionality shifts over to the new hardware automatically as well. You’ll see a graphical representation of the G500s, including a subtle highlighting of all its buttons. The LGS did this as well when the G100s was plugged in, but it is such a basic mouse I didn’t really notice it at the time.

One thing I should mention at this point is that the G500s has onboard memory onto which you can save your settings. This is in addition to the option of saving these settings in software. Of course, the advantage of saving settings onto the mouse’s onboard memory is you can plug your device into a different PC and use your customized settings with ease (assuming, of course, you’ve installed the LGS onto the second PC as well).

Logitech G500s Laser Gaming Mous

Because we’ve already seen the LGS in detail in our G100s review, I’ll be much more brief in talking about it now. I’ll just touch on how the software’s behavior changes between the two models. Of course, the biggest obvious difference is in the fact that there are now ten buttons on the mouse to configure, as opposed to just the four on the more basic G100s. You also now have more options as far as selecting DPI Sensitivity Levels as well as a far wider DPI range with which to play. And you can also select an optimum polling rate for your mouse from six available options.

Now, just for the sake of completeness, here are shots of the other sections of the LGS as they look when the G500s is plugged in.

Logitech G500s Laser Gaming Mous

Logitech G500s Laser Gaming Mous

Logitech G500s Laser Gaming Mous

Logitech G500s Laser Gaming Mous

Page List

1. Introduction
2. A Look at Logitech Gaming Software
3. Testing and Final Thoughts

  • RainMotorsports

    I would say I hope you review the G700s but I don’t think there is going to be a point. They haven’t changed much. More of a price refresh than the changes seen with the G500s. I am glad they have not messed with it as it gives me a replacement to what I have. But the least they could do is fix its only weakness. It has half the battery capacity of a normal wireless in a mouse with a high consumption rate. Seems silly as I can mail them a design to fit in that shell with 2 batteries. Li-Ion being another option it does take away from the quick change emergency feature.

    • http://www.facebook.com/deathspawner Rob Williams

      As far as I can tell, the G700s is almost identical to this mouse anyway, just with a couple of extra buttons and wireless functionality. I wish more vendors made good wireless gaming mice. Not sure why they are so rare.

  • Mike

    How cares not for lefty’s
    Same old story

    • http://www.facebook.com/deathspawner Rob Williams

      Has there ever been a true left-handed gaming mouse? I don’t remember seeing one before. I do wish companies like Logitech would at least offer more ambidextrous offerings. It’s a little weird how rare they are.

      • JD Kane

        Well, statistically there are many more right-handed people than there are southpaws, so it’s highly unlikely that there will ever be a true left-handed mouse.

        Having said that, ambidextrous mice seem to be better anyway, in my opinion. Ever since I switched to one (SteelSeries Sensei [RAW]), I’ve never gone back to even an ergonomically-designed right-handed gaming mouse. And I’ve got two or three here that I could go back to.

        Then again, at the office, at one of the desks I work at (I wear a few hats on the job), I can use the mouse (a basic ambidextrous Logitech one) with either hand sans problems. I’m usually super-dominant with my right hand, but I can use the mouse with either one.

        • http://www.facebook.com/deathspawner Rob Williams

          It’s weird… I’m using a [RAW] also and didn’t realize before that it was ambidextrous. I guess that just goes to show that it can be done SO right, that it’s comfortable for everyone.

        • Guest

          Actually, there is a left handed version of the Razer Deathadder.

        • Ed A
          • JD Kane

            There you go.

            I sit corrected.

            Still, the point still stands: Right-handed mice dominate the market, just as the number of righties dominates the number of lefties.

            Thanks for the info, though. :)