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Logitech G300 Gaming Mouse Review
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by Rob Williams on November 14, 2011 in Keyboards/Mice

There are many gaming mice on the market that sell for well over $60, but Logitech delivers an option at a mere $40 that it believes will cater to a huge number of gamers out there. It features a small, light design, a total of nine completely configurable buttons, a 2500 DPI sensor, comprehensive support for macros and more.

Introduction

To become a competitive gamer, you must spend big. Right? We’re talking the biggest graphics cards, table-sized motherboards, mega-core CPUs, copious amounts of RAM and of course, gaming mice equipped with LCD screens, the brightest LEDs and a CPU in their belly. All that good stuff… right?

Wrong. At least, that’s Logitech’s stance with its G300 gaming mouse, which comes in at a mere $40. Like some offerings that cost twice as much, the G300 aims to deliver an easy-to-use mouse that’s packed with potential – and to make sure everyone can take advantage of what it offers, it also features an ambidextrous design.

There are few companies as experienced as Logitech where gaming peripherals are concerned, and at one point, the company set the benchmark for what a gaming keyboard or mouse should offer. I still have fond memories of the MX 518, and my recently retired G3 – that one being the original variant of the G300. With all of Logitech’s experience, does the G300 become the no-brainer gaming mouse? Let’s evaluate that possibility together.

Closer Look

Out of the gate, I must mention that the G300 is not for those who can’t use (or stand) smaller mice. This is in fact an overglorified notebook-sized mouse; smaller than the G9X in both width, length and height. That said, while I found the mouse troublesome at first, it grew on me fast. I’m at the point where I don’t even notice it, though it’s going to be awful difficult to go back to my previous mouse, the SteelSeries Sensei!

The G300 is comprised of a gray-colored matte plastic front with glossy pitch-black plastic accents. Aside from the scroll-wheel, the thumb rests are the only rubber pieces on the mouse, with a light textured design that helps give you a good grip – even while sweating (I had to do a single jumping jack before testing this out). Finally, there’s a slightly glossy red bottom that closely matches the plastic used for the feet. Overall, a good-looking product.

Logitech G300 Gaming Mouse

Most ambidextrous mice aren’t so catering with their button layouts as the G300 is. Split right down the middle, this mouse is appropriately symmetrical.

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Yes, I promise I didn’t simply mirror one image.

Taking a look at the front, we can see the six buttons that surround the scroll wheel, each able to be configured as a function, keyboard button, keyboard shortcut or macro.

Logitech G300 Gaming Mouse

Under the mouse we find a bright red base, which, to be honest, is bizarre. Though the bottom isn’t that easily noticeable, it is visible without lifting the mouse. It clashes greatly with the rest of the aesthetic appeal the G300 created.

Logitech G300 Gaming Mouse

The G300 features dedicated LEDs on both sides of the mouse that represent the currently-selected profile (one of three). The default colors are red, blue and green, but white (more like a super-light blue), yellow, purple, light blue and black (off) can also be used.

Logitech G300 Gaming Mouse

The G300 overall looks to be a feature-packed mouse at its price-range, so let’s go a bit further and check out the included software, and then wrap up with some final thoughts.

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  • How_delightful

    This mouse is the most maddening.
    You can program the buttons if you have an electronics degree and hundreds of hours of patience.
    Ordianry humans will have to accept that we are too sane to understand the BS,
    misdirection and/or lies by Logitech regarding so-called instructions on how to program the keys to work in games. Especially if you only have the new software which is different to their two year old software instructions THAT DOES NOT WORK.
    98% of customers will only get the standard three buttons (With scroll) to work, and MAYBE get the two on the top left of the mouse to do Something?;: but the other four buttons on top of the mouse 98% of customers will NEVER EVER be bale tofigure
    out how to program them to do anything in a game.
    Look at the complaints online and on youtube; and ZERO persons have an English
    explination on how to get those buttons to work in-game in over two years. Not even
    Logitech can come up with someone to show customers how to do it.

    Bottom line; “DO NOT BUY THIS MOUSE UNLESS YOU WANT TO BE ANNOYED AND FRUSTRATED AND OUT OF POCKET”.