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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.

Software

It’s been quite a while since I last took a look at Logitech’s gaming software, and I must say, it’s come a long way in terms of functionality and refinement. As has become a theme with gaming peripherals nowadays, the G300 didn’t include the software in the box. Instead, it’s up to you to go to Logitech’s support site and grab it there.

Before even tackling functionality, though, I have to say that Logitech has done an outstanding job with the aesthetics for it software. This, quite simply, looks amazing. When so many companies produce peripheral software that tries way too had to be cool, it’s nice to see a clean, classy interface like we see here.

At the initial screen, you can choose to begin tweaking, or in the event you want to use macros, you’ll need to click on the icons to the top-right of the G300 image. This changes the profiles being used from the mouse itself to the PC. The G300 has no on-board memory, or at least a lack of it, so anything more than the three simple profiles cannot be used in its default setting.

Logitech G300 Gaming Mouse

The G300 is able to store up to 5 levels of DPI, or as few as 1. Support of 200 – 2500 DPI is supported which should be enough for most gamers. Need more? This is not the mouse for you. At the DPI screen, you can also change your polling rate and adjust other minor details.

Logitech G300 Gaming Mouse

On the button setup screen, you’ll see a simple graphic of the mouse with all of the various functions floating above their respective button. These can be double-clicked to change their functionality – which as mentioned on the front page can represent a keyboard button, keyboard shortcut, or a macro.

Logitech G300 Gaming Mouse

At the left in the above screenshot, you’ll find a list of pre-defined commands based on the game profile you’re currently selected on. These can be clicked and dragged to any one of the mouse’s buttons for the sake of ease – and in the event that your game is natively supported, this would be a good idea.

If those commands are not that useful, you can define your own. In the ‘Command Editor’, you have a wide-range of different options, from a single keystroke to blocks of text. There’s even an option for Ventrilo commands!

Logitech G300 Gaming Mouse

The G300 might be a gaming mouse, but the flexibility seen in the above screenshot makes it a mouse perfect for FPS, MMO or any other genre, or even general office work. Have to push the same keys all the time for some reason? Set it up as a macro. In one example, I set the Image Size option in Photoshop to one of the buttons so that I didn’t have to type in ‘Ctrl + Alt + I’ each time I needed it. Rinse and repeat for the ‘Trim’ command.

Overall, more keyboard shortcut / macro functionality than you can shake a stick at. Not bad for a $40 mouse.

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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”.

    • fff

      cawwa doody gamer detected