The announcement of Logitech’s G300 came a mere week after SteelSeries announced its $90 Sensei – but despite that, I found myself excited. Why? Because while SteelSeries’ offering was catering to the hardcore gamer, Logitech had a product that proved that you don’t have to empty your wallet to have a full-featured mouse.
The G300 looks good. I seriously question its ugly red bottom, but that amounts to nothing more than a minor niggle. It features a total of seven buttons in addition to the standard left and right, and every single one is customizable, either with a keyboard shortcut, a macro or an application launcher. That’s a level of customization not even seen on some mice that cost far more.
I mentioned on the previous page that this level of customization makes it great for non-gaming purposes also, and I have to reiterate that fact. While I prefer my Sensei overall due to certain fluff features and its feel overall, I’m going to miss the ability of lessening the tedium of using Photoshop shortcuts with this mouse. If I had just one complaint at all in this regard, it’s that only three profiles can be used at once. For a serious gamer, that might become limiting, fast.
Another potential downside is the mouse’s size. It’s smaller than all other mice I’ve used in recent memory, aside from the G3 which was comparable overall. Within the first few minutes of using it, I felt uncomfortable and even wondered if I’d be able to continue using it for long. But, it’s been a month since that time. You can say I adjusted quick, and when I use it now, I don’t even think about its small size. You may or may not adjust as easily, so if you have a problem with smaller mice, you should skip this one.
Also, some gamers will undoubtedly have a problem with the lack of the side buttons not actually being on the sides. Rather, they are located on top of the mouse, which might be the first time I’ve ever seen such a design. For the most part, this didn’t bother me, but it did take some getting used to, and the bottom buttons on each side required me to bend my finger a bit more than usual – but overall, nothing major.
These two problems alone should help you decide whether this mouse is for you. If you are quickly adaptable to different designs, you should be fine. If not, you may heavily regret a purchase. Me? If I were in the market right now for a $40 mouse, I’d pick one of these up without hesitation. I’d just have to force myself to not look at the ugly red bottom.
Note: This mouse is -not- for Linux users. In testing with both Gentoo + KDE and Ubuntu + Unity, each configuration reaps odd issues. I am in the process of discussing the issue with Logitech to get to the bottom of it, but the fix does not seem easy.
Logitech G300 Gaming Mouse
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