Many gamers have claimed that one of the top performing gaming mice is the Logitech G700 but is that truly the case? I owned a G700 myself just a couple of months ago before I switched it out for another. I just couldn’t get used to the bulkiness despite trying hard to like it. There are also a couple of other features that I didn’t find appropriate to be present on a gaming mouse. After all, I spent almost $80 on it and I didn’t want the money to go to waste. Indeed, I played the entire Battlefield 3 game and even tried using it for a couple of FPS games like Max Payne but it just doesn’t do well at all. I do admit that it was pretty dumb of me not to test it out extensively before moving ahead with the purchase but the online reviews of this particular gaming mouse was really good.
When I heard of the new G700s that is basically an upgraded model of the older G700 gaming mouse, I was intrigued. Perhaps, they have fixed some of the things that I thought could be improved. The Logitech G700s does resemble the G700 a lot but as far as it being one of the best wireless gaming mice currently available (like those listed here), I wouldn’t say that’s exactly true. Sure, the G700s does really well as a gaming mouse but the fact that it’s wireless means that it’ll be more expensive than a wired mouse. I still prefer wired gaming mice simply because they do not have the additional transmission delay that will be present however minimal it is. Its usual curves and bulky shape were retained in the new version. From what I’ve seen so far, the configuration of the buttons is also similar. The major and most noticeable difference would be the surface design of the mouse. They’ve replaced the smooth texture of the top of the mouse with lined texture instead. This enhances the overall grip quite a bit. Also, the setup was effortless and I set my mouse profiles up in a few minutes or less. Then again, Logitech’s software has always been rather straightforward and you don’t even have to go through the instructions to set things up.
I have to mention a quirk that I found while playing around with the G700s in the store though. It comes with 3 programmable buttons on its left side near the main left mouse button. However, upon further testing, I noticed that the buttons aren’t the usual firm and steady ones that give an affirmative clicking sound when you press them down. Instead, they feel a little soft and flimsy and I could imagine myself unintentionally clicking them from time to time, which could be a problem during some of my gaming sessions. Perhaps this issue was only present on the mouse I tested because I don’t seem to recall reading about this on most of the online reviews that I went through.
Anyway, as you might have expected, this G700s is similarly wireless like its predecessor and that’s a good thing. I don’t see why they would want to change this feature. As a wireless gaming mouse, I’d say that the G700s works really well. Besides the slight improvement of DPI from 5700 to 8200, I don’t see any other major differences from these two gaming mice. I’d rather stick to my older Logitech G700S instead of purchasing an entirely new wireless mouse for the enhanced DPI. After all, I’m only currently using half of that in my current gaming profile settings. The polling rate of the mouse has also been claimed to be at 1000 reports per second but I should really plug the thing into a testing software before confirming it.
Just in case you do not own a G700 prior to this, it has up to 13 programmable buttons excluding 2 primary left and right mouse buttons. Also, gamers are often concerned with having to recharge their mouse batteries halfway during a gaming session and that would interrupt it but the latest models come with the ability to charge your batteries whilst connecting the mouse to your PC with a USB cable. You can easily unplug the mouse’s cable once the batteries are fully charged and continue using it without a break. You can save up to 5 different DPI profiles and shift between these during your gameplay for sniping or whatever else you need that function for. On the whole, it is a fairly decent buy regardless of whether it is MMORPGs, FPS or single player games that you want to play. It works well in all these situations and seeing as how the G700s is similarly priced to the older G700 version, I don’t see why you shouldn’t get the new model. Of course, if you do plan on getting one, you should ask yourself whether you really need a wireless one because I’ve always been a proponent of wired mice, particularly for gaming. I’d advise that you check out the other alternatives within other popular brands like SteelSeries (I heard they’re the up and coming gaming brand) or Roccat. In fact, Roccat’s doing really well with their extremely unique mice designs that actually look a little like Transformers bots. If that’s your thing, you could also consider Cooler Master’s Storm series. They’re smaller in size compared to most of Razer’s mice but so far, they have gotten rave reviews, which is saying a lot considering how recent they’ve entered the market.