Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse Review
Logitech has a strong pedigree in peripherals, even more so from game variations, and like any manufacturer, it continues to refresh and perfect its products. However, while the G15 Gaming Keyboard winner of the Editor’s Choice Award recently gave birth to an extraordinary (if too expensive) G19 and a more budget-oriented G110. Enter the G500, whose line can be traced further back.
Logitech not only produced one new gaming mouse but two. One of them is the G500, which is being reviewed today, while the other is known as the G9x. As the name suggests, the G9x is an upgraded G9, but the G500 sees the return of one of the long-awaited Logitech gaming mouse designs, the G5 – albeit with a few adjustments.
Aesthetically the G500 is a mixed affair. The matte black side contrasts with the piano-black button and red LED lighting, but we are less interested in the ‘scattered paint’ pattern in the center. It did not match the look and feel of the premium we were hoping. We much prefer some of the Logitech brushed lightning, ripple, or steel effects used on the MX518. Hopefully, the upcoming edition will add more interesting finishing touches or return to ‘plain’ plastic like most other mice.
The G500 has a weight cartridge system to adjust the weight of the mouse to your preference. You get six 1.7g weights and six 4.5g in metal containers, allowing up to 27 grams to add. As the scroll wheel mode buttons, the implementation here is far superior to the G9 / 9x: you press the button at the bottom of the mouse, and the weight cartridge glides smoothly.
As usual with Logitech, the build quality is excellent. Everything, from the spring button to the braided cable, makes this mouse feel like a premium product. It’s just a shame that Logitech hasn’t found room for its response to Microsoft’s BlueTrack technology, the Darkfield Laser Tracking system. Like BlueTrack, this allows mice to use on surfaces (e.g., marble, glass) that cannot be handled by normal mice, but the scope for hardcore gamers, with their game surface, remains limited.
So there’s no Darkfield, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing extraordinary about the laser sensor that powers the G500. As far as we recognize, it is the most sensitive gaming mouse, with sensitivity ranging from 200dpi to 5,700dpi. Even the mighty Razer Mamba only manages 5,600 dpi. This might be overkill for some gamer, but it’s nice to have those who can use it, and if you don’t do it, it won’t be dangerous.
As mentioned earlier, there are two dpi switching buttons, and a three-bar red LED indicator lets you know your sensitivity. Without installing Logitech, including the SetPoint software, the mouse defaults to 400, 800, and 2,000 dpi as three presets. After the driver is installed, you can choose up to five presets, with a dark dpi-LED bar at the bottom to display the two highest settings. You can program this for anything between 200 to 5,700dpi in 100dpi increments and store it in the onboard mouse memory.
If Logitech marries the G500’s ergonomics with the G9x’s appearance and features, it will have an ideal mouse. Provided you are willing to accept the minor drawbacks and limitations. However, the G500 remains an excellent and affordable effort.
The Bad > Competing Microsoft mouse in the same price range offers a different set of compelling features
The Good > All of the same features we love about the older G5 Laser Mouse, dual-mode scroll wheel, onboard memory stores custom profiles, requisite, ludicrously high sensor DPI maximum
Conclusion > The G500 will appeal to performance-driven shooter fans. The choice is less clear for other kinds of PC gamers.
Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse Specification
|Connection Type||Corded USB|
|USB Type||Full Speed USB 2.0|
|Sensor Type||Invisible Laser|
|DPI Settings||400, 800, 2000 out-of-box (3 Settings)|
200 to 5700 adjustable 100 increments with software (5 Settings)
|DPI Settings Buttons||Minus (-), Plus (+)|
|Forward / Back Buttons||Forward, Back|
|Connect / Power Button||N/A|
|FreeSpin / Ratchet Mode||Mode Shift Button|
|USB Report Rate||Up to 1000 reports per second|
|Tuning Weights||Up to 27 grams|
|Profiles (Max)||1 with Hardware (Onboard Memory)|
30 with Software
|Indicator Lights (LED)||Power, DPI Settings|
|Cable Length||2.015 meters or 6.61 feet (Braided)|
|Mouse w/o tray||75.9 mm (2.99 inch)||129.2 mm (5.09 inch)||44 mm (1.73 inch)||161 g (5.68 ounce)|
|Mouse w/ empty tray||75.9 mm (2.99 inch)||129.2 mm (5.09 inch)||44 mm (1.73 inch)||164 g (5.78 ounce)|
- Windows® 7 or later
- macOS® 10.11 or later
- Chrome OSTM
- USB port
Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse Manual
Getting Started Guide.pdf
Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse Software & Drivers
Logitech Gaming Software
Logitech Gaming Software (Mac)