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Logitech's G series of mice have certainly earned the term "venerable". Along with Microsoft's IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0, they stretch back to the glory days of PC gaming, and have left a mark well felt. At the time, Razer was an upstart. SteelSeries wasn't even heard of. Mouse mats were still cool.
A lot has happened since then, with competitors waxing and waning. Logitech's still in the game, of course; its own G500 is managing to hold the fort reasonably well. But things are starting to feel a bit long in the tooth for the Swiss designer, with the innovation being left to more nimble players.
On the desk today we have Logitech's G700, a wireless gaming mouse that seeks to approach the likes of Microsoft's SideWinder X8 and Razer's Mamba, mice that proved you didn't need a cord to have good performance.
First impressions? It's a bit boat-like to hold. And Logitech's SetPoint software feels old and isn't particularly well laid out.
Logitech, it's time to trim and empower SetPoint. Right now it feels bloated and is easy to get lost in.
(Screenshot by CBS Interactive)
There are quite a few buttons, though. Ignoring the button immediately under the scroll wheel that switches it between free spin and detented mode, there are another eight buttons on top. By default the one under the scroll switcher changes profiles, the top left two set DPI up or down, the one under that shows the battery level via the three LEDs on the left side of the mouse. These same lights can indicate whether you've changed profile, and what DPI setting you've just switched to. They aren't always active, however, and so it's hard to know what setting you're starting from.
Then there's the four thumb buttons, of which the top two are easy enough to activate when under pressure, but the bottom two aren't as easy to find while staring at a screen.