Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse review: Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse

CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.0
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 8.0

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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.

The Bad Competing Microsoft mouse in the same price range offers a different set of compelling features.

The Bottom Line There's quite a lot to like about Logitech's new Gaming Mouse G500, but with a competing mouse from Microsoft offering its own set of features, gamers now have some choices to make. The G500 will appeal to performance-driven shooter fans. The choice is less clear for other kinds of PC gamers.

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Logitech might have a firm grasp on luxury mice, but the gaming mouse market is a much more competitive space. We like Logitech's new $70 Gaming Mouse G500 quite a bit, too, but we can't say that we find it an unequivocally better product than its chief competitor at this price, the Microsoft Sidewinder X8. Each mouse offers different strengths. Thanks primarily to a more powerful polling rate, the Logitech G500 will appeal to the more performance-oriented shooter fan. For role-playing and strategy gamers who lean toward less twitchy styles of play, the choice is less obvious.

Essentially, the Logitech Gaming Mouse G500 is a revamp of Logitech's G5 Laser Mouse, a CNET Editors' Choice winner and our gaming mouse of choice since its release in 2007. And wisely, Logitech has kept that strong foundation. You still get the customizable weight kit, the comfortable grip, the smartly positioned, customizable buttons, as well as a very high 1,000MHz polling rate in the laser sensor to ensure smooth, accurate cursor tracking. On top of those tried-and-true elements of its mouse formula, Logitech has added some compelling new features to the Gaming Mouse G500.

First, Logitech has carried over its dual-mode scroll wheel from its higher-end general-purpose mice. Dual-mode scrolling lets you press a button to change the scroll wheel from its standard, ratcheted scroll wheel motion to a fast, free-spinning motion that's perfect for navigating up and down long documents quickly. We can't really think of a gaming mechanism that would benefit from the G500's free-spinning scroll wheel, but for more general-purpose mousing, you will quickly find it indispensable.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Connector Type 4 pin USB Type A
  • Movement Resolution 5700 dpi
  • Type USB
  • OS Required Microsoft Windows Vista / XP
  • Type mouse
  • Movement Detection Technology laser
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Compatibility PC
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Rich Brown is an executive editor for CNET Reviews. He has worked as a technology journalist since 1994.