Have you ever thought about the hardest thing to do in WoW? No, it is not ranking first in arena. It is neither the mythic raiding nor doing Blackrock Depths via the dungeon finder. Finding a good MMO mouse that will not take a toll on your wrist or mental sanity is the most difficult part.
If you want to have a mouse that possesses more programmable buttons than you have fingers for, you will gladly embrace the opportunity to manage all spells, attacks and positions with one hand and glue the other to the A, W and D keys. That’s why I want to bring to your attention the award-winning Logitech G600 gaming mouse.
You must have stumbled upon reviews stuffed with superlatives about the model and like every rational human being, you got prejudiced against these independent appraisals. You are right. A perfectly crafted piece of gaming merchandise is yet to be released. That’s why I always do my best to present both the strengths and weaknesses of every product I review and the Logitech G600 is not an exception. Before we proceed to the detailed explanation of all bells and whistles it possesses, let’s have a quick look at the main specs.
If you want to find out more details about the Logitech G600 Gaming Mouse before buying it, read the review below.
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Logitech G600 is yet another gaming mouse that belongs to the highly competitive MMO gaming niche. It would not be excessive to say that it is a fearsome rival to Razer Naga. What’s more, some folks believe the G600 was heavily inspired by the Naga but still both devices differ from one another in several aspects.
The G600 sports the mind-blowing 20 programmable buttons and this is arguably its biggest selling point. During my tests, some hardware issues emerged, but if you are more concerned about functionality rather than ergonomics, the G600 is worth your attention. I am not saying that you will have to make inhuman efforts to reach the buttons, but one thing is for sure. The G600 is not everybody’s cup of tea.
It is an effective weapon in MMOs, but first person shooters may have to look elsewhere. It is great for spell spamming, grinding and even performing standard office tasks, but it is unsuitable for performing the thousands of clicks in MOBAs. The non-adjustable weight affects the precision in FPS. Having said that, I found it works pretty well in CS:GO under one condition. Don’t play at high DPI unless you want to experience issues, related to forced mouse acceleration, and stuttering.
Logitech G600 does not offer as many hardware adjustment options as its peers. Basically, it looks pretty much like an all-purpose office mouse packed with programmable buttons. However, the unobtrusive design, the onboard memory and the decent DPI are some of the features that give it an edge over the competition.
I have tested hundreds of gaming devices, but when I found myself with a cumbersome 20-button beast in my hands, I got mixed feelings. Later, I figured out that the G600 has deservedly earned itself a spot among the best MMO gaming mice. It has a well-thought-out layout, eye-pleasing design, and customization options that would fulfill the needs of most gamers.
The ergonomics is the main reason why G600 may not suit everyone’s taste. If you employ the claw or the fingertip grip, you will not find it the most convenient peripheral on Earth. However, if you are a palm gripper, you might have just found a nice replacement of the rodent you currently use.
I swear, folks, every time I review a good right-handed gaming mouse I feel sorry for lefties and it saddens me to tell you that the G600 is designed exclusively for righties.
Right-handed palm holders will find the G600 very comfortable and suitable for long gaming sessions. The wrist fatigue is kept to the minimum even if you become so engaged into the game that when you push the pause button, you realize it is already dark outside and it is time to go to bed.
If you keep the thumb raised and pointed, you can quickly access several rows of thumb buttons. And here is where the most serious ergonomics issue emerges. The center of gravity falls underneath the unsupported fingers. If you do not pair the mouse with a suitable surface, controlling it becomes quite a clumsy, irritating activity.
The G600 weighs 4.7 oz. It is slightly wider than most similar products but the additional width is attributed to the third finger button.
One of the advantages G600 has over its rivals is the availability of three extra buttons. Apart from the 12 buttons on the right, the standard right and left buttons and the two buttons located on the top, the G600 comes with an extra button you can easily access with your pinky.
The scroll wheel is tilting right and left. The G7 and G8 buttons are right next to it. The scroll wheel also allows you to cycle through the profiles you saved in mouse’s onboard memory- Primary MMO, Alternative MMO and Generic gaming. If you have never used a mouse with so many buttons, you may consider the extra buttons a bit confusing, but in practice, they are quite convenient.
The default macro command for the third finger button is either Ctrl or DPI shift. Unlock your imagination and assign this button push-to-talk, attacks, scoping or web browser refresh functions. Just figure out what works best for you.
Responsiveness and Sensor
The mouse offers up to 8,200 DPI, 1000Hz USB report rate, and 30G acceleration. Although Logitech claims it is optimized for a maximum speed of 160 inches per second, I am more likely to believe it is better optimized for 150 inches per second.
I searched far and wide and could not find relevant information about the type of sensor G600 uses. Still, I am pretty sure it is ADNS-9800. The sensor sensitivity can be adjusted in 200 DPI increments. Although you can make increments below 200 DPI via the software, I would not advise you to go to such extremes.
In my tests, the sensor scored well. It ensured smooth, consistent tracking on almost all surfaces, except for glass. I consider it important to mention that the G600 does not have a dedicated DPI button, but in MMO, its absence is not the end of the world.
Wired Mode Only
Logitech G600 is strictly a corded mouse. It connects to your PC via a braided, tangle-free USB 2.0 cable. Although the availability of a cable inevitably leads to more clutter on your desk, corded rodents have a major advantage over the wireless ones. I do not know a pro gamer who can point a high-end corded Logitech mouse that has lagging or interference issues. I guess if you are determined to have a super functional MMO gaming mouse, you will put up with yet another cable around your desk. In reward, you will get great precision and incredible responsiveness.
It seems to me that the battle for the title “Most renowned manufacturer of gaming merchandise” is between Logitech and Razer. Likewise, the two companies also compete for the title most user-friendly software. Although the Razer software offers more customization options, the Logitech is not far behind.
The Logitech driver allows you to remap every key on your mouse. What’s more, it comes with an auto-detection system that scans the hard drive for compatible games. When a compatible game is found, it automatically switches the mouse layout. You don’t have to remap the mouse manually.
The profile switching function is available on the home tab. You can store up to three profiles and the good news is that the onboard profiles do not require the host computer to have the software installed. As for the macro functions, they are limited to simple hotkeys. Each profile can have its own set of assigned macros and sensitivity.
Computer stored macro options include toggling DPI settings, key combinations, keystrokes, hotkeys. You can also change the report rate and DPI via the Mouse Pointer settings tab. The lighting schemes and color patterns can be tweaked or turned off via the software as well.
Frankly, the G600 is not among the most aesthetical Logitech gaming mice. It looks a bit weird, but that is for all the right reasons. Its weight and the absence of some advanced customization options make it relatively unsuitable for FPS and MOBAs. However, you can hardly find another MMO-specialized mouse that would beat the G600 in terms of dedicated buttons, layout, and functionalities.