We tested 9 gaming mice. Turns out they're all decent, but manufacturers target different types of gamers.
The G500, due to popular demand, shares the classic shape and design with its predecessor, Logitech’s famed G5. The G500 was designed to epitomize gaming prowess by being stylish, comfortable, affordable, and very functional. It shares many of the features the G9x offers, including adjustable sensitivity, the ability to save multiple profiles directly on the mouse, hyper-scrolling technology, and added weights.
The G500 is improved in several ways. First, it features a scroll-lock function to enable and disable hyper-scrolling directly under the scroll wheel so users don’t need to turn the mouse over to activate/deactivate the function. We found this tremendously useful, especially when switching between standard applications and games and forgetting to change this setting. Instead of delaying precious seconds to push a flat button, it only takes an instant to press this finely-placed button.
The DPI sensitivity adjustment buttons are also placed on the top left of the mouse, beside where the index finger should rest. These buttons are just as easy to press as on the G9x, though we prefer the G9x’s layout in this area. It’s easier to pull your finger back than to stretch it out to press a button.
While the G9x has interchangeable grips, the G500 is a one-size-fits-all mouse. In this respect, the G500 is clearly superior, as its design comes from a long line of Logitech mice and has evolved well over the years. The G9x, in comparison, is comfortable, but some will find the fat body less comfortable than the G500.
A small button resides between the two thumb buttons, with which we have a love/hate relationship. We’ve found that for all applications, having an additional thumb button was helpful, though the placement isn’t perfect. It’s too close to the other two, and especially if you are doing a quick motion, such as during game play, it’s easy to mistakenly press the wrong button.
Gaming on the G500 is pure bliss. Once we got over the middle-thumb button, it became the easiest to simply play with and forget about. The mouse proved to be more comfortable than the bulkier G9x and is quite clearly well designed.
Instead of using an identical weighting system, the G500 uses smaller, round weights that fit in the underbelly of the mouse. This is more convenient than the G9x, which requires removing the grip to replace the weights. Installing the weights is just as easy. The SetPoint software is the same as with the G9x.
The biggest advantage the G500 has over the G9x is the improved scroll wheel. It functions flawlessly. Scrolling left to right is easy, as is pushing the third mouse button. We have yet to accidentally scroll while pressing the button, though for most applications, the frictionless scroll wheel is simply more fun to use than the third mouse button. For gaming, it’s a nice change of pace to have the usable button.
One downside to the mouse is its inability to store multiple profiles on the mouse. Only one profile can be saved and used should users decide to plug the G500 into another computer without installing the software. For LAN gamers or people who like using their personal mice in the workplace, this means you’ll have to install the SetPoint software if you want multiple profiles on the mouse.
Logitech’s G500 retails for $69.99. The G5 is no longer sold direct, though the older G518 MX is. We do not recommend it for anyone interested in higher DPI settings. The G5 is slightly faster, though it may be difficult to find new.
Gaming Performance: 5
Non-Gaming Performance: 5