Logitech G600 review

The Logitech G600 black version
The Logitech G600 black version.






  • 20 programmable buttons
  • 8200 DPI laser sensor
  • on-board memory with 3 profiles
  • macro support
  • PC only

 

 

It’s not a secret that the Logitech G600 is a direct response to the Razer Naga, which once dominating the niche market of MMO gaming mice. The distinguishing feature is of course the 12 large side buttons, all of which are programmable. There are a lot of hotkeys you need to play MMOs, so the idea behind all of these buttons is to take away some of the burden of your keyboard and put them on the mouse instead.

Alternatively you can also use them for macros, which allow you to record keyboard button presses and play them back later with the click of a button. Lastly there is a “G-shift” modifier button, which when held offers a second layer of pre-set assignments for each buttons, effectively doubling the amount of buttons.

Performance

The G600 uses the well-known Avago ADNS-9800 laser sensor which can handle a DPI resolution of 200 minimum, all the way up to 8200. Compared to a twitch-based genre like first-person shooters, MMOs wouldn’t really require DPI that high. Nevertheless the sensor can track on any surface (besides glass). Other specification include 1000hz polling rate and 30G acceleration. Overall the sensor works perfectly fine with only some older models having problem with input delay, even that has been fixed now.

Ergonomics/design

Probably the most interesting part of this review: how does it feel to hold? Well I don’t think anyone has to specifically mention this but I’ll do it anyway, the Logitech G600 is unusable for left-handed gamers. Unsurprisingly, due to all the buttons the mouse is quite large and weighs 133g. Due to its size the mouse is undoubtedly meant to be palmed, although a claw grip is feasible as well.

logitech g600
Logitech G600 white version.

Next to the obvious 12 buttons on the left-hand side there are two below the scroll wheel and the scroll wheel itself can be tilted left and right which alongside the two main buttons bring the button amount to 20. The side buttons all have a different shape so that you can differentiate them without looking.

Still, it would take a lot of take to train yourself to remember all the buttons and their assignments, but having a lot of smart macros assigned would definitely improve your performance; once you get used to them. Finally the Logitech G600 comes in two different versions. The default one has a black matte finish, then there is also one with a white finish with black trims. Both version are functionally identical.

Software

The software included with the Logitech G600 is pretty much what you would expect. You can store any adjustments you make on one of three profiles. Every button can easily be remapped and a full-fledged macro editor is naturally included. The lights that emanate from the side buttons can also be changed to a color of your liking.  Interestingly enough the G-shift button can be programmed to have a different DPI when held down. Lastly the DPI can be changed here as well in steps of 200.

The software still has one more unique feature left to talk about, and that is the fact that the software has an auto-detection feature which will scan your hard drive for games then change the layout automatically so that you can have access to the important keys without having to remap it yourself. This process is much more painless than the Naga where you have to do it yourself (which you of course still can.)

Logitech G600 vs Naga

The G600 offers three more buttons than the Naga, 17 more if you count the G-shift modifier. The G600 has slightly better software but the Naga has 3 interchangeable side grips. The buttons on the Razer Naga aren’t as defined, it also only supports up to 5600 DPI. Overall I’d say that the Logitech G600 is the better choice.

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