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Logitech’s long running G series of gaming accessories received a major refresh this year. The G100s took over as Logitech’s budget gaming mouse designed for RTS and MOBA games. The mouse features a traditional ambidextrous design with two programmable sensitivity settings, an invisible optical sensor, and a special hydrophobic and oleophobic coating.
The Logitech G100s is packaged in a simple box. Flipping open the box’s front cover reveals the mouse. Inside the box is the mouse, warranty information, and set up guide.
Installation of the G100s is very simple. Plug in the mouse and it is ready to go. The most noticeable feature of the mouse is actually the lack of distinct red glow of optical mice. The Logitech G100s actually uses a special Zero Delta optical sensor that does not project any visible light.
The sensor is capable of detecting 250 dpi to 2500 dpi, which is plenty for most RTS and MOBA players. However, high sensitivity FPS players may find the G100s’ sensor a little lacking. In my testing, I found the sensor to be accurate and smooth. The two preloaded sensitivity should work for most users. However, users can install the optional Logitech software to change the sensitivity settings to their preference.
The body of the mouse is the classic ambidextrous design. The same design can be seen in cheap quality mice that often come free with pre-packaged computers. Do not let the simple design fool you, there is a unique feature built into the mouse. The top of the mouse is coated with a hydrophobic coating that repels water. As a gamer who suffers from a mild case of sweaty hands, I noticed that the top of the mouse was much easier to grip without the need for a rubbery coating. I felt there was a big difference compared to my previous mouse used a hard plastic coating. Additionally, the left and right mouse buttons are coated with an oleophobic coating that helps repel fingerprints. After extensive use, the mouse buttons are a little shinier than the rest of the mouse, but there are no fingerprints in sight. The coating is pretty durable, as I was unable to scrape off the coating with a sharp fingernail. The oleophobic and hydrophobic coatings are found on many products in Logitech’s G line. It is a brilliant alternative to rubber coatings.
The mouse buttons have a nice crisp click to them. The click is the same practically anywhere I pressed the mouse button down. Logitech has rated the right and left mouse buttons to last up to 20 million clicks in their lifetime. The mouse wheel is smooth. It can only roll back and forth with a slight click as the wheel is spun. I liked the feel of the middle mouse button as it provides a nice crisp feedback, unlike the unpleasant mushy feeling of some mice. However, I would have preferred a texture mouse wheel. Although the rubbery wheel provides just enough grip, textured mouse wheels are definitely easier to manipulate. The sensitivity button is well placed below the mouse wheel. I found I could hit the button with one of my middle finger joints without having to shift the positioning of my fingers. The location makes it easy to drop down to a lower sensitivity while trying to snipe, then switch to a higher one once I needed to make my escape with a different weapon in hand.
Gamers who tend to palm their mouse will have no problems with the G100s. However, due to its long design, those who prefer to use a claw grip may have some problems. I have rather small hands and had difficulty comfortably using the mouse in a claw grip.
The bottom of the mouse is covered four mouse feet. The bottom one is exceptionally generous in size. I cannot find any documentation on what the feet are made from, but they feel as slick as the PTFE/Teflon mouse feet I have used in the past. In use, the mouse glides smoothly around my mouse pad.
The mouse cable is made from plain plastic. It is roughly six feet in length, which should suit most set ups. I would have preferred to see a slightly thicker cable as the gauge is rather anorexic. There is a small strain relief located where the mouse meets the cable, which should help lengthen the life of the mouse.
I am not a huge fan of the graphic design of the mouse. The body is black with gray markings that look like the Halo series reimagined for the 1980’s. Although the design is rather subtle, I found it a little tacky looking compared to the more simple designs in gaming accessories today. Also, I am not completely sure why a running stickman was chosen for the DPI setting buttons, but I suppose there are few better icons to describe DPI adjustments.
At $39.99, the G100s is a strange mouse. There are definitely mice available with a fuller set of features that would be considered necessary in a gaming mouse. The Logitech G100s lacks macros and thumb buttons, features its competitors are able to provide at a similar price point. For an extra $10, gamers can upgrade to the Logitech G300 which will provide 9 macroable keys and onboard memory.
If you are gaming on an extreme budget or have some burning passion for the classic ambidextrous mouse design, the G100s is a good choice. It provides a solid sensor and excellent grip for a mouse with no rubber coating. Users can program two sensitivity settings in the very accessible DPI adjustment buttons. However, the mouse is missing features considered standard in most gaming mice today, such as thumb buttons and macros. For the price, the G100s is an excellent option as a beater mouse that can be taken to LAN parties, thrown into bags, and exposed to other abuses without much worry. However, as a primary gaming mouse, there are better options at the price range.
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