Review: Logitech G300

Our score: 3/5
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Published: February 21, 2012 2:07 PM
By Vincent Alzieu
Translated by: Catherine Barraclough
Logitech is making sure it has something for everyone by adding an entry-level gaming mouse to its peripherals range. In fact, given the credit crunch and all that, it's nice to see a new gaming mouse that costs £30 rather than the £60 to £80 you'd have needed to shell out for a G500 or a G700 when they launched (prices have come down considerably, however).

Logitech G300 mouse review - buttons


The G300 has a symmetrical design that's suitable for both left- and right-handed users. While symmetrical mice are usually pretty plain affairs—like the excellent SteelSeries Xai—the G300 has uses detail like borders and indentations to liven things up a bit. It also has nine programmable buttons and an LED sensor.

Logitech G300 mouse review - design


While all of that sounds relatively promising, we won't bother wasting any more of your time talking about this mouse. In a nutshell, we don't recommend it. Here's why:

- It isn't a comfortable shape.

- Buttons that would usually fall under the thumb have been moved onto the top of the mouse and are less easy to access.

- The mouse is too light for our linking.

- Most of all, the LED sensor can't track fast enough movements to be of interest to gamers. It struggles to keep up as soon as you start moving the mouse at 1.5 metres per second, and cuts out completely if you go above 2 metres per second. A minimum tracking speed of 3 metres per second is required to meet the needs of serious gamers. Using a 'pro gamer' mouse mat like the Tt Esport Dasher didn't improve things either.

In spite of all that, CPU use is kept in check nicely in this mouse. While the tech specs promise 1000 Hz, the actual frequency changes, often varying between 500 and 1000 Hz in relation to the mouse's movements. The average reporting frequency works out at around 800 Hz.
3/5 Logitech G300 DigitalVersus 2012-02-21 15:07:00

Pros

  • Frequency: 1000 Hz
  • Low price for a gaming mouse
  • For left- and right-handed users

Cons

  • We didn't like the mouse's design or shape
  • LED sensor isn't good enough for gamers as it can't track fast movements
  • Very light
  • Not as good as the G500, which isn't much more expensive

Conclusion

On paper, the Logitech G300 looks great. In practice, it's a pretty bog-standard mouse or a pretty poor gaming mouse, depending on how you look at it. We'd have loved to tell you this button-packed mouse was a real bargain but, unfortunately, that's not the case.

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