Along with Logitech’s crusade to make quality gaming equipment, their secondary mission seems to be giving those products forgettable names. There are 16 different products that make up the G line, and all of them are named “G” followed by two or three seemingly random numbers. I’ve been using the G500s (mouse), G510s (keyboard), and G230 (headset) for a couple weeks now and I can’t even remember one of their names. So if one of these devices catches your interest, I suggest writing it down.
I often wondered how much of a difference a gaming mouse would make my play sessions. I used a generic Microsoft optical mouse that was reliable when it came to doing what mice do best: pointing and clicking. Using the G500s for the first time showed a substantial difference in quality and comfort.
The G500s gaming mouse is designed specifically for first-person shooters. It boasts key features like a low-friction bottom paired with high-friction material for your thumb, adjustable weight, and a lightning-fast optical report rate.
Logitech claims that this mouse has a one millisecond report rate, making it ultra-accurate with every move and gesture. When comparing it to the standard optical mouse I used to use, it did indeed feel more precise when the game required slow and methodical snipes.
My personal favorite feature is the adjustable weight. The G500s comes with 4.5g and 1.7g weights, six of each, that can be inserted into the bottom of the mouse. A gaming mouse, especially one being used for FPSs, should be as comfortable to the player as possible, and not all players are alike. It took a lot of tweaking, but I eventually found a hefty weight by adding 18 grams that made the mouse feel perfect.
The annoyance of altering sensitivity from an in-game settings menu became a thing of the past thanks to the mouse’s ability to change sensitivity on the fly. The mouse has two buttons on the top left corner that can make cursor movement more or less sensitive. An LED light displays where you currently are on the scale. This feature came in handy when switching games or even switching from games to web browsing.
Once you find that comfort zone for each game, the G500s comes equipped with onboard memory that can house profiles for various games.
The biggest problem with this mouse is it’s exclusively built for right-handed gamers. Its design is molded to fit perfectly under someone’s right hand. If you use your left hand for mouse control, this won’t do much for you. Come to think of it, it must be rather difficult to find gaming mice built for lefties.
This corded beauty is available for $69.99, which is well worth the coin if you consider yourself a serious PC gamer that thrives on precision. This nifty device is packed with features I didn’t consider, but now wouldn’t want to live without. I’m truly sorry if you’re left handed, though.
Final grade: A
As taken as I was with the G500s, I expected more from the G510s. You’re already paying a premium price for a gaming keyboard, but this model is the second lowest on Logitech’s totem pole. You’ll save some money by choosing it, but you’ll miss some features and additions I expect from a gaming keyboard. The G510s isn’t a bad keyboard by any means, but spending some extra money on the higher model looks like it would be worth it.
The first thing I noticed about the G510s was it’s lack of USB passthrough. I see USB ports as a necessity on a gaming keyboard. There are always extra add-ons that come with PC gaming whether it’s a mouse, headset, or even a fan to keep your hands cool. Having access to extra USB ports nearby is always a plus.
It may not have USB access, but it does have headset and microphone ports. These ports are conveniently paired with mute buttons for each.
As for comfort, the G510s felt nice under my fingertips. The buttons require a comfortable amount of pressure, but that could be too much if you’re used to a mechanical keyboard. Sorry to say, this Logitech model is not mechanical, and rather uses the standard keyboard build.
The keyboard attempts to make up for this shortcoming with programmable buttons...lots of programmable buttons. It features a hefty offering of 18 programmable keys called G-keys. Plus, it has three macros, giving the keyboard a total of 54 programmable keys. Each macro can be programmed to have it’s on backlit color, so the player can see what profile is active by looking at the color.
If you’re lazy and don’t feel like doing the programming work yourself, the keyboard automatically loads premade profiles based on what games are in your library. Those profiles automatically activate when the game is booted. The active game is displayed on the keyboard’s LCD panel.
The LCD panel is a nice touch, and displays far more than just active profiles. It can also display friends online and even act as a news ticker. The ticker put the full article on your monitor with the push of a button. This isn’t a feature that I’ll use very often, if ever, but it’s nice to see some added functionality.
The G510s has a lot of good features that I want from a gaming keyboard for $119, but I wouldn’t want to settle for one without USB ports. Also, if you’re looking for a mechanical option, you’ll have to look to the G710+, which is $30 more. The G510s is a good, well-made gaming keyboard, but it lacks certain features that keep it from being a total package.
Final Grade: B-
The G230 is Logitech’s entry level headset. This is only a stereo headset, but it produces that stereo sound quite well while having some comfort bonuses.
When I picked up this headset for the first time, I noticed the lightweight design right away. The earpieces stick out more than rival headsets on the market, but the extra mass doesn’t add weight. This is a light headset, which is a plus for long gaming sessions.
The cups are padded by a mesh cloth that is similar to that of a running shoe. This material was added so the cups can breath easily. While my ears did stay cooler than usual, the material is rather noisy. Every turn of my head or headphone adjustment caused the material to loudly rub against my head, which is something I hadn’t noticed with gaming headsets that have softer material.
Sound quality was a pleasant surprise. I prefer my headsets to have 7.1 surround sound, but the G230 produced full, crisp game sound with plenty of depth. The cups do a fine job of blocking outside noise, too, keeping the game sound well contained.
The headset has a mic that folds nicely on the left side when not in use.
For $59.99 the G230 is a great option for stereo sound, but only $20 more gets you 7.1 surround with the G430. As far as sound quality and comfort go, Logitech has made a wonderful entry level set.
Final Grade: B+