Hardware Review: Logitech G600

Hey everyone, I recently received the newly released G600 MMO mouse from Logitech and “stress” tested it extensively for about 3-4 weeks. I will give you a review of this mouse from the perspective of a MMO gamer.

Introduction

Logitech G600 was released in early July of this year in order to accommodate the ever growing MMO market. It is not the first mouse of the type to emerge (the  competitor Razer Naga was released in late 2009) but it is Logitech’s first MMO mouse product. The price tag for Logitech G600 is $79.99 USD, which is identical to Razer Naga’s current price tag.

The mouse has the standard 12 button left thumbgrid, the standard left and right mouse buttons and the scrollwheel left/right/click buttons. In addition to these features, there is also a button to switch between three modes (primary MMO, alternate MMO, generic gaming) and a G-shift button that make your 12 button thumbgrid into 24 buttons. That is an impressive army of buttons packed into one little mouse.

Why MMO mouse?

That is a common question a lot of people ask before they had their first MMO mouse. Are you going to be able to utilize the full 12 buttons? What advantages will it provide over a standard mouse?

Lets talk about the advantages. Like a lot of people, I was initially skeptical as well. There are a lot of new technology these days that have a lot of hype but little use in practice. The biggest difference I find is with MMOs that require a lot of movement. Take the two newest MMO released/about to be released for example, The Secret World and Guild Wars 2. Both games allow you to use abilities while on the move and there are a lot of boss mechanics that forces you dodge stuff while maintaining your standard rotation of abilities. Having a MMO mouse will allow you use abilities with your right hand while moving your character with your left hand on the WSAD keys. This way, you don’t need to stop to press a button on your keyboard to fire off an ability, you just keep on moving.

As for the 12 buttons, it comes with practice and depends on your hand. Take me for example, I have a your typical small female hand. I can reach the first 3 rows of 9 buttons fine but I have a bit of trouble reaching the last row as it bends my thumb a bit unnaturally. It is like playing the violin, there are some notes that you will have difficulty with initially but with enough practice you can use all buttons with ease.

Lastly, if you are playing MMOs that have a lot of abilities that you need to use and you struggle to find enough buttons on your keyboard for all of them, a MMO mouse will provide you with  a whole set of buttons to use without having to resort to the awkward key combinations like ctrl/alt + button.

Aesthetics/Outer Shell

How does it look? Lets take a look starting from the box! The box is neatly packaged with a velcro button that allow you to open the front cover to reveal the mouse inside.

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The mouse itself comes in two colors: pure black (the one I have) or white with black buttons. As you can see, the cable is super thick and fairly long, typical of a Logitech product.

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I don’t have a Naga, but I have a Razer SWTOR mouse, which is a similar size, this picture allows you to see how it compares with its competition. They are about the same length, similar height, but the G600 has a different kind of curve (G600 is fat at the waist while the Naga is slim at the waist but fat below the waist!)

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Here is a picture of the thumbgrid when it lights up.

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The main thing to take note is the curvature on the thumbgrid and that is what makes the G600 really stands out. There are two curve centers, one focusing on the top 2 rows and the other on the bottom two rows. The curves are designed to direct your thumb towards the rest spot between G10/G13 and the G16/G19 keys. The little lines on G13 and G16 keys give you an idea of which two rows your thumbs are resting in between. As a former Naga user, I do like a thumbgrid here a bit better. It is easier to know which buttons you are about to press due to the curvature and your thumb get a rest spot when you are not pressing any buttons.

The G-shift key is the button to the right of the right mouse button. It is designed for your ring finger and give you an additional set of hotkeys on your thumbgrid when you press down on it. Depending on your finger’s flexibility, you may find it a bit difficult initially to get adjusted but should get better with practice. This button essentially converts the thumbgrid from a 12 button grid to a 24 button grid.

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In addition to the thumbgrid and the G-shift button, the scrollwheel is also clickable (left, right, and down) and can be macro’ed to different key combinations. The left and right click are a bit tighter and require a bit more pressure to activate but can function as the back and forward buttons by default. The two little G8 and G7 buttons below the scrollwheel by default serve as a mode switcher/DPI switcher but can be reprogrammed to other functions as well.

G600 comes with three different modes that you can access on the fly via the mode switcher button. Each of the modes are indicated by different colors on the thumbgrid. By default, Primary MMO mode has the thumbgrid pointing to 1-= buttons on your keyboard while the Alternate MMO mode has the thumbgrid pointing to the buttons on the numpad. The third mode, Generic Gaming, is more focused on generic mouse usage and has buttons that allow rapid access to DPI shifts, back and forward buttons for internet browsing.

As someone with rather small hands, the G600 feels very comfortable on my palm and there are no wrist pain or finger exhaustion even after hours of clicking on the same buttons. The buttons are fairly responsive so you don’t need to apply too much pressure for the click to register. If you are worried about accidently activating the buttons by touching them, that is not a really a concern as you need a lot more pressure to activate the buttons. The mouse is a bit on the heavy side (about the same weight as my Logitech G500 with all weight cartridges, similar weight to my Razer) but glides smoothly so the weight wasn’t too noticeable.

The Inner Workings

The biggest gripe I had with my Razer is the software – the Razer software requires an internet connection and updates itself randomly (sometimes tab me out of a game just to install an update). Luckily after about a month using my G600, I never had an issue with the software.

Everything is customizable with the G600 software: you can reassign buttons, adjust colors etc. The mouse itself comes an onboard memory that allow you to store colors and basic keybind assignments for each of the three modes. In addition, there is an automatic game detection mode that utilizes the profiles saved on your computer where you can make more complex button assignments (i.e. macros)  based on the game being launched in the background.

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The On-board Memory does not store macros but you can use the Automatic Game Detection which has a macro creater by default and a lot more options such as text block and ventrilo functions.

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The mouse itself come with four DPI sensitivity levels right out of the box 400, 1200, 2000, and 3200 but you can adjust the mouse to have any five DPI levels between 200 and 8200. The G shift button can also programmed to have a different DPI value when it is pressed down.

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Lastly, the color for each of the three modes can be adjusted. The color selector is based on a RGB color system so you can be very specific in the colors you want to be displayed on the buttons. You can also make the buttons cycle through colors or pulse. The colors for all the buttons have to be identical.

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Naga or G600?

This is a rather hard question and may just come down to personal preference as they are both priced similarly.  The G600 is designed with Razer Naga in mind so it has to go above and beyond what the Naga has to offer in order to be a successful product. I do like the G600 thumbgrid a lot better and it is harder to misclick buttons due to the curvature on grid. The addition of the G-shift button also doubles the amount of buttons on the thumbgrid. I also like the fact that the G600 comes with three modes that you can easily switch on the fly without having to resort to the software. I personally have some issues with the Razer software but the Logitech software so far have not give me any trouble at all.

If you don’t care about all the extra features or the software, I recommend you go to a store and physically try them out. What it comes down to is ultimately how comfortable your hand feels on each mouse as you will be using them for years (hopefully).

The Naga has a 2 years warranty while the Logitech G600 has a 3 years warranty. I have dealt with Logitech warranty in the past and they are excellent in exchanging your mouse for a new one if you have any issues (havn’t had the need to contact Razer support yet).

  • http://twitter.com/Tippocalypse Tippocalypse

    I gotta agree with you on most points. I tried the Naga for a few days and absolutely hated it. Software was atrocious, and I had a hard time finding buttons by feel. I’m no stranger to multi-button mice, and prior to this was using the g700, and some of the revolution mice. I’ve always liked Logitech’s software, and they stand by their warranty…they tend to take really good care of their customers.

    I ended up picking up the g600 and having looked back. Between the extended hotkey ability in games, and the macro capability outside of games, it’s made my computing experience so much more pleasant.

    Highly recommend it!

  • Thlorax

    Thanks for the review, I have been looking to purchase this mouse but so far have not seen that many actual reviews on it just a number of previews that don’t go into the same depth you have here. With that in mind I do have some follow up questions.

    Are all the G-buttons on the mouse totally customizable? Specifically can you bind the G9 button as the shift key on your keyboard? Also would it be possible to bind a combination of the shift/ctrl/alt buttons onto the G9-G20 buttons. Thanks for any more help you can provide.

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      hey, the onboard memory seems a bit buggy and doesn’t allow you to bind the shift key to the G9 button. However, if you go into automatic game detection mode (i.e. where keybinds are saved onto your computer), it does appear to work. As for the rest of the key combinations, yes you can bind those combinations in any of those keys in both the onboard memory and automatic game detection mode. Here are some screenshots

      • Thlorax

        Awesome, I appreciate the quick response. Thank you very much for you help as well as the screenshots. My compliments on the site overall as well, it is a great resource.

  • a3ug3nio

    Is there a version for left handed?

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      nope :(

  • evil_mike

    Good review Dulfy! Let me add my two cents, based on my first-hand (pun intended) experience with both the G600 and it’s closest competitor, the Razer Naga. In this case, I’m going to compare it to the Naga Epic because that’s what I own, although I have owned the wired Naga previously. My review is done, in part because I haven’t seen anyone do a thorough comparison between the two mice.

    Personally, I believe that Logitech makes great products for some people, but unfortunately, they aren’t me. I’ve tried their Wireless Gaming Mouse G700 twice and found it to be very uncomfortable for my hand (I’m not a “claw grip” person). Last week, I picked up the G600, hoping that I found something that surpasses the excellent Razer Naga Epic, but soon found myself boxing it back up to return it to the local Best Buy. My biggest issue? I kept involuntarily hitting the G button (that’s the third button on the top of the mouse, where the ring finger rests) when I pressed one of the thumb buttons! I suspect that they design their mice with a certain form factor in mind, but after using the Razer Naga for a few years, I’m just not that guy.

    G600 Pros:
    +Thumb button placement is a bit better on the G600 than on the Naga Epic. They’re a little higher on the mouse, so you don’t have to “reach” as much for the 10-12 row.
    +Software – I totally agree with Dulfy on this – Logitech’s software smokes Razer’s. Layout, design, plus their pre-loaded game profiles, all make is far better than what Razer offers.
    +Build. This is an assumption, but one that’s based on my previous experience with other Logitech products. Before venturing into the world of MMO mice, I owned an old Logitech wireless mouse (can’t remember the model, but it had the battery packs that you could eject and recharge that also served as weights) and that sucker is STILL humming along (I gave it to my parents). I also have friends who swear by their Logitech peripherals, including their gaming keyboards (particularly the old school G15). They just seem to do a better job building their gear than the competition.

    G600 Cons:
    -As stated, it didn’t feel comfortable in my hand, and that’s a show-stopper for me. The Naga Epic (and regular Naga, which I previously owned) immediately felt like they were molded for my hand.
    -The G button is a great concept, but the execution was clunky. I kept hitting it whenever I used the thumb buttons, particularly the “09″ button. Again, another show stopper for me, as that’s muscle memory that I don’t think I can easily change.
    -Not wireless. This is kind of a “duh” and yes, I knew the G600 wasn’t wireless going in, but for it’s faults (I’ll get to that in a sec), the Razer Naga Epic kicks ass as a wireless mouse.

    Razer Naga Epic Pros:
    +VERY comfortable to use. It has adjustable plates for the side of the mouse, depending on how you grip it. Really smart ergonomic idea! Also, I’ve read that it’s a hell of a lot more comfortable to use than the SWTOR version (they went for aesthetics over comfort with that mouse apparently).
    +Wireless! May or may not be a big deal, but I like not having my mouse tethered. If the juice runs out, I can always plug the cable directly into it and keep going too.
    +WoW add-on support, if that’s your thing. They have their own add-on, created by the folks who made Bartender. I used it extensively when I played WoW, and it did help a lot.
    +Good customer service. See below for my experience.

    Razer Naga Epic Cons:
    -”Meh” bulid quality. I’ve had three Naga Epics so far. The first one died for no apparent reason, so Razer shipped me a new one. A few months later, I updated the firmware, which apparently did something that made the thumb buttons stop working. Called their support again, and they fixed me up with another replacement. I did have to pay shipping to return the mice both times.
    -Mediocre software. It’s not horrible, but, after seeing what Logitech came up with, I hope it puts a spark under Razer to create something better. Plus, they seem to have a different driver for every peripheral they make, instead of having something more unified (like Logitech).

    Overall, I’m sticking with my Naga Epic. The G600 isn’t bad by any means, and if you don’t have an MMO mouse and read this site, I HIGHLY recommend investing in one. For me, the G600 just wasn’t comfortable enough to warrant making the switch, but as Dulfy said, go play with one for yourself and draw your own conclusions.

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      Thank you for the very detailed review! I personally don’t use the G-shift button much as I place my ring finger on the right side of the mouse (I pretend it is not there) but I definitely could see the issue you are describing though.

      • evil_mike

        A few things – I noticed that Razer has indeed updated their software, so they’re using Synapse 2.0 across all their mice now. That’s what I get for not checking for a few months. Still, it’s pretty lackluster when compared to the Logitech software.

        Also, apologies for the spelling errors (“bulid quality” should be “build quality”).

        Keep up the excellent work. Seems like you’re playing the same MMOs as me, so I find your site to be a great resource. Just glad to give back a little.

      • http://jambeeno.com/ Jambe

        Hey, it was a nice review. I have a few questions: I use my ring finger for right-clicking and my middle finger for scrolling. Can one use the G600 in this manner comfortably? Also, if one uses it this way, can one use their pinky to click the G-shift button?

        • Anonymous

          Hi, Jambe. I happen to have an incapacitated index-finger due to having cut through some nerves in an accident. Personally, the Logitech G600 works out great for me. Usually, I palm mouse in such a manner that my middle-finger rests on left-click and my ring-finger on right-click, which leaves my index-finger dangling (uncomfortably) alongside the left side of the mouse. With the G600, however, I can comfortably rest my index finger on the left-most button, my middle-finger on the middle button, and my ring-finger on the G-button. Consequently, I have re-assigned the middle and G-button to left and right-click, consecutively. The left-most button is currently unassigned. Unintentionally, Logitech has helped me out a great deal.

          Rather than shifting my index finger to the left side of the mouse, I just use my middle-finger to both operate the scroll wheel and the middle button.

          Hope this helps.

    • Sylvers

      Great review evil_mike, complements Dulfy’s nicely, I am just now considering a G600 as an upgrade from the good ol’ generic cheap mice generation.

      I might be 2 years late to the party, but better late than never, eh.

  • foozlesprite

    I loved my Naga to death for years in EQ2, but it started double clicking all the time because of a plastic piece wearing out inside. I opened it up and tried to fix it, but the fixes only worked temporarily–I couldn’t find anything that would last through many more clicks. When I saw the G600 I decided to try it.

    I’m also a small-handed female, and I was a bit afraid at first that it would be too big for me. But I find that it’s actually easier for me to use than the Naga because of the GShift button. On the Naga I could only reach 9 of the buttons reliably mid-combat. Because of the GShift button, that’s effectively doubled to 18 for me on the G600. In GW2 I have 1-8 bound to my weapon/utility slots, and G1-6 bound to F1/2/3/4, Drop/Swap, and Elite. It works out for me quite well like that. So if you have smaller hands, don’t be afraid to purchase this–it may end up more useable for you than the Naga.

  • mmx2

    I bought the g600 when my naga epic broke. i liked the mouse better over all but it only lasted me 3 days before the software bugged out and screwed up my mouse. It would no longer right click. This has happened before with my naga mice but all you need to do is a firmware update and it’s fixed. Couldn’t do that on the g600 so i was forced to take it back to the store and acquire a naga 2012 since they were out of G600′s

  • we

    Too many buttons for my brain.

    I would love to have a mouse with 4 thumb buttons. Not 200.
    :)

    There are only mice with 1-2, oder too many.

  • Deadstill

    One thing I notice people knock Razer for is their Synapse software. However, it is not required, and most people don’t realize this. I own a Razer Anansi and a Razer Naga Epic and after I found out the Synapse software required an internet connection, I looked a little more closely at the Razer downloads section. If you look for your individual device, you can still get the recent drivers from their site, without using Synapse. I like the feel and look of the Razer Naga Epic over the Logitech G600. The side buttons on the Razer are a little harder to get used to, but they’re more comfortable and it doesn’t take very long to get used to them, I almost never have any issues with mis-clicks. They have two little rows of bumps to help identify which keys you are on, and it comes with “training stickers” that are like little rubber feet that you can stick on individual buttons if you want, to help remember where your thumb is. Also, because I am not just an MMO player, I also play FPS games, the G600′s extra third button did nothing but get in the way. For me, the way I hold my mouse when I play an FPS, I kept accidentally clicking the third button, and it is not comfortable at all. The Razer Naga Epic came with 3 interchangeable side-supports, all of which I find comfortable. I have one I use mainly for MMO’s, and one I use for FPS. The other I don’t use as often because it’s similar to the one I use for MMO’s, except a little bigger. Plus, the Epic version gives you the option to use it in wireless or wired modes. Granted, the Epic is more expensive (129.99) than the regular Naga, it’s great for someone like me who uses it at home, and on the go.

  • Jay Lee

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