Reviewed: Logitech 2013 G-Series Gaming mice roundup Featured

A couple of months ago, Logitech sent us 3 of their gaming mice from the new 2013 'G' series to road test and review. It's always interesting when a company releases a product line openly calling it a "refresh". Some people will criticise the company for not making more changes whilst others will be grateful that the change is limited.

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Reviewing a refresh is also tricky because you are faced with the decision to either review against the previous product line that is usually pretty similar or treat it as a fresh start and review the product on it's own merits without comparison to the previous generation.

In this situation, we decided to review the new G-series mice from Logitech on their own merits but we couldn't resist a few references to the Logitech Gaming peripheral heritage.

There is often talk of the sensor and how many DPI it does - Given that I don't set my mouse much over 800, I haven't had an issue with DPI or polling rates for about 6 years. I still have my old Logitech G5 and use it for work/productivity because it's more comfortable than a standard issue generic office style mouse.

Testing approach

The Logitech software allows you to have more than one gaming device connected so we connected all 3 and sat them near the mouse mat so that I could use different mice at different times and see which one I  went for without really thinking about it. I adjusted the sensitivity via the Logitech Gaming software on each mouse so that they were all as close as I could get to balanced and consistent with my 'muscle memory' or whatever neurological mapping process the brain uses to try and give me hand to eye co-ordination.

The applications involved were: General browsing, windows tasks etc Document reviews, article writing and some photo work FPS Gaming like BF3, BF4 Beta, Skyrim, Simulation Gaming with X3 Terran Conflict Strategy Gaming with Civilisation V, Starcraft, Supreme Commander 2 Action Gaming with Diablo III and GTA IV - (Rockstar, hurry up with GTA V for PC already!!)

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0 #2 Phil 2013-11-10 00:42
Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback Bob,

You are correct - I really should have confirmed that these mice have polled up to 1085 Hz when benchmarked. The highest I've seen is on a Corsair M65 @ 1100+ Hz for whatever it's worth. The difficulty is measuring (relatively) that any of these products are 8 times faster than a 'standard mouse'. Once upon a time, the standard polling rate was considered to be 125Hz but there are so many varieties of mice available now that 'standard' is a loose term. If we accept that a 'standard mouse' polling rate is 8ms or 125Hz, then you could call the manufacturer's claim verified. What I was referring to (albeit poorly) was the validity of Logitech's claim that the polling rate is up to 8 times faster than a 'standard mouse' - and that it's of tangible benefit.

Although companies like to implement high DPI capabilities and polling rates, the question can be asked as to how much of the technology provides a real advantage to a player and where the point of diminishing returns lies. We have spoken with professional gamers who don't set their DPI over 800 or 1000 and freely admit that they can't tell the difference between polling rates of 500 and 1000 Hz. If the review samples felt inaccurate, sluggish or anything other than super smooth, we'd have called it out.
0 #1 bob 2013-11-08 23:40
"Logitech say that this is up to 8 times faster than a standard USB mouse, we have no real way of measuring it and between the polling rate, DPI settings and everything else - we'll take their word for it."

how about if you're reviewing PC hardware, you have a clue about the technology you're reviewing. That is if you want your opinions to be taken as authority?

Else why should people value your opinions?

mouserate checking software has been around since the days of PS2 mice, even to the extent of being able to overclock the polling rate from the [then] standard 125Hz all the way up to 1,000Hz.

Here's a tiny program, an executable requiring no install, that checks your mouse's polling rate:
Maybe next time you can review and provide your own opinion when reviewing products, instead of saying "we'll take the companies word for it.".

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