Any serious MMO gamer has inevitably run into the frustrating problem of pushing the limited spaces that their action bars provide. This is especially problematic when all those action bars begin to overrun your screen and start affecting your visibility. Sometimes hot keys just aren’t enough and that’s where the Logitech G600 comes in.
This twenty-button beast is a monster of epic proportions. The G600 has a scroll wheel that can click left, right, or even down. There’s also a third button beside your right mouse click, and Logitech squeezes in two more directly beneath the scroll wheel. The top one can be used to switch profiles – easy access to making adjustments to various setups.
That far right button isn’t to be underestimated either. If you really want to get down to the nitty-gritty of it, that one button is the equivalent of twelve more. Think of it as shifting gears to a different configuration of your twelve button thumb pad. This expands your selection up to twenty-four action bar buttons, right beneath your thumb. The incorrect buttons also don’t usually get pressed down by accident. So, you normally hit your target button without any fuss.
There are also two ways to configure the G600. There’s the option of an on-board memory function, which enables you to set up three distinct profiles that are stored directly on the mouse. Therefore, when you take it other places to use it, your profile is saved. The G600 also has three preset profile choices: two for MMOs and another for non-MMOs. There’s no confusion about which profile you’re using either. The keypad of the G600 glows a different color for each, your choice, and you can also set them to cycle or pulse. The G600 also comes in either black or white.
Now to the meat and potatoes – performance. The G600 is definitely capable of fulfilling its duties as an MMO-specific mouse, and in the right hands will take your MMO gaming to a whole new level. If you can master the art of holding this handful of a mouse in a way that’s functional and comfortable, you should be set to unleash the fury.
In past reviews I’ve pointed out problems that those of the female gender could potentially have with various products. Although you wouldn’t think it, the Logitech G600 mouse falls under that category. It’s absolutely enormous and, having a smaller hand, that makes it somewhat cumbersome to work with. It’s also heavier than the average mouse, which takes some getting used to in order to move as precisely.
Another downside to this is that it is – gasp! – corded. We live in a wireless world so I’ll admit I was a little surprised when I saw the cord. It makes perfect sense, however. This is a heavy duty mouse for serious gamers, and there’s a difference in response time between corded mice and those that are wireless. Those who are really into that punctuality of electronic response won’t mind – this is, after all, a mouse designed specifically for MMOs. Others, however, who don’t value it so much may mind the extra wiring. One more unfortunate qualm with this mouse is that it is right-hand exclusive. Lefties, keep looking.
What about how the G600 performs outside of Azeroth? While some may plan on using this mouse exclusively for gaming, undoubtedly the majority of folks will want to be able to do more than just game. You can set program shortcuts to the mouse the same way as you would for hot keys, and it makes for great ease-of-use. For more casual use, however, it falls short of expectations. Compared to a more run-of-the-mill mouse, it’s clunky and uncomfortable. Let’s not kid ourselves though, if you’re even considering using an MMO specific mouse, you’re not too worried about how it performs with navigating Facebook.
Overall, this mouse is suited to the task it’s designed for: MMO gaming. That’s what it’s marketed as and there’s no secret about that. Serious gamers will probably be head-over-heels for the G600, while more casual players are likely going to be dissatisfied. For an MSRP of $80, you had better be a serious gamer.
Audio/Visual – 4/5: This mouse is a whole lot of eye candy.
Gameplay –4/5: Fulfills its role as an MMO mouse almost perfectly, but is a bit heavy and awkward to use at first
Innovation – 3/5: The G600 takes what the Razer Naga started to the next step
Value – 4/5: For a serious, right-handed MMO gamer, this is the tool you’re looking for.
Final Score: 4/5