Over the years, Logitech has become more entrenched in the PC peripheral space, owning quite a large portion of the market in each of the categories they compete. This is more so for low- to mid-range devices such as speakers, mouses and keyboards. If you’re a serious gamer, however, you would most likely do take your business elsewhere. Logitech has created a mouse specifically designed for MMO gaming, the Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse.
For many MMOs, other social games alike, having more buttons at your quick disposal is a huge bonus. The average mouse these days comes with a handy four buttons, which is more than adequate for most users; perhaps the simple back and forward buttons optimised for browsing. The G600 is a breed of its own, equipped with a total of 20 buttons, 12 of which are positioned to be accessed by means of your thumb.
When using the G600 for the first time, it’s quite difficult to make sense of the design, while at the same time wondering how will ever be able to master the 20-button controls. The good news is that you will quickly adjust to the shape and positioning of the mouse. After an extra day or two, memorising all 12 of the side panel buttons also becomes second nature. Using your ring finger to access the third button (next to the standard right click) is when things become really tricky, as it is used in combination with the 12 buttons to double its commands to 24. Although the 12 buttons are somewhat squashed together, the bevel and grouping makes it easier to know exactly where your thumb is.
The really useful aspect of the G600 is the ability to customise every button at your disposal. So while you will most likely be using it more often for gaming, setting the back and forward buttons for browsing is quite handy. The G7 and G8 buttons next to the scroll wheel are also customisable, with the G8 button switches profiles by default. Being able to switch between 3 modes on the fly while gaming adds to the already impressive list of features of the G600. Once your profiles have been programmed, it will be stored in the on-board memory, allowing you to use the mouse on any other PC and access the same profiles without the need of the software.
Where the G600 lacks most is in the department of adjustability. Unlike the Cyborg R.A.T. Gaming Mouses, users are unable to adjust the weight, grip and length of the mouse, which is an important aspect during the long hours of MMO gaming. In addition, there isn’t sufficient grip provided, especially when frantic mouse movements are required.
The recommended retail price in South Africa is R800, which falls within the range of Cyborg mouses available to purchase, while slightly more costly than other MMO mouses such as the Gigabyte M8000Xtreme Mouse and Razer Naga Hex. The G600 competes well against the M8000Xtreme, rated one of the best MMO mouses available, while outperforming the likes of the Naga and R.A.T. mouses simply by means of customisable, 20-button layout.
In summary, the Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse is a well-designed mouse for both serious and casual MMO gamers. While it doesn’t offer much in the way of adjustment, it makes it up with a reasonable price and smorgasbord of buttons. The G600 makes for a good choice when considering which mouse to purchase, and can take its place next to the impressive Gigabyte M8000Xtreme at the top of this category.