Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse ReviewThu, Feb 14, 2013 - 12:00 AM
Logitech Game Software
Users should note the G600 does not come with a driver CD. Instead, the latest version of the Logitech Game Software has to be downloaded from Logitech’s support website. Logitech’s Setpoint software, used by some of Logitech’s non-gaming products, cannot configure the G600.
The Logitech Game Software’s graphical interface is fairly intuitive to navigate. Glowing visual cues direct the user’s attention to the programmable functions. Pop-up tooltips give concise explanations in-case a little more information is needed.
Available on the home tab is the option to switch between the profiles stored onboard the G600 and profiles stored on the computer. The onboard memory can store only three profiles can be stored on and the macro functions are limited to simple hotkeys. However, unlike the Razer Naga 2012 and its driver software, Synapse 2.0, the G600’s onboard profiles do not require the host computer to have the Logitech Game Software installed! Thus, users can preprogram the G600 on their own computer for use on another computer without being more invasive than is necessary.
The 20 buttons can each be assigned macro functions. Clicking a section of the colored wheel switches to another profile. Each game can have three profiles and each profile can have its own set of assigned macro functions. Logitech G-series keyboards can also have a macro key assigned to cycle between G600 profiles.
The macro options available for the onboard profiles are limited to “Mouse function” and “Keystroke.” Users wanting to use more advanced macros have to use the computer stored profiles.
Computer stored macro options include keystrokes, key combinations, hotkeys, opening programs, and advanced mouse functions, such as toggling DPI settings. “DPI shift” is a macro function that changes the DPI while the button is held. That DPI level can be defined in the Mouse Pointer Settings tab.
Unique to the G600 is “G-Shift”, which acts as the G600’s own pseudo-modifier key and can be assigned to a button on the G600 or Logitech G-series keyboard macro key. Holding down a button with G-Shift assigned will function similarly to holding down a modifier on the keyboard such as Shift, Ctrl, and Alt. Instead however, G-Shift swaps between two user defined sets. Demonstrating this is the default profile; with the 12 thumb buttons mapped as the numpad, pressing the G-Shift assigned button will shift to Num Lock numpad assignments. Thus, using G-Shift can effectively double the number of programmed macros on the G600.
The Mouse Pointer Settings tab allows users to change the report rate and the DPI sensitivity. DPI levels can be defined and one of those levels can be designated for DPI Shift and will be an orange tick mark. Each profile can optionally have its own set of levels and sensitivity.
The thumb button backlight can be illuminated with one of 16 million colors at a steady glow or a pulse. Either the palette or the swatches can be used to define that color. The backlight can be cycled through a rainbow of colors as well. The rate of the pulsing color or speed of the rainbow cycling can be adjusted with a scroll bar. Brightness can be adjusted and the backlight can even be completely turned off. Each onboard profile and game profile can have its own lighting scheme.