Logitech has a rich pedigree in peripherals, even more so those of the gaming variety, and like any manufacturer it's constantly refreshing and refining its products. However, while the Editor's Choice Award-winning G15 Gaming Keyboard has recently spawned the remarkable (if overpriced) G19 and more budget-oriented G110, we've waited a long time for a mouse to follow Logitech's Award-winning G9. Enter the G500, whose lineage can be traced even further back.
Logitech hasn't just come up with one new gaming mouse, but two. One is the G500 under review today, while the other is known as the G9x. As the name suggests the G9x is essentially an upgraded G9, but the G500 sees the long overdue return of one of Logitech's most popular gaming mice designs, the G5 - albeit with a few tweaks.
Aesthetically the G500 is a mixed affair. Its matte black sides contrast nicely with its piano-black buttons and red LED lighting, but we're less keen on its mid-section's 'spattered paint' pattern. It just doesn't chime with the premium look and feel we expect. We far prefer some of the lightning, ripple or brushed steel effects Logitech used on the likes of the MX518. Hopefully future editions will add more attractive finishes or just revert back to 'plain' plastic like most other mice.
Aesthetic preferences can be highly subjective though, and there are sure to be readers who love the current look. More importantly, what about ergonomics? Since the oft-rumoured additional grips for the G9 never materialised, if you're after a larger mouse the likes of the G500 are your best bet.
Compared to the G5 there have been a few very subtle changes, with the thumb indent providing slightly less support than before (not a good thing) and a rough, grainy texture on the sides replacing the soft-touch sides on G5. However, this is still a very comfortable mouse - certainly more so than the G9, unless you're exclusively a finger/claw rather than palm gamer.