If epic, five hour long dungeon crawls, raid bosses and hot PVP action is your thing, chances are you’ve invested in an MMO mouse. A different breed of mouse altogether, the MMO variant isn’t really about pinpoint accuracy or light, brush-like strokes to land that sweet headshot, it’s all about freeing up some precious screen real estate and making your character abilities more accessible.
Up till now, gamers have really only had the one option when it came to finding a solid MMO mouse and that’s the classic Razor Naga. Hoping to change this one horse race, Logitech have recently thrown in their lot with the G600 MMO Gaming Mouse. An exceptionally well rounded addition to their sizeable tech line-up, the G600 actually manages to impresses on a number of levels. While it isn’t as sleek or as svelte as the Naga, what it lacks in style it more than makes up for in both customisation and in-game functionality.
Before we go any further, let’s examine the specs.
|Feature||Logitech G600 MMO Mouse|
|Color||Black & White Avaliable|
|DPI||200 – 8200|
|No. of Buttons||20|
|Connection Type||USB Corded|
|Onboard Memory||1 hardware memory profile, 3 modes per profile|
|Indicator Lights||LED Thumb pad backlighting|
|Cable Length||7 feet or 2.1 meters|
Look & Feel
The first thing you’ll notice after taking this bad boy out of the box is how big it is – it’s a figurative goliath. Not necessarily a bad thing for MMOs, as the G600′s size makes it quite heavy, as far as mice go anyway, meaning it’s actually hard to overcompensate for a swish in the heat of the moment and click half the world away.
The hefty frame also means it fits quite nicely in your hand, or more specifically, your hand rests on top of it rather comfortably, like some sort of brightly lit palm throne. So far I’ve tested the mouse with Guild Wars 2, Diablo 3 (not technically an MMO), World of Warcraft, alongside Starcraft 2 and several other `non-intended’ titles like shooters and adventure games. In each case it does its job exceptionally well.
Having played with a Naga for the entirety of my MMO career, I will say that it was a little hard to shake the muscle memory habit. Once I was well into it, however, I found the G600 to be a fantastic piece of tech that practically spoiled me with its array of customisable buttons.
First up, the G600 has a total of 20 buttons, 3 more than the Naga, so those extra, extra, extra abilities you just couldn’t assign and had to click, now have a home. The button configuration breakdown goes a little like thi: you’ve got a scroll wheel that can click left or right as well as the standard down, a third button to the right of the right click and two vertically aligned buttons below the scroll wheel – all of this is in addition to the standard 12 thumb pads on the left hand side.
The vertically aligned buttons are profile switchers to quickly swap between sensitivity configurations and the far right click acts as something of a shift button, temporarily changing the thumbpad configurations. Though it sounds like a small point in passing, that shift functionality basically adds another 12 buttons, as you can swap between preset profiles on the fly. That’s a HUGE feature, if not a selling point for the G600.
The only downside to this shift key is that the mouse doesn’t recognise the right click when the two are held down at the same time. So, in the case of World of Warcraft for example, you’re unable to manoeuvre the camera and issue `shift’ commands at the same time. And, I’ve got to be honest, that did get a little frustrating.
Back to the positive and more on the cosmetic side, the G600′s LED colours can be adjusted to suit your mood, or rig. Being a man who purchased an entirely new set of peripherals because they glowed the wrong colour, I found this option to be a really nice touch. Using an RGB colour slider you can basically tweak the mouse to match any colour scheme, though some of the more outlandish options are a little dull, brightness wise (but you shouldn’t need to physically look at a mouse before you click anyway…and if you do you’re doing it wrong.)
Inside the realm of the MMO the G600 performs admirably, perhaps even better than the Naga. Those extra 12 buttons combined with the DPI switcher and preset profiles will ensure that you have every possible hotbar option at your fingertips.
Outside of Azeroth, Sanctuary or Tyria however … ehhh, not so much. While it’s a fantastic mouse with a mind boggling number of buttons, its weight and size basically make it a non-option for all other games. It’s quite hard to effectively manoeuvre the mouse during a blistering game of Battlefield 3 or Call of Duty. Don’t get me wrong, performance wise, the G600 is fantastic. It’s classic plug and play with a wealth of options for the in-depth gamer. But, when you get right down it, the choice between a G600 and a Razor Naga is basically battle of customisation verses ergonomic function.
The G600 has one over the Naga with its fantastic shift key and LED colour options, but the Naga is simply better as an all-round mouse. Prices between the two are similar so you really just need to take one look at your gaming stockpile and ask yourself which trait you’d prefer in a piece of tech. Unless of course you don’t mind swapping between mice depending on what game you’re playing, then you’d be set with both!