Review: Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Gaming Mouse

Submitted by Jonah Bellemans on Wed, 04/05/2017 - 20:17

In the box

The Logitech G900 comes with a luxury storage box containing the unit itself, a nylon braided charging cable with a length of 1.80m, a wireless USB dongle, a USB-to-µUSB adapter, two plastic side-button covers, and an instruction manual. After unboxing, the G900 is ready to go by simply plugging it into your computer, either wirelessly using the dongle, or by cable.

Cracking the numbers

With a maximum sensitivity of a whopping 12,000 DPI, this mouse's sensor will blow any rivaling mouse out of the water. Combined with the maximal tracking speed of over 300 IPS and a polling rate of 1000 Hz, you are unlikely to find a sensor of higher quality on the market than what the G900 has to offer. Running purely on battery, the mouse has a lifespan of 24h before needing to be recharged, up to 32h if the LED is turned off. The mouse connects to the computer through any standard USB 2.0 port, and has an adjustable amount of 6 - 11 buttons.  

Form factor

Logitech's design team clearly chose "adaptibility" as keyword for the form of the mouse: a symmetrical design means the mouse can be used ambidextrically, adjustable buttons enable the user to choose the button layout that fits their needs the best, and because of the generic form, either a palm-, claw- or fingertip-grip type of user will find this mouse pleasant to use. With a non-adjustable weight of 107 grams, the mouse feels like any average mouse would. If the mouse is used with the 1.80m long nylon-braided cable, the user can be quite sure to be able to plug it into either a laptop or a pc that is beneath their desk.

Software

The "Logitech Gaming Software" platform ensures that the mouse's full capabilities can be reprogrammed to the user's wishes. There are 5 customizable user profiles that can be used to save different settings, either on the on-board memory of the mouse, or on the pc itself. The user can change different DPI points for the sensitivity adjusting buttons, change polling speed, adapt which button scheme to use, and change the color and "breathing" speed of the RGB LED in the mouse. The gaming software can be downloaded for free from Logitech's website, and is currently available for Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

Compatibility

Sadly, like many gaming mice nowadays, the software to customize the mouse is only compatible with Windows. However, when used on my laptop running Ubuntu, the mouse remained fully functional, including all special buttons. If the user profiles are customised on a windows pc and afterwards saved on the mouse, the settings will carry over to the other system, even if it is non-Windows based.

Personal opinion

In terms of specifications, noone can argue that this isn't an amazing mouse: the sensor adapts to any type of user's needs, up to an extremely high sensitivity. I mostly want to give credit to Logitech in the design of the product: the symmetrical design and adaptive button layout are a very good and creative way to ensure this mouse fits to anyone's hand. The mouse is well built, although I would like to add that because Logitech went for an as lightweight as possible mouse, it feels less sturdy than other mice I've had in the past. To my taste, the lightweightness and the choice of material give a "cheaper" look and feel to the mouse than one would expect from a premium item like this one. The lack of Mac/Linux compatibility are always a small turnoff for me, although an understandable design choice, since the main focus of the product is gaming. All in all, this is certainly one of the better mice I've held in my hands, but I am just not sure if the quality and price are on equal footing.

Verdict

The Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum is without a doubt one of the best gaming mice on the market right now, the fully reprogrammable buttons, high quality sensor and great design make this a mouse worthy of it's title as "Gaming Mouse". For all this deliciousness, you have to be willing to pay a rather high price of 179 EUR, which might just be the biggest downside to this product. Because of the high specifications and arguably even higher price point, this mouse scores an 8/10, and gets awarded a BHTec Silver Award.

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About the Author

I am an ambitious Computer Science student at the KU Leuven with a passion for (Network) Security. I aim to write unbiased articles and reviews with a focus on quality instead of quantity. In my free time, I like to read, play video games, go to the gym and go out with friends. My rig is a custom-built Windows desktop with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 GPU, Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 keyboard, Razer Taipan mouse and Razer Kraken headset. For study and work, I am a strong believer in *nix-systems, which is why my Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70 is running exclusively on Arch Linux.
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