New Logitech gaming mouse plays nicely with either hand

The world of PC gaming mice can be, well, a little discriminatory. Most rodents are shaped with right-handed users in mind, leaving few options for wrong-handed lefties. Logitech has a history of providing symmetrical designs that work with either hand, and the company has launched a new one with the Gaming Mouse G300.

With compact dimensions and a weight of just 111 grams (including the cable), the G300 favors folks with smaller hands. A 2,500-DPI optical sensor is charged with tracking, and the mouse’s polling rate can be set between 125 and 1,000 Hz. There are nine programmable buttons, as well.

Like most gaming mice, the G300 supports multiple profiles that can be toggled on the fly. The profiles contain button programming information in addition to DPI and polling settings, and up to three of ’em can be stored in the mouse’s internal memory. Having that data housed in the mouse allows profiles to be used on multiple systems without having to bring any software in tow.

Although it’s not in stock yet, Amazon already has the G300 listed for $40. According to the retailer, the mouse will ship in 2-4 weeks. If you want to learn more about the G300, check out Logitech’s official blog post.

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    • Krogoth
    • 8 years ago

    I’m keeping my MX-310 until it wears out completely.

    I don’t see why people are buying into the whole DPI craziness. The human arm/hand isn’t dexterous enough to take advantage of the extreme DPI offered by “performance”/”gaming” mice.

    IHMO, you get better mileage out of making better/more surface area on the Teflon pads. Surface that mouse rides on can make a big difference. Ergonomics is another factor to consider, but you need to try out the mice itself to figure out what layout suits your needs.

      • Meadows
      • 8 years ago

      If you increase the surface of the mousefeet, then you increase friction, therefore you’re making it worse.

        • Krogoth
        • 8 years ago

        You needs some friction in order to have precision, otherwise you would be sliding all over the place.

        Besides, I was refering to increasing the surface area of the telfon pads on the mousefeet.

      • emge75
      • 8 years ago

      The DPI does matter for online gaming when it comes to Lag. We’re talking FPS MMO here. The higher the poll rate, the less you lag. There was a link from this website a couple of years ago with the top 3 causes of lag, #1 video card settings, #2 mouse polling rate. I forget what #3 was, but all 3 items were not what I expected.

        • Krogoth
        • 8 years ago

        Your internet connectivty matters far more in terms of latency than your local system. If you local system is giving you latency issues, you got bigger problems. I doubt having a faster polling mouse will solve it.

          • emge75
          • 8 years ago

          Don’t confuse latency with LAGG. And according to the website mentioned before, no, the top 3 causes didn’t include internet connection.

          • Bensam123
          • 8 years ago

          I don’t understand why people say stuff like this. It’s not about ONE component, it’s about all your components adding up.

          If you start talking about playing on a wireless 800 dpi mouse, on a wireless connection, with a LCD screen with a 8ms refresh rate, and a graphics card that gets you a playable 30fps, but nothing more you’re in for a world of hurt.

          Even more so if you’re playing on one of those crappy online gaming services. Every last bit adds up and I can most certainly tell the difference between a 5700dpi mouse and a 800dpi mouse with sensitivity turned up. I can tell the difference between a 4k dpi mouse and a 5700dpi as well.

      • Bensam123
      • 8 years ago

      I think that’s complete bull crap. I’d like to see some statistics that prove you can’t be dexterous enough to take advantage of higher dpi mic.

      Higher DPI mice offer smoother aiming curves instead of jumping around offering high precision. It most definitely translates to performance increases in game.

      Even if you have ‘better’ teflon pads and your movement is smoother, that’s not going to translate in game unless you have a higher DPI mouse and if you’re operating on 800 dpi that means jack diddly.

      Keep in mind there are two different types of gamers too. Ones that play on really high sensitivity and ones that play on really low. Simply adjusting sensitivity isn’t the same thing as increasing the DPI at all too.

    • Spotpuff
    • 8 years ago

    If you use the mouth with your left hand, what do you wasd with?

      • Scorpiuscat
      • 8 years ago

      The UP, Down, Left, Right Keys.

      I am left handed and have nover been able to use wasd keys.

      • FireGryphon
      • 8 years ago

      You can also use the numeric keypad with your left hand. The keypad is more symmetrical than the keyboard which is arguably more intuitive to use.

        • Krogoth
        • 8 years ago

        Which is what I use, because the old FPS (Doom era) bind those keys for movement.

        I never understood why or how wasd took off.

          • Meadows
          • 8 years ago

          Because it separates your arms. The arrow keys and the mouse (on a regular, right-handed setup) are close to each other, and nobody likes a cramp.

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 8 years ago

            There are also many other keys around WASD to use for various things, which makes it a lot easier to have more complicated controls.

            • willyolio
            • 8 years ago

            …you could always slide the keyboard to the left a bit.

            • Meadows
            • 8 years ago

            We’re not just talking about “a bit”, but a lot. Also, even if that were a/the solution, it’s a big nuisance.

            • Krogoth
            • 8 years ago

            It depends entirely on the keyboard/mouse setup.

            I’m just puzzled why WASD became popular as the default layout when arrow keys predated it.

            • Meadows
            • 8 years ago

            Broken record alert. I just told you.

            • Krogoth
            • 8 years ago

            It still doesn’t answer the question.

            The older arrow key setup doesn’t have your “alleged” crossing arms problem. It seems like WASD setup is better suited for southpaw users (left hand on mouse, right hand on keyboard).

            • Meadows
            • 8 years ago

            Do you have everything ass-backwards in your life? [b<]Left-handed players prefer arrows[/b<], [i<]right-handed players prefer WASD or ESDF[/i<]. There's NO arm-crossing whatsoever. I have no idea where you got that one.

            • Krogoth
            • 8 years ago

            You = “Stop hating what I like!!!!!!!!!”

            Has it ever occur to you that users have different layouts based on their personal preferences? That’s has always been one of the advantages of PCs. You can customized keyboard and mouse bindings to your needs.

            The only reason that I use arrow keys is because it was the setup back in the day and I stuck with it. I don’t see how it is significantly better or worse than WASD setup.

            There’s no need to give an elitist attitude over keyboard and mouse setup and bindings.

            • Meadows
            • 8 years ago

            Blah blah blah blah. Address something I said. Anything. Tend to your aching buttock later.

            • Cyco-Dude
            • 8 years ago

            ok, i’ll give it a go then.

            we’ll assume mouse in right hand; keyboard in left hand (typical right-handed player). in an ergonomic layout, your arms are a shoulders width apart (arms extend straight out from the body; wrists straight and elbows supported). this puts your left hand roughly above the “wasd” keys. if you were to use the arrows keys, your left arm would be at an extreme angle, and your wrist would be bent…which is not comfortable.

            NOW…as someone mentioned before, this is solvable by simply shifting the keyboard way over to the left…a slight inconvenience every time you go from playing a game to typing, but whatever. another benefit that wasn’t touched on by meadows is that you have a lot more keys at fingers reach with a “wasd” setup.

            so that’s it, assuming mouse right hand, keyboard left hand, and keyboard directly in front of you…”wasd” is the most comfortable position. other arrangements would obviously change that. i remember arrow keys in doom also, but i played those games keyboard only, and i used my right hand on the arrow keys (left hand for alt and ctrl). hell, i remember when i first started using a mouse to play fps games, i also used the arrow keys. i eventually settled onto “wasd” for the reasons stated above.

            • DaveSylvia
            • 8 years ago

            Wait what? WASD is better for right handed gamers: left hand on WASD, right hand on mouse. The length of the average keyboard is about the same natural distance between your chest/arms.

            I used to use arrow keys with left hand and mouse with my right before switching to WASD. It works just fine but with the arrow keys I either had to physically move the keyboard to the left (natural distance between my arms!) or move my left arm across my body to use the arrow keys.

            I can’t imagine anyone thinking WASD keys would be better for a lefty, they’d have the same problem but in reverse: right arm across your chest to get to the WASD keys. That or move your keyboard to the right.

    • Bensam123
    • 8 years ago

    How many lefties simply play with their right hand?

    My dad isn’t a gamer, but he always uses his right hand to browse the internet on his laptop or on his desktop and he’s a lefty.

    • [SDG]Mantis
    • 8 years ago

    Well, since my favorite mouse ever, save its limited response rate for gaming, is the MX-310, I am happy to see this. I never really liked the feel of the G3 as well as the 310 and I think that the shape of this mouse looks closer to the 310. I do wonder a bit if the extra buttons will get in the way.

    • KoolAidMan
    • 8 years ago

    Or you can just get a Steelseries Xai or Kinzu

    • oldog
    • 8 years ago

    Gents, am I the only lefty who uses a right handed mouse diagonally? This is to say, I don’t change the right and left button function even though I’m using it with my left hand. The advantage is that it can be swapped by my wife to the “right” side without any software fuss.

    By the way, I’m not wrong-handed I’m “sinister”.

      • Antias
      • 8 years ago

      That’s exactly how I use it!
      In left hand but held “diagonally” so the left mouse button is under my index finger.
      If you go for the slightly smaller mice that works quite well.
      I use the Logitech M305 wireless for 3 different PC’s and my smaller hands fit that very comfortably in a diagonal fashion.

        • oldog
        • 8 years ago

        Ditto. I use a Logitech LX3. Unfortunately, by using the mouse this way extra buttons like the one on the mouse above just get in the way.

    • paco
    • 8 years ago

    I’m left handed, and I’ve always used my mouse with my right hand. Also I know quite a few left handed people and I’ve never seen them using a mouse with their left hand.

      • Wirko
      • 8 years ago

      The opposite here. I’m right handed and I’ve always used a trackball with my left hand. The trackball is a Logitech Marble, the symmetrical one. I like this setup because I can keep my right hand on the keyboard all the time; the only thing missing is a wheel on the TB.

      • radializ3r
      • 8 years ago

      I’m left handed too … and I used to use my right hand for the mouse, especially on machines in public locations (libraries, schools, etc) but ever since I decided to use my left hand for the mouse (maybe 10yrs ago) … I haven’t looked back since. It just feels much more natural to me

      All the button functions are flipped (even the clickers on my laptop touchpads) … added bonus; it messes with those who try to use any of my computing devices 🙂

    • Dirge
    • 8 years ago

    Growing up as a south paw, I had to learn to use the mouse with my right hand as everyone complained when I switched it to the left on our family computer.

    I do think there are too few ambidextrous mice of good quality, and I wonder how this one stacks up. I am just a tad concerned about this statement “G300 favors folks with smaller hands”.

    • DereX
    • 8 years ago

    Thank you Logitech, too bad I just bought a lefty death adder.

      • codedivine
      • 8 years ago

      I use one too and its awesome.

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 8 years ago

      I got one and it was awful. Clicking mechanism felt and behaved beyond cheap. The software implementation was horrid, and switching between dpi/sensitivity required using up two buttons.

      I’m back to my G5 atm (which ISN’T ambidextrous, if that goes to show you how bad I disliked the deathadder) and will probably consider this mouse assuming it reviews well, the location and behavior of the dpi switch is vital.

    • sweatshopking
    • 8 years ago

    really? i’ve always thought that left handed people were inferior. why would you make them a mouse?

      • CasbahBoy
      • 8 years ago

      There is no such thing as a left handed person [spoiler<]because the left-handed aren't people[/spoiler<]

        • sweatshopking
        • 8 years ago

        YOU GET A PLUS FROM ME!!!

        • kroker
        • 8 years ago

        Yeah, like those freaks Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Lewis Carroll & many others!

          • CasbahBoy
          • 8 years ago

          Sounds like a bunch of hipsters to me. To contribute that much to society they must have been secretly right-handed and pulled the classic “I was left handed before you lame-Os though it was cool”

      • Meadows
      • 8 years ago

      I’m left-handed. Go suck on something.

        • sweatshopking
        • 8 years ago

        you would be. hot babes always are.

        but what kind of thing should i suck on?

        • l33t-g4m3r
        • 8 years ago

        A lot of our recent presidents are left handed.

      • Arclight
      • 8 years ago

      [quote<]i've always thought that left handed people were inferior. why would you make them a mouse?[/quote<] God, it is so hard this days to stay in touch with what is politically correct or not. Like the other day i was called a racist. Me racist? All i did was to say that some races are genetically superior to others. [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkfzQ6qyN1Q[/url<]

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