Just picked up a Logitech G700s wireless mouse on sale for $60… I also have the Performance Mouse MX, which works fine in Ubuntu as a standard mouse, but I find it a bit jumpy and imprecise – I haven’t really been happy with it.
The G700s is pretty much an ideal mouse for use in Linux. Great sensitivity, totally configurable, and a great laser that seems to work very well on all surfaces and surface colours. Best of all it’s got onboard memory, so you can program keystrokes and macros into the extra buttons, and they’re actually stored on the mouse itself so you don’t need special software or drivers to use the buttons in Linux. You have to use the Logitech software under Windows (setting it up in a virtual machine works), but once it’s set up you can move the mouse over to Linux and it remembers the settings.
The G700s is a wireless/wired mouse – when you plug in a USB cable, it switches to a USB connection – the USB cable does more than just recharge the mouse. It’s got configurable DPI and polling rate settings – 200 to 8200DPI (!), and polling rates from 125/sec to 1000/sec. So far, the mouse feels really responsive and precise, and it doesn’t have the jumpiness that I noticed with the Performance Mouse MX.
The Logitech software also allows you to set up 5 “profiles”, each of which can have its own button assignments, DPI and polling rate settings. Each profile can have up to 5 DPI options, and you can configure buttons on the mouse to switch between these DPI options – so, for example, a profile can give you 400, 800, 1200, 1600, and 3200 DPI options which you can easily switch between when you need more or less precision. You can switch between the 5 profiles using another button on the mouse. This all works well under Linux.
There’s a row of three LEDs on the thumb side of the mouse that is used to indicate battery level, DPI settings, and which profile is active.
The mouse takes one AAA NIMH rechargeable battery (included), which charges when the mouse is connected to USB power. I’m not a huge fan of the texture on the sides of the mouse – it’s a textured hard plastic, doesn’t grip as well as the rubbery sides of the Performance Mouse MX – but that’s not the end of the world.
Here’s what the configuration software looks like:
I don’t want this post to come off as a total product-shill type thing… But being a Linux user, it’s often tough to figure out how well a given piece of hardware will work with Linux before buying it. There wasn’t a lot of info out there on this mouse when I searched for it before I bought it, so I figure maybe this’ll help someone who’s considering buying this mouse for use with Linux, which they should, because it’s a pretty arright mouse, is basically what I’m saying here.