Transitioning from my well-worn Logitech G602 to the G305 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse was surprisingly more difficult than I expected. The relative simplicity of the mouse was a welcome change from my gamer-oriented gear that preceded it, ditching a large, button-laden, and overstyled mouse for something that would not look out of place in an office or professional environment while maintaining precise tracking and gaming performance. This midsize mouse delivers on its sleeper ambitions, but a couple issues I found in a week of daily use keep it off the top spot on the leaderboard.
The G305 is a medium-size, medium-weight, all-plastic mouse that mercifully foregoes full RGB lighting and features a single status LED that only illuminates when the mouse turns on or DPI modes change. The ambidextrous chassis makes it comfortable for both left- and right-handed gamers, though the positioning of the auxiliary function buttons make this favor right-handed players as the two side buttons are positioned to be in easy reach of the right thumb. With a body cast fully in finely textured plastic with a rubberized scroll wheel, the mouse comes across unassuming but lacks a premium feel. The benefit instead is that the mouse has a modestly trim weight, at 74 grams empty plus the weight of a AA battery (typically 25g). Using a lithium-ion battery in lieu of a standard alkaline makes a small but noticeable difference in weight.
As with prior Logitech wireless gaming mice, the USB receiver has a compartment inside the mouse for storage and transport. This time around, the palmrest slides off to access the battery and receiver rather than removing a panel on the bottom of the mouse, making them much easier to access.
- Setup & Software
Logitech has been slowly working towards clean, minimalist packaging and the G305 fits the bill handily. The notecard-size quickstart guide outlines the basics to get you up and running, and the only extra accessory included is a USB extension cable to position the wireless receiver closer to the mouse. Setup was as simple as installing the battery and plugging in the receiver, as Windows will, by default, automatically either recognize and install a generic mouse driver or download a G305-specific driver. Setup is similarly easy on MacOS and Linux devices, but driver choice will be limited and unfortunately button and DPI settings appear to be adjustable only through Windows-based software.
Logitech provides the Gaming Software application that opens customization options for most of their devices, including the G305. While I was not impressed by the software’s install size and general bloat, the interface was intuitive and allowed full remapping and macro functionality for every button on the mouse, as well as DPI settings and on-the-fly adjustments, that can all be written to the mouse’s internal memory. Up to 5 DPI setting toggles can be saved to the mouse and toggled between with the push of a button. In essence it is possible to set the configuration once and take it to any other PC without the need to install or run the Gaming Software.
The LIGHTSPEED sensor worked on a wide variety of surfaces I tested, including both soft and hard mouse mats, a wooden desk, and a plastic folding table, with no noticeable variance in tracking quality among them. The feet on the mouse are fairly low friction and glide across all the aforementioned surfaces with ease. Tracking is very precise and can be customized from as low as 200 DPI for intricate graphic design work to as high as 12,000 for...well, maybe I’m not that level of gamer yet. I use from 400 up to 3,200 and at all levels the mouse felt extremely accurate and performed well in each of my use scenarios, with 1,600 being the most well-rounded option. Though everyone’s preference is different, the G305 is sure to suit a wide range of users.
The mouse has six buttons plus scroll wheel up/down, which is a basic loadout for a gaming mouse. There are firm stops between each notch on the scroll wheel, making accidental activation difficult (which is a huge plus in games where the scroll wheel is used to change weapons, for example), and it is tricky to accidentally trigger a button in most scenarios. Unfortunately, I found the positioning of the DPI change button meant I would often hit it as I grabbed the mouse in a hurry after typing a chat message and getting back to the action, throwing off my aim and needing a moment to reset myself. This occurred multiple times and is not a disruption that serious gamers will enjoy. The button can of course be remapped or disabled entirely, but losing a button on a mouse that has so few to begin with is troublesome.
One area that could use some attention is the signal strength between the mouse and receiver. Logitech’s quickstart guide recommends a range of no more than 20cm (just a hair under 8 inches) between the mouse and receiver which is very short, and in my testing I found major signal degradation can occur in as little as a foot and a half. Even when plugged into the USB port on the right side of my keyboard, keeping the range as short as six inches, I occasionally had signal issues that caused the mouse cursor to jump around significantly. These occurred with battery life at 90% per the Gaming Software, with the mouse sitting at least 6 feet from all other wireless devices I own at all times, making the signal issues all the more peculiar. I do wonder if a firmware update may correct this issue in the future, but at the time of this review the latest mouse firmware (68.0.11) exhibits this seemingly random connection problem.
- Bottom Line
Mice are subjective, and though the G305 is smaller than my large hands prefer, and barring the random connectivity issues, this is a good all-around mouse with understated looks and solid gaming chops. Its MSRP is reasonable for what you get, and Logitech’s support has historically been great which should bode well for current and future owners. While it may not unseat my preferred mouse, this is a solid contender that many users will undoubtedly enjoy from start to finish. Take it for a spin!