The Logitech G305 is a wireless gaming mouse that not only performs great as a gaming mouse, but is a great multipurpose mouse for use in the office etc. It has a really solid build quality, great form factor and has an on the go DPI button for those ever important sensitivity adjustments when gaming.
The Logitech G305 comes in a range of fresh and exciting colours, the unit we received for review was the Black but it also comes in Mint, White, Lilac and Blue. So no matter your preference or your setup, there's sure to be a colour choice you can be happy with. Out of the box, the mouse is pretty simple. It's an almost symmetrical shape with 6 programmable buttons in total. The G305 primary switches, both left and right clicks are rated for 10 million clicks each. The G05 also has a middle click, a DPI button and the 2 side buttons which can all be programmed to your preference using the Logitech G HUB software. The size of the G305 is definitely on the smaller side, so may not suit people with larger hands or left handed gamers. Logitech boast that the G305 is ultra lightweight, but honestly coming in at 99g its a bit of a chonk for its size. Considering I am also currently reviewing the ASUS TUF M4 Wireless which weighs only 62g there's a big difference between the 2.
The G305 has both one feature that I love and one that I don't. Let's start with the one I don't love, and that is the 100% battery power. Similarly to the TUF M4 Wireless that I recently reviewed, while I love the idea of being able to replace the battery on my wireless mouse, the idea that there's no USB cord emergency backup available is something I am not a fan of. If my battery dies, and I have no spare on me then I am without a mouse until I do. Effectively rendering my PC useless for a period of time. On the other side of the scale, I am a huge fan of when a manufacturer is super practical and adds a little bit of function to their products. Of course I am talking about the on board storage for the USB dongle, not enough mice include one but it's a feature I love. Especially when you market your product as being portable, the ability to travel with one complete item is a winner in my book.
In terms of gaming performance, the G305 has an extremely low click latency and very low actuation distance. This is in part down to the fact that it features mechanical button tensioning. If, like me, you have no idea what mechanical button tensioning is, then here's Logitech's explanation. “Mechanical button tensioning with separated buttons enhances the consistency of the left and right primary mouse buttons and helps reduce the force needed to click. This results in crisp, reliable button performance you can depend on in even the most intense gaming sessions.” Now while I still don't quite understand the mechanics behind it, I can feel the impact it has on your gaming. I find myself almost clicking the buttons I want to click quicker than I can finish thinking about doing it due to this extremely low actuation and minimum lift off distances.
If you've ever played with a keyboard and mouse, you'll know just how important DPI adjustment can be. While it's not necessary, it certainly enhances your game. So the fact you can do so with the G305 is yet another plus in the gaming mouse column. This DPI switch is also handy if you're using this mouse on a shared computer. For instance I like my mouse movements to be quick and sharp whereas my wife likes them more slow and steady (I know, what a psycho, am I right?). So having the ability to simply click a button on the mouse to toggle through the sensitivity is perfect for us.
From the non-gaming side of us, I have been extremely pleased with this mouse. It is comfortable for general computer usage, quick connectivity and an easy initial set up, and it's easy to travel with (with a laptop). Again, the main downside is that the USB dongle has had to stay plugged into my laptop while transferring to work/uni as there is no safe storage within the mouse. What I was super impressed with, is its surface recognition. Working on my laptop at home can take me about the house to some random locations to multitask Uni assignments while looking after our little one. So far I haven't had a surface where this mouse needed a book underneath to make up the hard surface for it to work. Not a big concern for gamers I'm sure, but a nice consideration if you want more out of your mouse.
Logitech makes some of the best mice on the market and in my opinion still the best mouse on the market in the form of the G502 Hero, and while the G305 isn't at the level the G502 is, it's not meant to be either. It does however deliver on the same build quality and across the board performance that Logitech are renowned for without all the useless extras that really serve very little purpose. If you want a great all round mouse at a very reasonable price of just $65 then look no further.