Review: Logitech Gaming Mouse G300

When it comes to mice that work well for both right-handers and left-handers, there’s not many options out there. Sure, there’s a lot of cheap and crappy ambidextrous mice that come packaged with most OEM computers, but there’s never been a really good gaming mouse that’s truly ambidextrous. However, Logitech has finally filled that lonesome void with the Gaming Mouse G300.

Since I’ve been an experienced left-hander for over 22 years, I figure I’m the perfect specimen for testing out such a rodent.

The G300’s shape certainly does not discriminate. It offers the same feel and features for both righties and lefties — no more and no less for either use. Both sides curve in and have a rubbery, soft texture that looks and feels very similar to Logitech’s other offerings.

However, if you’re a big thumb-button junkie, you’ll be sad to hear that this mouse doesn’t have such features. And unlike most of Logitech’s newer mice, the G300 has an optical sensor rather than a laser. Other than that, the mouse features a max DPI of 2500, nine programmable buttons and a 1ms response time.

The most unique feature, though, is the support for up to three gaming profiles that are stored in the mouse’s internal memory. So if you’re currently juggling three different games or have multiple gamers that use the same computer, you can easily switch between DPI settings and macros without any problems. And since the gaming profiles are stored right on the G300’s internal memory, you can use the mouse on other PCs without leaving your tuned-in settings behind. What’s even better is the 7-color LED lighting system, in which you can assign each gaming profile its own color, that way you can know exactly what profile you’re using without having to open up the settings to look.

The G300 is a tad smaller than most normal mice. While it’s not advertised as such, it could be classified as a portable laptop mouse, although the roughly six-and-a-half foot long cord pretty much negates that fact, since most –if not all– laptop mice are cordless. But if you have fairly large hands, just be aware that the G300 might be a bit to small for you.

What I like most about the G300 is not just its ambidexterity, but that it’s just a simpler gaming mouse aimed at those who fire up the occasional shooter and want just a tad more than what their current pointer offers. It certainly doesn’t sport the big features that most hardcore FPS gun slingers yearn for, but you certainly can’t argue with the $40 price tag.

My biggest gripe, however, is that the scroll wheel isn’t as smooth and fluid as Logitech’s higher-end offerings. It takes a lot of pressure to scroll and click the middle mouse button. I’m sure this is just something that I can get used to, but I do miss the quality scroll wheel on my M705.

Overall, the nine programmable buttons, 2500 DPI sensor, on-board storage of gaming profiles, and a 1ms response time are all certainly respectable for only $40. And if you’re a left-handed casual gamer that is dying for a good mouse that you can actually use, the G300 might be your best bet.

How to Remove Hidden Duplicate Copies of USB Device Drivers in Windows

If you’ve ever had problems installing USB devices in Windows, i.e. if you connect a mouse and Windows doesn’t properly install the drivers for you, I learned a great trick that might be able to resolve this problem.

From what I can tell, Windows stores a “ghost” copy of any device you install which doesn’t get removed when you unplug the device.  For example, if you plug your mouse into your computer, your computer will remember that mouse and the drivers that went with it.  If you plug that same mouse into a different USB port, Windows will make another “ghost” copy of that mouse, but won’t delete the first copy.

This means that over the course of your computer’s life, you could have dozens of “ghost” copies of the exact same mouse on your computer, which in my experience can cause driver conflicts, especially if the driver wasn’t installed properly the first time.

The Fix

Note:  This guide involves the use of the Command Prompt and Device Manager.  If you are uncomfortable performing these actions, please see an authorized computer technician instead.  As always, be very careful when deleting anything from your computer – especially hardware devices.

Step 1: Open the Command Prompt by opening the Start menu and selecting Run, then type cmd and press enter.  If Run isn’t available in this menu, you can also open it by pressing the Windows Key + R.

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Step 2. Copy and paste the following into the command prompt and press enter (you need to Right Click and select Paste in the command prompt).

set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1

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This command will reveal all the hidden “ghost” devices on your computer.

Step 3: Open the Device Manager.  This can be done by typing devmgmt into the command prompt or by right clicking My Computer, selecting Manage, then clicking Device Manager on the left.

The Device Manager shows you all hardware currently installed on your computer, sorted by hardware classification.

Step 4: Even though the “ghost” devices are now enabled, they will still be hidden from this view.  Go to the View menu and select Show hidden devices.

You can now identify the device you’re having problems with and delete the devices with faded icons.  In my case, I was able to remove several identical mice that were all from the same device.

To remove the extra devices, just select them (limited to one at a time) and press the Del key.  You will have to confirm this action.

After I deleted the several extra mice, I was able to install the original mouse without any problems.  Big thanks to Bryon Hills for this tip.

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