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Design

A slightly dated design based from the Logitech MX518 gaming mouse

Features

Upgraded DPI sensors, upgraded polling rate

Performance

Inferior sensors compared to todays modern standards

Pricing and Availability

Easy to find but the price may put you off

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We Like

Nostalgia based gaming mouse

Plug and play

Designed for FPS gaming primarily

Same shape as the MX518

We Don't Like

Clunky 3 DPI buttons

Overpriced

Dated look

Lacks onboard memory

Logitech has released many, many top tier gaming mice over the years. And with so many options to choose from, it’s not uncommon for a few models to get swept up and forgotten. One such model is the Logitech G400.

Initially released in June of 2011, the G400 is fast approaching its 8th birthday, so we figured now is as good a time as any to take a stroll down memory lane to see how the Logitech G400 and Logitech G400s holds up in 2019. Is it still a viable gaming mouse? Let’s find out what happens in this Logitech G400s review!

Logitech G400s and G400 Design

logitech g400 reviewFrom the design of the Logitech logo to the overall shape of the mouse, you can tell straight away that the G400 is not a mouse of this generation. In recent years, the widely acclaimed Logitech G Pro has served as the baseline for Logitech gaming mouse design. The Logitech G400 mouse is the successor to the Logitech MX518.
Released all the way back in 2005, the MX518 is one of, if not Logitech’s most heralded gaming mice, and one of the greatest gaming mice of its generation. So, it makes sense that Logitech would model the G400 after the MX518. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

Released in June of 2011, the Logitech G400s mouse sports the exact same shape as the MX518 and has a black and grey matte color scheme. The left side of the mouse has a pretty significant concave for gamers to rest their thumb, a design choice largely absent from modern Logitech gaming mice. The side buttons are also oval shaped as opposed to the rectangular shaped side buttons of today.

The G400 has 3 DPI buttons, and that’s as clunky as it sounds. The top button in front of the scroll wheel increases DPI, the button beneath the scroll wheel decreases DPI, and the third button beneath the second resets DPI to the default 800 DPI setting. It’s not too uncommon to accidentally hit one of the top two DPI buttons when using the scroll wheel. It’s definitely an archaic design choice that was rightfully abandoned.
Sporting the MX518’s design, the G400 is a comfortable gaming mouse for gamers of all grip styles. Although the G400 is primarily an FPS mouse, it works fine as a general gaming mouse.

Along with the standard G400, there is also the G400s which was released by Logitech in 2013. The G400s is largely the same mouse in terms of design, with the only major difference being the stylized, navy colored, hydrophobic layer on the top of the shell.

Both the G400 and the G400s have relatively stiff and unsatisfactory cables. Cables are honestly something that has only been fairly recently perfected so it’s not a surprise. They’re not great but they get the job done.

Features of the Logitech G400 and G400s

Logitech had six years to improve on what they did well with the MX518, and they definitely delivered in a number of areas.

For starters, the 1800 DPI sensor of the MX518, was upgraded to a 3600 DPI sensor. DPI levels of 400, 800, 1800, and 3600 can be adjusted on the fly via the DPI buttons. Logitech also upped the polling rate from 125 per second, to 1000 per second. For the average gamer, this probably won’t matter, but for hardcore gamers, this is an upgrade that can be appreciated.

Logitech also integrated their world-famous software into the G400. Even back in 2011, Logitech’s software was top of the line. You can dabble with DPI setting, macros, etc. via the software, but keep in mind that the G400 does not have onboard memory which is an inconvenience if you’re gaming with it while traveling.

The features of the G400s are pretty much identical to those of the G400, with the only notable exception being the slight upgrade to the sensor of the G400s. Instead of a 3600 DPI optical sensor, the G400s uses a 4000 DPI Delta Zero Optical Sensor. On the fly DPI settings now go from 200 to 4000. The G400s buttons are rated for 20 million clicks as opposed to 10 million clicks on the G400.

Logitech G400 Review –  Mouse Performance

Performance-wise, there is not much to speak about for the G400 or the G400s. Keep in mind, that these are 2011 $50 mice, and even back then, both were considered to be pretty simplistic. Both of them do their jobs well enough, although it should go without saying that the sensors in the G400 and G400s are vastly inferior to the 3360, 3366, and Hero Optical Sensor.

Both mice were designed with FPS games in mind, so while they both can work as general gaming mice, there are some video game genres where their performance is going to slack. If you’re an MMO buff, you definitely don’t want to pick these up if you expect to be on, you’re a game during raid bosses or anything like that.

As stated earlier, both mice work perfectly fine for gamers of all grip types, which is always a plus. The lack of onboard memory makes them less than optimal for competitive gamers who compete in tournaments or casual gamers who just go out and about from time to time.

Price and Availability of the Logitech G400s Mouse (and G400)

logitech g400 mouseBoth the G400 and G400s have been discontinued by Logitech, so you can no longer purchase either on Logitech’s official website. Both mice, however, can be found on numerous third-party websites such as Amazon, Newegg, and eBay.

Prices vary depending on what third-party website you’re using, and range from as low as $25 to as much as $70 (Which you definitely should not pay). We’ve linked two of the best options above (eBay lots not included) and it was a bit weird looking at the options. Newegg currently has the best available price on the G400s at $40 bucks compared to the $70 option available from Logitech on Amazon. But for the G400, the pendulum shifts with it being $65 on Newegg and $50 on Amazon.

eBay is not for everyone, but you can find brand new, factory-sealed versions of both gaming mice with prices within the same range as other third-party websites. Since both are officially discontinued, if you’re a history buff you might want to pick one up for your collection.

Conclusion: Are the G400 and G400s viable in 2019?

Short answer: Yes
Long answer: In terms of performance, yes, but they’re no longer worth the price.

One thing to keep in mind in regards to both the G400 and G400s is that these were $50 gaming mice on release. This is cheap gaming mice territory and as such performance will drop off when compared to higher-tier and more expensive mice. There is a huge difference between 2011 $50 gaming mice, and 2017-2019 $50 gaming mice.

When the G400 and G400s came out, they benefited a lot from nostalgia hype from fans who loved the MX518. Most modern PC gamers probably don’t keep up with gaming mice and they definitely don’t know what the MX518 is.

Just browsing through the Logitech catalog alone, gaming mice in the same price range as the G400 and G400s include G Pro, G403, G305, G102/203, and more. I wouldn’t recommend the G400 or the G400s over any of the aforementioned mice even if I was paid to do so. They’re simply vastly outclassed by gaming mice that came after them.

The G400 and G400s may have been inspired by the MX518, but they failed to reach or surpass it. In terms of build quality, and performance, they each get the job done, but neither are really worth writing home about. They’re $50 gaming mice after all, and a lot of $50 gaming mice fall into this category.
In conclusion, the G400 and G400s aren’t terrible gaming mice, but they are a piece of history that is better remembered than experienced in 2019. When compared to other “senior citizen” gaming mice like the original DeathAdder, they just don’t hold up as well. I could only recommend either to history buffs who want to add them to their gaming mice collection.

Logitech loves the MX518 so much, that they recently released an upgraded version of their legendary gaming mouse. If you want to experience the best of yesteryear Logitech gaming mice, buy that instead.