Logitech G705

The Logitech G705 is a lean, mean, expensive gaming machine

Logitech G705
(Image: © Future)

TechRadar Verdict

The Logitech G705 is designed to stand out on any gaming setup with a sleek white finish and gorgeous RGB lighting. It's also great for smaller hands. However, it is pricey when compared to some of its competitors, and the "gaming-grade sensor" on the mouse leaves a lot to be desired.

Pros

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    Comfortable size and weight

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    Inclusive of gamers with small hands

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    Customizable RGB lighting

Cons

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    Expensive

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    Average sensor performance

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    Disappointing battery life

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Logitech G705: Two-minute review

The Logitech G705 looks to carve out its own niche in a market that's crowded with products that might be indistinguiable from each other. Announced as part of the Logitech G's new Aurora Collection, the wireless mouse features a white mist finish, and RGB lighting that seems to seamlessly blend into the overall design of the device. It looks positively gorgeous and it is quite easily the best looking gaming mouse we have seen in a while.

The Aurora Collection is also geared towards female gamers, having been conceptualized from the feedback received from the female gaming community and then built by a team of predominantly female engingeers within the company. It also specifically caters to the comforts of those that have smaller head and hand sizes, which is evident with the G705 as those that have medium to large size hands will have a tough time getting accumulated to the petite size of the mouse.

Up to that extent, the Logitech G705 succeeds with flying colors. The problem starts when it comes to its pricing and actual gaming performance. At $99, the mouse doesn't offer much over its competitors that cost far less, such as Logitech's own G305 Lightspeed gaming mouse. As such, you are paying a slight premium for the aesthetics more than anything else.

The G705 also features an unspecified "gaming-grade sensor" that only features 8,200 DPI resolution, which may seem a tad underwhelming when compared to other mice, but unless you are gaming on high DPI, you shouldn't notice much difference. However, the actual performance of the sensor leaves much to be desired. While it offers relatively accurate performance and largely lag-free experience, switching back and forth between a high-end gaming mouse like the Razer Viper V2 Pro makes some of the shortcomings of the sensor quite evident - it simply isn't as good to be an ally during competitive gaming. 

Many people will still get a kick out of the device’s design. However, those shopping on a budget and wants superior gaming performance are better off looking elsewhere.

Logitech G705: Price and availability

  • How much does it cost? $99 (£89, ‎A$149)
  • Where is it available? Available pre-order now, shipping in August 2022
  • Where can you get it? Available in the US, UK, and Australia

Released as part of Logitech’s new Aurora Collection, the Logitech G705 is available for $99 (£89, ‎A$149). Unlike the Logitech G715 keyboard and the G735 headset, the G705 wireless gaming mouse doesn’t feature any customizable Pink Dawn or Green Flash-colored accessories. With this product, what you see is what you get. 

The Logitech G705 is more expensive than its direct competitors such as the Razer Orochi V2. While the latter lacks any sort of RGB lighting, it does offer a significantly better DPI sensor and almost ten times the battery life. Alternatively, those on a budget and adamant on sticking with a minimalistic Logitech mouse may also be better off with the Logitech G305 Lightspeed.

  • Value: 2 / 5

Logitech G705: Design

  • Compact, lightweight and designed for smaller hands
  • No personalization options
  • Customizable Lightsync RGB lighting

Weighing in at just under three ounces (85 grams), the Logitech G705 is an incredibly light gaming mouse, so it pairs well with portable gaming laptops. Its small and compact design lends itself well to gamers with small hands – an intentional design choice that’s prevalent across the entire Aurora Collection. 

Unlike the G715 keyboard and G735 headset, the Logitech G705 wireless gaming mouse doesn’t have any customizable elements to speak of. However, it features the company’s signature Lightsync RGB lighting system, which can be personalized using a number of presets via the Logitech G Hub software.

  • Design: 4 / 5

Logitech G705: Performance

(Image credit: Future)
  • Six programmable buttons
  • ‘Basic’ sensor of up to 8,200 DPI
  • Disappointing 40-hour battery life

The Logitech G705 has six reprogrammable buttons and an optical sensor with a maximum DPI of 8,200. While the latter may not be an issue for the vast majority of gamers, people using high-resolution 4K monitors may want a more powerful alternative for a smoother experience. In comparison, the Logitech G305 Lightspeed and its 12,000 DPI sensor appears to be a smarter choice, especially when you consider that it costs almost less than half the price.

In-game, the Logitech G705 performs relatively well across a diverse selection of games, such as Halo Infinite, Apex Legends, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Beta. Rummaging through these battlefields and looking for the elusive headshots is possible, however we noticed that sensor just isn't as capable as some of the sensors found in other gaming mice. Comparing to our daily driver, the Razer Viper V2 Pro, the shortcomings of the G705's sensor becomes glaringly apparent. It's simply not as smooth and accurate as it should be. Of course, the Razer mouse is significantly more expensive, but even cheaper mice that we have tried before is able to put up a better performance than the G705. However, for non-competitve, single-player experiences, the G705 should more than suffice.

The most prevalent issue that we’ve come across during our tests with the Logitech G705 is its poor battery life. Logitech claims that it can last for up to 40 hours with RGB lighting enabled. Considering the Aurora Collection’s focus on aesthetics, switching off its RGB to save on juice is simply too much of a compromise. The good news is that you can find a USB Type-C charging port located at the front of the mouse, so you can carry on using it even after its battery inevitably gives out. 

  • Performance: 3 / 5

Should I buy the Logitech G705?

Logitech G705 on a white desk in a gaming setup

The Logitech G705 has an optical sensor with a maximum DPI of 8,200. (Image credit: Ilyas Kanapyanov)

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Logitech G705: Report Card

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ValueThe Logitech G705 is more expensive than direct competitors with better features. This isn't the best value gaming mouse right now.2 / 5
DesignIt's compact, lightweight and designed for smaller hands. It also features the company’s signature Lightsync RGB lighting.4 / 5
PerformanceIt performs exceptionally across a diverse selection of games, but its 40-hour battery life is disappointing. 3 / 5
  • First reviewed July 2022

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Ilyas is a freelance writer and technology communications specialist based in London, United Kingdom. On the rare occasion that he’s not working, you can find him either binge-watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe or doom-scrolling on Twitter. You can reach him anytime at ilyas@snackable.tech (opens in new tab).