Summary: I have this mouse for about a year now. I bought it for the features; numerous buttons, fast scroll wheel and a comfortable grip. The good: While on some websites it is advertised as having 5 buttons (more or less accurate in general), with software installed that could potentially be increased to 7 as the horizontal scroll buttons could be assigned for different tasks.
Summary: I recently purchased a G500 for gaming at home. I wanted to grab another for work, but could not find any as cheap as the one I had already bought; thus I decided I would try the M500, which seemed a lot like an "office" version of the G500.
Pros: - Smooth movements on a plain white desk with no mouse pad; good enough for work purposes
Cons: - If you install the SetPoint software, the middle mouse button defaults to "application switcher", rather than enabling the standard autoscroll feature. Easy enough to switch it back, but really I shouldn't have to. There's nothing wrong with alt+tab or winkey+tab, Logitech. Leave it alone.
Summary: I have purchased this mouse twice in the past year. The scroll wheel is really nice and I like being able to toggle the super fast scrolling. When it's working, I love this mouse. The problem I've had with both of my purchases is that the left click wears out too quickly. My mouse now double clicks, unclicks while I'm holding it down and sometimes doesn't click at all.
Summary: I love wired mice, you do not have to deal with batteries. That is the reason I went with the M500. I also have the wireless M505 which is a good mouse, but because it is wireless I don't use it anymore. This mouse is okay, but it can be so much better. Logitech, PLEASE PLEASE make it a heavier (or weight adjustable) as it feels very cheap and light. The tracking seems to be okay, but compared to my old optical mouse, this one actually seems a little worse.
Summary: It's not up to the same quality as other M/MX series mice, but this is a good one for the price. If you can live with the cheaper feeling wheel and don't play a lot of games it should do the trick. You get what you pay for.
Pros: Very comfortable for large hands. Perfect for long gaming sessions. Responsive. Both side buttons positioned perfectly for most thumbs.
Cons: As others have said, the "free spinning" feature on the scrolling is garbage. After scrolling down the page will "jump" around on you. I've had it jump up 2 full pages in a Word document. I can only imagine what sniping in MW would be like... Set the scrolling to "ratchet" and forget it.
Summary: The mouse wheel wasn't a major concern, you can release the wheel using a toggle button to scroll really fast (up and down). The weight is perfect, the sensor however would act funny with the smallest amount of dust on the sensor. Although it is no longer functional the time that I did have it it worked great. Only worth buying once though, replaced with a different brand.
Pros: The grip and ease of movement were immediately the best features of the mouse. Having larger hands it was basically the perfect fitting mouse.
Cons: It died a little after a year of daily use. The tracking can become an issue if your surface is dirty.
Summary: It's not a bad mouse. It's perfectly usable for normal works and also sufficient for gaming, but there's one major flaw: the mousewheel. Free wheel may sound useful, but the mouse wheel is also inaccurate. Mouse wheel clicks don't always respond and need more force (compared to other mice) which makes browsing less comfortable. Additionally, you probably won't need that feature too often.
"Logitech mouse won't allow scrolling one page at a time"
2 December 2010
Pros: 1. Contoured sides of the mouse have a rubber coating that feel nice. 2. Other than their disadvantages in vertical scrolling Logitech's mouse control software offers some good features
Cons: 1. Logitech's mouse control software offers no option to set the scroll wheel button (i.e. push the wheel down and rotate the wheel) to be programmed to vertical scroll one page per wheel click. 2. The scroll wheel is too smooth and slippery.