Logitech G5 Laser Mouse Review
If you are the gamer with a very sensitive finger trigger, Logitech G5 Laser Mouse for $ 70 might be right to level up your game. Even if you don’t play games or aren’t picky about the feelings of the mouse in your hand, the G5 has several customization options that are useful and perform better than most.
Like Logitech MX1000 Cordless Mouse last year, the G5 Laser Mouse presents Agilent’s LaserStream laser sensor. However, the G5 sensor is newer and twice as sensitive as the MX1000 (2,000 dots per inch (dpi) compared to 800dpi). Logitech’s exclusive deal with Agilent ends this year, so expect to see many other laser mice entering the market soon. Even so, some will be produce as well as the G5.
The G5 Laser is the first mouse we have seen that includes an adjustable weighting system, although two others will be released this year: Razer’s Copperhead and Fatal1ty mouse (named for Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel, a pro gamer) from Creative. The G5 comes with a small lead-containing eight 1.7 grams and eight 4.5 grams. The mouse itself weighs 4.5 ounces (with an empty heavy cartridge inserted), which is half an ounce heavier than its predecessor G5, Logitech MX518 gaming-grade optical mouse. By adding the weight into the round, you can adjust the feel of the G5 to your liking. Image editors and virtual snipers might appreciate a denser, more deliberate feeling, while a lighter mouse might be better suited for gamers who are looking for faster running and shooting.
The weighting system isn’t the only feature that can be adjusted from the G5 Laser Mouse – thanks to the two buttons below the scroll wheel, you can change the sensor resolution quickly, without installing any software. Although playing games or editing images may be suitable for slow motion, be careful setting 400dpi or 2,000dpi as fast as lightning, most users will feel more comfortable with the default setting of 800dpi for everyday use. The SetPoint utility that included from Logitech allows you to program two additional dpi settings.
The rest of the buttons reflect what we would expect from a modern mouse. You get a scroll wheel, two primary buttons, and one thumb button. Scrollwheel incorporates Logitech Tilt Wheel technology for side-to-side scrolling, but we don’t consider it an adequate replacement for the double thumb buttons found on the MX518 and other mice. You cannot move your middle finger from the right side of the wheel to the left without moving your index finger from the left mouse button. That’s not a problem when you work with spreadsheets, but for gamers who map the left button to fire their guns, such finger exercises can cause loss of control of potentially dangerous weapons. We prefer additional buttons to press without having to shift the position of your finger.
Logitech G5 offers a 500MHz USB polling speed and processes 6.4 million pixels per second, which allows it to handle many clicks per second. The sensor can also track movements at speeds of 45 and 65 inches per second, depending on the surface of your mouse. For optimal performance, use dark semireflective surfaces with irregular textures. Laser sensors will work on almost anything except mirrors.
Logitech also offers a three-year limited warranty on hardware, where most mouse factories stop at one time. The company’s support website includes an extensive problem-solving database, and telephone support is available Monday through Friday from 6 am to 6 pm. PT.
- Designed for righties
- only one thumb-side button.
- Customizable weight and sensor resolution let you tailor the feel of the mouse to different activities
- 2,000dpi maximum-resolution laser sensor provides the highest sensitivity available.
Conclusion > We can’t say that we’ve ever wished our mouse weighed just 1.5 grams more, but if you’re a gamer with the accuracy of an Army sniper–or hope to become one–you will appreciate the Logitech G5 Laser Mouse’s vast customizability.
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