Logitech G5 Laser Gaming Mouse Reviewskinny - May 23, 2006
The packaging is very professional looking, hi-tech but classy, as I would expect from a company that has been around as long as Logitech. The mouse, which is a rubberized black with a silver/coppery colored plastic insert across the top, is prominently displayed in clear plastic inside the box. As I was opening the box, I was already trying to think of where my machete was stored so that I could hack the plastic open to get to the mouse, but was pleasantly surprised to find that the two halves of the plastic were not heat sealed together, and pulled apart without the use of life-endangering tools. Packaged in the box was the typical Logitech one page instruction manual, the typical Logitech "Please buy our other fine Logitech products" flyer, and the cd-rom containing the programming required to fine tune the mouse. There was also a fancy little tin, with "G5", and the Logitech logo on the top of it. As I attempted to open this tin, I was again tempted to find my machete. At first, I thought this was just a "big-finger" issue, until I had my fianc� (who is amazing, beautiful, smart, and allows me time to play with computer stuff) try to open the tin, with the same results as I had. Finally, the tin opened to reveal a selection of small round discs, labeled either 1.7g or 4.5 g. These would be the weights, as referred to in the "weight tuning" listed on the front of the box. Again, more on that feature later.
The mouse itself has six buttons. There are your standard left and right buttons, and a scroll wheel. The wheel also tilts left and right, which allows you to scroll left and right. As I have never spent more than $5 on a mouse, I have never had an option like that, and happen to really like it. There is also a button on the left side of the mouse which is preset as a "Back" button for net-surfing.
A unique feature of this mouse is the extra two buttons on the top, marked "+" and "-". These allow you to change the mouse sensitivity on the fly. To allow you to know which setting you are in (in case you can't tell from actually using it?), the mouse also has an LED indicator which shows which of the three settings you are on. This is a nice gimmick/feature, except for the fact that when using the mouse, my hand completely covered the indicator. Again, I had my small-handed fianc� handle the mouse to see if this was a hand-size issue, but her hand covered it as well. I found that if I really want the indicator to be visible, I could change my hand position, but it was not comfortable or natural at all.