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Logitech G5 Laser Gaming Mouse Review

skinny    -   May 23, 2006


Installation
Simple. Plug in a USB cord. Done.

If you want the full adjustability that makes this mouse worth its price, you need to install the software that comes on the supplied CD. It also allows you to install Musicmatch, which is packaged with it for no cost. The Logitech Setpoint software allows you to adjust every button click, as well as the responsiveness of both the x and y axis, for all three DPI settings. The interface for making these changes is very easy to use. However, I ran into a conflict with the very first change I made. I changed a button function for Internet Explorer only. In attempting to have the �Zoom� (press the wheel) changed to �Alt-F4� to close a window, I ended up having left clicks on the desk top bring up shortcut properties, and I could no longer manually type websites into Explorer. As soon as I changed the �Zoom� function back to normal, the problem went away. This may be more of an Explorer/Windows issue, as when I set the back button to �Prone� in Battlefield Vietnam, I had no other problems.

 

Testing
For basic use, I found that the factory settings worked well for anything I needed. The fastest DPI setting was too fast for anything I needed, the middle setting was a great speed for day-to-day use, and the slowest speed was excellent for working in Photoshop. The button clicks are pretty standard, but it took me awhile to get used to surfing with the "Back" thumb button. The left/right scroll with the wheel was handy to have.

Not being much of a gamer, I decided that my game testing of this mouse would consist of attempting to set new high scores in Minesweeper. Worked fine. I then decided that was not enough, and obtained some games. As mentioned above, I made a simple change of button functions for Battlefield Vietnam which worked fine, and found that the sensitivity control worked excellent. The game itself did not recognize the extra mouse buttons, only the standard two buttons and scroll. After adding the game as a program in Setpoint, and making changes in there, the mouse worked flawlessly during gameplay.


Conclusion
This is a fine piece of work. From viewing the packaging, I expected this to be a well put-together product, and I was not disappointed. The finish on it is excellent, the appearance is unique with the air-brushed look and the buttons and feet all line up properly (something not found on my normal $5 mice). I like the "on-the-fly" adjustability of the sensitivity. The adjustable weight is a cool gimmick, although I cannot ever imagine being so picky about my mouse that I need to adjust the weight in it. I set it to the maximum weight and left it there, which seemed to give me the best feel. The included software is easy to use, and visually attractive to look at.

This may seem like a simple thing, but I love the fact that I did not need industrial rescue tools to open the plastic packaging, while at the same time, I was quite disappointed in how difficult it is to open the tin that the weights come in. The plastic sleeve that holds the weights seemed to require a fairly stiff push to get it to stay in the mouse, and while the weights are easy to add to the sleeve, I found that I needed to use a pen to pop them back out again to make changes.

The ergonomics are decent, but until someone develops a way to make the shape of a mouse adjustable to each user, they are not perfect, and are not expected to be. The buttons are all easily accessed, and seem to have the right feel to click (not too hard, not too sensitive). Like mentioned above, the LED indicator could be in a better spot, such as closer to the front of the mouse in the gap between the thumb and index finger. That should make it visible to more people with different shaped hands.

The biggest selling point for me for this mouse was how I instantly missed it as soon as I switched back to the old mouse. The comfort, the smooth motion, and the added buttons all were noticeably missing. I also like the fact that the polytetraflouroethylene had not collected any build-up on them, when my old mouse had to be cleaned literally daily.

For anyone looking for a high end mouse that�s easy to use, very adjustable, and aren't worried about spending a little more than $5 for a mouse, I highly recommend the Logitech G5 Laser. I know I am sold.

Pros

  • Unbelievable sensitivity
  • Appearance is consistent with the price (appears high-end, looks good)
  • Additional buttons are handy
  • Ability to adjust button-presses for individual programs
  • On-the-fly sensitivity adjustment
  • Side-scrolling wheel
  • Adjustable weights allow fine-tuning of mouse feel

 

Cons

  • LED sensitivity indicator hidden by hand when in use, could use a better location
  • USB cord can get caught on edges, possibly with catastrophic results when gaming
  • Appeared to be a glitch in the button programming for Microsoft programs
  • The tin that the adjustment weights come in is very difficult to open



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