Logitech G7 Laser Mouse Reviewskinny -
Prior to trying out this mouse, the mouse used in my day to day computing was the G5, so I felt I knew just what to expect of the G7. While the two mice are very similar, they have some pretty large differences as well.
The multi-color LED on the top of the mouse serves several purposes. The mouse is "awake", it displays in orange the current sensitivity level you are set at. After approximately 5 seconds of inactivity, the display turns green and shows the current battery life remaining. This then disappears after another 10 seconds of inactivity and the mouse enters "sleep" mode. There is a noticeable delay when waking the mouse from an extended sleep.
I was unable to determine the effective range of this mouse, but was able to use it flawlessly from over 20 feet away, and through 2 walls. I simply ran out of room to test from any further away.
Having become quite attached to my G5 in a very short time, I was pretty optimistic at the start of this review. The G7 has pretty much everything the G5 has, plus more. How could that be bad? While some of the characteristics of this mouse disappointed me, for the most part, I was impressed.
For me, being cordless is not an issue. Therefore, I never really did see a benefit in not having the cord, but found that the battery life, while good, seemed to run out at the most inopportune times. Having the battery meter on the top of the mouse is a great feature, except my hand always covers it when the mouse is in use, so I never use it. The on-screen pop-up stating that battery life is critical came in handy on a number of occasions, and always seemed to give me enough warning to pause my game to make the change. However, battery changes aren't instant. If you can't pause your game, such as in a multi-player environment, you better find a good hiding place to make your battery change. Having two rechargeables is great, I hate buying batteries. I personally wouldn't bother losing the cord if it means having to change batteries though. I also found that there was often a noticeable lag when the mouse was allowed to "sleep", but this lag seemed to be intermittent.
As with the G5, I really like the sensitivity levels of this mouse. The included software is easy to use. Installation is simple. The pads on the bottom of the mouse slid smoothly, and seem to stay cleaner longer than the pads on other mice I have used. The button press is good and solid, and quiet, although the scroll wheel made some weird noises. The side scroll is handy.
I have used other mice, such as the Microsoft Wireless, and some other generic $5 mice. The 2.4 Ghz technology was noticeable when compared to the Microsoft, as I never experienced any interference while using this mouse, yet I experienced it constantly with the Microsoft. When compared to that same Microsoft mouse and the other bargain mice, I found the ergonomics of the G7 to be superior, as it is designed for a right hand, while the Microsoft and most other mice are ambidextrous. A left-handed person would have to take this into serious consideration. The build quality is obvious in the touch and feel of this mouse. It feels like it is built solid, with quality materials. I am confident that this mouse, if not subjected to serious abuse, could be used without fail for years.
If having a cordless mouse is a priority for you, then I would recommend the G7. It works very well, and is packed with features such as the adjustable sensitivity and fully adjustable buttons. However, if flat-out gaming ability is your biggest need, I would suggest going with a mouse like the G5 instead, as things like the lag time, battery changes, and slippery feel of the G7 may interfere with your gaming experience.
- Two Included Rechargeable Batteries
- Included USB Battery Charger
- Good Ergonomics and Button Locations
- Features like side-scroll and back button
- Unreal Sensitivity
- Slight lag when leaving sleep mode
- Mouse material feels slippery
- LED sensitivity / battery strength indicator are not visible depending on hand placement
- Scroll wheel made strange clicking noise when scrolling up, sounded broken
- Batteries go dead, need to be changed every few days depending on usage.
- Definitely not for left handed mousers
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