The New Logitech G5 Laser Gaming Mouse

Makaveli - 2007-03-29 18:19:30 in Input Devices
Category: Input Devices
Reviewed by: Makaveli   
Reviewed on: April 2, 2007
Logitech
Logitech
Price: To Be Determined

 

Introduction:

    I’ve finally caught a mouse on my desk! It happens to be Logitech’s newest G5 Laser mouse. This state-of-the-art 2000 dpi gaming mouse is truly unique and I’ll show you all the reasons why this mouse will soon be trapped under your hand.

Logitech is a world renowned company which makes top-of-the-line input and peripheral devices. Personally, I feel Logitech caters to the needs of gamers splendidly by releasing many different products with a common goal: to give every gamer the upper-hand while gaming. Logitech continues to provide top-of-the-line products to meet the needs of every computer user.

You might be asking yourself, "Isn't there already a G5 available?" Yes.  But this mouse is newer and more improved than the original G5. The original G5 (OCC Review Here) is silver with orange sprayed in the middle of the mouse while the new G5 utilizes a unique black and blue color combination. The USB report rate (how many times per second your mouse sends its position to the software) on the new G5 is 1000 reports per second, compared to the original G5's 500 reports per second.  You may have already noticed that the new G5 has one more button on its left side.  In the Logitech software, I customized the smaller button on the top to cruise up, and the bigger one on the bottom to cruise down. 

 


Closer Look:

    The packaging in which this mouse was encased is Logitech’s signature style; displaying the mouse through a half-oval cut-out. The first thing I noticed is the blue and black coloring on the mouse. It looks as if the surface was shattered and blistering-hot blue magma is seeping through.

 

 


When I slid the contents out of the box, they were packed neatly in a plastic shell.

 


Included with the mouse are the instructions, software CD, weight tray, and weights. Let’s look more in-depth at the mouse.


There are 7 buttons on this G5, as well as a scroll wheel which tilts horizontally. Tilting right-to-left is extremely appealing to me, because I browse a lot of web pages where I need to scroll in those directions. The mouse feet cover much more surface area than the MX518, so I know it’ll glide much better. The G5 uses a “Gaming-Grade Laser”, which does not light up red while it’s in motion. Also, you can see the weight cartridge, which has a simple eject button above it.

 

Closer Look:

On my old Logitech MX518, the sensitivity buttons are located on either side of the scroll wheel, and that was always a pain. This G5’s sensitivity buttons are together under the scroll wheel, which makes them easier to access. It’ll be interesting to see how the dpi meter lights up.


 


I’ve never owned a mouse with a removable weight tray, but it’s a great idea because everyone’s style and preferences are different. There are two different weights included in the 16 piece weight set. Half of the weights are 4.5 grams each and the other half are 1.7 grams each.


The G5 connects with this USB connector. The casing of the cord feels like mesh, unlike the MX518, which feels like rubber. I measured the cable of the mouse and it comes out to be six feet and six inches (2 meters). Longer cables are great for me because my computer is on the other side of my desk.


As always, it’s a good idea to read the instructions before you mess something up. I’ve used Set Point with my MX518 and it wasn’t a bad program. This version (3.3a) is much newer than the one I have for the MX518 (2.3). Before I continue, I want to show you my MX518 side-by-side with this G5.

 


The following is what the G5 features but the MX518 doesn’t; tilt scroll wheel, sensitivity location, bigger mouse feet, color, dpi meter, and 400 dpi higher maximum (2000dpi compared to 1600dpi) to name a few. What makes the G5 even better than the MX518 is that both mice are the exact same size.

 

 

Installation:

    Installation couldn’t be any simpler. First, plug the mouse into a free USB port. Then pop in the software disc and let Set Point install. The weight tray can only be installed one way, and that’s with the arrow pointing inside the mouse while it is face up.


Configuration:

    Follow the instructions on the screen to get Set Point to correctly install on your machine. I enabled the Desktop Messenger because it informs you of important software updates. After the mandatory computer restart occurs, you’ll be able to use Set Point and configure your G5 to suit your preferences.

 


All of the buttons are customizable. The only ones that I changed were the two buttons on the left side of the mouse. I made the smaller one “Cruise Up” and the bigger one “Cruise Down”. The screen-shot on the right displays the horizontal scroll wheel customization options. For my mouse, I left that untouched.

 


If you click the pointer icon on the left hand menu, you’ll see the options you have to customize your pointer. I lowered the speed all the way down to 4 because 10 was insanely sensitive to me. When you click the rook icon on the left hand menu, you’ll be shown the options you have for gaming. After all, this is a gaming mouse, so naturally I clicked “Advanced Game Settings”.

 


Now we see the dpi meter and a “Recognized Games” column. Under the “Recognized Games” column, I clicked “Browse” and added all the major games that I play to the list. Next, I activated all of the five dpi modes you can have. I was stumped for a while on how to increase or decrease each setting. I found that the five dpi modes must be in order from biggest (mode 1), to smallest (mode 5). On the meter, I made all of the modes increase at a 400 dpi rate every mode, until it hits 2000 dpi in mode 1.

 


I use mode 3 (1200 dpi) for average use and mode 2 (1600 dpi) for gaming. There are 3 lights on the dpi meter. If only the top light is illuminated, then it’s on mode 1. If the top and middle light are lit, then it’s on mode 2; middle light, mode 3; middle and bottom, mode 4; bottom, mode 5.

Configuration (Cont.):

Weights:

After testing a few different weights over a few hours, I finally found my "sweetspot." I put one 1.7g weight in each corner and then I put a 4.5g weight directly under the arrow. I’m extremely happy with this weight set-up, because it makes the mouse feel exactly how I like it. I’m interested to see how the G5 is technically superior to the MX518.



Specifications:


 
MX518
G5
Tracking    
Resolution
1600 dpi
2000 dpi
Image Processing
5.8 MP/s
6.4 MP/s
Max. Acceleration
15
20
Max. Speed
N/A
45-60 inches/sec
Responsiveness    
USB Data Format
16 bits/axis
16 bits/axis
USB Report Rate
125 reports/sec
1000 reports/sec
Sleep Mode
N/A
Disabled
Glide    
Dynamic Coefficient of Friction - Mu (k)
N/A
0.09
Static Coefficient of Friction - Mu (s)
N/A
0.14
Tuning Weight
N/A
Up to 36 grams
Durability    
Buttons (left/right)
N/A
8 million clicks
Feet
N/A
250 kilometers

Testing:

    To test this mouse, I’m going to play Jumpstart Learning’s Advanced 4th grade game! Not really… I’m actually going to be playing a few of my favorite games; Counter-Strike: Source and Battlefield 2. Both the MX518 and G5 will be used for each game. To tell you which I like better, I’m grading on comfort, speed, and precision.

Testing Setup:



 

 


All points are out of a possible ten; 10 being perfect and 1 being terrible.



I couldn’t believe how much better I played with the new G5. It felt like everything was smoother and it slid across my mouse pad flawlessly.

Conclusion:

    Overall, I’ve been really impressed with this mouse. From its great looks to its jaw-dropping performance, this mouse ousts my old MX518 without any questions. I’ve been thinking for almost five minutes about a possible con and I honestly cannot think of a single one. The mouse feels great too, almost like very fine sand paper. I like that because it allows me to get more grip, while still being very comfortable.  The tilt wheel is so much better than the standard scroll wheel in the sense that it gives you more freedom while browsing websites, making Excel spreadsheets, working in Photoshop, and more.  Even the smallest advantage a gamer can get is extremely valuable; that's another reason why I like this mouse. It's more efficient than the old G5 and it performs much better than all the mice that I've ever owned.  Logitech has impressed me yet again with another fine laser mouse. The weights are awesome because it allows you to really make the mouse feel the exact way you want it to. I’ve never used weights for a mouse like that before, but I can say now that I’ll never go back. If you buy this mouse, you won’t be disappointed.


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