Logitech G9 Gaming Laser Mouse
Reviewed by: Makaveli
Reviewed on: September 11, 2007
Price: $99.99 USD
Athletes all over the world are always searching for the best gear to help them exceed in their respective sports. Cyber athletes are no different in this regard. We are always looking for the best mouse, keyboard, graphics card, monitor, and whatever else will give us the edge over our opponents. In my opinion, the most important piece of equipment for cyber athletes is the mouse. Some ideal qualities are lightning quick responses, amazingly high dpi capabilities, great control and feel, as well as customizability. We’ll be looking at the Logitech G9 gaming laser mouse today. Is this the mouse you need to put yourself above the competition? Let’s see just how well this mouse does compared against some other popular mice on the market.
Logitech is a leading manufacturer in the input device industry. The company is world renown, trusted brand that provides honest, inexpensive solutions for the needs of many different users. Logitech continues to produce some of the finest input devices available to the public.
The box that the G9 is packaged in is very unique. It has a cut out for the mouse to protrude to give potential customers an idea for what the mouse is like. The box is cut diagonally in half so you’re pulling apart two triangles.
Once you open the box up, on the left you’ll notice some of the key features of the mouse. On the right of the box you are shown one of the interchangeable faceplates for the G9. The back of the box also shows multiple key features of the mouse.
Before we get a closer look at the mouse, let’s look at the included accessories. Included is the interchangeable faceplate, a container filled with weights, and a paper case. I was a bit confused on what was inside of this paper case which read “Pure Gaming”. Inside of the case you’ll find the instruction manual and a sheet informing you on how to change profiles on the mouse manually.
The weights are in a simple aluminum container and it holds a total of 44g of weight (four 7g weights, and four 4g weights).
Now let's examine this mouse more closely.
The mouse is painted black with a scroll wheel that is partly silver. With the current faceplate, the Logitech logo is in red and the G9 logo is in silver. Right off of the bat you’ll notice the dpi increase/decrease buttons and the LED screen. The scroll wheel also has a horizontal scrolling capability, which is a plus. This faceplate’s surface is very slick and smooth. The back of the mouse has three large surfaces for smooth gliding on the mouse pad. One of those surfaces is connected to the faceplate that is currently on. The “MicroGear” button is how you enable the frictionless scrolling capability, which is something I absolutely love. When it’s not enabled, the scroll wheel acts like a normal scroll. If you click the “Profile” button you can easily change between the profiles stored on the onboard memory.
The side of the mouse has two buttons that you can customize to do pretty much anything. You can notice how easily this faceplate gets fingerprint marks on it. The back of the mouse is where you’ll find an eject button. When you push this button the faceplate pops up so you can easily take it off. On the right you can see a picture of the faceplate ejected.
Once the faceplate is popped off, you push the weight drawer in and it’ll eject. After messing around with different amounts of weight, I found that 22g was perfect for me.
Notice the metal stub on either side of the mouse. The faceplate latches onto these metal stubs. On the front of the mouse, you stick the faceplate over the buttons and push down and it’ll be locked into place.
The second faceplate included is the grip model. The grip faceplate is slightly smaller, but it feels like fine sandpaper on the surface. Below you can see the two faceplates next to each other; the grip faceplate is on the left and the smooth faceplate is on the right. This mouse plugs into a USB port and the long cord is uniquely braided.
Let's get this mouse installed and ready for use!
To install the Logitech G9 gaming laser mouse, uninstall any old mouse software and plug in this mouse. Once the mouse is inserted, go ahead and put the driver CD into your optical drive and follow the on-screen instructions to correctly install the software, which is called SetPoint. To install a different faceplate, simply start by pressing the eject button on the back of the mouse and removing the current faceplate. With the new faceplate in hand, point the front of the faceplate down in front of the mouse and then push the back side of the faceplate down to lock it onto the mouse.
No software was included, but OverclockersClub.com got a sneak peak at SetPoint 5.0. We’re going to show you everything about SetPoint 5.0 that we can. Once the software is installed, you’ll notice that it clearly has the Windows Vista style. After we selected the G9 laser mouse, we were shown the overview of the settings that the mouse currently had.
If you click on “Basics” you’ll be able to change that profile’s name, description, applications assigned, and LED color. The LED color choices are very broad and that allows for the user to have the ultimate freedom to customize their mouse.
The mouse can detect applications to activate certain profiles. Below you can see how I set the mouse to switch to my “Gaming” profile whenever the WoW.exe application is opened. The onboard memory has room for 8 profiles to be saved on the mouse. This means that if you take your mouse and plug it into a friend’s computer, you’ll have all of your profiles stored on the mouse. On the right you can see a shot of the onboard memory manager, which is also located under the “Basics” section.
The G9 gaming laser mouse has 9 buttons that you can customize under the “Buttons” section. I was flabbergasted at the choices I was presented for each of the buttons. Currently, I’m satisfied with these button settings so I left these settings alone.
Now let’s go ahead and change the dpi sensitivity for the gaming profile. You can have up to 5 dpi levels and they can go as high as 3200 dpi! It is easy to change the X-axis and Y-axis separately. Also, you can change the vertical and horizontal scrolling speeds.
To manage your profiles better than how we did in the onboard memory section, “Profile Manager” is what you’re looking for. You can view your profile library and add/remove profiles with a click of a button. I personally like the application detector so that’s what I selected in the menu below.
Macros can come in handy for gamers who need multiple things to happen with one click of a button. “Macro Editor” is the place you can go to set up any action to any button on the mouse.
Under “Device Options” you can see what firmware version you’re using and where to get help if you need it. Remember, this mouse comes with a 3-year warranty, so if you have any problems you can easily get it fixed using the supplied contact information. The last thing you can do is setup the auto-update feature.
You now know the basics of SetPoint 5.0 - let’s test this mouse!
- Windows® XP, Windows Vista™
- USB port
- Resolution: 200–3200 dpi (user-selectable)
- Image processing: 6.4 megapixels/second
- Maximum acceleration: 20 G
- Maximum speed: 45–65 inches/second (depending on surface)
- USB data format: 16 bits/axis
- USB report rate: Up to 1000 reports/second
- Sleep mode: Disabled
- Dynamic coefficient of friction (μk): .09**
- Static coefficient of friction (μs): .14**
- Tuning weight: Up to 28 grams
- Mouse buttons (left/right): 8 million clicks
- Mouse feet: 250 kilometers
** Tested on wood-veneer desktop
- Logitech® G9 Laser Mouse
- Two custom grips (Wide Load and Precision)
- Adjustable weight cartridge
- Tuning weights and case
- User guide
- 3-year limited warranty
- Interchangeable Grips: Use the included Wide Load and Precision grips to get a fit and feel that’s best for your playing style. The satin texture and fuller shape of Wide Load add extra comfort while the DryGrip technology plus compact shape of the Precision grip give you unmatched fingertip control.
- 3200 dpi laser engine with Full-Speed USB: Get uncompromising speed and accuracy from a high-performance Gaming-Grade laser engine—plus instant cursor response with Full-Speed USB (up to 1000 reports/second).
- Game settings to go: Take your personal mouse preferences with you. The G9 saves mouse settings in onboard memory—store up to 5 profiles (including keyboard macros, dpi settings, and LED color) on the mouse and play your way—without additional software installation*—on any computer.
- MicroGear™ Precision Scroll Wheel: Use Logitech’s exclusive MicroGear™ scrolling technology for precise, click-to-click scrolling—perfect for quick weapon selection. Or switch modes for frictionless, hyper-fast scrolling.
- Adjustable sensitivity: Shift from pixel-precise targeting to lightning-fast maneuvers without pausing the action. The G9 gives you instant access to multiple sensitivity levels between 200 and 3200 dpi, without driver installation.
- Weight tuning system: Prefer a heavier or lighter mouse? Use the weight cartridge and up to 28 grams of metal weights to customize your G9 for just the right feel.
- Polytetrafluoroethylene feet: Super-slick feet glide effortlessly across almost any surface.
Comfort and Convenience
- Custom-color LEDs: A color LED display indicates the current sensitivity level and profile settings. Personalize the color LED display by choosing from hundreds of colors.
- More grip styles: Swap out your grip for a new look and feel. In addition to the provided Wide Load and Precision grips, other grip styles are available for purchase.
In order to test this Logitech G9 gaming laser mouse, I’m going to be comparing it against the ever popular Logitech new G5 gaming laser mouse (OCC Review). Both mice are wired and use lasers to communicate to the computer. I’ll be testing each of the mice’s speed, comfort, precision, and customizability. Each test has been conducted over multiple popular first-person shooters.
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Processor
- Abit IN9-32X Max Wi-Fi Motherboard
- Crucial Ballistix (2 x 1GB) DDR2 1066 Memory
- eVGA 7950GT KO Video Card
- Cooler Master 750w Power Supply
- Western Digital 250GB IDE Hard Drive
- Windows XP Professional w/ SP2
- Logitech SetPoint 5.0
- Logitech Firmware Version 78
- Razer Mantis “Control” Mouse Pad
The first test is speed. Here, I'll be moving each mouse across the Razer mouse pad and grade on a scale of 1 to 10 on how fast it moved across the pad; 10 being lightning fast and 1 being it didn't move. Since the slick faceplate has a sliding surface on it, we'll test the mouse not only with that faceplate, but also the grip faceplate.
The extra sliding surface on the slick faceplate made a slight - yet noticeable difference. Next we're going to test the comfort of the mice. For this test, results are on a 1 to 10 scale; 10 is that I don't want to take my hand off of the mouse and 1 is being, "Do I have to touch it?".
I personally liked the slick faceplate during this test because it's wider than the grip faceplate, which felt better under my hand. The reason that the G5 didn't get that great of a score is because its hump just didn't feel nearly as good as the G9. The next aspect we're going to be testing is the precision that each mouse gives. 10 is once again the best.
There is absolutely no question in my mind that this mouse is one of the most accurate, if not the most accurate. I played so much better with the grip faceplate than the slick one. I honestly have not felt like a mouse could affect my game that much, but this G9 certainly made me play better. The grip faceplate was especially nice during long gaming sessions because it wouldn't slip when my fingers were sweaty.
The last test we will be doing is for customizability. Like the other tests, this one is on a scale of 1 to 10; 10 being that the mouse is completely customizable and 1 being you can't change anything.
There was absolutely no competition here for the G9. Being able to change the LEDs to any color you want is just unheard of. Changing faceplates is also a very uncommon ability for mice. The frictionless MicroGear scroll wheel is something totally new as well. The G5 can only customize its buttons, which the G9 can do as well.
The Logitech G9 gaming laser mouse is a truly remarkable mouse. I really enjoy just how customizable it really is. You can change the LEDs on the mouse to any color on the given color swatch. Problem is that the actual LEDs in the mouse can’t display those colors 100% correctly – light green and a medium green have no noticeable difference. The interchangeable faceplates are an ingenious idea because some gamers like to have a slick satin-like surface and some prefer a fine-sandpaper feel to their mouse’s surface. Logitech gives the customer those choices and a whole lot more. I am a huge fan of the MicroGear frictionless scroll wheel and if you don’t like it, you’ll be able to push the MicroGear button on the bottom of the mouse to turn the scroll wheel into a normal scroll. The buttons feel great to the fingers, but I felt that the dpi buttons weren’t ideally placed. It was hard to click the dpi buttons without clicking the left-click button. The profile changer button on the bottom is great to have because, as the mouse can store up to eight custom profiles, you can take them anywhere you go. Overall, I liked this mouse because it truly improved my game unlike any other mouse before. I had so much more control and precision. If you’re looking for a completely customizable mouse for gaming, the Logitech G9 gaming laser mouse will not let you down!
- Interchangeable Faceplates
- MicroGear Frictionless Scroll Wheel
- Weight Cartridge
- 3200 dpi
- Placement of DPI Buttons