Logitech G5 Laser Mouse Review
The G5 Laser Mouse is
one of the latest corded mice from Logitech that offers the user one of the
most accurate input devices to have ever graced the PC, thanks to the
2000 DPI laser engine. With that said, this mouse makes the perfect
accessory for gamers and designers that also features 6 buttons, tilting
scroll wheel, adjustable sensitivity and weight tuning, ensuring not
only precision but also comfort.
The installation of the
G5 Laser Mouse was a breeze and once the software was installed, it gave
the user a plethora of options from assigning user defined buttons,
adjusting the DPI and also the responsiveness of the Y and X access.
Needlessly to say, we assigned a variety of functions for the user
defined buttons from ALT-F4 to closing windows or strafe for Quake 4.
Adjustable weight cartridge
Tracking Resolution: 2000/800/400 dpi (user selectable)
Image Processing: 6.4 megapixels/second
Max. Acceleration: 20g
Max. Speed: 45—65 inches/second (depending on surface)
USB Data Format: 16 bits/axis
USB Report Rate: 500 reports/second
Sleep Mode: Disabled
Our first impressions of the Logitech G5
Laser Mouse was that the input device was a professionally designed unit
that felt extremely comfortable to use. Even after a few hours of
non-stop use (which is against OH&S policy), the ergonomic design of the
mouse ensured that neither of us got tired or found the design
uncomfortable. This is a bonus for both gamers and designers who use
their computers for long lengths of time.
Interestingly enough, the device features
six buttons with an extra two buttons on the top labelled plus and minus
that allows the user to address the sensitivity of the mouse on the fly.
There is also a LCD on the mouse that displays the sensitivity levels of
the mouse, allowing the user to know which level it has been set to.
2000 dpi laser engine - An ultra-high
resolution engine churns images at an astounding 6.4 megapixels per
second. A massive (30-pixel by 30-pixel) sensor array and precision
laser technology provides best-in-class performance and tracking.
Full-speed USB - A 500 reports/second
(limited to 125 for Win 98/Me users), bi-directional connection
delivers blazing speed and instant acceleration.
Adjustable weight cartridge - Adjust
the G5s weight and balance (up to 36 grams) for the control you need
to dominate the competition.
In-game sensitivity switching - The G5
provides instant access to three sensitivity levels— 400 dpi, 800
dpi, and 2000 dpi—before driver installation. Shift from
pixel-precise targeting to fast-twitch manoeuvres, without pausing
Polytetrafluoroethylene gaming feet -
Forget sticky workarounds— the G5's durable polytetrafluoroethylene
(PTFE) feet give the ultra-smooth glide you want in a gaming mouse.
As stated earlier, the G5 Laser Mouse by
Logitech boasts a tracking resolution of 2000 dpi, 6.4 megapixels for
imaging processing and a maximum speed of 1.15 milliseconds which is
easily one of the most accurate and fastest mice on the PC market. The
secret behind the accuracy of the mouse is the implementation of a
low-powered laser that allows for extremely high resolutions. Apart
from these extraordinary statistics, the G5 also supports the latest USB
transfers, ensuring high quality transfers.
scrolling (sometimes known as a 'tilt wheel') is where the mouse wheel
can be tilted from side to side, the can be used for many functions
through the drivers, from changing tabs in internet browsers to changing
weapons in a First Person Shooter.
other interesting feature of the G5 is the ability to change the weight
of the mouse from 1.7g to 4.5g in order to allow the user more control
over the mouse or for lighter gameplay such as first person shooters for
that extra and sometimes vital speed.
Windows XP and the world of PC gaming.
The mouse was tested with a variety of
software packages that included Windows XP, Microsoft Office and Adobe
Photoshop which performed outstandingly well that was not only
comfortable but extremely accurate which was a bonus for photo
manipulation in Adobe Photoshop. The accuracy and steadiness of the
mouse really allows for accurate designs in just about any design
Games such as Quake 4, Call of Juarez and
the latest title in the Command & Conquer: Generals all performed well
with the Logitech G5 mouse and I must admit that the user defined
buttons did come in handy with the first person shooter games. However
with that said, some games need a little tweaking in order for the
software to recognise the extra mouse buttons but given time, I'm sure
more titles will support this product.
In conclusion, the Logitech G5 mouse is the
perfect accessory to your computer, whether for gaming or productivity,
the unit was flawless with all tasks. With its sleek "futuristic" look
and the ability to create your own user defined buttons with just a
couple of clicks, the Logitech G5 is definitely a mouse that all
professionals (both gaming and productivity) should investigate before
purchasing that $20 mouse that although may perform similar functions is
definitely not the way to go. Highly Recommended!