Logitech G5 Laser Mouse review: Logitech G5 Laser Mouse

CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.0
  • Installation and interface: 8.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Service and support: 8.0
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The Good Customizable weight and sensor resolution let you tailor the feel of the mouse to different activities; 2,000dpi maximum-resolution laser sensor provides the highest sensitivity available.

The Bad Designed for righties; only one thumb-side button.

The Bottom Line We can't say that we've ever wished our mouse weighed just 1.5 grams more, but if you're a gamer with the accuracy of an Army sniper--or hope to become one--you will appreciate the Logitech G5 Laser Mouse's vast customizability.

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Logitech G5 Laser Mouse

If you're a gamer with a particularly sensitive trigger finger, the $70 Logitech G5 Laser Mouse may be exactly what you need to improve your game. Even if you don't play games or aren't that picky about how your mouse feels in your hand, the G5 has some useful customization options and performs better than most.

Like last year's Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse , the G5 Laser Mouse features Agilent's LaserStream laser sensor. However, the G5's sensor is newer and twice as sensitive as the MX1000's (2,000 dots per inch (dpi) compared to 800dpi). Logitech's exclusive deal with Agilent expired this year, so expect to see plenty of other laser mice hit the market soon. Still, few will be designed as well as the G5.

The G5 Laser Mouse is the first mouse we've seen that includes a customizable weighting system, though two others are due out this year: Razer's Copperhead and a Fatal1ty mouse (named for a Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, a professional gamer) from Creative. The G5 Laser Mouse comes with a small tin that contains eight 1.7-gram weights and eight 4.5-gram weights. The mouse itself weighs 4.5 ounces (with the empty weight cartridge inserted), which is half an ounce heavier than the G5's predecessor, Logitech's MX518 gaming-grade optical mouse. By popping the weights into the cartridge, you can tailor the feel of the G5 to your exact preference. Image editors and virtual snipers might appreciate a heavier, more deliberate feel, while a lighter mouse might be better suited to gamers looking for quicker running and gunning.

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Logitech G5 Laser Mouse

Part Number: 931376-0403 Released: Aug. 11, 2005
MSRP: $59.99 Low Price: $264.99 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Aug. 11, 2005
  • Type Microsoft Windows 98
    Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Connector Type 4 pin USB Type A
  • Movement Resolution 2000 dpi
  • Type USB
  • OS Required Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
  • Form Factor External
  • Type mouse
  • Movement Detection Technology laser
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Compatibility PC
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Rich Brown is an executive editor for CNET Reviews. He has worked as a technology journalist since 1994.