The Good Easy to use, on-the-fly sensitivity changer; customizable weighting system; updated design includes two thumb-side buttons; new higher sensitivity laser sensor; fully cooked Vista support.
The Bad Thin thumb buttons might be tough to use for those with large hands; electric-blue styling reminds us of a SpikeTV sports drink commercial (for some this might be a "good").
The Bottom Line Logitech finally earns a CNET Editors' Choice award with this update to its flagship gaming mouse. An extra thumb button, an updated laser sensor, and more convenient and flexible customization options than the competition make this mouse easy to recommend to any PC gamer.
Logitech G5 Laser Mouse (Blue/Black)
The two main competitors in high-end gaming mice have both come within a hair of earning a CNET Editors' Choice award, but both missed the mark. We held back on Razer's recent DeathAdder a few weeks ago because its on-the-fly sensitivity switching is so convoluted. The 2005 Logitech G5 Laser Mouse lost out because it had only one thumb-side button. We're pleased to announce that we finally have an award winner. Logitech's new $60 G5 Laser Mouse (same name as the original) finally has two thumb buttons, as well as an updated laser sensor. It's still not perfect, but it's close enough that we'd recommend it to any serious PC gamer.
Aside from the added button, the core design of the G5 hasn't changed much. Like the original, the mouse has two distinct features. The first is a bundled weight kit. A small plastic tray slides out from the bottom of the mouse and lets you add any combination of 8, 1.7 gram, and 4.5 gram metal weights. Any extra weights can go in the included tin designed to carry them. The idea is that the weights let you tailor the feel of the mouse to your preference. Other mice, like Creative's Fata1ty 1010, have similar customized weighting systems, but none are as easy to use and flexible as the G5's.
The other feature we love about the G5 is its sensitivity adjustment buttons. Depending on your screen resolution and your style of play, you may want to adjust the sensor of the mouse so that the cursor moves with appropriate speed across your screen. Both the original G5 and the 2007 model feature a pair of buttons just under the scroll wheel that let you switch between sensitivity settings on the fly. Three small LEDs just above the thumb buttons indicate your current setting. The preset sensitivities scale from 2000-800-400dpi, but Logitech's easy-to-use SetPoint software lets you customize the defaults. You can also insert two more custom sensitivities, for a total of five (the indicator pairs two LEDs together to show that you're on steps two and four). This system is vastly superior to Razer's DeathAdder, which has no visual indicator and requires that you either turn the mouse over to get at the dedicated button on the bottom, or sacrifice one of the main buttons to act as a one-way toggle.
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