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Old May 14, 2007, 07:11 AM
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Default Logitech G5 Gaming mouse version 1

I didn't want to write a full review on this mouse as it is the first version that I got on sale for 30% off, and is being replaced by the recently released version 2 so it's old news.

This mouse has gotten alot of favorable reviews, and overall, I do say it is a great mouse for $41, but for the regular price of $76 at NCIX, there are better mice for the cash.

Two of my beefs with the mouse have been fixed with the new revision- those are the silly weight devices that came with it, and the lack of a forward thumb button- a problem that has been widely talked about.

The weight devices are quite fancy- they come in a small metal case with inidivually, very precisily marked weights of 1.7G or 4.5G. Each one looks like a little watch battery. This is obviously a useless gimmic and needlessly adds expense and takes away value from the mouse. I really don't know why someone would want more inertia in a gaming mouse- I even came from a cordless mouse and am accustomed to the weight, but I don't think a heavy mouse can help performance. I especially don't know why it's necessary to have such precision weight adjustment. Maybe simply add an inexpensive weighted plate insert for people who like it heavier.

Another more serious beef I have with the mouse if the scroll wheel- at first I liked the way it stuck out further which is better for scrolling in general but once I started gaming, I realized that it required alot of force to click and usually accidentally scrolled while trying to click it: this could have dire consequences in some games. One of my favorite games is Call of Duty 2, where the default for the scroll button click is for throwing frag grenades and I quite like this setup. However, when I tried using this mouse in the game, the scroll wheel behaved as if it was the CTRL button and caused me to go to prone position instead of throwing grenades. It took alot if messing with the controls to figure out why this was happening, and even more frigging to straighten it out. When I finally got the scroll click to toss grenades again, I was very unhappy with the reliability of the button as it is so difficult to click with precision.

I don't mind the looks of the mouse now that I'm used to it, but at first I really didn't like the idea of having my mouse arrive with a pre-worn look- maybe it's ok for bluejeans, but I'm not sure that the 'aged look' works so well for technology .

Even still, with those complaints, I'm still happy with this mouse and really enjoy the 2000DPI, and the quick DPI adjustment, as well as the gaming software recognition that automatically tunes the mouse for gaiming when one is started. I also really like the material used on the underside-pads which is very slippery and seems to glide well on a variety of surfaces. This mouse is probably not for people with small hands- It is the same body as a few other logitech mice, like my old MX700, and I like the shape very much.

I know that the forward thumb button has been added to the revision, and that they dropped the stupid weight system- I hope they fixed the scroll wheel too- if they did, then I would recommend one of them in a second.
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