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Step Up Your Game With the Logitech G5
Jul 30, 2010
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Well designed, durable, and simple to become accustomed to.
Cons:It's a bit ugly, but that doesn't effect its performance.
The Bottom Line: An extremely well made gaming mouse, plain and simple.
In the world of PC gaming, competition is strong, in fact some would say it's one of the main driving forces behind the PC platform's longevity. To stay at the top of the pack you can throw enormous amounts of money on your PC setup and your gaming equipment, but for those of us who don't have bottomless pockets and still like to compete, there are two things every PC gamer should have; a good mouse and a good keyboard.
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So what's the difference between a gaming mouse (like the G5) and a standard one?
The biggest difference is precision as gaming mice generally have better lasers inside. Is it going to be enough of a difference that you are going to notice? Maybe not so much, but in the long run you're going to shoot that much more truer, and isn't that what it's all about? The G5 features a gaming grade laser with a 6.4 megapixels/second image processor, so precision is definitely not an issue.
The next thing gaming mice often offer is changeable DPIs. What in the world does that mean? DPI stands for dots per inch. Let's say your screen resolution is 2,000 pixels across, and your mouse is set to 1,000 DPI. To move from one side of the screen to the other, you would have to move your mouse two inches across your desk surface. So the higher your DPI the more screen you can cover with less mouse movement, and vice versa for a lower DPI setting. The G5 allows you with the push of a button to switch between 400, 800, and 2,000 DPI without driver support.
Why is this useful when you can adjust mouse sensitivity in most games?
If you play a lot of First Person Shooter games, you are bound to run into a common problem; turrets. Your character will aim at one speed, but upon enterting a tank or vehicle, the turret will aim much slower. But increasing your DPI, it will allow you to increase your aiming speed in the turret, and therefore have a greater advantage. You may also find that you just prefer a higher sensitivity with different weapons in the game.
Another common area to use it is in Real Time Strategy games. Lets say you want to select a specific group, obviously you'll want a lower DPI setting. But then you need to tell that group to move across the map, just bump up your DPI, fly over to the other side of the map and viola!
The next thing the G5 offers that you won't find on a standard mouse is weight customization. The mouse comes with a tray that can hold up to eight individual weights, allowing you to adjust your mouses weight until it feels just right to you. It might sound odd at first, but once you find that sweet spot, you'll be glad for the extra bit of cusomization.
One last feature is the G5's Polytetrafluoroethylene feet, which allow the mouse to flow smoothly over a number of different surfaces. I don't use a mouse pad and run my mouse straight on top of my desk, and have had no issues with stick or slowdown due to the feet. I've also had the mouse for around two years and it's worn the paint off of two desktops, but the feet are still in good working shape, so it's a tough substance.
So why go with the G5?
The main thing I like about the G5 is it's competent but simplistic. It doesn't try and overload you with too many extra buttons and needless things getting in your way. It has enough features to keep you competitive without taking a while to adjust to. It feels well formed to the hand and it's easy to toss about and control effectively. Also like I said earlier it's a tough product. Mine has been through two years of pretty thorough abuse (I do a lot of gaming) and it still performs like the day I bought it. One other thing I really like that might seem odd is the cable. Instead of being a cheap plastic cable, it has a threaded coating that won't wear through if it rubs up against your desk or keyboard tray. Overall it is a mouse that has been designed to be functional and it does its job wonderfully.
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