Logitech G5 Laser Mouse


posted 8/29/2005 by John Yan
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It was a few moons ago that I reviewed Logitech’s first Laser mouse, the MX1000. A great cordless mouse, I anxiously awaited for them to use the technology in their next gaming mouse. That day has arrived with two variations using the Laser. We’re going to review the corded one first and thus we look at the G5 Laser Mouse

The G5 Laser Mouse looks a lot like their previous gaming mice. From the design standpoint, you still have that right handed design with the nice smooth main button scheme. But there are some changes, some nice some bad, to the MX510 design.

First off, the grip has gone from smooth to having a slightly rougher surface. The thumb area and bottom half of the each side of the mouse’s surface is covered this way and I really like the change. I like the textured feel and it gives me a better sense when gripping the mouse.

If you've seen the MX518, you know about the unique dented look. For the G5 Laser Mouse, Logitech went to a three color, seven phase painting process. The three colors used are rust-red, smoke black, and silver. Each mouse is hand polished with sand paper to give it a unique look. No two mice will look alike so you'll be getting a one of a kind paint job when you get the G5 Laser Mouse.

On the top of the mouse, the application switch button has been eliminated. And another great change from the MX518 is that the plus and minus button has been group together underneath the mouse wheel. Before, I found it was a little tougher to reach the button above the mouse wheel to switch my sensitivity. Now that the two buttons are grouped together, the reach is a lot easier.

Speaking of the wheel, the amount of pressure needed to push the button down seems to have increased a bit and the feeling doesn’t seem as precise. Compared to the MX518, I definitely didn't like the feeling as much. Scrolling is pretty good with a good click feel as you rotate it. I had no trouble switching weapons in the FPS games I tried out. I thought the motion of the wheel was good but the button feel wasn’t as good as the MX518. Added to this mouse is the tilt wheel function. I, for one, think it's about time Logitech included this in their gaming line and I'm happy to see it here. The click when going from side to side is very good and it snaps back to the center position quickly. It's a case of one step forward and one step back when talking about the wheel.

The side now has a single thumb button instead of the usual two. It’s a design that I don’t like and wish Logitech wouldn’t have changed. With most of the mice these days having two thumb buttons, I had a lot of games programmed to take advantage of them. Going back to one thumb button is sort of a step backwards in my eye. And even general browsing has been affected as I can only go back to previous pages in the browser and not forward like I normally do with the second thumb button. The omission of the secondary thumb button’s probably my only major complaint about this mouse though.

As the name suggests, the mouse uses a laser rather than the traditional optical engine. For a more detailed look at the laser engine, you can go to this page of the MX1000 review. The engine has been updated over what the MX1000 had though. First of all, the mouse goes up to an almost unusable 2000 dpi. Ok, it's just unusuable for me and I even keep my mouse settings at high sensitivity. That's more than two times the MX1000, which maxed out at 800 dpi. Another improvement over the MX1000 is that the G5 Laser Mouse can process up to 6.4 megapixels per second while the old laser mouse was limited to 5.8 megapixels per second. The laser engine can also work on surfaces that the optical engine cannot. Some glossy surfaces that gave my MX518 fits offered smooth movement with the G5 Laser Mouse running over it. So with the move to laser, you not only get the ability to use the mouse on more types of surfaces but at a higher sensitivity rate.

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