Competition in the retail space of our industry is a good thing, but
it often has the fanboys of each camp arguing into the wee hours on
various forums--each determined to flame the other into carbonized submission. Many months back, we received the then new Logitech G5 and Razer Copperhead
mice for review. Spending a few days with a mouse is not really enough
time to become accustomed to it enough for an objective opinion--nor is
the opinion of a single reviewer all that compelling.
We opted to send each mouse to multiple editors for 2 - 3 week
evaluations then cull their opinions, and present those for this
particular review. Keep in mind, that unlike purely performance based
products, mice are an interface that you actually touch. That means
that your personal preferences may differ from the preferences of our
editors. There is no substitute for actually putting your hand on a
mouse before you buy if at all possible.
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The laser engines used in both mice are manufactured by Agilent Technologies
and are immensely powerful--reaching an until now unheard of
2000dpi. The lasers' processors run at 6.4 megapixels per second which
pinpoint precision and responsiveness. Worth noting is that both
companies have opted to disable the laser’s sleep mode function
resulting in a constantly active laser as opposed to
most mice with laser power-downs after a brief period of disuse--the
benefits of an always active laser are obvious.
• Max. Speed: 45—65 inches/second (depending on surface)
• USB Data Format: 16 bits/axis
• USB Report Rate: 500 reports/second
• Sleep Mode: Disabled
We are forgoing our normal format for reviews where the text is
usually accompanied by images that pertain to the author's comments
because we have the opinions and views of four different editors. With
that in mind, we will present the pictures of the mice in several
sections with general comments on special features--then follow with
each reviewer's comments.
Above, you can see the button layout of
the G5 as well as the general shape of the mouse. Logitech always seems
to have an interesting choice in surface finishes, this time opting for
a heavily worn industrial machine look. I have a very used old MS mouse
that I gamed with for several years that looks a great deal like the
G5, so they did a great job of replicating the distressed/used look.
G5 Images 02
For those of you already using Logitech mice, we have included a few
side by side images with the MX1000 and the MX310 we reviewed here. The MX1000 was painted red for a painting peripherals article you can find here.
G5 Weight Cartridge
One unique feature of the G5 that certainly qualifies as innovative, is
the inclusion of a removable weight cartridge system that allows you to
alter not just the mass of the mouse, but the distribution of that
mass. Included with the mouse are 16 small o ringed cylinders in 2
different weights--8 of which can be installed into the mouse via an
easy-to-use tray that allows for each user to adjust the "heft and
balance" to their personal taste.