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Comparison: G5 vs Copperhead
March 4, 2006
Author: WinstonSmith Manufacturer: Logitech - Razer
Department: Hardware Model: G5 - Copperhead
Article Type: Comparison Time Spent: 4 months
 
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Introduction




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 translates to 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.

G5 Specs

System Requirements   Package Contents
• IBM® or compatible PC   • Logitech® G5 Laser Mouse
• Windows® 98, 2000, Me, XP   • Adjustable weight cartridge
• USB port   • Tuning weights and case
Technical Specifications   • CD with SetPoint™ software
• Tracking Resolution: 2000/800/400 dpi (user selectable)   • Installation Guide
• Image Processing: 6.4 megapixels/second   • Three-year limited warranty
• Max. Acceleration: 20g    
• Max. Speed: 45—65 inches/second (depending on surface)    
• USB Data Format: 16 bits/axis    
• USB Report Rate: 500 reports/second    
• Sleep Mode: Disabled    

G5 Images


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.

 
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