by Greg King on August 29, 2007 in Peripherals
Looking for the ultimate gaming mouse? Logitech’s latest G9 offers a lot… and then some. Included is a switchable body, color-changing LEDs, 3200 DPI capabilities, MicroGear scroll-wheel, braided cable and much more. The question: Is it worth your $99?
Included with any programmable hardware, Logitech has once again made SetPoint the program to control their latest gaming peripheral. The following screens are of the setup process but before we get into the software itself, the installation is pretty much a game of clicking next until the software is installed.
There really isn’t anything to the installation of the software and because of this; there really isn’t any reason to explain the following pictures. One thing that I would like to point out is that I do not ever install the desktop messenger. Depending on your point of view, this either helps keep you up to date on your SetPoint software, or it completely bothers you when you don’t care to be bothered. I happen to fall into the latter category and because of this; I chose not to install the messenger. Aside from that, like we said it’s simply clicking next until you’re done.
That section really didn’t need to be included but for the sake of a complete review, we figured it might as well be shown. With that out of the way, we can now get into the actual functionality that the software brings to the G9.
Once we open up SetPoint, the program will automatically find all attached Logitech devices capable of working with the program. In our case, the only device installed just so happened to be the G9 itself so fittingly, we choose to configure it.
On the main page, there are a variety of options running down the left side of the screen. If you notice, the body of the page also has these same options available to open up individually by clicking the edit button.
Starting at the top and working our way down, the first section we come to is the “Basics” area. In this section we have the ability to setup a unique profile, assign it a name and description, assign a profile number to it (this allows us to quickly change profiles on the fly with the button on the bottom of the mouse) and also assign a color that will correspond to the color of the LEDs on the mouse. I wasn’t kidding about light pink.
In the “Buttons” section, we can assign each button on the mouse a specific function.
The next section is the “Pointer” section. Here we can setup the varied DPI settings and what the number will be at each different DPI level. There is also a polling rate option.
On the “Scrolling” page, there are sliders to control the speed that your mouse will scroll up and down a page.
In the profile manager, you can switch around the profiles that are stored in the G9’s internal memory. This is a wonderful feature as it allows you to take your profiles with you, stored on your mouse, to any PC that you might sit down at. You can store up to 5 custom profiles on the G9 and countless others on your PC should you get the urge to go on a profile creating bender all night.
In the SetPoint software, there is also a macro editor. For anyone who repeatedly hits the same keys and buttons, this can save you an incredible amount of time in a game. I use macros for buying gear in Counter-Strike. It beats manually doing it each time a round starts.
There are also device and program options. This simply allows you to check for updated firmware, restore the defaults, contact Logitech support, check your Set Point version number and schedule automatic updates.
Testing and our final thoughts are up next.