Logitech G5 Laser Mouse

by Drew Smith on November 14, 2005 in Peripherals

Logitech has always been a huge player in the peripheral market, even for gamers. Their MX510 and MX518 mice won countless awards and become a favorite among many. Take that design, improve the feel and throw in a laser, and we have the G5. Let’s see how it compares to other mice we have used.


I had great first impressions of this mouse.. it’s a perfect size. According to Logitech, it comes with various features that appeals to gamers. There were no problems during the installation of the mouse or the drivers, as I had expected. The cord is quite long and should provide enough length to suit just about any desk setup.

    Tech Specs

  • Tracking Resolution: 2000/800/400 dpi (user selectable)
  • Image Processing: 6.4 megapixels/second
  • Max. Acceleration: 20g
  • Max. Speed: 4565 inches/second (depending on surface)
  • USB Data Format: 16 bits/axis
  • USB Report Rate: 500 reports/second
  • Sleep Mode: Disabled

This mouse is very light at first, but that’s because the weight cartridge is empty. Weight cartridge?? Yup, this mouse comes complete with a plastic cartridge in which you add mini-weights to. The mouse comes with 16 weights in 1.7g and 4.5g sizes. After experimenting for a while with the various amounts of weights, I found 20.3g worked out the best for me, and felt the most comfortable.

No matter the amount of weight you choose, this mouse glides like a dream, thanks to the polytetrafluoroethylene [say that once, I dare you] feet. These feet help for smooth operation on most surfaces. I tested the mouse without a mouse pad, just on my wooden desk and the mouse still worked great! This is a plus, because my MX500 that I was previously using would stick. Since this is a feature that they obviously boast about, they made sure that this mouse was smooth as silk, which is perfect for a gamer.

This mouse still includes many features that others on the market have. One unique feature though, is the on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment, which was first introduced with the MX518 back in March.