Logitech G5/G7/G15 Preview

by Rob Williams on August 11, 2005 in Peripherals

Logitech has once again announced that they are releasing some killer gaming peripherals that you must check out. Ever since the MX1000, people have been wanting a Laser based gaming mouse, and here it is! They have also announced an amazing gaming keyboard equipped with an LCD. Read on to learn all about it.

Logitech G5

We are taking a look today at the next Logitech gaming devices to be released. Logitech is the type of company that will release peripherals when you least expect it, and make you say “Wow, that’s cool.” Before we jump in on the new products, here is a quick company profile.

About Logitech

Logitech designs, manufactures and markets personal peripherals that enable people to effectively work, play, and communicate in the digital world. The company’s products combine essential core technologies, continuing innovation, award-winning industrial design and excellent price performance.

Last year when the MX1000 Laser mouse was released, there were definite mixed reactions for use with gaming. Some people wouldn’t use anything else for gaming, and others like myself didn’t find it to have the ultimate control I was looking for. Months later, Logitech released the MX518 Gaming mouse. This mouse went over so well, that it made people think “Why didn’t they make this a Laser mouse?”

It was only a matter of time before they did release a Laser mouse designed for gamers, but it’s a surprise that they released two! We will be taking a look at both mice, as well as the G15 keyboard, which looks out of this world. Let’s jump to it.

Note: All images in this article can be clicked for very high res versions (1500*1000)

G5 Laser Mouse

Tune for game domination. The Logitech G5 Laser Mouse gives you the edge with a 2000 dpi laser engine sending out an astounding 500 USB reports per second* for precision response at blinding speeds. A Logitech exclusive, the G5’s 36-gram adjustable weight cartridge gives you thousands of variations on balance and weightincluding one thats perfect for your unique gaming style.

This mouse looks extremely similar to the MX510 and MX518 mice. The skin on this mouse even tops the MX518, with a cool rusted metal look. Of course, the MX 510 and MX518 were optical based, while the new G5 is Laser. Check out our review of the MX1000 to find out exactly what the benefits are. Simply put, Laser is 20x as accurate as an Optical for the utmost precision.

Like the MX518, the mouse comes with three base levels of sensitivity: 400, 800 and 2000DPI. You can use the included software to set up to five custom levels of sensitivity. You will notice from the pictures, that there is a battery level indicator on the mouse. This is actually not what it seems to be, but rather let’s you know which level you currently have your DPI set as.

One thing I immediately don’t like on the mouse, is that they removed one mouse button from the left side of the mouse. For all games I play, I usually pre-configure both those buttons since they do come in handy. Maybe I was the only one! Another thing that threw me for a loop, is that with this mouse they include a cartridge for weights!

It’s an orange cartridge that includes a total of 8 weights: (4) 4.5g and (4) 1.7g. They can all be removed, or customized to suit the mouse better for your gaming. Basically, you would move the weights around, adding and removing them until you figure out which feels best for you. This sounds like a funny gimmick, but it’s definitely one I want to test out.

Since this is a gamers mouse, they made the feet with high quality Polytetrafluoroethylene, which are as smooth as the word is to say. There are many gaming mice out there, but this one has me excited. There are a lot of innovations wrapped into this model, so it should prove a huge hit. This mouse will retail for approx. $69.99US

Other Specs: Image Processing: 6.4 megapixels/second, Max. Acceleration: 20g, Max. Speed: 4565 inches/second (depending on surface), USB Report Rate: 500 reports/second, No Sleep Mode.

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Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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