Logitech G9 Laser Gaming Mouse Review

Posted: Sep 17 2007, 12:00am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 9:15am CDT, in Reviews | Peripheral

 

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Features & Specifications
The biggest feature for gamers who are fond of high sensitivity gaming is the new 3200 DPI sensor used in the Logitech G9 Laser Mouse. Logitech is able to reach these high sensitivity levels without the use of software interpolation. The G9 also uses full-speed USB and reports up to 1000 times per second for smooth and lag free play. Sensitivity is adjustable on the fly, as you would expect with a high-end gaming mouse.

The Logitech G9 Laser Mouse has onboard memory giving it the ability to store game profiles including LED colors, macros, and dpi settings internally so you can use the G9 on computers without any software or drivers and still have access to your full profile. One of the best features Logitech added to the G9 for daily users of the mouse is the MicroGear scroll wheel, which is similar to the scroll wheel used on the Revolution line of mice.

The scroll wheel is changeable at the click of a button on the bottom of the mouse and moves from standard click mode to free-wheel mode for fast scrolling of long documents and web pages. When in click mode or free-wheel mode you can still map commands to the scroll wheel click. Logitech also equipped the G9 with interchangeable grips that change the feel of the mouse. The G9 ships with two grips, the Wide Load grip is great for gamers who palm the mouse and the Precision grip is aimed at those who use their fingertips more. Logitech also says that more grip styles will be available for purchase.

The G5 laser mouse used an adjustable weight system to fine tune the feel of the mouse when gaming, and the G9 features this same ability. Logitech ships the G9 with 28g of metal weights that slide into a cartridge under the grip. Logitech changed the sensitivity button layout on the G9 making them horizontally oriented directly below the left mouse button. The LED lights that show what DPI setting the mouse is currently are color changeable via the G9 software with hundreds of color options available.

Other features include image processing capability of 6.4 megapixels per second, a maximum acceleration of 20G and a maximum speed of 45 to 65 inches per second. Logitech disabled sleep mode on the G9 so you won’t catch it napping after a long cut scene. Logitech says the buttons on the G9 are good for 8 million clicks and the mouse feet are good for 250km of use. The Logitech G9 Laser Mouse is covered by a 3-year limited warranty.

Logitech G9 in Use
The special SetPoint application for the G9 mouse has a wealth of programming options from changing the LED colors to macro recording. You can adjust virtually every aspect of the mouse in the software. You can choose from many color options, though I found that many of the colors looked the same and many of the red hues actually looked pink when displayed on the mouse.

If you are a fan of macros, mapping them to mouse buttons in the software is quite easy to do. During my testing, I preferred to use the wide Load grip. The precision grip was too thin feeling for me because I prefer to palm the mouse. Changing the grips makes the G9 feel like a totally different mouse. At E3 this year Logitech, representatives told me that not only would more grips be for sale, that special edition grips for specific game titles would likely be available as well.

The large feet on the mouse make for low friction mousing and are thick enough to last a long time. The mouse is configured a bit differently from some other Logitech gaming mice like the G5 and G7. The sensitivity adjustment buttons are in a horizontal configuration below the left mouse button. This takes some getting used to if you change sensitivity frequently while gaming and have become accustomed the vertical placement on other Logitech mice. The learning curve is short though and the placement of the G9’s sensitivity buttons work well. On the left side of the mouse are buttons for forward/back when web browsing that can also be used for macros or in game commands.

These side buttons are placed well with easy access when you want them and are out of the way enough that you don’t hit them accidentally. Changing the grips is easy to do with a button on the bottom rear of the mouse that you press to release the grip. The new grip simply sits on a pair of pins on the sides of the G9 and clicks into place. You do have to remove the grip to access the weight cartridge. I am very fond of Logitech’s free-wheel scroll wheel that is used on the G9. It makes working on a daily basis with a gaming mouse easy to do.

Accuracy with the mouse during gaming is great. The high sensitivity setting of 3200 dpi may be more than many gamers need, but it was fantastic for things like driving a tank in Battlefield 2142. The mouse was also very accurate in daily use. I edit lots of images with Photoshop and lesser mice make getting the exact crop of images hard, the G9 was great for this task. You can also map keyboard shortcuts and macros for Photoshop and other applications to the G9.

Verdict

Conclusion

Pros

  • Great sensitivity
  • Interchangeable grips
  • Free-wheel scroll

Cons

  • Many of the LED colors look the same

Verdict
In the end, the Logitech G9 Laser Mouse is definitely my favorite gaming mouse. I love the ability to game with the G9 and then when I need to get some work done, I can change to free wheel mode and scroll long documents in a snap. The accuracy of the Logitech G9 Laser Mouse is fantastic for gaming and general computer work. Whether you are serious gamer, edit lots of photos or run programs where accuracy is paramount, the Logitech G9 Laser Mouse performs exceptionally well.

9.0
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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Leading our review center, Shane McGlaun (Google) knows technology inside out. His extensive experience in testing computer hardware and consumer electronics enable him to effectively qualify new products and trends. If you want us review your product, please contact Shane.
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