Back in June I reviewed the Logitech MX518 and declared it the best mouse that I have ever used. Shortly after that I reviewed the Razer Diamondback Plasma which failed to change my opinion about the excellent MX518. But now the MX518 has got some serious competition for my affection in the form of Logitech’s latest gaming rodent, the G5.
Unlike the MX518 which used a super-sensitive LED to achieve a staggering 1,600dpi, the G5 uses a laser to achieve an even more impressive 2,000dpi sensitivity. Just like the MX518, the G5 can be configured using Logitech’s SetPoint utility. In SetPoint you can configure five pre-set sensitivities which can be adjusted on the fly, making it simple to have different settings for different weapons during gameplay. This also makes it easy to drop down the sensitivity when you’re in Windows, saving you the frustration of barely seeing your mouse pointer as it zooms from one side of the screen to the other.
The 2000dpi sensitivity of the G5 really comes into its own when you’re trying to hit a tiny target from a great distance - this is something that I also found with the MX518. With an average mouse trying to zero in on a very small target can be frustratingly difficult as you can’t move in small enough increments to get the target in your sight, but with a high sensitivity mouse like the G5, you’re aiming adjustments can be so minute, that locking onto the last bad guy from 1,000 yards becomes, if not simple, definitely achievable.
The G5 is every bit as good as the MX518 in the performance gaming stakes – whether it’s actually better from an accuracy point of view is hard to say. I will admit that I rarely have to push the G5 up to its 2,000dpi maximum, but I guess on the occasions when I do, I’m happy that the option is there. One thing that really does set the G5 above the MX518 is the ability to set differing sensitivity levels for the X and Y axis. So, if you feel that you need to be able to pan left and right faster than you need to tilt up and down, you can select the perfect balance with the G5.