But where Logitech has taken away general mouse features, it has added some great gaming features. First up is the indicator light on the top of the mouse – this tells you what sensitivity level the G5 is set to and is ideal for “at a glance” confirmation of how fast your aiming is going to be.
But for me the most impressive aspect of the G5 is its weight customisation. Just like with a real weapon, a comfortable weight can mean the difference between hit and miss, so Logitech has made it possible for you to give the G5 the perfect weight for you. If you’ve read Lars’ review of the Logitech G7 cordless mouse, you’ll know that there’s a slot in the bottom for the rechargeable battery. Now, the G5 has an identical slot, complete with eject button, but since it’s not a cordless mouse, there’s no need for a battery pack. The slot is there to hold a weight cartridge – this orange receptacle can hold a total of eight weights in different positions, allowing the user to not only adjust the amount of weight, but also its position. Logitech supplies a steel box that holds eight 1.7g and eight 4.5g weights, allowing you to mix and match in order to find your perfect balance.
At first I thought that the weight of the G5 was fine without the cartridge inserted, but after much experimentation I have settled on six 1.7g weights down each side of the cartridge. With the weights inserted the G5 takes on a more solid feel, allowing for more accurate aiming. Going back to a car comparison again, it’s like the difference between a fully hydraulic steering rack and a fully electronic one – the former just gives you so much more feel, allowing you to react to changes in road surface and traction before things get out of hand. To me the idea of being able to balance the weight of your mouse is such a great idea that I can’t believe it’s taken this long for a company to try it.