|Logitech G9x Laser Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Friday, 02 July 2010|
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Logitech G9x Conclusion
Although the ratings and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we've done our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on this conclusion as it represents our product rating for the sample received, which may differ from the final retail version. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.
Performance levels for the Logitech G9x mouse are absolutely phenomenal! There are other gaming mice that can mimic at least one of the features included on the G9x, but none of them offer the same total package. The trigger finger action is clean, and requires very little effort. Using the Logitech G9x made it seem as though technology was finally catching up to my unique personal needs. When I first learned that Logitech's G9x utilized a 5700 DPI laser unit, I wondered how this would impact my gaming. After testing the effects for myself in Battlefield: Bad Company 2, I was witness to the benefit of large DPI sensitivity whenever moving the tank turret with ease. This gaming mouse also performed extremely well for me at the low 200 DPI setting, allowing me to snipe for headshots a-plenty or make precision changes in Adobe Photoshop. The former G5 mouse was never a perfect fit for me; it came close, but it appears that the G9 is better suited for competitive gamers.
Having large hands can seem like a curse whenever I'm forced to use an ordinary mouse. I've never felt comfortable using any of the Razer mouse products, primarily because they seemed to cater to women and children... or, no offense intended... people with miniature paws. The new large 'Wide Load' molded grip allows me to rest my manly mitt atop the mouse with relative comfort, and support pad along the left side even allowed me to rest my over-sized thumb. The Logitech G9x is so close to perfect, it hurts to point out its shortcomings. While the mouse fits my hand nicely, and it glides effortlessly across my RatPadz XT, I still found that long gaming sessions were cut short because my pinkie finger would drag along the pebbled gaming surface. If the Wide Load grip offered support to both sides of the mouse (instead of just the thumb), it would extend my comfortable playing time. Additionally, I would have really preferred to have the 5700 DPI sensitivity setting already saved as one of the default profile settings.
The flat-top finger buttons take some getting used to. I was conditioned into having my forward fingers resting at a 40-degree angle on most other mouse devices. Even the old G5 has a 30-degree angle for the front buttons, and that was still very comfortable. This new angle, set somewhere in the 15-degree slope, makes me occasionally crawl my fingers up the buttons which isn't a good thing. I would suggest some depression holes included on future revisions, similar to those found on a golf ball, somewhere near the edges of these buttons.
The appearance of the Logitech G9x is a subjective matter, and every person will receive its looks differently. Not everyone likes black, and not everyone likes the flat-top design, so I don't expect everyone to like (or want) the G9x. Once the mouse is beneath your hand, looks don't matter for much. The Logitech G9x offers plenty of function, and fashion is more or less in the eye of the beholder.
Construction is completely solid, as gamers have come to expect from Logitech. Much like the former G9 gaming mouse (and legendary G5 before it), the G9x was built to sustain rugged use. The PTFE mouse feet and adjustable weight system help to maintain product longevity, allowing the G9x gaming mouse to outlast your computer. If it doesn't, then there's always Logitech's 3-year limited hardware warranty.
As of July 2010, NewEgg sells the Logitech G9x 5700 DPI laser gaming mouse (SKU 910-001152) for $81.99 with free shipping. By searching for the model part number online, our Price Comparison Tool discovered several other competitive prices. Gamers on a budget should make sure they do their price shopping!
In conclusion, the Logitech G9x 5700 DPI laser USB gaming mouse receives my recommendation for hardcore competitive gamers. It easily replaces my old G5 gaming mouse, and improves upon the legendary original Logitech G9. Overall I have been extremely happy with the convenience and wide range of feature, and once my hand became used to this mouse it became impossible to suffer with another. Among the most favorite items integrated into the G9x is the free-rolling scroll wheel, which moves between segmented clicks or unrestricted scrolling with the push of a button. There's nothing I like more than giving it a good spin to navigate down the very long web pages with complete ease. The G9x has also added a few advantage points to my gaming, thanks to the very wide-range of DPI settings. If you are serious about your mousing needs, then the Logitech G9x is going to be the best solution I can personally recommend to you.
+ Two interchangeable grips included
- 5700 DPI sensitivity requires SetPoint software
Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
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