Logitech G9 Laser Gaming Mouse

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Aron Schatz
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October 11, 2007
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Logitech G9 Laser Gaming Mouse
Logitech released another mouse in their gaming line up. The G9 brings back the corded style and borrows technology from many of its previous models. The combination works well as is shown.

Page 1: Intro, History, and Parts

Intro:

Since Logitech never stands idle in the fast paced computer peripheral market, they have redesigned their gaming edition of mice. The G9 is a definite step in a different direction compared to the previous top of the line model, the G7. It is now a corded mouse and incorporates features that are present on the MX Revolution and from the G5. While the cord can be a burden, the entire mouse is a great evolutionary step.

History:

The gaming series of mice has had corded and cordless mice in the form of the G5/G7 for a long time. It hearkens its design back to the MX700 days. The MX700 was an excellent mouse, being It was the first truly usable cordless mouse. Since then, Logitech has continued to produce excellent cordless mice for general use and gaming. The G9 represents a departure from this. When asked why, the response was that gamers want corded mice. If you agree or not, the G9 is a great piece of hardware.

Packaging:

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The G9 box features the mouse encased in a hard shell of plastic and cardboard. It is very pronounced on a store shelf. Perfect for a kid to get giddy over...

Parts:

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The G9 comes with a potato head style of assortments. You can mix and match different pieces when using this mouse. The first thing is that there are two skins for the mouse. These are not merely aesthetics as the skins are both different in size. The default 'red' skin has a red Logitech logo and is wider than the skinnier 'white' skin. It is a personal preference that determines what skin will be used for this mouse. My hand fit the wider skin the best.

There are a set of weights that were formally the realm of the G5. The base weight of the mouse is much less than the previously cordless mice and some extra weight really helps the mouse control. You can mix and match many sizes of weights to get the perfect fit.

A more in-depth view of the parts are in order...

The Skins:

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There are two basic skins that the package contains. The aesthetic difference is the Logitech logo color. One skin has a red logo and the other has a white logo. The mouse cannot be used properly without a skin. It is how the mouse is designed. The skins themselves are made of a hard textured plastic and are very comfortable in the hand. They absorb moisture, but they do get wet from sweat. It is not the same material as the G7 featured, but it does the job just as well.

The Weights:

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There are eight weights included in the package. There are four 4g and four 7g. The mouse can take four (4) weights at once. My mouse has an extra 14g of weight in it. A bit of heft makes for better handling in my situation. Everyone has different tastes, that is what this mouse caters for. You can pick how much weight you personally want. Some people may elect not to use any extra weights. It is good when an individual mouse is customizable for the individual person.

The G9:

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While the MX Revolution bills itself as revolutionary, the G9 is much more so than that. It combines several great features of previous lines of Logitech mice. The red wide skins is perfect for most hands. I cannot stress enough how important the input devices are on your computer. The mouse and keyboard are neglected, yet are the two most used devices of a computer. A good set of input devices can stave off wrist problems and other such dilemmas. Skimping on these peripherals is just not a good idea for anyone.

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The G9 is a right handed only mouse and if you are left handed, look for a different mouse. Since the mouse is corded, you will never have to worry about replacing batteries. Some people like cordless mice over corded and I am one of them. Even so, the mouse is better than the G7. The cord is braided to help with sliding across your desk. I doubt that the braid is needed, but it looks nicer.

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The mouse itself has some improvements in usability. The largest one is that the buttons are now inset and rounded out. This allows you to place your fingers on the buttons and rest them there. It is a very comfortable experience. I find it much better than the outset style of the previous mice. Having your fingers resting at a neutral position helps mitigate health problems. Seriously, input devices are important!
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