Pros Very fast , and never skips and works on any surface. Not wireless.
Cons Right-handed only. Annoying ridge on the right side of it. Bad color scheme. Uh, price.
Summary I was amazed when I bought this yesterday. My old MS optical mouse officially crapped out, so I bought the most high-end mouse at the first store I went to as I was sick of going through mice. It is really nice. All of the features in the review above work well. It is not only good for gaming, but great for Photoshop, etc. Who would have thought that a mouse makes that much of a difference? I actually am swapping the mouse to my two computers because it is that good. I don't think I will lay out another $60 U.S. to get a second one, though. The price is a bit much. The whole adjust the weight thing is silly, too. I can't decide if I like it better with full weight or without the tray even in. Oh, and it has a light on the bottom by the weight tray in case you need to change it in pitch black. What? It is very nice to be able to change the sensitivity with the click of a button. That is a great feature, as is the long ass frabric cord (I hate wireless mice). But the thing is expensive.
Pros Adjustable Weight,
Cons Finish, and no side forward button
Summary after i destroyed my Mx518 during a fit of gaming rage, i decided to try the G5 Logitech. the G5 is even better than the G5. my main gripe w/the Mx518 was it lack of weight, as i have always liked a heavier mouse. that's why i love the weighting system in the G5. one thing i miss though, is the side forward button. i had all my buttons on the 518 set to a function on my games; i really miss it on the G5. also, some of my games, even the new ones have trouble recognizing the G5 for some reason; a problem i never had w/the 518. overall, an excellent mouse; definitely worth the $55 i paid for it.
btw: the only thing that kept this mouse from a perfect 10 were the missing side button and the hideous finish....
Pros Laser optic, flexible sensitivity change, customizable weight, comfortable shape.
Cons No left-handed support, does not work with some mouse pad.
Summary This mouse is great for playing First-Person-Shooter games. You can change the sensitivity and it has customizable weight so that you can get a personalized gaming experience. But the major flaw is this mouse does not work with some mouse pads that usually works with ordinary optical mouse. For example, when used with Icemat Mouse Pad, this mouse will not recognized any movement. Also, when used with a mousepad without a smooth surface, this mouse will give a weird mouse pointer movement. (In my case, my mouse pad had a coarse surface due to the fact that I like friction. But this mouse did not work on it)
Pros DPI LED, Durable
Cons Mouse Wheel
Summary If you are a hardcore gamer, I would not recommend this mouse.
I have been playing video games for about 6 years now. I've had my share of mice. My first mouse was a Microsoft Intellimouse which worked wonders. It had the mouse wheel and the side buttons which I needed. When that broke, I upgraded to the Logitech MX510. Another great mouse. It had the mouse wheel and the two side buttons I needed. I went through plenty of those and then changed to an MX518 as technology changed. Once again, a great mouse. Unfortunately, I switched to the G5 when my MX518 broke. The only pros I see in the 518 are it's DPI LED that tells you the sensitivity you're at as well as the durability of it. It is a strong mouse. If you drop your MX518 it will break, not the same for the G5.
Unfortunately, if you are a video gamer, I would not get the G5. First of all, with all the new games coming out, you need to bind so many keys to so many different commands. The G5 takes away one of the side buttons on the mouse leaving you with just one. I was disappointed in this. Even worse, the mouse wheel is an absolute piece of trash. I play Call of Duty 2. I use the mouse wheel often and quickly during play. I push the mouse wheel in to reload my weapon and I scroll up and down to change weapons. Something must have went wrong at the Logitech factory when designing this mouse wheel because it's either way too sensitive or just way too stupid. If I try to reload my gun, I will most likely end up changing weapons. Maybe it's the fact that they implented the side scroll. But honestly, no person in their right mind needs a side scroller unless you're a damn secretery and even then, why would you need it?
Would I buy this mouse again if it broke? Hell no. Unless Logitech fixes the mouse wheel on this mouse, I will probably buy another MX518. And please...why would you take the second side button off the mouse?
Pros Better tracking than Optical Mouse, comfortable grip.
Cons Bigger than average mouse, only one button not two for forward and reverse on browser; complicated to customize; cord does not lay smooth.
Summary I bought this as a replacement to an optical mouse that died wanting better tracking. Although comfortable, it is a larger mouse more suited to bigger hands. Tracking was not extra-ordinary. The nylon cord got in my way with my laptop. It doesn't lay smooth like the traditional vinyl mouse cords. After a month of using it, I happened to test a Logitech cordless laser mouse - smaller, forward and back button as well as e-mail button, and small USB base.
I came home and used both the G5 and MX610. The cordless laser MX610 tracked better than the corded laser G5. And no problems with also having wireless. My G5 went to my nephew who is into gaming. If you're not into gaming don't get the G5 laser. Logitech offers a better alternative in the MX610 laser.