The G5 gaming mouse, introduced in 2005, was something of a game changer when it came to gaming mice. Outstanding build quality, unbeatable performance, and a solid feature set helped propel this accessory to become the preferred mouse for gamers and PC enthusiasts around the globe. Finally, however, Logitech has decided to update the line by bringing out the new Gaming Mouse G500, which updates the performance and features while keeping the scarred, well-worn design.
The new mouse features adjustable resolution settings, from 200dpi all the way up to 5700dpi, adjustable in 100dpi increments. It offers similar weight customization to the original G5 and adds (thankfully) extra buttons accessible on the left, useful both in and out of games. The potentially coolest feature, however, is the onboard memory. No need to install extra software; you can save game-specific settings directly to the mouse, then take it with you and game somewhere else. Given the issues some mouse drivers can have, the onboard settings really make it more functional.
In addition to the new gaming mouse, Logitech also introduced the new Gaming Headset G330. As headphones go, it doesn’t look as if this is going to revolutionize gaming audio, but they do offer a sharp, high-tech design, and fit around the back of the head instead of going over the top. The microphone springing from the side brings noise cancellation to the table, so your party members won’t be distracted by the various background noises wherever it is that you end up playing.
The Gaming Mouse G500 will be available in September with a suggested retail price of $69.99; the Gaming Headset G330 will be available this month at a suggested retail price of $49.99.