If you’re looking into buying a gaming mouse, the Logitech G9x is a hot model to consider.
It’s a descendant of the Logitech gaming mouse series. These have been tried and tested in their genre and are definitely a gamer’s delight.
Sensitivity, Speed, Precision
The Logitech G9x is equipped with a laser engine similar to other gaming mouse from the same Logitech G series. The G9x is tried and tested to be faster and more precise than other models even the G9 had convinced a lot of players. In fact, the same speed and precision in movements are some of the most powerful elements of the G9x. It features 5,700 DPI or dots per inch. When described in the language of gamers, it means that the G9x is very sensitive and all movements are recognized precisely and quickly on the computer. The DPI can still be lowered to as low as 200 DPI in case you prefer lesser sensitivity and greater preciseness. Even the shape of the mouse helps with the precision. It features a flat shape rather than the common bean shape to make every click more precise.
A more detailed explanation on DPI can be best illustrated by per inch movements. The higher the DPI, the faster the cursor moves on your screen. On a gaming mouse with 1000 DPI, every movement of an inch moves the pointer 1000 pixels on the screen too. For a 2000 DPI mouse, an inch of a movement translates into 2000 cursor movements or that’s twice as much as the 1000 DPI mouse can do. I’m sure you get the idea by now. 5700 DPI on the Logitech G9x generates the same number (5700) of screen movements per inch. The images are also processed at 12 MP (mega pixels) per second.
When it comes to precision, the whole process can be comparable to how a camera works. Like a camera, the Logitech G9x mouse takes snapshots of every movement made by the player as represented by clicks and other mouse movements. These are reported in laser like speed and translated into actual player movements on the computer screen.
As for speed, aside from explanation on DPI, reports also matter. Most gaming mouse can translate about 125 reports per second. The Logitech G9x can generate up to 1000 reports per second. The higher the reports, the smoother the movements become. There are also less of those jerky, lag, and delayed movements that are typical for games. No more dropouts from games too.
MicroGear Scroll Wheel Technology
Call it simple but the scroll wheel is still an amazing feature of the Logitech G9x. It makes it easier to navigate the game interface. You can always easily inter-switch between the scroll functionality and the basic and traditional clicking option in case you prefer the latter. Both of these will let you speed through web pages and game locations in lighting speed. These also make it easier assigning weapons and skills to your game profile.
The traditional clicking option mentioned is called the ratchet mode. It’s also responsible for click to click movements, ratchet like scrolling, and a more precise weapon or skill selecting. The other functionality provides hyper fast scrolling. This makes scrolling possible with no friction and is perfect for in-game zooming and flipping through hundreds of pages on a game and even websites online. You can easily switch between the two modes through the toggle button found at the bottom of the Logitech G9x mouse.
Since the scroll wheel is mentioned, let’s enumerate all other buttons available on the Logitech G9x. These include the usual left and right buttons, a third button found on the scroll wheel, and two buttons for the thumb positioned on the left side of the mouse.
Settings Saved on Memory
All settings including that of the scroll wheel are saved on the Logitech G9x’s own internal mouse memory. In this way, you won’t have to update the settings manually each time you switch from one PC to another. The internal memory can save up to 5 profiles which you can bring anywhere you go and on any computer you use. With this, you can save keyboard macros, settings for DPI (see previous features for DPI), and even LED color display without the need to install any additional software. If you download the Logitech SetPoint software, you have 13 programmable buttons available. The software is free to download on Logitech’s website upon purchase of the item.
Full Customization – Weight, Grip, LED lights
The Logitech G9x also comes with a metal weight of 28 grams which you can apply to four sockets. The mouse can become as heavy or as light as you want it with the removable shells. You can add more weights for greater stability or lessen the weight for less resistance. Aside from weight customization, you can also customize the grip based on personal preferences. You can use either a sticker rubber or a plastic version. The grip is also very comfortable. Its design actually works for all types of players, even everyone with larger hands.
Two Types of Grip
You can choose between the wide load for greater comfort or the precision grip to have full control in your fingertips. The wide load or XL grip features a full shape and a satin smooth texture, explaining the comfort it brings. The Logitech G9x also features a wider thumb rest. The precision grip along with the DryGrip technology on the other hand provides an unmatched gaming control capability. DryGrip by the way is a technology from Logitech which ensures that the mouse remains sweat free during long and intense gaming hours. Of these two types of grip, the former is recommended for players with larger hands while the latter is best used for those with smaller hands and fingers.
Going back to customization, you can also customize how LED lights are assigned in the Logitech G9x so it matches your computer, the game you’re playing, and your personal tastes. You can even customize the middle button and the tilt too.
The Logitech G9x comes with a polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE feet that can softly glide through any type of surface.
Wireless Gaming Mouse
The Logitech G9x is a totally wireless gaming mouse. Its nano receiver can stay plugged into your computer through the USB connection or you can keep it inside the mouse. You can even charge the mouse while you play so you never run out of power.
The Negative Side
Despite all these amazing features, the Logitech G9x has its share of the negative side too. For one, the 5700 DPI mentioned earlier requires the SetPoint software to be installed first. Anyway, the software is easily downloaded through Logitech’s website. The wide load grip which was also discussed earlier despite being great for players with large hands does not support pinkie fingers. The mouse itself is only compatible for Windows PCs too.
There are also issues associated with the buttons. Although sensitivity was applauded earlier, the left side button is too sensitive according to many. The wheel button is also too resistant to maneuver at times. The buttons mounted on the left side for the thumb are not effectively positioned as well. It feels uncomfortable to be stretching your thumb as far as where the buttons are located.
Lastly, the price is of course a significant concern. The price varies where you actually buy it and the condition of the item. Brand new items are offered starting from $60.99 at discounted prices up to $99.99 at most. Used items are available for as low as $36.89. The Logitech G9x is offered on top online stores such as Amazon, Buy.com, Sears, Office Depot, Microsoft Store and so much more. You can also purchase it directly from the Logitech site.
FPS, RPG, MMORPG
Most hardcore players prefer FPS or first person shooter games such as Call of Duty: World at War and Bad Company. In these types of games, you need to react as fast as you can to a gaming environment where you either kill or be killed. Skilled gaming is rather worthless though if your movements are not accurately and speedily translated into the computer screen. This makes the Logitech G9x an amazing gaming mouse. As mentioned earlier, you expect nothing but accuracy, sensitivity, precision, and speed. Weaponry can be compared to a laser like translation from your mouse’s movement towards the screen.
Aside from the games mentioned, here are more games recommended for use with the Logitech G9x (in alphabetical order):
- Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures
- Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway
- Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3
- Crysis Warhead
- Fallout 3
- Left 4 Dead
- Supreme Commander
- The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria
- Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
- World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
The Logitech G9x works well with both the best games whether FPS, RPG (role playing games), and MMORPG (massive multi-player online role playing games).