I have been using a blue Logitech G5 mouse for at least five years and it has been the best mouse I’ve ever owned. It has hard rubber along the sides and a textured surface along the top, giving your hand that perfect grip feel. I’ve never been able to find another mouse with such a nice contour as the G5. I believe I purchased it from NewEgg for around $59.99 + shipping.
It’s a two button mouse with a scroll wheel and has buttons to increase or decrease the speed of the cursor. This is really helpful as I like to run my mouse at different speeds when performing different tasks. There are two buttons on the side of the mouse just above the thumb that act as browser forward and backward buttons, but they can also be used in some games (i.e. Eve marketplace.) While I get a lot of use from the extra functionality buttons on my mouse, I don’t like mice that have too many extra functionality buttons. The more buttons, the easier it is to bump something by mistake.
The G5 has a weight caddy that slides into the bottom. You can add and remove weights to the caddy to give the mouse the exact feel you want. I prefer to max the weights in my mouse to give it a solid feel. The G5 was the first mouse I’ve ever owned that did that.
After 5+ years of hard abuse, the scroll wheel has stopped working. I decided to order a replacement mouse, but unfortunately, the G5 is no longer in production and cannot be found anywhere. I even tried eBay; the few sellers on there want over $500 – a price I simply will not pay.
Wanting to stay loyal to Logitech, I went directly to their website. In my humble opinion, wireless mice should only be used for elaborate desk configurations where running a wire would be difficult, visually unappealing or when the workstation is too far away. Otherwise, I’d rather not waste money on replacing batteries and polluting the Earth with depleted battery casings. The only wired mouse close to the G5 is the M500.
At first glance, one may think this mouse is similar to the G5 because it has the same body shape and contours, but there are differences. First, it doesn’t have a weight caddy. Secondly, the USB cord is plastic instead of the woven material on the G5. Finally, it is constructed from solid plastic pieces – there is not rubber grips along the side or texturized plastic to give it a pleasant feel.
I think the name M500 is disingenuous and meant to confuse shoppers. This is because the model that replaced the G5 was called the G500. It was very similar to the G5, but still not as good in my opinion. The G500 is still tremendously better than the M500, which is why the similar naming scheme is confusing. Impulsive shoppers may believe they are getting a deal when they see the low price, assuming they are getting a G500 or derivative thereof, when in reality they are getting an inferior product.
At this point, I realized this was the wrong part of the website, so I went to their gaming mice. The first thing you will notice is an ugly, overpriced mouse that looks like it fell from an 80s comic book about the dystopian future – the G502. This mouse does not share a similar contour with the G5, it has way more buttons than I need, and it’s more than I want to spend.
As I scroll to the bottom of the page, there is a mouse that catches my eye – the G400s. It has identical contours to the G5. Button placement in the exact same place. Sure, the colors and style is a little different, but it looks like the same mouse. The sides appear to have that hard rubber look and the top of the mouse looks VERY textured with nice black ridges along the buttons as well as the palm rest. I shoot over to Amazon and purchase it for around $45.
Today, it finally arrived. I opened the box, but instead of finding a mouse, there was just disappointment. The mouse is completely constructed from hard plastic, none of which contains any texture. Anything that appeared in the online photos as a grip or texture is simply printed into the plastic itself. There isn’t even paint on it, which would have at least provided some texture, the mouse is completely smooth to the touch. To add insult to injury, there isn’t a weight caddy and the wire is cheap plastic – unlike the woven fabric like my G5.
Why do I think this is a scam? Imagine if you bought a sedan. After the purchase, you discovered that the rear doors were simply painted on the side of the car; they don’t open nor do they have any functionality. If you wanted a two door car, you would have bought a coupe. By printing the appearance of texture and grip into a mouse made from cheap plastic, they are doing the exact same thing.
In the wise words of President George W. Bush, “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” This will be my last Logitech product.