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Logitech G5 and G7 Mice Review
Logitech G5 and G7 Mice Review Published on April 2nd, 2006

If you happen to own an optical mouse and believe it is good enough for gaming then you had better get your wallet out, else you will suffer at the hands of laser-users at your next LAN. And if you think that just because you already own an MX-1000 or some other laser mouse that this article doesn't apply to you - THINK AGAIN! Now so more than ever the humble mouse has become a very large factor in gaming.

The first mouse was introduced in 1968 by Doug Engelbart. Although this was the world's first mouse, it did not become a more common household item until Apple paired it with their state of the art Macintosh computer in 1984. Later that year Logitech designed its first cordless mouse, and in 1995 their introduction of optical technology was upon us (albeit only in the form of trackballs). Not until the year 2000 did we finally have a ball-free mouse. Then just one year later in 2001, cordless and optical were married in holy mousing matrimony.

The two items we are reviewing today are the flagship gaming mice from Logitech: the G5 and G7 series mice. A lot has changed over the past six years. A company well known in the computing industry, Logitech was founded in 1981 and has a great history of innovative designs and technologies.

The packaging is very much what we have come to expect from Logitech: a very nicely designed box that allows users the chance to feel the contour of the actual mouse before purchase. There is also the added bonus of not having to fight with completely sealed plastic packages requiring the use of blow torches in removal (there is nothing worse than needing a first aid kit whilst unwrapping things these days - it is nice to see that Logitech has freed us from this menace).

Included with the G7 Retail package:
* Logitech G7 Laser cordless mouse
* Two rechargeable Li-Ion battery packs
* Charging station
* USB dongle (receiver)
* SetPoint software
* Installation guide

Note the very small and unobtrusive size of the charging station/USB dongle, and with the added USB port it becomes more functional and frees up some room on our valuable desk area space.

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