If you think a cordless mouse can’t be as accurate as a tethered one, think again. The Logitech G7’s amazing cordless accuracy will make you do a double-take the first time you connect it. Priced at $99 USD, it will not appeal to everyone, especially those on a budget, but for the hardcore gamer, the G7 Laser is very close to being a “must-have” product; we just wish the battery life was better.
Features and Design
The G7 is an all-business gaming mouse designed to do one thing, and one thing only – provide unparalleled cordless accuracy without any additional buttons to get in the way.
The G7 has just the basics: a back button for web navigation, buttons that allow you to switch the mouse’s sensitivity between 400, 800 and 2000dpi, a scroll-wheel and a battery level indicator. That’s it; no search button, back button, zooming feature, or any other doodads.
It comes with two Li-ion batteries that are about the size of a compact flash card; one plugs into the mouse while the other sits in the USB charging station.
All in all this is a no-frills mouse with a straightforward mission; to be incredibly accurate and great for gaming.
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Use and Testing
Installation of the G7 Laser is so simple even a baby could do it. Just plug the USB charging station into a port, stuff the USB receiver stick into the charger, and the mouse is detected and begins functioning. You do not need special drivers for any of the mouse’s special functions, which is something we’ve always loved about Logitech mice. Of course, you’re welcome to install the SetPoint software that comes with the mouse. Doing so will grant you the ability to have the mouse auto-detect certain games and then load whatever settings you’ve chosen for that game (such as custom sensitivity levels).
The coolest advanced feature is that rather than the standard three dpi settings that you have normally, a menu is available to let you add two more in between the original three, giving you five choices of increasing or decreasing sensitivity. For example, the five stages could be 2000, 1750, 1500, 800, and 400, which is an incredible range of sensitivity, and to have it all available at the touch of a button is simply fantastic.
SetPoint Software Screenshot
The two included Li-ion batteries have a short life, and usually last around 8 hours or so, depending on usage. When you’re not using the mouse, it goes into a low-power state that helps preserve battery life. A small five-bar display on the mouse itself shows you the remaining battery life, and when it gets down to a pre-set level (that you can change), a warning message pops out of the system tray telling you to change the battery. A blinking battery icon also appears in the system tray, and the meter on the mouse flashes red.
The second battery sits in the charger at all times, and switching them is as easy as pressing a button on the bottom of the mouse to eject the battery, and then pushing the new one into the mouse. The process is the same for removing the charged battery from the charger. One interesting note is the charger has a switch underneath it that lets you toggle the recharging mode from “normal” to “boost,” which charges the battery in just two hours. We’re not sure why you’d need this mode, as a fully-charged battery last well beyond two hours, but it’s there if you’re in a hurry.
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Use and Testing Part Two
Though we’ve sampled plenty of cordless mice over the years, we still prefer a wired mouse for gaming. Call us old-fashioned, or luddites, but we’ve just never used a cordless mouse that can deliver the same precision as a good ole’ tethered mouse. Or at least, that’s what we used to think, until the G7 came along. When switching from a wired mouse to the Cordless G7 there is zero difference in precision. For testing we connected both an MX 518 wired mouse and used it back and forth with the G7, and could discern no difference. In fact, the G7 felt more accurate, which is astonishing.
Overall comfort is great, though this is a right-hand only mouse. The DPI buttons and the back button require just a light touch to activate them. The scroll-wheel, however, has some issues. It scrolls just fine, but it’s incredibly stiff and makes a loud, plasticy racket when you scroll up quickly. Our biggest beef is the amount of pressure required to initiate a middle-click, which requires much more effort than it should. Not only do you have to have your finger at just the right spot on the wheel, but you have to use considerable force to push it down at just the right-angle in order to get it to work. This is not acceptable, as we use the middle-click all the time to open new links in Firefox. We’ve never had an issue with the middle-click on any Logitech mice, and it’s a shame that this issue exists on one of the company’s flagship products. In fact, if it weren’t for this issue, we’d easily give this mouse an Editor’s Choice award.
If you’ve been aching to switch from a wired mouse to a cordless mouse, but were afraid of the “floaty” feel most of them give off, the G7 is the mouse for you. G7 Laser Cordless Mouse affords an unmatched level of responsiveness that has to be experienced to be believed. The included software opens up a useful array of options that allow you to tailor your settings to specific games, which is handy. We didn’t like the amount of force required to initiate a middle-click, but not everybody uses this feature. Overall, the G7 is a fantastic mouse, especially for gaming.
• Incredibly precise and accurate
• On-the-fly sensitivity adjustment
• Middle-click requires too much effort
• Battery life could be better