Tom's Hardware's 2009 Gift Guide: Part 2, System Add-Ons

Mouse: Logitech G9x Laser Mouse

www.logitech.com
$99
By: Anthony Celeste

There are the mice that you buy for under $20 at Walmart, and then there are gaming mice; devices designed for comfort, speed, accuracy, and customization. When it comes to the latter, we feel the Logitech G9x Laser Mouse is one of the best available.

The Logitech G9x is a part of Logitech’s G-series of products, and successor to the highly-lauded G9 model. The G-series is loaded with sexy computer peripherals like keyboards, mice, steering wheels, joysticks, speakers, and headsets, which are specifically designed for gaming enthusiasts.

The G9x ships with two snap-on grips designed to give gamers the ultimate in comfort for long hours of game play. The Wide Load grip features a satin texture and wider, fuller shape. The Precision grip uses Logitech’s DryGrip technology to prevent slipping, and it features a compact shape to allow for fine control over mouse movements and clicks. The optional ID grip is also available, which can be personalized with images from Logitech’s gallery or with your own image.       

Another feature separating the G9x from more traditional mice is the ability to customize the mouse’s weight. A set of four 4g weights and four 7g weights ships with the Logitech G9x. Up to four weights can be added to the mouse in any combination. Placed in a hidden compartment, the weights enable you to add anywhere from 4g to 28g of weight to the G9x. Even the device's scroll wheel can be customized. You can use traditional click scrolling, for situations like selecting your favorite gaming weapon or hyper-fast frictionless scrolling for when you don't have the time to slow down.

As you probably remember, old school mice used a rubber ball to activate the mouse’s sensors. Today, the current standard is optical sensors, which use ambient light and an LED under the mouse to track movement. The Logitech G9x Laser Mouse moves to the next generation of sensor technology by using a laser to light the surface beneath the mouse. The laser produces far more light than an LED, and combined with Logitech’s Darkfield Laser Tracking technology, enables the G9x to move smoothly over just about any surface, including polished wood and even glass. Also, the G9x uses polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon) feet to ensure smooth gliding over difficult or dusty surfaces.

Of course, a high tech mouse requires complementary software, and that’s also included with the G9x. Logitech’s SetPoint software enables setting the mouse to the perfect accuracy for whatever game you’re playing, with a range of settings from 200 dpi up to 5,700 dpi. 

Logitech’s SetPoint software also enables recording macros, and storing up to five gaming profiles onboard the mouse itself, so you can take your preferred settings with you on the road. Even the color of the G9x's LED lights can be controlled via the SetPoint software. And the lights aren’t just there for show; they also indicate your current profile selection. 

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  • tortnotes
    And here I was hoping we could all be mature enough to act normally if--gasp!--there are photos of a woman.

    ..sigh.
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  • DjEaZy
    ... interesting... it is very hard to read the descriptions or look on the products... i wonder why... [?]
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    That dress is cute!
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  • presidenteody
    i need a napkin
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    presidenteodyi need a napkin


    o.k...
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  • tortnotes
    And here I was hoping we could all be mature enough to act normally if--gasp!--there are photos of a woman.

    ..sigh.
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  • tacoslave
    ok some troll went through all of our comments and by the way @presidentteody come on this is toms not fapfest 09 holiday edition! Leave the immaturity to the Apple fanboys!
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  • jebusv20
    tomshardware, a forum for men.

    with heads below the belt
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  • The Lady Slayer
    "PC Power & Cooling (now owned by OCZ) is likely the most respected name in PC power supplies."

    Only if you've never heard of Corsair.
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  • xaira
    was she really the best they could do?
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  • nlcbryan
    oh my..i think i've been living in a hole or something. When i saw how they described the ZuneHD functionality, im horror struck! All in the small thing? even 10hrs ?? wow im amazed..
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  • Gedoe_
    +1 for using the same cute girl as last year (apparently your still together)
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  • cangelini
    gedoe_+1 for using the same cute girl as last year (apparently your still together)


    Hehe, last year Alicia, my wife, was in the gift guide. This year it's Sarah, who has done these since, I think, like 2005?
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  • Harby
    The Lady Slayer"PC Power & Cooling (now owned by OCZ) is likely the most respected name in PC power supplies."Only if you've never heard of Corsair.


    Actually, Corsair is better only if you've never heard of PCP&C. Unless you need modular bling crap that shoot lasers and whatnot.
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  • JohnnyLucky
    Does the Dell U2410 monitor have an IPS panel?
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  • cknobman
    maybe im in the minority here but the girl just dosnt do that much for me. Dont get me wrong shes not ugly or anything but just not my cup of tea.

    As for the zune description....very impressive :)
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  • Anonymous
    Or you could get a 27 inch LG for 200 bucks cheaper.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005127
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  • bill gates is your daddy
    I was going to add $0.02 and make some lurid comment about wanting Sarah to pose with my USB stick so I could take pictures and post on the interwebs but then I noticed something.

    How many pictures did this poor girl have to pose for? By the end of the photoshoot did you at least get her drunk for her troubles?
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  • tamalero
    The Lady Slayer"PC Power & Cooling (now owned by OCZ) is likely the most respected name in PC power supplies."Only if you've never heard of Corsair.



    you're clearly a sad individual and dont know about real quality if you claim that Corsair is better than PC Power & cooling.
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  • Anonymous
    Actually, in the "low end" up to 850W Silencer series, Corsair and PC Power&Cooling uses the same parts look on reviews when they disassemble the PSUs both using Seasonic and Corsair is always cheaper so it is the way to go,I got a 850w 70amp/12v for the price of a 750 PC P&C and both offers 5 year of warranty. BUT if you want a 860w+ like the 1.2Kw PC Power&Cooling is the way to go(Better quality than the HX1000 from corsair) if you have the money. And the turbo cool series from PC P&C offers 7 years warranty.
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  • Anonymous
    I forgot to add the fan on the Corsairs vs PC P&C Silencer series, the corsairs 140mm which is much quieter than the Silencer series.The Turbo cool from pc p&c is 860w+
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