Joined on 03/10/05
Pros and Cons
Pros: The best things about the mouse:<BR><BR>1.) Good shape and texture. I switched from a Razer Diamondback (a VERY good mouse) which I found to be a bit small. This mouse is more substantial, and has a more "grippy" texture. 2.) The on-the-fly sensitivity buttons. Fantastic. Go from precise distance aiming to whipping a tank turret around quickly with a quick press of the button. Also beneficial for making large cursor moves on your desktop and more fine movment for a program where you need better control such as photo editing in Photoshop.<BR>3.) Smooth operation on the mousepad with the teflon feet. <br> 4.) Adjustable sensitivity for the on-the-fly setttings. Make each setting as fast or as slow as you want.
Cons: The worst things about the mouse: <BR><BR>1.) Lack of a forward button.<BR> 2.) Difficulty with keybinding in the software; It seems to want to switch (uncommanded) between the operating program (i.e. a game.exe) and "all programs", which causes your expected button functions to quit working in-game.<BR>3.) The weight package. Invented necessity just to charge you more $$. Unless you're Lance friggin Armstrong and need to have the perfect weight to climb virtual hills in BF2, don't buy it for this. You have a mouse that weighs XXX, you get used to it just like always. <br>4.) Just as mentioned by many others, the mouse button 3 is hard to press which may cause you to inadvertently hit the side-scroll buttons instead. Takes some care to operate it correctly.
Overall Review: Overall:<br><Br> I've used various mice; most recently: The MS optical browser mouse (OK, but not accurate enough for gaming), the Razer Diamondback (fantastic mouse, buttery smooth gaming, but bad side-button design and location, built more for a clean looking design rather than function), and now the G5. The G5 is a fair to good mouse, not great... It needs a forward button and the software needs some tweaking to keep the correct button loadout (binding) working with the program that is operating. Very frustrating to have your game minimized in the middle of a firefight when the Logitech Setpoint software pops up asking you if you want to assign a function to the button you've pressed when you've assigned the key for the 10th friggin time and it won't stay bound despite your best efforts to "apply" and "OK" in various combinations to get the button-binding to take. <B>IMPORTANT:</B> Download the latest firmware to get the mouse to track properly. Otherwise it is very choppy.
Interesting design, but...
Pros: Plenty of buttons and switches to go around. All function well. Strong centering mechanism makes it easy to let go and not have to worry about drift. Has settings for adjusting the null zone in the software, wish more sticks had this. All axis action is very smooth and accruate including the throttles, and the dual-trottles work as described.
Cons: A step down in quality. The switches are all lightweight. The guarded switch guard is thin and looks like it would break easily. The guarded switch lights up, and you can't shut it off unless you unplug the stick or turn off your computer. The included wrist-rest is worthless, it's too small and attaches poorly. Don't know why they even bothered. Lightweight construction to the point of being cheap.
Overall Review: I've had 2 Saitek Cyborg sticks (USB, USB Gold) and they were fantastic. They took a beating through several flight simulators, Descent 3, BF:1942 and BF:2; I got over 10 years of service out of 2 sticks, they were well built. This stick is not the same. It feels lightweight and cheap. Looking at some of the parts, they are similar to the Cyborgs, but the quality has cheapened up. Thinner plastic, lighter springs, plastic shaft instead of aluminum. What's up, Saitek? Make a quality stick again instad of turning out cheap crud like everyone else! Guess you can make more money by selling cheap sticks and users having to buy replacements... Color me disappointed.
OK, just not for air vent mount
Pros: Several mounting options. Adjustable so you can get the phone at the angle you need. Sturdy grip. One button release.
Cons: The clips for the air vent release are pretty much useless. They do not hold very well. If I accidentally bumped the mount or accessed my phone there was a good chance that the phone would either fall off or be left hanging by one clip, they just had no gripping power. Kind of a safety issue as I would wind up with the phone on top of the gear shift or on the floor by the gas/brake/clutch pedals. Not good.
Overall Review: I wanted this mount specifically for the vent mount because I hate using adhesive on my dash and the slope of the windshield either leaves the mount obscuring too much view out the window and is too close to my face, or it's too far away to access conveniently when using the suction cup. I wound up using the adhesive disk mount.
Problem, but fixed
I ordered some cables, what arrived were cables for the same device but not the cables I ordered. I sent an email to the seller and heard back in about a day and a half saying they would send me the proper cables. They took care of the problem immediately, and the other cables were able to hold me over in the interim and I still have them as a backup. They did a good job getting me the replacements right away, communicated that they would do so, and let me keep the other cables. Thumbs up.