Love it or leave it, but Activison’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is easily one of – if not the – the most anticipated games of the holiday season. This means a wave of exclusively-branded peripherals to help kick off the excitement for the world’s most popular first-person shooter in appropriate fashion. Logitech is once again bringing their experience to the hardened PC gaming crowd, and if for those serious about commemorating the event then look no further than their skinned Gaming Keyboard G105 Call of Duty: MW3 Edition and its matching G9X Gaming Mouse, which should keep the most discerning PC gamer out there equipped throughout the battle.
This review details the G9X Gaming Mouse, and you can check out the full review for the G105 Gaming Keyboard.
One thing you’ll notice right away about this black USB-wired laser mouse is the large Modern Warfare 3 logo stamped on the included shells; this isn’t your father’s spreadsheet mouse, and they won’t let you forget it. The base is laden with buttons that go far beyond simple point ‘n clicking, including an on-display pointer-speed adjuster rocker, forward-back browser buttons, as well as a “MicroGear” scroll wheel button that can be switched to either smooth and/or segmented navigation located on the underside. Also on the bottom is a secondary profile button that houses your personal settings (such as macros, dpi, and LED colors) on the mouse’s onboard memory on the chance you want to use the mouse on a different machine. No matter how you slice it that’s an incredible amount of options for just one mouse.
You have a bevy of extra tools to help make this mouse all your own, including one satin-wrapped wide-grip shell and a slimmer hard-plastic shell, 28 grams (four 4G and four 7Gs of weights) of optional tuning weights to help you adjust it to your personal preference and control, and even an official MW3-emblazened mousepad to help keep those run ‘n gun missions extra smooth.
How much your experience with the G9x will differ from our testing will depend on your own customization, but there’s no denying how solid and accurate its base performance is. Aiming was incredibly precise using the laser-powered pointer, which Logitech is calling a “next-generation gaming laser”, and considering how flexible the dpi range is (200 – 5700 dpi) I can’t see any reason to disagree. The stock left/right click buttons are larger and in charge, with a solid response time and whisper-quiet even when furiously mashed. Despite the abundance of buttons that adorn the device, their tactile feedback was great and never felt intrusive. They’re actually quite low-profile, almost to the point you might forget they’re even there, provided you wisely clip-on one of the included shells.
As I mentioned above, the scroll-wheel is capable of both smooth (hyper-scrolling) or old-fashioned segmented scrolling for those times when you might prefer a more traditional glide. All this was impressive, but one can’t help but notice the lack of a “scroll-lock” feature; a curious omission considering that other gaming mice have this standard.
This is good if you just want a durable gaming mouse to pick up and play, but you’ll definitely want to take advantage of the available software, which grants you the ability to save your customized setting directly to the mouse’s internal memory. Unlike the MW3 Keyboard, the software here is a lot more useful, with options that manage everything from dpi controls to even what color you want LED lights seen on top to be.
For pinpoint precision and a rugged look that does Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 shooting phenomenon justice, look no further than Logitech’s G9X Gaming Mouse Call of Duty: MW3 Edition, as it easily reports for duty with flying colors and then some. With a tough-as-nails appearance and a generous array of included accessories will guarantee that hardcore Call of Duty fans will have something to brag about to their console buddies. The lack of a scroll-lock dampens the mood somewhat, and as with its keyboard counterpart, it may be little more than a skinned version of another Logitech mouse (the already-available G9x). But that was a great product and so is this, and while the asking price may be a little extreme for some, those seeking the ultimate in brand-loyalty for their favorite shooter should enlist now.
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