The one-upmanship between Razer and Logitech continues, each of them announcing their latest contenders for the title of best gaming mouse.
Do we really need such a high level of sensitivity in our chosen weapon? Probably not, but it makes for good attention-grabbing headlines so I’m sure we’ll be getting even higher dpi before long. Both mice have on-the-fly adjustability, so if you’re finding things a bit too twitchy you can always scale down the settings during gameplay.
If it’s buttons you want then the Razer Lachesis has 9, with 5 custom profiles that can be switched at will. The Logitech G9 has 7 buttons in total, plus two buttons for altering the dpi.
The G9 offers greater customisation with 2 interchangeable shells, one for those who grip with the palm of the hand, and one for those with a fingertip hold. The adjustable weight system is carried forward from the G5, with the weight cartridge slotting into the back of the mouse. And another nice touch is that you can customise the colour of the LED display on the top of the mouse.
The two mice are priced quite highly. Logitech are asking $99 or £69.99 for the G9 in their online store, while Razer are asking $79.99. At current £/$ exchange rates that is roughly £40, but don’t forget to apply the Rip-Off Britain price conversion. I would say you can expect a price of about £60 on the UK high street to undercut the G9.
So which will be the best gaming mouse? On paper I would say it has to be the better-specced Logitech G9, but personal taste will be a big factor in which you choose. My initial reaction to the G9 was slight disbelief that they could make a mouse so ugly, but I am warming to it.
The Razer Lachesis is a classic design that will work for both left and right-handed users, unlike the G9’s right-handed form, and makes do without the gimmickry of custom LEDs, shells and weights.