tactile response

My new mouse arrived today!

It’s a Logitech G500, like the G9 I played with at Tom’s ages ago but with Advanced Ergonomics ™ that allow it to actually fit the human hand. This device – at the lower end of gaming mice, price-wise (£30-something) – is more gimmicky and overengineered than a WW2 superweapon. I love it.

Hilariously, it claims to have a “gaming grade laser”, and has a host of complex software features allowing you to twiddle your DPI from 1 to 5700 or something insane. It also has a set of programmable buttons, an adjustable scrollwheel and weights. The cord is actually the most surprising bit. It’s actually a cord – got a fabric exterior and bends properly, offering no resistance to your mouse-moving unlike plastic wires. If it didn’t have a USB plug at one end and £30 of laser and pretentiousness at the other I’d think it was a drawstring off someone’s hoodie.

The scrollwheel is genius – it’s got a little button which switches it from resistant, ratchety clicks for precise weapons selectin’ to frictionless smoothness for, I dunno, seamlessly synergising your paradigms on giant web pages. Besides scrolling, the scrollwheel is capable of three kinds of click.

But the weights! The weights are the most operator bit of all. They’re tiny weighted cylinders, like watch batteries, six each of 4.5 and 1.7g which come in a padded tin. You load them into this little magazine with six holes, like a flat square revolver cylinder, and slot it into the base of your mouse – and then, when you press the button I will emphatically not call a mag-release, it ejects. It actually ejects. My mouse has a spring-loaded ejection port.

The mouse is the second purchase in as many months aimed at improving my now-creaking desktop, after a nice 2gb stick of now-insanely-expensive DDR2 RAM. I’ve long gone for the cheapest possible hardware, to semi-satisfactory results, and am now realising that there is actually a reason this high end stuff exists and costs what it does. My rather expensive gaming headset is glorious, and this mouse (which I will take out for a spin after writing this) is incredibly sensitive and has none of the horrors of its £5 predecessor.

But because everything is old and creaky, everything needs a replacement. I definitely need a new graphics card (£100-150 at the level I’m looking at). And possibly, by extension, a new CPU (£60-70). And possibly, by extension, a new motherboard (£?). And possibly, by extension, a new load of DDR3 RAM (£80-90 for 4gb). And I sort of fancy a better-res monitor (£150+), possibly as a straight replacement but possibly for a fancy dual-screen setup so I can multitask while I multitask. By the time I’m done with all that I may as well have bought a completely new system from the ground up, given the only things that don’t need replacing are the case, PSU and HDDs. And if I’m doing that I may as well give it an Aperture Science casemod and a liquid nitrogen cooling system.

Because the thing about a system like mine is that it was bought so cheaply so long ago that individual new components will be held back by the old ones. But at the moment it’s really hard to justify the expense, given that I’m a shit-poor student, can’t find a job, and can anyway run everything I currently play (the cream of 2007’s offerings…) at reasonable settings.

We shall see…

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2 thoughts on “tactile response

  1. My mouse is designed for a claw grip because I use my fingers rather than my hand to operate (read: I’m too lazy to use my whole hand). I think the answer to justifying spending huge sums of money on new hardware is not to try. Once you have it all set up and shining, you won’t even think about the price. You gotta gaem more on my system, man, you’ll see the light.

  2. Huh, I didn’t know there were different kinds of mouse grip. Turns out I use palm grip on PC, but my Apple Magic Mouse forces the use of claw grip because it’s so flat.

    Anyway I am excite for the arrival of my G500. We can show up together brandishing them at the next LAN, causing COGS members to further question the true nature of our relationship /o/

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