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Logitech G400 Mouse

Holiday Buyer's Guide 2011: Gaming Gear Edition

If there was such a thing as the Gaming Mouse Hall of Fame, the Logitech MX518 would be the first inductee. It's the Jerry Rice of gaming mice, if you'll pardon the odd analogy. Its phenomenal performance in-game, unmatched reliability, and untouchable reputation make it the first choice among veteran PC gamers.

So you might be pulling your hair out upon hearing that Logitech re-designing the MX518, and calling it the G400. Never fear, true believers, as the G400 is as worthy a successor as any mouse could be.

This "redesign" is merely an update, especially from a design point of view. The contours and shape are the same as the fact, the G400 packing literally says the G400 is "the new MX518". If you closed your eyes and placed your hand on an old MX518, then the G400, you'll find telling the difference between the two a bit problematic.The G400 maintains the same button layout, with two thumb buttons, two DPI-switching buttons (one above the mouse wheel and one below) and another DPI toggle that resets the sensor to the profile default setting.

Logitech knows better than to mess with perfection, so the real major update is in the sensor. We're still looking at an optical (not laser) sensor, but it's been updated to a 3600dpi model. Chances are you'll never set the mouse to 3600dpi, but the new sensor is accurate, fast, and uniform. The included software makes customization and DPI setup a snap; it's low on tacky color schemes and high on functionality. Switching between DPI settings is great in a number of different games, especially if vehicles are involved. In Battlefield 3, for example, I use my default DPI setting of 1600 for running around on foot, but I dial it down to 1000 or 600 if I hop in a tank or helicopter, or if I decide to use a sniper rifle. A lower DPI helps tremendously if you need to focus on accuracy instead of ultra-quick movement.

The best part about the G400 is the price. Logitech currently lists it at $49.99, and you can find it online for as low as $40. Considering you're getting one of the best gaming mice on the market, that price makes the G400 one of the best values in PC gaming today.

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    Anonymous , December 13, 2011 1:23 AM
    The Corsair K90 does not include cherry mx reds under every key.

    All of the programmable macro keys on the K90 and the top row (the Esc and F-keys), plus the nine keys in the center block (PrtScn, Scroll Lock, Pause/Break, Insert, Delete, Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down) use silicon dome key-switches.

    There is a rather lengthy discussion on the corsair forums regarding this very subject.

    If your looking for a fully mechanical gaming keyboard, you should look into the thermaltake esports meka g unit, which uses mx blacks plus has macro buttons on the side.

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    andysocial , December 13, 2011 12:49 PM
    Have you considered hiring someone who has a journalism or English degree to proofread your articles? The recurring word-choice errors are jarring. First example that pops to mind: the possessive form of a pronoun has no apostrophe, so "it's" is incorrect. Using it three times in one sentence is painful to read.

    Actually, a little proofreading by anyone might be helpful. "The M90 leaves s space" and " side0mounted" virtually leapt off the screen and smacked me.
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    everlast66 , December 13, 2011 7:41 PM
    I think they've spent their cash on the model...
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    dconnors , December 14, 2011 5:29 AM
    andysocial"The M90 leaves s space" and " side0mounted" virtually leapt off the screen and smacked me.

    If accidental spelling and grammar errors smack you in the face, you might have bigger problems that its vs it's. Just sayin'.

    -Devin Connors, Tom's Guide
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    andysocial , December 14, 2011 11:24 AM
    It leaves the impression of rushed and unprofessional standards, which is at odds with the obviously thorough research and testing processes evident throughout the various Tom's sites. And flippancy doesn't help.
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    Anonymous , December 21, 2011 12:51 AM
    Professionality has nothing to do with grammer or punctuation, unless its your job as a linguist, or copy editor etc.

    the primary purpose of any language written or spoken is to carry a message wherby the recieving party understands and comprehends the message.

    I work for a very large government organisation, and i can tell the real world dont give a fig about language if the message gets the job done 99% of the time.

    People that complain about language, usually have other issues or were picked on in someway as a child/adult by others all my boses have been grammer nazi's but not one gives a fig when its time for me to fix somthing for them, then they ignor there personal qibbles and get to the real deal, geting the job done.
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    freggo , December 23, 2011 8:25 PM
    What is this, THG Playboy edition ?
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    masop , January 9, 2012 3:52 PM
    I want the brunette. :-)
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    _Cosmin_ , July 16, 2012 7:25 PM
    Andi: Leave the man be...
    You should keep in mind that those articles are read by many people for whom English is not the native language and WE don`t give a shit on things like that.
    Then, i have an IQ of only 157.... so who am i to judge?
    If you can write a better article on Tom`s Hardware site do it....or offer your services for spell and grammar checking instead of criticism!
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    onanonanon , July 17, 2012 4:08 PM
    AnonymousProfessionality has nothing to do with grammer or punctuation, unless its your job as a linguist, or copy editor etc.

    Or a journalist. Oh, wait!
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