The Mouse That Roars (Logitech’s G9 for TLC)

Logitech G9 Laser

Gee, 9 programmable buttons!

I started using Logitech’s G9 Laser mouse to play Guild Wars. I love the G9 because it allows me to handle repeat activities without taking my hand off the mouse. This is especially handy during the heat of battle or during loot-cleanup. Best of all: it’s nearly as cheap as buying a copy of Guild Wars 2.

It’s All in the Wrist…Not

Although I am a devoted trackball fan, unless someone makes a t-ball mouse as useful as the G9, I might never go back. 9 buttons that you can customize to your heart’s desire, unlimited macros, and customizable ergonomics. Trackballs are great because the ball moves, not the mouse (so the mouse is always where you expect it). The G9 is greater still because you don’t need to take your hand off the mouse as often.

The Nine Keys of Guild Wars 1 & 2

The flexibility of macros will allow you to configure the G9 to support the way you play. Here’s how I’ve made my GW life easier:

Guild Wars 2

  • Faster loot-pickup: Less fiddling around; just keep pressing button while running. (4) is interact (default key: [F2]).
  • Faster in-combat targeting: Locate opponents using mouse-buttons instead of the cursor.
    → Shift the scroll button left (6) or right (7) until the correct foe is targeted.§
  • Dodge and Swap without stuttering: By moving these functions to the mouse, I’ve made them a part of maneuvering, instead of separate tactical choice, i.e. I don’t have to take my hands off of skill or movement keys to dodge (3) or (4) swap weapons. §
  • Run: Similar to Dodge/Swap, putting run on the mouse (8) also makes it easier to change tempo or stop in place (especially since you can’t click to stop in GW2, as you could in GW2).
  • Heal: To avoid fat-fingering from keyboard, keypad, I’ve included a heal button on the mouse, too.

Guild Wars 1

  • Faster loot-pickup: No more searching for loot with cursor or alt-key. (4) targets the next item; (5) the nearest.
    → Repeat (4)-space to get reach drops/chests; (5)-space is to looting what c-space is to combat.§
  • Faster in-combat targeting: Locate opponents using mouse-buttons instead of the cursor.
    → Shift the scroll button left (6) or right (7) until the correct foe is targeted.§
  • Switching accounts: Alt-tab is no longer hard on my wrists when transferring items between accounts. → (9).
  • Run: Putting run on the mouse (8) also makes it easier to change tempo or stop in place.

§ Some functions require customization of the Game’s keyboard shortcuts: in GW1 & 2, use [F11] to bring up the game options panel and choose the Control tab.

Other Features

  • Up to 9 programmable buttons in one mouse;
  • Adjustable size/weight;
  • Remembers settings for types of programs automatically;
  • Travel seamlessly (the mouse itself stores up to 5 of those settings);
  • Programmable macros, as many as you like;
  • After 30 minutes, you won’t know what you did without it;
  • $60 from Amazon
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Posted 25 July 2012 by Jez in Input devices

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