Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is a great reason to upgrade you rig, whether it be on the outside or the inside. Destructible environments add a full new dimension to the game, but I'll deal with that once we get the full version.

With the advent of the beta, I encountered a new problem; a mouse problem. You see, my old faithful Logitech G7 (which I still highly recommend if you are looking for a gaming wireless mouse) didn't have enough buttons. I know I know, you're probably thinking, "Beat you crazy person? How could it have too few buttons?" Well think of it this way; the G7 has one side button along with the usual sensitivity changers. But as I use the middle mouse button as TS, where the heck was I going to bind my BC2 melee too?

With an $30 Amazon Gift Certificate (figuratively) in hand, I decided to pick out a new mouse. Here's what I wanted:
  1. More buttons
  2. Wired (my mouse would need the battery changed at the worst moments, and would sometimes randomly disconnect

I've always been a Logitech fan, so I decided to move on to either the G9, or the G500. Quite frankly, the shape of the G9 scared me; it looked too boxy and uncomfortable. The G500 on the other hand, was a more traditional G7ish, Logitech ergonomic shape.

After an easy unboxing, I uninstalled the SetPoint software, plugged in the new mouse, then inserted the new CD. First thing I really got to see was the new Setpoint software and wow!

It's less green and easier to use and there is a lot more to customize.

On to the scroll wheel, the G5000 has a toggle between normal scrolling, and a near frictionless mode. Like previous mice, th G500 scroll wheel has the ability to lean right and left; I personally love to set the two as cruise up and down. The normal mode is well, normal, but a bit too loose for my tastes. The frictionless mode is great for scrolling through long documents or web pages, but I can't help but thing that the toggle switch is just another thing that could possibly break. The wheel itself has a ribbed, rubber grip running down the middle. It's a novel feature but not something I bought the mouse for.

As far as sensitivity goes, the G500 offers 5 different DPI settings as opposed to the G7's 3. I won't pass up the extra settings, but I've always gotten along fine with 3. Once again, cool, but not a great reason to upgrade.

The abundance of thumb buttons was my main reason for choosing the G500. It has three thumb buttons smashed together. While their closeness may be an issue, the edges are very defined and are easy to feel out. I've got one set to "V" for in-game voip, one (mouse button 5) set to TS, and one to the middle mouse button function.

Like other wired mice, the G500 comes with a weight tray for customizing. I'm still working on my own weight config, but that will come in time.

Overall, the G500 offers good customization and is an over all good mouse. The on-the-fly DPI settings are a great for in-game vehicles, stationary guns, etc. The laser sensor is precise with the 1000MHz polling rate, and the on-board memory is neat and easy if you travel. The G500 is a great mouse for PC shooters, but due to the fact that I'm not a big fan of the finish and the looseness of the scroll wheel...