Date: December 5th, 2006
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Logitech
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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL
Seeing this is a wireless mouse, the device has to be battery powered. In most cases you have one or two rechargeable AA batteries to use which is convenient, but heavy and next to possible to exchange in an online firefight. But that is not the case with the G7. You get two 600mAh Li-Ion batteries that can be swapped on the go with minimal downtime.
With any other mouse, you have to retire it to the charging cradle for a couple hours before you can resume. But how do you charge the batteries?
The batteries are charged through the charging base. First, you have to turn the charger over and choose whether you want to charge the battery in normal or boost mode. In boost mode, from what I have heard you are really pressing the limits of the power capabilities of the USB port so unless you really need it, charge it in normal mode. The difference in charging rates is considerable though. In normal mode it will charge in 8 hours but in boost mode you could have it charged in just over two hours.
The thing is, the batteries will last about 8 hours with continual use so there is no need to charge the other battery that fast unless you forgot to charge one when you swapped it out during an online game. Their is a small indicator LED that flashes slowly for normal, fast for boost and stays solid when the battery is fully charged in either mode.
The 2.4Ghz wireless adapter is plugged into the USB port on the top of the charger. So in one tidy package you have a charger, a wireless USB hub and this is all accomplished without an external power adapter being required. This is great for laptop users which don't want to lug around a power supply just for their mouse. This is a great feature and is why I am replacing the MX700 with the G7 very soon.