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The biggest difference is one that is virtually impossible to quantify or describe, and that comes down to the shape. The G9x is not as long and it's asymmetric. The Xai is symmetric and considerably longer. In terms of which will fit you better, the G9 is not good for a palm grip. It's too small (unless you have baby hands I suppose). I wouldn't consider the Xai good for a palm grip either because its not designed with a contour for your hand. What I'm saying, if I'm saying anything at all, is go to Best Buy and try them.

There are a lot of little things. The Xai can only let you cycle conveniently between two DPI settings. This is generally adequate, but if you play a game where you say, pilot a tank, you might want a third sensitivity setting easily accessible. I currently use a Xai with 800 DPI for the desktop and 2500 for gaming, but on occasion I would like to be able to crank it up higher in certain games. That's perfectly doable with the G9x.

The software for both is bloated garbage, but with the Xai, you never even have to touch it due the the underside LCD and built in configuration. Both mice have adequate scroll wheels, but I've had a couple of G9 wheels crap out on me. They have good tactile feedback on the clicks and they aren't overly loud. The scroll wheel button on the G9 is very hard to push though and the side buttons can feel mushy due to the mechanics of it. They are actually proxy buttons on the grip that, when you push them, in turn push the buttons on the exterior of the mouse which then press the interior clickers.

The primary buttons all have very short travel times, but the G9x's are slightly shorter (although this is something that can vary from mouse to mouse). The Xai's side buttons are better, but some people get annoyed by the fact that there are side buttons on both sides of it. Personally, I never touch the ones on the opposite side of the mouse, and even if I did they aren't bound to anything.

Both mice feel solid. The Xai is extremely light and well balanced, and while its not a major issue on the G9, you might notice it. With time, however, the grips on the G9 can come to be annoying. Since they snap into place, they can become loose and rattle and it can result in slight imprecision in the movement. The soft-feel rubber finish on the Xai is superb as well, while the G9x only has the rubberized finish on the wide-load grip which I don't like. The thin grip has the same kind of textured plastic finish as could be found on the black plastic part of the G5 (for reference).

The G9 has more bells and whistles. A weight system is completely useless in my opinion. I want my mouse as light as possible so I never use it (plus it throws the balance off). The hyperscroll feature is fun to mess around with, but I rarely find a situation where I actually need it. Both mice have extensive macro features that I completely ignore and know nothing about. There's probably more stuff, but again, I can't even remember it so I consider it useless.

They use the same sensor which has its various well documented advantages and drawbacks compared to alternatives. The Xai won out for me. It's lighter and it fits better with my claw-fingertip hybrid grip. I haven't had it for exceptionally long, so I can't speak to its durability, but I can tell you that the grip is starting to wear down noticeably. If you've ever used any peripheral with the soft feel rubber, you'll know what I mean.
Edited by krameriffic - 1/18/11 at 11:05am
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post #12 of 13
I've got both and the g9x won out because of the shape and I prefer more of a claw grip than a palm grip, plus I like the indentations that cradle my fingers a bit for more stability.
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I use the G9x and it's awesome. Sleek looking yet it performs as well as any review states. Perfect for any resolution, whether it be 1366x768 or 2560x1600. The 5700 DPI takes care of that. ^^
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