Posts Tagged 'mouse'

Gadget: Razer gaming mice

Still sporting a regular 2 button mouse? Tell me, what’s it like to live in the dark ages? Let me introduce you to the latest in gaming mice: the Razer Naga Maelstrom and Molten. These special edition models are just too pretty for playing solitaire. 17 buttons of macro goodness to help save those precious seconds to avoid that imminent head shot. Nobody likes to be the victim of teabagging, right? 5600 dpi to amazing precision, ultra slick gliding movements, and glowing design. $80 gets you into the game from noob to pwner. Razer

Review: Gigabyte GM-M6880 gaming mouse

giga01a1If you’re as click happy as I am you’ve probably gone through a few mice. Going through a cheap $10 mouse within a couple of months convinced me to go with a relatively expensive one. For the longest time I was a Microsoft mouse user. I liked the large white intellimouse, it was comfortable for people with big hands. Then I went through a few in a short period and swore them off. Switched to Logitech. I’ve gone through a few over the last 3 years and recently on the weekend I spotted a replacement which seemed promising.

side01Enter the Gigabyte GM-M6880 laser gaming mouse. “100 grams of weight perfect for gamers”. Among other things on the cover: DPI on-the-fly adjustable (800/1600), Vista certified, USB, ergonomic, did I mention it has a frickin ‘laser’? Some of the things not mentioned: 5 buttons, rubber side grips, grooves on the left and right buttons for your fingers, cable is 4.5 feet long, and a $30 price tag. I had no idea GigaByte made mice/mouses (what the heck is the proper term?!) so I decided to give it a shot. At first glance it looks very similar to the Logitech MX-400. Let’s hope if performs just as well.

side02If you’re a gamer you know that in stressful situations your hands get a little sweaty. The rubber grips on the side help keep you in control. The scroll wheel is textured to again getting a good grip is less of a problem. My old mouse had a slick smooth scroll wheel which sometimes was hard to get a grip on. The DPI switch comes in handy when you tend to get a little lazier in long games and mouse sensitivity adjustments are required. It let’s you toggle between 800 and 1600 settings. It’s a good sized mouse so that when I palm the mouse I don’t feel like my fingers drag against the mouse pad. I have no idea how people use those tiny notebook sized mice.

logi02I only have a few issues to nitpick. The length of the cable is a problem. I like long cables because I tend to place my pc relatively far from my monitor and mouse surface. So length of cable comes into play all the time and I just plain don’t like wireless devices. I used a 1.5 USB cable extension to solve the problem. My old Logitech MX-400 was a comfortable 6 feet in length with was enough for my uses. The weight takes a bit of getting used to. I don’t know if it’s really a 100 grams but it does feel a bit heavier than my old mouse. Once you get comfortable with a certain mouse sensitivity, change is never a welcome thing.

giga02The 4th and 5th buttons are up by the knuckle of my thumb. It’s kind of awkward to reach back with my thumb to click the buttons. Thankfully I don’t need to click them that often. Pricing is minor issue. To me, the brand names in keyboard and mice is Microsoft and Logitech, which I’m content to pay more for given their reputation. Without a reputation for building a quality mouse, I felt that GigaByte should have priced this a little less. I could have bought my old Logitech mouse for the same price.

What I liked: the the DPI button to switch sensitivity is a nice feature, the rubber grips on the sides, the scroll wheel has ‘tire – like’ indentations, size, no software required, familiar Logitech feel.

What I didn’t like: the short cable, weight, location of 4th and 5th buttons, price.

giga01Overall it’s a good mouse. It’s definitely a more than adequate replacement for my Logitech mouse. A very familiar feeling quality and some nice features to boot. If your mouse has recently broken and you’re looking for a replacement brand named other than “Microsoft” or “Logitech” you should give it a try. Now if I could just find a bigger mouse pad to match it.

Sad state of gaming

Is this a commentary on the average asian gamer? Are addicted gamers so isolated from the rest of society that they need some synthetic human contact from a mouse that says “I love you”? Wow, that’s totally sad. I don’t know whether this is just a bad stereotype or whether Chinese government needs to step in and stop gold farmers from selling their World of Warcraft gold. Just as bad as that fake lap which gives comfort to stressed out Japanese business men.

I think I’ll spend this evening away from the computer and time in front of the tv. (Is mind numbing tv better than anti-social gaming?)

Logitech V550 mini mouse, clip and go

Having to carry around an extra mouse is dumb. If you have a laptop and travel the less you have to carry around the better. I hate those mini mice. They drive me up the wall. Not big enough and not small enough to easily carry around. Adding a little clip isn’t going to make it easier. Maybe easier to lose but definitely not easing laptop computing.

“Logitech research revealed that the vast majority of people who use a notebook PC are mobile both within and outside the home,” said Rory Dooley, Logitech senior vice president and general manager of the Control Devices business unit. “To meet the demands associated with increased mobility, the V550 mouse offers a complete set of features to make it easier to use a mouse with a notebook when moving from the kitchen to the living room or from one’s desk to a meeting. Now, you won’t have to choose between grabbing your mouse or a cup of coffee.” (link)

Washable keyboard/mouse for germaphobes

Seal Shield Corporation announced today the SILVER SEAL(TM) family of antibacterial products for infection control. Notably, Seal Shield introduced the SILVER SEAL(TM) Antibacterial, Washable Keyboard and Mouse. According to the company, the SILVER SEAL(TM) Keyboard and Mouse are the first ever antibacterial keyboard and mouse to be fully submersible and dishwasher safe. It has been reported by Dr. William A. Rutala, University of North Carolina that washable keyboards and mice may help reduce the risk of cross contamination infections, including the “superbug,” MRSA. This year over 2 million patients will contract an infection while seeking treatment in a US hospital. Of those, close to 100,000 people will die, making hospital acquired infections a Top 10 killer of Americans. Complicating this epidemic, a strain of antibiotic resistant staph infections, MRSA, has emerged in hospitals, schools and other communal environments worldwide. Seal Shield’s products have been developed in response to the demand from healthcare and education organizations for infection control solutions to combat the spread of MRSA and other cross contamination infections.


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