PC Gaming Mouse

Review

posted 3/9/2006 by Ben Berry
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Platforms: PC

The first thing you’ll notice about the Gaming Mouse is the look. With the introduction of the Eclipse Keyboard, Saitek gaming products have a black plastic mold with gun metallic silver buttons and a patented blue LED as the signature of their gaming line. Both the PC Gaming Mouse and Pro Gamer Command Unit follow this standard.

On the Gaming Mouse, the blue LED is visible through a band of semi-transparent plastic comprising the upper half of the mouse shell just below the 5 programmable buttons. The LED also acts as a backlight for the 1600 DPI button (when in 1600 DPI mode) which I’ll get to a little later on.

The Gaming Mouse doesn’t feel much different to the hand than most other mice on the market, except that the additional buttons are placed in a way that they are just that much easier to use. Reaching up with the thumb on the left of the mouse or the first knuckle of the middle finger on the right of the mouse allows access to all 3 side-mounted buttons.

The left and right mouse buttons, the application button, the net search button, and the macros button of the PC Gaming Mouse be programmed for each game or into several different standard configurations using Saiteks SST programming software. In addition, the mouse wheel can be programmed to function as a 6th button, or with a specific in game use.

The first game I played with this mouse with the SST configuration software installed was Star Wars: Battlefront II. The 1600 DPI button on the mouse was tremendously useful when using the rebel or imperial sniper rifle. I’ve got jittery hands, and sometimes have a tough time lining up my shots. Not so with the Saitek PC Gaming Mouse, being accurate was suddenly a whole lot easier.

The next game I played was D-Day. One of the difficult parts of playing D-Day is to get your units to follow a specific path, especially in open areas under threat of attack. The 1600 DPI mode of the Gaming Mouse came in handy when I needed to guide units through very specific areas of a map where I was looking to avoid enemy detection. I was able to select the units I wanted to move, and then click very accurately on the mini-map to get the units to move where I wanted without having to zoom to them first.

Finally, I put the mouse to the test during a session of Star Wars: Galaxies. Again, the 1600 DPI mode on the Gaming Mouse made a tremendous difference when using a sniper or blaster rifle at long distances. Also, when shooting opponents at dusk or after dark, accuracy is more difficult in SW:G due to reduced “vision” of the player. I noticed drastically improved head shot accuracy because I was more precisely position the cursor on my target.

As for flaws, there aren’t many. If I had to pick one, I’d say it was that the buttons on the sides of the mouse might be a bit touchy. It took me a good bit of time to learn not squeeze the Gaming Mouse too tightly, for fear of accidentally pressing one of the buttons on either side of the mouse.

In conclusion, The PC Gaming Mouse is a terrific addition to any gamers repertoire of armaments, and for those who specialize in FPS sniper play, it’s going to be a must have.




A-
From looks to design to response to programmability, the Saitek Gaming Mouse is an all around excellent mouse, with functions that make it perfect for work or play.



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