Admittedly, I’m rather late to the whole high performance mouse scene. For years I sustained my gaming habits with mostly standard, off the shelf mice. Occasionally I’d venture into new ground with a performance oriented design, optical trackball or whatever the latest innovation was at the time. I dabbled in the Logitech MX series, tried a “couch mouse”, Microsoft’s Bluetrack technology, bluetooth mice and recently, the Microsoft Touch Explorer. In the last two years alone I’ve had five different mice. Oddly enough, I still own a Logitech optical mouse I bought ten or twelve years ago. A corded unit that although tracks slowly by today’s standards, has never let me down and has survived several computers and laptops with its utterly reliable and simple design and plug ‘n’ play functionality of every Linux and Windows OS I’ve used in the last decade or more.
Recently, my wonderful wife gifted me a gaming laptop to replace one whose HDD died. Without a copy of Windows, it became a Linux machine when I replaced the dead hard drive. So with a new rig that can play all the latest and greatest games, it was time to upgrade to a more serious mouse as my focus has shifted to PC gaming once more. With that in mind, I began searching for a mouse and contemplating the dozens of mice I’ve owned over the years. It really boiled down to a few basic truths. I like simple mice, I like corded mice and I needed a left-handed model. Right-handed people really have no idea what it’s like to have everything on the wrong side. You learn to be ambidextrous or you suffer. Most of us tend to forget the discomfort as it becomes a daily part of our lives. When it comes to precision and performance, we start to notice these things once again. A point driven home this past month as I bought my first left-handed firearm after using right-handed models for twenty some years. What a difference!
Ok, enough rambling. Here are my pros/cons for this mouse:
- At less than $60, inexpensive considering its performance.
- With a 3500 dpi sensor that while modest for gaming mice, is leagues above the average desktop mouse made by the major brands.
- Large ergonomic design that’s comfortable and has sensitive buttons which don’t need to be mashed.
- Good software program that has plenty of customization and supports multiple profiles.
- Lightweight design (148 grams).
- Corded with a 7 foot (2.13 meter) anti-bind fiber cable with a gold-plated tip.
- No learning curve and only five buttons for simple use.
- Lights can be turned off.
- Works on any surface, including Microfiber couches. (eat your heart out Bluetrack technology)
- The Razer logo light doesn’t stay on but instead, fades in and out.
- No scroll wheel tilt, only click.
Given how limited the market is for left-handed specific mice, I believe that this is the best model out there. With its reasonable price, you don’t need to be a hardcore gamer to appreciate its performance or ergonomics.