Pros Weights, multi buttons, smooth movement
Cons Third button in awkward position, mouse didn't operate correctly with software installed.
Summary I agree with much of what has been said here, one thing that I did to fix the problem barely or erratically moving when trying to make precision movements, is that I uninstalled the software and the mouse began to operate wonderfully. I too got mine for under a dollar...actually free! I love the mouse, but there is some room for improvement.
P.S. They have updated software and drivers. My mouse now operates well with the software installed.
Pros looks sexy
Cons stops responding, creative doesn't care
Summary you will love this new mouse for 2-6weeks until the random double-triple-no-clicking issues surfaces. something about a bad plunger in the design. it will simply drive you mad trying to do normal everyday things, much more gaming. Creative's "customer support" doesn't.
Do not buy this mouse.
Pros Nice feel, fits well. The weight system and adjustable resolution are neat features. Slippery feet make for very smooth motion. The first one was affordable. Very good quality, I've used mine for years and it works perfectly.
Cons The cord is too short for sure, I had to use an extender. The thumb button is 4mm too far back and the 3rd button really is too soft. They are now too expensive at $40-60.
Summary This is the best mouse I've used, but I'm not a cutting edge gamer. I'd like to try the nice new mice from Logitech, but there's only so much money and time to burn. It is a joy to use with its smoothness and solid feel. The heavy weight is usually in it, but I'm 52 and not as quick as the kids.
IMO, 800 DPI is a bit loose and 1600DPI is too twitchy, I want 1000-1100.
Didn't have a lick of trouble with functions or double clicking or software farts. Probably because I use XP with no service packs, updates, patches, etc. Five years of daily use on this XP load and never a burp or error code, as fast as day 1, the trick is SCSI and to NEVER let your gamer get on the filthy Internet.
I paid $20 for my Fatal1ty 1010, but a replacement is at least $40. Like the Toyota T100 pickup and the Honda VF4 Magna, the best creations can actually gain value after they're discontinued.
If you're looking for a good gaming mouse for mortals this is an excellent choice if you can find a new one for ~$20 or so.
Pros Good shape, three real finger buttons in addition to a wheel/button - finally!
Cons Poor tracking at slow speeds, terrible drivers, useless customer support, no updated drivers available for download, not even listed on creative's support page
Summary This is (or should have been) the mouse I've been waiting for for years. Three real buttons are essential for the CAD software I use and a logical configuration for gaming. There really hasn't been a three button mouse worth buying since the logitech "wedge"/wingman gaming mouse.
I was really excited to get my hands on this mouse, but I have to say it's not ready for prime time...
The most egregious issue IMO is that when you move the mouse slowly, the cursor either moves barely or not at all. That makes it really difficult to use for fine detail work like grabbing the border of a screen to expand, or selecting small elements in illustrator.
I've tried different resolution settings on the mouse, various mouse pads, etc. with no improvement.
I looked on Creative's support site, and the mouse isn't even listed!
I emailed Creative, waited a full day for a response that didn't have any relevance to the issue I described, replied, waited another day for another idiotic suggestion from Creative customer support, replied to that effect (but in a nicely worded email), waited two more days for another email from them suggesting I reinstall the drivers (which I had already done twice) and telling me I would have to return it if that didn't work.
A friend of mine also bought this mouse and he had the same issues.
Very very frustrating.
And to make matters worse, the default configuration has the third button (ring finger) set to "forward" when it obviously should be a right click and the middle button should be a middle button or "autoscroll" as they call it. By default the middle button is set to right click. *Slap on the forehead* It's necessary to use their software to reconfigure the buttons, but doing so messes up the function of the two buttons on my laptop touchpad and conflicts with the three button Logitech mouse I use at home.
If I keep the mouse, I'll have to solder some jumper wires so that the buttons work without their frustrating software.
So close but so far from right… Please Creative, fix this mouse!
Pros looks cool
Cons pisses you off with random double clicks
Summary Absolutely terrible quality mouse. After the first month or so, try dragging and dropping something? Whops, dropped it? Don't try holding the button harder, that'll make it worse.
Try and close just one window, whops, closed the one behind it too!
Such poor quality. Contacted Creative for repair or replacement "mouse has been discontinued and is not servicable", nice warranty! I took it back to where I bought it, and got a credit towards a Logitech G5 mouse (with 3yr warranty!).
Sheesh. I also just registered so I could write this review. When something is so hyped, it really lets you down when it doesn't work properly.