"A little disappointed."2.5 starson by Ampersam
Pros: - Nice form factor and design
- Pretty lights
- Snappy and sensitive
Cons: - Design flaw with the wireless (Have to switch it off when done?)
- Needs to be used with a mouse pad to get most out of it
- Yucky software
- Really expensive for what is essentially a wireless mouse with pretty lights
Summary: I really expected much more paying +$100 AUD for a wireless mouse.
On the plus side, it's a good mouse I guess. Nice design and form factor make this device look the part, and next to my Blackwidow mechanical keyboard I look all ultra-gaming and what-not. Once calibrated it's really quite comfortable to use for long periods, and have found it quite nice to game with.
However I've found that it can be quite an inconvenience to use. It seems that if you don't remember to put it back in the dock or to switch it off underneath, it won't cut the power after being left idle - so it'll just drain the battery.
I know it should be a habit to put it back on the dock, but who remembers every time? The punishment is going to use the mouse and finding there's no battery. If I do remember to put it back in the dock, occasionally it won't pick up any signal unless I switch it off and on again, and that's a little annoying.
As a result of the above, I've found that in the beginning I used it more as a wired mouse, angrily hiding the wireless dock until I wanted the pretty lights enough to bring it back. Now I'm training myself to put it back in the dock every time I leave the computer I'm finding I use it wirelessly more often.
Aaand now I'm using it wirelessly more often, either the charging is really slow and it doesn't fully charge, or the battery only lasts 2-3 hours, which is really quite dreadful considering it's supposed to be a "gaming" mouse.
I won't say much on the software side of things - the few times I did use it to calibrate my mouse I found it slow and a bit of a RAM hog.
On a side note, if you don't use it with a mouse pad or gaming pad (and just on a table like i do) if you happen to have any dirt or grime on the table, you will hear and feel every speck under the mouse - in my case, a few grains of sand on the table resulted in sickening scratchy sounds underneath as I was using it.
Look, as a wireless mouse it's okay. It looks great and is precise enough for my needs. It fits quite well on my hand.
But I paid a fair bit for this mouse, and it's not met the high standards I set it. I've just bought a AUD $80 portable mouse and found it to be just as good at the same stuff.
As a result, not only would I not buy this again - but I'm now much more suspicious of "high-end" mice. What did they say about less is more again? ...