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This review is from: Azio GM2400 Black 6 Buttons 1 x Wheel Wired Optical 2400 dpi LED Gaming Mouse
Pros: I bought this mouse to add a quality wired mouse to my budget gaming system (secondary system for a different room of the house). I am using my Azio MGK1 mechanical keyboard on that system and I've loved it so much that I decided I may as well get a mouse that matches. I was previously using a wireless logitech M510 mouse, which I love, but I can't say that I prefer wireless for gaming, as it does lag occasionally, and does not have a very high DPI setting.
The GM2400 is the perfect DPI for me. I play on 1920x1080 on dual monitors, and with this mouse and my plastic mouse pad, the GM2400 does very well at about 1600 DPI. There is enough DPI though, that if I wanted, I could bump up to 2400 (although that would be a bit too sensitive for me). I feel that the accuracy is very good with the optical sensor, although some may say laser is better. The only laser mouse I've used is the Razer Naga, and I strongly preferred optical mice to it. I think there's a reason Azio went optical - as the performance and accuracy on this unit is simply superb for the 14.99 price.
The build quality resembles 60$+ brand name gaming mice. Pretty lightweight - about the same as my Razer Deathadder. It is far more ergonomic than most gaming mice that I've tried as well, with the grooves on both sides, and the grippy texture rather than slippery, polished plastic. The braided cord was an extremely nice touch at this pricepoint, and with the construction of the braid actually going into the mouse, I believe this cord will last a LONG time. The main issue I've seen with braids is that they often stop before entering the mouse, so they can fray and then expose wires. In this setup, that isn't really a possibility.
The side buttons are programmable via keymapping programs, but otherwise function as 'mousebutton 4' and 'mousebutton 5'. Most games will recognize these buttons by default, but you're free to map them in windows with the program of your choice if you prefer as well. I've used them as modifier keys (cntrl and alt) to take some strain off my left hand during certain games. The 'on the fly' DPI recording is quite nice too. You can (as advertised) jump between 800-1200-1600-2400 DPI. I really enjoy the 1600 setting, and in some games even the 1200. The 2400 will still be a solid performer for those that prefer a snappy, agile mouse.
Overall, I think this mouse is an incredible value for the budget gamer. In my opinion, it compares to mice that are at least triple the price. I love the combination of this mouse and my mechanical MGK1 Azio keyboard (blue switches). Check that out for a great setup if you're looking to get a full gaming peripheral setup for around 100$.
Cons: None that I can think ofREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: AZIO MGK1 Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Pros: PERFORMANCE - GAMING
Response time is flawless - This is the most responsive keyboard for gaming that I've ever used. I have many custom macros setup for MMO gaming and twitch actions are required. I'd dare say that this keyboard have improved such reflexes by about 10%. While it doesn't improve ALL of my actions by this great of an amount, it does help greatly in quick, multiple-key shortcuts - Where before I'd have to bottom out the keys to get any response. The N-key rollover works exceptionally well. I was able to test by simultaneously holding down qwer and jkl; and it recognized and continually pressed all 8. Impressive. What does this mean in realm gaming? No missed keys when you're using many direction keys, hotkeys, and modifiers all at the same time. Very fluid response that will almost certainly improve your gaming performance.
This keyboard doesn't necessarily compare in comfort level to my all-famous Logitech Wave, but it does VERY well for a gaming mechanical keyboards. You'll be pressed to find any extremely comfortable mechanical gaming keyboards on the market (I don't think I've ever seen one) but this keyboard is about as good as it gets for getting mechanical, gaming-oriented, and comfortable. The included palm rest can easily snap on and off (but no worries of it coming off as you're playing, this unit sits rock solid on the table or desk). I prefer to keep the tabs on the back flat (no added elevation) and the wrist pad on. This keeps it really comfortable and natural for hours of typing - Azio definitely had comfort in mind when manufacturing this.
Many people say that the blues are their favorite, and these switches while not technically Cherry MX blue, feel identical to my friend's K70 blues. They are very clicky, tactile, and responsive. The point of actuation is probably about 2mm deep, and about 1mm before the key actually bottoms out. Once you get used to blues, you can actually type without bottoming keys out (which create a lot of noise and hand strain). I took a few key caps off, and these switches look and behave identical to Cherry MX Blue. Whatever switches Azio created for this keyboard, they've done a wonderful job at this pricepoint.
Cons: Loud, blue switches (that is to be expected) other than that, can't think of any complaints at this price.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Soft keys, quiet typing, programmable keys, multi color backlight, good customer support, best value
Cons: Build quality may be inconsistent for other reviewers, but contact manufacturer before writing a poor review
Other Thoughts: BUILD QUALITY
I can only imagine that many of those whom are writing poor reviews have either received defective units, or are expecting this keyboard to be comparable to a $100+ gaming keyboard unit. This is not an expensive, high end gaming keyboard. Perixx designed this with the budget gamer in mind, and they've done very well for the price. The build quality is more than acceptable when you take a look at all of the features this board offers at this price point. The one minor complaint I did have was that upon first receiving it, the spacebar made some springy sounds and action upon pressing only one side (left or right rather than middle). I opened it up to see that a spring had come loose in shipping - I put it back in place, replaced the spacebar, and the issue was resolved. Overall, I think the build quality is impressive for what I paid. Those that may have received defective units should contact Perixx, as they have excellent customer support and will aid you in righting your issues.
Needless to say, this is a rubber dome keyboard. That being said, it does do very well compared to other rubber dome gaming keyboards I've attempted to use before. It's quite responsive, and never misses a beat when I'm playing first person shooters or MMO's. All of the keys on the side can be handy (although same may be unnecessary). I make use of the 'disable' key when I want to wipe down the keyboard (it disables all keys on the keyboard with a simple button press). I could see the use for the windows button disable key as well, if you're playing a fullscreen game the last thing you want to do is accidentally bump that button to have your game minimized. One last button I'd like to mention is that the arrows and WASD can be mapped to one another - if a game is setup for WASD mode and you prefer the arrows (or vice versa) there's a simple button toggle built right into the board that will assist you.
I absolutely love typing on this board, but not all will. It's a bit 'squishy' feeling, which I love. The buttons are very soft, and extremely quiet (this is about as quiet or quieter than a scissor-switch laptop keyboard). Because of this, there is very little tactile feedback, however bottoming out a key is obvious to your fingers yet still very quiet. I can type on this keyboard late into the night without the wife knowing I'm even up!
At this price, I was surprised there was backlighting at all - The fact that it does have multicolor (red, green, and yellow) as well as multi brightness settings was impressive. I absolutely love having a backlit keyboard, even though I rarely look down, it adds a nice touch to a gaming machine. The backlighting was plenty bright, and can help to adjust to the new keyboard while you find the buttons. I find myself typically keeping it in green mode, although, yellow and red are plenty bright and vibrant as well.
You get a braided cable in this unit for 25$? Impressive.