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This review is from: GIGABYTE GM-M8000X Rubber Black 7 Buttons USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse
Pros: ...but I keep coming back to this mouse. I'm very particular about my mice, as you'll soon see...
- The tilt wheel is the best I've ever used and is why I keep coming back
For those of you who hate scroll wheels that have really defined steps and are loud as hell, rejoice! The scroll wheel on the M8000x is quiet, while still being fairly defined. Clicking the scroll wheel results in a somewhat muted click sound, and it feels solid. It doesn't take a metric ton of force to click, like the G9X's wheel. The tilt left/right are clickier, and don't take much force to actuate. The sides of the scroll wheel aren't rounded, but have an angled shape, so flicking the scroll wheel either way is easy. It feels amazing, and amazingly right, like the other functions of the wheel. As a whole, the tilt scroll wheel gets an A+ from me.
- Side buttons are easy to hit
Lift your thumb and you'll hit the buttons. The left side of the mouse is concave, and the buttons follow that concavity. There's no ridge or odd angle to the buttons, so you don't have to pull your thumb off the mouse/away from its usual resting spot, find the button, and depress it. You can find the button and hit it in one motion.
- DPI button is easy to hit
A lot of mice don't get this right; most mice now have DPI switching on the fly, but it's usually a button or two in a weird place to "depress," them being buttons and all. On the M8000x, it's a two-way switch rocker type thing that's very easy to hit when you need to lower the DPI for sniping and such. Slide down past the scroll wheel and nudge the ridge of the DPI switch and DPI is lowered. IT JUST FEELS RIGHT.
This is more of a personal preference thing; it feels light but not too light. Can be made heavier with the included weights.
- Looks slick
The Gigabyte logo on the M8000 looked a bit better than the Ghost logo in my opinion, but the darker black surface of the M8000x looks a lot better than the grey surface of the M8000.
- Rubberized texture
Makes me want to stroke the mouse
Cons: Some minor issues though...
- Occasionally starts skipping/stops tracking on cheap (mine anyway) cloth mousepads
Can be fixed by turning off Perfect tracking precision. I configured a profile with the side buttons toggling PTP on and off, so I just switch to it when it gets finicky and switch back.
- No automatic profile switching
I feel like I can't really blame Gigabyte for this, since it seems like only Logitech has really mastered this, but I need to point this out, if only so that in the future this becomes standard. It's a VERY useful feature. For those of you like me using X-Mouse Button Control to replicate this, you need to know that Gigabyte handles the tilt left and right buttons through its own drivers, and that they won't register as tilt L/R in XMBC. Switching backward and forward to tilt L/R makes them trigger buttons 4 and 5 in XMBC. Oddly enough, the Gigabyte SIM software for cheaper mice like the M7700/M7800 has an option to disable the Gigabyte tilt driver, making the tilt L/R buttons register correctly.
- Ghost logo always "breathes"
There is no way to have the light constantly on, but you can turn it completely off by setting the color to black. I might be nitpicking
- DPI lights always red, regardless of Ghost logo color
For those of you who like color coordinated light shows, anything other than red for the Ghost logo will ruin your day. Two straight lighting cons... I'm really nitpicking now
Other Thoughts: Other things:
- Might need some effort to figure out the Ghost software, but it's nothing to complain about
- Braided cord and gold USB plug
- comes with an extra set of teflon feet and a disc-shaped case for the weights (3 small weights and one big weight, the specific weights of the weights escape me currently)
- try XMBC
Pros: - shape, size, and weight makes it great for those who use the fingertip grip (possibly claw grip?)
- tilt scroll wheel feels GREAT for a cheap mouse
- 1600 and 800 dpi, switchable by button
- usb connector stores within the mouse when not in use
- all buttons except for the DPI button configurable via the Gigabyte SIM software
- battery life
- looks slick
- cheap, but doesn't feel like it
Cons: - size makes it a nightmare for those who palm their mice, unless you have small hands
- too small for some
- seriously, it's about 3.75" x 2.25," and 1.5" tall at the height of the curve
Other Thoughts: Really happy with this mouse. Again, the size "issue" depends on how you hold the mouse.READ FULL REVIEW