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AZiO Levetron GM533U USB Gaming Mouse Testing:
The AZiO GM533U Gaming Mouse was defiantly put through over a week of use and testing. During this time it was used in everyday use, surfing the Internet, Photoshopping and of course some gaming. As a mouse is personal to each and every individual, how it responds in these various tasks is important in different ways to everyone. This rather subjective review is best to provide you the feedback from use rather than assigning made up numbers trying to compare one mouse to another. It's pretty easy to distinguish the likes and dislikes of a mouse through words rather than leaving it up to you to decide what a 7 or 8 really means. No guessing game – here's what I liked, and here's what I hated.
- Processor: Core i7 2600K @ 4.4 GHz 100 x 44
- CPU Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P SE 1366
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z68AP-D3
- Memory: Mushkin 991996 Redline PC3-17000 9-11-10-28 16 GB
- Video Card: XFX HD 7970 Black Edition
- PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-750
- Hard Drives: OCZ Agility 3 120 GB, 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 RAID 1
- Optical Drive: N/A
- OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit SP1
This mouse was perhaps even more full of skepticism than the last. The wing-like flares off the tips of the buttons only made me think this was some kind of flying mouse. Though it didn't successfully fly (I did try), the mouse not only fell a bit short in flight, but fell a bit short as a mouse, too. Everyday use wasn't as bad as I thought it would be when I learned it didn't have the standard forward/back buttons for my browser. The scroll wheel having tilt capabilities made browsing a little more bearable. The tilt made it easy to navigate forward and back in casual Internet browsing, and having the on-the-fly DPI settings with the Windows settings made it easy enough to find the right "speed" to navigate my three monitors. In general it works well as an everyday-use mouse, but I can't say I'd spend $50 on a mouse only suitable for every day. I just didn't find it to be exclusive over a stock Dell mouse with forward/back buttons.
Doing work with the mouse, Photoshopping, spreadsheets, and any attempts at precision and accuracy were well satisfied with this mouse. It was easy to get done what was needed, and despite the loss of those favorite buttons I need not name again, I was able to adjust and get things done. I will mention that the "click" of the mouse was VERY loud compared to the typical mouse. I'm not sure what switch is exactly is under the left and right click buttons, but it was obnoxiously loud. It also has a rather heavy feel to the click, and requires a lot of force to depress. Due to the noise from the clicks, I kept getting the "look" for the click, click, click while I worked in an office with only one other person.
Gaming is where it all fell apart for me. As a gaming mouse it needs to perform gaming functions. I know some of you are content with using the default "v" key for melee when running around in most shooters. However, I prefer to smash that back button on my mouse to pound in the enemy face. Well guess what, this mouse doesn't have that back button! The problem wasn't solved using tilt, or assigning it to M3. You have to remove your finger from the trigger to satisfy either of these options; not a choice if you want to stay alive in the game. The macros are in an odd location, forcing you to remove your trigger finger from its prime position. Despite playing a shooter or just a run around game, the movement of my trigger finger was just wrong. To me, these design flaws are unacceptable for a gaming mouse. It would receive negative stars if I could give them for gaming.