AZiO Levetron GM533U Gaming Mouse Review

BluePanda - 2013-02-18 20:25:55 in Input Devices
Category: Input Devices
Reviewed by: BluePanda   
Reviewed on: March 11, 2013
Price: $49.99

AZiO Levetron GM533U Gaming Mouse Introduction:

AZiO has graced my desk with a bunch of gaming peripherals recently. It was the Levetron Mech5 and Levetron GM-5000 mouse you last saw from me, and today you'll get a peek at another AZiO Levetron member: the GM533U Gaming mouse, which isn't the last item from the goodie bag either. The GM533U has a bit of a different appearance than the GM-5000 you may have liked, and it also comes in at a higher price at just under the $50 mark. However, the Levetron GM533U comes with a little more for the money. It has weights for adjusting the mouse feel, programmable macros/buttons, and actual software to change such settings. The GM533U comes in the popular red and black color scheme with subtle red lighting and a braided cable – will this be your next mouse?

 

AZiO Levetron GM533U Gaming Mouse Closer Look:

The Levetron GM533U comes in rather "standard mouse" packing if there ever was such a thing. It has a paper printed outer box that gives the appeal of a metal casing with screws holding it together (a little like the Levetron Mech5 keyboard). The mouse is nearly completely visible as it peeks through the vacuum formed bubble. The front of the package shows off the Windows 7 compatibility, USB Plug'n'Play features, and the three-year limited warranty. The back of the box lists the features and specifications in eight different languages represented by an accompanying country flag. Either way, pulling it all out of the box reveals a very different mouse with what I consider an old school driver/software CD (and thankfully yes, AZiO does have the install available for download at its website).

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Keep reading to find out more and to uncover the most important details: how it performs!

Levetron GM-533U Gaming Mouse Closer Look:

The front of the mouse doesn't look too bad (as long as you don't recognize the two edges as wings yet). Minus the slight imbalance of wings, the mouse is relatively symmetrical in appearance as well as in actual form. The scroll wheel, while it only scrolls the page every other "click" of the wheel, does have the nice tilt feature, which can be set to whatever you desire in the software settings. By default it is nothing, but with some quick setup in the software I set mine to forward and back in the browser since the mouse itself lacks actual buttons for these actions.

The back side of the mouse does look a little funny to me but at least it is pleasing with symmetry again. However, it does have a strange resemblance to a feminine hygiene product, aka Maxi-pad. I'll leave it there before too many more disturbing images come to mind. I just cannot appreciate the shape of this mouse yet, but I can't say using it will make it any better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The side profile shots of the mouse provide a little more detail on it. The whole body is not all that rubber texture some of you love or hate. The sides are standard hard plastic with red rubber grips, and the top is coated with that textured rubber we've all become familiar with. The scroll wheel has two metal edges with a strip of rubber in the center for grip. The left wing has three macro buttons and a DPI switching button for on-the-fly settings. The right wing sports a red light, at least once the drivers are installed in Windows.

My first thoughts on the mouse were that it has "wings"; or at least that's what I call the body protrusions overhanging the left and right of the mouse. I will say that these do make good finger holds to casually lift the mouse with your thumb and pinky finger if you so desire. Practical or not, this gesture is just an odd habit I've picked up using it. The mouse does seem to fit nicely in the hand despite all the odd shapes I've described so elegantly. However, the fact that there are no buttons on the sides of the body for forward and back (or in other words, no good button for me to melee with) gives me a bit of a reservation about this mouse already.

 

 

 

The GM533U is a standard USB mouse so if you have an open port it's good to go. Most of us are away from PS/2 mice so it isn't much of a surprise. Overall it looks like a decent mouse, but what truly matters is how it'll perform (we'll get to the testing section shortly). The bottom does have the cubby for adding the weights I previously mentioned as well as four smooth red skates for easy gliding.

 

 

With very little effort (though the first time can be difficult) the door comes off to expose the weight system inside. I'm a little miffed the door comes off so easily after taking it off the first time, as it doesn't seem to have a "locking" position for closed. A comical-looking spring bounces the weight holder right out at you. Each weight is equivalent to 5g each, so you can remove/add 5g at a time. The mouse was relatively light with all of them in, so I used it "fully loaded".

 

 

 

As I mentioned before, there are buttons running along the left edge of the mouse just off your left click finger (they indeed light up in red). There is a button for on-the-fly DPI settings, which swap between 5000, 2000, and 800 DPI, and three programmable buttons: M1, M2, and M3. I ended up setting M2 and M3 as forward and back as well to see if they would be usable for melee but it's just not the same when you have to pull your finger away from the trigger button. Overall the mouse is neat, however I feel there is some poor execution on the overall design for a "gaming" mouse.

 

AZiO Levetron GM533U Gaming Mouse Closer Look:

Before we get to how I really feel about the AZiO GM533U, let us first take a look at the software that is both included by CD and downloadable from the AZiO website for the mouse. I generally dislike the software section of most mice since most designs are rather clunky, but fortunately this time around it is pretty straight forward. Upon installation, the software seems fairly simple to use. A picture of the mouse sits centered on a lightly blue-lit grid. It looks quite a bit like the box design with the addition of some quick start instructions.

The lower left icon just below the mouse, shown as "Panda" here, is the Profile selection button. Clicking on it brings up the window shown to the right in the picture set below. You can store various profiles for whatever games you desire, or for even just different users on the same computer. It is nice if you have a multi-user computer with two or more people who disagree on button placement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The "Macro Setting" button to the right of the profile button opens up just that – Macro settings. You can save and name many macro settings that involve the button presses of the three macro buttons: M1, M2, M3, or presses of the keys on your keyboard. For fun, I set up a macro to write out "WTFOMG." For some games, this option is more practical than others. You will just have to remember that you have only three buttons to assign these to before you starting assigning to either one of the left or right clicks, or perhaps the scroll wheel. At least you have the semi-customization options.

 

AZiO Levetron GM533U USB Gaming Mouse Specifications:

Interface:
USB
OS Support:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Tracking Method:
Laser
Maximum DPI:
5000
Buttons:
9
Scrolling Capability:
1 x Wheel
Dimensions:
4.72" x 2.95" x 1.58" (L x W x H)
Weight:
164g (adjustable to 134g in 5g increments)
Warranty:
3 Years Limited

 

AZiO Levetron GM533U USB Gaming Mouse Features:

 

Information provided at: http://www.aziocorp.com/product/peripheral/mouse/gm533u.htm

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.

Testing Setup:

 

Everyday Use:

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.

 

Working:

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:

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.

AZiO Levetron GM533U USB Gaming Mouse Conclusion:

Overall the AZiO GM533U was a fair mouse; it just wasn't a gaming mouse as it is so easily named. I feel too many companies, and the market itself, have placed the word "gaming" on everything to try and appeal to those still left in the PC gamer market. It just isn't right; not everyone plays shooters and macros can only be useful in so many games. However, taking away the "norm" doesn't make it anything more than it was.

I seem quite grumpy over losing the forward/back button, but try a day or two without them and you will see why. If it isn't the lack of forward/back buttons that breaks you, then it may just be the style. I do have smaller hands than some of you male gamers, but reaching the macros that are available is awkward at best. To reach the top one, M3, I have to physically pick up my hand to do so – a not so optimal action when the boss is about to deliver its last blow to your head. The scroll wheel skipping every other physical click made page navigation slow, and the tilt was too easy to bump. The Maxi-pad look ends it all with the blood red glow and accent rubbers. I didn't even want to use it the full week of testing, but I endured it for this review.

The AZiO GM533U just isn't a mouse for me and loses my complete respect as a "gaming" mouse.

 

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