Saitek GM2400 Laser Mouse ReviewPropane - March 8, 2008
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When you pull the Saitek GM2400 Laser Mouse out of its box, it is enclosed in a plastic case that helps keep it from getting damaged before its time for you to use it. In addition, several sheets of paper and a CD are located behind the plastic case. These papers are the quick start guide, a list of the phone numbers you should call if you need support, and a CD with the Saitek software that allows you to set up the mouse to work like you want. We will examine the software in depth later in this review.
The mouse connects to the computer using a USB 2.0 interface. The connector is made out of gold to lower the resistance as much as possible. These combined traits of the GM2400 lower the physical latency in between the mouse and your computer, meaning that when you move your mouse physically, the time for the mouse to move on the monitor is as low as possible. While this isn't necessary in desktop applications, it can make the difference between killing or being killed in an FPS.
Now to the main point of this review: the GM2400. The GM2400 has six buttons on it; three on top (right, left, and scroll wheel click) and three on the side. Putting the three on the side allows you to control things with your thumb without taking your finger off the main mouse button. The scroll wheel setup should be familiar to just about everyone and feels smooth, with the exception of small bumps that keep the wheel from spinning faster than you want. There is also a seventh button located to the left of the left mouse button. This button allows you to switch the GM2400 through the different profiles that you designate in the software we will install in a minute. The lights below this button indicate which profile you are currently using.
This mouse won't be complete without the software, so let's go install it.