Saitek GM2400 Laser Mouse ReviewPropane - March 8, 2008
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While it's great to know all about the Saitek GM2400 Laser Mouse and the software that comes with it, the real question is "how well does it work?" To find out, I used the GM2400 for a few days, all the while being conscious of four factors: the mouse's speed, the mouse's comfort, the mouse's precision, and the ability to customize the mouse. Then, at the end of the three days, I rated the mouse on a 100 point scale, which will be shown below in each separate area.
- Intel Core2Duo E6600 Processor
- Gigabyte 965P-DS3 Motherboard
- 2048MB G.Skill HZ RAM
- eVGA 8800GTS 640MB Video Card
- GameXtreme 700w Power Supply
- Western Digital 74GB Raptor
- Western Digital 500GB Caviar
- Sony Optical Drive
- Antec Sonata II Mid-tower Case
- Windows XP Professional
- BenQ G2400W 24" monitor
- Saitek GM2400 Laser Mouse
- Saitek GM3200 Laser Mouse
- Old Logitech optical mouse
I will begin by evaluating the speed of the GM2400. This is the measure of how fast the mouse pointer can move across the screen, not the speed of the physical mouse. This test is pretty subjective, but is something that is easy to see. This test will compare the GM2400 at its first setting (high sensitivity) and its lowest setting (low sensitivity). The values are not necessarily better as they get higher, as this is a personal preference. If you like your mouse to fly across the screen in one swoop of the mouse, a high number is what you would like best, but if you like picking up the mouse several times to get across the screen, lower numbers are more suitable for you.
The next factor we are going to take a look at is comfort. There are a few things I noticed the moment I took a hold of the GM2400; the plastic on top feels very cheap, and the side buttons were right where I wanted to rest my thumb. The mouse, because of the cheap feeling plastic, was not enjoyable to use and felt like it would break if I handled it with too much force. Also, the buttons being placed on the side where my thumb wanted to rest made me need to almost hover my thumb instead of squeeze the mouse. This just felt annoying and made use of the GM2400 not as enjoyable as its brother, the GM3200, or the old Logitech, both of which seemed to use higher quality plastics. In this next graph, higher is better.
Precision is a mouse's ability to pinpoint a certain target quickly and easily, and is one of the most important aspects a mouse can have. To test this factor, I played several different games, but mostly my personal favorite FPS, Counter Strike: Source. This is an excellent test of precision as you are continually trying to hit a target before it hits you; something the precision of the mouse has a great deal in accomplishing. I also noted how easily I could target interface buttons in Windows; an important task to be able to do easily for day to day work. In the assessment below, higher values are better.
Finally, we will take a look at how easily customizable the mouse is. This is a measure of how well the included software can help you make your mouse do what you want it to do. I was not very impressed with the software that was included with Saitek. It just didn't work very well, was confusing, and not well documented. It even gave me a blue screen when I attempted to load a profile, something you would think that Saitek would have ironed out before shipping. I just wasn't very impressed with the software and, if I continued using the GM2400, would probably end up not using the software. The reason there is a zero score for the "Old Logitech" (shown as no score in the graph below) is because there is no way to customize it outside of the operating system and game configuration panels. Again, higher values are better.