Saitek GM3200 Laser Mouse ReviewPropane - March 12, 2008
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To install the Saitek GM3200 Laser Mouse, you can just plug it in to any USB port. No software is needed for the simple operation of the GM3200, however, the software shipped with the mouse is recommended, because it unlocks a lot of features that you might not otherwise have access to. To install the software, all you need to do is pop in the CD that comes with the GM3200. A window will pop up asking you what you want to do. You can do everything from viewing an HTML manual, which walks you through installing and configuring the software, to taking a product tour. We want to just install the software though, so that is what we are going to select. Doing so brings up another window that lets you know what the installer is going to do and how it is going to benefit you.
Next you will be presented with a window that has a disclaimer. This just keeps Saitek free of any liability and is similar to a software EULA. Just accept it and move on, there isn't much new there. The installer will then get to installing the drivers.
After that completes, you will be asked if you want to install the program that is used to program the mouse. It is optional and the mouse will work fine without it, however we are going to install it now. If you choose to not install it, you can insert the CD and run the installer again at any time, should you change your mind. If you do choose to install it now, several files will be copied to your hard drive.
After all the files have copied, additional drivers will be installed. During this process, several of the Windows "Found New Hardware" wizards will be launched. Just select the recommended option to make sure that everything will work smoothly with the configuring software. When this is finished, you will have a chance to register your software and GM3200 with Saitek. This is, of course, optional but recommended.
The configuration program that is bundled with the GM3200 allows you to change what each mouse button does and how both modes work. The program has three tabs and each one does something different. On the first tab you can change the what three buttons on the mouse do. The three buttons you can change are scroll wheel click, forwards, and backwards. These can be changed in both modes and can be set to perform a single action, or a set of actions.
The second tab allows you to change the sensitivity of the mouse. This can be helpful because the sensitivity you want in games might just make it too fast in normal desktop applications. In addition to setting the sensitivity, you can still change the DPI of the mouse on the fly.
The final tab is just a little bit about the software and includes a link to where it can be downloaded. I'm not really sure why they have a link to download what you are running, but they do.
Now that we have a good idea of the hardware and software, let's test it out.