Saitek GM3200 Laser Mouse ReviewPropane - March 12, 2008
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To test the Saitek GM3200 Laser Mouse, I will use a variety of different factors to test it against. For most users, there are four major factors that will determine whether they call it a good, or poor mouse. These factors are speed, comfort, precision, and the ability to customize it. I have used the GM3200 for several days, and have been thinking of these factors during my use. I feel now, that I have a pretty good idea of how well it works. Below, the mouse will be rated on a 0-100 point scale in these four categories.
- 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 GM3200 Laser Mouse
- Saitek GM2400 Laser Mouse
- Old Logitech optical mouse
Mouse speed might not be exactly what you think. What it is, is a measure of how fast the cursor can move around. This can be limited if the mouse is run in a low resolution because the cursor will "bounce" back and forth. This means that, typically, the higher the DPI, the faster the mouse will be able to go. The speed of a mouse is a user preference and not a set in stone, as if "faster is better", so keep in mind that if you like mice that don't fly past what you are aiming for, you will want lower numbers in this graph. On the other hand, however, if you like a mouse cursor that you can move anywhere by moving your mouse merely an inch, you'll want to look for the higher numbers.
The next factor is comfort. An uncomfortable mouse, even if it is perfect in every other regard, will probably find its way to your nearest trash can. Something that you use as much as your mouse just can't be uncomfortable when you are using it. The Saitek GM3200, however, is very comfortable. The buttons are all placed out of the way of where your hand needs to be, yet close enough that you can have quick access to them. Also, the body of the mouse feels sturdy and the buttons have a soft feeling to them. All of these features combined, makes for a mouse that is very comfortable in the hand and easy to use.
We also want to look at precision. This is the ability of the mouse to pinpoint a certain target object on your monitor. To test this, I just played my favorite FPS, Counter Strike: Source. Using a FPS is a good way to test precision, because you have to hit a small target quickly, in order to do well. I also tested the precision on the desktop to make sure I could target small icons quickly and easily. Of course, this was difficult to manage at first, but as I used the GM3200, I became more and more used to how it worked and I was able to get more and more accurate. In this assessment, higher values are better.
The final factor we want to take a look at, is the GM3200's ability to be customized. This is important mostly to gamers, but can be used by the average user as well, to make repetitive tasks easier to perform. The software that came with the GM3200 is easy to use and easy to understand. It is also simple and not bloated with features, which is also a good thing. The one downside to the software, is that it dosen't come with much documentation. There is some, but it could be better. 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. Below, higher is better.