Saitek Gaming Mouse Review- September 2, 2006
TestingI continue to rely on my Razer Diamondback mouse and its on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment. On the Razer I am given adjusting options on a scale of 1 to 10 in .5 increments. On the Saitek, I am given two options. Blazing fast or deathly slow. Much like having first gear and fifth gear only. I’m sure a user that is new to this option will find it suitable. Like I mentioned in my Razer review, having the ability to switch up your speed is invaluable in games such as BF2. In comparison though, the Saitek just doesn’t have enough options for sensitivity. However, keeping in mind the price point, I am inclined to say that you really can’t go wrong when getting this option at all on a mouse of this price. Think of it more as an overdrive option as opposed to a six-speed gearbox.
The Saitek has three programmable buttons overall, two on the left side and one on the right. The scroll also depresses, as with most new mice. Here you will find the action of the buttons to be just perfect. It takes enough of a press to make it easy and not so little that you will be pushing them by mistake in mid-combat. The buttons are programmed using Saitek’s standard fare SST software that is the same for most of their offerings. This effective, but uneventful, program gets the job done but lacks any sort of graphical appeal, surprising considering the visual properties of most of their products. The application basically lets you create profiles while showing a 3D representation of the peripheral at hand. Nothing surprising here.
I actually wrote myself a sticky to remind myself ‘It’s very good value for money’ to make sure I didn’t lose sight of the main selling point here. I made sure not to compare this too much to the hundred dollar mice available from Logitech and Razer. While watching our gaming scores plummet during testing, I thought of a quote by one of my television heroes, Top Gear’s James May. He described purchasing the uncontrollable 500 plus horse-powered TVR sports car as “Buying a ticket to a festival of plastic death,” The same could be said of this mouse as serious gamers will likely not find it suitable. Moderate gamers and weekend warriors however, will find this to be well worth the small amount of money. Even with a few weeks of use, I still found my scores to be slightly lower largely due to the awkward size and feel of the mouse. Although it is very responsive during gaming and there is no inherent problem with its actual function, it was just hard to get used to. Having said that, if I had not been so used to my Diamondback, I think this mouse would be more than sufficient.
ConclusionDespite its drawbacks, I recommend this mouse based on value for money alone. Is it essentially a base model mouse that glows and has a DPI switch? Absolutely. To revisit my initial comparison, it is basically a Kia with a nice ground effects kit. So if you entered the showroom, you knew to expect a guy named Alex ready to force this affordable, plastic and essentially disposable product into your hands and you will take it home happily but making sure to look away when a Logitech or a Mazda RX-8 rolls on by.
- Looks good, clean design
- Color scheme is appealing
- Molded buttons
- Value for money
- Fast response from engine
- Good length (7 feet) cord
- Cheap feel
- Too flat on bottom
- Scroll is too light
- 1600 DPI button feels cheap
- Too wide
- Too light
- Too tall
- No "true" on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment
- Cord slightly on the heavy side