UtechSmart Gaming Mice Roundup ReviewBluePanda - August 11, 2013
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UtechSmart Gaming Mice Testing and Results:
The UtechSmart mice weres defiantly put through over a week of use and testing. During this time they were used in everyday use, surfing the Internet, Photoshopping, and of course some gaming. As a mouse is personal to each and every individual, how it responds in these various tasks is important in different ways to everyone. This rather subjective review is best to provide you the feedback from use rather than assigning made up numbers trying to compare one mouse to another. It's pretty easy to distinguish the likes and dislikes of a mouse through words rather than leaving it up to you to decide what a 7 or 8 really means. No guessing game – here's what I liked, and here's what I hated.
- Processor: Core i7 2600K @ 4.4 GHz 100 x 44
- CPU Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P SE 1366
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z68AP-D3
- Memory: Mushkin 991996 Redline PC3-17000 9-11-10-28 16 GB
- Video Card: XFX HD 7970 Black Edition
- PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-750
- Hard Drives: Corsair Force GT 240GB SATA 3
- Optical Drive: N/A
- OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit SP1
UtechSmart 8200 AND 8000:
In most round-up style reviews I would normally designate each item its own "result" section. However, in the case of these two mice I found it best to compare the two directly in each resulting section of the testing methods. Below is a synopsis of such results in the perspective of my hand.
In the everyday use category I felt that both the UtechSmart 8200 and UtechSmart 8000 performed about the same with only one exception. Both mice were easy to glide across my mouse pad, easy to quickly change DPI for various applications, and easy enough to go about web surfing, emails, and the general Internet blah. However, my only big complaint comes back to the 8000 and its horrid default button settings. Before setting options in the driver the mouse is about as useful as a standard two button mouse. Why these silly Left ALT, Shift, and CTRL options are set as the left buttons I don't know, but before I could really stand to use the mouse these options had to be changed. Ultimately the 8200 won this category simply due to its standard button settings without the use of drivers.
Since the drivers were the main flaw of the 8000 in everyday use I will refrain from complaining about them in every section here forward, so for both Working and Gaming you can assume I've installed the drivers and have "normal" button usage assigned to start with. With that in mind, it was hard to really find anything that separated the 8000 from the 8200 in working use. The issue of comfort arose after working for quite some time in Excel. With it still being near summer here the afternoons are a bit hot before turning on the swamp cooler. The 8000 and its glossy body really started showing the heat in use then. My hand was a bit sweaty and I had that urge to keep "drying" off my hand. The shape overall, being a bit taller than the 8200, also became a drain on my small hand and its effort to stay atop the mouse. The 8200 again won this category with the great grips and better overall grip to the mouse. Both the left and right click provide the same feel (as where the 8000 had slightly different clicks). The button placement overall on the 8200 also was a win with easy access to all but the upper right side button. Despite my preference for the 8200 here, the 8000 is still a decent mouse to work with.
Gaming provided the real winner in this review, and to no surprise at all, the 8200 won my hand in this time as well. Me thinks the small price difference is the key to the results of testing, but for a good grip and long term use the 8200 really won me over. The 8000 doesn't have as many buttons to program (nine versus eleven), but is still plenty in the games I play. The buttons on both were easy enough to get used to moving to and in neither case were strenuous to get to (except that upper button on the 8200 for my short fingers). I was happy with the accuracy I was able to kill zombies with on both mice despite their 200 DPI difference. Having the same sensors and about the same control over the mouse within the software gaming precision was nearly identical. The real difference came down to comfort, where the 8200 just had the better fit. The grips and lack of glossy surfaces won the bid and left the 8000 on the floor.