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IOGear Chimera M2 - Wired/Wireless Dual Mode Mouse Review


IOGear Chimera M2 - Wired/Wireless Dual Mode Mouse Closer Look:

The Chimera M2 mouse has a very ergonomic design to form to your hands and make your experience using it comfortable. This design provides a natural grip for those long gaming sessions, which we all know that is all we use our computers for really, right?! To keep with the gaming feel, the mouse has a matte black color with glossy black accents. On the top of the mouse, there is a very nice scroll wheel with a solid feel and smooth scrolling. When the mouse is in use, there is a glow around the scroll wheel that we will see later on in the review. When in "office" mode, which uses the laser, the scroll wheel is blue; when in "gaming" mode, using the optical sensor, the scroll wheel glows red. There are sensitivity buttons behind the scroll wheel, with the one closest to the wheel increasing sensitivity and the one farthest decreasing it. When you go up or down on the sensitivity, the scroll wheel blinks a number of times based on the sensitivity level in the user guide.

On the left side of the mouse are two thumb buttons that can be used to provide extra buttons in-game, which need need to be set up in the game config. To the front of the left buttons, you can see there are three clear lines. These light up blue based on the battery strength left in the mouse. There was nothing in the guide that says what the percentages are for battery indicator, but I just go with the gut feeling that it should be recharged when it hits one. On the bottom of the Chimera M2 mouse is where you get a better sense of the modes that the mouse can use. On the left side of the mouse bottom is the release button for the cable when plugged in directly and below that is the laser sensor used for "office" mode, which can run up to 1600dpi and uses less battery power to extend your use. To the right of the laser sensor is the higher dpi optical "gaming" mode sensor, which can run at a maximum of 2000 dpi, but drains battery a bit quicker with the more precise movement. Above the optical sensor is the switch that turned the mouse on and into the "office" mode or the "gaming" mode, depending on the usage at the time. Finally, below the sensors, you can see the two contacts that come in contact with the charging base when resting to re-charge the mouse when used as a wireless configuration.




Moving to the charging base, once again the design is a very nice gamey look. I really like the thought that IOGear put into making the Chimera M2 look like a futuristic gaming device, while keeping the comfort of the mouse. The charging cable plugs directly into the back of the charging base and the mouse rests on the lip of the base on an angle, further keeping with the sexy, futuristic look. I really cannot say enough about the great design of the Chimera M2 mouse and charging base. This design makes it easy to place the mouse to charge and when you come back to your computer, you can easily and quickly grab the mouse and get back to work. As I mentioned earlier, you can also plug the mouse directly into the charging cable to charge on the fly while still using the mouse. When plugged in, the DPI remains the same for gaming up to 2000dpi on high, but allows you to game for longer hours. It was pleasing to see the plug to the mouse is not overly big and obtrusive, which you can see in the photos below. The charging cable has two USB type A plugs to put into the computer for data and additional power. Depending on the motherboard you have, while it's recommended to use both ports, I was able to use a single port on both my Windows PC used for the review, as well as my 2011 Mac Mini, with no issues in operation or charging, which was a plus.




Finally, with the lights turned down, you can see all the glowey goodness that the Chimera M2 mouse has to offer. If you are like me and you love the flashy bling, then this mouse will not disappoint you. The base glows a soothing blue light when in operation and pulses slowly when charging the mouse,.



Now that we have looked at the design and features of the Chimera M2 Gaming Mouse, we can move on to the testing.

  1. IOGear Chimera M2 - Wired/Wireless Dual Mode Mouse: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. IOGear Chimera M2 - Wired/Wireless Dual Mode Mouse: Closer Look Continued
  3. IOGear Chimera M2 - Wired/Wireless Dual Mode Mouse: Specifications & Features
  4. IOGear Chimera M2 - Wired/Wireless Dual Mode Mouse: Testing
  5. IOGear Chimera M2 - Wired/Wireless Dual Mode Mouse: Conclusion
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