Date: July 6th, 2007
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Saitek
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Let's look at the top and thumb area. On top we have the standard scroll wheel and directly behind it is the DPI toggle button (all of which illuminate red when plugged in). Instead of pressing directly down on this button, it is tilted back to increase DPI or forward to decrease it. The current DPI setting is displayed by a blue led indicator on the side. Behind the DPI button is a “mode” button to store configurable profiles which we'll go over later on in the review. Rounding out this section are two programmable arrow buttons in the thumb area.
On the bottom are the laser eye and six Teflon pads to help glide along surfaces. There are also a total of seven removable metal weights – two on the top and five on the bottom. Simply remove the covers to take out and rearrange the weights to your liking. The weight covers have larger pads on the reverse side and can be flipped over and used instead of the smaller ones if desired.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
I tried out the mouse before running the setup CD and it worked nicely for general computer use at 800 DPI and also a few rounds of Unreal Tournament 2004 at various DPI settings, although 3200 DPI was a bit too precise and touchy for me personally even after turning the in-game mouse sensitivity down. I have to say, this mouse is big and wide and the middle is raised up quite a bit so for those with average to smaller hands it might feel bulky and uncomfortable at first. After a while of using it though I'm adapting to the feel of it and since I prefer a lighter mouse, I took all the weights out.
Installing the software is necessary to configure profiles and record macros. Saitek's own SST software setup is a breeze; simply choose all the defaults during the wizard and bring up the profile editor to start assigning functions to buttons. There is the option to save two sets of button configurations, which is convenient for those who play different genres of games on a regular basis. Switching between profiles is done by pressing the “profile” button on top of the mouse. Overall I have to say the interface is quite straightforward and easy to use.
Sensitivity can also be tweaked on the next tab, with both the horizontal and vertical axes adjustable.
After making some button assignments and a few macros I loaded up more Unreal Tournament 2004. The mouse glided effortlessly across the Ratpadz GS I was using as well as a wood desk. Response time was excellent and I found switching between 1600 and 2400 DPI to be the best to use for FPS games. 3200 was just overkill for me, but keep in mind everyone prefers different settings with mice and this is all subjective. Having the option for 3200 DPI is still a plus in my opinion. Like I said earlier, this mouse is on the large side so keep that in mind. It didn't become much of an issue for me though and after a couple days of using it I actually found it to be comfortable as my hand never felt cramped and the buttons were still within reach. The DPI toggle button didn't get in the way of the scroll wheel and the mode button is recessed slightly to avoid accidental pressing.
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