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Date: March 25th, 2008
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Zalman USA
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING



Software


The mouse will work without installing the included software, but as always it's highly recommended to set it up for full functionality. On the “Buttons” tab, each of the five buttons can be assigned to different tasks if you choose, and the double click speed can be adjusted as well.



The “Wheel and Pointer” tab has options for, you guessed it, the scroll wheel and pointer. Basic things like speed and acceleration can be adjusted here.



Advanced settings allow different choices for DPI, among other things. There's a wide range of speeds to choose from here. Low DPI is 400 or 600, mid is 800, 1000, or 1200, and high is 1400, 1600, or 2000. The speed for each category must be selected in the software but then it can be changed between low, mid or high with the DPI button on the mouse.


Testing


FPS games are really the only genre I find myself playing on the PC these days, so I've become accustomed to my trusty gaming mouse with all the buttons set up exactly how I want them. I was able to program the buttons on the FPS Gun in a way that felt comfortable, and after that was finished I loaded up Half-Life 2. The controller felt very strange at first but after looking around, getting a feel for how it worked and shooting a few things I became rather comfortable with it. The hardest thing to remember was not to move the controller from side to side, but rather pivot the wrist in the desired direction. It took me a while to teach myself not to move my entire arm.


The triggers are responsive, have a quality feel to them and all the buttons were within a very easy reach. The mouse glided over the table effortlessly with the help of Teflon feet, but if a mouse pad is used with this product it will require one of the larger ones. Standard size mouse pads simply aren't big enough to accommodate the FPS Gun.


Comfort


The light weight of the mouse helps tremendously in the comfort department. I was worried that even if it worked well it would be too heavy to use for a long period of time. Fortunately, that is not the case. It's no heavier than any regular mouse on the market; it just requires a slight learning curve due to the unique design. After playing Half Life 2 for a couple hours, I didn't feel any fatigue, cramping or other discomfort.

 

 


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