Specifications, Availability and Pricing
On the inside of the DarkGlider there is an Avago ADNS-9500 V2 laser sensor, capable of up to 6000 DPI in 800 DPI leaps, as the tracking system. This is paired with a 16-bit MCU and 256KB of onboard memory to reserve profiles and settings, while the MCU does the communication. For long life in your right and left click buttons, the use of Omron switches was used while smaller pad switches are used for the seven other buttons on the mouse for things such as DPI switching and the tilt scroll wheel. There is an internal LED system that illuminates the logo on the mouse and this has options of 32 preset colors.
Externally you have nine total buttons around this ergonomically shaped, rubber coated mouse, but there is a total of 12 "buttons" if you include the tilt wheel and profile and DPI buttons. This is a right hand only mouse with page forward and page back buttons on the left side with a curved side that fits your thumb well. The top offers the right and left click buttons, a 4-way scroll wheel, DPI buttons, favorite's button and a backlit LCD display near your pointer finger to display the current DPI.
If you flip the mouse on its back you will find five lenticular (lens shaped) feet, with the option to swap them out for either ceramic or Teflon versions of these feet. There is also a weighting tray that comes out of the bottom with an eight piece weight set for fine tuning the perfect weight for you to use. Also with any mouse of this nature, there needs to be some serious software and even here Sharkoon has you covered.
Availability in the US currently is zilch, but it wasn't necessarily intended for the US market. With every release note I saw and even when they let the Dark Glider lose on the market, it was always accompanied by a pricing of 39.99 Euros. Doing some quick math; that equates to just under $50 at the current exchange rate and is a really good price point.
Thinking of it in those terms, I have to say this is one of the better appointed solutions available with this sensor in it. For those of you over the pond, this is much easier to locate and Google shows a few places holding near the MSRP, while others are demanding a bit more. So shop around, it is likely to save you a little extra in the wallet.