Up until I actually got to use such a device was I able to actually see and reap the benefits of what the Skorpion offers. There was a couple of times swapping out water blocks on my Radeon HD 7950 video card that I moved my arm over to grab a screwdriver and my sleeve dragged my mouse off the desk where the Skorpion took the weight of the Recon in stride and stood firmly on the desk while the mouse dangled just over the edge of the desk. That taught me another thing; I needed to shorten the cable a bit so that now the mouse only travels to the edge of the mouse pad I currently game on. Since the arm on the Skorpion is flexible, in the heat of battle I get a bit of resistance to tell me I need to lift the mouse rather than continuing in the airplane dive in BF3.
On its own, the Skorpion delivers on all of the features, whether it's a list of four, five, or six you are looking at, it delivers. I covered how the flexible arm comes off to ease installation and make it more compact, and I also covered how it can "guide" you as you fall off the edge of the gaming surface. The adaptive grooves snugly grabbed the cabling of the Recon and held is securely, even when the mouse fell off the table. The legs and feet do a great job, and on the Modder's Mat that covers my desk, the Skorpion may as well have been glued to my desktop, there is no way this is moving anywhere for me. I also like the fact that if you get used to using this device, Cooler Master thought of making it simple to break down so it can easily slide into a bag and not break during transit, so that you can use the Skorpion anywhere you go.
Let's be super honest here, this is not an item that you just can't live without, but it does have its benefits and uses. I was able to reap the benefits pretty quickly and learned to adjust to make it a non-issue ever since. Besides looking really cool on your desk, it does eliminate any cable issues, and elevates the cable so you don't catch on the side of the keyboard in really compact gaming areas. Keeping with the same honestly I started with, I have easily lost, forgotten where I spent it, or just spent an evening drinking for the cost of the Skorpion.
For the minimal investment of near $25 with shipping included, it is cheap enough that once the head is turned to look at the Skorpion, the pricing makes you say "why not?" as you carry one up to the counter. Even if this isn't a product you can see yourself using, don't forget the holidays are closing in, and this does make for a really reasonably priced gift idea for the other gamers in your life.
Either way I really enjoyed using it, and will continue to do so with any mouse I have on my desk.