Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
We all know that Zalman is known for CPU and VGA coolers, and even for cases and other oddities that can inhabit the office or gamers sanctuary, but what we had not really paid any attention to over the past five or so years, is the development of Zalman peripherals. It wasn't until we saw a post on social media of this mouse's release that we even went to check out Zalman's peripheral offerings. Boy were we surprised. Not only do they currently offer something like eleven mice, including this sample, but they also have a couple of mouse pads, as well as a half a dozen keyboards to offer the market.
We always try to go back to the site and see where a design got its lines, features, components, as well as where newer design implementations may have come from. With this mouse, it is not hard at all to see that it takes a lot of its aesthetic appeal from its predecessors, and over the years, the design has been fine tuned with an ear to the gaming scene in order to offer a laser mouse that is everything you could want in a mouse. At least that is what Zalman hopes this mouse will be. In this instance, Zalman must have heard that people like the design and implementation of adjustable panels; that's right, sort of like the EVGA TorqX10, but on a whole other level. But we are getting a bit ahead of ourselves here.
We're going to have to take a step back, and try not to spill the excitement of what Zalman has brought forth with their newest mouse, the Knossos ZM-GM4 Professional Laser Gaming Mouse. This mouse does in fact have three adjustable panels incorporated into the design to help it adjust to fit the hands of even the largest gamers out there. However, outside of that, Zalman doesn't really follow conventional designs, and with one glance at this new mouse, it is easy to see the same concepts that have made Zalman a household name is not lost in their peripherals.
If what we have addressed so far has not interested you yet, you may want to check for a pulse, because while it's certainly not the first adjustable mouse on the planet, Zalman does it in a way that takes this design to new levels. This adjustable design is something we can already see people taking and running away with on their own designs. If that still hasn't gotten your attention, give us just a couple of pages, and we will definitely have your attention then.
The chart provided by Zalman touches on all of the basics, but that is really about it. Built into the ZM-GM4, we find an Avago ADNS A9800 laser sensor that will allow a DPI range of 200 to 8200, with adjustments of 100 DPI increments. We see this is a USB mouse, which is sort of a no-brainer since it has been years since a PS2 mouse has been reviewed. The USB cable is braided in black and blue cloth, and is 1.8 meters in length from the mouse to the gold plated connection. The mouse weighs in at 135 grams without weights, and offers 21 grams of additional weight over six gold, removable chunks of metal.
We are also shown that there are eight buttons on the mouse, there is a limit of 12,000 fps imaging processing, a 1000Hz polling rate, and this mouse offers a five million click lifespan in the Omron switches under the right and left-click buttons. If we were writing this chart, we would have addressed things like the mouse's dimensions, or at least the adjustability of them.
There is not one truly normal surface on this design. The right and left-click buttons, and the scroll wheel are set into their own section. Behind that, there is the DPI button, and a clear circular section where the weights can be added or taken away. At the back of the mouse is the heel section, which is adjustable in length, but it also rises in height as it moves back. If that isn't enough, both sides of this uniquely designed mouse also adjust quite a bit, so skinny, wide, short, or long hands can all find a comfortable setup for use.
Outside of that, you are given a mostly plastic mouse that is primarily black. There are instructions, denotations, and naming painted in gray on all of the sections, and if that wasn't enough for aesthetics, there is also a generous use of black nickel plating to dress things up, and add body lines and styling to the design.
As we are writing this, the ZM-GM4 is still quite new, and being as such, it is tough to find at the moment. In fact, as far as inside of the USA is concerned, there is only one location currently offering stock of this mouse, and it happens to be Newegg.com. The best part about locating the Knossos ZM-GM4 was that we found it listed for a mere pittance of $58.99. We do see that the normal price is a bit higher, five dollars in fact, but even at that price, you certainly get a lot of mouse for your dollar. If you still aren't sure about the ZM-GM4, we strongly urge you to continue along with this article, because images do more for this product than anything we could type out.
PRICING: You can find the Zalman Computer Adjustable Laser Gaming Mouse (ZM-GM4) for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Zalman Computer Adjustable Laser Gaming Mouse (ZM-GM4) retails for $69.99 at Amazon.