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Zalman ZM-M600R Optical Gaming Mouse Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mice in Peripherals | Posted: Feb 26, 2016 3:15 am
TweakTown Rating: 74%Manufacturer: Zalman

Final Thoughts

 

Functionally, the ZM-M600R works as intended. While it is small for our hands, we do know there are plenty out there that this mouse will fit. The grip is alright, but not the best out there, and being so small, we had to work to get a grip to begin with, and without at least a rubberized side panel, we found lifting this 90-gram mouse to be a pain.

 

As long as we are on about the issues of this mouse, we may as well keep rolling with them. We loathe mice that have buttons on the bottom, and the fact that there are only three buttons to begin with helps us to understand why they are there, but the lack of buttons on the side of this mouse is near Ludacris level at this time in the peripherals game. The last bit we need to address here is that while there are mentions of the software, and we did locate a couple of downloads, one turned out to be a few PDF files, more like a sales kit we get with a product. The other, which should have been the software, installs, but does not function in Windows 10, and is why we offered up no images of the controls it is said to offer.

 

 

We do commend Zalman on using top tier components, though, it shows their head was in the right place, just that the design overall does not pan out for us. Omron switches are nice, and taking it a step further to offer twenty million click version is stepping up. Using an Avago sensor is pretty standard in the mouse market, but then opting for a 32-bit MCU, that is just plain overkill. Even if the software worked in Windows 10, there is not enough going on with this design to warrant such a high-end components in this ZM-M600R. Even though it is small, and does not offer many buttons to use, this mouse is solid, and will stand up to abuse, the real question is, though, how long will you leave it on your desk to abuse it or test this theory?

 

We also really appreciate the price point that the ZM-M600R is selling for. For little more than $30, you too could have this very technologically equipped, but very sparsely designed mouse. Just as far as interior components are concerned, to get a 32-bit MCU and Omron switches, most other companies will start the pricing at $60 for such a mouse.

 

The thing is, though, they typically offer a few more buttons and software that works as well. In our minds, this mouse is more intended for day to day web browsing, not so much for gaming use. The issues that we found with it, we feel that you may just want to keep on looking right past the Zalman ZM-M600R, to find something a bit more comfortable and better equipped to handle the rigors of today's games.

 

 

Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications

 

Product Summary Breakdown

Performance80%
Quality including Design and Build70%
General Features70%
Bundle and Packaging70%
Value for Money80%
Overall TweakTown Rating74%

The Bottom Line: Zalman's ZM-M600R is an average solution at best. It may look good, and the price may be very affordable, but considering the issues we found, we just cannot find many reasons to urge you to buy this mouse.

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