Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
When we think about a company such as Sound Blaster (Creative), we tend to think of products like sound cards, amplifiers, or maybe even speakers, but peripherals were never something we would have guessed they would venture into. Like many companies before them, the demand for mechanical keyboards and mice was too much of a draw to pass on. With most other companies who had no previous experience in developing peripherals, Sound Blaster took the step forward in this market to try to obtain their piece of the pie as well.
From what we have already seen in their first foray into mice, we do have to say it seems that Sound Blaster is stepping forward in the right ways. We found top-end components in use inside of this mouse, they use a shape that is something many potential customers will appreciate, and most importantly, they are keeping the cost associated with it down. These are all great ways to enter this massive market, as it takes something special to keep their head above the waves. Even if this latest product is not exactly what you were looking for, you will find yourself handing it to Sound Blaster for making an earnest attempt to not only introduce their products to the peripherals game, but doing so with gusto, and not holding much back with features, form, and function.
The product which we will be covering today is a mouse with an optical sensor and is quite the mouthful when it comes to its name. Sound Blaster is now introducing the Sound BlasterX Pro-Gaming SIEGE M04 Precision Gaming Mouse. As we alluded to, this is not just some run of the mill mouse to make entry into the market. The Siege M04 is a looker; it is designed to give customers years of use, it is well thought out, stylish, and comfortable. For all of these reasons, we feel that even if you are not a fan of Sound Blaster, shake off any stigma you might have, as the Siege M04 is well worth the time to investigate it with us and see what you could have resting under your right hand.
The specifications chart found on the Siege M04 product page offers most of the essential information needed to make and educated buying decision, but there are some bits left out that we will fill in along the way. Dimensionally, the Siege M04 is 135.6mm in length, 67.65mm wide, and 43mm tall at the apex of the curved top. As far as weight is concerned, this mouse weighs in at 110 grams without the cable, and with it, it is 143 grams in total, and there is no additional weighting system involved. The Siege M04 comes in only one color at this time, so we hope black is not an issue. We can also see that there is a mention of 50 million clicks of lifespan in the Siege M04 and that the sensor of choice is a Pixart PMW3360. This sensor is capable of up to 12,000 DPI, 50G of acceleration, 250 IPS tracking speed, and is set with a 2mm LOD.
Some of the things the chart does not mention are things such as the RGB LED strip that runs around the bottom of this mouse, nor is there a mention that the scroll wheel or the logo on the heel is illuminated either. There is no mention of the central area on the top being made of smooth plastic, nor is there any word about the rubber side panels with added grip designed into them to ensure this mouse does not slide out from under your hand. Sound Blaster does not say it outright, but with 50 million clicks, we do get Omron main switches, but the secondary switches are marked with "iB." The last thing we can think to cover which Sound Blaster left out, is that at the helm of the Siege M04, there is a 32-bit MCU used as well.
From what we have gathered at the time of writing this, is that availability is quite low when looking for locations shown to carry the Siege M04 mouse. First, we tried a Google search and came up empty with any listings. We then went directly to Newegg and Amazon and searched for this mouse, and again came up with nothing to share at this time. What we do know, is that you can buy the Siege M04 direct from Sound Blaster. On the product page, we see that it appears that the MSRP for this mouse was initially set at $79.99, with is a bit on the expensive side. However, currently on that product page, Sound Blaster is only asking $59.99 for it.
This leaves the Sound BlasterX Pro-Gaming Siege M04 Precision Gaming Mouse right in the middle of the action as far as price is concerned. With what you are about to see, we do not feel that it will take anyone long to see the value in such a device, and that is a huge selling point to anyone looking to venture into a market already flooded with tons of options in mice.
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