Game OnAlongside the GK-K8000 GHOST series keyboard reviewed previously, GIGABYTE also sent along their GM-M8000 gaming mouse to complete the whole desktop. This squeaker sports a huge number of features and neat tricks to compete with the top gaming mice on the market.
Talking specs, this rodent has a resolution of up to 4000DPI with its laser optic sensor to ensure that your tracking is always smooth and precise. It also sports a nice memory system to remember your macros and button assignments, so you don't have to worry about taking it to the party.
A novel DPI selection switch nestles beneath the scroll wheel on this mouse, giving you the option of flicking it up and down to cycle through the DPI settings. There are four in total and in case you wonder, each one is indicated by the awesome little lights on the left side of the main mouse button.
Large Teflon feet make it easy for this baby to slide around on almost any kind of surface, including the supplied mouse mat (more on that later). You can also see the opening for the weight system to let you fine tune the feel of your hand-held-rodent.I've always maintained that a weight system is crucial to make a good mouse because everyone has a preference to weight; some like it light as a feather while other people like me like a bit of deadweight to help build muscles while you frag!
Hot CrackersOn the side of the mouse is the standard forward and back affair, with good spring strength whilst not protruding too much to make them accidentally clickable, like some other mice I've tried. On the opposing right hand side is a single button that you have to stretch your pinky to reach; this is the profiles selector button to cycle through the three main profiles supported by the mouse.
The colour of the GIGABYTE logo shifts accordingly to the profile selected, so you can never be in doubt which one you are on.
As mentioned before, the mouse comes supplied with a weight system, consisting of 3x6gram weights and a single large 20gram puck, giving you the option to add up to the full 38 grams if you really want to feel the burn.
Turning our attention to the mouse mat supplied, GIGABYTE has gone for a soft version consisting of the high density neoprene backing for superior grip and a microfiber top to give a patterned surface that is easy to track using laser optics.
Looking at the software supplied, we can see that there are the usual array of features and levels of customisation expected, including button assignment, sensitivity of the four DPI settings and also scroll speed adjustment for both X and Y directions (yup, this mouse sports side scrolling action!)
Lastly, the final tab lets you access the Windows device settings to give you further tweaking options of the mouse under Windows... you know... in case you like mouse pointer trails...
But enough about the specs, it's all about how it performs in-game that separates the mice from the... rats? (Just go with me on this one)Loading up the faithful Call of Duty 4 for a bit of tactical fpsing, the immediate benefit of being able to hot foot the DPI up and down with a casual flick of the finger makes sniping and headshots a breeze.
Feel the Material
Feel the MaterialThe laser tracks well on the new pad with no jitters or spurious movements when moving the mouse in a straight line, meaning you don't have to constantly compensate for any drift the mouse might experience on poorer gaming surfaces.
Putting in a longer session in World of Warcraft; the mouse doesn't cause any hand cramping or stiffness when you're on an all night raid. I've had trouble with mice in the past where I've had to pinch my hand in further than normal to grip the mouse adequately and this resulted in some serious hand cramping after only a few hours. I call it laptop mouse syndrome.
Overall, I'd say that this rodent belongs among the ranks of top end gaming mice. With its customisability and solid performance, it's become a quick favourite of mine because of the balance between ergonomics and features.One slight issue I had trouble with, however, is the software scroll speeds seem far too high if you have them anywhere past the second notch. I'd often go flying past parts of web pages I'd wanted to see. Trying to compensate for this under the Windows scroll speed defaults it to the M8000 software setting.
This mouse should definitely be considered if you are looking for a top quality gaming mouse from a top quality name like GIGABYTE, because you are not going to be disappointed.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:27 pm CDT
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