Quite a list of things comes to mind when it comes to design implementations and the choice of components used in the ZM-GM4 from Zalman. We like the basic aesthetics with the irregular shapes, funky side wing supports, and the custom adjustability to fit your hand. Even down to all the black nickel plating, this mouse is just stunning to look at. Some may say it looks like a RAT mouse, and some may say EVGA was first with an adjustable system, but as we said before, Zalman takes "cool innovations," and hits the nail right on the head. It tracks well, feels good when the comfort grip system is adjusted properly, and it will fit the smallest and some of the largest hands out there in need of a new mouse.
With all of the flash and adjustability, the ZM-GM4 does have a couple of stumbling points in our opinion. First, we will address the motion sensitive LED. Although it is cool, who looks at the mouse while it is moving? We would have rather it on all of the time. The second thing to come to mind is the limitations of the software. While the Freescale MCU offers a bit of onboard storage, there is nothing mentioned about being able to program this mouse and use it elsewhere without the need to install the software on that machine as well. Then there is the rather lame Macro page, and the fact that you cannot import or export previously configured Macros to this device.
We were also a bit torn with how to take the side wings. Are they feet? Are they supposed to be rests? If so, why aren't they cut in places most important to a rest, under your fingers? While we do know that it is much tougher to tip this mouse because of them, and they do add a bit of stability, we almost think they were a flashy afterthought. They would have been better utilized with the center section having plastic to rest your hand on in order to keep it off the pad. The last bit that threw us off is that when you extend the back, it also increases in height. After a certain point, the height became awkward, prior to running out of length.
However, even with what seems like a laundry list of cons, we did still enjoy what functionality the software did offer us. The components did not miss a beat, and the firmware for the sensor is on point, with no jitters or wandering noticed at higher levels of DPI. Speaking of which, with the finite levels of DPI adjustability, it doesn't matter if you are playing an MMORPG, FPS, editing photos, or copying and pasting text for a paper, with four levels of on-the-fly DPI adjustability just a click away, you can have the best of all world's in tracking, at just the click of a finger.
We honestly enjoyed our time testing the Zalman Knossos ZM-GM4 professional laser gaming mouse, and as long as Macros aren't a major deal breaker in your hunt for a mouse, we do feel they certainly priced it correctly for what you do get with this design. Around $60 is a good price point to come out at, as this mouse is definitely unique in its abilities to conform to more hands than any other solution out there. Plus, it is much cheaper than most other solutions with these components, which usually draw closer to $100. So, with all things considered, we find this to be better than average, but if Zalman could help out its customers and do just a bit more work on the software, then I think a lot of the other things we mentioned would not be of any real concern to most.
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