As an emerging company into a market as vast as peripherals, we feel that the Sound BlasterX Siege M04 has made a good showing. There is a lot of good points with this design, but we also found a select few things we might have changed.
The shape is something we have seen previous to this mouse, but the feel is good, and aesthetically, you won't get complaints from us here either. Visually, the Aurora Reactive LED system is top notch when it comes to RGB delivery in a mouse. The thin line at the bottom is less distracting and tends to flood the mouse pad with color instead. With various preset LED profile options to go through and tinker with, and the ability to set a color theme, we feel there is not much left to ask for in this department.
Offering a gaming mouse with 50 million clicks of life to it is something seen very little in this market, and for that, we thank Sound Blaster for using Omron parts, but going for some of the best available while they were at it. Opting for a 32-bit MCU guarantees its capability of handling everything the Siege M04 is shown to deliver. Inside or outside, it is easy to ascertain that Sound Blaster took their time and made a product worthy of attention.
As far as complaints go, none of what we are saying is a deal killer, and probably could be because of hand size and method of use. We found the smooth plastic on top to get slick with any moisture, and it tends to show hand oils much worse than rubberized ones. To help combat the loss of grip, though, the rubber sides allowed us to keep a solid grip on the mouse even with the smooth top giving very little grip.
During gaming, we found the left side buttons to be arranged a bit funny for our hand span. We could either use the two main buttons and not the sniper button, or we could claw the mouse to access the sniper button, but had to tweak our wrists to then get to the back page button - there was not a happy medium.
The last thing we want to mention here is that the software is not all that great. While many lighting options are great, and basic controls are needed as well, we do wish there were Macro or Profile capabilities. There is already a mention that you can save a default profile on this mouse, and while there is no reference to the actual amount of space offered, with a bit more work on the Connect software, the Siege M04 would have received more points.
Outside of the realm of looks, feel, and functionality, there is always the fact that these devices require money to obtain. While the availability is limited to buying the Siege M04 from Sound Blaster only at this time, we feel that the pricing is not all bad. While we did find some limitations compared to other offerings, not many that can do profiles, Macros, or that do have abundant software options like timers or noises come in much under $80. Considering that at this time the Siege M04 will only set you back $59.99, we do feel that once everything is put into perspective, you still receive a lot of mouse for the money.
The Sound BlasterX Pro-Gaming Siege M04 Precision Gaming Mouse has a lot going for it for a first go at a mouse design, and even with slight shortcomings, most will find this mouse to be more than enough bang for the buck.
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- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||95%|
|Bundle and Packaging||89%|
|Value for Money||97%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||90%|
The Bottom Line: It may lack every bell and whistle that can be found in today's gaming mice, but Sound Blaster has stepped out strong! Feel and functionality is great, components are high-end, and with what the Siege M04 delivers, its affordability is what will put this mouse in many hands.
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