Inside the AL90
Inside of the AL90, at first glance, nothing seems unusual. We find a PCB in the top to allow the side and top buttons a place for their switches, and a larger PCB in the bottom of the mouse to house everything else. Do be careful if you plan on voiding the warranty by opening it, the cables connecting the top and bottom are short, and could easily be made dysfunctional if care is not taken to open the AL90.
The switches on the PCB found in the top half of the mouse are what we see here. The black switches on the left back the page forward and page back buttons. They are firm in strength, require a fair bit of force to use, and have an audible click. The trio of red pad switches is used for the profile buttons. These are much softer, and the click heard from them, is more of a thud, when pressed.
On the main PCB, at the front-left of the AL90, we see a pair of LK switches. The LK E13 is optical for recording the scroll wheel movement and offers a segmented feel to its movement. The LK Light Strike Optical M switch under the left button sounds and feels like a white Omron switch, which none of the downfalls associated with mechanical switches.
Just behind the scroll wheel, we find the laser sensor. In the AL90, Bloody has opted for the tried and true, well proven, Avago ADNS 9800 laser sensor. There are no tricks used in software to fiddle with the max CPI level, just smooth and accurate recording of every move you make.
The MCU of choice is the Sonix SN8F2288FG. This is an 8-bit controller with full speed USB 2.0 communications and is enough to deliver an AL90 with many software abilities and features to enhance this mouse.
At the front-right of the AL90, we do find a mechanical switch used for the scroll wheels down pressed function. The click can be heard but is faint, and the feel of the switch is firm with pressure needed to activate it. Under the right button, we find the match to the LK Light Strike Optical M switch, both of which should afford users many years of life.
Reassembling the mouse is relatively easy, and once back together, the only thing left to do was to power it. Once we did so, the pattern and logo on the heel of the mouse starts to pulse with the glow of red LED lighting. We can also see the glow of red coming from the scroll wheel at this time.
The red glow of the scroll wheel indicates that currently, the AL90 is in the "1" profile. In this image, the scroll wheel is now blue, which indicates we are using the "n" profile, and the option of the "3" profile is a glow of pink from the center of the wheel.
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