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|Review: Gigabyte M6980 Gaming Laser Mouse|
|Posted by Will Smith|
|Sunday, 21 November 2010 23:03|
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Verdict and Conclusion
I have to congratulate Gigabyte for producing such a high quality gaming mouse that can used by even a professional gamer. The build quality is excellent, the buttons conveniently located, and its ergonomic and streamlined design allows it to fit perfectly within your hands. The included software for configuring the mouse is easy to use. I like the way you can change the color LEDs on the mouse via the software. And also, the thumb grip and the gold-plated USB connector are a great bonus too. What is interesting is that you can program and store upto 3 gaming profiles on the mouse's 8KB onboard memory. You can then take this mouse and use it on any system without having to progam it again!
During gameplay, the M6980 was smooth, and flowed easily across my mouse mat. Accuracy was good and it feel as if I've actually improved my headshot kills ... LOL! Maybe this is thanks to its 2000 DPI and 20g acceleration. All-in-all, a very good gaming mouse with no complaints at all.
We gave this mouse to a pro-gamer for a quick test, and we asked what he thought of it. He told us that the M6980 was great. It had everything it should in a gaming laser mouse, but there was only one thing missing (I did mention it earlier) ... the lack of a braided cable. It's not a life or death feature, but it does offer better lonvegity and durabilty. Maybe this is something Gigabyte could look at in the future.
As I've already said, the professional gaming industry is here to stay, and it will continue to generate big revenues for businesses. So with this being fact, it would be a huge mistake for manufacturers not to take advantage of this market. There's a huge and insatiable appetite for gaming accessories, both for the professional and your average gamer. And Gigabyte may have just answered their calls.
In order for Gigabyte to expand in this market, they will need to heavily push their products in the gaming scene. Just look at how Steelseries and Razer do it ... It's all about the brand name and how they sponsor professional teams. It's something Gigabyte might have to learn over the next few years. Still you have to give credit to Gigabyte for trying.
As this gaming mouse is so new, we haven't been able to get a price on it. However, according to a close source at some of the big online retailers, you should be looking to pay around USD $50.00 (GBP 39.00). If if that's the case, then it's definitely well worth considering, whether you're a professional or just your average gamer.
Final words. Gigabyte have produced an excellent gaming mouse worthy to be up there with the rest of the big players such as Steelseries and Razer. It offers everything that a gamer could want, at a price that just too irresistable.