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Crystal Optical Mouse (Page 3/3)


Posted: September 9, 2002
Written by: Davey McWatters

Clear Optical Mouse




Performance

The most important things about a mouse are its comfort in your hand and how well it performs. I tend to prefer bigger mice, so this one didnít fit my hand as well as I had hoped. Also when clicking it, it tends to feel a bit awkward. It will defiantly take a lot of getting used to for anyone to be able to use it comfortably. The button-less design isnít good at all if you are a gamer. It will ruin your skill in any fast paced shooter.

The absolute most important issue with optical mice is how well they track. Newer optical mice are using better optical sensors than they used on the first optical mice produced. This mouse generally feels like it still has a first generation optical sensor. If you drag it across the desk too fast, it will go crazy on you and most likely go the opposite direction in which you moved the mouse. This is definatly not a good thing.

Another gripe I had with this mouse was the USB cable length. It is simply not long enough. My computer sits on the left side of my desk and my mouse sits at the right. There is a distance of maybe 5 feet between the mouse and the PC. I had to use a USB extension cable to get it to reach my mousing area.

Conclusion

Overall, I would have a hard time recommending this mouse to anyone. After the learning curve, it still doesnít perform to par with other optical mice around. It would be easier to recommend if it actually did perform as well as other mice. But without that, I say spend the twenty bucks elsewhere and get yourself a new CPU cooler or something. The Card Cooler has many other items that may interest you. If you want a mouse simply for looks, then maybe this is the mouse for you, but I donít know anyone that would buy a mouse simply because it looks cool.

If you are in the market for a new optical mouse, go to the store and check out the Logitechís or Microsoftís. They cost a bit more, but both offer better optical sensors, which will track much better and help you squeeze those extra frags out of a death match.

    Pros:
  • Looks good
    Cons:
  • Bad Tracking
  • Short USB Cable
  • Button-less design can be a hassle
  • Difficult Learning Curve

Overall: 50%


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