Gigabyte M8600 Gaming Mouse

More universally praise worthy was a new mice dubbed the M8600. This 6,000 DPI laser mouse mostly looks just like any other gaming mouse with a bit of angular styling. However, it has a hidden secret: like the Razer Mamba it can switch between wired and wireless modes in an instant. Note, this isn't the pseudo wireless mode used in the Microsoft Sidewinder X8, which simply has a magnetically tethered charging cable. Plug in the mini-USB cable (that pulls out the front) and this mouse eschews its wireless connection and communicates over USB.

What's so good about this? Well, despite advances in recent years, wireless mice still have a slight lag to them that if you're into your gaming, you will notice, especially FPS gamers.

Another seemingly neat feature is that the battery pack can be removed and plugged into the wireless reciever/dock for quick and easy charging. Upon reflection, we're not actually sure what benefit this brings when you can just plug the USB cable in so we might have to pop by the Gigabyte booth again to clear that one up. At a guess, if you have two batteries it means that you can swap them and remain in wireless mode but that seems a bit excessive just to be without a wire for a while.

Other features include an ambidextrous design with two back/foward buttons on either side, a left/right tilting scroll wheel, two buttons just behind the scroll wheel, and you can assign various macros to the buttons using the included software. Set to cost $100 – again, no Uk prices as yet – you can expect to find this in shops come September.

 

stranded

June 2, 2010, 9:19 am

Another item for 8-10 years old people...

Occam's Razor

June 2, 2010, 11:54 am

It's just awful. I didn't realise it is 1988.

gonzorv

June 2, 2010, 2:09 pm

I assume its made from stainless steel and has a flux capacitor included?





Marty!

Hans Gruber

June 3, 2010, 1:44 am

@ gonzorv





and uses 1.21 gigawatts! Haha. Nice one.





@ Occam's Razor





1988, my thoughts exactly.





@ stranded





Agreed. It looks like a toy from the 80s, some kind of Transformer maybe?





We are all so much in agreement we could even be the same person, except I know I'm me and only me. That said, if it worked and wasn't as uncomfortable to use as it looks and didn't a million pounds, with a huge design overhaul to make it look like a mouse and not an attachment a ninja would use for starting up the power on a spaceship or something then it just might be a good product. I like the button positioning and potential extreme accuracy, at least. More than meets the eye perhaps? ;)

Gordon394

June 3, 2010, 3:56 am

MY EYES!!!

stranded

June 3, 2010, 8:49 am

@red


When i said for children i didn't mean the looks. It was for its "performance".


I think that buttons placement look better than Logitech and Microsoft k/bs. But they are not raised, not big enough and Enter/Return button not full size? Talking about a gaming k/b???!!!


And all this useless wrists pads and aerodynamics?

Hans Gruber

June 3, 2010, 5:15 pm

@ stranded





I was referring solely to the mouse. I quickly skipped over the ghastly ketchup coloured keyboard and paid it no attention.





The potential of the mouse for me was in the placement of 2 buttons on both the left and crucially, right side as I like to use them for steering aircraft in online shooters like BF2 etc. Any mouse with just leftmost placed buttons is no good for me. That said this mouse wins a fugly design award as it is unless there was something very good about the way it handled that made it worth getting (provided it didn't cost an arm and a leg).

stranded

June 4, 2010, 12:14 pm

@red


Did you play games with this mouse? There is a great difference between just holding a mouse at an Expo and using it in real combat fields <<:D


I have used for some time a couple of Gigabyte gaming mice. Some nice features but not good overall.

Hans Gruber

June 4, 2010, 6:27 pm

@ stranded





No I've never used the mouse or any other Gigabyte input device. I was just saying I appreciated the 2 buttons either side and thought, with the mouse's huge resolution figure, it might have some potential beyond its awful looking exterior is all.





I've been using a Razer Diamondback 3G in replacement of my Razer Copperhead, which developed a fault but that's not working as it should be either (buttons don't respond). I liked the form factor of these devices, small and low enough to hold properly with buttons on both sides, not just the left like Logitech etc.





I might dismantle the Diamondback, see if I can fix it though I suspect that'll be the end of it, if past experiences are anything to go by. ;)

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