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|Review: Arctic Cooling M571 Gaming Laser Mouse|
|Posted by Will Smith|
|Wednesday, 24 November 2010 00:03|
As we've mentioned already in our previous reviews, the gaming industry is huge with an estimated USD $20 billion forecast for 2011. What's more this industry will continue to grow for quite some time. So it is important for today's manufacturers not to miss this excellent opportunity if they are to survive in this ever competitive market. In doing so, we've seen numerous manufacturers who normally specialise in one product ... say memory, for example Corsair are having to expand their product to include gaming headsets. They are not the only ones ... Coolermaster (PSUs & Chassis) now have gaming mice and mouse mats, while Zalman (Chassis & Coolers) have headsets and gaming mice.
Don't under estimate the importance of your humble mouse. Today, the mouse is more than just a "rodent" for controlling your cursor on your desktop. In the gaming world, it is THE most important peripheral for any gamer, especially hardcore professional gamers. A gaming mouse that lacks responsiveness could mean an extremely slim chance, of becoming winners during a competitve match.
For those who are not too familiar with Arctic Cooling ... here's some information taken from their website.
Today we take a look at the Arctic Cooling M571 Gaming Laser Mouse. It features an ergonomic design that maximizes comfort during prolonged gameplay, and it has 3 DPI settings of 800 / 1,600 / 2,400 for super sensitivity and accuracy. To select these DPI settings, there is special button which, when pressed displays a LED light on the mouse. The mouse comes a weighted system, with the original mouse weighing in at 138g, plus optional weights of up to 4 x 6.5g each. There's also a double-bullet and a continuous shooting button, which is great for gamers.
The funny things is ... Arctic Cooling are better known for their CPU coolers than anything else. However, they've recently expanded the product range to include loads of accessories and peripherals, from gaming headsets to power supplies and now keyboards and gaming mice. We've already reviewed 2 gaming USB headsets from Arctic Cooling which we thought were very good. They produced crisp, clear, digital sounds with good bass. Can their gaming laser mouse impress us as well? Read on to find out more.
Let's take a closer look at the specifications of the Arctic Cooling M571 Gaming Laser Mouse ...
Features and Specifications
Taken from Arctic Cooling's Website ...
A mouse works like a computer user’s fingertips, so it should be quick, precise, comfortable and high-quality to help them slide freely on screen. The ARCTIC M571 incorporates all these attributes along with highly functional features.
The ARCTIC M571 has a resistant surface coating to protect the mouse from wearing out. This helps to maintain the mouse at top-notch quality from day-to-day use. This mouse operates with laser optical sensor; thus, it has ultra-high sensitivity levels that offer ideal precision and speed. The sensitivity levels can be adjusted from 800, 1,600 to 2,400 dpi by simply pressing the ‘dpi’ button. The current sensitivity level is displayed by a LED light on the mouse as well.
The mouse looks great with its ergonomic design. It contoured lines fits perfectly with your hands. There is special DPI button selecting different DPI settings 800, 1600 or 2400 ... when the DPI button is pressed, an LED lights up on the mouse.
The mouse comes a weighted system, with the original mouse weighing in at 138g, plus optional weights of up to 4 x 6.5g each. Adding more weights enable users to achieve better precision and accuracy. There's also a double-bullet and a continuous shooting button, which is great for gamers.
Verdict and Conclusion
The overall build quality is good and feels pretty solid. The ergonomic design of the Arctic Cooling M571 looks great and is contoured to your hands, making it feel really natural. The weighted system is a bonus for gamers, as it allows you personalize the weight of the mouse according to your preferences, giving you better precision and accuracy. There are a total of 4 x 6.5g weights which can be added or removed. Original weight of the mouse is 138g ... with all the weights added, it will total 164g.
The 3 DPI settings which includes 800, 1600 or 2400 is more than enough more most average gamers. These can be accessed by pressing a special DPI button which, when pressed displays a LED light on the mouse.
Originally, we were impressed when we first looked at the Arctic Cooling M571 Gaming Laser Mouse. The M571 has got good looks from its ergonomic design, there's no need for software or drivers, but offers good DPI settings. However, there are some missing features for it to be a top gaming mouse. The lack of software means that there are no programmable buttons, nor can you adjust or fine-tune your mouse scolling or sensitivity. And finally, there's no braided cable or gold-plated USB connector. I guess these are the features you'll find on more expensive and higher-end gaming mice.
Having said that, the Arctic Cooling M571 makes up for it in price. Costing only USD $29.99 (GBP 20.00), it's extremely affordable and offers excellent value for money.
Final words. If you're after a low cost, budget gaming laser mouse that offers decent DPI settings that come with a weighted system, then the Arctic Cooling M571 Gaming Laser Mouse is worth considering. It's a good alternative to the standard mouse. As for professional gamers who are after more features, such as programmable buttons ... you might want to look elsewhere.