Laser mice have made their appearance on the computer scene and are here to stay. The laser in the mouse can scan the surface, over which it's moving, much more accurately then the traditional LED optical mice. Except for this mouse maybe, with the use of the HD-Optix engine it's able to scan the surface rapidly too. It has a high image processing rate, coupled with a good acceleration detection. That combination should enable it to compete with current laser mice.
Creative has spared no expense and has created their own optical laser mouse for the gaming community. This mouse scans the surface underneath at a rate of 5.8 megapixels/second at a resolution of 800 DPI. It has a motion detector that can detect acceleration up to 15G. All this to earn itself the name of HD for high definition. The mouse seems to have a lot of processing power to scan the surface, which should allow it to be fast and accurate. Let's explore this some more!
- Image Processing: 5.8 megapixels/second
- Acceleration: 15g
- Resolution: 800dpi
- Frame Rate: 6400 frames/second
- Tracking Speed: 40 inches/second
- Wide Scroll Wheel - for faster and easier scrolling
- Grid Feel Scrolling - experience the unique wheel that step track smoothly while you scroll
- Volume Control - can even use the scroll wheel to control your music volume
- Effortless installation
- USB interfaced
- Bundled USB to PS/2 adapter
- Intel® Pentium® 266 MHz or AMD® Athlon® processor or higher
- Microsoft® Windows® XP/2000/ME/98SE*/98*
- 32MB RAM
- Available USB port or powered USB hub
- Any IBM compatible PC
- Microsoft® Windows® XP/2000/ME/98SE/98
- Available PS/2 mouse port
Taking a closer look
Looking closely at the mouse you can see that is has 7 buttons (that includes the clickable scroll wheel and the regular mouse buttons) and a scroll wheel. All of these buttons can be programmed for a specific function. Once you install the software it's easy to assign a function to a button. The buttons themselves are made out of hard plastic and appear to be solid; the scroll wheel itself is translucent. That will make the blue back-light shine through better.
The scroll button lights up when connected, no real function other then show off the mouse. All of these pictures show the topside of the mouse, which is nice but I've also reserved a special shot of the belly of the beast, below. Take a closer look at the bottom side of the mouse, it shows the laser and 5 pads on which the mouse slides over. I noticed that if you turn the mouse over, the laser light won't dim, most mice I've worked with do that default. I wonder if that's a hazard to the eyes, or perhaps this laser light isn't that intense.