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MS Laser Mouse 6000 v1 Gaming Series Review

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My first review! Be nice! tongue.gif

Introduction:
To start off, I have owned this mouse for two weeks. After breaking my Logitech MX 518, I decided to browse online for a secondhand mouse that wouldn't make my wallet extinct. At first, I bought a Razer Naga Molten, but after I encountered some issues such as jitter and z-axis errors, I sold it to someone and continued on my search for a mouse worthy of taking on the tasks of my dead MX 518. That's when I found out about the MS Laser Mouse 6000 which was made in 2005. The owner sold it to me for $15 when it used to be $49.99 new. And so I'm here today with a review on what I thought about this mouse.

Design/Build Quality:
I'd say Microsoft left no flaws. The design seems to be ambidextrous, as my left and right hand feels the same when holding it. The MS Laser Mouse 6000's shell is made of a glossy plastic that does not feel cheap, and is not slippery and my hand grips onto the mouse very well. However, when I first tried it out I felt the mouse was a tad too sensitive, but after getting used to it it felt really nice. For all you palm grip guys, you're in luck. The cable is on the thin side, and reviews on Amazon say it is brittle. However, I think the cord is perfect, and does not interfere with the mouse. The mouse feet glide well and is comparable to a high end mouse in terms of gliding performance.

There is one button on each side of the mouse, and I had a negative experience with those two buttons. Firstly, when pressing it, I felt as if it did not register my clicks. The buttons aren't very tactile and do not give an audible "click" or response with them. That would therefore be the only design flaw I seemed to experience. Overall, the build quality is excellent, save for the two buttons on the sides.

Sensor:
Microsoft advertises this mouse with an Agilent laser sensor that is 6000 frames per second, which calculates to be around 2000 DPI. The polling rate is 125 HZ, but Microsoft did not list the polling rate, so I had to find out myself by applying a mouse hack to 500 HZ and comparing it between the two rates.

From what I've seen, the mouse has no issues with tracking. The mouse is flawless. However, when I first put my hands on it and moved it around, I felt it was a little sensitive for my tastes. After getting used to it, I felt more confident in my COD4 aim. I tested it on my Mac and used Steelseries ExactMouse Tool to disable the default Mac OS X acceleration curve. Tracking is very precise, and I tested it mainly on Call of Duty 4.

All guns handled well. I'd say quickscoping was a snap on the MS Laser Mouse 6000. Very precise. Using an AK-47 never felt better.

Weight:
In my opinion, the weight of the mouse is a tad light, but not too light. After looking up the weight, the specifications say it is 120 grams.

Software:
Honestly I don't know if the software came in a CD, because I bought it secondhand. But the software is Microsoft's Intellipoint. After checking out the software, I'd say it works as expected, and very clear, but there is no option to change DPI. The specs sheet says that the DPI is "Dynamically Adaptable To Be 6000 Frames Per Second". I don't know what that means, but maybe you guys know. As for the changing DPI problem, my conclusion is that the "Intellimouse Sensitivity" in the program must be the DPI changer. Consult my photos.

To conclude with the software, I'd say it is very clear, but some features are missing/confusing. I use a Mac, so I used the Mac OS X software and I did not experience the PC features included with this mouse, so I cannot tell you much about it.

Conclusion:
This mouse is great for gaming. It is very versatile. However, some features of the driver included to work with the mouse are confusing, albeit clear in a way. If you're looking for a cheap mouse that people sell secondhand nowadays, you should consider this mouse.

Pros:
Cons:
- Accurate and precise
- Some features of driver confusing
- Cheap nowadays SECONDHAND
- No gimmicks
- Ambidextrous

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post #2 of 5
http://www.dcs-online.biz/shop/product_info.php/products_id/5917

Read the short description... Seems to imply that DPI change is possible. Nice find.
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That's weird. I'll look into it further. Thanks for the link!
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OK, this link should be more helpful. Although the expert (?) and user scores are good, the "Freak" score is lowered because they take points off for the age of the mouse. I don't put much value on Testfreaks scores - They are perhaps good to get a general idea. However, the reviews (links) are often informative and helpful. Have fun.

http://www.testfreaks.com/mice/microsoft-laser-mouse6000/

Just noticed that the second pic on that page seems to show two versions of that mouse. After a second look, I think it's just a second mouse used for size comparison.
Edited by therecorder - 4/22/12 at 10:59pm
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Yup, I partly agree with the Test Freaks score in terms of features. But a mouse is supposed to be accurate, precise, and flawless. If you are an FPS gamer like me, you do not need a load of buttons on the mouse. You can make do with a clean and simple mouse, such as oh let's say...the Steelseries mice.

But all in all, I'm very satisfied with the mouse. And so are the Newegg, Amazon, and CNET reviews.
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