Originally Posted by avinin1
I dont belive its ALL
marketing, laser sensors aren't that cheap compered to the optical sensor (sure you can cheapout there and theres in your product, but I'm talking about prices only of the laser sensor only), the track quality is good, doesn't jitter on low DPI, unlimited to mousepads colors combinations, adjust LoD to your comfortable. sure the DPI on the laser is one of the biggest factor on the sales/marketing stuff, but it doesn't end there/not everything is a lie.
The laser sensors we had till now were bad all together (I used the word "bad", but I actually thought of words that might have been inappropriate on the forum). The early ones had unusably low perfect tracking speeds and jitter problems. And the newer generation has non-linear positive acceleration, that wouldn't bother me on a non-gaming mouse at all but here is unacceptable. Now these issues aren't really related to the sensor having a laser for illumination (other than the first laser sensors that actually just had their LEDs swapped for laser emitters and made few adjustments), they most likely are just architectural flaws. Still it makes them unusable compared to LED sensors.
The only laser sensor that had potential was the Philips Twin-Eye. Compared to all the previous sensors, it had the highest precision even at higher than usual perfect tracking speeds on most surfaces. Unfortunately it wasn't very usable on soft pads because of the z-axis tracking and had to be cleaned regularly because it was susceptible to dust particles. It's sad that they aren't getting used in newer mice anymore, because on hard pads they offered unparalleled performance and who knows maybe Philips would have perfected them.Edited by MONVMENTVM - 12/13/12 at 3:53am