Originally Posted by Skylit
You greatly underestimate mainstream/mass market and its needs ^^ The picture isn't just black and white.
I used to share a lot of your ideology and even promoted quite bit of these topics/ideas, though you eventually come to realize it isn't that simple if you stick around long enough. A basic glimpse into what works and what doesn't.
With time, I've also learned to respect engineering and design feats of certain mice that i've called poor or bad in the past. G500 for example is a very nice design evolution to the classic MX500 ID, at least IMO.
While I'm still not a fan of weight systems or tact switches for side buttons, I consider the now 4 year old hyper scroll a very cool feature... let alone one of the few optical scroll wheels I enjoy using (even being a 4 way design). Another engineering improvement just not available on the updated MX500 (G400s).
I won't get into sensor and or positioning of such, but I do enjoy the options this mouse provides after coming full circle around many alternative mice.
Back on topic, if there's one problem I do have with many alternative brands like CM, it's firmware quality. There are tons of mice out there that are just needlessly subpar.
No one disagrees with this point of view. The thing is, CoolerMaster doesn't sell just one model. They can try to innovate all they want, but they ought to release at least one model that follows a proven design. Look at what the Xai/Sensei did for Steelseries.
Companies keep trying to differentiate themselves so much, that they sometimes forget the actual needs of their potential buyers.
I for example have always struggled to find a decent mouse because i am a leftie. Right now there is only one ergonomic mouse for southpaws, the deathadder. Since i will never buy a Razer product due to driver and reliability/quality control issues i have to look for ambidextrous mise. The Zowie AM has a nice shell and sensor, but the configuration for left hand use also reverses the left and right mouse buttons. The Sensei has a laser sensor. The Kana has a crappy sensor and bad side buttons, plus there is only one on each side.
I would have bought the first Recon that got out of the factory if it had a more traditional shape. I don't care about leds, crazy dpi settings, logos that look like tribals etc. I just want something that actually works reliably and i've been waiting for it for a long time. I am sure i am not the only one. Now Kana v2 came out and i will probably get it, side buttons be damned. I am still considering the Recon, but the only reason i do is that i like CoolerMaster.
CMRajiv, i like your company. Your products are usually of good quality, your pricing is honest and you listen to your clients more than the competition does. Offer us good simple products and i assure you we will buy them. You don't always need gimmicks and marketing driven features to make a product popular. If said product is good and comes from a reliable company world of mouth will do your work for you. Something like the Sensei with an optical sensor and good drivers would literally fly of the selves
One last thing. In the past, someone suggested to Carter that open sourcing the drivers would be a great way to solve most of your issues with them and Carter half jokingly agreed. Now, i imagine that at least some parts of the firmware are intellectual property, so this is not an easy thing to do. Still, open sourcing even a part of it would not only help you solve issues faster, it would make you relevant in the Linux community. Gaming on Linux used to be a joke, but Android and Steam might soon change that, so having a foothold there would give you a nice competitive advantage.