Also on the lookout.
I recently upgraded my Logitech MX300 to a Razer Taipan, which I couldn't quite get to grips with. I really like its shape and weight, also tracking and precision are flawless @400-600dpi on 1920x1080 for desktop and editing work. For gaming though the movement always feels weird. I can't really put my finger on it, but I'd say it doesn't feel as responsive as my MX300, the tracking is kind of sluggish. With my MX300 I always "felt" that I move the cursor/crosshair with my hand. With the Taipan it was noticeable that there was a device between my hand and moving the cursor. Seeing that I don't have experience with laser mice, I don't know whether this is lag or just the nature of laser sensors, is it?
Now to my nemesis: acceleration. I bought the Taipan despite reading about its flawed sensor (9818), but figured that I wouldn't notice it because my sensitivity is not low enough to reach the required speed reviewers came up with to notice acceleration. And really, I didn't experience noticeable acceleration at first. I play midish to high sens (7"/18cm to 360°), thus hardly ever exceed 0.50m/s, which is below the threshold that negative accel should kick in (~0.65m/s) as far as reviews state. However, my aim in QL was very inconsistent. At times it worked, and other times my cursor was not in the intended place. After a little testing myself I noticed negative acceleration at lower speeds than the tested ~0.65m/s, and the worst of all: those speeds didn't seem consistent. Sometimes it would accelerate while moving really slowly, the next time not, but when I moved a tad faster. All done on a QcK mini at 200dpi 6/11. Could the negative acceleration be induced by the QcK?
I don't have another pad to test it on. It really is a shame because the precision and non-existent prediction of that 9800 sensor are really outstanding, and build quality and ergonomics are top. Which is why I bought another mouse when I walked by a LoL Abyssus on sale. Now that is one hell of a sensor! After a few hours my hand naturally found the most comfortable grip, and after tap-fixing the bottom part of it to reduce the really large LoD on my QcK, I instantly fell in love with its tracking in QL. Very much like my MX300, which I've been using (and caressing) since its release in 2002/3. Using it at 1800dpi in-game and 450dpi for desktop work, and can't see any jitter either. So now my Taipan gets used for desktop work because it's way more comfortable, and the Abyssus for FPS gaming. However, the Abyssus is a little on the light side, coming from a MX300 (100+g) it's really as if I don't hold a mouse at all
Also, build quality feels rather cheap. I like the materials used, but it doesn't feel as solid as my MX300 or Taipan, but kind of hollow.
So after this wall of text, here are my questions in addition to the ones I put in bold letters:
Is it possible to increase the Abyssus' weight? I'm also fine with buying yet another mouse, what other ambidextrous (I'm left-handed) mice are there that feature a flawless sensor like the Abyssus but are heavier? I know the ESR list with flawless sensored mice, but it's not been updated since 2007. Thank you for your input.Edited by phl0w - 5/21/13 at 3:04am