DealExtreme's MC Saite "Gaming" Mouse Working Well
by, 10-07-2011 at 08:14 PM (5025 Views)
Having used regular mice for pretty much the entire time I've been playing computer games, you can imagine the kind of look I give people when they say they're going out to buy a gaming mouse for $100+ dollars. I've been playing fine with an HP mouse for some time now, and prior to that I had a stock Microsoft mouse. The furthest I've ever gone is the stock Logitech mouse. I'm not the type to whine about the gear I use when I lose, but you can imagine my intrigue when I crossed the MC Saite mouse from DealExtreme with rave reviews and a very reasonable price of $8.50.
Check it out, looks pretty decent too doesn't it? I'll admit this isn't the best looking of the MC Saite mice, but I think size and ergonomics-wise, this one would be a better fit for me.
Just to assure some of you guys, I'm not completely devoid of gaming mice in my life. I have used a good number of them in LAN parties or internet cafes. I have used a whole bunch of different Razor's and a few other brands that I can't remember. It has always been an improvement, without a doubt, but very subtle. In these one or two hour sessions of gaming, you just notice a smoother experience and nothing more. What separates a regular mouse from a gaming mouse asides from just style is the DPI. DPI (dots per inch) is how much the mouse tracks. So if you move the mouse to the left, it'll scan the surface and try and determine how many pixels left you moved. A higher DPI means that for a single inch, it can detect much more movement.
I plan to write a review on this mouse after I put it through some more work, so you can expect to read all about how DPI differs from mouse to mouse, but essentially it increases sensitivity, you need to move your mouse less to get your cursor across the screen. Of course, that's not necessarily a good thing, some people like low sensitivity in their games (such as myself), but the point is that you can always decrease sensitivity with software. You can slow down your movements. However, if you try and increase your sensitivity on a regular mice, it doesn't have the data to move smoothly, so you are telling the cursor to move left 4 pixels when it only detects one pixel of movement on your mouse. As a result, you get a rougher and less accurate representation. This doesn't affect people who are using their mice on Microsoft Word, but could be deadly in a first person shooter game.
Here's my awesome HP mouse that has served me well for years now. It's a cheap mouse that worked fine, but it's time to say goodbye.
Getting back to the MC Saite mouse, it seems that MC Saite has many models for sale on DealExtreme. There are a few original designs and a few mice that I'd rule out just because of the terrible exterior, but then you also find a few that are obviously heavily inspired from real gaming mice from companies like Razor. One of the best selling mice on DealExtreme is the MCSaite USB Optical Mouse - Black (130CM-Cable). That is where all the rave reviews are, but the complaints include small size and a short cable. Honestly, for $7.80, I didn't really have a problem with either, but I decided to take a gamble and buy another one of MC Saite's mice with no reviews hoping that the quality is the same across their products.
So in the end, I ordered the MC Saite 600/1000/1600DPI USB Wired Optical Mouse - Black (150CM-Cable). It has an extra 20CM of cable, and the size is a tiny bit larger. The majority of the features remain the same, there are 6 buttons, one that toggles the various DPI settings and the DPI are the same levels. So far, I'm glad I got this one. I had a bit of a nasty shock right off the bat when I opened the package. The DPI button has this thick sticker on it that says DPI and it was falling off, I had initially thought the entire button was wonky and oozing stuff out. A slight shift and reapplication later, the mouse looks perfect. It really is a quality product. The plastic feels very solid and has that same sort of soft roughness that I like in Razor mice. The scroll wheel is very sensitive and the buttons all work fine. Having used crappy mice my entire life, the ergonomic shape of the mouse is very welcome. But the obvious question is how is the DPI. I'm fairly certain this hits the 1600 as advertised. The DPI button lets you toggle from 600 (what my HP mouse was), 1000, and 1600. I've seen some 1600 DPI gaming mice from lesser brands going for like $20, so for $8.30, it looks to be a pretty good deal. It LOOKS like one of the nicer mice, doesn't quite have the same resolution, but still feels pretty smooth.
Working pretty well, stay tuned for a review in the coming months as durability and longevity is probably concern #1 with a knockoff mouse.
I think for $8.30, you really won't find a better mouse than this one. Even the stock mouse I had was $10. It looks like a gaming mouse, it works wells. If you wanted a gaming mouse but couldn't afford the $60 price tag on a Razor, go for this one.