If you’ve never heard of Anker as a peripherals company, it’s probably justified. As a gaming products manufacturer however, Anker has been relatively unheard of until recently when they came up with their first precision laser gaming mouse. Although it’s rather a mouthful, the Anker High Precision Programmable Laser Gaming Mouse has been making waves in the gaming industry. This little (or should I say huge) mouse has insanely powerful hardware specifications despite its seemingly low-cost price.
As an example, it has a highly precise laser sensor that can track up to 8200 DPI. With a standard 1000 Hz polling rate, that makes it equally as good as any Razer or Logitech’s best gaming mice, even those that are wireless. Can it stand up to the test though? That’s what we’re here to find out.
First of all, the Anker gaming mouse looks really good. It’s unfortunate that there isn’t a left handed edition for this particular mouse though, or I would’ve gotten it in a heartbeat. If you’re looking for a gaming mouse, here’s a list of the available ones: http://www.gaminggearlab.com/discover-the-best-gaming-mouse-the-ultimate-mice-comparison-guide/. Its sleek matte texture is admirable and its illumination is just perfect. It is not overly done and it still retains a professional look. You wouldn’t want your gaming mouse to look too fancy as if you’ve just won it in a carnival. You are of course welcome to adjust the LED colors so that your mouse glows a different color on a different day of the week. You could also opt to disable the illumination in its entirely though I wouldn’t know why you would want to do that. Irregardless, this gaming mouse offers up to 9 programmable buttons for all of your games’ hotkeys.
2 onboard memory profiles are available while you can choose to install plenty of others upon the acquisition of a software on your PC. Both sides of the mouse are equipped with a rubbery surface so that sweaty hands can still grip it well enough to perform at the optimal level. I bought it off Amazon, almost on a whim, simply because it’s just so cheap. At the time of my purchase, this gaming mouse only cost $30, which was about twice as cheap as the Razer DeathAdder that I currently also use for some of my other games. For what you’re paying, the specs and materials that comprise the mouse are just fantastic.
Let me just say that this is a great beginner mouse for gamers because it’s cheap enough and its functionalities can match even that of the top wireless gaming mice, as can be seen in this chart. Nonetheless, if you’re a professional gamer, you might not be entirely satisfied with what you’re able to do with the mouse at competitive levels. Sure, you have the ability to tune the DPI up to absurd levels (8200 at the most), but any gamers who know what they’re talking about would know that it’s unnecessary. What’s more important is actually the tracking precision of the sensor itself. On the Anker gaming mouse, the sensor type is that of laser rather than the older optical technology. That doesn’t mean that it’s flawless however. Oftentimes, when I lift the mouse off of the mousepad in an attempt to flick the cursor quickly across the screen, I found that the cursor would go crazy for a little while.
That can indeed be a problem in many games that requires really quick and sudden mouse movements. The clicks, in general, sound satisfying enough but have an odd tone to some of the keys, especially those that are located near the index finger. This is a warning sign of durability issues because I’ve had my fair share of wireless mice that just stop functioning properly due to a sunk button (both left and right depending on which type of games you’re usually playing). This was a pretty prominent issue back in the old DeathAdder days where repetitive mouse clicks will cause the button to be “stuck” or cause it to send double commands upon a single mouse click. I’m still skeptical but as of now, there doesn’t seem to be a similar issue here. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if Anker’s gaming mouse really proves to be as powerful as it seems to be at the moment.