Last time, we looked at two products from the Zalman Gaming range – the K400G Keyboard & HPS200 Headset which were quite impressive for it’s price with our hands-on. We now return to two gaming mouse from their range, will they deliver pleasing results as well?
ZM-M401R Optical Gaming Mouse
Price: $29 – Product Link: http://bit.ly/1bRhzuW
No this is not the Knight Rider mouse even though the similarities are quite the same. This is the M401R gaming mouse by Zalman that sits nicely on the $29 mark. What $29? Yes a $29 gaming mouse that doesn’t look a tad shabby with it’s rubber coated surface and it’s ambidextrous design. The mouse is nice to touch and has an incredible grip – maybe a little too much but you can rest assure it won’t slip out of your hands.
So it may look nice and feel great but how does it perform? Well it does come packed with a pretty accurate Avago A5050 gaming sensor with adjustable DPI. The coolest thing about this mouse is that it allows you to quickly switch different profiles at a touch of a button. I had a few plays with this mouse in the Battlefield 4 beta and it performed without any hiccups. With features you’ll see in higher priced mouse, the M401R does a fairly impressive job for the price. Now you can spend those extra pennies on some McDonalds or something.
ZM-GM1 Laser Gaming Mouse
Price: $39 – Product Link: http://bit.ly/1bRhyqL
This mouse opts out of the unibody ambidextrous design for a more rigid right hand weapon. The GM1 packs a laser sensor instead of an optical for a supposedly better response. The feel of the mouse is a natural fit thanks to it’s carved out body but features some slightly annoying parts to it. The shape is perfect but the paint overall feels too slippery when in comparison. Personally, some may find it alright to use but with most of the mouse I’ve used previously – I’ve always felt that the rubber coating is the better option, especially for gaming. Also other annoying part is the bright blue LED, it’s way too much on the mouse but thankfully it can be turned off using the software. A more subtle lighting would have been preferred. Testing the mouse in some games, the Avago 9500 Laser Sensor responds pretty well and we had no issues with the overall performance of the mouse. It’s just that off putting surface… but in saying that, the $39 price tag is not too shabby for a laser gaming mouse but if I had to choose between the two? I would have easily opted for the cheaper ‘more better’ M401R.