Arctic M551 and M571 gaming mice
Posted by: Dan on: 13.10.2010 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Hereís an illustration of me trying out both mice. Hereís what I found during use:
Your hand rests slightly higher up with the M571 due to it being a taller mouse than the M551, but both feel pretty comfortable to use. Out of the two I prefer the M571 due to it having a wider arc, which means your little fingers rest more comfortably on the side.
The M551 has grooves on the thumb side of the mouse, but them being the same plastic material means they are smooth so in practice donít offer as much grip as you might expect, itís not really a problem as it performs just fine, but again I found that the M571 had a better shape that holds in your hand securely (without the need for grips).
The M571 weight door opens to reveal 4 x 6.5g weights that are firmly secured with a foam surround. If you like mice that you can barely feel, then you can take them all out, or you can find some middle ground if the two extremes arenít what youíre after.
Here we have the notifications for the dpi level. Green means 800dpi, blue means 1600dpi and red means 2400dpi. As was mentioned before, these are changed by pressing the middle button (as seen in the photos).
The M571 uses a slightly different approach to signalling dpi level, with the default 800dpi being unlit, 1600dpi being green, and 2400dpi being red. Again, the dpi change button is the top middle button.
I found 800dpi on both mice to be enough for my style of gaming, but itís nice to know you have the option for more sensitivity if you need it.
I used both mice side by side for a while, directly comparing running the same tasks, and then one at a time in a session of gaming (rocking it old school with some Left 4 Dead).
One thing that I did notice between the two mice was that the M571 appeared to be slightly more sensitive with the same amount of movement when compared to the M551, even on the same dpi setting.
When testing, it took me a little bit of adjusting to the M571ís additional cursor movement as I had used and gotten familiar with how the M551 moved. It was strange at first, and I wondered if the mouse was working properly, but once Iíd adjusted I found no difference in playing than I had with the M551.
I found that I kept forgetting about the M571ís Ďtriple clickí additional button, as I tend to shoot in bursts out of habit, but on the times where I specifically remembered about it and tried it out I had mixed success.
On the fully automatic guns where holding the mouse down for longer than a click continuously shoots, itís use was negated. But with semi-automatic weapons where you were limited to how fast you could click to shoot, it worked really well at burst fire and continuous shooting (if held down). An added bonus that probably hadnít been thought about by arctic cooling is that you can use it in windows and word to select whole sentences with just pressing one button (normally a triple click).
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