A little introduction about me and my previous mouse:
I have owned and still own the Logitech MX revolution, which in my eyes is the best multimedia mouse out there in the market. For the last 2 years I've tried telling myself there could be another mouse out there - each time I've gone into a store and tried another mouse, my first reaction was "meh, nothing special" or "that razer mouse is way too expensive for what it offers".
The Anker mouse - Design:
The form factor is something I absolutely love. Very comfortable, and with the weights that you can adjust it can be customised to your liking.
This mouse can be customised, with up to 9 different keys - making it incredibly useful for any type of game. It also has a MACRO functionality that allows it to register your clicks and movements.
One of the main features of this mouse, and the eye candy behind it is the light colour on the anker logo - this can be changed to any colour of your preference, via the software provided.
The profile switching is also very useful with a button located at the bottom of the mouse, allowing you to switch between your two mouse profiles, very efficiently.
Accuracy and speed:
With an incredible 8000 DPI and 1000HZ polling rate, this mouse is one of the top dogs for precision. Although realistically I can't see anyone using it at 8000 DPI, and more like me at 2000 DPI, however the accuracy and response time of this mouse is outstanding. No lag, no input lag, no flaws, no jittery motion - in other words, it excels in doing what it is supposed to do.
The software is very good, and has no glitches. When you purchase the mouse it doesn't come with a CD, however it is downloadable online. Personally I prefer that as the latest drivers and softwares can always be found up-to-date online.
Now going into pros and cons:
It is very hard to find any problems with this mouse, as it is brilliant but if I have to be extremely picky, I can name a few.
-9 Buttons to customise
-Form factor and design
-Grip on the left side by the thumb
-Great customer service by Anker & LaptopMate
-Anker logo colour switch is hidden when in you, as you hand covers it - thus it would have been nice to be able to customise either/or the DPI switch and scroll wheel colours too.
-Profile switch is located at the bottom - realistically I much prefer this, however I know some might prefer it to be more accessible at the top of the mouse
-When saving and applying changes on the software, it magically changes the DPI level on profile 1, but not profile 2
-When saving and applying changes on the software, it magically changes the scrolling lines within Windows to level 8
-Overall cable length (could be an extra 0.5m longer)
This mouse is outstanding, not only for the value of £25-30 (as I would gladly pay £50 for this mouse), but also for its functionalities and other capabilities.
It has now replaced my MX revolution as my main mouse. I absolutely love it, and NEVER would have thought a mouse could have swayed me off my beautiful MX, but this Anker did just that. Top marks to Anker 10/10, I would happily recommend this to anyone looking for a mouse, not only gamers but multimedia users like myself that occasionally game.
on 17 January 2013
The review from TotallydubbedHD really covers all of the points and I would suggest anyone read this. I just wanted to add my own personal review of this product as I am very impressed after using it for a few days now.
First off, I'm not a gamer. However I have Anker products and this is a brand I trust, so getting this mouse as a replacement to my 'dumb' mouse was really an easy decision and I would recommend this to anyone.
While slightly larger than my old mouse it fits perfectly into the palm of my hand. The grip point by the thumb is a nice addition to ensure your thumb sits nicely in the right spot with the customisable buttons neatly resting above (the middle button above the thumb also has some ridges to help easily identify which button is which without looking). The mouse glides well over any surface and doesn't seem to collect grime on the pads as easily as my old mouse. As mentioned in TdHD's review the Anker logo light is completely customisable to be off or have different breathing speeds and colours. The other lights can only change colour (scroll wheel & DPI lights). While the mouse to me was a little light, the addition of a few supplied weights helped tailor this mouse to be just right for me which is a welcome option. Overall a well built, well designed quality mouse which has already raised a few glances and comments in my office.
As mentioned, I am not a PC gamer... But, I do use a PC a lot for Spreadsheets, VBA, all sorts of other stuff. Sometimes I demonstrate what I am doing and it's not easy to have the keyboard at hand. By changing the defaults of some of the button clicks I now have direct access to all of my needed tasks directly by my hand, i.e. highlight the text, click a button on the mouse - text is copied. Click a cell somewhere else, click another button - pasted. Fantastic! While I have no real use for the macro record button (hence why I changed the behaviour) I can see that this would be an excellent option for gamers to easily record a melee attack or any other multi-key stroke behaviour which could give an upper-hand in a game.
Installation was a simple plug and play, then off to the ianker website to download the latest drivers in order to customise the mouse. Once installed it's very intuitive to navigate and select what you want to change.
Ideal users - Obviously gamers. But I will add that anyone who uses keyboard shortcuts, precision software (i.e. photoshop for fine editing thanks to the higher DPI) or just anyone who wants to stand out a little more with a funky mouse sat on their desk will benefit from the features on offer with this mouse. Also of note is that you can have 2 different profiles, so whilst it's not a quick fix to change the weight of the mouse it's simple to setup a profile for 2 people who use a computer and each have your own personal settings configured. Another option would be to say have one profile setup for Windows general (copy, paste, windows button etc.) and another profile for Photoshop with buttons set for shortcuts to certain tasks (or for gamers, a Windows profile, and a WoW etc. profile).
Overall for the price this is on offer for I really don't think you could get much better... Even if you don't need the higher DPI rate (which other mice in this class are much more expensive), it's a useful ability to have. Especially with the toggle button to quickly go between 4 customisable made variables. I've used the word customisable a lot in this review, and this mouse is exactly that. With the ability to change the weight, lighting, button press functions, DPI, scroll speed/acceleration it really means you can do what you want,when you want. Kudos to Anker for the quality of the product in a price range that needs no second-thought on purchasing. Seriously, if you are reading this then you must be interested in the product (or looking for a mouse of sorts). You won't find anything better in it's class and I would suggest the 'Buy now' or 'Add to basket' button should be the next one you click.
Nearly forgot to mention, excellent service from LaptopMate! Product was well packaged and delivery was fast from the date of order.
At a request here are the options available to change the mouse buttons to act as:
Single Key (Select the keyboard key which should be triggered, eg the Windows button)
Combo Key (select a keyboard Combo to run, e.g. Ctrl B for bold)
Basic Options - Cut
- Select All
Advanced Options - Switch Window
- Close Window
- Open Explorer
- Show Desktop
- Lock Computer
Media - Play/Pause
- Volume Up
- Volume Down
- Mute Microphone
Macro - Macro Manager
- Macro # (you can select which pre-recorded macro should be performed)
on 29 September 2014
I've had this mouse for a little over a year now, and it still works pretty well. It's comfortable to use and works well even without a driver, as the profiles and settings are stored on the device itself, and not within software; this pleases me greatly as I use Linux most of the time. The only irritation is that the mouse requires windows software to configure, but that's a necessary evil that I'm happy to put up with.
This mouse loses a star, because the build quality isn't as good as I'd like. After a few months of gaming use, my middle mouse button no longer works upon being depressed. That is to say, it works for scrolling just fine, but it no longer acts as a middleclick. This is less of a problem for this mouse however, as there's a button right next to the middle mouse button, that I was able to set to act as a new middle mouse button.
Another instance of the build quality not living up to my expectations, is the middle button the /side/ of the mouse. This button has seen heavy daily use, as I use it as a push-to-talk key for a voice communication program. It still works well enough, but the button no longer makes a proper tactile 'click' when pressed, and requires much less force to press than it used to (it's been worn in, basically.)
Another issue, that doesn't affect me so much but may be a deciding factor for others, is that the software used to configure it doesn't work with macros properly. It may have been updated and fixed since I tried it some months ago, but the macros can't be manually defined; you have to record them by pressing buttons on the mouse, and you can't adjust the delay between actions either, despite the software showing you what the delay is.
Aside from these relatively minor issues it's a great mouse and as such it receives a solid 4 stars from me.
The lights can't be disabled, and the one behind the Anker logo can only be dimmed/colour changed, not turned off. Furthermore, the other lights can't change colour.
There's a button on the bottom of the mouse (non-programmable) that switches between the two profiles that the mouse can store on its hardware, if you'd rather not use one of the programmable buttons for that.
on 30 August 2013
I am not a pro, so read this short review with a pinch of salt...
I was very optimistic when I ordered this mouse as a replacement for my CM Storm Sentinel Advance II. You probably ask why to replace my old mouse? The answer is simple CM Storm I am using right now is just way too big for my hand. As a heavy Battlefield 3 player I needed something which could give me edge over my opponents and this mouse was very promising...
Price and delivery:
Lets start from the beginning, the price... This mouse is just £25.99 delivered! How did they manage to do that I do not know, but for a mouse with state of the art Avago 9800 sensor is extremely good!
The packaging is good, a bit too glossy for me with a mouse on the top and something which looks a bit like a storm with blue lightnings. Inside you only find a mouse secured in a plastic packaging and some leaflets, which I have to admit I could not be asked to read, but there is no CD with drivers, so to release full potential of this mouse you need to go to iAnker website and download the software with the drivers. Not including the CD is actually a very good idea, as I cannot remember to use CD drivers last time as they are normally out of date.
A closer look:
The mouse itself has got braided cable and golden plated USB plug. It is relatively big being 127mm long, 70mm wide and 40mm tall, but still much smaller if you compare it to my CM Storm Sentinel II. It has a very ergonomic shape, very similar to Logitech G500 and it is profiled for right-handed people. It has got a very nice deep groove for your thumb which is rubberised. The material it is built from does not feel cheap except the thumb buttons, to which I will come back later. It has 9 fully programmable buttons (that included a clickable scroll), iAnker logo, which colour you can customise from the pallet of 16M colours, sensitivity indicator and blue glowing scroll. It has also got a weight system, which is very precise and consists 8 small weights, so you can really customise the weight of the mouse. I personally put them all in as like my mice heavy.
Software and drivers:
Software needs a bit of work. The icon of the mouse has not been cut out properly so it does not look good on your desktop. It has got only a few tabs with 2 profiles, that is unfortunately the maximum the mouse can store at a time, the rest of them need to be saved in a file on your PC, which I have found a bit annoying, as I like having a few different game profiles on the mouse, so I could change them on the fly... The most annoying thing I have found in the software was the inability to program simple keyboard key presses to mouse buttons. Let say you want "X" key under your middle thumb button on the mouse, you need to program a macro to get that working!
Once you manage to create all macros for the buttons you want to use in the game you can start playing. I was really positively surprised, the gaming experience is really good, straight after swapping the mouse I managed to get to the top of the leaderboard in my team playing BF3 Noshar Canals 8 vs 8 Team Deathmatch! The aiming is very precise, if you use all the weights the mouse sits tight on your mousepad, there is no jitter when spinning around, so you just keep killing them enemies coming at you with no problems whatsoever. There is however one but! The thumb buttons I mentioned earlier, they are very flimsy, sticking out too much, feel very cheap, the click noise they make is horrible and the worst I kept pressing them all the time, when lifting the mouse! It is especially annoying, if you program something like medkit on one of them and instead of killing the opponent you accidentally throw him a medkit!?
Conclusion and bottom line:
Saying: "You get what you paid for" is not valid with this product at all, you definitely get much more than you paid for. This mouse fits perfectly into the market gap with the best performance vs price ratio you can imagine! If iAnker addresses all the problems I have mentioned here in their next mouse revision I definitely give it a go again, I would even pay another £10 extra to have better software and smaller, better quality thumb buttons. At the moment I will keep using my CM Storm Sentinel Advance II until Corsair Vengeance M65 arrives :)
- delivery time from Amazon
- 9 fully programmable buttons
- changeable colour schemes
- very ergonomic shape (right-handed users only)
- Avago 9800 sensor
- weight system
- flimsy and cheap thumb buttons
- only 2 profiles can be saved on the mouse
- software really needs working on!
Thanks for reading chrisf4lc0n :)
on 5 September 2015
First of all; before you read the rest. Why 3 stars? Purely because of the software / driver. And it's purely setting up, so once you're running you're fine. It's a 5 star mouse once you've got going.
--- Edit ---
Anker have been in contact and have taken on board the feedback from this review, and from my emails, and I believe that this high level of customer service needs to factor in to a product's review. This isn't the first time I've had contact with Anker customer service and each time they have been brilliant. So this product comes with a high level of support from the manufacturer. As such I've re-awarded one of the lost stars of this 5 star mouse. I trust they will amend the website listings at the very least, to help people get the latest drivers
This mouse, to me, poses as what I would call an entry to mid level for the gaming mouse market.
For the price; it's absolutely fantastic. But it has a few let downs. Something that Anker could resolve.
Why only entry to mid? What about all those other £10 mice out there? Well, to me; those other gaming mice; the ones that have "8 buttons" are not gaming mice at all. Their 7 buttons include left click right click, a double click, scroll click, dpi up dpi down, back and forward. So I count that as 3 buttons you'd want to program.
By the same logic, this Anker mouse has 7 buttons. Since all buttons can be re-assigned and you take away left and right click.
So some pro's and con's:
- Brilliantly customisable DPI settings. Up to 4 settings (you can disable some and just have 1 or 2) and at each level you can customise the precise DPI all the way up to 8200. FPS and just want a sniper button? Just enable 2 DPI settings, one high one low and have one button assigned to DPI toggle, that's your sniper button.
- Colour options: Pick a colour that you like; how bright, and if you want it to pulse then how much. (I dont like that default was to pulse when fresh installed but that's hardly a crisis)
- Config appears to be uploaded to the mouse. I'll have to double check but applying settings in the software appears to upload to the mouse. Which is great. It's fast. Means I can close the software and it still works (except on the fly macro record)
- Buttons are "clicky" : So many mice I've had the buttons are too firm or very soft... Each one on this mouse appears to have that nice click to it. Even the scroll wheel click seems easy.
- Ergonomics : The thumb position for my large hands is quite nice; it sits on the bottom of the forward button. That entire thumb area is rubberised; so grip is great and easy to feel the buttons. The middle thumb button has a different feel so you can easily identify it and it makes it easier to press upwards; if you need that. You can customise the weight; but on a mouse of this entry I think this is a bit futile. Anker could have done with dropping that feature, making it mid weight and save money on production and lower the sale cost. But if you like that; it has it.
- Packaging : This is something you're probably not bothered about. But it's brilliant and professional. Quality feel. But mine's now in the bin.
- SOFTWARE. Macros, if you record from the macro record button on the mouse; you can only record mouse clicks. And you cant save those off separately; there is one user record slot for that. If you record using the manager; then you can save as many off as you like BUT they are only keyboard macros, not mouse. there is NO way to record a macro combining keyboard and mouse.
- SOFTWARE: General reliability and feel. By the way, if you're english, "Close" means "Off"... Just because in some languages close and off are the same word, in english they are different. So when you close the pulsing; you're turning it off. Be careful when saving profiles and switching. Always press APPLY between everything you do. Because I've found that you can confuse it to which profile it thinks it has loaded (remember there are only 2 and they always show as Profile 1 / 2 regardless of what you save them as on the computer)
- SOFTWARE: No box to turn off acceleration. But if you guess correctly you'll see its when you drag the "pip" with your "sword" off the left of the bar. "Sword" ? Yes; you get one.
on 30 January 2014
I have two main issues with this mouse.
The first is the weight, I'm used to a slightly heavier Logitech. There are add-on weights for this, but they are marginal.
The second is the led lights. I thought cool, let me change to red or purple. The wheel and the palm icon change but the DPI lights do not. How disappointing.
As a gaming mouse it;s functional and very programmable, I have yet to figure out if the programmability profiles are on the mouse or in the software. The reason this is important is because I use an HD KVM, and it does not see the mouse as a programmable entity through the KVM. Same as logitech. But if they are mouse based profiles then that does not matter.
The thumb switches could be a little higher. I'm a flat hander, meaning my fingers are flatter on the mouse buttons, and the mouse sits in my palm. That means the htumb buttons are in the idea holding spot which is not ideal.
If you are a claw mouser, holding the mouse with your curved fingers the thumb switches are just right, and your thumb tip will sit in the void.
It is accurate. at 8200DPI it;s a little stupid, but with a UHD monitor on 4k res that will come into it's own.
Ok, but there are better ones.
Fast responding mouse that is very lightweight until you add some or all of the additional gaming weights supplied. However, their installation is not as simple or as tidy as it could be as the provided space is small and they appear to interfere with each other if five or more are used. Even with all the weights installed, it is still not too heavy.
Its cable is usefully long and of the expected woven fabric outer common to most 'gaming' products and permanently connected. The mouse is shaped for right-hand use and shares much of its shaping with several Logitech products, including the mouse most recently used. Functionally, the mouse is different than many with several additional buttons, most of which are programmable and include two for recording and playing back macros, possibly some gaming action that is often repeated, although the limit is just two!
In the hand the mouse is fairly comfortable to use, if personally a little under-sized - there is little space for the thumb without hitting one or more of the left-side buttons. You will need its driver package to get the most from it and it is a downloadable file from Anker's Support Page. The manual is minimal and basic with little information about its additional keys or how to use them. There is no information at all about the use of the weights or any suggestions as to how many you may need and under what circumstances.
In the event of any issues, Anker have a very good Support system but it did not personally suit and was returned.
on 27 February 2015
I bought this as the left-click button on my five year old Logitech Gaming mouse started to malfunction. I don't actually play games but, as a photographer, writer, and a WYSIWIG website software user, I need programmable buttons on my mouse for Cut, Copy and Paste.
This Anker 8200 DPI High Precision Programmable mouse has over twice as many buttons on it as did the Logitech and, although I use only three of them, it's much more convenient to have a choice. For example, my 'Copy' button on the Logitech was a the scroll wheel but, because I was worried about possible wear on the wheel, I've used the button immediately in front of the scroll wheel on the Anker mouse instead.
The Anker mouse seems to have a different material on its feet, compared to the Logitech, and it doesn't seem to pick up crud from the mouse mat like the Logitech one did; it glides nicely. I had to use all the supplied weights to give the same feel I'd grown use to with the Logitech (which wasn't fully weighted), but that doesn't matter to me, I wouldn't want it any heavier.
I've held back from rating it 5 stars for two reasons:
I use dual monitors and when I fire up the Anker software it sits half on one monitor and half on the other so I have to drag it across each time I use it. Of course, now that the mouse is set up as I want it, I don't use the software often, nevertheless it was very annoying at the time and, as no other software I own does this, it seems a bit sloppy and amateurish for it not to appear in the centre of the main monitor (or the last monitor it was used on, which would be even better).
Secondly, whilst it's possible to alter the colour of the Anker logo (or turn the light off), this doesn't apply to the DPI lights to the left of the scroll wheel; these are constantly blue. As I have red illumination on my keyboard, it would have been nice to have changed the the DPI lights to red as well.
But those are minor points; overall this Anker 8200 DPI High Precision Programmable mouse is excellent and it's much, much better value than my old Logitech one, which cost me almost twice as much.
on 25 January 2014
I bought this because my HP VoodooDNA mouse had finally failed on me after years of constant use.
I needed a gaming mouse for speed, accuracy, comfort and plenty of buttons for my raiding characters on wow.
I use this mouse on a Razer Goliathus Speed Edition mouse mat (as I did with my old Voodoo).
The Anker is fast, looks good, feels comfortable after long use, has plenty of buttons to play with, but it lacks accuracy.
It's good for gaming (although you might want to scale up that life-saving button you have on wow, you know, the one button you have to click because your keybindings are all set for maximum dps).
It's not good for photoshop, it's just not accurate enough without having to play with the settings again.
on 14 October 2015
I bought this mouse to replace my old one. As I play online games, mainly Dota2, I was looking for a decent mouse for a reasonable price.
I have never owned an Anker product before. What attracted me to this model was very good price and good reviews. It looked good on pictures and videos so I decided to get it.
The first impression was very good. I loved the design and the general feel, as it fit perfectly into my hand. It comes with a software, but I had to download it from internet. Not a problem at all and the software itself, well, I consider it ok, as it lets you customize quite a few things.
The accuracy is spot on and the mouse is very precise and lets you adjust it's speed. You can also change its weight, which is a big plus. 9 buttons to customize its even more than i needs.
I have been using this mouse for a months now and I haven't had any issues or problems. It's great mouse for online gaming, as well as office use and for that price it s bargain!