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I Drew a 'W' on the Logo :)
on 1 July 2016
What kind of brand name is 'Anker' anyway? 'Anchors' don't have much in common with PC Mice - sure they're steady but they're heavy and get all gross and barnacled - not something I'd appreciate happening to my mouse. The company currently look like they prefer manufacturing other gadgets like external batteries and chargers. Hey, it's not like I cared at the time of purchase anyway - I had just caved in and bought and built a custom PC and wanted a decent mouse - with a pleasant feature such as being wireless. Dishing out over £600 on the gear already, I wasn't overly keen to spend big on the smaller essentials - including a keyboard and microphone. So I found this online and used it for several months, maybe even a year - here's some specifications and what I have to say about it:
Traditional 2 Click Mouse
Red Scrolling Wheel
2 Side Buttons for Custom Mapping
USB Connector + Storage
Infra-Red Laser Sight
1x AA Battery Compartment
Lifetime Technical Support
The appearance of the Anker is very sharp and stealthy, as if it were designed via aerodynamics in a wind-tunnel. It's mostly a shiny plastic but has a nice, grippy rest on the left side. However its amount of extra features and buttons means it ventures into an area of technology where it isn't quite yet ready to enter - PC Gaming. It has an air of controller/gamepad about it thanks to two additional buttons that are above the thumb rest - good for scrolling through in game items or mimicking bumpers. If you aren't gunna use it for gaming, (or you're not an avid PC gamer) you'll find those 2 side buttons irrelevant - but not so much that they get in the way. The reason it can't really be called a gaming mouse though is because it's a limp wristed, half hearted effort compared to the more hardcore variants that include real highly customisable parts that add to the mouses weight, comfort and functionality. At least it doesn't look hideously childish and dramatic like the aforementioned mice. The main issue with it's dabbling in gaming being misplaced is a big one...
All true gamers know that anything wireless means a slower response time. From internet connections (Wifi vs Ethernet Cable) being the biggest and best example, the same can apply to mice and gamepads - although it isn't a huge gap. With the Anker, the wireless aspect is at first, a clean and tidy positive. No additional annoying cables to obscure behind your workstation and tower. Get a couple weeks into its tenure however and you'll start to see it's responsiveness decline - all thanks to the battery it lives on. If you use a standard AA one, you'll find you can get a good few months before it is drained, a USB rechargeable one on the other hand (which is what I use: they're cheaper overall) will deplete at a much faster rate, requiring you to have 2 or 3 charging for backup. This can be a disadvantage should you partake in online gaming because although the mouse has a little red light to indicate imminent battery death, it also likes turning itself off after set periods of time and needs waking up.
Price, Availability & Compatibility
Anker seem to have found themselves competition with countless TeckNet products usurping the search results. Weird thing is that they look VERY similar in design aside from the odd colour scheme and logo placement. Searching for this particular model wasn't easy - you can no longer type in anker and expect to find it as this model (PRODUCT NAME: Anker 2.4G Wireless Mouse MODEL: DS-2240) has been somewhat discontinued and replaced by more modern versions (one looks stupidly arty and the other toned down and simple). It has 2 colour schemes to choose from - this, the standard black with small red elements and blue which surprisingly looks really good as it's like a sparkling, mineral blue - not disgusting Man City sky blue or grotesque Mini cyan. Mine cost about £8 on Amazon when it had a small discount applied so expect it to be £10 should you find it new - I can't locate a used one. In fact, the only one I can find is in America for $10.99. For your money, the website says you get 3 million clicks worth, an optical resolution of 1000 / 1500 / 2000 DPI and compatible on both Mac and Windows systems, from OSX10 and up, Windows 8, 7 XP and 2000.