Work onerous, play onerous. That drained cliché has taken on new which means for PC geeks. The success of Razer’s Blade laptop computer, which fused an expert profile with gaming-capable {hardware}, has spurred curiosity within the crossover between hardcore workaholics and hardcore players.

Microsoft’s Professional IntelliMouse ($60) is a spin-off of the corporate’s Traditional IntelliMouse, and targets this demanding demographic. Right here, Professional refers not solely to skilled gaming, but in addition the stuff you do between video games to pay to your fantastically highly effective rig.

You would possibly count on this uncommon method to be paired with an uncommon design. Quite the opposite, the Professional IntelliMouse appears to be like and feels mundane. It retains the elegant, swooped form of the Traditional IntelliMouse, and provides solely a refined fade impact (black to silver or white, your alternative) to spice issues up.

The mouse encourages a relaxed palm grip. It doesn’t really feel nimble, however the consolation is a boon if you happen to’re enjoying for various hours at time. I generally cope with persistent hand ache after utilizing a gaming mouse for a number of weeks. This drawback plagued me when testing a number of high-end gaming mice, just like the in any other case stellar Razer Mamba Hyperflux. After a month with the Professional IntelliMouse, nonetheless, I’m pain-free.

Consolation comes on the expense of buttons.

Consolation comes on the expense of buttons. There’s solely 5, together with the clickable scroll wheel. The buttons are effectively positioned, supply nice tactile feels, and have important journey. Nonetheless, 5 is a quantity that’ll discourage players. Good alternate options with seven to 9 buttons, just like the Corsair M65 and Razer DeathAdder Elite, will be snagged for a similar value. To make issues worse, solely three of the Professional IntelliMouse buttons are programmable.

Lackluster customization is a pattern. The Professional IntelliMouse has customizable lighting, however the one LED is a tiny strip on the rear of the mouse. You can also’t change the load of the mouse or snap on totally different casing to vary the grip. Microsoft’s Mouse And Keyboard Middle software program permits minor changes however pales in comparison with the detailed customization a mouse from Corsair, Logitech, or Razer can present.

Simplicity has advantages, nonetheless. Corsair, Logitech, and Razer mice are customizable however burdened with annoying, complicated software program. The Professional IntelliMouse is easy and easy. All common settings, together with button customization, match into one menu. The second – and solely extra – menu servers up customization of the wheel button and thumb buttons on a per-app foundation.

All these choices are neatly organized in a smooth interface that masses within the blink of a watch and doesn’t occupy the rig’s system tray once you shut the window. There’s no log-ins and no annoying prompts. The MKCHelper.exe process used simply 0.2 megabytes of RAM on my desktop.

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The Professional IntelliMouse has a PixArt PAW3389PRO-MS sensor that helps as much as 16,000 DPI, can observe at as much as 400 inches per second, and works on glass. These specs are on par with different high-end gaming mice in the identical $60 value bracket. The numbers add as much as an outstandingly responsive, but clean, really feel. I spent most of my time at 1,600 DPI, a bit extra delicate that the default of 1,000 DPI. I bumped the setting as excessive as 3,200 whereas gaming. After all, you might enhance it to the inhumanly twitchy 16,000 DPI. In the event you can deal with that, effectively, it’s best to contemplate a profession in esports.

No matter setting you select, it feels nice. The sensor is fast, responsive, dependable, and by no means skipped a beat when used on a clear mousepad or my quite, uh, un-clean desk. The sensor is helped alongside a clean undercarriage that glides throughout the textured floor of my desk extra simply than Razer DeathAdder Elite or Roccat Kova, two different mice I’ve tried not too long ago. These alternate options even have succesful sensors that may technically work on many surfaces, however they want a mousepad to carry out their greatest.

Anybody hoping the Professional IntelliMouse can maintain as much as all-day classes will love its consolation and simple responsiveness on all kinds of surfaces. Nevertheless, the mouse lacks the high-end options discovered on Logitech’s costlier MX Grasp 2, which add an additional scroll wheel. Maybe essentially the most evident subject for Professional customers, nonetheless, is the obligatory tether. You’ll be able to solely purchase the Professional IntelliMouse with a troublesome braided twine. That concession to players is bound to bug anybody searching for a clear, cord-free setup.

Greater than the sum of its components

On paper, the Professional IntelliMouse has issues. Its lacking options discovered on gaming mice {and professional} mice, and although its $60 price ticket is honest, Microsoft hardly ever presents the mouse on sale. On the skilled facet, Logitech’s MX Grasp 2 is commonly discounted to about $70. Players, in the meantime, have actually a whole bunch of potential choices with extra buttons and extra customization.

And but… I prefer it. Quite a bit.

That’s little question as a result of it really feels designed for somebody with my mixture of desires. I desire a mouse that feels snug day after day, week after week. I additionally desire a mouse that’s responsive and clean in video games. And I desire a mouse that appears distinctive with out edging into gaudy.

Microsoft’s Professional IntelliMouse meets these wants. Its lack of options makes it a tough promote for players or professionals alone however, if you happen to’re really a part of each camps, the Professional IntelliMouse is the do-it-all mouse you’ve lengthy wanted.

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