A good gaming mouse that doesn’t hurt the wallet.
While the Aivia K8100 may have been Gigabyte’s first foray into the world of gaming keyboards, they do know a thing or two about mice with their previous line-up. As such, we received their two recently launched M6900 and M6980 mice for review. Today we’ll be looking at the former and what it brings into the arena of gaming mice, a field that’s already well covered by Logitech, Microsoft and of course Razer.
To start things off, the M6900 comes with 5 programmable buttons, a 3200dpi sensor with 30g of acceleration, attached to a 1.8m long USB cable with a gold plated connector. Seems pretty simple and straightforward. There are no extra frills attached, which means that the cost is also pretty reasonable.
Picking up the M6900 for the first time, I was surprised at how light it is, coming in at 106 grams, it’s much lighter than the Razer Mamba I use at work. Now performance-wise I didn’t notice any difference between the Gigabyte M6900 and the Razer Mamba, the latter boasting a 5600dpi sensor with 50g acceleration. Of course, I had set the DPI to what my 22” monitor at 1920×1200 resolution could work with without both the mice going haywire.
I must say that in comfort, I found the M6900 better in long term usage than the Mamba, simply because of the wide spread of the Gigabyte mouse, although my old Razer Copperhead still felt better overall. The two main buttons have the same, tinny sort of clicking noise found in many gaming mice nowadays, but the M6900 felt less resistive to clicking than the Mamba, not that this made any difference during my TF2 or WoW sessions.
The button placement for DPI switch is quite easy and intuitive, without it getting in the way. The Forward (4th) and Back (5th) buttons, however, are a bit higher on the body than I would have preferred. The Forward button is a little protruded compared to the Back button, and their length means that it’s pretty easy to click them, but in a hurry, the slight movement of your thumb so high up could mean a critical win or loss in games.
All things considered, the Gigabyte M6900 isn’t an extraordinary mouse, but it didn’t set out to set the world ablaze in the first place either. For its price, the M6900 is a solid offering, and if you’re new into competitive gaming, than this is a great place to start.