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Written by Akim Green   
Friday, 01 February 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
AZiO Levetron GM533U Gaming Mouse
Closer Look: AZiO Levetron GM533U
Mouse Software
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

Prior to the the GM533U, I have been using the Logitech G700 and occasionally, the Razer Abyssus. I attempted to use the GM533U in many of my typical computing tasks such as photoshopping, browsing the web, and of course, gaming. I will comment on how much I like the mouse as well as how it stacks up against other mice I've used.

Test Software

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Google Chrome
  • Open Office Writer
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Crysis 2
  • Batman Arkham City

Results

Comfort: I have hands big enough to barely grip a basketball so I find mice like the Logitech G9 and the Abyssus a bit on the small side. I also employ a palm grip when I am gaming or doing any other task. I have no problems with the size of the mouse; its length and width make for a reasonable fit in my hand. That, however, is about all that I'm pleased with. I find that little piece with the dpi indicator very obstructive because it leaves me with no place to put my ring finger. I would also rather a matte finish on the sides as opposed to plastic. The red rubber grips get very slippery in a heated game session. It is bearable while it's being used for normal tasks, but it is very frustrating when gaming for more than an hour. I much prefer the shape and texture of the G700 and despite it's size, and simplicity, the Abyssus was more comfortable in long game sessions.

Functionality: The mouse performs very well in a variety of tasks. I have not encountered any major problems while gaming or doing anything else. The left and right click buttons are a little stiff, but provide very good feedback. On some occasions, moving the mouse wheel one increment was not enough to switch to a side-arm or scroll in a document. Unlike the more expensive mice such as the G700, there are only 3 dpi settings: 800, 2000, and 5000. The 800 setting is useful for photoshopping and perhaps in sniping situations. Personally, I mostly use the 2000 dpi setting on this or any other mouse; anything over 3500 dpi is ridiculous and not very useful. I would have preferred to see a better dpi range between 500 and 3000 as opposed what is available. I have created a few profiles with this mouse and made good use of the macro buttons. They came in handy in Arkham City where I assigned macros for evading and quick batarang to the M1 and M2 buttons. In FPS games like BF3 they weren't as useful as my index finger was fixed on the fire button; in this scenario, I would've appreciated thumb programmable buttons on the left side as on most modern gaming mice. Switching dpi on the mouse was efficient. The button is on top of the mouse and easily reachable; the flashing indicator allows you to keep focused on your game. I prefer this design over that of the Abyssus in which you have to pause the game, turn the mouse over, and adjust the dpi with a switch.



 

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# RE: AZiO Levetron GM533U Gaming Mouseskidmarks 2013-03-11 03:39
The smooth scroll wheel & shiny slippery plastic is definitely a deal breaker. That said the shiny plastic may not be much of a problem but the smooth scroll wheel... How much extra would it have cost to to have a notched scroll wheel? It makes me wonder if the designers ever used their product at length. I'll look elsewhere.
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# HaJohn 2013-05-02 16:56
Are you kidding me? the scroll wheel is amazing i love the feel. that being said, everyone has their own opinions and this mouse is AMAZING quality for the price. I love it
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