|AZiO Levetron GM533U Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Akim Green|
|Friday, 01 February 2013|
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Gaming Mouse Final Thoughts
If I had to express how I feel about this mouse in a single sentence I would simply say that I don't like it. While it has many of the features that characterize a gaming mouse, it just doesn't fit right with me. My biggest problem is its ergonomics. I have never seen or used a mouse that is more awkward to hold than this one. Being on the cheaper side of gaming mice, too much cannot be expected, but I don't think it stands up against other mice in the same price bracket. It feels a lot less premium than it looks and I find it impossible to use for extended periods. Having used other Levetron peripherals such as the Mech5 keyboard, I must say that this mouse disappoints, and that I wouldn't readily recommend it to anyone looking for a budget gaming mouse.
AZiO Levetron GM533U Conclusion
The mouse performs quite well in most environments. With a 1000Hz polling rate, I didn't notice any lag or sudden jumps with the pointer. At the 2000 dpi setting, I had a very smooth gaming and browsing experience with the GM533U.
I like the red and black theme of the mouse, as well as the lighting. It looks robust and modern but at the cost of comfort. I would have much preferred the sides and the glossy plastic strips to have a matte finish to provide better grip.
The mouse appears to be well-built but still feels a little cheap when you hold it. The braided cable and gold plated are good additions, but they don't make up for the red rubber on the sides that gets slippery very fast. The mouse glides well on most surfaces. The mouse wheel seems to be a little buggy, as it doesn't always register a single scroll, but that may just be my model.
The programmable buttons work great and the software is very straightforward. I was able to easily set up profiles for different tasks and assign macros to the buttons. This came in handy in Arkham City and PhotoShop where I assigned macros for combos and shorcuts respectively. I would've liked a button or two on the thumb side for use in FPS games.
As of February 2013 the AZiO Levetron GM533U gaming mouse was available online for $39.99 (NewEgg / Amazon). While I don't think this mouse is overpriced, I feel that $40 would be better spent on similarly priced alternatives.
The GM533U is by no means a bad mouse: it performs well in games and other tasks, its software is not the best out there, but it's usable. Macros and profiles were easy to create and executed properly. This mouse suffers most from bad ergonomics; it is awkward to hold, it gets slippery quite easily and there is no adapting to it. If you're looking for the best mouse $40 can buy, I urge you to look elsewhere.
+ Easy to use software
Cons:- Awkward to hold
- Slippery when wet!
- Bad material used on the sides
- Scroll wheel doesn't always register one increment movements
- Not the best buy for $40
Final Score: 7.7 out of 10.
COMMENT QUESTION: Do you think the author gave a fair score to the AZiO Levetron GM533U?