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Written by Servando Silva   
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Gigabyte Ghost Xtreme GM-M8000X Gaming Mouse
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Gigabyte Ghost Xtreme
Gigabyte Ghost Xtreme Software Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Gigabyte Ghost Xtreme Final Thoughts

I am very satisfied with the Gigabyte GM-M8000X, but not overly impressed; but that´s because I have already been using the Gigabyte GM-M8000 mouse for the last 10 months and it feels very similar to the Xtreme version. The Software UI was improved a lot and it makes the setup feel like a "breeze in the air". I love the USB cord as it´s sleeved in an original way and the length should be enough for the vast majority of the users. Changing DPI on-the-fly is great for many applications like photo/video editing or games. Have you ever shoot a sniper-gun using a high DPI? But that doesn´t means that you want a low DPI all the time.

While this is a gamers mouse, I found it very comfortable and accurate in all other applications. The Gigabyte Ghost Xtreme is excellent for high-resolution monitors (2560X1600) thanks to the super high 6000 DPI supported. A gamer on the other hand, will probably not use more than 2000-3000 DPI, but a big number like that just means the laser-precision is better. It is good to know this version is replacing the old GM-M8000. That means Gigabyte is listening to customers and optimizing their products. Finally, this mouse might not be a good choice for big-handed gamers, and of course, there is no place for left-handed either.

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GM-M8000X Conclusion

Performance with the Gigabyte GM-M8000X is near-perfection. The mouse answers to the smallest, minimal movement. Accuracy and precision is something this mouse won´t ever lack. There is no stuttering in any conditions, and the laser will work in almost every surface you throw at it. Functions and profiles work as they should and the User Interface (UI) has been improved from the last product. In other words, if you really want a gamer mouse, you can´t miss this one. It will give you the necessary weapons to play your favorite game and not to stand behind the competition.

Appearance is pretty subjective. I love this mouse in black color, but others might prefer it grey/platinum or any other color. The DPI LEDs look great along with the "Ghost" logo which reminds you which profile you´re using at the moment. Gigabyte keeps elegance while adding some interesting arrangements so it won´t look top pimp, and that´s definitively something many users will thank.

This mouse has a solid construction. The weights system works as expected and it really stands as a very solid product. The base feet are well positioned and the side cushions are excellent to add some extra comfort to one of the most used peripherals. The DPI button and the scroll are everything but cheap, and they don´t seem they´ll lose their strength anytime soon.

The Ghost Xtreme adds tons of functions to your mouse. You can use text and multimedia functions, which practically leaves the keyboard out of the game in the proper conditions. Macros work as they should and the 5 different profiles it can store in the built-in memory will work on any other PC without installing the software again.

High-end gaming mice sometimes cost up to $80 USD. Gigabyte is approaching to consumers with a $64.99 retail price, which isn´t too expensive, but neither too cheap. But considering the 6000 DPI laser, all the functions included in the software, the solid construction and built-in memory, the mouse worth's every penny you´re paying for. For non-gamer users $64.99 might be very expensive, but Benchmark Reviews recommends looking for other mice depending on your necessities. If you´re a hardcore gamer, the GM-M8000X won´t disappoint you. This mouse works just as good as it should.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

+ 6000 DPI laser engine
+ Top-notch Solid Construction
+ Real-time DPI/Profile LEDs
+ Sleeved USB cord
+ Built-in 32KB memory for functions, macros and profiles
+ Relatively good price compared to other high-end mice
+ Included an extra feet set
+ Weights for extra accuracy if needed

Cons:

- Price could still be a little bit high for gamers where $50 USD seems to be the best point.
- 6000 DPI is normally overkill (not exactly a con)
- No left-handed version available

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.50
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 9.00
  • Functionality: 9.50
  • Value: 8.50

Final Score: 9.1 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

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# Finally !SiliconDoc 2010-04-02 22:50
Thanks for noting under cons "no left hand version available".
Good job, it's about time 10% + of the gaming population got a break.
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# RE: Gigabyte Ghost Xtreme GM-M8000X Gaming MouseDan 2010-09-20 19:34
I wanted to get this mouse, but it seems that a lot of NewEgg customers had problems with mouse. Perhaps they had a bad shipment or simply bad quality control on Gigabyte's side but had to opt out of buying one since Newegg was the only reasonable (price and reputation) retailer. Unfortunate since this is a really beautiful mouse.
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# RE: Gigabyte Ghost Xtreme GM-M8000X Gaming MouseHider141 2011-09-26 01:06
Thanks for this great review. Now I'm convinced this is the perfect mouse for me.
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# RE: Gigabyte Ghost Xtreme GM-M8000X Gaming Mousemarian 2012-10-21 06:58
6000dpi all the time so +++ no overkill at all
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