- 9 programmable buttons
- 8000 DPI laser sensor
- 12,000 FPS
- 2 on-board profiles
- macro support
- 8-piece weight kit
Anker isn’t a company that most people would usually associate with gaming mice, so you might wonder whether their first attempt can stand up against the big boys like Razer and Logitech. At a first glance the Anker high precision laser gaming mouse (let’s just call it the Anker from now on) offers a lot of features, which is especially impressive considering its low price.
The Anker gaming mouse uses the Avago ADNS-9800 laser sensor, which can easily handle up to 8000 DPI. The DPI can be changed in increments of 200, which allows you to choose exactly the speed you’re comfortable with. They can be stored in four DPI profiles. The tracking is spot-on at both low and high sensitivity settings.
They also offer two variations that have 5000 and 2000-4000 DPI for a lower price with a different design if you’re interested. With the software you’ll also be able to change the acceleration, mouse point speed, scroll speed and double click speed, so the tracking is very customizable. Also worth noting is that there is no dedicated DPI button, you can program all buttons to whatever you want, even combination keys like CTRL+A for example.
The Anker laser precision gaming mouse has a decidedly right-handed palm grip design, although it works well with a claw grip too. The left side has a textured rubber grip and a nice place to rest your thumb in. On the mouse there are nine buttons, all of which are programmable. There is a textured button above the scroll wheel, two below the scroll wheel and three thumb buttons on the left hand side. The side ones rest above your thumb, the middle one sticking out more than the others.
The scroll wheel is rubberized and feels nice, it’s not squeaky like most cheap mice.Included is an 8-piece weight kit that allows you to add up to 20 extra grams. Note that the Anker without weights is very light, especially considering its size, so you’d probably want to add at least a few underneath the mouse.
The mouse lights up quite nicely. The light color of the logo, scroll wheel and DPI profile indicator can be changed to whatever color you want, up to 16 million. And if that’s not enough you can also change the brightness and “breathing speed” can be changed. Or you can turn it all of if you don’t like the lights. Overall the mouse fits well into your hand, although one complaint that I have is that I rarely use the last button below the scroll wheel because it’s near impossible to hit when using a palm grip style.
The software that you’ll be prompted to install when you first plug it in is surprisingly robust. There are four headers: Main is where you’ll program your buttons and set your sensor speed, DPI is where you’ll choose your DPI profiles, including separate x and y-sensitivity, Light is where you’ll change everything related to the LED and Update lets you search for, well, updates. Underneath all of this you can also your profile and polling rate.
There is also a full-fledged macro editor included. It’s a little bit hard to find, you have to click on one of the buttons where you program it and under there you’ll find the macro editor. Once you found it you simply press record and start pressing. You can turn the delays on or of if you want and you can also add a default delay and have it loop up to 255 times. Again, that’s quite a lot of features that you’d expect from a mouse in the $80 range.
The Anker Laser Gaming Mouse is by far the best bang for your buck that you’ll find. It offers a slew of customization features alongside an excellent sensor. It’s the perfect entry-level gaming mouse.