With Windows XP up and running, I plugged the g-1000 into an open USB port and was in business a few seconds after it was recognized. While in basic 2D desktop applications I began adjusting the optical resolution and could easily see the difference. Having used a Logitech MX-1000 for a year and a half, I could feel that none of the settings on the g-1000 matched exactly. This wasn't a problem, just an observation, and I could see where on the fly resolution changes might come in very handy. It was quite easy to shift from 400 to 800 to 1600 dpi, and maybe a bit to easy. The position and protrusion of the "dpi up" button is such that I did hit it by accident after a fairly vigorous scroll in that direction. My finger would come off the scroll wheel and hit the button; usually not hard enough to actuate it, but it did happen a few times.
In use, the mouse was very comfortable in my hand, although those with really large hands might not appreciate the slightly smaller size. The weight was another issue, as it just seemed extremely light. It made it easy to move, but overall didn't provide me with the feel I was used to and that I would expect from a really 'solid' product. Some may prefer that their mouse weigh as little as possible, but I like to have a bit of resistance and the general sense of high quality construction.
Playing a few games made the dpi buttons come in really handy. Dropping the optical resolution down to 400 dpi when switching to a rifle with a scope in games like Far Cry made it almost impossible to miss from any range. The control was exceptional. When it was time to move, just punch it back up to 800 or 1600 dpi for smooth, effortless motion.
One issue I experienced with this mouse struck me ass odd, and searching the Internet I see that other reviewers have experienced the same thing. Every once in a while the mouse would just stop working. Unplugging it and then plugging it back in would fix the problem, and it really made little sense. Sometimes it would happen while already in Windows, other times it would happen on boot up. Other reviews blamed Microsoft for the problem, but I am inclined to think it is something with the g-1000.
The Everglide g-1000 Professional Gaming Mouse performed well, but not without issues. Tacking the term "professional" onto something raises the expectations greatly, and I am not sure the g-1000 delivers. Then again, professional doesn't mean that you're good, just that you get paid.
The on the fly optical resolution adjustment is a great feature and came in very handy in games and desktop applications (like photo editing). The size and weight may be an issue to some, but the movement was smooth, and the materials and shape made it quite comfortable to use.
A search of PriceGrabber returned nothing for the g-1000, and your only option may be to buy from Everglide directly. With a price of $29.99 it is extremely competitive with any gaming mice on the market, and even some of the more generic mice have similar prices. In my opinion, the g-1000 is not a real competitor with any of the high end gaming mice from Razer, Logitech, and others, but it is a decent low cost option.
» On the fly optical resolution adjustment
» Low cost
» Comfortable shape and materials
» Mouse Glidez are thick and slick
» May be too light and too small for some users
» Button placement may lead to inadvertent optical resolution changes
» Occasionally stopped working and had to be plugged in again
» Mouse Glidez custom cut to specific mice only
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