SunbeamTech X-1300 Sensor-X Gaming Mouse
Taking a close look at the SunbeamTech X-1300, it had reminded us of the Razer Copperhead and more specifically the Diamondback. On the top of the mouse, the left and right buttons are oversized, as well as the widening of the clickable scroll wheel. To some dismay, these are the only two buttons on the mice, compared against other gaming-oriented mice that feature upwards of seven programmable buttons. Below the silver buttons that cover up a majority of the mouse, is SunbeamTech's logo/web-address. On the underside of the unit, are three diminutive Teflon feet, which are of rather poor quality but can easily be replaced by such after-market products as Xtrac's Eels or Mad Dotz. In addition to the optical sensor on the mouse, next to that is SunbeamTech's innovative switch for altering the DPI. At its maximum, the SunbeamTech X-1300 is capable of running at 1300 DPI, but the switch allows the DPI to drop by 50%, or rather 650 DPI. Another area SunbeamTech prides itself upon is the non-slip side rolls with special light effect. These side rolls are basically rubber trim to allow for some additional grip when using the mouse, and there's red LEDs mounted on the inside of the mouse.
While testing this mouse, we largely used it while running Red Hat Fedora Core 4, Ubuntu 5.10, and Knoppix 4.0. All three distributions were using various forms of the Linux 2.6 kernel, and in all instances, the mouse was detected immediately and began functioning accordingly. For testing of mobile abilities on a variety of different surfaces, a majority of the testing had occurred while the USB mouse was connected to an IBM/Lenovo R52 laptop that was running Ubuntu 5.10. As far as the surfaces go, we had tried out the mouse on a variety of different mouse pads such as the Xtrac Hybrid and SteelPad QcK+. In addition, we tried the mouse out on a few tables and even a leather couch. For the actual testing, we browsed through various folders with Nautilus, retouched photographs with The GIMP, browsed the Internet with Mozilla Firefox, and did our share of gaming with Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory and Doom 3. Although the testing of computer mice can be rather subjective depending upon personal preferences and environment, we were pleased with our SunbeamTech X-1300 experience. When gaming and doing our general tasks, and switching between 1300/650 DPI, we had noticed a slight difference in the response and control with fluid movements. While gaming we had preferred the 1300 DPI due to the fast and accurate movements but during general desktop usage we found the 650 DPI mode to be slightly more pleasing. Overall in both modes, the mouse was quite responsive and accurate in translating our movements. Of course, the performance wasn't entirely comparable to that of any other high-end Logitech or Razer mouse, considering the lack of programmable buttons and high-end capabilities.
Although the mouse may look nice with its attractive red LEDs and non-slip side rolls with special light effect, its performance is simply lacking compared against the high-end capabilities of such gaming mice from Razer and Logitech. In addition, the mouse lacks any additional programmable buttons, as it’s restricted to the clickable scroll wheel and two oversized mousing buttons. However, it's also important to note that this mouse costs only $19.99, which is significantly cheaper than its competitors. Although the innovative DPI-switch on part of SunbeamTech is quite innovative, its functionality also has to be considered. With the switch being located on the underside of the mouse, it can be a bit difficult to change from 1300 to 650 DPI while in the middle of gaming, but on the contrary, it may be beneficial and easy to change when going from gaming to CAD or any other task. Even though its fast-response and high-accuracy may not be perfect, its inexpensive price certainly may make the purchase worth it for the budget-minded consumer.
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