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Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming XM300 Review

Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming XM300 Review

When it comes to gaming or general computer usage, the type of mouse you have can greatly impact your gaming experience. You may have a preference for a grip type or sensitivity and this could make it tough to find the right gaming mouse or the right type of custom setting for a gaming mouse.

Gigabyte has added the XM300 to their lineup of gaming mouses as a simple and sleek looking type of device. The shape of the Gigabyte XM300 resembles some that of an office use mouse as well with the skin of a gaming mouse.

According to the packaging this mouse can be adjusted up to 6400 DPI (Dots Per Inch) in sensitivity and should be comfortable with various types of grips without having to swap components around.

Specifications

The Gigabyte XM300 has a moderate size and weight at 103 g and 130 mm. The left and right sides of the XM300 are rubber grips with texture. The scroll wheel, located at the center of the Gigabyte XM300, is accompanied by adjustable DPI buttons.

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On the left side of the Gigabyte XM300 there are 4 led lights to indicate which DPI setting you are on. To the right of these LED lights is the back and forward browser buttons. These buttons are located conveniently above the rubber grips.

The base of the Gigabyte XM300 is wide enough for larger palms and hold the LED gigabyte emblem.The USB connector of the XM300 is gold plated which is better for connectivity. The bottoms of the Gigabyte XM300 is equipped with Teflon feet and Gigabyte has been thoughtful enough to provide replacement feet.

Software

The Gigabyte XM300 does not come with any physical software in the box however, a client is available on Gigabyte’s support page for the XM300. One thing that stood out about this software is that once your cursor enters the window the Gigabyte XM300 software, the cursor image is replaced with one of a right hand wearing motorcycle gloves. It’s a nice touch and doesn’t have the input lag I expected from older proprietary software that did the same.

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Conclusion

The XM300 feels like a very solid durable mouse made to last. The rubber grip on the left side is a very nice addition but it felt a bit smooth for something that is supposed to be a grip. Perhaps this was intentionally done as it did seem to allow my thumb to move over the forward and back buttons on the Gigabyte XM300 and the right grip did more than enough to hold my hand in place.

The scroll wheel on the Gigabyte XM300 is especially smooth. On other mice, I could almost feel a click on each notch I scroll. In addition the XM300 is both smooth and has just a slight feedback on each notch. This makes my scrolling on webpages feel rather… smooth. I noticed no input lag during clicks and button pressing during games or when web browsing.

The curve in the Gigabyte XM300 for the left and right clicks does seem comfortable with most types of grips. I personally like the claw grip but I did try the palm grip as well. Both of these grips felt natural if you’re a right handed user. The Omron switches have a distinct feel on each click. There seems to less resistance on each button press compared to non gaming mouses, but there is still a good amount of feedback.

The DPI switch instantly changes the DPI on the Gigabyte XM300 with LED indicators showing which DPI profile you are on. I don’t often change the DPI on the mouse, but it’s nice the DPI can be switched so quickly. The DPI indicator adds a great deal of aesthetic value to the Gigabyte XM300. I used the Gigabyte XM300 on an MSI Thunderstorm and a Razer Kabuto and movement feels natural on both a rubber and aluminum surface. The lift off distance is quite low since the sensor stops detecting after the thickness of one DVD disk or about 1.5mm.

Gigabyte set out with a goal to make a budget gaming mouse with a certain set of necessary features. These features include offering a comfortable grip, high dpi, and assignable keys. The Gigabyte XM300 meets all these goals without some bells and whistles like adjustable weights and palm rests. If you are a gamer who wants a solid mouse extra features some other mouses have, then the XM300 is something to consider.

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