Speedlink Formula Laser

Peripherals

Testing

Test Rig

Processor

Intel C2Q Q9450 Quad Core 2.66GHz

Motherboard

Gigabyte S-Series GA-73PVM-S2H

Graphics Card

XFX 8600GT

Memory

Corsair XMS2 PC6400 (2x 1GB)

Hard Drive

Hitachi HDT7250 (250GB)

OS

Windows XP Pro 32bit

Methodology

Mouse mats and other peripherals fall into an interesting category for testing, as your opinion on them tends to be very personal, as the mat, mouse or keyboard has to be right for you, beyond having the specifications to do what you want with it. Therefore these reviews can be highly subjective so as always, please make sure to test a peripheral for yourself before you buy it.

However with that said, our testing methods involve using the mat over prolonged gaming and general usage periods to test its gaming ability and comfort.
The games used for testing were as follows:

  • Battlefield 2
  • Assorted Flash Games

The mat I used to test the Speedlink Formula on was the XTracPads Ripper XXL.

Results

Games

Battlefield 2

Despite being a rather old title, Battlefield 2 is a still a good test for any mouse. It’s a fast paced first person shooter that requires quick reflexes and sharp accuracy. The Formula Laser Mouse didn’t do a bad job, and I was able to be reasonably accurate but having said that I wasn’t that impressed with the tracking which seemed a bit hit and miss; quite often I found that I had to lift the mouse up to stop the cursor getting stuck.

The mouse did slide well enough over the surface but due to the fairly low DPI, it’s not really cut out for much gaming.

Flash Games

The Speedlink mouse coped much better at the flash games and they are a great way to test mice due to the wide range of fast loading games available to choose from. I used a wide range featuring strategies, puzzles and simulations. I didn’t really have any problems with this area of testing and the Formula laser mouse, I must say, did very well. This mouse is definitely better for general use, internet browsing and a little light gaming compared to more substantial games that require much more precision.

Comfort

This time I will start will the positives: the rubber grips are very comfortable on the fingers and the palm of my hand sat nicely on the top. However, my issue is with the shape of the mouse, it’s a bit like a box with the top being slightly curved and so the mouse hasn’t really been moulded to fit into the palm of your hand. Yes, it doesn’t feel bad, but then again your thumb isn’t catered for that well due to the shape. Definately a mouse for those with a claw grip, as apposed to a full palm grip.

Functionality

More pros and cons here: the cable compartment makes the mouse ideal for transporting and moving if you need to take it from place to place as you don’t have any annoying cable dragging around. Unfortunately, as the mouse is quite small, the cable too is not very big and can’t reach far meaning your case needs to be very close to hand. That said though, this feature would come in very handy if using this product with a laptop or netbook as it possesses similar travel optimisations.

The button on the top though, is very useful as you can set it to whatever you want; I chose making it go back on my internet browser and it was fine – not pressing down when I didn’t mean to do so.

Cost

The price is 19.99 Euros, so a very reasonable price for a mouse; the conversion rate to GBP isn’t great but it’s still a pretty good deal.

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Last modified: February 15, 2011

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