Are Premium Gaming Peripherals Worth Your Money?

Mouse: Gigabyte GM-M8000

Here in the United States, we tend to think of Gigabyte as a motherboard manufacturer first and foremost. But everywhere else in the world, Gigabyte is known to make everything from internal components to external peripherals, including media keyboards and gaming mice. The GM-M8000 was a late entrant to the round-up, but on paper it looks impressive. Under the hood is a laser sensor capable of up to 4,000 DPI, enough memory for up to 15 different programmable macros, and on-the-fly profile switching.

The M8000 is one of the largest mice in this roundup, but textured sides make it remarkably comfortable. Like the Logitech G9, the M8000 comes with a tin of weights and a cartridge you can configure for the weight and balance you prefer. The M8000 also features customizable profiles, and it changes the backlight color to correspond to the active profile.

Additionally, the DPI indicator on the top-right side of the mouse shows you which of four DPI settings is currently selected. While the ability to choose from four settings (most mice usually restrict you to three) is welcome, this is another case when even though there are several options, it's unlikely that any gamer will use the most- or least-sensitive options.

I only encountered two issues with this mouse. First, the M8000’s wide laser sensor didn't track well on surfaces without texture, so my black SteelSeries glass-topped mouse pad was quickly factored out of my gaming setup. Gigabyte’s was the only mouse in this round-up to have an issue with my pad, but once I had the mouse on a desk surface, it worked fine. The other problem was with the included Ghost Engine software. It installed without protest on my 64-bit Windows Vista test machine, but when I launched the tool, the window wouldn't display properly. I didn't have an issue with it under Windows XP, however.

Issues aside, the M8000 is a fantastic gaming mouse from a company I'm not used to seeing produce them. The mouse is large and comfortable, almost moreso than any of the other mice in the roundup. The added features, custom profiles, and programmable buttons were useful but definitely not the M8000's strong suit.

Where the M8000 really excels is in design, feel, and weight. Add to that the fact that it comes in at $50 and boasts features that more expensive mice brag about. If you're looking for a mouse with side buttons you can program in your favorite games (I programmed one to toggle push-to-talk in a couple of different games) and switchable profiles that also feels great in your hands, the M8000 is excellent bang for your buck.

  • liquidsnake718
    Ive been looking at the G19 for some time now, ever since it came out, but I am not sure if I should just go for the Sidewinder x6 or the G15 which is still good and at a reasonable 80-100dollars where Im from....
    Should I get it or wait for my next build..... x6? g15?
  • scorc25
    I recently just purchased a Saitek Cyborg keyboard. Very impressed with it, loving it the moment we touched. Ive used the first Saitek Eclipse, and then the Eclipse 2. The Eclipse 3 is out there; the Cyborg is basically just the gamer edition of it.
  • Keyboard: SteelSeries MERC Stealth
    Mouse : Roccat Kone
    Mousepad: Roccat Sota
    Headset : Roccat Kave
  • volks1470
    bah on fancy gaming peripherals. I'm still using a roller-ball PS2 port mouse and keyboard and they work great. Price? Free, because nobody wants cheap stuff like that!
  • fleeb
    I am waiting for Logitech G110. Looks nice and will not cost $200.
  • JimmiG
    Since I'm a flight simmer, I own both a CH Yoke+Pedals and a Saitek X52 Pro. I also bought an "A4Tech" laser gaming mouse - a discount brand but the mouse itself compares to any Logitech or Razer rodent...for half the price. For keyboard, I'm using a $10 no name corded keyboard :)
  • Fortunex
    I don't need the $100+ keyboards or anything, what REALLY makes a difference in my playing is how smooth the feet of the mouse are, and how comfortable the mouse is.

    I had a $10 cheap ass mouse, was the most comfortable mouse I've ever used, but then the cord wore down and it stopped working, and I lack the skills to fix it. Bought a Microsoft Habu, didn't like it at all. Bought a Logitech G5, love it. Bought a steelseries mousepad, OH MY GORSH. My KDR in games (particularly sniping in TF2, where headshots are near essential) nearly doubled. EVERYTHING is so much smoother when compared to my (what I thought was smooth) desktop. It just glides, no more rugged, scratchy mouse movements, it's amazing.

    For keyboards, I have a Razer Arctosa, which I bought because I LOVE the flat keys, and the low profile. No need for fancy backlighting or macro keys, I just want it to be easy to type with and the keys to not be curved.

    I'd advise ANY gamer who doesn't already have a mousepad to get one.
  • IzzyCraft
    Are they worth it eh not really

    Are they pretty just about every time.
  • cyb34
    I got a G15 v2 and a G9. They are worth every penny.
  • anamaniac
    Preiphereals are worth it.
    Full 7.1 sounds, 7000 DPI mouse, 9x 2560x1600 monitors, G(insert number here) keyboard, soft leather chair with fully adjustable tilt, proper desk...
    You could have a boring powerhouse, or a crappy computer but with all the fixings. It's nice having the extras.