Review: Saitek Cyborg Mouse

Published: April 14, 2009 11:00 PM
By Pierre-Jean Alzieu
With a resolution reaching 3200 dpi, eight programmable thumb buttons and an adjustable scroll wheel, the Saitek Cyborg is definitely a gamer's mouse.  It even features a motorised size adjustment (but beware, this is quite a noisy process), meaning you can extend or reduce the length of the body by up 15 mm.

Software

Installing the mouse and software is easy enough, but getting your head around the utility is a lot more complicated.  The interface is in no way intuitive.  Without the manual by your side, setting the profiles can be a tough job on this sophisticated but very powerful piece of software.


The tool allows you to programme the behaviour of the eight different buttons in three separate profiles.  We created one for our office tasks, one for FPS games and one for strategy games, and gave each its own macros and sensitivity level.  Once you've saved the profiles, you can switch between them using the Saitek icon in your system tray.  If you'd prefer to switch modes without taking your mind off the game, there's a dedicated button on the left side of the mouse, and each mode is colour-coded.

Handling

The horizontal buttons are easy to use;
the vertical one less so.
Button 6 is handy and right under the thumb.
Buttons 4 and 5 are hidden out of the way
It's difficult to get your palm comfortable given the shape of the mouse

Despite the advanced software, there's nothing revolutionary about the hardware of the Cyborg.  The unusual design (see bottom right photo) makes it difficult to use and awkward to control precisely during gameplay.  A more rounded shape would have been more comfortable.  It simply can't compete wîth the Nova Slider X600's ability to effortlessly glide on its ceramic feet.  Because your little finger always rests on Button 6, your other fingers all curl in, which is very wearing for the muscles in your wrist. 

There are other disappointments, too: you can't change the resolution on the fly, for instance, but we find it much better to use 1000 dpi for editing photos but we play games at 1600 dpi and it's frustrating to have to return to the software every time.

There is no doubt, our favourite remains the Ikari Laser, which is both more versatile and more comfortable.
3/5 Saitek Cyborg Mouse DigitalVersus 2009-04-15 00:00:00

Pros

  • 7 programmable thumb buttons
  • Laser sensor: good on any surface
  • Adjustable resolution from 400 to 3200 dpi
  • Sophisticated software

Cons

  • Lacking in comfort
  • Not for left-handed users
  • Complex software

Conclusion

The number of programmable thumb buttons should please gamers, but the software is far too complex and the mouse itself uncomfortable and awkward to use.

OUR SCORE 3/5
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