Arctic Cooling started initiating the trend towards quiet cooling systems for desktop PCs in 2001 and has led the way ever since. In the more recent years, they have dropped the Cooling from their name and have begun creating more than cooling systems, such as mice, keyboards, and headphones.
Today, we are taking a look at Arctic's M551 wired laser gaming mouse. It features:
- Ergonomic Design
- Adjustable Sensitivity Levels
- Backward and forward buttons on the side
- Quick and precise scrolling wheel
- Wired USB 2.0
- Tracking Engine - Laser
When the mouse was removed from its flashy and neat packaging, it came with the mouse, user manual, and an Arctic case badge. The mouse only weights .23kg. It is adjustable from 800, 1600, to 2400 dpi. The present dpi level will displayed by a LED on the mouse in a red, green, or blue color. The backward and forward buttons on the side make it easy to navigate when browsing, as well as a quick and precise scrolling wheel. The 1.8m cable is coated to eliminate line clustering. The M551 is plastic and very lightweight. Almost feels hollow. It has a finger rest on the right side to help with comfort.
This mouse is not for intense online gaming. The shear fact that most people prefer higher dpi for FPS and MMO/RPGs will most likely rule this mouse out, but if you happen to surf the web a lot or play more mellowed out games this can be a good choice for a cheap price. As far as accuracy goes, it works well in that area. Switching the dpi levels is easy, but sadly you cannot change this manually and stuck with what it comes with. There needs to be an ability to adjust the settings to a person's own preference. It does have good tracking and the design for your hand is comfortable.
On the other hand, there are a couple problems that arise out of this mouse. If the mouse is left unattended for some time, it will go to sleep. It takes a couple of seconds for it to register on the screen again. This can be quite annoying. The weight can be way too light for some people and can feel cheap because of that. It will take a lot of getting accustomed to. It doesn't have any type of programmability at all. That isn't terrible if you just want something simple and ready to use.
The Arctic M551 is a decent mouse for the price and should still be considered for gamers of a more laid back type of game style. This is priced at $23.90 on the Arctic website.
See what other St. Louis residents had to say about the ARCTIC M551wired laser gaming mouse:
"I don't play the hardcore games like many others so I didn't have a problem with this particular mouse." Jason S. - St. Louis, MO
"What's the saying? You get what you pay for? I wouldn't expect there to be crazy settings and attachments for this mouse like the more expensive ones on the market. It felt weird on my hand for a while, but I slowly got used to it." Eric D. St. Louis, MO