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Old 04-22-2007, 11:34 PM   #1
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Default Microsoft Habu Gaming Mouse

If you put two huge peripheral developers in a blender, what would pour out? Well, if it's Microsoft and Razer, you'd have a Habu gaming mouse. Built upon Razer's intuitive designs and Microsofts amazing logo, the Habu proves to be a gaming mouse worthy of your consideration.

You can read the full review here and discuss it here.
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Old 04-23-2007, 11:29 AM   #2
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Thumbs up Macro!!

I did not notice the mention of a very big feature of this mouse; any button can be used to store a macro (series of keystrokes). This is very useful for some games.

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Old 04-23-2007, 01:07 PM   #3
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Mmmmmm.....Macros.......

Also, it appears that the Habu uses a laser engine, whereas the DeathAdder uses an IR LED.

I have to say, optional thumb-button plates are a very good idea. If this thing comes out in red, I may have to consider it. Hell, if I like it in the store, a LED swap shouldn't be too difficult.
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Old 04-23-2007, 01:49 PM   #4
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I believe that the Habu's optics engine is based on the Copperhead's. That would make sense after all.

If the Habu feels anything like the Death Adder that we reviewed a few weeks ago, sign me up. The Death Adder is one of the best mice I have ever used.
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Old 04-23-2007, 04:11 PM   #5
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I don't recall seeing a single mention of macros when I perused the press information, or even the official Habu page. They apparently don't care enough to push it as a notable feature.
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Nice review, thanks!

In your screenshot, I noticed the polling rate was set to 125hz. Using other Logitech and Razer mice, I've noticed a huge improvement in accuracy when you move up to the 500hz and up polling rates at >1000dpi settings. Without this, the mouse is just not as accurate. I also turn off mouse acceleration. With no mouse acceleration, max dpi and 1000hz polling, I've found other Razer mouse to be as accurate as possible in desktop usage (I also edit graphics besides playing online FPS games like Counter-Strike/Source.)

Logitech mice usuallly work best at 500hz, although I have a MX518, not a G5.
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Hi Unreg,

That screenshot was taken directly after the install. I did change to 500Hz and have found that to be a tad better as well. I just like the fact that Razer gives you the opportunity to change that from within the software.
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Old 04-25-2007, 04:18 PM   #8
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I bought it. So far so good!!!
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Old 05-15-2007, 10:10 PM   #9
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Nice review. I am currently in a holding pattern waiting for the re-lease of the new G5 (2007) lasermouse supposed to be released June 1st? Any thoughts or have you had a chance to compare this newer version with the Habu or Deathadder?

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You mean this mouse? If you like the previous G5 mouse or other Logitech mice with a similar design, you will enjoy the latest version. There is nothing new offered that would warrant getting excited over though.

Personally, I am leaning towards the G5 a little bit more. I think it's mostly just because I have become so used to it over the years, the design I mean.
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Talking The "other button"

The round button on the bottom is for changing profiles that are saved onto the mouse. In case you take it to another computer and don't want to install the software.
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Well, after Razer's very helpful 'Ask Microsoft' response to my inquiry regarding a firmware upgrade, I checked a few forums and found that the Habu firmware cannot be updated on a 64bit OS. 32bit XP Pro allowed me to get the firmware upgraded by generally following the instructions on Razer's website. The part about needing a second mouse to complete the new hardware wizard proved correct in my case, which I find unconscionably inane.

So with the firmware updated, I was now able to install the drivers on XP Pro 64bit, and the mouse usually worked. I say usually because occasionally when I reboot or start up from hibernation the mouse is not detected - the first time this happened I tried pressing the small round button underneath the mouse (because I was under the impression that this button reset the mouse, like with the Copperhead) - this actually worked and the mouse was detected, which surprised me because on the Copperhead, this never worked.

However, subsequent start-ups have shown that this doesn't always work, and I still have to reach back there and unplug/replug the mouse on about 25-30% of my start-ups.

If I hadn't already experienced worse problems with the Copperhead, I'd be very disappointed. I've read that the DeathAdder doesn't have these problems, but at this point I'm happy with my 2500dpi A4tech X-750BF.
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Default Which one to choose?

I'm out to buy a new mouse, but I don't know which one to choose. I don't have anywhere to try any of them.

I like the MX518 for the most part, but I hate it's glossy surface (it gets dirty and thereby uncomfortable very easy).
The IME3.0 was probably even better in terms of shape, but it lacked in performance when using higher resolutions.
I like to rest my hand on the mouse and not just hold it with my fingers.

Which one would you recommend?
Habu, "new" G5, DeathAdder

It's leaning towards either the Habu or the "new" G5, since the DeathAdder doesn't have the buttons to change DPI on the mouse.
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Just curious, are there currently any 'gaming' mice out there (wired or wireless) that are aimed at lefties?
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Old 06-12-2007, 04:39 PM   #15
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The only 'gaming' mice for lefties that I'm aware of are the ambidextrous Razer mice of yesteryear. (Diamondback, Copperhead)

After a quick Google search, I now know that Logitech makes a lefty version of the MX610.
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