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The Gigabyte Aivia M8600 is a wireless gaming mouse that has the admirable aim to ensure you never run out of power.Wireless mice are great, because we don't have to worry about trailing wires across our desks, and they generally give us a lot more freedom. One of their biggest problems, however, is reliance on batteries.If you've got a mouse that uses standard non-rechargeable AA or AAA batteries, this can be an annoying expense, especially if they run out when you don't have any spares in the house, necessitating a frenzied rush to the shop just to move your cursor. A mouse low on power can also become unresponsive and erratic.The Gigabyte Aivia M8600 Wireless Macro Gaming Mouse has addressed a number of these battery concerns. For a start, the M8600 doesn't rely on AA batteries. Instead, it has a Li-ion battery that is charged by placing the mouse on the charging dock, which also doubles as a wireless receiver. The M8600 can also be plugged directly into a computer for charging (and simultaneous use) via a USB cable. Gigabyte claims you can enjoy 50 hours of continuous use with the M8600's battery, and it certainly retains its charge for a long time. Even better, it comes with an extra battery, which you can install when your juice does start to run low.
The Gigabyte Aivia M8600 ($104.99 street) is a gaming mouse aimed primarily at shooter-genre enthusiasts. Its macro editing user interface is easy to navigate, and it even has a wired and wireless option with two rechargeable batteries thrown in. Unfortunately, the honeymoon ends once the navigating experience begins. In-hand the M8600 is uncomfortable and its weight makes it difficult to wield. The Aivia M8600 is symmetrical, so it doesn't discriminate against right- or left-handed users. The top of the mouse has a soft plastic texture rather than the glossy plastic that can be susceptible to fingerprints; however, this texture does attract grease stains. The right and left side of the M8600 are made of a textured plastic that's looks very cheap for a mouse that costs $104. I would have liked to see a more uniform texture or even rubberized sides, like the ones found on the Editors' Choice Gigabyte M8000Xtreme Mouse ($59.99 list, 4.5 stars). The M8600 has an angular design and perhaps takes it a step too far by adding an uncomfortable edge that runs along the back hump of the mouse. I found it regularly cut into the palm of my hand, which caused discomfort during high-stress gaming situations.
GIGABYTE has been making peripherals for a while, but doesn't always catch the attention of the gaming market. Late last year, the K8100 keyboard was introduced and signified a change for the company's peripheral arm as it pushed further the lucrative high-end gaming sector. We managed to get our hands on said keyboard and came away impressed enough to award it an Editor's Choice. Released a couple weeks ago is the partner in crime to that keyboard, the M8600 Aivia wireless gaming mouse. Rather than release a standard gaming mouse with the same old sensor, buttons and throw in some wireless connectivity with lackluster battery life, GIGABYTE took it upon itself to create a real wireless gaming mouse that wasn't just a cookie-cutter-copy of existing peripherals in a new shell. On the face of it, the feature list is fairly generic. The M8600 is wireless, has 11 buttons, is programmable and has a rather ridiculously high 6400 DPI laser sensor; all the makings of a high-end gaming mouse. So what makes it so special? The fact it has a battery (well... two actually) that's worthy of the term 'Wireless'. Boasting a time of 50+ hours for each battery, I was a little sceptical to say the least.
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