Saitek's Asset: Originality
Saitek has entered the optical mouse market more recently, along with the second wave of manufacturers. This British maker still uses first generation detectors and 1500 shots a second, with a precision of 400 cpi. I would therefore recommend a Logitech or Microsoft mouse for Quake-players. However, as mentioned earlier, this recommendation only applies to extreme FPS multi-player situations, so most users won't notice the difference. Saitek mice are neither more nor less sensitive to different surfaces than the Microsoft and Logitech versions. On the other hand, the least that can be said is that the range is original.
Saitek Optical Mouse Pro
This mouse is visually striking, looking somewhat like an escapee from a sci-fi series of the Star Trek New Generation type. It's in your face, lit up in blue, a whole new ball game. The mouse is designed for use by left-handers as well as right-handers and fits comfortably in the hand initially, but the back isn't rounded and becomes slightly awkward with intense use. Furthermore, although the material itself is pleasing to the touch, the assembly looks cheap, and the joints and edges tend to make cracking noises when under pressure. This is a subjective remark and probably does not affect the overall solidity of the device. The two buttons are easy to operate, and the knob is quite firm but not annoyingly so.
As an added value, Saitek has equipped it with an amusing function, activated through the software supplied - the mouse alerts you when an e-mail has arrived by flashing. It flashes slowly for a normal message and quickly for an urgent message. This function operates independently of the navigator and is an upstream function, which means that once the e-mail arrives in the in-box, it no longer flashes. So this is of no use unless you check mail at regular intervals. It's up to you to decide whether this rather gimmicky function could be of interest. If not, the driver merely uses the standard Windows interface. To summarize, the Optical Pro is not a bad price ($40), but considering that it is the same as Logitech's Wheel Mouse, this seems a bit costly.