When you've used a gaming mouse, it's usually hard to leave this type of mouse for a desktop mouse.
Gaming mice mainly have 4 advantages:
- The number of buttons that is increased,
- The ability to set up these buttons and other features
- and design.
Of course, everyone is different: the morphology of the hand differs and therefore the ergonomics differ for each. The design also depends on the tastes of each one. Some like them colorful, others not at all.
I needed a new mouse, and having the habit of gaming mice, I will have a hard time returning to a basic mouse. Having for many years Aukey devices, I decided to test their GM-F5 gaming mouse. The latter has some not inconsiderable characteristics from my point of view. Among these, in bulk:
- the ability to use it wired or wirelessly,
- dongle USB for wireless use built into the mouse,
- ability to turn off the ambient lights,
- changeable dpi,
- 8 customizable buttons
- Model: GM-F5
- Number of buttons: 8
- Switch for left and right buttons: HUANO 65-15gf
- Left and right button life: 20 million clicks
- Interface: USB 2.0
- Admission: DC 5V 25mA
- Wireless technology: 2.4GHz
- Wireless operating distance: up to 10m
- Sensor: PMW3335 optical sensor
- Maximum resolution: 16000 DPI
- Maximum speed: 400 IPS
- Maximum acceleration: 40G
- Question rate: 125/250/500/1000 Hz
- Requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10, Mac OS
- Case material: ABS
- Cable material: braided nylon
- Cable length: 1.8m
- Dimensions: 125 x 64 x 40mm
- Mouse weight: 110g
Testing Aukey GM-F5
The Aukey GM-F5 gaming mouse is a mouse that I will characterize as discreet.
Its size is medium, neither too large, nor massive, nor too small.
Same for weight, neither too heavy nor too light.
Light level, there are only 3 bright areas: at the wheel, at the palm and the battery indicator. The
first thing to know is that you can turn on the mouse without the light at the wheel and palm, only the battery indication area remains (very discreet because low light)! This is a feature that we don't often see in competitors! At the GM-F5 SWITCH ON/OFF, there are 3 positions:
- the one at the bottom to turn off the mouse,
- The middle position to turn on the mouse without the color areas except the battery
- and the one at the top to turn on the mouse with the lights.
Also be aware that it is quite possible to program a button to turn off the lights. But since we already have a switch, from my point of view, it's less useful. The colors of the lights are set and their cadence.
In addition, after 30 seconds of mouse inactivity, the lights automatically turn off, even the battery indicator.
The software for the GM-F5
For options, the GM-F5 gaming mouse is customizable with software. What is a pity is that there is no indication of this software in the manual … You need to contact Aukey to have it or you can find the link in the questions and answers about this mouse on Amazon. I thank you for searching for yourself and gives you the link to have the Aukey GM-F5 Wireless Gaming Mouse.exe program
This program in question is a program as I like them: light, simple and fast! The options are present in 3 tabs:
- the first to program the buttons,
- Tab 2 to change lights
- and the third for macros.
After setting your buttons the way you want, know that you can very well remove the software! Everything is directly integrated into the mouse's internal memory! This program would have been perfect if it was portable (not requiring installation).
Ergonomics, for my part the GM-F5 is comfortable. I have a pretty big hand and so 3 buttons require an effort to access it: the front side button and the 2 buttons behind the wheel. But these 2 buttons there are not intended for quick access, no matter the mouse. So in the end, a single button requires a little more effort. But since they are all programmable, I just have to put a less used command. The glide is fluid.
Another point that makes her discreet: her silence. Of course, it's relative, but from my point of view, it's quieter than basic mice.
One last detail to add: the USB dongle attaches to the mouse by magnetization.
This Aukey GM-F5 is a very good gaming mouse! Although it is discreet, it has from my point of view, all of a great! No need to put lights everywhere, she does her job very well. And it's just as set as the more well-known branded gaming mice.
Some minor flaws: no indication of the software in the manual, a button a bit too far for me and no indication to switch ON/OFF.