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GIGABYTE Force M9 ICE Wireless Mouse Review
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by J.D. Kane on August 17, 2012 in Keyboards/Mice

GIGABYTE is an industry giant, offering a countless number of products in multiple categories. The Force M9 ICE is one of its latest wireless mice, and endowed with “gaming mouse” styling, it seems to promise much. As you might have guessed, we put one through its paces to see just what it can deliver.

Software

The Force M9 ICE works perfectly well with Windows out of the box, with all but the button on the mouse’s right-front flank functional as you would intuitively expect. Additionally, the mouse is limited to 1600 DPI if you don’t install the Sim software.

As mentioned earlier, Sim is very lightweight, so users who are reluctant to install typically bloated software associated with many peripherals should have no complaints.

GIGABYTE Force m9 ICE Wireless Mouse

Basically, Sim has three main sections: Button, Scroll, and Pointer. Selecting a section allows you to designate specific functions relevant to that particular section.

GIGABYTE Force m9 ICE Wireless Mouse

The Button section, quite obviously, is where you can assign what each button will do, including that neutered right flank button. Let’s say you wanted to have that button mute your PC’s audio output. You do that by moving your cursor to the Wheel Button’s drop down menu; this will reveal a bunch of selectable options for that button. Simply point your cursor to Mute, then click Apply. The right flank button will now mute your audio whenever you press it. Then click OK to close the Sim software.

GIGABYTE Force m9 ICE Wireless Mouse

The Scroll section is where you can change the mouse’s Vertical Scroll and Free-Scroll speeds. There are two sliders arrayed horizontally on the page. To change either scroll speed property simply move and drag your cursor across the slider until you find the settings you like, then click Apply. As before, clicking OK will close Sim.

GIGABYTE Force m9 ICE Wireless Mouse

The Pointer section deals with three settings: Pointer Speed, Snap to Default, and Pointer Trails. Pointer Speed is much like the Vertical/Free-Scroll Speed settings in that it is manipulated via a horizontal slider. Additionally, there is also a check box which would enable the Enhance Accurate Tracking feature. Just below the Pointer Speed slider is an on/off Snap to Default check box; by default this is left off. And below this is the Pointer Trails control, with an on/off check box for Enable Pointer Trails. By default, the box is unchecked. Enabling the check box, though, turns on Pointer Trails, and you can then lengthen or shorten them via the horizontal slider.

The Pointer section also displays the current DPI settings for the Force M9 ICE. The mouse has four DPI settings: 800/1200/1600/2000. As mentioned earlier, the maximum 2000 DPI setting is available only if you install Sim.

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  • ScruffMcgruff

    I bought this mouse and it freezes in the same way you described. Fucking rip off man..

    • JD Kane

      Have you tried to return yours to GIGABYTE under warranty?

      I still have my review sample here, and needless to say I haven’t been using it ever since I turned my review in. It’s quite unfortunate that the Force M9 ICE has that problem; otherwise it might have supplanted my laptop’s touchpad.

      Thanks for reading, and for the comment.

    • Etienne Nel

      i too got this mouse and its sticking and jumping and grabbing web and folder pages like crazy, yet again a dissappointment in my hunt for a nice wireless mouse, enough money wasted guess ill stick to wired mouses

      • JD Kane

        Hello Etienne.

        I’m sorry you discovered the same issues with this mouse as I did. However, if you really want a good wireless mouse, you may have a couple of options you may want to find out about, at least.

        Techgage teammate Ryan wrote a great review of the SteelSeries Sensei Wireless (http://techgage.com/article/steelseries-sensei-wireless-gaming-mouse-review/) a few weeks ago, and last year I wrote about the Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse (http://techgage.com/article/logitech-g602-wireless-gaming-mouse-review/). Without spoiling things (in case you want to read our detailed reviews), we each liked the mouse we reviewed.

        Hopefully these will help you in your quest for a good wireless mouse. Also, thank you for checking Techgage out.

  • Cory Evans

    I have this mouse, I bought it for my gaming laptop, as gaming on the go is the whole reason I bought the laptop I wandered into the computer shop I work at to pick up a slightly gaming orientated wireless mouse, on a budget.

    I ended up with this mouse, this is a good review and almost entirely reflects my view on the mouse, with the exception of the jumpiness, I’ve been using this mouse for over a month now, and I’ve yet to experience the jumpy behavior, I’ve even used it to control the laptop while it’s running through the TV a good 4/5 meters away. I rarely remember to turn this mouse off and batteries are still going strong :).

    The ‘works on any surface’ claims are so far completely true, I’ve used it on everything from a mouse mat to a glass table.

    I agree 100% with the bad button feel on the main 2 buttons, they feel a little cheap, but I’ve found the extra right button to be handy a fair few times, I team up the extra 3 buttons for simple media controls and I can use the mouse like a basic remote control for laptop+TV use.

    Don’t dismiss this mouse too easily, it is a good little mouse for the £28 I picked it up for and I would’ve happily paid a little more than that.

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