For the most part, the Fierce 3500 Wireless Gaming Mouse
feels just as good as the Fierce 5000 DPI
variety. Obviously, it doesn't have as high a resolution, but even in my earlier review, I said I couldn't tell much of a difference between the Fierce 5000
and my normal Logitech MK700
. It could be that my mousing-pallet isn't as refined as it needs to be in order to truly appreciate the higher resolutions of these gaming mouses [sic]
, but for me at least, the 3500
definitely gets the job done.
The buttons on the gaming mouse are responsive and while there have been others released with more programmable buttons than this one, the placement of these makes for really quick and easy to use macros to make your gaming sessions easier. Like with the 5000, I gave this mouse a try in both Transformers: War for Cybertron and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Using the same configurations I had put together before, I found that this version of the Fierce Gaming Mouse behaves just as well as the 5000. It really feels like most of the core functionality of this lower-end version is still there from the more hardcore model, but with a few tweaks to make it more manageable on a day-to-day use rather than just gaming.
One of my major complaints about the Fierce 5000 was its configuration software. Well, it seems like even that has seen a bit of refinement. The older version of the software contained a Main Control screen and an Advance Settings. Besides letting you map commands to the different buttons, the Main Control screen also lets you control various sensitivity settings (the CPI values) on the mouse. At the time, I expressed how unintuitive this was and the fact that there wasn't really any kind of guide as to what these settings meant or did. Meanwhile, the Advanced Settings contained options like Double Click Speed, Scroll Wheel Speed and Polling Rate which feel more like basic setup options rather than advanced.
Well, the various CPI settings have been removed and replaced with a DPI switching panel. Here you set three bars whose values range from 250 and 3500, and the mouse will switch between the different setting levels for you. Another big plus is in the drop down lists that contain your various button options. Before, you had to record a macro just to make single-key commands or even basic multi-key commands. Now there is an option that lets you type in the key combinations you want. This means setting up a game to replace oddly placed keys or keys that you want to hit regularly is much easier. There are even a few new options added to the list like tilt commands and commands for pulling up applications like Internet Explorer, Word, Excel and Power Point, all of which shows that this newer mouse is much more geared towards the average user, not just those that want to use the mouse for gaming only.