Arctic M571-L Gaming Laser Mouse

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Aron Schatz
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July 26, 2010
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Arctic Cooling
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Arctic M571-L Gaming Laser Mouse
The Arctic Cooling Arctic M571-L Gaming Laser Mouse is a great entry into the gaming input device market. Combining good quality with an inexpensive price, the M571-L is a worthwhile purchase.

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Introduction

There are many computer component makers intruding on the turf of other markets. Arctic Cooling has been synonymous high-end cooling solutions for the professional and the enthusiast alike. Recently, they have expanded their product lines to include more generalized peripherals and one such area is input devices. Today, we have the M571-L Gaming Laser Mouse for review. This is one of two new mice just released by Arctic Cooling.

About Arctic Cooling

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Who we are?

ARCTIC COOLING is a privately owned company founded in 2001 with headquarters in Switzerland, offices in Hong Kong and the USA and production facilities in Asia. The ARCTIC COOLING team consists o­f international highly educated people with business, technical and communicational skills. The attitude to work is based o­n Swiss principles of innovative spirit and high standards of workmanship for which it is recognized internationally. This striving for excellence is integrated in all processes as a matter of course. ARCTIC COOLING´s core competencies are multifarious including systematic noise reduction,copper and aluminum heatsink development, customization of thermal solutions, as well as designing quiet fans. More recently quiet and cool PC Cases and Power Supplies have been developed.

What we do?

ARCTIC COOLING is a leader in creating thermal cooling solutions for personal computer systems that enable CPU (Central Processing Unit), GPU (Graphic Processing Unit) and PC case cooling whilst reducing the noise level. Increased heat generated by modern computer systems has overwhelmed most existing cooler manufacturers in their efforts to keep pace with the demands in terms of noise level and cooling. The noise pollution caused by today´s IT systems has increased, severely affecting productivity in open office environments. ARCTIC COOLING has been working closely with globally recognized companies such as Inno3D, ECS, Galaxy, Sapphire, Powercolor and ATI. Through these partnerships ARCTIC COOLING has been able to adapt to the changing market requirements and has quickly developed the optimal solutions. ARCTIC COOLING combines the Swiss art of engineering to realize innovative cooling ideas. Thanks to the low labor cost in Asia, ARCTIC COOLING has consistently produced innovative solutions which lead the market in price / performance. Cooling solutions are created from the demand of our customers. Due to the continuous product development at ARCTIC COOLING the demands of end-users will always be satisfied. As a result of the head-start ARCTIC COOLING has in knowing end-user´s requirements, manufacturing possibilities and ARCTIC COOLING´s strong R&D, ARCTIC´s products will continue to be market leaders in cooling solutions and provide assemblers, computer hardware distributors and IT-technicians with innovative, virtually silent, cost-effective cooling solutions for CPU, GPU and PC-case worldwide.

http://www.arctic-cooling.com/catalog/static_info.php?tid=ABOUT_US


Packaging

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The Arctic M571-L comes packed in the standard Arctic Cooling colors of silver with white accents. Peripherals such as this should be easier to get onto store shelves over cooling products as most people can relate to buying a new input device.

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The back of the packaging contains the various specifications and other information. This mouse has three DPI settings that are set on the mouse itself. They are not user modifiable.
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Specifications

  • Sensitivity 800 / 1,600 / 2,400 dpi
  • Tracking Engine Laser
  • Connector USB
  • Typical power input 0.15 W
  • Cable 1.8 m x 2.8 mm
  • Dimensions 120 (L) x 81 (W) x 44 (H) mm
  • Weight 138 g + optional up to 4 x 6.5 g weights
  • Manufacturer code M571-D (black) AMM5711-01000-A01
  • Manufacturer code M571-L (white) AMM5710-01000-A01
  • Double-bullet and continuous shooting button
  • Ergonomic design maximizes comfort for a long game play
  • Personalize control and feel by the additional weights (up to 26 grams)
  • Smooth, low resistance movements by slick gliding feet
  • Back and forth thumb buttons for easy navigation
  • Coated cord eliminates line clustering


Marketing Summary

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The ARCTIC M571 has a resistant surface coating to protect the mouse from wearing out. This helps to maintain the mouse at top-notch quality from day-to-day use. This mouse operates with laser optical sensor; thus, it has ultra-high sensitivity levels that offer ideal precision and speed. The sensitivity levels can be adjusted from 800, 1,600 to 2,400 dpi by simply pressing the ‘dpi’ button. The current sensitivity level is displayed by a LED light on the mouse as well.
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To further improve the ergonomic design of the mouse, users can personalize the weight of their mouse according to their preferences and practices. The weight of the mouse can be adjusted by up to four weights of 6.5 grams each. These various aspects would give users greatest comfort and allow them to personalize the weight of their mouse.

http://www.arctic-cooling.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=82_88&mID=563


Package Contents

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In addition to the M571-L mouse, Arctic includes a case badge and some literature. While this is pretty minimal, it is a mouse and requires no software installation to work. All the feature of the M571-L work without additional software.
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M571-L

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The Arctic M571-L comes in white and black. We have the white version here. As you can see, the mouse has the traditional Arctic Cooling coloring. The mouse is quite curvy. This might put some users off. If you are a lefty, look elsewhere. This mouse is not for you.

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The bottom of the mouse contains the slick feet to allow it to glide over a surface with minimal friction. The "L" in the model name denotes that the mouse is white (as opposed to being a laser type). The bottom compartment is not a battery compartment, but it holds weights.

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This type of feature is normally seen on high-end expensive mice from Logitech or the like. It is good to see Arctic include this option on their product. The M571-L with the full weight feels like a heavy, quality product. Heavier mice have a better feel, personally. You might not like the amount of weight, but it is user selectable. Have as much or as little as possible. Choice is a good thing. Each weight is 6.5 grams which is about .23 ounces.

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The M571-L has an Arctic Cooling logo on the back of the top. To the front of the mouse, you have a few features that make this product unique. To the left of the scroll wheel (in this picture), is a rapid fire button. This is a great feature for FPS gamers. When you hold down that button, it continually left clicks until you release it. This is an excellent feature and no software is required. The button in the center of the mouse is the DPI adjustment.

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The right side of the M571-L contains finger rests for two fingers. The contours are good and work well in practice. The entire surface is very curvy, so it is very important to try this out before buying it.

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The DPI adjustment has three settings. The slowest speed has no LED lit. The middle speed has the green LED. The fastest speed is red, which means go! The slowest speed is 800 which is a good slow speed. We would have liked to see it a bit slower for photography work and for slower precision work. The second speed is 1600 which is pretty fast. You need to get used to it. Most gamers would choose this setting. The 2400 DPI settings is really way too fast. If you do twitch game play, you might like the speed. It was just too fast for us.

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Comparing the M571-L to a standard size CD, it is about as long as the diameter. The size is good for a gaming mouse as it is big enough for big hands and a fair size for smaller hands. Since input devices are very subjective, it is best to try before you buy, if possible.
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Use

The M571-L feels like a quality mouse. The selectable weights make it able to cater to your own needs. The DPI adjustment needs a bit of work, though. We would have liked to see 400,800,1600 (or 2400). This would be good for slow, precision work, all the way up to gaming. Maybe a future product will allow this to be user selectable. Another issue we found with the M571-L is how far off the surface of the mouse pad that the laser tracks. Even holding the mouse a couple of inches above the surface makes the mouse track movements. This makes it very difficult to pick the mouse up and put it in another location on the mouse pad.

Hopefully, Arctic will have some firmware updates to fix some of the issues, but they are not major. The DPI settings are good enough, you do get used to the speed. The tracking issue makes you point the mouse at an angle to get it off the surface without tracking. It is all about training your muscle movement.



The video is presented by Aron Schatz, once again. Please check it out. Comments are welcome.

Conclusion

ASE Labs is very impressed with the M571-L. The MSRP is $29.95. This is nearly unheard of for a good feeling gaming laser mouse. You can't buy a product like this from another company without the price being at least twice. The problems aren't major, but they are fixable in an update. Still, Arctic has a quality product for their first input devices on the market. We like to see competition in the market and Arctic should give the gaming input device makers a run for their market share. Retail pricing should be a bit cheaper when it is out in force, you can check our normal online shops to see when it is avaliable.

Remember that input devices are subjective. While I liked the mouse, you may not. Since the mouse is relatively inexpensive, you can probably afford to buy it and, hopefully, you'll like it. After using this mouse for a week, we were impressed. You should be too. We recommend the Arctic M571-L.

ASE Labs would like to thank Arctic Cooling for making this review possible.

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