Arctic M551 Gaming Mouse

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Product: Arctic M551 Laser Gaming Mouse
Provided By: Arctic Products
Price: MSRP $24.95


Introduction:

Today we'll be taking a look at the Arctic M551 gaming mouse. This is the very first mouse to be released from Arctic-Cooling along with the M571. The M551 costs just a little less.  Arctic-Cooling has been making some well-engineered products for some time now ranging from computer cases, power supplies, high end audio, and of course CPU and VGA coolers. Now let's see if their brand new M551 gaming mouse can stand up to the rest of their great products.

 M551 Box

 

First impression:

After removing the mouse from the easy to open packaging the first thing I noticed was how incredibly light it is. The Arctic M551 mouse has a pretty standard shape except for the finger rest on the right side for your ring and pinky finger that makes it quite comfortable. On the left side of the M551 there is a raised surface for your thumb grip that works nicely. Above that, you have forward and back buttons that are easy to press. Behind the mouse wheel there is a button you can press to cycle through three levels of sensitivity that is also indicated by different colored LED's: blue, green and red. The green light is 800 DPI, the blue light is 1600 DPI and finally the red light indicates 2400 DPI. 

 Top Profile

 

The Arctic M551 comes with a six foot USB cable which should be long enough for almost any rig setup.

 

Information & More:

The following information and specifications have been pulled from the Arctic product page and pasted here for your convenience.

A mouse works like a computer user’s fingertips, so it should be quick, precise, comfortable and high-quality to help them slide freely on screen. ARCTIC M551 that incorporates all these attributes along with highly functional features.

Main features:

  • Laser engine for absolute accuracy – even on glass
  • Ultra-high sensitivity – 800 / 1600 / 2400 dpi
  • Ergonomic design maximizes comfort for a long game play
  • Smooth, low resistance movements by slick gliding feet
  • Back and forth thumb buttons for easy navigation
  • Coated cord eliminates line clustering

         
The ARCTIC M551 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 offers 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.

The ARCTIC M551 also has the basic features that any computer user is looking for – backward and forward button on the side and the scrolling key on the mouse. All these features are targeted to serve users to surf and play online more conveniently. The quiet scrolling wheel gives highest comfort to users when they need to view slides, zoom in and out, and navigate content on computer screen.

On the next page we'll take a look at testing the M551 and draw some final conclusions.


 

Testing:

After plugging the M551 into the USB port I started moving the cursor around and was surprised at how fast and smooth the feel is. The Arctic M551 is a gaming mouse so let's test out some games! Okay, I tried playing some Medal Of Honor Allied Assault. I had to turn my sensitivity down halfway in the game console just to use the lowest 800 DPI setting. Just for giggles, I turned the DPI up to the max 2400 and it was crazy fast. For me, it just doesn't seem like the DPI button is useful. The mouse wheel seemed a bit hard to reach because it is pretty low profile and as gamers, we know that any missed button can get you killed in the game. I eventually got used to it and now it's not a problem at all.


Left Side
Left Side
Right Side
Right Side
 

One thing that bothers me about the mouse besides the DPI button is the colored LED's. They are very bright.  If fact, they are so bright that they are actually a distraction because you can see them in the corner of your eye while playing. Other than that, the mouse performs very well.

Top Down
Top Down
Front Buttons
Front Buttons

 

Conclusion:

All in all the Arctic M551 is a well-rounded mouse. It is fast, smooth and accurate once you get your sensitivity set up. For $24.99 US you get a mouse that is just as good as a really expensive one. You can definitely shoot it up with the big dogs on a budget. I recommend the Arctic-Cooling M551 gaming mouse to anyone that is on a budget or just looking for a lot of bang for the buck. I score Arctic M551 an overall 8+/10. It is a great mouse for the price.

 

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Smooth and comfortable
  • 6 Foot USB cable
  • One touch DPI control


Cons:

  • Distracting LED's

 

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I'd like to thank Arctic for sending over the M551 Mouse for us to review.  If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please post it in the forum at the "Comments" link below.