Sharkoon DarkGlider Testing & Results
The Sharkoon DarkGlider was tested over a period of six weeks. The programs used for the review consisted of Adobe CS5 (Photoshop and Dreamweaver) and the new IE11 for Windows 7. The games chosen required a more diverse range of sensitivity and consisted of: Alien Rage, Metro: Last Night, Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2, Path of Exile.
- Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-M
- Processor: Intel i5 3570K Ivy Bridge @ 4.0 GHz
- System Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (8x2GB) DDR3 1600 MHz
- Video: Gigabyte Windforce GTX 670 TI (2GB)
- Audio: HT Omega Claro Plus
- PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro M700 (Gold)
- Monitor: LG 27EA83-D 27″ 5ms IPS @ 2560 x1440
- Operating System: Windows 7 (64 bit)
The Sharkoon DarkGlider has three polling rates available (per each of the five profiles) which include: 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz (the maximum polling rate was used for all tests). According to two separate polling tools, Direct Input Mouse Rate for DirectX (highlighted in orange), and Mouse Rate Checker, there was less then a 2% deviance in the for the advertised polling rate.
Desktop Applications: The Sharkoon DarkGlider excelled easily in everything thrown at it in this arena. With a native desktop resolution of 2560×1440 the DPI setting mostly used was 5000 DPI. In Photoshop when doing fine detail work such as airbrushing (zoomed up to pixel level), dropping the DPI down to 3200 was sometimes necessary. As long as the mouse pad was free of particles the gliding was indeed not only effortless and spot-on, but there was not even a quiver in the mouse pointer. Macros were setup to use multimedia features such as track forward and back using the side-scrolling features of the 4-way mouse wheel.
Gaming: The first person shooter games required the DarkGlider to be set down to 3200 DPI ideally, due to it being almost too sensitive despite the higher native resolution. After a short adjustment period of 10 minutes or so, it became almost effortless to frag in Alien Rage, where precision targeting is tantamount in obtaining the kill (you don’t really get a second chance at a good shot if there is over-correcting issues with the mouse). Path of Exile is a Diablo 3 type of game that was also effective in the respect of torture-testing the Omron switches in the left and right main buttons. Omron switches possess a characteristic of light switch activation sensitivity coupled with a positive tactile feedback. Gaming is what this mouse seems best suited for and it does it exceptionally well.