Sharkoon DarkGlider Final Thoughts
The DarkGlider far exceeded expectations: even with an extended use of over 8 hours at a time, there were no signs of fatigue or perspiration. Definitely heading in the right direction concerning ergonomics and comfort. Unexpectedly, the favorite feature was the implementation of the ceramic lenticular pads. The unprecedented “glide factor” completely added to the whole mouse experience. As a bonus these pads are seriously tough and there will be little to no wear on them as long as an appropriate surface is used.
There is room for improvement on this particular model. The most glaring factor is how difficult it is to remove and replace the included weights. In reality you probably only do this once or twice, but a much smoother interface should be considered. The LCD display is convenient, but would have been better if angled 45 degrees parallel to the left side for optimal viewing; furthermore, the ability to change the LCD backlighting similar to the logo would have been aesthetically pleasing.
Sharkoon DarkGlider Conclusion
It is evident that Sharkoon has done its job in researching the best features while asking a price that is seriously discounted. The DarkGlider is tough, comfortable, and completely accessible even to those who have never had a gaming mouse before. The laser sensor in itself is of premium quality and even the pickiest of users will be satisfied. Sharkoon has held true to it’s philosophy of combining premium quality and affordable prices.
As far the DarkGlider’s performance goes, there was not one instance in which the laser sensor or buttons misbehaved. With 6000 DPI, monitors with resolutions as high as 2560 x 2048 may be implimented with ease and precision. Sharkoon also paid close attention to the appearance of this mouse: from the elegant and ergonomic lines, to the subtle glowing logo, to the completely black on black component assembly really does make it “dark.”
The construction of the DarkGlider certainly does not feel cheap for the price point asked. Even though it consists mostly of heavy plastic, it is engineered well. The only criticism would be to have a more easily accessible method of changing the weights.
Sharkoon took more of a minimalistic approach concerning functionality and only included 6 default DPI toggle settings per each of 5 profiles. Under real-world testing this isn’t that big of deal-breaker; however, it would have been a benefit to have the choice of setting a custom DPI. The ability to flash the memory with custom settings and ditch the drivers all together does add to the overall functionality, especially for those with multiple computers.
As for value, the DarkGlider offers a tremendous amount of it. Selling for $50.85 (Amazon) there is not only the core high-end features, but additional accessories above and beyond such as the extra lenticular pads and the custom travel bag. If precision and style are important factors in choosing your next mouse, I can solidly recommend the “DarkGlider Experience.”
+ Elegant and ergonomic design.
+ Nano-coated ceramic lenticular pads for the “glide experience.”
+ Omron switches on main left and right buttons.
+ Streamlined drivers / none needed for basic functionality.
+ Excellent price point vs. features.
- Not able to fine-tune DPI settings.
– LCD readout not completely visible when in use.
– Weights are difficult to change out.
- Performance: 9.00
- Appearance: 9.00
- Construction: 8.25
- Functionality: 8.00
- Value: 9.50
Final Score: 8.75 out of 10.
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