|Func MS-3 Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Tom Jaskulka|
|Monday, 11 March 2013|
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Closer Look: Func MS-3
After reviewing a few gaming-grade mice, one begins to anticipate certain details. The packaging will of course be eye-catching to stand out from the crowd, with marketing buzzwords prominently displayed with ever-bigger numbers and features to proclaim the device's superiority. While there is nothing wrong with wrapping up a high-grade device in packaging to match, Func takes a slightly different (and wonderfully refreshing) approach...
Honestly, I wasn't expecting this. The white and orange boxes certainly stand out, if only for their simplicity and focus - the only information you get on the front is the product name. This aligns perfectly with Func's slogan, "Functionality. Perfected." The focus on functionality is reflected in their packaging - a pretty efficient marketing approach.
In any case, the packaging is more than adequate. A short history and some product information are displayed in many languages under the front flap, while the MS-3 itself sits in a form-fitting clear plastic shell. It is a nice gesture, allowing you to "try before you buy," in a sense - complete with a cutout for your wrist.
Other than the MS-3, the box contains the product manual and a CD for the settings software (also available for download). Again, simple and functional - everything you need, and nothing more. The product manual itself bears mentioning - I was impressed with the straightforward approach and simple, easy to understand explanations. This is the first manual I've seen that bothered to explain terms such as Angle Snapping and Pointer Acceleration, along with recommendations for achieving better accuracy. While veteran gamers may already know and understand these terms, it is important to have access to this information when upgrading to a feature-rich model like the MS-3. Understanding how the OS translates the mouse movement through the different sensitivity settings can help you make the most of a device with a high-end accurate laser sensor. A nice touch, and it certainly relays the message that this isn't just another peripheral manufacturer.
The packaging for the Surface 1030 XL follows the same design. Overall, a great presentation of some high-end peripherals.
Of course, what we're really here for is the MS-3 itself. Covered in a soft-touch, grippy finish and an array of buttons, this mouse promises to be packed full of features and comfort. Let's take a closer look.