|Func MS-3 Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Tom Jaskulka|
|Monday, 11 March 2013|
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Func MS-3 Detailed Features
Since this is the detailed features section, I thought it only fitting to try and provide some more photgraphic detail of the two surfaces on the 1030 XL. The two pictures below were taken from as similar of a distance as possible while still keeping the "grain" of the pad in focus. Func lists the two surfaces as "F30.r" and "F10.s".
The two surfaces differ distinctly in their feel. The rough side has a granular feel, while the smooth is just that: smooth. Initially, I found myself preferring to use the smooth side as it seemed to have a better glide (the rough side felt too "scratchy" at first - it may have needed a break-in period). Soon however, I switched to the rough surface as it didn't seem to cause as much drag if some oils from your fingerprints transferred to the mouse pad. Over time, I began to prefer the rough surface over the smooth - of course, the benefit of a dual-sided pad is having a choice! Switching sides is a simple process as the pad sits in a plastic tray that is anchored by large rubber feet (foregoing the need to place disruptive pads on the mousing surface itself). Just flip the surface over, and you're ready to go. Throughout the entire course of using the Surface 1030 XL with the MS-3 I didn't experience any sensor skips or jitters (although I use lower DPI settings, not approaching the full 5670 DPI). The combination works well, as one would expect.
Aside from the buttons, the bottom of the MS-3 is the only other place we find some glossy black plastic. The rest is all coated in a rubbery, soft touch finish that feels great beneath your fingertips. That laser is a Avago ADNS-9500, the same used in mice such as the Roccat Kone[+], Steelseries Sensei and XAI, Mionix Naos 5000, and the Corsair M60 and M90.
The right side of the MS-3 houses those formed ring and little finger rests, and you can also see the profile switch button (which is programmable for other functions as well) by the right mouse button, along with the two DPI switching buttons beneath the scroll wheel (which are also programmable).
The left side of the MS-3 shows us the T+4 thumbzone arrangement and the DPI/Profile indicator LEDs. This arrangement is admittedly well thought out, and the tension on the buttons is perfect for preventing mis-clicks while still allowing for easy activation (I was able to rest my thumb on the lowest button, and still click only when I meant to). Leaving the central area free for your thumb was a great decision - all four buttons are in easy reach, but you still have more than enough room to rest or grip with your thumb. Depending on your grip the Instant Aim button towards the front can be hard to reach without moving your hand; I found it was not enough of an issue to affect my use of that button during gameplay. This button is also programmable so you aren't restricted to that function.
Func claims they've spent more than 100 hours studying the human hand, and have designed the MS-3 to provide the greatest and most ergonomic grip possible. After first placing my hand on the MS-3, I'd be inclined to believe them. Keep in mind, I already have my preferences for mice: small, low profile mice that I can use a modified claw grip to move with my fingertips. The MS-3 does not fit that profile, but I couldn't tear myself away from how comfortable it was. My only complaint with the shape is you are forced into a palm grip...but when a palm grip feels this good, that isn't much of a complaint. Since I am complaining however, I would have preferred less of a "shelf/ledge" shape to the right side grips - rounding those grooves a little more would have felt even more comfortable, in my own humble and subjective opinion. Still, having those vertical edges helps with gripping the mouse during side to side movements or if you should ever need to pick up the MS-3 during gameplay.
Here again we see the DPI indicator LED. There are three along that seam which light up to indicate the current DPI step. When pressing the button mapped for the profile switch, these same LEDs will temporarily change to white, allowing you to switch between configured profiles. This change happens almost instantly, along with the color changes to the scroll wheel and instant aim button. I grew to quickly appreciate this efficient and unique approach to indicating the current DPI and profile - it is simple, functional, and informative while remaining unobtrusive.