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Written by Tom Jaskulka   
Monday, 11 March 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
Func MS-3 Gaming Mouse
Closer Look: Func MS-3
Func MS-3 Detailed Features
Func MS-3 Settings Software
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

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.

The scroll wheel feels solid and actuates with the same satisfying tactile click as the main mouse buttons (and every button, really). The profile button could stand to be a little taller or of a different design, as I found myself also pressing the right mouse button when trying to change profiles. This button is probably the only weak point in an otherwise solid exterior: it stays out of the way, but if you do need to press it you have to stop what you're doing and focus on pressing it to avoid mis-clicks. Again, this button is programmable; its default function is rarely used anyway so perhaps it won't be an issue for most users.


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.



# RE: Func MS-3 Gaming Mousetarsus7 2013-04-29 09:33
Not a complete review IMHO. Does the mouse record macros and how many buttons does it have? These are important issues for gamers.
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# RE: RE: Func MS-3 Gaming MouseTom Jaskulka 2013-04-29 10:20
Of course the review isn't very complete if you refuse to read the whole thing ;) There are ten programmable buttons (as stated in the conclusion), and there is a picture of them labeled as well in the Func Settings Software section. However, I did fail to mention the macro editor will accept up to 20 actions/10 commands in one macro (60 macros total). I usually stray away from simply repeating specifications that are easily found on the manufacturer's site and try to provide more of a "feel" of the "experience" of using a product (things that are harder to Google, if you will). I normally trust in fellow gamer's abilities to find out the information that is important to them :) I'm more interested in relaying the "hard to find" information if applicable.
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# Nice143BPM 2013-04-30 07:28
Excellent review, well done. I've been unable to find a suitable replacement for my G5, which is just a bit small for palming for me. I'm assuming this is going to do the trick.....ordering this bad boy today.
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