Installing and Charging the Aivia M8600
You just need to connect the base to a USB port and hit both parity buttons – on the base itself and on the mouse – to have the Aivia M8600 properly working. If the user wants it to be a wired device, he/she can just plug in the USB cord, which sincerely beats the whole purpose of the Aivia M8600, but it’s still a good thing that Gigabyte allows it to be used as a regular wired mouse.
To customize the Aivia M8600, it’s mandatory to install Gigabyte’s Ghost software, through which it’s possible to program ten buttons – an impressive number – and change from right -handed mode to left-handed mode with a single click. The 32 KB internal memory stores up to five user profiles so the device can be used to run different games and even work-related applications. A LED below the scroll wheel tells which profile is active, glowing with a choice of 27 colors – and a more discreet user can turn it off by choosing “black” – to indicate the current sensitivity setting. There are four user-selectable levels up to 6,500 DPI.
The application is very easy to use. It features icons representing the buttons to be programmed. Everything is simple and intuitive – a bliss among such a collection of confusing software out there. Even for those users not inclined to create macros, the Ghost offers some handy predefined suggestions. Other run-of-the-mill functions can also be adjusted, like independent X/Y axis sensitivity and horizontal and vertical scrolling speed. It’s a hassle-free operation, but we have to point out that you need to connect the mouse with a cable in order to use the software.
The 1500 mAh Sanyo batteries last for 50 hours per charge, according to Gigabyte. In practice, we switched batteries on the fifth day of intense usage without depending on the economic mode (which makes the mouse hibernate and it’s ideal for work use). We let the extra battery be at hand and pre-charged but, although switching it was pretty quick, it’s still not a two second operation as advertised – unless the user has lightning-fast gunslinger reflexes. You have to turn the device upside down, hit a switch to eject the battery, retrieve it, and then put the new one in the slot. The Aivia M8600 doesn’t fit quite well on the charger/receiver; it’s probably better to plug the mouse directly on the PC to recharge the battery while using it or, even better yet, to leave the extra battery recharging on the base and have it ready anytime you need it.