More and more companies are entering the market for gaming-grade mice, putting this kind of product among the usual coolers, motherboards and components that come out of their assembly line. Gigabyte sure did its homework with the release of the M8000Xtreme. It follows the essential rules of an excellent gaming-grade mouse plus it has one of the best configuration software we’ve tested so far. Despite its corny name (it sounds like something out of a bad Image comics from the 90’s), we really enjoyed the mouse. Let’s take a look at its physical characteristics and then proceed to the actual test.

M8000XtremeFigure 1: The M8000Xtreme mouse.

The M8000Xtreme is a right-handed mouse with a narrow body design and rubber niches for the thumb and ring finger. The main click buttons are separated from the main body. Between them stands the scroll wheel (that also performs side scrolling) and a single button to increase/decrease the sensitivity. The name of the configuration software, Ghost, is illuminated with five different colors to indicate the current assigned profile. On the thumb side you can find the usual back/forward navigation buttons plus four leds that display the current dpi setting; on the ring finger side there’s the button to change the five user profiles stored in the M8000Xtreme internal memory (usually in other models this kind of button is located on the underside).

M8000XtremeFigure 2: Left side.
M8000XtremeFigure 3: Right side.

Below the mouse the user can find the 6,000 dpi laser cannon and the cartridge to insert the additional 38 grams (1.3 oz) weighting system (a 20 grams/0.75 oz weight plus three 6 grams/0.2 oz beads) that comes in a neat round box. There’s also the possibility to attach a separated set of Teflon feet to ensure better tracking over the chosen surface. The M8000Xtreme also features a nylon braided cord ending in a gold-plated USB connector.

M8000XtremeFigure 4: The underside.

A self-assumed gadget-freak and an avid gamer, André Gordirro has written about pop culture, Internet and technology for the past ten years. He works for SET Magazine, Brazil’s biggest movie magazine, and usually contributes to its technology section writing about consumer products. His body lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – although his mind is said to inhabit cyberspace.