As a hardcore gamer and developer, I always believe peripheral is a key to success. My very first ergonomic keyboard is the legendary Microsoft Natural Keyboard. I immediately addicted to it, it not only helped me to correct my bad typing behavior, it also increase my typing speed by 10-15%. Of course, it takes time to get use to a keyboard (and I also get used to Japanese layout keyboard). I also owned Natural Keyboard Pro, Office Keyboard (nice scroll and cut/copy/paste keys), Multimedia Natural Keyboard (with matching Optical Blue Mouse), and Japanese-layout Wireless Optical Desktop Pro. And now, the latest keyboard I got is Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, and is the most comfortable keyboard I ever used.
I dreamed to get a Razer mouse long time ago. Cool kids at Microsoft Hardware division teamed up with Razer to create a next-gen mouse call Habu, with proven ergonomic engineering from Microsoft and award-winning precision from Razer. What I can say is it would be my ultimate mouse (unless they made another one that is compatible with XBOX360 in white/green combination).
Surprisingly, Microsoft is not doing software/driver stuff this time. Instead, Microsoft is focusing on design, marketing and support, and Razer is doing software/driver and hardware stuff. This idea is new and, to me, it means "hardcore gaming mouse, excellent ergnomic design". I prefer software from Razer in this situation as it gave me confidence that my mouse is just another Razer mouse inside.
As a end-user point of view, installing the driver is not an easy step. If you are going to get a Habu mouse, there are three points to remember:
After I get my Habu mouse working with Razer driver, I feel the mouse got super fast response time (it claimed to be 1 ms). Let's say, what do you feel when you install plain Windows ME on a Core 2 Duo machine equipped with 2GB RAM? (Nope, BSOD is not an answer). Right, lightning-fast response, that's what I got now.
I played it with a classical mouse rate checker application and what I got is an average of 1200-1300Hz. I also plugged in a classical Microsoft Optical Mouse Blue side-by-side (it is the "default" mouse of my team), but what I got is only 80-90Hz. Yea, I know I may able to boost it up to 250Hz, or use a PS/2 mouse and overclock to 200Hz. But they are nothing compare to my Habu.
The specification say (and let me convert to human-readable figures):
The feel and response of that non-slippery mouse buttons are also great, I am pretty sure you can do double click much faster with Habu mouse than normal one. Habu also comes with Razer standard spare Teflon feet and two different thumb button layouts I like the stocked layout but it is always a nice to have an alternative layout, right?
If you like to pick up your mouse and "scrub around" for 360-degree view in FPS, Habu can still track its movement around 1 cm up from the surface. It is a little bit inconvenience for me but I get used to lift Habu higher for this "scrubbing" action.
If you are looking for a new mouse that's around $60, Microsoft Habu is the only one that I could recommend.