The Weapons Locker: TeckNet Alpha M006 2.4GHz Wireless Gaming Mouse - Initial Impressions [Video!!!]
NOTE: I’d recommend viewing the short video on this topic first, and then coming back to the post for some more of the detail behind some of the things I voiced in the video.
It was time for a new gaming mouse. Just for kicks, not for any one reason in particular. While I have plenty of full-sized gaming mice, smaller compact ones specifically to fill the space as my gaming mouse for travel, were not really part of my kit.
I decided to take a shot at seeing if the TeckNet Alpha M006 2.4GHz Wireless Gaming Mouse could fit the bill. Near as I can tell, TeckNet is more a retailer than a manufacturer. Headquartered in the UK, TeckNet appears to be kind of a Sharper Image retailer, but for geeks and primarily carrying electronics and computer components and peripherals. I reckon this mouse and the rest of the product line are actually from an Asian ODM, and then branded as a TeckNet product.
The Tecknet Alpha M006 was released last fall, August to be specific, of 2016. It is a smaller form-factor mouse, meant for travelers who game or gamers who are on the go. I paid $10.49 for mine when I ordered it from Amazon, but this one, the black model, is now down to $9.99, although the other colors in the line (grey, blue, or red) are $1 more at $10.99.
This mouse is a bit larger than the typical mobile mouse, but is still a good deal smaller than the type of gaming mice I am used to handling. That is intentional, I know, but it still yields the same problem I always have with smaller mice. My hands get cramped handling something that small over long periods of time. In order to use the mouse and engage the front or back side-mounted mouse buttons, I have to use the Crab grip, which I talk about in the opening of the video. I have been using it for a few days, and for admin tasks, it feels ok. But I will need to game with it for a bit to see if it yields the discomfort that I tend to experience.
The Alpha is very slick across the plastic on the right-side of the mouse. At first I thought it would cause an issue with getting a good grip, but so far that has not been the case. The interior material is a joy though, with a rubberized coating applied across the whole interior edge. One other note is that, unless there is something I am missing, this mouse is strictly for righties only. I did not see any accommodation for lefties here. There is a good size delta between the front end and the back end of the device. The extra girth near the middle and rear helps with getting a decent grip on a device that is otherwise fairly petite.
One thing that I do really like about this mouse is that it claims to get 18 months of battery life. To help ensure that, it powers itself down when the mouse is not in use. A lot of wireless mice do this, but they wake up as soon as the mouse is touched. This can lead to a lot of false positives. In this case, the Alpha does not monitor for anything; you have to tap a mouse button to force the Alpha to wake up. While it may be an extra second or two to get into a working stance on your PC, it should help that battery last a good long time.
I guess there are a few of the basics that I left out of the beginning. The TeckNet Alpha is a 6-button mouse, although one of those is for the DPI control, so it won’t help much in actual gaming. It connects to a PC usinga 2.4 Ghz RF transceiver dongle, which I actually prefer to Bluetooth, as I find the 2.4 GHz tether to be much more reliable. There is storage space under the mouse, where the batteries go (the Alpha requires five), to put the RF dongle when it is not in use.
The feet on the underbelly of the TeckNet Alpha are smooth, slick, and glide easily over the inexpensive mousepad that the mouse has been sitting on for the last week.
I’ll be doing some gaming sessions with this mouse to round out the views above into a final review. Keep your eyes out for that post here. In the meantime, feel free to check out the video.