Do you believe in love at first sight? Some do, some don’t, but it really is simply an explanation of the feeling when you immediately know something is right. Of course, it is far more complex in interpersonal relationships than it is with technology. There are many products where one glance and a quick look at the specs lets you know that it is exactly what you have been looking for. I felt exactly that way about the original Func MS-3. The size and shape are near ergonomic perfection, button placement makes sense and all ten are fully programmable, the macro editor is powerful and simple, and the highest quality parts were used throughout, right down to the 5670 dpi Avago sensor. Thankfully, when I got the MS-3 in my hand, it lived up to every expectation that I had. Like any other first gen piece, however, there was room for a little tweaking and refinement, and that's where the new Func MS-3 R2 comes into play..
While Func retained all of the great ergonomics of the MS-3, the R2 tweaks the working components a bit for better overall durability and further flexibility through its software. The Func MS-3 R2 now features software upgradeable firmware, a new more precise and durable scroll wheel, and Omron switches rated for 10 million clicks. The 2m braided cable has been upgraded and reinforced at the connection points for greater durability. To accompany the new MS-3 R2, Func has also released a new Surface 1030 R2 gaming surface to improve your overall desktop experience. The Surface 1030 R2 is available in two sizes (13x10” and 14x11”), and features selectable dual surfaces for textured precision or the ultra-fast gameplay of a perfectly smooth pad. The Surface 1030 R2 also features Func’s renowned cord clip, as well as non-slip backing for a solid, stable surface.
Overview Video Above
|Sensor||Avago ADNS 9500|
|Tracking Speed||5.1 m/sec|
|Max Acceleration||30 g|
|Image Processing||10.6 megapixels/sec|
|Report Rate||Adjustable up to 1000Hz|
|Connection||USB, Gold Plated, 2m Braided Cable|
|Dimension||126.92 x 69.42 x 42.38mm, 127g|
|Model||Surface 1030 R2|
|Surface Type||F30.r / F10.s|
Features - MS-3 R2
Features - Surface 1030 R2
Provided by: Func
No compensation was received for review of this product.
Price: MS-3 R2 $59.95 USD Retail/Surface 1030 R2 L $39.95 USD Retail (@Amazon)
The Func MS-3 R2 and Surface 1030 are in the Mainstream Class of gaming input devices.
For anyone who likes a full sized mouse, it is hard not to love the MS-3 R2 regardless of what you are using it for. It is perfectly shaped and incredibly comfortable in your hand, with the button placement making absolute sense. There is no reaching or finger releases required, all ten buttons are right there, easily accessible with the smallest, most intuitive of movements. Add in the powerful programmability of the MS-3 R2 and macros, and you have a fantastic input device regardless of what you are doing. Gaming, video editing, programming, productivity, it doesn’t matter, the Func MS-3 R2 just fits.
When combined with the Surface 1030 R2, you get a top notch total desktop environment for gaming. The dual-sided Surface allows you to choose what feels best for your style of gameplay and use it to your advantage. Three profiles can be tweaked and manipulated to match exactly what you need and changed on the fly, with dual RGB lighting even allowing for visual indicators. The Instant Aim button is a must for those into first person shooters. You can set your dpi rate for quick movements throughout the game, and a simple thumb pinch switched over to a programmable dpi specifically for precise aiming. For those that lift the mouse, lift-off distance is totally adjustable. Programming complex moves into the macro editor couldn’t be any easier, and assigning macros is as simple as it comes.
Just as their name and slogan imply, Func truly does know functionality….and ergonomics, and the MS-3 R2 certainly shows it off. Unlike most gaming mice, the MS-3 R2 makes for a very comfortable and highly functional productivity mouse so much so, that I feel that labeling the MS-3 R2 strictly a “gaming mouse” is doing it a great injustice. Unlike typical productivity mice, the MS-3 R2 is a monster gaming mouse. Regardless of which you are doing, your profiles are stored onboard and require no software installation to use them anywhere. Put a Surface 1030 R2 underneath it and you have one of the most enjoyable input experiences you will ever come across. The MS-3 R2 and Surface 1030 R2 are recipients of Editor’s Choice Award and highest recommendation. Regardless of your usage, both should be on your “must have” list.
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