Alienware AW610M Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Dec 11, 2019 at 08:55 am
Alienware AW610M Picture
Test Methodology v0.8.1
7.3
Mixed Usage
7.6
Office/Multimedia
7.3
Travel
7.1
Video Games (FPS)
7.1
Video Games (MMO)
5.7
Ultra-Light Gaming
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The Alienware AW610M is a decent gaming mouse. It has a solid, ambidextrous design that feels quite comfortable and should be suitable for all hand sizes when using a palm grip. While it has a good, customizable CPI, unfortunately, it's quite heavy, which may not be ideal for everyone. Its unique wingtip design gives you a slight palm rest which is comfortable, though unfortunately, it means this mouse may be difficult to use with a fingertip grip.

Our Verdict

7.3 Mixed Usage

The Alienware AW610M is a decent mixed usage mouse. Its ambidextrous design should be comfortable for most people, allowing you to use it all day without discomfort. Unfortunately, it's quite heavy, which may not be ideal for all gamers. Due to its unique design, it's not recommended if you prefer to use fingertip grip.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
7.6 Office/Multimedia

This is a good office mouse. Despite being marketed as a gaming mouse, the AW610M works best as an office mouse due to its comfortable and ergonomic design. It also feels quite well-built and should be able to withstand constant use. Unfortunately, its unique shape means it isn't recommended if you like to use fingertip grip.

7.3 Travel

This mouse is decent for travel. Even though this mouse is quite bulky, it doesn't require a wire, and its USB receiver can be stored in the bottom of the mouse, making it easy to toss in a larger bag. It also feels quite well-built and should be able to withstand being bumped around in a bag without sustaining damage.

7.1 Video Games (FPS)

This mouse is alright for FPS games. While it has a wide customizable CPI range, and a fairly low click latency, unfortunately it's quite heavy, which may not be great for FPS games. It also may not be the best choice for gamers who prefer fingertip grip, due to its unique wingtip design.

See our Video Games (FPS) recommendations
7.1 Video Games (MMO)

The Alienware AW610M might be alright for MMOs, though there are better mice out there. Unlike dedicated MMO mice, it only has two additional side buttons, though they are both programmable, which is good. Its ambidextrous design should be quite comfortable for most people, though unfortunately, it can't be used with fingertip grip, unless you have very large hands.

5.7 Ultra-Light Gaming

This mouse is quite heavy and not recommended for ultra-light gaming. It's much heavier than mice designed for this, and its weight isn't customizable.

  • 7.3 Mixed Usage
  • 7.6 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.3 Travel
  • 7.1 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.1 Video Games (MMO)
  • 5.7 Ultra-Light Gaming
Pros
  • Ergonomic and ambidextrous design.
  • Feels well-built and solid.
  • Adjustable CPI (DPI).
  • Can be used wired or wireless.
Cons
  • Software lacks many customization options.
  • Can't be used with fingertip grip except for extra-large hands.
  1. Update 12/20/2019: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Alienware AW610M is a fairly unique looking gaming mouse. It isn't too flashy-looking and has four RGB lights, though they're all controlled as the same zone. The mouse has a symmetrical design and has silicone wingtips on either side to rest your hand on.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
162 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
120 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
120 g

The Alienware AW610M is a fairly heavy mouse with no weight customization options.

7.3
Design
Portability
Length 5.2" (13.3 cm)
Height 1.7" (4.4 cm)
Width 3.1" (7.8 cm)
Volume
27.83 Cu. Inch (456 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
Yes

The Alienware AW610M is a decently portable mouse. While the mouse itself is a bit on the larger side, it doesn't require a wire, and the USB receiver can be stored in the bottom of the mouse, making it easier to toss into a bag.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Alienware AW610M is a sturdy mouse that feels quite well-built. The dense plastic of the mouse feels solid in the hand, and there are no creaks or squeaks while using the mouse. The mouse wheel wobbles a bit from side-to-side, and you can hear it when you shake the mouse, though we don't know if this will be an issue.

8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
No
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
Yes
Grip Width
61 mm

This mouse's ergonomics are very good. It has an ambidextrous design, though the side buttons are positioned on the left side. Due to its unique wingtip design, it's not the best choice for fingertip grip and lends itself best to the palm grip, which is recommended for all hand sizes.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Palm Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

The Alienware AW610M is great for palm grip due to its comfortable wingtip design. Even though the mouse looks quite large, it's comfortable in this grip for all hand sizes, and even those with smaller hands should have no problem reaching all the buttons.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Claw Grip: Small Hand
No
Claw Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

The Alienware AW610M can be used with claw grip for everyone except those with small hands, as it may be difficult to comfortably reach the buttons.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Fingertip Grip: Small Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: Medium Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: Large Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

Due to its unique design, the Alienware AW610M isn't recommended for fingertip grip except for those with very large hands. The rear wingtips will likely get in the way when trying to use this grip.

6.5
Design
Wireless
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch

The Alienware AW610M is a wireless mouse that comes with a USB dongle to connect the mouse wirelessly to the PC. It also comes with an adapter to attach to the included micro-USB cable to act as an extension cable for the dongle.

6.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.5 ft (2.0 m)
Braided
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
Micro USB
Port Type: PC End
USB

The included micro-USB cable is decent quality, though it feels slightly rigid and tends to curl up. The mouse can be used via a wired connection when plugged into your PC with the USB cable, or you can also use the USB cable as an extension by attaching the included adapter, great if your desktop is far away and you need to place your USB dongle closer to your mouse.

Design
In The Box

  • Alienware AW610M mouse
  • Micro-USB cable
  • USB receiver
  • Micro-USB to USB adapter
  • Manuals

Control
Control
Sensor
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Works On Glass
No
7.5
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
19 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
17 ms

The Alienware AW610M's click latency is quite good, both wired and wireless, and it's unlikely that there will be noticeable lag for most people.

9.3
Control
Performance
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI (DPI)
Maximum CPI (DPI)
16000 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
100 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Error
4.9 %
Mouse Acceleration
No
Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The Alienware AW610M's performance is excellent. The CPI can be customized to best match your personal preferences. While the CPI error is a little high, it's still within our goal range and shouldn't be noticeable. Unfortunately, the polling rate can't be adjusted from 1000Hz.

7.2
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Number Of Buttons
7
Number Of Programmable Inputs
3
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes

The Alienware AW610M has two additional side buttons which, along with the wheel button click, are programmable via Alienware's software. Unfortunately, the side buttons can be a bit difficult to press as they sit almost flush to the mouse.

6.0
Control
Mouse Wheel
Vertical Wheel
Physical
Vertical Wheel Incremented
Yes
Vertical Wheel Unlock Button
No
Vertical Wheel Tilt
No
Horizontal Wheel
None
Horizontal Wheel Incremented
No horizontal Wheel

The mouse wheel is an incremented scroll wheel, which feels quite typical for a gaming mouse. While there's no way to unlock the wheel for infinite scroll, there's a button on the bottom of the mouse to change your scroll speed between low and high.

Operating System And Software
6.8
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Alienware Command Center
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
No
Profile Configuration
No
RGB On/Off
Yes

The Alienware Command Center is a decent software that can only be installed on Windows PCs. While it gives some basic customization options, unfortunately, it isn't quite as robust as some of the competition's companion utilities. It's worth noting that Command Center is the same software Alienware offers to customize their PCs and doesn't seem to have as much focus on accessory control.

8.3
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Partially

This mouse is compatible with both Windows and macOS, though you have no customization options on macOS as the software isn't compatible. The additional buttons work on their default setting out-of-the-box, but if you customize the buttons on Windows and move the mouse to Mac, the buttons will no longer function.

Compared to other mice

The Alienware AW610M stands out because of its body shape. It has two large wingtips. It's a very big and heavy mouse that's better suited for larger hands. Although it's a gaming mouse, its dedicated software doesn't allow for much customization, which is disappointing. See our recommendations for the best mouse, the best wireless mouse, and the best wireless gaming mouse.

Logitech G Pro Wireless
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The Logitech G Pro Wireless is a much better gaming mouse than the Alienware AW610M. The G Pro feels better-built, can be used by more hand sizes with more grip types, has significantly lower latency, and has more programmable buttons. On the other hand, the AW610M is more ergonomic and has more RGB lighting.

Razer DeathAdder Elite
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Amazon.com

The Razer DeathAdder Elite is a slightly better gaming mouse than the Alienware AW610M. It feels better built, can be used in all grip types with all but small hands, and has much lower latency. On the other hand, the AW610M can be used wired or wireless and has more RGB lighting.

Anker High Precision Gaming Mouse
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Amazon.com

The Anker High Precision Gaming Mouse is better than the Alienware AW610M. The Anker mouse offers more programmable buttons and is also lighter. However, the Alienware can be use wirelessly while the Anker is wired-only. There's also more customization options available in the Anker software. 

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