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Dell Alienware AW510M Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Aug 18, 2021 at 10:36 am
Dell Alienware AW510M Picture
7.3
Office/Multimedia
7.8
Video Games (FPS)
7.5
Video Games (MMO)
7.4
Ultra-Light Gaming
4.9
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Dell Alienware AW510M is a versatile wired gaming mouse with a distinctively shaped wingtip palm rest. It has an ambidextrous shape and feels very sturdily built. It also has three side buttons, and it's well-suited for most hand sizes using a palm or claw grip. However, the palm rest gets in the way of a comfortable fingertip grip, except for extra-large hands. Performance-wise, it has low click latency, a very low lift-off distance, and a wide CPI range. Unfortunately, you can only adjust the CPI by increments of 100, and our sensor is quite inconsistent and undershoots the set CPI significantly during faster cursor movements.

Our Verdict

7.3 Office/Multimedia

The Dell Alienware AW510M is decent for office and multimedia work. It feels very well-built, and it has an ambidextrous shape suitable for nearly all hand sizes using a palm or claw grip. It also has plenty of buttons, all of which you can program using the customization software. Unfortunately, it's a wired-only mouse, and the scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling. However, you can change the incremented scroll mode from 12 to 24 steps using a switch on the underside.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Ambidextrous design suitable for nearly all hand sizes using a palm or claw grip.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.
7.8 Video Games (FPS)

The Dell Alienware AW510M is a good mouse for FPS gaming. It feels very well-built, and it has an ambidextrous shape well-suited for nearly all hand sizes using a palm or claw grip. It also has a low click latency, very low lift-off distance, and a wide CPI range. Unfortunately, this mouse is heavy, and you can only adjust the CPI by increments of 100. Also, the sensor on our unit is inconsistent and undershoots the set CPI more during faster cursor movements.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Ambidextrous design suitable for nearly all hand sizes using a palm or claw grip.
  • Good click latency.
Cons
  • You can only adjust the CPI by steps of 100.
  • Braided cable isn't very flexible.
7.5 Video Games (MMO)

The Dell Alienware AW510M is a good mouse for MMO gaming, but it doesn't have as many side buttons as more traditional MMO gaming mice with 12-button side panels. That said, it has three side buttons and two more buttons next to the left-click button, all of which you can program. It feels very well-built, and it has an ambidextrous shape well-suited for nearly all hand sizes using a palm or claw grip. It also has low click latency, a very low lift-off distance, and a wide CPI range. Unfortunately, you can only adjust the CPI in increments of 100. Also, the sensor on our unit is inconsistent and undershoots the set CPI more during quick mouse movements.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Ambidextrous design suitable for nearly all hand sizes using a palm or claw grip.
  • Good click latency.
  • All buttons are programmable.
Cons
  • Not as many side buttons as more traditional MMO gaming mice.
  • You can only adjust the CPI by steps of 100.
7.4 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Dell Alienware AW510M is satisfactory for ultra-light gaming, but it's much heavier than a dedicated ultra-light gaming mouse. That said, it has good click latency and feels very sturdily built. Unfortunately, its braided cable isn't very flexible, and its feet don't glide as smoothly as those on most other mid-range gaming mice. Also, the sensor on our unit is inconsistent and undershoots the set CPI considerably more during faster cursor movements.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Good click latency.
Cons
  • Heavy.
  • Braided cable isn't very flexible.
4.9 Travel

The Dell Alienware AW510M is a bad travel mouse. It's bulky and may not fit in most laptop cases. It also lacks any wireless connection options, making it cumbersome to use in tight spaces like buses, trains, or planes. That said, it feels very well-built and has an ambidextrous shape suitable for nearly all hand sizes using a palm or claw grip. It also has onboard memory for using custom settings on computers without the customization software installed.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
Cons
  • Bulky; may not fit in most laptop cases.
  • Wired-only.
  • 7.3 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.8 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.5 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.4 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 4.9 Travel
  1. Updated Aug 18, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Jul 21, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB
Design
Shape
Length 5.3" (134 mm)
Height 1.7" (43 mm)
Width 3.1" (78 mm)
Grip Width
60 mm
5.3
Design
Portability
Volume
27.52 inยณ (451 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
133 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
101 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
101 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No
8.5
Design
Build Quality
8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
No
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
Yes
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
Thumb and Pinky
Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
No
Large Hand
No
X.Large Hand
Yes
0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No
7.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.1 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Braided
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB
7.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Ok
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • Dell Alienware AW510M
  • User documentation

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
Not Specified
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
16,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
100 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
10%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

Dell doesn't specify the sensor model on the Dell Alienware AW510M, referring to it only as its "latest generation custom Alienware native 16,000 DPI sensor." Multiple online sources suggest the sensor may be based on a PixArt PAW 3335. However, this isn't something we can confirm. The polling rate on the Dell Alienware AW510M is locked at 1000Hz, and there is no option in the software to adjust it. Unfortunately, the sensor on our unit is inconsistent and undershoots the set CPI 11.76% more during faster cursor movements.

7.4
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
10
Number Of Side Buttons
3
Number Of Programmable Inputs
10
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can reprogram all of the buttons on the Dell Alienware AW510M. However, you can't program the scroll wheel up/down inputs, and the left and right-click buttons are only swappable or programmable for specific game profiles. You can also set five custom CPI profiles and cycle between them using the CPI button behind the mouse wheel.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel

There's a switch on the underside of the Dell Alienware AW510M that you can use to adjust the number of incremented steps on the scroll wheel from 12 to 24.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
7.9
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
15 ms
Operating System And Software
7.8
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
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes
8.3
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Partially

The bottom-most side button doesn't have a function by default in macOS. Also, because of the lack of compatible customization software, you can't reprogram this button or any other controls in macOS.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Dell Alienware AW510M we tested is black. Dell refers to this color scheme as 'Dark Side of the Moon'. There are no other color variants for this mouse. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Dell Alienware AW510M is a good wired gaming mouse for a range of uses. It shares the same distinctive body shape as the Dell Alienware AW310M and Dell Alienware AW610M, but while those two mice are wireless, the AW510M uses a wired connection. It also has many more programmable buttons, making it better-suited for playing games in various genres or even for office work and everyday browsing. There's also a switch on the bottom of the mouse that allows you to adjust the scroll wheel between a 12 and 24 incremented step mode, which is a very uncommon feature.

For more options, see our recommendations for the best mouse, the best wired mouse, and the best gaming mouse.

Logitech G502 HERO

The Logitech G502 HERO is a better wired gaming mouse than the Dell Alienware AW510M. The Logitech has a much wider CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, a more consistent sensor, and a lower click latency. It also has two more buttons than the Dell, and you can assign a G-Shift button to enable a secondary layer of commands. Additionally, its scroll wheel has L/R tilt buttons and unlocks for free scrolling. On the other hand, the Dell is lighter. Unfortunately, it only has software compatible with Windows, while the Logitech has software compatible with Windows and macOS.

Dell Alienware AW610M

The Dell Alienware AW610M and the Dell Alienware AW510M share a distinctive body and wingtip palm rest. However, you can connect the AW610M wirelessly with its USB receiver. It also has a more consistent sensor. On the other hand, the AW510M is a wired-only mouse, but it's lighter and feels sturdier. It also has lower click latency and three additional buttons, including one more side button than the AW610M. Both mice are well-suited for nearly all hand sizes using a palm or claw grip and a fingertip grip for extra-large hands.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D is an excellent ultra-lightweight gaming mouse, while the Dell Alienware AW510M is a good, versatile gaming mouse. The Glorious has a right-handed shape and is much lighter. It has a much more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It also has a somewhat lower click latency. On the other hand, the Dell has an ambidextrous shape with a thumb and pinky rest. It also has four more buttons than the Glorious. Performance-wise, it has a wider CPI range and a lower lift-off distance.

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper Mini is an excellent, ultra-lightweight wired gaming mouse, while the Dell Alienware AW510M is a good, versatile gaming mouse. The Razer is much lighter and has a more flexible cable. It also has mouse feet that glide much smoother and significantly lower click latency. On the other hand, the Dell has a distinctive shape with a thumb and pinky rest. It also has four additional programmable buttons, including an additional side button. Performance-wise, it has a wider CPI range and a lower lift-off distance. The Dell is well-suited for nearly all hand sizes with a palm or claw grip, while the Razer is best-suited for a fingertip grip.

Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED

The Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED and the Dell Alienware AW510M are both versatile gaming mice for a variety of genres, but the Logitech has much better performance overall. The Logitech connects either wired with its charging cable or wirelessly with its USB receiver. It has a higher maximum CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, a more consistent sensor, and lower click latency. It also has two additional buttons, and you can set a G-Shift button to enable a secondary layer of commands. It also has a scroll wheel that unlocks for free scrolling and has L/R tilt buttons. On the other hand, the Alienware has a pinky rest, which the Logitech lacks.

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