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Real gamers choose sparkly peripherals

Creative's gaming mouse.

We know gamers are all about flair and sparkly accents. In fact most would rather have a PC and peripherals with pizazz over the kind that get the job done. Or is that 13-year-old girls? Anyway, it's a good thing this mouse has more than just interchangeable iridescent faceplates to tempt hard-core gamers.

Creative Mouse Gamer HD7600L

Creative's HD7600L gaming mouse claims a resolution of 2,400 dpi, better than CNET Reviews' favorite mouse, but has a marginally slower tracking speed of 40 inches per second, and connects via USB to Windows-based PCs only. The mouse glides around on Teflon feet, allows users to toggle between dpi settings--400, 800, 1,600 and 2,400--and gives speed readouts on the integrated dpi indicator.

Creative does go a little OSHA on us, noting that the Class 1 laser sensor will automatically reduce power when the mouse is lifted off a desktop. That's really thoughtful of Creative, 'cause guess what I don't want for Christmas this year? A burned retina.