- 11 Buttons
- USB 2.0 Wired
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Solid hardware, software could use a few extra frills. 08/29/2013
This is a pretty good feeling mouse to me. Despite its size it is a lighter mouse, and it does come with weights if you prefer it heavier. It glides wonderfully across my Razer eXactMat. The buttons mostly have solid clicks and aren't too hard, although the right click seems slightly stiffer than the left click. The mouse wheel has decent notches, scrolling isn't the snappiest I've ever felt but it's pretty good for the price. I'm not really a fan of tilt wheels but this one feels firm. The wheel itself has a soft rubber surround with ridges and grips easily. The top two thumb buttons could use a shorter throw to actuation, but they're raised enough that they don't feel that bad (they mush sort of like the Kova+'s side buttons but they don't sit flush with the mouse, which makes them feel better). No interpolation, this mouse is pixel precise at its highest DPI. No angle snapping, either. The LED bars on the left side of the mouse distinctly indicate at which DPI level the mouse currently sits. Every button is programmable, even the DPI switch. The macro features work well enough, recording keyboard commands and can insert pauses in 50ms increments, you can also assign single key presses to the buttons. Also has independent X/Y sensitivity if you're into that. Response time adjustable to 250, 500 or 1000hz. Logo color/pulsing is adjustable, and able to be disabled.
The right side button is not really useful for my grip (I fingertip), I can hit it but it feels a bit awkward if I'm trying to do it quickly and smoothly. There isn't much granularity to the DPI settings, I'd like to see finer control (a'la Razer On-The-Fly). I also wouldn't mind better control of the LED color in the driver.
You can have finer control of the LED in a roundabout manner though if you tell the driver to save your profile and edit the resulting .conf file at the "LedColor" line, just inputting a number between 0 and 16777215ish. I also mentioned I'm a fingertipper and as such I am not a huge fan of "ergonomically" curvy mice, however this mouse is not as bad as some. I'd actually like to see a symmetrical mouse like this, mirrored with the left side. The reason is because I've tried this mouse using my left hand and it actually feels pretty good, the lower thumb button kind of turns into a pinky button. I'm not a natural lefty so I can't really do much besides putz around but if you're a (big handed) fingertip grip lefty that could live without thumb buttons while gaining two ring finger buttons and a pinky button, might want to consider trying this one. Or one like it, you'll probably notice the shell of this mouse is similar to mice of some other manufacturers although this one from UtechSmart has the most precise sensor I've seen with this design.
I got this mouse for slightly over thirty beans, and I would say my 5 eggs hold firm for another ten. This is a great mouse for the price, although as price rises so does the competition. The software is a bit weak for the Grant and up crowd but if they made some improvements there (quality of experience stuff like a finer on the fly sensitivity, more advanced macroing, immediate profile switching, etc..) I think this mouse could give the more established manufacturers a run for their money.
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