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Asus ROG Sheath Mousepad Review

The ROG Sheath Mouse pad from ASUS is one of the nicest looking gaming surfaces we tested. Being one of the largest pads in the world it covers around two thirds of my desk, which i’m a fan of. My keyboard sits on top of a sleek and shiny black finish with a pleasing logo and pattern located on the right hand side of the mouse pad. These days around £30/$30 for a mouse pad this size is standard so you are getting a quality product for around the same price as it’s competitors.

Pros

  • Aesthetically pleasing – Simple and stylish design with a visually appealing logo.
  • High quality and Resilient – Looks high quality and feels durable.
  • Easy to clean – Really smooth surface makes it easier to clean than other mouse pads.
  • Non-slip – Rubber base stops the mouse pad from moving when playing.
  • Comfortable – The soft smooth surface feels nice against the arm and wrist.

Cons

  • Edge – The marrow edge doesn’t have non-stick rubber beneath it allowing occasional small movements.(nit pick)

Design

asus rog sheath mouse pad

The ROG Sheath mouse pads design is simple but flawless. Its uninterrupted smooth finish is pleasing on the eye but also helps provide an effortless glide with the mouse. Its woven fabric also has a large logo that blends in with a pattern on the right of the mouse pad, this pattern softly fading into the black abyss of the rest of the mouse pad. The ROG Sheath is finished with marrow edges providing a nice polished feel to the pad.

Performance

The ROG Sheath looks and feels high quality but it doesn’t stop there. The Performance is excellent as its smooth surface designed for speed offers almost no resistance when playing. It reminds me of the Steelseries QcK XXL surface as they are a similar size. They are comparable in terms of performance too as they share a similar thickness and material.

Quality

asus rog sheath mouse pad

Another reason to give this mouse pad greater thought is the rigorous testing these pads have been through. The ROG Sheath has been exposed to temperatures of -30°C and 60°C for over 55 hours and has also been used in a mouse glide test covering a distance the equivalent of 250 kilometers. Above it was mentioned the edge can sometimes move  when using the mouse near it due to the marrow edge(stitched edge) but this is a small thing to pick up on as the marrow edge will prolong the life of the mouse pad and stop those edges fraying.

Size

asus rog sheath mouse pad size

The dimensions of the ROG Sheath mouse pad are (900 x 440 x 3 mm) which is definitely one of the larger mouse pads on the market. This mouse pad is very similar in size to both the ROG Scabbard and the Steelseries QcK XXL spanning a massive 900 mm across the desk. Unlike its rivals though the ROG Sheath has an extra 40 mm in width and sits in between the other two mouse pads in terms of thickness at 3 mm. To put that size in perspective the ROG Sheath will takeover most of the desk space but if your someone like me who prefers having a ‘desk’ pad then this is worth a look at.

The ROG Sheath only comes in one size like all of ASUS mouse pads, but they do offer smaller products.

  • Small (320 x 270 x 2 mm) –  ASUS ROG Whetstone
  • Medium (400 x 450 x 2 mm) – ASUS ROG Strix Edge

Our Verdict

Overall the ROG Sheath provides a brilliant surface to game or work on. Its affordable, stylish and performs well. This mouse pad is a really high quality product that just ticks all the boxes for a cloth pad. It’s silky surface offers little resistance when gaming and is a joy to use. Whether you get this or not is down to preference but if you were considering getting a new cloth surface then this has to be considered.

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Razer Deathadder Chroma Review

We first saw Razer introduce the Razer Deathadder in 2007 and since then have had constant mice updates throughout the years but have never seen RGB lighting until now. With the production of the Razer Deathadder Chroma, Razer is offering gamers a simple mouse that is very diverse in customizability, as well as a clean aesthetic. Along with the mouse, the Synapse software allows users to navigate with ease when trying to customize their mouse’s functions whether it be the lighting display or the internal functions of the mouse.

  • Mouse Stats – key features of the mouse (bullet point format)
  • Hand Size Guide – measurements of the mouse vs. hand sizes

Pros & Cons

Pros

Cons


What’s in the box section

If your having trouble connecting the mouse to the PC, the Deathadder Chroma comes with a set of instructions to connect the mouse to the computer as well as other basic information on the functions of the mouse. When the Razer Deathadder arrives, you are presented with the mouse, along with a software guide that explains how to navigate around the software and how to use certain functions.

Mouse Design Section

Size & Weight

The Deathadder has an overall weight of 105g. Although not heavy, this weight provides for a sturdy grip and does not feel light. With regards to size, the Deathadder has a length of 12.7cm/5”, a width of 7cm/2.76” and a height of 4.4cm/1.73”. This size is perfect for people with medium to large size hands, for most small hands this would be too large and other mice such as the Roccat Kone Pure or the Logitech G Pro would be better suited. This mouse also caters towards players that want to use different grips such as claw or palm grip, either or can be done using this mouse. One drawback of the Razer Deathadder is that it’s a right-handed mouse, meaning that its Razor’s first mouse that is not ambidextrous.

Main Switches

With the arrival of the Deathadder, Razer had released their new mechanical mouse switches in collaboration with Omron. With the addition of these new main switches, users are able to reach 50 million clicks (which is 30 million more clicks that previous Omron switches), before replacing the main switch which provides sustainability and reliability for years of use. The company has also claimed that their switches have become more distinctive and therefore results in fewer misclicks when using the mouse.

Buttons

Additional buttons may be one area where other mice have an advantage over the Deathadder. Located on the left-hand side of the mouse above the thumb grip, the Deathadder limits its users to only 2 buttons which restricts the number of key bindings that can be made. With such limitations, certain games may become a bit more difficult to play as the user may want additional buttons on the side of the mouse.

Design, Shape & Texture

The overall coating of the Deathadder is a hard plastic material with 2 rubber grips on either side of the mouse, along with a textured scroll wheel allowing a sturdy grip. We’ve tested the mouse over a long period of time, yet the mouse remains to be grippy regardless of the amount we used it.  The main 2 buttons are carved into a ‘W’ shape with slight indents where the user’s fingers would be placed allowing for control and comfortability. The shape of this mouse is very slim and narrow, which is why we suggest it to people with small/medium sized hands. Furthermore, the Deathadder presents itself as a minimalistic mouse, that is very aesthetically pleasing to look at and will add character to any setup.

Cable

The cable on the Deathadder is braided together by a 7 foot long, fibre cable. Due to the cable being braided by multiple fibre cables, the cable is more resilient towards fraying and damage. The 7-foot long cable allows gamers to have their mouse a long distance away from the computer if need. On the contrary, this long cable may get in the way if the user is trying to acquire a neat aesthetic, however, this wasn’t a problem for us as zip ties can be used to organise if need be.

Mouse Features Section

Optical Sensor

Synapse by Razer provides users with plenty of options whereby they can change their optical sensor sensitivity along with other optimizations. The Deathadder is equipped with an optical sensor that allows for up to 16,000 DPI, providing gamers with the maximum customizability. The optical sensor requires a smooth and non-reflective surface to play on. This won’t be a problem for the majority of users, as a standard mouse mat would be a perfect surface to play on.

Polling Rate

Another function found within Razers software Synapse under the performance sub tab, is adjustable polling rates. Synapse provides the user with the option to change their polling rates between 125Hz, 500Hz and 1000Hz, all of which we didn’t experience any performance issues or lag. Other mice marketed at the same price point such as the Corsair Dark Core, don’t offer the same customizability as the Razer Deathadder as it comes with a set polling rate of 1000Hz.

Lift off distance a.k.a LOD

Lift distance is another customizable function within the Synapse software but isn’t explained to the user. Lift off distance is the distance between the optical sensor and the mouse pad. By adjusting the lift distance, the user is changing how sensitive the optical sensor is to movement when elevated from the mouse pad. Synapse offers its users set adjustments for the LOD (Lift-Off Distance) whereby 1 has very little LOD and 10 having more LOD. For gaming, we wouldn’t suggest using a high LOD but the option is there if wanted.

Game Types

The Razer Deathadder is a mouse that supports all games but excels in particular game types. First person shooters (FPS) are a prime example of this, as not many users would need more than 2 buttons on the side of the mouse to play their chosen game successfully. On the contrary, other game types such as open world and tactical shooters may pose difficulty when using the Deathadder as some players may require more than 2 additional buttons. A better mouse for these game types may be the SteelSeries Rival 500 as it provides 13 additional buttons.

Connectivity

In order to connect the fibre cable to the users pc, there must be a free USB port where the user can plug in the cable. When plugged into a 3.0 USB port (found in most gaming computers), the mouse was showing significant improvement from when the 2.0 USB was being used. There was considerably less lag input and overall performance was improved when using the 3.0 USB port.

Razer Deathadder Chroma Software

Polling rates and other optimizable components on the mouse can be adjusted within the Synapse software if the user wishes to do so. The software features a user-friendly design and sticks to Razers typical theme of having a slick and simple design, with easy navigation around the software. Synapse gives the user full customizability of its performance located in the performances sub tab, here the user can alter the DPI, mouse acceleration as well as the polling rates. Other sub tabs consist of the lighting page. Users can change the colour of their mouse, along with different lighting patterns. Synapse provides its users with the option to cycle through these different patterns at different hues, partnered with Philip Hues, the range of colours reaches 16 million different hues. Synapse also allows its users to calibrate their mouse accordingly to the mouse mat they are using. It comes with pre-sets if the mouse mat is by Razer but also gives the option to calibrate a custom setting if the mouse mat isn’t listed. If there are multiple users of the same mouse, synapse has allowed users to set up different accounts. However, Razer decided to use cloud storage for these profiles instead of native storage which resulted in the software, at times, becoming slow due to the software constantly having to update its user’s information. This can also be an advantage for some users that travel, as their information can be accessed from different computers.

Razer Deathadder Chroma Drivers

Aside from the initial installation of Synapse, the user won’t need to reinstall any software to that computer. However, there are occasional updates that the software requires its users to download. As mentioned previously, Synapse uses the cloud to store its user’s information. It’s not allocated to one specific mouse and therefore if the user wants to customize the mouse from a different computer, the user would have to reinstall the software onto the other computer.

Our Verdict

The Razer Deathadder Chroma isn’t a mouse that took the market by storm as it’s not much different from previous mice marketed at the same price. Overall, the mouse offers gamers comfort, control, and quality, therefore a good choice for most games.

However, there are some drawbacks such as the lack of buttons on the side of the mouse, this may pose a problem for people who want to play a variety of games. Additionally, the software is slow due to the cloud storage that stores all its user’s information. This also means that users are reliant on the software and if wanting to change the customization of the mouse from a different computer, they would need to install the software onto that computer. This may become a hassle for some if traveling and switching computers occur often.

For the price amounting to £59.99, we would recommend it to most users, especially casual gamers looking to play first-person shooters and other casual games. With the Xbox One X now allowing gamers to connect their mouse and keyboard to the console, we believe this mouse appeals to new arrivals of gaming peripherals.

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Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum Review

The G810 Orion Spectrum is a full-sized mechanical gaming keyboard manufactured by Logitech. With a simplistic, minimalist design, the G810 Orion Spectrum sports small, refined bezels, a matte black base/top and glossy black sides. The G810 comes in at an MSRP of $159.99, but can often be found on sale for around $120. Competing in the same price range of other popular keyboards such as the Corsair Strafe RGB and the Razer Blackwidow V2, the G810 offers a unique typing experience with proprietary Romer-G Tactile switches, fantastic backlighting, and robust build quality.

The G810 is fully customizable with RGB lighting and a wide range of preset lighting effects. The keyboard features dedicated multimedia buttons (Pause/Play, Stop, Forward, Back) as well as a smooth-rolling volume wheel and mute button. These buttons are tactile and responsive, as well as backlit. The “gaming mode” button allows you to disable certain keys from being registered when activated, such as the Windows Key during gameplay. The G810 doesn’t come with a wrist rest, unlike the G910. However, since the case is shorter and lower profile, it’s definitely useable without one. Unlike most other keyboards at its price point, the G810 Orion Spectrum doesn’t have any onboard memory. The G810 also lacks dedicated macro keys that can be useful for both gaming and productivity. The keyboard also features 26-key rollover, so it won’t miss-track any keypresses while gaming.

Specifications

  • Romer-G Tactile Switch (70M Lifespan, 45g)
  • Width: 153 mm
  • Length: 443.5 mm
  • Height: 34.3 mm
  • 2 – Year Warranty
  • Weight: 1.2 lbs.
  • Cable Length: 1.8m / 6ft

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Easy to use, Simplistic Software
  • Great RGB Lighting and Customization
  • Solid/Sturdy Build Quality
  • Dedicated Multimedia Buttons/Volume Wheel

Cons

  • Lack of Extra Accessories (Keycaps, Keycap Puller, etc.)
  • Romer-G Tactile Switches are not for everyone
  • Thin, Flimsy ABS Keycaps
  • Lack of Macro Keys and Per-Key Programming

What’s in the box

The Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum arrives in a simplistic rectangular box. The front displays an image of the keyboard, along with the model number and logo. On the rear of the box, Logitech goes into depth with the Romer-G switch, talking about the lifespan and “speed” of the switches. The 16.8 million color RGB lighting and dedicated multimedia keys are also detailed on the back. Unlike companies like Corsair, Logitech includes no extra accessories, only a short User Guide and a warranty information slip. The absence of extra keycaps, a keycap puller, or a detachable wrist rest doesn’t reflect the premium price point of the keyboard.

Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum: Overview

Switches

Logitech offers one switch type for the G810 Orion Spectrum – Logitech’s proprietary Romer-G Tactile switches. These switches are manufactured by Omron using two switch leaves, allowing it to achieve a lifespan of 70 million keypresses. Romer-G switches have a quiet, short actuation. Romer-G Tactile has a 45g actuation force and a 1.5mm actuation distance with a total travel of 3mm. These switches have a reduced travel distance (compared to standard Cherry MX Switches), allowing faster actuation. The key wobble is also reduced, due to the stability of the box-like design.

Romer-G Switches are available in two variants; tactile and linear, but the G810 only comes with the tactile variant. The tactile bump is quite small, similar to the bump found in Cherry MX Browns. They feel quite similar to MX Browns with O-ring dampeners. In terms of key feel, the switches are slightly scratchier than retooled Cherry MX Switches, though not by a significant amount. Due to the reduced tactility, heavy typists may not recognize the tactile bump. The bottoming out of the switch is slightly dampened, making the switch a bit quieter. However, this also makes them faintly mushier. Romer-G switches are shaped like a square, with the light rod in the center. This allows for bright, clean lighting with minimal light leaking.

Personally, to me, the tactile Romer-G switch isn’t great for typing, due to the short actuation distance (that may cause mistypes). For gaming, however, they feel decent, as key feel is less important then. The fast actuation is barely noticeable, with just a slight difference. The main advantage for Romer-G switches is their sound. They are quieter than their Cherry MX counterparts, and thus can be discreetly used in an office or gaming setup without disrupting others. However, traditional membrane/rubber dome keyboards are still generally more silent than Romer-G.

The Romer-G Switches have a quiet, short actuation.

Case/Internals

The entire outer housing of the keyboard is made out of plastic. The top and bottom are matte black, while the edges are shiny, glossy plastic. The switches are PCB mounted, but the internal plate is steel. This gives the keyboard some weight and heft, as well as minimal case flexibility. Five rubber pads are placed on the bottom of the keyboard to prevent slippage. Two front-facing raised feet allow an incline adjustment of 4o or 8o, enabling you to choose the right height.

Keycaps

The G810’s keycaps are in OEM profile, made out of ABS plastic. The legends are transparent and located directly in the center of the keycap. However, at around 1mm thick, the keycaps feel quite flimsy and are prone to cracking and damage. The black keycaps also attract fingerprints, which is something to keep in mind.

The Romer-G switches use a different keycap stem than Cherry MX Switches, and thus don’t have any third-party options available for purchase. If you’d like to swap out or replace your keycaps, your only choice is to purchase another stock set directly from Logitech.

Cable

The G810 Orion Spectrum uses a standard, braided 1.8-meter long cable to connect with any USB 2.0 devices. The cable is quite thick and stiff, and feels durable. However, minor amounts of fraying have occurred on the braiding of my cable. Although it’s just a minor aesthetic issue, this may be annoying to some users. The keyboard end is shielded in thick casing that seems obtrusive against the low-profile case.

Software

The Logitech G810 can be used with either the Logitech Gaming Software (LGS) or Logitech G HUB. I’ll be going into depth with LGS, as G HUB still has some bugs/issues, and LGS is still the mainstream software for customizing your Logitech G peripherals.

Logitech Gaming Software has a fairly simple, uncluttered user interface, though it is packed full with features. There are 5 main tabs; Home, Macros, Gaming Keys, Lighting, and Keymaps. Unlike Razer Synapse, LGS requires very little resources and I haven’t experienced any freezing or bugs within the software. Overall, it’s a great, simple tool that allows you to further customize your gaming peripherals.

Lighting Effects

Within the Logitech Gaming Software, a whole new set of lighting effects are available. Ranging from Fire to Datafall effects, the software allows for much more backlighting customization. Each key’s lighting can be individually set, and there are many preset lighting profiles for popular games.

One of the most interesting features of LGS is in-game lighting integration. Logitech Gaming Software automatically detects over 300 popular games, such as CS:GO and League of Legends. The lighting integrates with the game, lighting up gaming keys and adding many visual effects to your gameplay. For example, in CS:GO, the entire top row lights up green as your healthbar, and turns red as you get hurt. Although this isn’t too useful in-game, it’s a pretty fascinating lighting feature.

Macros/Key Customization

On the G810, only the function row keys can be reprogrammed. This is a bit of a letdown, as you’d need to download third-party software to program any other keys. As for customization, you can assign and program macros, set shortcuts, and assign mouse/keyboard functions. You can create multiple profiles and switch between them in the software.

Performance/Latency

The Logitech G810 utilizes Romer-G mechanical keyswitches, which boast a 5ms response time compared to the standard 6.7ms. Although the slight latency difference is negligible and barely perceptible, the keyboard doesn’t have any noticeable latency nor lag. During fast-paced shooter games, the G810 feels very responsive and on-par with other mechanical gaming keyboards from reputable brands. There should be no problem at all with competitive gaming on the G810 Orion Spectrum.

Our Verdict: 7/10

The Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum is a simplistic, yet stylish gaming keyboard with unique switches and mesmerizing lighting. The Romer-G Tactile Switches are fantastic during gaming, with a fast actuation and low latency. The typing experience is quite mediocre, due to the short travel distance allowed and the dampened, mushier feeling compared to a standard MX switch. The LGS software is very clean, organized, and quick, along with a full range of lighting effects and game integration. The keycaps aren’t great and wear easily, but the keyboard itself is solid and built very well. For a basic gaming keyboard with a lack of macro keys and onboard memory, the G810 may not be worth the $159 MSRP to everyone. However, if you can find it on sale, it’s a decent pick for a mid-range mechanical gaming keyboard.

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Everything We Know So Far About The Glorious Odin Gaming Mouse

Not content with merely sourcing the PC gaming world with mechanical keyboards and oversized mouse pads, purveyor of high quality, yet affordable gaming accessories, PC Gaming Race, is diving head-on into producing its first gaming mouse, aptly named the Glorious Odin.

Although PC Gaming Race is keeping its proverbial cards close to the chest, we’ve pulled together everything known so far about a mouse that is, going by the irreverent marketing adopted by the company, set to challenge the wares of established competitors.

The questionable PC master race leanings of the manufacturer aside, the Glorious Odin promises to deliver a product clamoured for by gamers for some time. How this translates into playability and real-world functionality remains to be seen. If anything, the Glorious Odin may be the wake-up call mouse manufacturers need to stop the increasingly pervasive trend of offering inferior products at extortionate prices.

With that in mind, what’s the Glorious Odin all about and what can we expect?

Ethos

To best understand what PC Gaming Race is hoping to achieve with the Glorious Odin, a quick look at the mouse’s marketing blurb provides a pretty cut and dry summary: ‘’Our research is done. We are now entering the Gaming Mouse market. No more overpriced garbage.’’ As you can see, the company is eager to put forward a subversive take on the gaming mouse focused on quality and affordability over corporate bottom lines.

Design

Most noticeably, the Glorious Odin has an uncanny resemblance to the Finalmouse’s line of ostensibly elite mice, especially in the weight reducing perforated honeycomb style holes that adorn the top of the mouse. Otherwise, the shape isn’t anything too revolutionary and is well within customary mouse proportions.

The Glorious Odin will be available in either matte or glossy black and white with a stylized logo of everyone’s favourite bearded Norse god, and the mouse’s namesake, Odin, stamped on the left side. In a clever design touch, his lush locks follow the contour of the mouse’s natural curve.

Features

glorious odin gaming mouse

The Glorious Odin weighs a feathery 69 grams and features PC Gaming Race’s proprietary take on the lightweight paracord, the CE-approved ascended ultra-flexible cord. Additionally, the Odin is supported by a set of high-quality G-Skates premium mouse feet, which do raise the overall weight by an extra 1 to 2 grams but in exchange for durability and stability. The combination of these features hints at one speedy mouse – another core tenet of PC Gaming Race’s aspirations.

Functionality wise, the Odin has two classic left and right buttons, a scroll wheel, a set of two programmable side buttons and what appears to be a DPI switcher on the top. No details yet on the actual DPI count.

PC Gaming Race is touting the Odin as ambidextrous. At launch, the mouse will be available in one size, with plans to release an array of shapes and sizes moving forward. The company is ambitiously striving to create a variant of the Glorious Odin to suit the needs of all gamers.

16.8 million colour RGB strips bedeck both sides of the mouse, while the circular trim of the scroll wheel also gets the RGB treatment.

As is standard fare these days, the sensor is more than likely of the optical variety although this remains an educated guess rather than cemented fact.

Release Date and Price

The Glorious Odin was initially pencilled in to hit store shelves by the end of 2018. As it stands, PC Gaming Race has provided a suitably vague release window of Q1 2019, meaning an announcement is imminent, be it a firm release date or further delays.

The Glorious Odin will sell at a starting price of $49.99 (approximately £40.00). To date, PC Gaming Race has announced one of four models, the Glorious Model O. The common consensus is that the remaining three will be named the Model D, Model I, and Model N, which when combined with the Model O spell out O.D.I.N. The unannounced models will cost more, but offer coating variations for those that way inclined.

PC Gaming Race Mouse Bungee

As a side note, it appears PC Gaming Race will also be releasing a mouse bungee alongside their new Glorious Model O gaming mouse. Whilst there are a few choices when it comes to mouse bungees, having an extra, from a company such as this will definitely be well received. The news comes from one of the official representatives over on a Reddit post here.

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Talentech Ember Mouse Review

For our first instalment of the budget gaming mouse series, we’re taking a look at a mouse that most people, even enthusiasts, may not have ever heard of: the Talentech Ember. This is a mouse made by a Chinese company, but despite the reputation that some Chinese manufacturers have, I am REALLY impressed by this mouse. Most things about it are great, with a few exceptions, but the main selling point is the price: $27 shipped (or $21 if you’re willing to wait a few extra days for shipping).

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Insanely cheap, especially for the quality.
  • Sensor is not absolute top of the line, but most top optical sensors do not feel significantly different from each other.
  • Shape is extremely comfortable and very safe, good for most people.
  • Cable and mouse feet are surprisingly good compared to the way they look.
  • Buttons are crisp and tactile.

Cons

  • Material is not super grippy, and during those sweaty gamer moments a player can lose
    grip slightly.
  • Weight is slightly high (this one is more my own personal preference but others also
    prefer low weight).
  • Can be uncomfortable for people with smaller hands.

Sensor

This mouse is using the PMW 3325 (put in link to the sensor page here). It is the lowest end of budget sensors, and some people have reported smoothing so it is not 100% accurate like the PMW3360 in higher-end mice. However, I have found no noticeable differences between this and other sensors. I have experienced no spin-outs or inaccuracies (other than me missing shots because I’m bad), so it should absolutely suit anyone for even competitive gaming. This mouse can use the accompanying software to change with the polling rate, from 125 to 1000 Hz in standard steps (125, 250, 500, 1000). This essentially changes how fast the sensor will update (in updates per second). Higher is definitely better, although for gamers trying to squeeze every last frame out of a lower-end computer (trust me, I’ve been there), 1000 Hz can cause a slight but occasionally noticeable dip in frame rate.

Shape & Weight

This mouse is a borderline clone of the Zowie EC2-A, which is widely regarded as an extremely comfortable mouse. It is 123 mm long, 43 mm tall, and 71 mm wide at its widest point, making it slightly shorter and slightly taller than the EC2-A. It is an ergonomic, right handed mouse, and personally this is an incredibly comfortable shape. The right side bulges out slightly at the rear and tapers towards the front, which mimics the curve of my ring and pinky fingers. The left side is curved inward to provide proper grip for the thumb, and has a slight ledge underneath the side buttons to ensure good grip when lifting and flicking the mouse. The weight is just at the edge of my acceptable level, at just over 100 grams, but I have noticed no fatigue even during long gaming sessions.

The entire mouse is made of slightly textured ABS plastic, providing just enough grip for me with relatively dry hands. It has two large Teflon feet, one at the and a larger one at the back. Some people prefer smaller feet, as it provides slightly less friction than larger. The counter-argument is that large feet encourage stability and smoothness with slightly more stopping power.

Buttons

The buttons are surprisingly good. They are light and tactile, but not hair-trigger like some have reported on other budget mice. The scroll wheel is rubberized but smooth, and incredibly comfortable, with an average but not spectacular middle click. The downside here is the side buttons. They are tactile enough, without much pre-travel, but they are small and the rear button is just too far out of the way for me to use it comfortably in game.

Cable

The cable on the Ember is…interesting to say the least. Normally, thin, flexible cables are preferred, as they tend to get in the way less. The 6-foot cable on the Ember is by far the thickest that I have ever used, but it is extremely flexible and I have had zero problems. It is a standard USB plug, capable of using both USB 2.0 and 3.0 (3.0 is recommended for slightly higher performance).

Software & Lights

This. This right here is the one reason I absolutely cannot give this mouse any higher than an 9/10. The lights look beautiful, but I have a few gripes. There is no way for me to turn the lights off on the wheel and logo. Kind of a bummer, but not actually a huge deal. However, both of those zones are set to breathing, with no way (that I have found) to change that. The side zones are simply gorgeous, but if you turn them off (which I have), the lights from the scroll and logo show through slightly.

The software is not bad at all, but it is EXTREMELY difficult to actually find the proper version. It is bare bones, but has the options for color combinations and macros for any button.

Performance

In-game, this mouse performs far and above what one would expect from a 25 dollar mouse, and is on par with high-end mice costing twice as much. The shape is extremely safe and comfortable, much like the Zowie EC-2 series it is based on. This mouse is amazing for FPS games, as it ticks all the usual boxes, but might lack a bit for MOBA, MMO, and RPG players who would prefer to take advantage of extra buttons at the cost of extra weight.

As mentioned above, the sensor is the quite excellent PMW3325. The Ember’s DPI steps are slightly above the listed DPI, meaning that 800 DPI is closer to 850 and 400 is around 410 DPI. There is a very slight amount of click latency (I average about 50 ms faster in HumanBenchmark using my Nixeus Revel than I do with the Ember), but I have never noticed any difference in game. Lift-off distance is a bit on the high side, at just over 2 DVDs thickness, but it is not high enough to really affect game play

In-game, performance on this mouse is remarkable, especially for its price point. As a personal anecdote (so take it with a grain of salt), I used this exact mouse to reach my career high in Overwatch, peaking just below diamond, and always felt that the shape and performance of this mouse was a factor in pushing so high.

Our Verdict

Overall, I’d give this mouse an 9/10. The software and side buttons are just enough to push it off from that 10/10, but frankly, for $25 shipped, it’s REALLY hard to beat this mouse.

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Logitech G Pro Wireless Mouse Review

Our Thoughts

Initially I was slightly skeptical of the Logitech G Pro, whenever a gaming mouse or any product in general has such a large positive influence across the web I become very hesitant to jump on board the band wagon. So, when the mouse arrived at my door, it already knew it was going to have to shine extra bright to get into my good books, and it did. The Logitech G Pro is a sleek beauty which performs above and beyond what you would expect, but it does come with a price and a considerable one at that.

Pros

  • Lightweight – the Logitech G Pro comes in at just 80 grams
  • Comfortable & Ambidextrous – fantastic design and shape
  • Great sensor performance – the hero sensor works wonders

Cons

  • Expensive – at more than £100/$100 it won’t fit everyone’s budget
  • Medium size – some people will find the G Pro Wireless too small for their hands

What is the Logitech G Pro Wireless?

The G Pro Wireless is Logitech’s pièce de résistance, it’s ultimate gaming mouse built for competitive gamers. It combines their latest HERO (high efficiency rated optical) sensor and Lightspeed wireless technology into a sleek and simplistic design that has just a hint of flare thanks to the RGB lighting.

With it’s ambidextrous design you get the option of having buttons on both sides, either sides or no sides at all – this is especially good for those who play MMO and need additional buttons, personally I prefer no buttons, just give me a right and left click and I am happy.

Mouse Stats

  • Sensor: Hero Optical
  • Weight: 80g
  • Size: Medium
  • Game Types: All
  • Option: Bottom plate (- 3g)

Hand Size Guide

  • Palm – Under 17.5cm/6.89″
  • Claw – 17-22cm/6.7-8.66″
  • Fingertip 18-22cm/7.1-8.66″

Logitech G Pro Wireless Stats

key features of the mouse (bullet point format) + game types (FPS, MMO e.t.c)

Hand Size Guide

measurements of the mouse vs. hand sizes

What’s in the box section

 

box shot plus what is in the box, manual, wires, weights e.t.c.

Logitech G Pro Wireless: Design

Size & Weight

Weight and size are undeniably important (however preferential) when it comes to gaming performance in a professional mouse. Logitech have really gone to work to shave off as much weight as possible leading to a 1mm thin outer shell. The total weight is approximately 80 grams.

The physical specifications equate to a height of 125mm, width of 63.5mm and a depth of 40mm. The majority of serious players who use this mouse find the weight and shape to be both ergonomic for long gaming sessions, as well as ambidextrous friendly.

what is the weight, where does this sit in comparison to similar mice and size is it good for small, medium, large hands is it ambidextrous?

Buttons

does the mouse have additional buttons, if so how many, whats the position, comfortable or not, customisable, removable? Actuation of clicks, length of click, length of buttons e.t.c.

Scroll Wheel

easy to use, grippy, slow, fast

Shape, Texture & Materials

(consider perspiration, climate of gamer) – material used, how it effects perspiration, is it grippy, is the shape wide, long, narrow, chunky, deep e.t.c.

Cable

(length / thickness / material) – if wired obviously… does it drag, is it thick or thin, flexible or not e.t.c would you recommend a mouse bungee

Logitech G Pro Wireless: Features

Response Time

Aside from lag and other issues we try to avoid, the responsiveness of a mouse can really make the difference between consistently coming out on top, and losing fair exchanges all too frequently. Although for a long time wired mice were preferred due to having better response times, Logitech has made this a non-factor with their Lightspeed wireless technology. This equates to a report rate of 1000 Hz or 1ms.

To put this in perspective, it’s the most popular mouse used by professional gamer’s in Blizzard’s Overwatch League. So whether there are millions of dollars up for grabs, or you’re just looking for the best mouse for your money to unwind, response time isn’t a reason to turn this one piece of hardware down.

Optical Sensor & DPI

discussing what sensor is used, link to our sensor page if necessary, discuss the mouse DPI choices and link to DPI page if necessary

Main Switches

what switches the mouse uses, good or bad e.t.c.

Polling Rate

what polling rate the mouse has, good or bad e.t.c.

Connectivity

if wired usb vs port and wireless bluetooth vs receivers and is it easy to connect/setup

Lift Distance

discuss LOD, test e.t.c.

Logitech G Pro Wireless: Performance

how does it rate playing games, overall as a gaming mouse vs competitors at its level, does it remind you of any other mouse?

Charging Time & Battery Life

Estimated battery life – 49 hours with RGB on & 63 hours with RGB off

The Logitech G Pro uses a lithium-ion polymer (LiPo) rechargeable battery that is lightweight, and has a staggering battery life of 48 hours with the default lighting. However, gamers have the choice of turning off the RGB lighting to extend this to 60+ hours. The mouse contains onboard memory which means you can also monitor the battery life by downloading LGS (Logitech Gaming Software).

Charging is possible with the included 1.8m USB cable, and it’s even possible to use Logitech’s wireless charging mat. When plugged in, charging time may take around 30 minutes. It’s worth noting that the mouse will automatically stop charging, so you can plug it in when you’re away from your computer or between gaming sessions. You can also monitor the progress through LGS.

Logitech G Pro Wireless: Test Results

  • Paint Test
  • CPI Divergence
  • Perfect Control Speed
  • Speed Related Accuracy Variance
  • Polling Rate
  • Input Lag
  • Click Latency

Logitech G Pro Wireless Software

does the mouse have any software, if so is it useful, intuitive, or slow and haggard

Drivers

does the mouse have any drivers that need updating/installing

Our Verdict

similar to ‘our thoughts’ just what we think overall, would we recommend it + is it value for money…

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