E-Blue Mazer Type-R Wireless Optical Gaming Mouse will soon be available online and at many high street retailers with an MRSP of just £27. This is great value for money, given the build quality, features and overall design of the mouse, making it a competitive solution for anyone looking for a wireless mouse for work and gaming.
I was prepared to not like this mouse, not that I mean any offence to E-Blue, but when you hear “budget friendly wireless mouse”, you don’t exactly expect great performance, but I was clearly proven wrong on that one. Wireless technology still isn’t the best choice for competitive gaming, as there’s a very small increase in input delay that wouldn’t swing well with the eSports crowd. However, many stay-at-home gamers simply won’t notice that difference and even more so, they won’t care. The advantages of wireless peripherals are clear, no wires, much more manoeuvrability, easy to transport and store, so it can be less about performance and more about practicality and preference.
The Avago sensor delivers great performance for this price range. It’s not pixel-perfect, with a little angle snapping creeping in, although you have to look closely to notice it, but it’s still punching above its weight for the price range. The switch performance is pretty decent too, they’re light, responsive and have a nice tactile feedback that’s as good for gaming as it is for day-to-day work. If I could improve anything, though, it would be the mouse wheel, it feels a little light and has a bit of horizontal wobble, but it’s not too bad or a deal breaker.
It’s nice that E-Blue included some batteries to get you started, although they’re quite cheap ones so be prepared to upgrade them when you get the chance. The mouse doesn’t have a recharge circuit either, so if you do want rechargeable batteries, remember to pick up some that come with their own charger. I do like that there’s a master power switch on the base, allowing you to completely turn the mouse off, or even just disable the lights to save power. Although I quite like the lighting, so I’d be happy to have that on at the cost of a little battery life.
- Stylish design
- LED lighting
- Master power switch
- Good sensor performance
- Nice ergonomics
- Adjustable DPI
- Batteries included
- Slight angle snapping on sensor
- Scroll wheel could be improved
- Wireless isn’t ideal for eSports gaming, but that doesn’t mean many people won’t prefer wireless for other reasons
“The E-Blue Mazer Type-R offers great performance, style and ergonomics at a very competitive price. It’s sure to make a well-rounded addition to your desktop setup for work and gaming”