Roccat Kova Optical Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Roccat is one of the biggest gaming brands on the market, offering a huge range of peripherals that have been winning over consumers at home, pro gamers in the eSports community and beyond. Their gaming mice, keyboards and headsets are often regarded as some of the best in the business, and from what we’ve seen in previous reviews here at eTeknix, they certainly know how to impress.

“Armed with the latest proven ROCCAT® technological innovations, the successor to the ROCCAT® Kova is equipped to the teeth. The new ROCCAT® Kova[+] unites powerful technology with intelligent software and an advanced V-shaped design for left or right-handed use.” – Roccat

“Put what you’ve learned to use and combine new experiences so skillfully that your thinking and actions are always one and the same.” Dr. Erik J. Dale, ROCCAT Scientist

The Kova comes equipped with all the right features for competitive gaming. You’ll find a high-quality optical sensor, which offers up lag free tracking with high IPS and acceleration capabilities, so we’re expecting great things from this in our testing section.

  • 3200dpi optical Sensor
  • 130 ips maximum speed
  • 30G acceleration
  • 1000Hz polling rate
  • 16-bit data channel
  • 2m USB cable
  • Width 6.4 cm , Height 3.8 cm , Length 12.8 cm , Weight 98 g

First of all, let’s check out this quick product feature trailer from Roccat, as it’ll walk you through some of the unique aspects of the Kova.

The packaging is typical Roccat, keeping the same box shape and general design we’ve seen on all their mice for years now. There’s a clear image of the product, as well as a rundown of all the major specifications.

Around the back, a bit more technical information, but let’s move onto the fun stuff and get it out of the box!

In the box, you’ll find the mouse, which comes hard-wired with a 2-meter black braided cable, as well as all the usual documentation.

Razer Diamondback Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Razer has one of the most diverse range of gaming mice on the market today, with all kinds of unique shapes, sizes and specifications to suit a vast range of gamer’s and gaming styles. The Diamondback is one of their most iconic mice, having been around in one form or another since 2004, and having undergone several rather major redesigns in that time. Just look at the timeline below and you can see just how far it has developed in that time.

Their latest model is supposed to be the best one yet, ditching the now archaic 1800 DPI 3G infrared sensor in favour of their latest extreme hardware, the 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor, the very same one we recently tested in Razer’s insanely good Mamba 2015 mouse. Designed for use with both left or right hands, as well as a super slim ergonomic design that is ideal for palm, claw or fingertip grips, the Diamondback promises to be a bit of a jack of all trades when it comes to gaming, and should appeal to quite a lot of gamers, be that pro gamer or just those who want a nice mouse to use at home.

“The Razer Diamondback made its debut in late 2004 at the World Cyber Games and took the gaming world by storm. This iconic gaming mouse was born from extensive research and engineering, hundreds of design iterations, followed by countless rigorous test sessions with eSports athletes. Featuring the world’s first optical gaming sensor, the original Razer Diamondback delivered the greatest accuracy and speed of its time.” – Razer

Specifications

  • Ambidextrous form factor
  • 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor
  • Up to 210 inches per second / 50 g acceleration
  • 1,000 Hz Ultrapolling
  • On-The-Fly Sensitivity adjustment
  • Chroma customizable lighting
  • Inter-device color synchronization
  • 7 programmable Hyperesponse buttons
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 2.1 m / 7 ft braided fiber cable
  • Approximate size: 125 mm / 4.92 in (Length) x 60 mm / 2.64 in (Width) x 30 mm / 1.18 in (Height)
  • Approximate weight: 89 g / 0.09 lbs (without cable)

System Requirements

  • PC or Mac with a free USB port
  • Windows® 10/ Windows® 8/ Windows® 7 / Mac OS X (v10.8-10.10)
  • Internet connection
  • 100 MB of hard disk space
  • Razer Synapse registration (requiring a valid e-mail), software download, licence acceptance, and internet connection needed to activate full features of product and for software updates. After activation, full features are available in optional offline mode.

A slim box with a few teasing details on the front, such as the full-spectrum Chroma lighting engine and 16,000 DPI laser sensor.

Around the back, a few more specs, such as the 7-foot braided cable, programmable buttons, Razer synapse and the ambidextrous design.

In the box, you’ll find the usual documentation, a few cool Razer stickers, as well as the hard-wired Diamondback mouse.

The cable is nice and long (7-feet) and comes fitted with a gold-plated USB connector.

Roccat Kiro Modular Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


PC gaming is serious business, sure you can pick up virtually any old keyboard and mouse and make do with what you have, but having the right tools for the job can not only improve your performance while gaming, but also make the whole experience much more enjoyable. Enter the Roccat Kiro, a finely tuned gaming mouse that is designed for both left and right-handed gamers.

“Meet the Kiro, the bigger brother of the Lua. With its highly modular, superdextrous build, the game has been changed for ambidextrous mice. Perfectly optimizable for both left and right-handed gamers out of the box, it ticks all the boxes for gamers who thrive on a highly functional mouse with a clean, ergonomic design. With no-sweat parts comprised of a ROCCAT-pioneered soft-touch surface, the Kiro is the flexible ergonomic mouse that lets you win your way.”

While this mouse is tailored to suit any gamer, it is going to appeal to the eSports crowd too, thanks to its compact and nimble design, as well as its high-end Pro-Optic Sensor R” which offers up to 4000DPI; 2000 native, but 4000 via overdrive mode. It also features RGB 16.8 Million colour illumination, Talk FK, AlienFX, a powerful 32-Bit ARM MCU, onboard memory for storing profiles, a modular design and can even support your own 3D-printed side panels! So what are we waiting for? Let’s take a closer look at what the Kiro has to offer.

“In spite of its relatively small size, the Kiro has a strong focus on functionality and is loaded with a build sporting only the best possible components, for a premium gaming experience. Make no mistake, the Kiro’s attention to detail puts it on another level. OMRON switches, a robust 2D Titan Wheel plus a unique soft-touch surface that nullifies palm and finger sweat provides a platform for solid and reliable, high-comfort gaming.”

The packaging is typical of any other Roccat product, with a great image of the mouse and all major specs detailed on the front. As you can see, this mouse has been recommended for FPS and MOBA, but it’s a fairly straight forward design that should be suited to a bit of everything.

Around the back, a few more details on the specifications, but let’s just get things out of the box and see for ourselves.

First thing we find, a few bits of documentation, nothing major but of course we also find a mouse and some side panels.

QPAD Announce DX-20 Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse

 

QPAD have just revealed their latest gaming mouse, the DX-20, which features an ambidextrous design and even more importantly, the first new mouse body shape for QPAD in seven years.

the DX-20 is a multi-surface mouse, making it ideal to use on a wide range of desktop types, gaming surfaces and more. That not the only perk of their new optical sensor either, which also features game-critical zero-mouse acceleration, offering precise 1:1 movement.

“The new ambidextrous shape works for both left and right-handed players, and the ergonomic advantages apply in either case. The mouse sits comfortably in your hand and the grip is perfectly balanced and works for either palm or claw-grip.” said QPAD

The Microsoft Intellimouse 1.1 inspired design, it’s certainly a familiar shape, offering great ergonomics for palm or claw-grip play styles.  Add to that a powerful ARM processor, QPAD’s ‘Qlidz’ feet, seven programmable buttons, macro recording and more!

“Few optical products can match the DX-20’s ability to work on so many surfaces. So if you’re gaming from an unfamiliar mouse pad or on no mouse pad at all, you won’t be disadvantaged. In fact, with the DX-20, you can hit the ground running!” added QPAD

The mouse is launching today at Dreamhack, but should be available at retailers shortly with an RRP of 69 EUR.

TteSports Talon Blu Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Picking the right gaming mouse can be tricky, but so long as you know what kind of features and the kind of budget you need to stick to, there are plenty of options on the market for you to choose from. The latest gaming mouse from TteSports is certainly attractive, with a good range of features that should appeal to a board range of gamers without the need to spend a lot of money.

“The TALON Blu gaming mouse features an AVAGO 3050 optical sensor, with up to 3000 DPI, and a blue LED lighting accents. It offers good stability and accuracy via great tracking precision and a high max speed. The TALON Blu has an ergonomic, ambidextrous shape, making it great for both left and right-handed users.” – TteSports

As you can see in the video below, the Talon is an ambidextrous mouse, meaning it can be used by both left and right-handed gamers. What’s really cool, is that you can take the side panels off of the mouse, making the profile slimmer and more suited to your grip style.

Equipped with a 3000DPI infrared optical sensor, the Avago 3050 to be precise, the Talon Blu should be great for gaming. Add to that six buttons, a 1.5M braided USB cable and LED lighting, and we’re already on our way to a good set of features.

The packaging is pretty straight forward, with a nice image of the mouse on the front, as well as quick rundown of the main features. These include the 3000 DPI sensor, LED lighting, and the ambidextrous design.

Around the back, we can see that the mouse has multiple DPI settings, with 500/750/1500/2500/3000 all being selectable from the mouse. There’s also Omron switches, meaning you know you’ll get a great response from them and they’re rated for 5-million clicks.

The box opens out, giving you an even more detailed look at some of the features, as well as a sneaky look at the actual mouse its self.

In the box, you’ll find the usual documentation, including a quick installation guide.

The Talon Blu comes hard-wired with a 1.5m black braided cable, as well as a gold-plated USB connector.

Ozone Argon Ocelote World Pro Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Ozone is one of the coolest names in the gaming world and their dedication to supporting the eSports community is still going strong. One thing that really caught out attention is their Ocelote World gaming mouse, which borrows the name from legendary eSports player Ocelote, who also helped Ozone design the new Argon gaming mouse, to make it a prime choice for other eSports players.

eSports demands the best in terms of performance and reliability, if you’re in the middle of a competitive game, either at home or at a LAN gaming tournament, the last thing you want is poor sensor performance, or a switch that fails, or any sub-par performance for that matter. Ozone has delivered great gaming products before, but the eSports community is a tough crowd, so I’m eager to see how this new mouse performance.

“I’m not an expert when it comes down to DPIs, laser sensors and so on… But what I’m good at is knowing if what I’m playing with is comfortable and simply good, or not. After testing many different shape designs, sensors and textures with the ozone engineering team we have developed the best mouse I have ever tested. Argon Ocelote is extremely comfortable, amazingly precise and it has the quality a professional player needs ingame.“ – Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez.

Everything you need is included in the box; the hard-wired mouse, user manuals and a small zip up bag for the weight tuning system.

The little bag stores 4 x 4.5g weights, which can be added to the mouse to fine tune it to your personal preference.

The mouse is really nicely designed and has a mixture of soft matte black surfaces and bright orange highlights. It may be a little too loud of a design for some, but I rather like it.

Down the left side, you’ll find a pair of switches, some soft rubber grip and a clear strip to allow the LED lighting to pass through.

The mouse has an ambidextrous design, so the right side is identical to the left side.

The mouse has a nice set of curves that give it a low profile and a nice ergonomic shape that will be well suited to both left and right-handed players. The mouse is shaped to best suit claw grip play styles.

There’s a deep curve to each mouse button, giving your fingers a good resting position so that you never lose your grip on the mouse. The scroll wheel has a soft rubber grip and deep ridges that make it very easy to control, despite the fact that it’s heavily recessed into the mouse body. Behind the scroll wheel, you’ll find a pair of switches for on-the-fly DPI toggling, the settings for which can be adjusted in the downloadable software.

There are two small slip mats on the base of the mouse, but since the mouse is super light, it glides effortlessly on everything from hard cloth to softer mouse mats. There’s a twist-lock cover on the base of the mouse for the weight tuning system.

The base is easily removed and there is a rubber disc on the inside that can easily house the extra weights, which is great for tuning the balance and glide of the mouse.

MSI Announce W8 Gaming Series Mouse

MSI may be better known for their motherboards, graphics cards and gaming notebooks, but there is a lot more to the company than just that. The company is also working hard to take a cut of the peripherals market and while they don’t release many products in this range, the ones they do are often pretty special.

The latest product in their Gaming Series is the W8 gaming mouse. The W8 is one of the few ambidextrous palm-grip mice on the market, offering some deep ergonomic scoops and grippy rubber finishes that should make it very sturdy in your hand while gaming.

The W8 is packed full of features, offering eight programmable buttons, on board macro storage thanks to its 128 KB ROM, a powerful 5600 DPI sensor with on the fly adjustments, adjustable weight and desktop software for customising settings. Pretty much everything you could want from a gaming mouse.

There is currently no word on price, but we’re suspecting it won’t be especially cheap and may be targeted at the premium end of the eSports market.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp.

Ozone Neon Precision Laser Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Ozone are one of the coolest gaming brands on the market, with a reputation that has proven popular with both the casual gaming market and professional eSports players, often blending high-performance and quality with affordable price tags, a great combination for any gaming peripheral.

The Ozone Neon gaming mouse is packed full of features that should make it a great tool for any gamer, with a max DPI of 6400 and a precision laser sensor, ergonomic ambidextrous design that will suit both left and right-handed players, on the fly DPI toggling, a non-slip rubber coating, programmable buttons and software for recording macros.

We’ve seen a few Ozone products here at eTeknix and to this day we haven’t seen anything that hasn’t impressed us, and today I’m hoping to see the same high level of quality and award-winning performance I have come to expect from the brand. Available at around £45 the mouse isn’t the most high-end product on the market, but its price and specifications put it against some strong competition from the likes of SteelSeries, Zowie and many others.

The packaging is nicely designed with a clear image of the mouse on the front of the box, as well as a quick rundown of some of the major features, these include the 6400 DPI laser sensor, 8 programmable buttons and ambidextrous design.

Around the back of the box you’ll find details of more features, including the DPI toggle, rubber coated surface and an endorsement from professional eSports player Choi “DanDy” In-kyu.

The front of the box folds open to reveal even more details about the mouse, such as how the 8 buttons can be programmed over 5 independent profiles and stored on the 128KB of built-in memory.

In the box you’ll find the mouse, which comes hard-wired with a high quality braided cable, an Ozone vinyl sticker, user manual and mini CD-ROM with all the basic drivers and software on it, of course we’ll be downloading the latest version from the website, but it’s always nice to have drivers included regardless.

Mionix Avior 7000 Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Today I get to take a look at my very first Mionix mouse, I’ve heard great things about them in the past and we loved what they had on display this year at CES 2014. The gaming peripherals market is hardly short on great products right now, there are plenty of premium grade brands making gaming mice that are simply incredible to use, so much so that it is getting harder and harder for new products to distinguish themselves from the crowd, so it will be exciting to see what the Mionix Avior 7000 has to offer to the fiercely competitive gaming market.

Last year was a great year for PC gaming, eSports is bigger than ever, competitive gaming is more popular, LAN events and general online multiplayer such as FPS and MMO gaming are growing in numbers. This growth means there is a seeming ever increasing demand for great peripherals that offer plenty of features and performance for a reasonable price tag. Kicking back to enjoy your favourite game, online or offline can be a wonderful experience with the right tools at your disposal, but you also want a mouse that will fulfil your day to day requirements for work and browsing the web, not just scoring headshots in Battlefield 4.

Priced at around £55 here in the UK and $80 in the US, the Avior 7000 isn’t especially cheap, but it does pack plenty of features. Most importantly is the powerful processor that will make sure the sensor and macro functions never miss a beat, while an ambidextrous design, fully programmable buttons and a highly customisable sensor means you should be able to find your optimum setup with relative ease.

  • 32bit ARM processor running at 32Mhz
  • ADNS-3310 Sensor
  • Ambidextrous design, palm or claw grip
  • Soft touch rubber coating
  • 9 fully programmable buttons
  • 3 step in-game DPI adjustment
  • 2 integrated RGB LEDs in 2 color zones
  • Up to 16.8 Million LED color options
  • Lighting effects Color shift, Solid, Blinking, Pulsating and Breathing
  • 128 kb built-in memory
  • Polling rate adjustable up to 1000Hz
  • Large PTFE mouse feet
  • Gold Plated, Full speed USB 2.0 connection with Plug and Play
  • Cable 2m long braided cable

The Avior comes nicely packaged in a tiny box, just a little bigger than the mouse its self and features a clear image of the mouse on the front.

Around the back we labelled image of the mouse that details many of the major features such as the 7000 DPI sensor, soft touch rubber coated surface, 3 step DPI adjustment and 128kb built-in memory.

In the box you’ll find the mouse, a cool Mionix sticker and a small owners booklet.

Ozone Tease New Laser Gaming Mouse

Ozone make some really cool gaming peripherals and that trend certainly seem set to continue, I just wish they would give us more information on the new product that they have coming!

Below we have a 20 second video that teases their soon to be fully revealed gaming mouse, all we know from the little information provided is a few specifications and a vague look at the overall design.

Features

  • Ergonomic
  • Ambidextrous
  • Laser
  • Eight buttons
  • 6400 DPI

If past Ozone gaming mice are anything to go by, this “neon” mouse should be pretty awesome and it certainly looks likes it is worth getting excited about. As always we’ll keep our ears and eyes open for more information and as soon as we have it, expect another update.

Until then, enjoy the video below.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/8OOwfApoGjE[/youtube]

Thank you Ozone for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Ozone.

Steelseries Sensei [RAW] Rubber Surface Edition Ambidextrous Mouse Review

Steelseries Sensei isn’t exactly a new product, it’s been around the block a couple of times now and I know its safe to say that it is popular with gamers around the world. So why are we reviewing it you might wonder? Well it’s always nice to take something familiar for a spin, take a more in-depth look at it, try out some of our performance tests and hopefully guide some people who are on the fence about what their next mouse purchase should be.

The Sensei range is popular but take note of the [RAW] tag on the product, this means it’s not quite the full fat, metal construction, custom lighting £90 mouse, but a plastic built more cost effective solution compared to its bigger brother. At £50-60 it’s still not exactly cheap though so don’t think of this as a lesser product because for that kind of money we are still going to want to see a tidy return on our investment, that includes good build quality, performance and design.

Steelseries have a strong and very loyal fan base and they haven’t established that by putting out poor products so I’m hoping to see something fairly impressive here today, so lets move on and see exactly what this mouse has to offer.

The Sensei [RAW] comes nicely packaged and there is a clear photo of the mouse on the front of the box.

The box folds out giving us a direct look at the mouse, as well as a comparative list between the Sensei and the Sensei [RAW].

Around the back we have some technical information as well as a  couple of diagrams about the basic features of the mouse.

Frames per second: 12000
Inches per second: 150
Mega pixels per second: 10.8
Counts per inch: 90 – 5670
Maximum acceleration: 30 G
Sensor data path: True 16 bit
Lift distance: ~2 mm
Maximum polling: 1000 Hz

There isn’t a lot in the box but you do get a small Steelseries sticker and a straight forward owners manual.

Of course you also get the mouse! Which comes hard wired with a high quality braided cable and standard USB connection.

The left side of the mouse features two buttons and a slight ergonomic curve.

We have the basic left and right mouse buttons which are formed from a single piece of plastic which also forms the upper shell of the mouse.

In the middle we have a two speed DPI toggle, LED indicator and a rubber gripped scroll wheel with LED backlighting.

The right side of the mouse features two more side buttons, identical to those on the left albeit mirrored. Incase you hadn’t noticed, this mouse is fully symmetrical and is designed for ambidextrous use.

The underside of the mouse features a somewhat clear panel that allows you a sneak peak of the internal workings of the Sensei [RAW], There are three large slipmats that should provide some decent glide and in the centre there is a “pro grade” laser sensor, I say “pro grade” as that is Steelseries own words for the sensor, not my own.

Setup & Installation

The mouse is as simple as plug and play, windows found the device straight away and I was able to use it out of the box, even the DPI toggle worked nicely albeit with two build in non configurable pre-sets. Here you can see that with the USB connected there is a bright white lighting in the scroll wheel and on the Steelseries logo at the back, blame my camera for making it look blue, it really doesn’t look blue in real life, I assure you it is white.

The software was easy enough to install and can be downloaded from the Steelseries website. By doing so you are given access to a really nicely laid out interface where you can customize macros and button configurations for every button on the mouse, giving you great flexibility and control.

Here you can change the DPI settings for the two modes, as well as adjust LED lighting effects.

Profiles can be assigned custom names, but can also be configured to automatically enable them selves when certain applications are launched.

Another funky feature of the mouse is that you can monitor your clicks. Why would you do this you might ask? Well it is a great way to find out what keys you are not using, or which you are using the most, having that information could allow you to reconfigure your button layout to better utilize all the buttons on the mouse its self.

Technical Performance

I have heard great things about the sensor on the Sensei and I was keen to taker a closer look at what it could do. First I performed a simple test to check for prediction / angle snapping, I was pleased to find there was none what so ever and that the sensor didn’t try to correct me when drawing straight lines or curves. Next up I performed a simple lift off test and found that it was as near as makes no difference to 1mm, which is super low and perfect for a lift-off play style. Finally I ran a test to check for acceleration and while there was no acceleration at any velocity or DPI, I did notice a little negative acceleration at high velocities, most likely exceeding the 30g rating of the mouse, but unless you move your mouse with significant speed over the full width of your mouse mat at mid-high DPI this issue is never going to appear for you (my mouse mat is 43cm wide).

General Performance

The Sensei [RAW] is finely tuned for gaming as much as it is daily life and the fact that it is comfortable to use for hours on end when you are working, wasting time on Reddit or mucking about on minesweeper just carries across to the gaming world with ease and hour after hour on Skyrim melts by without the mouse presenting any issues what so ever. I am personally able to mouse ambidextrous but even if you don’t this is still a great mouse and the extra two buttons on the side you don’t use a well enough placed that you don’t accidentally trigger them, or at least I never have.

The gaming performance isn’t ideal for any one game type either, FPS fans will love the accuracy of the sensor, MMO / RTS  players will love the long term comfort and macro settings and casual users will love the general feel and style of the mouse and no matter what I played, League of Legends, Skyrim, Battlefield, it didn’t matter because the Sensei picked up my Macro settings automatically and just let me get on with my gaming, work and time wasting alike.

Final Thoughts

I’ve never been much of a big fan of Steelseries and that is more just personal preference than anything else and products like the Sensei [RAW] are quick to remind me that I should be paying more attention to the their products. The sensor is really impressive and this will prove popular with enthusiast gamers, but for your general consumer who just checks Facebook and their emails, the extra accuracy isn’t something your likely to notice much but if your really into FPS gaming then you’ll love this mouse. If you miss a headshot with the Sensei [RAW] it was your fault, not the mouse.

From a style point the mouse looks pretty basic to my eyes, it’s true to the classic mouse formula and nothing leaps out as “OMG” impressive like you see on products from Razer, MadCatz and Corsair but there is still beauty in the understated design and even more so in the general feel of the mouse. The rubber coating is silky smooth but still provides extra grip, as well as a sleek aesthetic to the mouse overall and as a user of a grip coated mouse myself (Roccat Kone XTD) I have to say I much prefer this design feature over the glossy plastics we find on most gaming mice. The LED back lighting is pretty subtle and it doesn’t over power the visuals of the mouse, this I do like as I often find mice with LED lighting can be a little too bright and flashy when they need not be given that when your using them, the lights are often under your hand where you cannot see them.

The price is pretty good too and while I said before that £50-60 isn’t exactly cheap it is on par with the competition for similar specification products and it’s fairly tricky to buy a “bad” mouse at this price range as your already  way past general consumer tech and well on your way to premium / enthusiast price brackets (eg: £70+) and with products you get 90% of the features and performance of the higher end models for half the price, as is the case with the Sensei [RAW] and the more expensive Sensei.

Overall I think the Sensei is a great product, the only gripe I have is that I think it feels a little too light and this is of course a matter of preference but I generally don’t like my peripherals feeling hollow. That being said, the mouse does feel well made and isn’t likely to break with ease in my opinion. Performance is on par or better than that competition within this price range and although the design is a little “safe” it still looks nice too.

Pros

  • Great sensor
  • Low liftoff height
  • Ambidextrous
  • Nice design / feel
  • Robust software

Cons

  • Minor negative acceleration at high velocities
  • Feel too lightweight

eTeknix says: “Steelseries have a loyal fan base already and with products like the Sensei [RAW] it is easy to see why, a great sensor in a versatile and easy to use product that is as well suited to any task your desire from gaming to office work, a solid allrounder.”