Attitude One are still a relatively new brand on the gaming scene, but they’ve already released a few cool products with very affordable price tags. We’ve already reviewed their Tunguska headset and their Vintorez gaming mouse, which we really enjoyed and they’re very good products in their respective price ranges, so I’m eager to find out what they have to offer with their also very affordable Rapira One gaming mouse.
The budget market is full of great options these days, with big brands like Corsair, Cooler Master, Tt eSports and many more all offering something competitive at a low price tag, so Attitude One have got some stiff competition in this part of the market. The Attitude One will only set you back just under £30, so I’m not expecting record-breaking performance, but I’ll still be expecting a good range of features at this price point.
The Rapira One is reasonably well equipped; it comes with a rubber grip coating for extra control, a four level DPI toggle, an Avago 3050 sensor that can operate up to 3500 DPI, 7 full programmable buttons and built-in LED lighting.
Ergonomic design with rubberized surface
On-the-fly 4 level DPI switch
Avago 3050 Optical sensor (3500DPI)
Super wide Teflon feet
7 programmable buttons
LED light on/off switch at base
2.0m braided cable
The packaging is very bright; you’ll have no trouble finding an Attitude One product in a retail store!
Around the back of the box we have a quick run down of the major features (see above) as well as another picture of the mouse design.
The box opens out to give you a good look at the mouse, which is secured under a protective plastic cover.
Today I feel very lucky indeed, it was only a few days ago I got to test the gorgeous Attitude One Tunguska 7.1 headset and now I get to try out their new Vintorez USB gaming mouse. While that may not sound like the most exciting week ever to some, it is to me, because Attitude One are a new brand to us here at eTeknix and it’s always great to see some fresh products in the market that aren’t coming from the current big players.
Gaming mice are in no short supply, the market is flooded beyond count with peripherals that are all shapes, sizes and colours. There seems to be a product tailored to every type of gameplay, style and age group so it’s always a tricky one when you see a new product in this sector as there is often very little innovation to offer the market at this time. Yet style, performance and many other factors are highly subjective so when it gets down to it, it never really hurts to have more choice on the market as there should always be something out that is right for you, the trouble is, it can often be hard to tell which one.
Hopefully today we can clear up a few things and find out if the Vintorez is right for you or not, so let’s get straight to the good stuff and see just what Attitude One have to offer us this time around.
Much like their headset the Vintorez comes in a bright orange box that is so luminous that it makes my camera struggle to capture it properly, you wouldn’t have a hard time finding this box in a dark room.
The box folds out and this allows us a sneak peak at the overall shape of the mouse, handy for those buying the item at a retail outlet.
Around the back we have a couple of product shots as well as a few technical details that include the 400/1200/2000/3200 DPI resolution, ergonomic ambidextrous design, full programmable keys, custom LED light system and a 1.8m braided cable.
In the box I found a simple user manual that talks you through basic setup as well as a mini CDR that contains the driver software and setup files.
The mouse comes hard wired with a good quality braided cable and a heavy duty plastic covered USB connector.
The Vintorez features a heavily curved design mixed with pronounced edges, its shape reminds me of the Razer Naga from some angles. The right side of the mouse features some blue squares that feature LED backlighting, while the bottom of the side panel features a small lip to provide your hand with a comfortable resting spot.
The back of the mouse features the A1 logo as well as some small detailing on the underside that also feature LED lighting. Here you can also better see where the top panel forms the front mouse buttons as the edges join up to the right side panel.
The left side features the same ergonomic shape and LED detailing as the right, making it comfortable for ambidextrous usage, although only the left side features the two side buttons.
The mouse buttons are curved at the front to provide a good resting position for your fingers. The centre strip features a pair of switches for the DPI toggle which are marked + and – while the mouse wheel features a grippy, notched rubber coating that makes it easy to make quick and precise adjustments. The scroll wheel features a small blue inner ring and this is also backlit by LED lighting.
The overall shape of the mouse might features a lot of curves, but it’s still quite aggressive looking overall, almost like a mash up of the Gigabyte Avia Krypton and the Razer Naga for shape, which is no bad thing as they’re both great looking mice.
The mouse is low and sleek, but its ergonomics lend better to a claw grip rather than a palm rest hand position, although it’s not ideal for a lift-off technique as the surface feels a little slippy to quickly lift the mouse.
The underside of the mouse is pretty basic, the sensor in the middle and six slipmats around the edges, more than enough to provide plenty of glide over a multitude of different surfaces.
Setup & Installation
Once powered up the mouse lights up in a range of colours and just flicking through the DPI settings brings up a range of blue, green and red colours on the rear logo.
The software install took a couple of minutes but provided me with plenty of customisation options. The first tab allows for tweaking of the mouse buttons allowing you to set custom button configurations to any key.
The next tab is for configuring the sensor, custom X/Y sensitivity, polling rate, lighting effects and CPI modes. The final tab allows you to adjust the Windows mouse control panel settings from within the A1 software.
The first thing I checked was the lift-off height, which was under 2mm and while that isn’t very low, this mouse doesn’t lift easily due to its shape, so the lift-off height isn’t really going to affect usage.
When checking for prediction I found that there was a very small amount present, but so little that it wouldn’t affect gaming in any noticeable fashion. I did however notice a worrying amount of jitter and straight lines or smooth curves were impossible to draw on both the 2000 and 3200 CPI settings, but smooth as silk on the 300 and 1200 settings.
I performed an acceleration test and discovered a slight loss in tracking while moving the mouse quickly over a longer distance and the mouse pointer fell short of my original start point. This is tested by moving the mouse (while in a first person game such as Skyrim) slow across the mouse mat, the quickly returning it back to the start point to see if the mouse pointer lands in the same location. It wasn’t as present at lower CPI as it was higher but typically it was at acceleration speeds that are unlikely to be achieved in day to day usage, either way there was some definite deceleration.
Gaming & General Performance
The claw grip that this mouse promotes isn’t my usual play style, but the ergonomics here are well suited to it and they certainly have some benefits to ambidextrous usage. Of course if you do play left-handed there isn’t any switches on the right side of the mouse, only the left, so that is a minor draw back there.
The left and right mouse buttons have a firm and slightly loud click, but they have a nice tactile feel to them that will no doubt improve once the switches have been worn in a little. The sensor may have been erratic at high settings, but 1200 CPI was more than enough once settings were tweaked up in Windows, offering plenty of speed and accuracy that did well in Battlefield 3 and League of Legends, then when you need to you can still drop down the CPI for those precision moves.
Day to day use is pretty good, but I find that my wrist hurts a little after a few hours as I like a wider mouse with a good palm rest position, although I do have fairly long fingers and wide hands so that mild discomfort may not be the case for most people.
The Vintorez is a mixed bag product, its performance wasn’t quite as great as I expected but it still offers a good level of performance for the price range and a huge amount of style and flair that I think will prove quite popular. The brand might not have fully established its self here in the UK yet, not having the same level of fame as brands like MadCatz or Corsair, but they’re certainly heading in the right direction.
The sensor could be better, there is no doubt about it and the top CPI settings are all but useless in my opinion. The bottom two still offer a mixture of speed and precision, both of which can still be tweaked a good amount from the configuration panel, so there is more than enough performance to be found for your average gamer who enjoys some casual FPS, MMO or RTS gaming. Of course the mouse is still good for day to day usage too but its extreme styling is clearly targeted at a more gaming orientated consumer.
It’s nice to see another budget friendly option on the market that packs a lot of features, with full customisable button layouts, LED lighting, adjustable DPI, multiple profiles and a cool design, I really do like this mouse. Unfortunately it just missed out on our Gamers Choice Award today due to the sensor being a little erratic at higher settings, but if this is to be the first in a long line of products from A1 then I have high hopes for what they can do in the future.
Plenty of features
Sensor gets twitchy at high CPI settings
Ambidextrous design falls short by only having left side buttons
eTeknix says: “While this might not be the best mouse on the market, it is competitively priced while offering an extensive feature set. For around £30 you’ll be hard pushed to find a better product in this price range.”
Today we take a look at a brand that is somewhat new to us here at eTeknix. While yes we have heard of Attitude One, we’ve even seen their products at various trade shows and online, but we’ve never had the chance to get hands on with their products and try them for our selves and the Tunguska Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound Headset is hopefully just the first product of their range that we will be taking a look at.
I’ve heard good things about A1 from industry types and general consumers too, this got our attention and it’s great to see a new name in the office. While I can’t say I’m bored with the offerings from the other big names in the industry, it certainly never hurts to have more options available to you, especially from a consumer perspective.
As always, we will be looking for a good level of design, build quality, performance and value from this headset and with a price tag of around £60the Tunguska are certainly set to be competitive and if the performance matches the feature list, then we could in for a real treat here, so let’s get straight to the good stuff and see just what this headset has to offer.
As you can see, the A1 Tunguska come in a brightly designed box, you can’t miss a bright orange box among the crowd and this would definitely stand out at retail. There are a few features labeled on the box such as the noise cancelling microphone, 3 meter cable, USB connectivity and the virtual 7.1 drivers (stereo speakers with software produced surround effects).
The box folds out to give us a proper look at the headset and first impressions are good, although I think the white and blue clashes with the orange a little (actually, that orange clashes with everything).
Around the back we have more feature details such as the “unique 4 piece padded headset and comfortable ear cushions”, “high-sensitivity mic and mic mute” and the “high-quality 40mm drivers with neodymium magnets and membranes”. Overall a fairly standard but well equipped feature set, so let’s get them out of the box and take a closer look.
First thing out of the box was an easy to read user manual that guides you through general setup, as well as a mini CD-Rom with the standard driver software, although with included drivers I would always recommend you check the manufacturer’s website for the latest drivers first, it’s still nice to see some included as most companies no longer include any drivers at all.
The headset we have today is finished in matt black, gloss white and neon blue, a very stylish colour scheme that makes me think of the film Tron, I like that movie, so I’ll take that as a good thing.
The headset features a really bold, durable design that really stands out thanks to a mixture of chunky panels and soft edges that seem to blend retro and futuristic styles into one, it’s not going to be to everyone’s taste but I think they look great.
The headband features plenty of soft padding that provides good fit and long term comfort.
The ear cups are covered in a soft leather-like material with a soft cloth backing, enough to keep a firm fitting over your ears but not so much that you cut off all air flow.
The chunky microphone is surprisingly light weight but it isn’t removable, however it can be folded upwards out of the way or adjusted up and down to find the best speaking position.
Moving away from the main headset we have a small inline controller which features 7 small LED lights in the center, volume control button and master mutes for the microphone and headphones. It’s fairly small but it feels well made, although I fear the cable joins could be better reinforced here as this is a common point for wear and tear damage on headsets.
The cable is braided and this should aid with its life span, plus it also looks good and is generally harder to snag or tangle than grippy rubber cables.
Hook up the headset to your computer and the two pairs of lines one each ear cup light up in an electric blue that compliments the blue trim, it’s a fairly subtle lighting effect but an effectively cool looking one.
Setup & Installation
Setup was as easy as plug and play, windows detected the audio device straight away as the headset has its own internal sound card. Installation of the driver CD took a few minutes and a restart but nothing more than a couple of simple clicks to get through. The software was really comprehensive and offers plenty of features to tweak and tune the audio to your liking.
Since this is a virtual surround headset there is only one driver in each ear cup, so software steps in to do the processing magic and create the effect of multiple speakers. You can choose from stereo, quadraphonic, 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound (shown as 2, 4, 6 & 8 channel). Then below that we have the Virtual 7.1 mix enable, output modes (system) and on the right you have the ability to adjust distance, volume and rotation of any of the channel speakers, this is a feature I wasn’t expecting and being able to tweak this was fantastic for fine tuning the sound scape.
There are a few more tabs that cover general system volume levels and voice effects, but the most interesting is the EQ page which allows for full customisation of DSP effects and EQ. There are multiple presets and each can be tweaked and saved to a profile. Unfortunately though you cannot save master profiles for the software for each job so between movies, gaming and day to day tasks you would need to come into the software and adjust things manually to your liking for each application.
I was eager to test out the multi channel sound on this headset so rather than jump straight into a gaming environment I started with a few movies. I chose the blu-rays of The Hobbit and Transformers 2 since I know one has a rich musical score and some interesting soundscapes while the other has some thumping low end bass noises that can often distort weak drivers. First impressions were pretty good with the stereo mode enabled, the drivers are loud and powerful, but there was a definite slope in the EQ that left the mids feeling fuzzy and the bass feeling a little low, but by no means disappointing.
Enabling the 7.1 (8 channel mode) with the virtual surround made a big impact, but it came at the cost of overall max volume. I tweaked in the speaker distances to increase their volume, applied the large room DSP and decided that the Classic EQ was the best pre-set. Suddenly the headset went from being a “good” headset, to an absolutely fantastic one. Bass was thick, deep and distortion free with a room filling distance that you rarely get on a headset, the mid tones warmed up nicely and had lost their rough edge and the high tones became clearer and more pleasant. I think that the drivers are not very well balanced out of the box but my EQ tinkering knocked some sense into them and the sound became fantastic for watching movies after I had made my adjustments.
Of course you may like different settings, but that’s the joy of this headset, it’s very customisable, at least to a certain extent. Push the high tones more than a little and they sound awful, same goes for the mid tones, you will benefit better from reducing the frequencies around the one you want to raise and increasing your volume, either way, great results can be found, it just takes some tinkering.
Gaming performance was on par with movies and while the effects have little to offer to games like League of Legends, fans of Skyrim and Battlefield will love the wide soundscapes, thick bass notes and clear dialogue. The noise canceling microphone is good too and while it’s nothing incredible I rarely find anything remarkable about microphone testing these days, it’s on par with the competition and sounds loud and clear, which is pretty much all you could want from a microphone.
Music playback was the real winner for me and while this benefitted from switching to stereo mode, you could still have fun with the EQ and there are a few tracks in my collection that few headphones get right, So You Die by Bloodbath is a real bone shaker that often sounds wobbly in weaker drivers, the acoustic warmth of All About Eve by Steve Vai is easily lost on many sets also but that really wasn’t the case here (although it’s worth pointing out the YouTube links I’ve provided here will not do them justice either, they’re just to give you an impression of the sound I was testing), so long as I kept the Classic EQ mode enabled, most of the other presets made powerful changes but often with negative effects to the range.
Overall I think it’s safe to say that I really like this headset, It’s full of little imperfections but it makes up for them in some really big ways and the overall sound quality is more than enough to make me part with my hard earned cash to buy a pair.
The overall appearance of this headset is of a cheaper product trying to look like a more expensive product, the design is chunky, features a lot of shiny plastics and some flashy lights, but I think A1 got the balance right and while there is a slightly cheaper look and feel to the headset, it does maintain a coolness that is often lost in this price range. They’re pretty well made too and while I fear they may smash with a few hard knocks and bumps, there are few headsets out there that wouldn’t.
Sound quality is impressive although you should really get stuck into the EQ and get things in line first. While I would argue that this is mostly personal preference, there really is a lot of extra performance and quality to be found through some simple EQ and DSP tweaks that benefit all listening scenarios. I did complain that you can’t set different profiles to tab between for music, movies, gaming etc but I found that once I had the optimum dialed in, I didn’t want to change anything other than between stereo and virtual 7.1 anyway.
It’s not all perfect though and as I said, build quality isn’t as heavy duty as the looks, the in-line controller leaves a lot to be desired although it does provide the basics and the stock audio performance is a little hollow at times.
eTeknix says: “The Tunguska is a reasonably priced mid-range headset and it packs an impressive feature set that makes it competitive in a crowded market. It’s a little unrefined in some areas but its an impressive product overall. I think this shows great promise for Attitude One and the Tunguska 7.1 is a great product for this price range.”
Powerful EQ and DSP settings
Virtual Surround actually works
Good quality microphone
Cheap in-line controller
Some freqencies sound rough without EQ adjustments