Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB 10k DPI Optical Mouse Review

Introduction


Corsair produces some of the most popular gaming mice on the market today, from their MMO ready Scimitar, to their versatile Raptor M45, and many more. The Sabre walks a nice middle ground for Corsair, packaging a few extra gaming-friendly features, such as extra programmable buttons, as well as customisable RGB lighting, a 100g ultra light design, as well as their high-end 10k DPI optical gaming sensor.

“Ultra light weight at just 100g, the Corsair Gaming Sabre Optical RGB 6,400 DPI gaming mouse offers easy comfort and fluid reach balanced by consistently accurate tracking, 1,000 Hz refresh rate, eight configurable buttons, and super-responsive switches. Four-zone 16.8M color backlighting creates a beautiful, personalized look that matches your style.” – Corsair

Picking the right mouse for your desktop can be tricky, but equipped with everything you need for day-to-day work, as well as gaming, be that at home or in the world of competitive eSports, the Sabre is ticking all the right boxes. So let’s jump right in and take a closer look at what it has to offer.

“With advanced ergonomics that comfortably support your entire hand, you can wield the Sabre in a variety of grip styles. The adaptability in grip gives you the adaptability you need to compete in a wide variety of game types from FPS to RTS and MOBA. The 8 programmable buttons can be customized with ease to fine tune your play.” – Corsair

First up, we can see that the packaging is nicely designed, keeping in theme with all the other new Corsair Gaming hardware. All the main specs are detailed on the front, as well as a nice image of the mouse.

Around the back, a more technical breakdown of the features, but we’ll take a closer look at those in a moment.

The box also opens out at the front, giving you a nice look at the mouse design; handy for those picking one up in a retail store.

In the box, you’ll find the Sabre comes hard-wired with a black braided cable and a nice quality USB header.

Logitech G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Logitech have a long history in the peripheral business, having created some of the most popular desktop and gaming mice around. With that in mind, we’re very happy to see their latest mouse, the G502 Proteus Core in the eTeknix office, as it comes equipped with some pretty awesome features that should make it a lot of fun to test.

The G502 Proteus comes equipped with a high-end 12,000 DPI sensor, which Logitech claim is the most accurate sensor on the market, a claim I won’t be taking lightly in our testing. An accurate sensor is obviously something we all want in our mice, be that for gaming or otherwise, how well it tracks can be the difference between catching that all important headshot or defeat.

A fast built-in 32-bit microcontroller, a (hopefully) super accurate sensor, weight tuning system, and so much more on offer with this mouse, the G502 is certainly ticking a lot of boxes.

Features

  • Most accurate sensor on the market
  • 32-bit microcontroller
  • 3 on-board profiles
  • 1 millisecond report rate
  • Primary buttons rated to 20 million clicks
  • Mechanical microswitches
  • Improved keyplate design for better click feeling and performance
  • Braided cable with hook and loop cable tie
  • Sleep mode disabled
  • 3 DPI indicator LEDs
  • Rubber grips
  • Magnetic weight-cavity door

The new sensor promises great performance, but to ensure you can get the best out of it, it can be tuned to your surface of choice.

“Wood, Laminate, Steel, Mouse Pad, all surfaces have different properties. Proteus Core makes sure that no matter where or what you game on, your mouse is optimized.”

If tuning the sensor isn’t enough, there’s also a weight tuning system to allow you to tweak the balance and overall feel of the mouse.

“Proteus Core allows you to change the weight, balance, and enables you to adapt to wherever you choose to play. Customize it to the way you game and make it yours!”

The box shows a cool picture of the mouse, as well as some of the tuning weights.

Around the back, a quick breakdown of some of the features of the G502, such as the programmable buttons and surface tunable sensor.

In the box, you’ll find a small plastic box with the Logitech logo on it.

It’s a handy little storage box that houses five 3.6g weights.

Razer Announces Naga Chroma With 16,000 DPI Sensor

The Razer Naga has been an incredibly popular choice for MMO enthusiasts requiring a huge array of programmable side buttons. Given the success of this device, Razer decided to launch the Naga Epic Chroma which features RGB lighting, a 1000Hz polling rate and 12 buttons. While this is a fairly recent mouse, Razer wants to up the ante and offer a similar model with an improved 16,000 DPI sensor.

As you can see from the technical specification, the Naga Chroma utilizes an ultra-precise sensor with a lift-of cut-off distance as precise as 0.1mm. Additionally, there is 0 interpolation and up to 50 G of acceleration.

Other notable features include fully customizable RGB lighting, a braided cable, and tilt scroll wheel.  In terms of pricing and availability, the Razer Chroma will cost $79.99 and should start shipping from November 16th. I’m not entirely sure who needs a mouse which supports extreme sensitivities, but the overall package is pretty impressive. 

On another note, I expected the price to be slightly higher considering the sensor’s huge range and Chrome lighting. I can see this selling incredibly well among MMO and MOBA players. The mouse is also aesthetically pleasing and should suit palm, and claw grips.

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X2 Introduces the Genza Gaming Mouse

X2 have just revealed their upcoming Genza gaming mouse. The X2-M30003-USB is designed to be a great day to day mouse, but has its roots firmly planted with the gaming community. It features a sleek design, AVAGO game level optical ship, a max DPI of 35000 from its infrared sensor, built in memory that makes it suitable for tournament gaming, seven fully programmable keys, an ergonomic design, customisable lighting and more.

“Naturally the Genza is only built using the best components, such as the optical Avago chip 3500DPI 20G infrared sensor that accurately translates the slightest movement into action. Seven independently programmable function keys give you the advantage. Connectivity is made simple through USB2.0/3.0. The scroll-wheel is made of solid aluminum and lasts literally forever, rotating on Nano-tech bearing which is a proprietary technology, long lifespan guaranteed and backed by our solid 2 year warranty and service program offered to you by X2 – All geared up!” said X2 in a recent press release.

Main Features:

  • Stealth design
  • AVAGO Game level optical chip
  • 3500DPI 20G infrared sensor
  • Built-in 64K memory function
  • Seven independently programmable function keys
  • Suitable for long (gaming) hours, perfect ergonomic comfort
  • Personal LED color setting through the DPI adjustment
  • Backed by 2 years manufacturer warranty

Compatibility:

  • The Genza gaming mouse is compatible with PC/Mac via USB2.0/3.0 port and system requirements are OS Windows 8/7/XP or Vista.

The mouse will be available with an MSRP: USD 59.95 / EURO 44.95 (Ex VAT if applicable). The Genza gaming mouse, item number# X2-M3003-USB is now available from X2 Shenzhen, European branch roll-out will commence mid-September.

Win a Gamdias Hephaestus 7.1 Headset & Hades Gaming Mouse

We’ve teamed up with the legendary peripheral manufacturer Gamdias to bring you this incredible competition. Not only do we have their stunning Hephaestus gaming headset to give away, but also their high-end Hades gaming mouse. The Hephaestus may be hard to pronounce, but the powerful drivers housed within it have to be heard to be believed, and the vibrational units have to be felt to be believed, as they add a literal thump to your music, movies and gaming. The Hades mouse is really unique too, offering an extending side grip, high-end laser sensor and all the usual bells and whistles you would expect from a eSports friendly gaming mouse.

We’ll be picking two lucky winners this time around, second place will take away the mouse and first place will get the headset, although really they’re both awesome prizes regardless.

If you would like to know more about the Gamdias Hephaestus, then you can always check out our full review right here. Or you can check out the official product pages for the headset and the mouse here and here.

All you have to do is follow the instructions below, it couldn’t be much simpler than that. Good luck!

Rules and regulations:

  • Competition is for UK only
  • The competition ends at midnight GMT on the 18th August 2014 and winner(s) will be notified by Friday 22nd August 2014
  • In the event of a dispute, eTeknix staff hold the final say and no discussions will be entered into
  • Delivery is not in the hands of eTeknix and can take some time to arrive
  • Full shipping address and phone number is required in your email entry to speed up dispatch of prizes to winners and to prevent multiple entries
  • If the auto-fill email link doesn’t work, email us the information and include the subject “With a Gamdias Headset and Mouse”
  • In the event that the prize is unavailable, eTeknix reserve the right to offer an alternative of equal or greater value
  • Winners will need to claim there prize within 7 days or new winners will be drawn
  • Winner(s) will be announced on our competition winners page
  • By entering this competition, you adhere to the above rules and regulations

Corsair Raptor M45 Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Corsair is one of the best-known brands in the business, countless gamers flock to them for the latest power supplies, chassis, water coolers, memory products and more. They’ve built a sock solid reputation with the gaming and system building communities thanks to their high-end performance and build quality. The same can be said for their peripheral ranges, which cover gaming mice, headsets, keyboards (both mechanical and membrane) and no doubt a few other little gadgets for the desktop. We’ve reviewed a few Corsair peripherals over the years and time and time again they’ve impressed us with their features, quality and performance, so I’m hoping for a similar performance from the Corsair Raptor M45 gaming mouse.

“Corsair Raptor M45 is designed for gaming performance. A powerful gaming-tuned 5,000 DPI optical sensor, fast response time, extra-large PTFE glide pads, and a high-mass scroll wheel put you in command. You can customize it to your play style with the adjustable weight system, and seven programmable buttons put macros and other critical gaming functions just a click away. Instant DPI switching lets you toggle between high sensor resolution for fast motion, and low resolution for super-accurate aiming. And since serious gamers play for hours at a time, the M45 has a comfortable right-handed design with textured and soft-touch surfaces.” – Corsair.com

The M45 is focused on gaming, so Corsair has put in a bunch of extra features such as a customisable weighting system, programmable buttons, DPI adjustments and a whole lot more that should appeal to gamers. More exciting than the feature set is the price tag, because Corsair is cramming all these features into the M45 for just under £40.

  • Game tuned 5000 DPI optical sensor – Highly linear tracking for accurate mouse control in games
  • Advanced weight system – Customize both mouse weight and balance for your style of play
  • 7 programmable buttons – Set frequently used actions, macros or keystrokes to dedicated mouse – buttons for faster access
  • On-the-fly DPI adjustment – Switch dpi with a single click for tight shots and fast getaways
  • Selectable USB response time – Choose between 1000, 500, 250 and 125Hz
  • Adjustable lift height – Five selectable lift height levels
  • Soft-touch surfaces – Outstanding comfort during multi-hour play sessions
  • Onboard memory – Save mouse settings for use on other PCs
  • Corsair Mouse Software – Setup macros, create keystrokes, adjust dpi and save settings directly to your mouse

The mouse comes nicely packed with a good image of the product on the front of the box, as well as a quick rundown of the major features; these include the 5000 DPI game-tuned optical sensor, adjustable weight system and seven programmable buttons.

Around the back you’ll find a more detailed run down of the major features, but we’ll be taking a closer look at all of them in a moment.

The mouse comes hard-wired with a hard-wearing sleeved cable and a durable moulded USB connection. There are no extras included in the box, but drivers can be downloaded from the Corsair website.

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.

iRocks Spirit Cocoon Illuminated Mouse Review

Introduction


Gaming mice are great at stealing all the glory, they’re often packed with high-end features and functions that put regular desktop mice to shame. Of course all is not lost for the humble desktop mouse, for not everyone needs 19 buttons, 1000 macros and ultra high DPI laser sensors, many people just want a mouse that looks great, feel nice to use and performs reliably. Enter the i-rocks Spirit Cocoon, a fairly standard looking mouse if I ever saw one, apart from the fact that it is finished in a chrome effect of course, and while it is for all intents and purposes a regular mouse, it does have a trick up its sleeve, but we’ll get to that in a moment.

If I’m honest I’d never even heard of i-rocks before, this mouse landed on my desk as a bit of a surprise and it also came with a fair amount of enthusiasm from i-rocks that there was more here than meets the eye. Naturally I had to investigate what could be so interesting about this mouse, and while I suspected it was the chrome plating it’s really got more to do with got some very funky lighting effects that will leave you in a trance.

  • Interface: USB
  • Adjustable Resolution: 450 / 900 / 1800 / 3500 dpi
  • Adjustable Report Rate: 125 / 250 / 500 / 1000 Hz
  • 3D backlight ON/OFF and Lock Switch
  • Power Consumption: Max 100 mA (without backlight) / Max 150 mA (with backlight)
  • Dimension: 103 x 60 x 39 mm
  • Cable Length: 180 cm

As you can see, the Spirit Cocoon comes neatly boxed in a clear presentation box, unfortunately there is a plastic dome over the mouse that ruins attempts to photograph it well, but it does give you a relatively clear view of the general shape and its chrome finish.

On the underside we have a quick run down of the specifications (see above).

In the box you’ll find a super fluffy and soft protective pouch, a quick installation guide and the mouse, which comes hard-wired with a braided USB cable.