Speedlink Prime Z-DW Optical Gaming Mouse Review

Performance


The features on this mouse are plentiful, I’ve certainly no complaints there. All the buttons are customisable through the easy to use software. You can tweak and record macros, apply them to the mouse and even save your profiles to the mouse; making the Prime a tournament friendly mouse. It’s easily up to par with it’s rivals in a similar price range. The dual scroll wheels are certainly strange to look at, but remarkably practical to use. For the most part, the mouse feels and behaves like a single wheel mouse, the smaller back one doesn’t get in the way at all. However, you can reach your finger back easy enough to use the second one when it’s needed. It is set to volume control by default, but it can be programmed to whatever you need; I found it makes a handy zoom tool for Photoshop.

What really matters to me is the sensor performance, it is after all the most important aspect of how the mouse operates. One thing I immediately liked about this mouse is that I can drop the DPI right down to 50. This is great for those super accurate sniper shots and the sensor performance was as smooth as silk.

800 is a nice common DPI setting, it’s typically the one you’ll be using the most on this mouse and again the output is nice and steady.

There is a tiny bit of jitter at 1600, but this is still very good and it’s at a speed high enough for quick turns in FPS games, or rapid scrolling in RTS style games.

Performance slips a little at 2400, the mouse does a decent job of keeping things on the right path; you can see it’s having a trouble drawing smooth curves.

I was expecting it to get even worse at 3200 DPI, but it didn’t. This may not look great, but for a mouse in this price range it’s actually rather good. I’m certainly happy with how the sensor feels and performs.