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    Cherry MC 1000 Mouse
    Made by: Cherry
    Release date: Macrh 24, 2015
    Price: $8.00
    (Amazon Affiliate Link)

    Thank you Cherry for sending us this mouse to review!

    Cherry is the world's oldest keyboard manufacturer as they have been in the business since 1967.   They also produce card readers and mice.  Many gamers will be familiar with the company for their famous Cherry MX keyboard switches.  While Cherry is starting to get more into the gaming industry, they have a long history of producing professional business products and the Cherry MC 1000 mouse falls under that category.

    Cherry MC 1000

    Strong Points: Ambidextrous design 
    Weak Points: Low DPI is not ideal for high resolution monitors

    While the MC 1000 mouse can handle point and click adventure games like Fire, the 1200 DPI won't be responsive enough for FPS gamers with high resolution monitors.    I noticed that it took more work to navigate this mouse across my primary monitor that runs at a resolution of 2560x1440 that I'm used to.   I'm not sure what the average size of a professionally used monitor is these days but chances are that it exceeds the 1280x1024 resolution according to browser statistics from January 2015.

    With the low asking price of $5-8 or less online, this would be a good mouse for public use for a couple of good reasons.  If some unscrupulous person  were to walk off with it, not much money would be lost.  Publically used products often take a beating from users of all ages.  Cherry has a two year warranty that stands behind their German engineered products.  Last but not least, the design is pretty symmetrical and works well for right or left handed users.  There are two color options available, black and a light gray which looks white to me from the pictures I have seen.

    Cherry MC 1000

    Is it the most comfortable mouse out there?  Not really.  I personally prefer my mice to be bigger and contoured for my right hand.  However, it does have the basics covered with three buttons including  the clickable scroll wheel as the third.  Unlike my gaming mice, the six foot USB cable is not braided and the USB connector is not gold plated.  

    As much as I like my gaming mice, they are often too flashy with their lit up scroll wheels and other lights and logos illuminated on them.  The Cherry MC 1000 Mouse is a safe bet for professional users and publicly used systems.  I'm sure that people who solely use their computer for e-mail and browsing the web will be perfectly fine using this mouse.   Gamers on the other hand may want to look elsewhere.

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    Gamdias Demeter 
    Developed by: Gamdias
    Release Date: July 2014
    Price: $19.99 
    (Amazon Affiliate Link)

    *Advertising disclosure* -  Gamdias is a banner advertising client.  The review is not influenced by this partnership in any way.

    Thank you Gamdias for sending us this mouse to review!

    When it comes to gaming mice there are plenty to choose from.  Most mice favor right-handed gamers, but there are some good ambidextrous options out there including the Gamdias Demeter.  The bold color is sure to get this mouse noticed and the slick finish feels good to the touch.  There are three colors available including red, blue, and gold.  The mouse we were sent to review came in "Pull me over" red.  


    Strong Points: Stylish; customizable; comfortable
    Weak Points: Low DPI; software is Windows only; cannot dim or disable the logo

    Besides the cool paintjob, other highlights include six programmable buttons and 64K of onboard memory to store three separate profiles.  In order to customize the mouse, the Windows only Hera software needs to be installed and running.  I like how the software prompts to download the drivers and firmware when updates become available.  

    Through the software, the polling rate and DPI settings can be customized.  The polling rate can be set to 125, 250, 500 and 1000Hz.  My biggest complaint about this mouse is that the DPI maxes out at 2,000.  While 2,000 DPI was sufficient for my 1080P laptop, my 2560 x 1440, multi-monitor desktop setup was more difficult to navigate with the lower DPI.  It put a strain on my hand and forced me to switch back to my 8200 DPI Gamdias Zeus mouse.  If the style is appealing but the DPI isn't high enough, a 3600 DPI black laser version of the Demeter mouse is available for $39.99 on Amazon.  

    The more expensive Demeter mouse has a braided USB cable, but the sportscar model is lacking that feature.  They both have gold plated USB connectors though.   The attached Velcro cable tie is a nice touch.  

    The buttons are easy to access and the finger placement is very comfortable.  Besides the left and right mouse buttons, each side of the mouse has a thin programmable button.  The mouse wheel is illuminated and programmable in its color choice and clicking functionality.   Last but not least, there is a DPI button below the mouse button for cycling through the DPI pre-sets.  I maxed it out to 2,000 on both of my systems.  If your palm is not covering the mouse, there is a gold illuminated Gamdias logo that is not able to be dimmed or disabled.    

    Overall, the Gamdias Demeter is an inexpensive, stylish, and comfortable mouse.  My biggest gripe is that the lower DPI is not ideal for higher resolution monitors.  It works great on 1080P setups though.  Left-handed gamers should check out the sportscar or higher DPI laser Demeter mice when considering their next gaming mouse purchase.

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    Gamdias NYX P1 Gaming Mouse Mat
    Developed by: Gamdias
    Release date: April 5, 2017
    Price: $24.99
    (Amazon Affiliate Link)

    Thank you Gamdias for sending us this gaming mouse mat to review!

    Throughout my many years of PC gaming I have owned several standard and gaming mouse pads. I have used foam pads with a thin layer of fabric on the top that eventually began to fray as well as a metal mouse pad that had one side designed for speed and the opposite side focused on control. After reviewing SteelSeries’ QCK/QCK+ mousepads, I have been using them for my desktop and laptop.

    After opening up the Gamdias NYX P1 Gaming Mouse Mat, I quickly realized why it is called a mat instead of a pad. This mouse mat is HUGE. It’s bigger than my dog and it can comfortably fit both of my cats and a mouse. Needless to say, there is plenty of room for a gaming keyboard and mouse. The dimensions are 0.12" x 35.43" x 11.81". Please measure your workspace accordingly before ordering this!


    Strong Points: Excellent build quality and feel; very responsive
    Weak Points: Doesn’t fit in many areas; a chore to keep clean 

    The build quality is quite nice. The rubberized bottom will prevent it from slipping and sliding around. The cloth feels nice. Since it’s dark it will show every hair or crumb that lands on it. Keeping it clean will take some work and you may want to invest in a lint roller if you don’t have one. The cloth mesh has a honeycomb-like pattern that is a bear to clean should you get any food or other debris rubbed into it.

    Gamdias provides a one year warranty though I doubt it will be invoked much since the construction is pretty solid. The edges are stitched so you won’t have to worry about the cloth and rubber bottom separating.

    This mouse mat is geared for control and it certainly delivers as promised. Whether I’m gaming or just surfing the Internet, I found this mouse mat to be very responsive. While playing the keyboard and mouse based game, Kite, I didn’t experience any problems.

    The design is attractive with the Gamdias logo and rune-like characters on the upper right hand side. The bottom right quadrant has Gamdias written on it with a smaller version and the motto “Gaming Art in Motion” on the lower right hand corner. On the upper right hand side there is an embroidered tag that has Gamdias’ name sewn in gold thread. You shouldn’t have any trouble remembering who constructed this fine gaming accessory.

    All in all, the NYX P1 is a really well-crafted and sturdy mouse mat. It performs great, but the biggest problem I have is that I don’t have many surfaces big enough to support this beast. If you’re looking for a smaller mouse pad, you may want to consider Gamdias’ other NYX pads which focus on speed or control depending on what you’re in the market for.

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    OUREA Laser Gaming Mouse
    Made by: GAMDIAS
    Release Date: September 1, 2014
    Price: $19.99
    (Amazon Affiliate Link)

    *Advertising disclosure* - After this review was posted, Gamdias became a banner advertising client.  The review is not influenced by this partnership in any way.

    Thank you GAMDIAS for sending us this mouse to review!

    Gaming hardware can be expensive, but GAMDIAS products look sharp, perform well, and cost a fraction of the price of competing products.  Most gaming mice cost fifty or more dollars, but the ambidextrous OUREA costs $19.99 compared to the $60 Mionix Avior 8200 we reviewed.    

    Both mice are ambidextrous and support a polling rate from 125Hz to 1000Hz.   The major difference between these two mice (besides the price) is that the OUREA has 4 5g weights to customize its weight to your liking.  When heavier, you'll have more control, but a lighter mouse is more responsive.  The Mionix 8200 also supports up to 8200 DPI while the OUREA peaks at 3600.


    Strong Points: Great performing mouse for the money; braided USB cable
    Weak Points: Easy to accidentally click the button on the right hand side; GAMDIAS logo cannot be dimmed or disabled; software sometimes fails to load

    There are six buttons in total including one on each side of the mouse.  Each button is customizable and you can program macros using GAMDIAS software (which only runs in Windows).  There's a button below the scroll wheel for changing the DPI setting on the fly.  The one button on the right hand side kept getting accidentally clicked and changed my mouse's profile (and color).  To get rid of the rainbow effect I just changed all my profile colors to be the same (purple).  Unfortunately, the yellow GAMDIAS logo cannot be dimmed or changed to a different color. 

    While the software is easy to use and update, I did run into problems with it crashing when launching it.  The basic mode will let you adjust the default DPI, polling rates, cursor speed, scroll speed, double click speed, and scroll wheel colors.  By switching to the advanced mode you can customize macros with timers and sound files.  The muscle memory is a pretty neat tab that displays the mouse's stats with how many times the various buttons have been used.  According to GAMDIAS, this mouse has a 10 million click life cycle.  I'm just over 5,400 as of this review.  



    As expected, gaming was great and the mouse was very responsive in games like Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball and Super 3-D Noah's Ark. The mouse is very comfortable to use in either hand and moves smoothly across the table tops I have used it on.  A higher DPI rate is ideal for big or multi-monitor setups.  While the 3600 DPI was fine for my 1080P laptop screen, it may not be responsive enough for 4K monitors.  When comparing OUREA against my Sharkoon Drakonia mouse, the Drakonia had better control with sudden movements.  It's worth noting that the Drakonia mouse is twice the price of the OUREA.  

    If you're looking for an inexpensive mousing experience, look no further than the OUREA Laser Gaming Mouse.  It's totally customizable and super responsive in fast paced FPS games.  The price for the mouse alone is a reasonable $20 shipped on Amazon, but if you're in the market for a keyboard as well, the $30 bundle is worth considering.  The only downside to the keyboard or the mouse is that you're forced to look at the glowing yellow logo whether you like it or not.

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    Gamdias Zeus Laser Gaming Mouse
    Made by: Gamdias
    Release Date: November 20, 2013
    Price: $59.99
    (Amazon Affiliate Link)

    *Advertising disclosure* - After this review was posted, Gamdias became a banner advertising client.  The review is not influenced by this partnership in any way.

    Thank you Gamdias for sending us this mouse to review!

    There are many great choices when it comes to laser gaming mice.  Some gamers prefer lots of buttons while others like the ability to change their mouse's weight and responsiveness.  Most gamers appreciate a good bargain and the Gamdias ZEUS Laser Gaming Mouse GMS1100 has a lot to offer for its $60 price tag on Amazon.  As of this review Newegg sells the same mouse for $100-125.  

    The ZEUS provides 11 buttons with nine of them being customizable with the Hera software.  Unfortunately, the software only runs in Windows.  Besides the left and right mouse buttons, the left side has an additional five buttons and there are another three below the clickable mouse wheel.  

    The middle mouse buttons are great for changing the DPI on the fly.  The DPI can be changed to 400, 800, 1600, 3200, and 8200.  I found the 8200 DPI to be too fast in Windows and ran it at 3200 most of the time. While the Gamdias logo is permanently set to yellow and the lights below are red, the mouse wheel and left mouse light can be set to the six colors of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.)

    Gamdias Zeus Laser Gaming Mouse

    Strong Points: Very responsive laser gaming mouse that is tool-less and customizable
    Weak Points: Mouse wheel is a tad too high for my preference; software is for Windows only

    While the software is easy to use and update, I did run into problems with it crashing when launching it.  The basic mode will let you adjust the default DPI, polling rates, cursor speed, scroll speed, double click speed, and scroll wheel colors.  By switching to the advanced mode you can customize macros with timers and sound files.  The muscle memory is a pretty neat tab that displays the mouse's stats with how many times the various buttons have been used.  According to GAMDIAS, this mouse has a 11 million click life cycle.  I'm just over 10,300 as of this review.  

    The hardware is solid and I like the tool-less adjustable side panels that let you widen and tighten them.  There are replacement panels and slider surfaces included the box.  Many gamers like weight adjustable mice and the ZEUS is no exception with five 4.5g weights that can be removed to make the mouse lighter and faster.  

    Gamdias Zeus Laser Gaming Mouse

    As expected, gaming was great and the mouse was very responsive in games like Ratz Instagib 2.0. The mouse is quite comfortable, but I wish the mouse wheel was a tad lower for my smaller and feminine hands. I'm sure it's fine for most guys though.  It's not a show stopper for me and I'm this using as my primary mouse instead of the Sharkoon Drakonia mouse.  

    Overall I'm very impressed with the Gamdias Zeus Laser Gaming Mouse and highly recommend it for the $60 price point.  I'm not sure I would spend over one hundred dollars on it though.  The hardware is solid, adjustable, and replaceable.  The performance is spot on and I can see why this mouse is aimed at professional and competitive gamers.   There are many mice to choose from, and the ZEUS is a solid offering from Gamdias.

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    Gamdias Zeus P1
    Developed by: Gamdias
    Release Date: December 2016
    Price: $44.99
    (Amazon Affiliate Link)

    Thank you Gamdias for sending us the mouse to review!

    *Advertising disclosure* - Gamdias was a former advertising partner with us, and is currently not as of this review. This review is not influenced by this relationship.

    I've been a console gamer for my entire life. This past December I received my first gaming laptop to start reviewing with. Now I'm not the most familiar with PC accessories, but when I received the Gamdias Zeus P1 to review, I was immediately impressed.

    Gamdias Zeus P1

    Strong Points: Beautiful light patterns; Incredible amount of customization through the Hera application; Sleek body design; Up to 12,000 DPI.
    Weak Points: Accessing the Hera application can be a bit confusing; The design of the right and left buttons can cause you to misclick.

    The first thing I noticed was the braided cord. It gives the mouse a high-quality appearance. The next obvious feature is the brilliant lights that illuminate the mouse itself when plugged in. They shine brightly, and with further customization different patterns can be set. There are eight buttons, but I only counted seven. I assumed that the seventh and eighth buttons were the scroll wheel. Upon further tinkering I discovered that there are actually 3 buttons dedicated to cycling through the DPI settings. It's just that the third button is unmarked and didn't appear at first to serve a purpose. 

    Using the Hera application each of the buttons are customizable and reprogrammable. Anyone not familiar with computers might not understand that the application must be downloaded from Gamdias' website. Once the file is unzipped Hera can be launched and from there all the custom options are available. I was pleasantly surprised at all the things that the mouse was capable of. Not only are each of the light sections programmable to be a different color, but the pattern they flash can also be changed. The brightness of the lights can also be turned up or off easily from the application. You can also save up to five profiles, which can be cycled through rather simply. The mouse's default DPI setting is 1,600 but can be turned all the way up to 12,000. Needless to say this was almost uncontrollable for someone like me. I found 2,400 to be the right amount of precision and speed for when I was gaming.

    Gamdias Zeus P1

    Now if I had to mention any problems I found with the Zeus P1 it would be the design of the right and left buttons. They have a slight depression rather than being flat and I found myself misclicking periodically. It's a minor complaint as the overall design of the mouse is incredibly comfortable and my hand never cramped up even after a few hours of use.

    I can't speak for every PC player, but I found this to be a really nice mouse. The sleek body and precise optical tracking make this a mouse most gamers will enjoy using. For the price, it's a bit expensive, but the mouse frequently goes on sale for $50. At that price the Zeus P1 is highly recommended.

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    Lexip 3D Mouse
    Unique mouse with laser sensor and two additional joysticks
    Seven programmable buttons
    One thumb fully analog joystick
    One fully analog joystick built into the base
    8200 DPI laser sensor (ADNS-9800) on release version
    Compatible with Windows
    MSRP: N/A (Kickstarter price is ~$129)

    Thank you Lexip for sending us this mouse to review!

    After finding out about the Kickstarter, we were contacted about the possibility of reviewing a pre-release version of this new and unique mouse, and I jumped at the chance. I’ve long been an input device junkie, and so I’m thrilled to be able to tell you more about this new type of mouse.

    I’ve been very picky about my input devices since at least the early 1990s, when I bought my Gravis Firebird, and then later, their Xterminator. These were unique and cutting edge back in the day, though sadly are pretty much worthless now, as they require ports and software that doesn’t work any longer. But that started my seemingly eternal quest for the best input devices I could reasonably afford. I settled on the now long out of print Microsoft Force Feedback 2 as my joystick of choice, and still haven’t found anything better that’s worth the extra money.

    In pursuit of more buttons and various ways of controlling things, I have used not only the previously mentioned joysticks, but also gaming mice. As one of the main input devices for PC gamers, having a great mouse is critically important for high performance play. Being one who always wants more buttons at his fingertips, I ran with a Razer Naga for several years, until that one died, and I got my current Corsair Scimitar. These both have twelve thumb buttons, along with the standard three (and DPI selectors). As you can see, having lots of controls nearby has always been important to me.

    This Lexip 3D Mouse is incredibly unique because it includes not only the standard 5 button configuration, L/R/Middle(w/wheel)/forward/back, as well as a standard DPI switcher, but not just one, but two joysticks.  The first one is obvious when you look at it; it’s an analog stick jutting out of the side near where your thumb would rest.  It also doubles as a button.  The other one is most unique; it’s the entire base of the mouse itself.  In order to activate it, you tilt the mouse in any of the four cardinal directions, and the axis just moves accordingly.  And, of course, you can slide it around your mouse pad or table as you always have with any other mouse.


    Strong Points: Incredible idea of adding multiple new axes to a typical mouse; comfortable; well-built
    Weak Points: Some features of the software are definitely work-in-progress; higher polling rate not yet implemented; left/right tilt is tricky to use

    For certain kinds of games especially, this control scheme can be quite literally ‘game changing’. I have always preferred joysticks for space combat or 6DoF (six degrees of freedom) games like Descent, where you can fly your ship or rotate it in virtually any direction, which allows for some pretty crazy moves and dogfights. The only problem is, that mice tend to be more accurate. It’s much easier to perfectly lead or track your opponent when you can simply hover your mouse over them. And yet, there simply aren’t enough axes available to make giving a joystick worth it.

    Until now. With the Lexip 3D Mouse, you can aim with the mouse, like you would in any other shooter (2 axes). Then there are is the thumb joystick (2 more axes), and the palm joystick (2 more) for a total of six axes.

    I actually own both Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen, which are officially supported games, but they sit on my long-running backlog. Rather than try to learn a new game as well as an input device, I decided to fire up something I already knew: Descent: Underground.

    While unfortunately not listed on the Steam store since they pulled it as the Early Access process was taking too long, it is still available for those who purchased it a while back, which includes myself. I played Descent a ton in the 1990s, so I had a pretty good idea on what I would want my control scheme to look like. First, I configured the Lexip Control Panel to add the Descent game executable for profile detection. Then, I configured the two joysticks to be listed as standard DirectInput axes (four in total). Once in the game, I went to the controller configuration and told the game to use the side joystick as four directional shift, and the base joystick as roll, as well as forwards and backwards.

    This configuration works extremely well. Aiming with the mouse works great, and I loved being able to strafe quickly and easily with the mouse side joystick. The palm joystick is a bit hit or miss, though. Yes it works, and it’s extremely cool. But it’s also a but hard on the wrist/shoulder (old people problems, I know) and tilting is hard to do while also moving the mouse – in other words, you likely won’t be rolling and aiming simultaneously, which is something that I would love to be able to do. It’s possible, but not easy. But the flexibility is amazing.

    Lexip 3D Mouse

    Despite this, there are a few flaws with the device as it is today. I received what I believe is the original design aimed at 3D CAD users, not the newer gamer edition, so almost all of this is subject to change.

    The first is that the side to side tilt feature is, as previously mentioned, tricky to use reliably. It works, but it seems like it’s easier to tilt to the left than to the right, and requires a lot of force. I think a slightly larger lip for your pinky finger would really help with this. Front to back tilting works much better, because there is a lip around where the mouse buttons are so you can rest your fingers there while tilting. As a side effect, this means that the standard mouse buttons are a bit higher up on the mouse than you initially expect, but it still works well.

    The side joystick is nearly perfect; I would prefer it moved back ever so slightly, but it’s not a huge problem. Also the press-in joystick button is very hard to use, but the final versions are supposed to have a larger thumb stick surface, which should resolve most of my complaints about the tiny joystick nub in the current version.

    Lexip was kind enough to send us pre-release software, and it has a few bugs. The DPI switcher is buggy in the current version, which is a known issue, and they hope to resolve it soon. The USB polling rate is also the default of 125Hz; this is completely fine for office mice, but definitely needs to have the option to increase it before the final drivers are released. I know Lexip is new to the gaming mouse market, but gamers expect the least amount of input lag possible, and having a slower polling rate is definitely noticeable while playing twitch shooters like Counter Strike.

    The Lexip 3D Mouse has the potential to be truly revolutionary for certain types of PC games. I would say that anything that resembles flight, like space combat, air dogfighting, mech battles, or other simulators with a touch of action will really benefit from this unique mouse. Real-time Strategy games like Star Craft can also benefit, as moving the playing field around by just moving your thumb is equally awesome. One benefit that hasn’t really been discussed much yet is that Lexip has promised to make a left-handed version. Can you imaging playing games with one in each hand? The possibilities are endless – and you can even reconfigure the mouse movement itself, so this could potentially be really great. I can’t wait to see what the final product looks like!

  • This will be CCGR\'s first hardware review. I know many of our readers play first person shooter games. Although the content of these games is questionable, this review is based solely on the hardware design of this pistol shaped mouse.

    How gamer friendly is this mouse?

    This mouse is extremely sensitive. While using it in UT2004 I had to adjust the sensitivity down to 1! The 800dpi is very precise and once you get around the initial adjustment, I think many gamers will enjoy this mouse. It?s designed for left or right-handed users. The scroll wheel/button is positioned for the thumb to access. Left click is the main trigger. The right click button is harder to see, but it?s under the main trigger and my middle finger uses it.

    How easy was it to install?

    The outside cover of the instructions consist of two sentences: 1) Plug it in 2) Fight! It?s really that simple. Windows XP picks it right up as a mouse and games recognize it right away. You can even have your regular mouse plugged in at the same time without any problems. There is Mac and Linux support for it as well. With the proper adapters, you can even use this mouse with Xbox and PS2 systems.

    Any glitches?

    The only problem I encountered was that a few times my character would spin out of control causing me to have to pick up the mouse and re-set it down. Afterwards I was able to resume playing. I?m not sure if there is a more permanent fix for this.


    The plastic is very sturdy and military grade according to the box. ;) The gel grips are removable but I?m not sure why people would want them off. Since this is an optical mouse there are no mouse balls or moving parts to worry about. Like regular optical mice, you?ll need to keep it on a flat surface that has some texture to it. The USB cable wire seems thin and hopefully is strong enough to handle regular wear and tear.


    I like how they mentioned on the box that it?s designed for use with teen and mature rated games. Last time I checked there are not many water squirt gun games out.

    Final Thoughts

    For years I have played games with mouse and keyboard. This does take some major adjustment to get used to. Yes it?s different, but on the other hand it?s very precise. With the exception of the spinning out phenomenon. If you want a conversation piece at your next LAN party, or are big into FPS games, check this mouse out. It retails for $40 with a 30 day money back guarantee from Monster Gecko. I can?t wait to see a wireless version you can hold in the air, maybe that will come out next!

    Final Ratings

    Gamer Friendly B Quality A Stability B Value B+

    Overall 86%

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    Sharkoon Drakonia Black Mouse
    Released: September 13, 2013
    Developed by: Sharkoon 
    Price: $40

    Thank you Sharkoon for sending us this mouse to review!

    Shortly after reviewing the Mionix Avior 8200, I reverted back to using my right handed Logitech G700.  After using the Sharkoon Drakonia Black for a few days, I'm in no hurry to switch back.  The dragon design with a customizable LED logo looks slick and it is very comfortable to use.  Unlike the Avior 8200, it's geared for righties and my ring finger rests on the right hand side of the mouse where there is a button and my pinky finger fits under it.  

    I have read reviews of people not liking the button placed on the right hand side, but it has not bothered me at all.  There are two buttons above the thumb and one below it.  There are 11 programmable buttons in total and that's including the scroll wheel and DPI switcher.  While this is suitable for FPS gamers, MMO gamer may opt for gaming mice offering more buttons.  

    Spec wise, the Drakonia Black is no slouch.  It's an 8200 DPI Laser mouse with 12,000 FPS frame rate and 30 G acceleration.  The build quality is solid with rubber ridged side grips, and a braided USB 2.0 gold plated connector.    The added carrying case and replacement mouse feet are a nice touch.  


    Strong Points: Comfortable and sturdy design, reasonably priced
    Weak Points: The software is not as intuitive as other brands I have used

    The software lets you configure the buttons and store up to five profiles.  The advanced settings lets you adjust the mouse and scrolling speed, sensitivity, DPI and double click speed.  The polling rate can be set to 250 HZ, 500 HZ or 1000 HZ.  The logo on the mouse can be set to one of twenty four colors.  You can change the light intensity and pulse rate too.    

    We previously reviewed the Mionix Ensis 320 mouse pad and the Sharkoon Drakonia Black works well with it.  To further customize your mouse, you can adjust the weights inside of it, but I left mine at the stock configuration.

    As expected, gaming was great and the mouse was very responsive in games like Fallout 3 and ShootMania.  The mouse is very comfortable to use and moves smoothly across the mouse pad.  The high DPI rate is ideal for big or multi-monitor setups.

    Overall this is a comfortable mouse to use and it performs well.  The price is very reasonable at $50.  There are previous models (with lesser specs) of Drakonia mice to be had for $35 on popular sites like Amazon or Newegg.  The only online retailers I have found the black edition at are Frys.com and JR.com.

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    SteelSeries QcK/QcK+
    Developed by: SteelSeries
    Release date: December 1, 2016
    Price: $19.99 for the QcK Limited, $24.99 for the QcK+ Limited
    (Amazon Affiliate Link)

    Thank you SteelSeries for sending us these mousepads to review!

    For the past few years I’ve been using a metal gaming mousepad and it has served me well.  Many gaming mousepads are switching to microfiber and that’s what the SteelSeries QcK mousepads are made of.  My previous foam and cloth based mousepads had peeling issues and the stitching around the edges is guaranteed to never fray on these.  SteelSeries QcK mousepads are backed by a two-year warranty so you’re guaranteed to be satisfied with their durability.

    Owners of optical and/or laser sensor gaming mice will have no issues using the QcK mousepads.  Other mousepads tend to favor one sensor over the other, but that’s not an issue with the QcK Limited mousepads.  My laser Gamdias Zeus mouse was very responsive on this mousepad and I had to lower my DPI to counter how much faster it was in comparison to my metal mousepad.  

    SteelSeries QcK/QcK+

    Strong Points: Excellent mousing surface and high quality design
    Weak Points: You may need to invest in lint rollers

    The QcK+ is huge and measures 17.7” wide and 15.7” deep while the QcK is 12.6” wide and 11.2” deep.  I slid the QcK+ mousepad under my monitor to make room for it on my desk.  I plan on carrying the QcK in my laptop bag to use on the go with my gaming laptop.  Thanks to their foldability, these mousepads are very portable.  I didn’t experience any problems with wrinkles or creasing, but they do accumulate cat hairs like nobody’s business.  You may want to keep a lint roller handy to keep it tidy.

    The rubberized bottom prevents slipping and sliding and I didn’t experience any problems during my playing sessions. With the combination of these gaming mousepads plus my gaming mouse, I was able to achieve admirable scores in Aim Hero which is an FPS training game.  I blame my aging body for the training modes that I did poorly in.

    SteelSeries QcK/QcK+

    The prices of the QcK Limited mousepads are higher than the standard ones, but they use a micro-woven cloth with a higher thread count.  Since we haven’t used the standard mousepads, we can’t compare the difference in quality first-hand.  The regular QcK mousepads are plain black while the QcK limited editions have a nice monochrome fractal design on them.

    In the end, I’m really impressed with the QcK Limited mousepads and consider myself a cloth mousepad convert.  My husband’s Mionix Alioth Large is very comparable to the QcK+ and sells for $5 less.  One selling point of the Alioth is that it’s water resistant while the QcK’s don’t mention that as a feature.  Both mousepads are good options and there are plenty of sizes to choose from.  The price is reasonable and I highly recommend them for gamers looking for a durable and reliable mousepad.  Just make sure you keep a lint roller nearby!

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    Hardware Info:

    SteelSeries Rival 100
    Developed by: SteelSeries
    Release Date: September 2015
    Buttons: Six
    Sensor: Custom 3059-SS Optical
    CPI: Up to 4000
    Price: $36.00
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    Thank you SteelSeries for sending us this mouse to review!

    SteelSeries has been around since 2001 and specializes in gaming peripherals.  We have reviewed multiple SteelSeries headphones in the past, but this is the first mouse we have received to evaluate.  The SteelSeries Rival mouse comes in several different models: 100, 300, 500 and 700.   The Rival 100 that we have been sent to review is the least expensive of the three and can be purchased for less than $40 online and locally.

    There are many shades to choose from including black, white, gray, gold, red, and other accent colors.  And those are just the exterior options.  The SteelSeries logo color can be set using the color slider in the software.  Other customizations include the ability to adjust the polling rate, acceleration, CPI, and life distance.  The software is available for Mac and Windows.

    SteelSeries Rival 100

    Strong Points: Comfortable and simple design; very responsive; customizable colors
    Weak Points: USB cable not braided and can tangle easily

    The Rival 100 is usable without installing the software, but I recommend doing so to increase the CPI to your liking.  After speeding up the mouse a bit, it performed well in FPS games like DOOM.  The acceleration was very fast and smooth and I did not experience any resistance or lag.

    Some people may prefer more than 6 buttons to customize, but I found the Rival 100’s configuration to be very comfortable and functional.  Assigning macros to the buttons can be done via the software.  One of my favorite feature of this mouse besides the performance is the comfort.  This mouse fit well in my right hand and I did not experience any discomfort while using it.  The textured side grips add a nice touch, literally!

    SteelSeries Rival 100

    Having reviewed a few different mice for this site, I have come across many features that I appreciate, and others that I don’t care about one way or the other.  Many premium mice have gold plated USB connectors that I’ve always found to be more of a gimmick than anything.  One feature that I like to see implemented is a braided USB cord.  Not only does a braided cord make the cable more durable, it makes it tangle less too.  Sadly, the Rival 100 is lacking this feature.

    Even though the Rival 100 lacks the braided cable that I’ve fallen in love with, the performance and comfort let me see past its minor shortcomings.  There’s plenty to like with the Rival 100 including the precision and reliability with switches guaranteed for thirty million clicks.  The color selection and customization lets you personalize one of the most important gaming peripherals out there.  SteelSeries did a great job in designing this reasonably priced mouse.  If you’re in the market for a budget gaming mouse, the Rival 100 won’t let you down, unless you’re a lefty.  Southpaws will have to look into SteelSeries Sensei mice instead.

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