Alien­ware Elite Gam­ing Mouse

Av­er­age, not Elite

PCPOWERPLAY - - Tech // Reviews - PRICE $ 179 www.alien­

Af­ter years of be­ing known for high-end gam­ing PCs and lap­tops, Alien­ware has now bro­ken into the pe­riph­er­als mar­ket with two mice and two key­boards (both of which are re­viewed this is­sue). The Elite gam­ing mouse, as the name sug­gests, is a premium gam­ing mouse de­signed and priced to com­pete with the big boys al­ready in the mar­ket, and from our ex­ten­sive test­ing we can safely say that it’s… okay?

As far as fea­tures go, the Elite mouse ticks all the req­ui­site boxes with an up to 12,000 DPI op­ti­cal sen­sor, 1000Hz polling rate, on-the-fly DPI switch­ing, pro­gram­mable but­tons, in­ter­change­able side mod­ules, an ad­justable palm rest and weights, on board mem­ory and the like, but de­spite all these fea­tures it’s just not a very good mouse. The rea­son for this may be hinted at in the of­fi­cial fea­tures list on the prod­uct page. The num­ber one fea­ture listed is not the sen­sor or the Om­ron switches, or polling rate, it’s “Iconic Alien­ware de­sign with AlienFX 16.8M RGB Light­ing”.

What may be a sub­con­scious in­di­ca­tor that style took prece­dence over sub­stance could ex­plain why the mouse, no mat­ter how con­fig­urable, never feels par­tic­u­larly com­fort­able. Both swap­pable left sides are the same size with the only dif­fer­ence be­ing the num­ber of thumb but­tons – two or a rather cramped six. The swap­pable right sides are ei­ther smooth or fea­ture a wide fin­ger rest but nei­ther feel par­tic­u­larly good. The mouse wheel feels loose, and the left and right but­tons feel like they have quite a bit of give. The Elite per­forms like you would ex­pect from some­thing with the in­ter­nal specs, so it’s fast and ac­cu­rate, but the lack of com­fort and high price tag make it hard to rec­om­mend. DANIEL WILKS


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