Battle Hardened Mouse
Gamers of all ages, gender and nationality, do like to be well equipped with the appropriate accessories when entering whatever environment they are about to face in their battle against the virtual enemy. And can you blame them! The use of a headset, keyboard and mouse, with all their feature enhancements, all have a part to play when tackling enemy forces either in the role of a single operator or as part of a combat team especially when the accessory is of the gaming variety. This next product, as its title of Eliminator Mouse should indicate, offers to provide the means for the virtual warrior to succeed in battle in taking out the enemy.
Developed by Sandberg, the Eliminator Mouse forms part of the company’s Esports Equipment range of offerings and comes with the claim of being optimised for precision as the gamer eliminates their enemies. This mouse controller for the virtual battlefield is a tethered device with a 1.5 metre lead that is of the corded type and coloured blue. The lead needs to be attached to a vacant USB port to provide its means of control.
The mouse, predominately black in colour with various embellishments, is built up from a metal plate base that helps ensure ultra-precise movements will be delivered from the player. With dimensions of 120 x 75 x 42 mm (L x W x D) and weighing 149 g, this mouse feels comfortable in the hand with its almost symmetrical shape. It should suit either a right or left handed user apart from one slight worry. I am a little concerned about the positioning regarding two side-mounted buttons on the left of the mouse. While these buttons are ideally positioned for a right handed combatant to use their thumb, a left handed user would need to use a finger in order to activate the user-defined feature attached to these buttons.
At first glance this Eliminator Mouse looks as if it might be wearing an ill-fitting suit of armour with gaps between the individual plates. But there is a reason for the spaces between the covering elements. This reason becomes apparently clear the moment you attach the mouse to a vacant powered USB port. Your eyes are immediately assaulted by an outbreak of colours from seven built-in LED lights. These lights cycle through a chain of reds, greens, yellows, blues, purples and cyan emanating through what are the mouse’s pores (no pun intended).
As the mouse seems to warm up, so the colour changes becoming more subtle with different shades appearing through different openings. The light enhanced decorations, arranged over the top of the mouse’s body, do bring to mind the appearance of a Star War’s fighter craft. At times, just sitting and watching the various changes in the colours being displayed had a therapeutic and relaxing, maybe even hypnotic, effect on me when taking a break from the action.
For ordinary use, this Eliminator Mouse offers the standard two buttons and central wheel arrangement for control. You also get a top mounted button and the previously mentioned two buttons on the left side of the mouse. Depending upon the gaming software being used, these buttons can be assigned actions for activating specific tasks. The mouse also supports the switching between 800, 1200, 1600 and 2400 DPI to suit various environments.
The Sandberg Eliminator Mouse should appeal to gamers especially those who enjoy a light show. Priced at £21.99, this gaming mouse comes with a five year warranty.
|USB||2.0 with a 1.5 metre lead|
|DPI||800, 1200, 1600 or 2400|
|LED Lights||Seven colours|
|Key Life||5 million|
|Dimensions||120 x 75 x 42 mm (L x W x H)|
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