Closer Look: Shogun Bros. Ballista MK-1 Gaming Mouse
The packaging for the Shogun Bros. Ballista MK-1 Gaming Mouse is very sturdy, and comes with a nice outer plastic shell protecting the inner cardboard box. It is of the highest quality, with colors that pop and really beautiful branding. It really seems they have spared no expense on the box or packaging in general.
The top of the mouse is coated with a nice rubberized paint. This gives it a very nice soft touch feel and keeps your hand from sweating excessively. Other features of the top of the mouse are two buttons, “Mode” and “Configuration.” These allow you to change your profiles and fine tune your setup on the fly. They are very responsive buttons and work well. Also on top of the mouse is the scroll wheel which is lighted in different colors depending on the profile you have selected. The wheel also has three buttons associated with it: click, tilt left, and tilt right.
The thumb rest on the left of the mouse is a very tacky rubber, which allows great grip for controlling the mouse. There are two very well placed thumb buttons just above the rubber pad. They are very responsive and easily reached in normal use or in the middle of battle. One of the great things about this mouse to me is the placement of the DPI toggle. It is located on the back of the mouse under the thumb area. This tucks it out of the way and decrease accidental button mashing, yet leaves it close enough you can toggle your DPI settings on the fly with no problems. On the front of the mouse is the DPI LED indicator lights, letting you know the current setting you are using. This is a great location, moving away from the top middle of the mouse where most are located. It makes it much more visible without taking away from the usability.
The right side of the mouse is covered in a hard plastic with a semi-rough texture. The most notable addition is the inclusion of two buttons on the top right of the mouse where the right-click button meets the right side. This is a wonderful addition and they are placed as well as they can be for ease of use.
The bottom of the mouse is very plain. The most notable thing is the placement of the laser, which instead of being centered is actually offset. The location of the laser is actually directly under the left click button (pointer finger), which allows very precise control as this tends to be the pivot point when using a mouse. The only complaint that I truly have with the mouse is the lack of a weight system for that extra bit of gaming customization. However, the mouse is extremely well balanced and has a great feel, so this softens the blow a bit.