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Shogun Bros. Ballista MK-1 Gaming Mouse Review

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Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

The Shogun Bros. Ballista MK-1 Gaming Mouse was tested in a variety of both real world and production settings as well as extensively in many different gaming applications. The mouse has the look of a gaming mouse so I tested it extensively in both the FPS genre as well as RPG/MOBA games.

Test System

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte H67MA-USB3-B3
  • System Memory: 12 Gb KingstonDDR3 1333 Mhz
  • Processor: Intel i7 3770k
  • Audio: Realtek High Definition
  • Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer
  • Enclosure: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition
  • PSU: Apevia ATX-AS680W-BL 680W
  • Monitor: Sony 98078 24″ 3D LED monitor
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

 

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Results

Gaming: The Shogun Bros. Ballista MK-1 was used extensively in my ~50 hours of gameplay on the FPS survival game Nether. With my normal gameplay the multiple DPI settings came in handy, and the ease in which they are switched made it a real breeze. Sniping in the game requires a steady hand, so I saw a great opportunity to test the precision of the lower DPI settings the mouse could employ. Not only did it meet my expectations, it far exceeded them! With the laser offset and positioned under my pointer finger, I found that my precision shots were landing with a much higher accuracy than previously. I have no other explanation for my sudden increase in deadly sniping accuracy than this amazing mouse.

I also used the mouse in Smite, a 3rd person perspective MOBA. I tested it as many different classes, and noticed my accuracy was superb no matter what character I selected. From cupid’s deadly arrows to Ymir’s huge ice hammer, no matter ranged or melee, I was a force to be reckoned with. The mouse performed extremely admirably in the MOBA setting.

Another MOBA it was employed in was the newest kid on the block Infinite Crisis. The game is a League of Legends style game, with click movement instead of WASD. The mouse did wonderfully in this game as well, with zero accidental clicks and precision accuracy that I felt gave me a real advantage. I walked away from every game ever more impressed.

Desktop Applications: I tested the mouse for almost an entire month putting it through the ringer in every respect. One way was as my daily use mouse for browsing the web and doing graphic design/word processing. The mouse was a breeze to use in web browsing, with the easy to reach thumb buttons used as the forward/back buttons and the smooth scroll wheel performing exceptionally. In Photoshop the mouse once again shined with the low DPI settings allowing precision lines and edge creation a snap. My production got a small bump from the ease of use of the Ballista MK-1.

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Comfort: The mouse is EXTREMELY comfortable in every single scenario in which it was tested. The soft coating on the top prevented excessive palm sweat, and the grip on the thumb side made slippage a nonfactor. The two finger slots on the right in which the ring and pinky finger sit made the mouse feel so natural I thought of it as nothing more than an extension of my hand. The level of comfort the Ballista MK-1 provided was second to none. 


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