Gaming Mouse Final Thoughts
The overall look and feel of the Shogun Bros. Ballista MK-1 is that of true quality. The numerous programmable buttons (all nicely chrome finished), the high quality braided cable, and the superb ergonomics make for one amazing gaming peripheral. While the mouse is really close to being perfect, it does have one small fault and that is the lack of a weight system to customize the mouse for your specific feel. This is as close to a con as you can get, and it isn’t that bad considering the extremely fine tuned balance of the mouse and its neutral weight.
Shogun Bros. Ballista MK-1 Conclusion
Performance: The Ballista MK-1 Gaming Mouse performed to the highest of my expectations in test after test. The high sensitivity laser was very precise in movements, and the offset location made it seem to be even better. My accuracy in games increased, and overall my home workflow saw a bump in productivity as well.
Appearance: The Ballista MK-1 has a very militaristic look to it. The colors, the font type, and the metallic buttons make the mouse look like it belongs in a military base instead of on your computer desk. This is a wonderful look for those that mainly play FPS games, and is a great piece to brag about to your friends. They will surely be looking on in awe.
Construction: The mouse feels as if it is built very well. After around a month of heavy use it looks as good as it did the day it was removed from the packaging. Even the glide pads on the bottom show very little wear, even though I use a high friction mouse pad. The rubber coating on top keeps it from attracting fingerprints, and the coating on the buttons makes them feel metal. The scroll wheel is very responsive and has yet to feel loose or wobbly.
Functionality: The amazing ergonomics of the Ballista MK-1 make it extremely comfortable even after hours of use. You could use this mouse as your peripheral of choice even in an office environment where it will be in use for eight straight hours or more. It is that great of a feel in the hand.
Value: The Shogun Bros Ballista MK-1 is quite possibly the greatest ~$50 mouse on the market today. As of January 2014 the PM-1002-BL model was found online for $52.45 (Amazon). It packs a ton of features into this very modest price point. The only thing it lacks is a weight system, which most of its competitors include.
Final Word: The Shogun Bros. Ballista MK-1 Gaming Mouse gets nothing but the highest praise from me. With the exception of the weight system, you absolutely will not find a better gaming mouse for your money. If you are in the market for a mouse with unbelievable precision, a high DPI laser, and fantastic ergonomics, do not let the Shogun Bros. Ballista MK-1 pass you by!
+ Extremely precise laser
+ Amazing ergonomic design
+ Easy to use software
+ Awesome bang-for-buck performance
- Lacks custom weight system
Final Score: 9.5 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
COMMENT QUESTION: How important is a weight system to you in a gaming mouse?