Gaming Mouse Final Thoughts
I took a friend to an electronics store a few weeks ago to shop for a new mouse for her office computer. She was completely stunned by the sheer variety of rodents available, and was especially intimidated by the gaming mice, wanted to know why someone would want a mouse with so many buttons. It was actually a good question, because even in the gaming mouse field, there are mice optimized for shooters, mice optimized for MMORPGs, and “generalist” gaming mice like the EVGA TORQ X10.
People’s mouse preferences will vary, but what I look for in a gaming mouse is:
- Solid construction
- Fast response
- Crisp button action
- Software features
- Styling and lighting
The EVGA TORQ X10 mouse has all these features; along with an extremely attractive pre-release price for a mouse of this caliber. I have only two complaints: first, popping off the top of the mouse to change the weights feels wrong. It feels– and sounds– like you’re breaking the mouse. It makes me wonder how many times you can pop the top of the mouse off before something actually does break. Second, macro definition section of the EVGA Unleash utility, which took me some time to figure out. I still think it could be made much simpler to use by automating more of the mouse-to-utility communications, rather than requiring the user to remember to press SAVE and LOAD at the proper times.
I’d also like to see the option of keeping all the macro definitions in the mouse driver, rather than in the mouse itself. This would allow the driver software to automatically select the profile assigned to a game, which would be much more convenient than having to manually select a profile. Some gaming keyboards I’ve reviewed recently allow the user to select keyboard- or driver-resident macros, and I like that feature a lot.
The only other feature I missed is a “sniper” button, which reduced the mouse resolution as long as the button’s held down. This is a real help in many FPS games and I think EVGA could easily add it if they wanted to.
EVGA TORQ X10 Conclusion
The EVGA TORQ X10 is the company’s first gaming mouse, and they’re off to an excellent start. EVGA aims its products at the higher end of the enthusiast market with things like water-cooled graphics cards and dual-CPU motherboards, and while the TORQ X10 isn’t quite that boundary-pushing, it’s a solid contender.
The performance of the mouse, with an 8200dpi sensor and 1kHz polling rate, was everything you’d expect. The solid metal base, metal scroll wheel, weight system, and Omron switches, combined with excellent construction, give the mouse a heavy, quality feel, which is only compromised when you snap the top of the mouse off to change weights.
The TORQ X10’s appearance, dark black with contrasting textures and red buttons, is striking, and with customizable LED coloring, you can have everything from a rather low-key mouse (with all the LEDs off) to one that makes more of a statement.
The ambidextrous design of the mouse is both a strength and a weakness: while it opens up the gaming mouse market to left-handed gamers, a largely-ignored group, the design means that the switches on the far side of the mouse (right side for right-handers, left side for left) are somewhat clumsy to reach. If you’re a right-hander who needs lots of buttons, you might want to consider a mouse with more thumb-accessible controls.
Right now, at a pre-release price of $49.99 (Newegg) for the plain version and $69.99 (Newegg) for the carbon-fiber clad version, this mouse is a screaming deal, coming in at half the price of some comparable mice. After the official June 27, 2014 release date, these prices will increase to a still-competitive $99.99 and $129.99, so if this looks good to you, get it while it’s hot!
+ Slick design
+ Customizable height, weight, and LED lighting
+ Ambidextrous design for a gaming mouse southpaws can actually use
+ Robust utility software
+ Amazing pre-release price
- Ambidextrous design compromises some button usability
– No “sniper” feature
– Macro definition software non-intuitive
– Removing mouse top to change weights
Value: 9.25 (based on pre-release price)