Testing and Results
Sensor Tracking Performance and Polling Rate
The Zeus P1 performed well and was able to handle very fast flicks across the surface thanks to the 12000 DPI optical sensor. No acceleration was present during testing and the average polling rate was around 1000 Hz as advertised. The software allowed the sensor to reach a maximum DPI of 12800 even though 12000 was the maximum. At 12800 DPI, the sensor performed and tracked well. I did not notice a major difference in game compared to the 2600 DPI I am familiar with. Some users may benefit from using a higher DPI setting, but more DPI does not mean better performance.
In the Hera software, the DPI range was from 400 to 12800 and can be adjusted in steps of 200. I found 200 to be too much of a large step for adjustments. Something like increments of 50 would have been more ideal. Also, many professional players play at low DPI sensitivities. With the Zeus P1, 400 was the lowest, which is normally what professional players use. If you play at anything lower than 400 DPI, you may be out of luck with the Zeus P1.
With that being said, why would anyone purchase a 12000 DPI mouse only to use it at 400 DPI? Heck, the Razer Mamba Tournament Edition and the SteelSeries Rival 700 both have crazy 16000 DPI sensors (or CPI for SteelSeries). Not sure if that makes you a better gamer but that 16000 DPI sure looks good on paper, doesn’t it? Like the megapixels to a camera, we cannot say a mouse is better than the other just by comparing DPI sensitivity. There is so much more to a mouse than just DPI. We need to consider other crucial factors, like sensor performance, body shape, weight, and button placement.
There is a lot that goes into a topic like this; should you use a low DPI or a high DPI for gaming? I personally prefer something over 2000 DPI but nothing more than 3500 DPI for gaming. I can notice quite a bit of jittering with slow movements at a very low DPI, but the jitter was nonexistent at the 2600 DPI I am using now. But if you can pull off fancy moves and headshot every enemy that gets in your way, stick with whatever you have and be happy with it.
The Gamdias website did not specify which sensor was used in the Zeus P1. But from the feel of it, it felt somewhat similar to the PixArt PMW3360/3366 optical sensor. It performed well against the Logitech G Pro, which utilized the PMW3366 optical sensor. If I had to guess, I would say the Zeus P1 used a 3360 optical sensor. Physically, the sensors between the G Pro and the Zeus P1 looked the same, but I cannot confirm it is a 3360 optical sensor.
Button Response and Placement
I liked the placement of the large side buttons as they were easily accessible with my thumb. They responded perfectly fine and the overall shape made it suitable for medium to large hands. Although the left and right buttons did not curve in towards the body of the mouse, I had no problems using the Zeus P1 over other mice.
RGB Lighting Accuracy
Replicating a pure white color can be difficult for some RGB peripherals. When it came to color reproduction, the Zeus P1 did fairly well. When set to white, the double layer RGB light streams were a bit on the pinkish side with some purple towards the front of the mouse. I also noticed the light was not as bright above the two side buttons, and there was a small tinted area towards the rear-right of the mouse. Of course, you would have to pay close attention to even notice this.
Reds, greens, and blues looked good all-around including the colors in between. I wished there was an option to customize the color to the rear logo. For example, if you are building a green themed setup, you may want to stick with the third DPI level. Just make sure to tune the DPI setting at that level. The Zeus P1 may not have the brightest LED’s, but it looked amazing with the lights dimmed.
I had great expectations for the double level RGB customizable streaming lighting design. This was perhaps the most attractive part about the Zeus P1. In a dimly lit room, the light streams looked amazing with the circular wave effect. At the highest transitioning speed, the colors transitioned smoothly throughout the light streams and looked great with my setup. At anything lower than the highest speed, the colors did not transition very smoothly with the circular wave and parallel wave lighting effects.
There are a lot of great looking mice out on the market. Some may have aggressive body designs, tons of LED’s, metal body construction, and so on. With that, there would often be compromises on their body shape, buttons, weight, and worst of all, their sensors. I have seen plenty of attractive looking mice over the years only to find something terribly wrong with them. Since then, I preferred functionality over appearance. But for some reason, the Zeus P1 had both; it performed well and looked good with its RGB light streams.
Not only did it look the part, the Zeus P1 performed well thanks to its 12000 DPI optical sensor. Its body shape plus the weight did not affect my aim as it was fairly light weight and comfortable. It was not the lightest mouse, but it was also not the heaviest. Some players would prefer a heavier mouse, but I prefer a very light mouse so I can perform very quick flicks and turns during a game. I play competitively, so I need a light weight mice with a stable sensor in order to aim and maneuver correctly. The last thing I need is extra weight while playing competitively since weight will only hinder my movement speed.
Size Comparison with Other Mice
Let’s compare the shape and size of the Zeus P1 against other gaming mice. The Zeus P1 was just a bit longer than the Mamba TE. It did not have much of a middle curve compared to the Mamba TE, but it felt more natural when compared to the ambidextrous body shape of the G Pro. On the scale, it was about 10 grams heavier than the Mamba TE, but it was nowhere near as heavy as the 175g ROG Spatha.
Because of its standard body shape, I was able to adapt to the Zeus P1 very quickly. It felt somewhat similar to the Mamba TE without the noticeable hump in the center. The side buttons felt a bit mushier compared to the Mamba TE and G Pro, but they were easily accessible due to their larger size. Unfortunately, I was unable to obtain the original Zeus for this comparison, but I liked the simpler body design on the Zeus P1. The original Zeus had too much of a “gamer” look to it, so it potentially made it non-suitable for some desktop setups. Of course, there are many gamers out there who would prefer a more aggressive body design, so it really depends on the person and their style. But in my opinion, the simpler the design, the better it can blend in with any setup.
Let’s go into my final thoughts and end this review with my conclusion in the next section.