I’ve owned a lot of Computer Mice in my time. From the standard old school ones with the ball that you had to clean to sleek high tech gaming mouse designed for gaming. Then I was presented with this one. The UtechSmart Venus MMO Gaming Laser Mouse. So how does this mouse stand up to other gaming mice out there? Read the review to find out!
- Size: 4.6 x 3 x 1.5 inches
- Weight: 5.3 ounces
- Resolution: 1000/2000/4000/8200/16400 CPI Adjustable
- Cable Length: 6ft.
- Buttons: 19 optimized programmable buttons included 12 mechanical side buttons
- OS: Vista/Win7/Win8
- 18 Custom Programmable Buttons via Driver
- Adjustable Acceleration, Pointer Speed, Scroll Speed, Double Click Speed, Polling Rate, and DPI from 50 to 16,400.
- 8 Weights
- 5 Profiles / Modes
- Over 16 Million Customized LED Color Options
- 6ft Braided Fiber Cable
- Gold Plated USB for greater durability
What’s in the Box
- MMO Gaming Mouse
- User Manual
- CD Driver Disk
- Weight Tuning Cartridge
- Replacement rubber mouse feet
- Registration Card
To test this mouse I put it through its normal paces for a few weeks. From general computer use to gaming. I made sure to do my best to use and abuse it.
How does it feel in your hand? It’s surprisingly comfortable for as tall as the mouse is. The height is due to accommodate the 12 programmable buttons on the side. The mmo mouse molds nicely to your hand while your using it. The way its designed cups your fingers in place ensuring that you won’t miss click while playing.
One thing to note here. The surface. It is a very smooth plastic. Due to that it does tend to get ‘oily’. Your hand won’t slip off. I did have to wipe down the mouse quite a bit. It’s a personal gripe that it wasn’t a textured (frosted) surface instead.
The adjustable weight cartridge is nice as well. With it you can fine tune the overall weight of the mouse to be as light or as heavy as you wish. If you want it to be super light. Remove all of them. For me? I tend to like a bit of weight so I left them all in during testing it.
To access the weight cartridge all you need to do is flip the mouse upside down and twist the access panel. And they popped right out. To replace the cartridge pop it back in and twist to lock in place. It was very simple to access and make any necessary adjustments with this mouse.
You would think with 12 buttons on the side it would be a pain in the ass to use. For me it was only half true. The 1-6 buttons are easily accessible. I could quickly and easily access them while gaming. The buttons 7-12 were another story. For me it was just an unusual movement for my thumb to make. I’m sure after using it for a while I would end up getting used to it.
Note: I have very large hands. In this case this might be part of why it’s uncomfortable for me. For you it might be easier and a bit for intuitive for you to reach or use all of the side buttons.
The software used to program the mouse is very simple to use. With it you can setup multiple profiles, change the color of the mouse, and use it to program any of the buttons on it. You can even set up custom macros! What I liked is that when you made changes and clicked the Apply button. It just worked. With some other mice I’ve used in the past the software would usually crash and I’d lose all my changes.
If you ever wished you could program that specific button on your mouse to do something and couldn’t do it? Well, you won’t have that issue with this mouse! You can program every button on this mouse to do what you want it to. From simple re-mapping to using it’s built in macro system (unfortunately not tested). With this mouse you can make it do exactly what you want it to!
In this screen you can fine tune the mouse DPI functionality. With 5 profiles you can set this mouse up for any type of games from twitch fps games to slowing it down a bit for MMO’s. It has endless possibilities when it comes to fine tuning the mouse’s sensitivity.
Colors – A LOT of colors.
How about 16 million different possibilities? Thankfully there are some great preset options already in place. But if you need to find that specific color. It can do it. With this screen you can also change the brightness and the ‘breathing’ speed as well.
This is where the mouse really shines. I haven’t been gaming too much lately due to IRL taking up my free time. I still play Diablo III and Guild Wars 2. Perfect games to test to see what this mouse can do.
Guild Wars 2
In GW2 the UI is setup to where all of your spells/abilities are already preset to the number keys. At first I attempted to use the mouse like this. I quickly learned this wasn’t going to work as I tended to want to mash the buttons continuously and ended up with my thumb overly fatigued. This is where the profiles come into play.
Instead of using the side buttons for spell casting. I re-programmed them for movement. Now I could use my left hand for spells/abilities and my right hand was now able to use the various movement options to dodge enemy spells. It took some getting used to but I was able to quickly adapt.
This is your basic dungeon crawler. At its core it’s a very simple game. I was able to leave the default profile on and switched my spells around for my character. Then I was able to play the game almost entirely with my one hand. I also used the mouse software to change the wheel settings so I can quickly spam my primary/secondary spells for the Crusader and Monk that I play. Its not cheating but it almost felt like it!
What I Liked
It fit really great using the mouse for the time I tested with it. The mouse literally molded with my hand becoming an extension for you to interface with your computer.
Easily programmable features – The software that comes with the mouse is very simple and intuitive to use. I was able to go around and make changes to the multiple profiles it offers and quickly make tweaks as needed. It took minutes rather than hours adjusting the mouse.
What I Didn’t Like
This is a matter of personal preference and doesn’t detract from the mouse’s overall performance. I’m not a fan of the smooth plastic. It felt weird and my hand’s oils had me wiping it down a lot. I prefer ‘frosted’ surfaces instead of smooth plastic.
Note: I was notified by UtechSmart that they will be releasing a newer revision with a frosted surface.
Overall this is a fantastic mouse for gaming. Whether you are into the latest FPS shooters, RTS games such as StarCraft II, DOTA 2 or League of Legends, and of course MMO’s like Guild Wars 2 or World of Warcraft. Then I would definitely take a look at getting this mouse!