The Best Gaming Mice For Your Money, Part Three: the Exotics

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This is the holy grail of mice. These are the best of the best; the masterpieces. They are also the most expensive. These are to be purchased as one would purchase a supercar. If you’re not a hardcore gamer, then these mice are not your cup of tea. If, however, you didn’t drool enough at the previous articles, then read on.

Note: we haven’t included the CYBORG RAT 7 because it’s not officially stocked anywhere.


razer-taipan-gallery-2-blackRazer Taipan – Rs. 10,500

Razer enters the fray with their ambidextrous Taipan (Editor’s note: Taipan means something similar to “Supreme Leader”. James Clavell for the win).

It incorporates Razer’s proprietary 4G dual sensor system that pairs a laser sensor (in this case an Avago ADNS 9818) with an optical sensor for added precision and accuracy. In addition, the taipan also has a NXP 32 bit ARM processor to process all mouse commands. With a maximum sensibility of 8200 DPI, the Taipan also has a total of 9 programmable buttons (of which the left and right are Omron switches for added durability) that can be configured via the Razer Synapse 2.0 software.

Although aimed at both righthanders and southpaws, there are some complaints about the overall comfort of the mouse. For starters, it’s a tad too narrow for those with large hands. Being ambidextrous, the mouse has two buttons on either side of the mouse which renders one side unusable because your hand simply cannot maneuver those buttons without some modifications to your grip.

Available at: Techzone, Unity Plaza

 

Roccat Kone Pure/ Color – Rs. 10,500

We looked at the Kone Pure Optical in the previous article. Here we find the Kone Pure with its sibling, the Kone Pure Color. Both are an upgrade from the original Kone, which was the first gaming mouse produced by Roccat, and both use the same shell – and most of the same innards – as the one we spoke about before.

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Powered by a fully adjustable Pro-Aim (R3) sensor with a maximum sensitivity of 8200 DPI and a 32 bit Turbo Core V2 Processor, the layout and feel of both mice are identical with the only difference being that the Kone Pure Color ships in 4 distinct colors namely (Phantom White, Inferno Orange, Hellfire Red, and Polar Blue) and the Kone Pure is, well, black.

Note that both the Kone Pure and Kone Pure Color are the exact same as the Kone Pure Optical, with the difference being the sensor.

Available at: E Globe Solutions

 

Armageddon Alien IV G17 – Rs. 10,625

armageddonHere we are again with Armageddon and their somewhat questionable naming schemes. This time it’s the Alien IV G17 – which straight away makes us wonder who gets paid to make up names for these devices, and also what happened to the other Alien XX GXX devices.

Aimed at right handers, and more suited to claw grip gamers, the G17 is powered by an Avago 9800 laser sensor with a maximum sensitivity of 8200 DPI. It has an 8- level CPI adjustment which can be configured via the Armageddon software. The mouse also has lighting that reflects the current sensitivity setting for up to 4 levels – which again can be configured via the software. 11 buttons surround the mouse with a total of 5 profiles that than be saved; it also has an 8 level weight management system.

Build quality again looks tacky and cheap made of plastic but then again, that has become synonymous with Armageddon. Honestly, if you’re spending this much money, you shouldn’t be going for a brand whose only decent mouse (IMHO) is around the 3K range.

Available at: AceCom, Takas.lk

 

Razer Naga (2014) – Rs. 12,000

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The Naga by Razer is the competitor to the Logitech G600. It has a similar layout as the G600 and caters to the same MMO audience. Initially released with a Philips Twin Eye PLN 2032 sensor, the new 2014 Naga includes what is supposedly an Avago S9818 laser sensor renamed as a “4G sensor” according to Razer which has a maximum sensitivity of 8200 DPI. The 2014 edition was also released in both left and right handed models  – which is a first to our knowledge.

The Naga is exotic. Not only does it look wilder than the more demure G600, it also comes in colors like the Naga Molten.

Anyway. With a total of 17 programmable buttons, saying the Naga gives the user a lot of choice is an understatement. Build quality again is quite good but in our hands-on test, we found the Logitech G600 to be slightly sturdier especially with the 12 side keys; older Nagas tended to die after a short while. The 2014 Naga has mechanical switches.

Available at: Techzone, Unity Plaza

 

Logitech G602 – Rs. 12,500


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mice have always been a major no-no with gamers as they tend to perform poorly or have severe lag in games. The G602 has none of those issues.  Being a wireless optical mouse, it connects at 2.4GHz and apparently dedicates the full bandwidth of the connection to overcome issues of lag or interference.

We believe it utilizes an Avago AM010 sensor with a maximum sensitivity of 2500DPI and has a receiving distance of around 10 feet. It also has two modes of operation: Performance and Endurance. In performance mode, the mouse will give around 250 hours of battery life and is ideal for gaming and high performance applications. Switching to endurance mode cuts down the awesomeness, giving a staggering (rated) 1440 hours of usage time.

Build quality of the mouse is quite good with a combination of black plastic, textured rubber form the palm rest and rough textured plastic for the bottom area of the palm rest and thumb rest. The left and right mouse buttons use mechanical switches ideal for long hours of gameplay and offer excellent feedback. It still may not convince those of us who believe in a wired mouse, though.

Available at: Redline Technologies, Takas.lk

 

Armageddon AlienCraft II G13 Wireless – Rs. 12,375

We have another contender for the wireless gaming mouse category: the AlienCraft II G13 (again with Armageddon and their names), which steals looks from the Razer Mamba and Razer Deathadder but performs like neither. Connected via a 2.4GHz wireless connection and powered by a 1050mA Lithium Ion battery, the G13 has at its core a Philips PLN 2032sensor with a maximum sensitivity of 5600DPI.

In addition, it also has 11 sensei rawprogrammable buttons and has 64kb of on-board memory to store your button combos and profiles. The G13 can also double as a wired mouse with the provided mini USB cable which charges it while connected.

Do you really want to hear the same argument? The only decent thing we liked about the mouse was the battery life. Overall, not worth the price paid.

Available at: AceCom, Takas.lk

SteelSeries Sensei Raw – Rs. 12,500

The Sensei Raw is basically a stripped down version of the company’s flagship Steelseries Sensei. The 32-bit ARM Processor has been taken away so has support for multiple profiles and onboard memory. The somewhat peculiar and rather famous LCD menu that decked the bottom of the Sensei has also been taken out, but the Raw is still powered by the same sensor that powers the Sensei; the Avago ADNS 9500, and has a maximum sensitivity of 5700 DPI. It’s the quintessential Steelseries experience: simple, powerful but somewhat overpriced.

Available at: Redline Technologies

SteelSeries Rival – Rs. 12,500

SteelSeries went back to the drawing board and this is the result. First off, the Rival is a right hand mouse, somewhat of a break from their ambidextrous tradition. Powered by a Pixart PMW3310 optical sensor with a maximum sensitivity of 6500 DPI, the Rival has a nifty feature at the back of the mouse; a removable nameplate. It ships with two of these by default and more can be created by simply downloading the 3D model from the SteelSeries website and heading over to your nearest 3D printer.

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The Rival’s shape is somewhat of a conundrum – with some people liking the overall design whereas some find it uncomfortable, but for those who can, it can be used both as palm and claw grips. Surface tracking is accurate with little to no acceleration – perfect for pinpoint accuracy and targeting. Build quality again is sturdy. Be warned that it may need a firmware update for the sensor.

Available at: Redline Technologies

Roccat Kone XTD – Rs. 14,500

The Kone XTD is the  top dog of Roccat’s Kone lineup, and it’s one hell of a mouse. Aimed at right handers, it’s as high as you can go. Powered by an Avago ADNS9800 laser sensor with a maximum sensitivity of 8200 DPI (aka a Pro-Aim R3 Sensor), it their signature 32-bit Turbo Core V2 processor along with 5g clip in weights for you to get the most suited weight balance.

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The bling doesn’t stop there. In addition, it also has a 4-LED backlighting system with a choice of 16 million colors and effects. The 8 buttons offer 12 different functions – and if used with Roccat’s Easy Shift [+] mode, you have a total of 23 functions on your hand. The build quality is of a very high standard and the mouse is quite easy to use for claw and palm grips.

It’s a good mouse. It’s a great mouse. It’s literally one of the most advanced mice you can buy in Sri Lanka. German engineering right down to a T. How else would you put it?

 

SteelSeries Sensei – Rs. 16,000

The Sensei is an icon. It’s is the flagship mouse of SteelSeries and as such boasts all the bells and whistles (and then some) of what you could ever really want in a mouse. Ambidextrous by design, the Sensei sports an Avago ADNS 9800 sensor ; a 32-bit ARM CPU with a fully programmable LCD screen. (although the notion of adding a screen to a mouse albeit to the bottom of a mouse is somewhat questionable).

sensei

As for customizability, apart from the programmable screen, the Sensei also has illuminated backlighting on the SteelSeries logo and scroll wheel.  It’s literally the closest thing the Roccat Kone XTD has to competition (or vice versa – the Sensei was here first). The Sensei literally shines, thanks to an exotic glossy finish.

Available at: Redline Technologies

With all of this, there’s one question you have to ask yourself: is it worth it? Despite the lovely numbers, you won’t realistically be making use of those high DPI counts; nor are any number of processors going to improve your aim. These mice are simply at the top of the class, and their real potential only comes out at the hands of a skilled eSports player – or else they turn into mere trophies. Which side of the fence are you on?

Recommended reading (more buying guides on gaming mice): Part Two: Gaming Mice between Rs 5,000 and 10,000 and Part One: Gaming Mice under Rs 5,000.

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. The RAW isn’t overpriced -_- I can’t think of a more comfortable mouse for the price. Switching between claw and palm is seamless. And your hand doesn’t tire even after a long gaming session. You’ll probably realize this once you switch from the Kana to a Pure.

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