TheGamingSetup https://thegamingsetup.com Wed, 20 Jan 2021 21:45:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6 https://thegamingsetup.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/cropped-favicon-32x32-32x32.png TheGamingSetup https://thegamingsetup.com 32 32 Niz Plum X87 EC – Affordable Electro Capacitive https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/niz-plum-x87-ec?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=niz-plum-x87-ec-affordable-electro-capacitive https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/niz-plum-x87-ec#respond Thu, 31 Dec 2020 21:35:54 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=8211 The NiZ Plum X87 EC is a great electro-capacitive keyboard.

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Review unit provided by Epomaker

I’m happy to see more electro-capacitive switch keyboards available and even happier to see that the NiZ Plum X87 EC delivers a strong overall package that EC fans will definitely appreciate.

For people who haven’t yet appreciated the rubber dome experience, I’d suggest to keep this keyboard in mind as an alternative to your main mechanical options, make sure you try an electro-capacitive keyboard before taking the plunge.

Great feeling EC switches

Niz Plum X87 EC

A rock solid mechanical keyboard with great switch options, and infinite customization

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Electro-capacitive switches feel great
  • High quality double shot PBT keycaps
  • Some of the best stabs out of the box
  • 3-level adjustable actuation point
  • Quiet and smooth sounding

Cons

  • Feet are a little weak
  • Build quality is only average

Unboxing

Niz Plum X87 EC - UnboxingThe NiZ Plum X87 comes with a USB-C cable, a wire keycap puller, supplementary 10 gram springs and extra sliders.

Switches & Stabilizers

The NiZ Plum x87 EC features 35 gram electro-capacitive switches. For those not familiar, EC switches are *gasp* rubber dome switches, but really good rubber dome switches. While the switches are not as purely crispy as pure mechanical tactiles, the EC switches in the Plum offer a pleasant tactile experience with a satisfying thock on bottom out, they have a similar sensation to silent switches with a softer bottom out, but not to that extent.

Niz Plum X87 EC - Switch and Stabs

The stabilized keys use something that’s reminiscent of a costar wire stabilizer. They’re some of the absolute out of the box stabs I’ve experienced and come pre-lubed, but they are a giant pain in the butt to swap key caps with.

By pressing Fn+F9 on the keyboard, you can swap between three levels of actuation points, allowing you to quickly swap to a more responsive gaming mode and a deeper typing mode. A very nice feature.

The typing and gaming experience on the NiZ Plum X87 EC is excellent, it’s a light, responsive switch that holds up in gaming, it’s definitely not for everyone however, this isn’t a switch I would recommend to someone coming from a plain old rubber dome keyboard. If you think you like the sounds of a lightly tactile, and a quieter and softer typing experience, then give EC switches a shot.

Keycaps

Niz Plum X87 EC - Big keycap front

These are really well made keycaps, the NiZ Plum comes with PBT doubleshot keycaps in an OEM profile. The legends are clean and easily legible, with the caps having a softly textured top.

Niz Plum X87 EC - Big cap back

The cap is about 1.4 mm thick, average.

Niz Plum X87 EC - Keycap front

The legends on the keycaps are clean, really attractive sans-serif font with icon/text labels on shift and tab keys.

Niz Plum X87 EC - Keycaps

The side printed labels are pad-printed, they’re clear and easy to read at a glance.

Design & Size

Niz Plum X87 EC - Profile 2

The NiZ Plum X87 EC is a minimal affair, clean lines and a clean cream white colour define the keyboard. The keycaps sport a cream and grey motif that gives it a more unique look than just plainly white. Overall, I quite like the design of the keyboard, it would easily fit into any office environment, both by looks and sound.

There are 3 functional versions of the NiZ Plum X87:

  • EC(S) – the model we’re reviewing, base model
  • EC(BLE) – includes wireless bluetooth
  • EC (BLE/RGB) – includes bluetooth and RGB backlighting

Niz Plum X87 EC - Flat feet

The case is two piece plastic, with the full weight of the case coming in at 790 grams. It is by no means a hefty board considering its size, with a lot of room inside the keyboard case, it could benefit acoustically by adding some foam inside the case.

Niz Plum X87 EC- Back

On the back of the case you’ll find 4 rubber feet for flat keyboard usage, two levels of flip up feet, and a cable channel for the included detachable USB-C Cable.

Niz Plum X87 EC - Feet

The flip up feel sturdy but in usage, my keyboard wobbles a bit when pushing the keyboard forward, meaning that the feet are folding with light pressure.

Build quality

The build quality is average, which is a little disappointing considering the keyboards price point. The keyboard does have some deck flex, which adds to the bounciness of the typing experience. When picked up and twisted, I was able to flex the keyboard quite a bit and produce creaking in multiple areas. I have no concerns about durability of the NiZ Plum X87, but a tank it is not.

It’s looking like you’ll have to sacrifice some build quality to get electro-capacitive switches.

Software & Settings

Documentation and software details are quite scarce for the NiZ Plum X87 EC, I had some trouble locating proper english documentation and software, something to be aware of if you plan on customizing your keyboard.

I was able to find a Google Drive with accompanying documentation and software, but it would be much appreciated if NiZ could provide official links on their website.

Google Drive Link

Software

Manual

NiZ Plum X87 EC - Software

The software for the X87EC is pretty barebones but it allows you to adjust all the important settings in a keyboard.

  • Remapping top layer and function layer
    • Macro
    • Mouse function
    • Multimedia
    • Keyboard functions
  • Record macros
  • Import/Export settings

NiZ Plum X87 EC - Software Set Key

The key mapping, while a little clunky, works as expected. You can’t re-map any of the top layer to another key, but you can remap any function layer key.

There are also a handful of keyboard function key combinations to be aware of, you can set the actuation point of the keyboard from low/medium/high by pressing Fn + F9. The indicator lights on the top right of the keyboard will flash 1/2/3 times to indicate the level you’ve chosen respectively.

Holding Fn+Left Alt will switch the keyboard between Windows and Mac mapping, moving the OS key to left alt position left of the space bar.

Holding Fn + Windows key will turn on game mode and disable the windows key.

Holding the Fn + LCtril key will swap left control with the caps lock key to enable the happy hacker style layout.

On bluetooth models, pressing Fn + Insert will switch between wired mode and bluetooth mode, with Fn + (Home/Del/End) switching between 3 different device connections.

Warranty & Reliability

If you get the keyboard from EpoMaker the NiZ Plum X87 comes with a 12 month warranty.

Tech Specs

Niz Plum X87 EC

  • Length: 36 cm / 14.1732 inches
  • Width: 13 cm / 5.11811 inches
  • Height: 3.5 cm / 1.37795 inches
  • Case: High profile, Plastic Case
  • Weight:  790 grams
  • Keys: 87 keys
  • Cable: 2m detachable USB Type-C
  • RGB: Yes, full

Keys & switches

  • Switch options: 35g and 45g electro-capacitive
  • Keycap material: PBT
  • Keycap legends: Double shot
  • Keycap profile: OEM Profile
  • Media keys: In FN layer, re-programmable
  • Backlight: Full RGB on RGB model
  • Software: Yes?

Conclusion

Make no mistake, the NiZ Plum X87 EC offers a great typing and gaming experience, for people looking to try out EC switches. For anyone who doesn’t or can’t yet appreciate the premium rubber dome experience, they’re going to be better off shelling this kind of money for a mechanical switch keyboard with better overall build quality and software support.

For people looking for a more affordable Topre option, you’re in luck, the NiZ Plum X87 is a very competent EC keyboard, at a significantly more affordable price than Happy Hacker boards.

Great feeling EC switches

Niz Plum X87 EC

A rock solid mechanical keyboard with great switch options, and infinite customization

See Price on Amazon

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Durgod Hades 68 Review – The best 65% https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/durgod-hades-68?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=durgod-hades-68-the-best-65 https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/durgod-hades-68#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 00:58:50 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=7966 The Durgod Hades 68 is the best 65% keyboard on the market.

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Durgod has quietly built an incredible lineup of keyboards that offer great quality and value for the price. The Hades 68 might be their very best offering and is, in my opinion, the best 65% keyboard you can get right now.

The Durgod Hades 68 hits it out of the park on the fundamentals. Great switch options, including rare options like Gateron Yellow and Kailh Box Jades, fantastic lubed switches, PBT doubleshot Cherry profile keycaps and superb keymapping functionality make the Hades 68 unrivalled at its price point from a typing and gaming point of view.

It is our pick for best 65% keyboard, knocking the Ducky One 2 SF off the top spot by adding software customization while matching it from a typing experience standpoint.

The best overall 65%

Durgod Hades 68

A rock solid mechanical keyboard with great switch options, and infinite customization

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Solidly built with a good weight
  • USB-C port
  • Great switch options including Gateron Yellow and Kailh Box switches
  • Multi layer per-key mapping
  • Per-key RGB lighting
  • Doubleshot PBT Cherry profile keycaps

Cons

  • On the higher end of pricing
  • Recessed USB-C port incompatible with some cables
  • Slightly harder to find replacement caps due to keycap sizes

Unboxing

Durgod Hades - Box

Durgod doesn’t skimp on the extras, with a fabric coaster, two USB-C cables (A to C and C to C), some Durgod stickers and a nice wire key cap puller.

Switches & Stabilizers

The sheer switch selection of the Durgod Hades 68 set its quite far apart from other mainstream keyboards. The Hades 68 can come with the following switches:

  • Cherry: Black, Blue, Brown, Red, Speed Silver, Silent Red
  • Kailh Box: Box Jade, Box red
  • Gateron: Black, Blue, Silent Brown, Red, Yellow

Gateron Yellows are a standout switch, they’re super smooth with a great weight, I would highly recommend the Gat Yellows if you’re a linear fan.

The switches on my Hades 68 had a slight wobble, but nothing too drastic.

Durgod Hades - Stabs

The pre-lubed stabilizers are some of the best I’ve experienced out of the box. In combination with the linear Gateron Yellow, the stabilizers sound and feel great.

Keycaps

Durgod Hades - Long keycap

The Hades 68 have probably the best keycaps out of the box of any mass made keyboard. The keycaps are double shot PBT, in a cherry profile. We talk about keycap profiles in the Everything you need to know about keyboards post, Cherry profile caps sit sculpted caps that sit a little lower than OEM with a smaller face, they’re my favourite profile.

Durgod Hades - Long keycap back

The cap is about 1.4 mm thick, average. The double shot plastic allows for even and clean RGB to shine through the cap, without compromising on wear and tear of the label.

Durgod Hades - Keycap

The legends on the keycaps are clean, really attractive sans-serif font with icon/text labels on shift and tab keys.

Durgod Hades - Top down side

The side printed labels are pad-printed, they’re clear and easy to read at a glance.

Design & Size

Durgod Hades - Angle 2

Clean is the one word I would use to describe the Durgod Hades 68, especially in white. The Durgod Hades 68 case features straight lines and clean surfaces on the sides. The colour of the white case has a little warm cream in the tone compared to the stark white PBT caps. The only other option for the Hades 68 is a traditional black case with black keycaps, I prefer how vibrant and clean the white version looks.

Durgod Hades - Right Side

The case is streamlined single piece, with no height adjustments on the feet, it’s a high profile case is made of aluminum.

Durgod Hades - Back

On the back of the case, you’ll find 4 rubber strip feet, and a steel plate with Hades branding. The default angle of the keyboard is plenty comfortable, I did not miss the adjustable feet. The cases weight and rubber feet did a good job of keeping the keyboard in place.

Durgod Hades - Top

The top of the keyboard is equally nondescript, just a USB-C port on the top left-side of the keyboard.

Durgod Hades - USB-C Port

The USB-C port is rather recessed, it might have issues with third party cables, some of my own cables worked fine, but USB-C cables with a larger

The port itself is built well with minimal wobble, I’m not too concerned about the port degrading over time, but some users have double-side taped the port for a more secure fit.

Build quality

At 808 grams, with full aluminum construction, the Hades 68 is rock-solid. No flex or creaking to be seen anywhere, the keyboard is very well-built.

The keyboard is satisfyingly hefty as well, it feels firm on the table when typing.

Backlighting

Backlighting is smooth and vibrant on the white Durgod Hades. There aren’t a lot of modes but the modes the keyboard does have are high quality and visually satisfying.

Software & Settings

The Hera Compiler is incredibly powerful in setting up custom keycaps, it’s right up there in flexibility with QMK and ObinsKit, it’s really great.

You can download the Hera Compiler for the Hades 68 here: https://hk-gaming.com/pages/download

Durgod Hades - Software Main Screen

Along the top you’ll find 4 tabs, default, fn1, fn2, fn1+fn2, each one of these tabs represent a programmable layer that can be remapped to essentially any other key.

Durgod Hades - Software Layer

Here’s my preferred fn1 setup, I use caps lock as an FN1 key, all my commonly used key presses are easily accessible with my left hand

Durgod Hades - Remap

You can remap keys to be blank, a keystroke, pre-recorded macro, multimedia keys, multimedia functions and much more.

Durgod Hades - Download Settings

Once you have a keymapping you like, you just press download to set the keymapping on the keyboard.

Durgod Hades - Macro Editor

The macro editor is straight forward, hit the record button to start logging key presses, afterwards, you can edit the order and key press delays, save it, and give it a name.

Durgod Hades - Lighting

Durgod Hades - Lighting Editor

There are 5 key RGB modes:

  • Radar
  • Wave
  • Breath
  • Ripple
  • Custom

You can edit the particular gradient of each RGB mode and direction.

Warranty & Reliability

There’s no official word of warranty that I can find online.

Tech Specs

Durgod Hades 68

  • Length: 31 cm / 12.2047 inches
  • Width: 10.6 cm / 4.173228 inches
  • Height: 2.8 cm / 1.10236 inches
  • Case: High profile, Aluminum case
  • Weight:  808 grams
  • Keys: 60 keys
  • Cable: 2m detachable USB Type-C

Keys & switches

  • Switch options: Gateron, Kailh Box and Cherry Options
  • Keycap material: PBT
  • Keycap legends: Double shot
  • Keycap profile: Cherry Profile
  • Media keys: In FN layer, reprogrammable
  • Backlight: Full RGB
  • Software: Durgod Hera Compiler

Conclusion

The Durgod Hades is the best 65% keyboard you can get right now. The keyboard is simply a dream to game and type on, it has great switch options, fantastic stabilizers, a solid build quality, and super customizable software, not to mention a ton of nice extras.

You should heavily consider this keyboard if you’re in the market for anything smaller than TKL size, the Hades 68 can cover most bases pretty well, with a few exceptions. If you know you dislike Cherry profile keycaps, look elswhere. This keyboard doesn’t have hot swap or wireless so you’re out of luck if that’s part of your requirement list.

Durgod has created the best 65% keyboard with its latest updates to its software and PBT keycaps.

Durgod Hades 68

The best value wireless 60% keyboard.

See Price on Amazon

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Redragon M808 Storm Review – Heavy holes https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-mouse/reviews/redragon-m808?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=redragon-m808-storm-review-heavy-holes https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-mouse/reviews/redragon-m808#respond Mon, 09 Nov 2020 02:40:27 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=8095 The Redragon M808 is suprisingly heavy for an ultralight.

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Review unit provided by Redragon

Redragon has entered the ultralight space with a ultra-budget $38 mouse that does some things well, but falls short in some crucal areas. 

The M808 is a large ergo mouse with the ultralight aesthetics, but without the actual ultralight benefit, weighing in at 87 grams.

While the M808 competes with its low price point, there are some superb mice that are $5-$10 more that completely outclass this mouse.

For someone who’s looking to save every dollar, the M808 is a competent mouse with a good sensor, decent clicks and a great cable, as long as you’re okay with its narrow shape and other quirks.

Kinda heavy with holes

Redragon M808 Storm

Redragon’s ultralight mouse

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Good sensor
  • Great braided cable
  • Buttons are solid
  • 2 year warranty
  • Excellent build quality

Cons

  • Heavy despite the holes
  • Awkward narrow shape with high bump
  • Coating can run warm

Shape, Size & Feel

The M808 is a right-handed ergonomic mouse with deeper than average grooves compared to the other ergonomic shapes I’ve tried. Compared to other ergo shapes, the M808 is a bit of a weird one, compared to the Model D or G703, the proportions of the mouse are narrow and shorter. The front of the mouse is quite low, while the hump is high in the middle, the shape has quite the sharp hump in the middle.

Redragon M808 - Back

The right side of the mouse is also curved inwards, while other ergonomic mice curve outwards to accommodate a resting spot for your ring and pinky fingers. The right side inward curve creates a very narrow and bumpy feel in hand.

Redragon M808 - Right side

This shape seems best suited for palm and palm only, the length of the mouse might cause some issues for fingertip or claw grips. 

The sides of the mouse have a plastic hexagonal pattern, I have no issues with the pattern itself being uncomfortable, nor do I have any issues gripping and lifting the mouse.

The holes do not cause any discomfort, no rough edges or hot spots. 

Design

Redragon M808 - Profile

The M808 sports 3 total led areas, one of each side and then one on the scroll wheel. Despite all the holes, the Redragon M808 weighs in at 85 grams. 

The design is pretty standard and straightforward, there’s nothing unique to note, just a solid, simple design. 

The coating on the mouse is different on the top and sides. The top of the mouse has a matte coating, while the sides of the mouse have a grippier glossy coating. The glossy coating makes the mouse a lot easier to pick up, but the mouse does run warm for a sweatier gamer like myself. 

Build Quality

Redragon M808 - Horizntal

Build quality is rock solid, when there’s no flex or creak in any part of the mouse. The scroll wheel is solidly in place with no wobbling.

I have no concerns with the build quality of the mouse.

Buttons

Redragon M808 - Right side on table

The Huano buttons in the Redragon M808 produce a satisfying click, not that most tactile feeling but definitely crisp and not at all busy.

Pre and post-travel are about standard on the primary buttons. The huge issue with these buttons are the aggressive comfort grooves on the surface of the button, they’re overly deep, it sorted forced me to place my fingers in that curve, not a fan of their comfort grooves. 

Redragon M808 - Left Side

You’ll find a standard pair of side buttons on the left side of the mouse, the front side button has a rubber texture for easy location with your thumb. The click on the side buttons is a little mushy with a good amount of pre-travel, given that this is a budget mouse, I don’t expect the best side button clicks and these are serviceable.

Redragon M808 - Design

There’s a lot to like and to dislike about the scroll wheel. The middle click is solid and tactile, but the scroll has steps that are so light, they might as well not even be there. Scrolling on the wheel feels haphazard, like I’m not sure how far I’m going when I use the scroll wheel.

The 3 extra buttons on the top left you cycle up or down DPI, with the third for cycling through LED effects.

Cable

Redragon M808 - Cable

The cable on the M808 is medium weave braided cable, and it’s quite good. It’s flexible, and it seems durable. I had no issues with the cable getting in the way of gaming. 

Feet & Underside

Redragon M808 - Bottom

The bottom of the mouse sports more hex holes and two thin feet strips. There’s nothing of note here, the feet are serviceable, they’re not super glidey, but there’s nothing really wrong with them, no scratchy edges or anything of the sort. 

Sensor & Performance

The M808 packs a PAW3327, a budget sensor with flawless performance. The 3327 has pretty raw input, no acceleration, jittering or prediction. The sensor can track from 100 to 12,400 DPI with polling rates of 125, 250, 500, 1000.

Software

Software the M808 is basic and gets the job done. You can download the software here: https://www.redragonshop.com/products/storm-m808

Redragon M808 - Lighting

The Redragon M808 sports 7 LED modes with control over brightness and speed. The modes are:

  • Breathing
  • Rainbow
  • Full Lighted
  • Wave
  • Go without trace
  • Reactive
  • Flash
  • Off

Redragon M808 - Button Map

You can remap all buttons on the M808 to the following functions: 

  • Left click
  • Right click
  • Middle click
  • Forward
  • Back
  • Basic
  • Windows
  • Advance
  • Media
  • DPI
  • Mode
  • Polling Rate
  • Macro Manager
  • LED switch
  • Turn button off

Basic includes functions like copy and paste, while advance contains options such as key combinations.

Redragon M808 - DPI

The DPI on the sensor goes as low as 200 to a max of 12400 DPI in 100 step increments. Here, you can set up to 5 DPI steps, as well as the report rate. Since this is a wired mouse, there’s no real reason not to set the reporting rate to 1000 Hz.

Redragon M808 - Macro

The macro mode is straightforward, hit record and the software will log all key presses in sequential order, the software does not log delays between presses, they must be inserted manually. 

Warranty & Reliability

All Redragon products purchased from the official store come with a 2-year warranty. https://www.redragonshop.com/pages/warranty

Conclusion & Recommendation

The value of the mouse is what I think I would expect for such a low budget. The M808 will not deliver the absolute best gaming experience, but it will do a decent job. 

For someone looking for light mice, I’d say move on, despite the holes, the M808 oddly weighs quite a bit. If you can spare it, make the upgrade choice to the Model D, a major improvement over the M808 in essentially all ways.

For just a little more money, you can get a much better mouse, the Viper Mini and MM710 are better overall packages, the M808 will not make our best under $50 list

Kinda heavy with holes

Redragon M808 Storm

Redragon’s ultralight mouse

See Price on Amazon

Tech Specs

Dimensions

  • Length: 12.68 cm / 4.99 inches
  • Width: 65.5 cm / 2.58 inches
  • Height: 4.1 cm / 1.61 inches
  • Weight: 87g
  • Shape: Ambidextrous
  • Cable Length: Braided, 1.8 metres

Specs

  • Sensor:  Pixart PAW3327
  • Buttons: Huano
  • Polling Rates (Hz): 125, 250, 500, 1000
  • DPI:  100 to 12,400
  • Buttons: 5  + 3 DPI switchers
  • Software: Redragon
  • RGB: 3 spots, 1 zone
  • Connectivity: Wired USB

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Cam-A-Lot Chair Mounted Screen Review https://thegamingsetup.com/misc/cam-a-lot-chair-mounted-screen-review?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cam-a-lot-chair-mounted-screen-review Sun, 01 Nov 2020 14:49:06 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=8069 This handy screen does a good job as a green screen and a meh job as a physical background replacement.

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Review unit provided by Gig-Gear

Space is at a bit of a premium over here at TGS HQ, I don’t really have a good place to take meetings and calls without a lot of clutter or other people in the background.

So when Gig-Gear reached out and asked if I would be interested in reviewing their Cam-A-Lot Curve screen, I was secretly hoping this would be the answers to my problems.

The Cam-A-Lot is a portable, foldable screen that attaches to the back of the chair. Compared to traditional green screens, the Cam-A-Lot has a significantly smaller footprint in terms of storage when folded down.

Pros

  • Secure and comfortable fit on any chair I tried it on
  • Decent chroma key performance even in sub-optimal lighting
  • Sturdy build quality
  • Folds into a neat tote bag

Cons

  • Surface is wrinkly, not the greatest for pure background blocking
  • Add a lot of width bulk to the chair, making it harder to move around

Design

The Cam-A-Lot comes in a round tote bag, the green screen itself is folded and packed under tension, it’ll spring open once you take it.

Once out of the bag, you’ll find the screen at full size with two sides, green and white.

The Cam-A-Lot attaches to the back of the chair with straps. So far, I have had no issues attaching the screen to multiple chairs. Because of how wide the screen is, be careful about turning in the chair, I’ve nearly knocked over stand lights because of the extra width the Cam-A-Lot adds to your chair back.

The straps are secured with velcro and are adjustable depending on chair back height and width.

The fit on the chair is secure, I didn’t have any issues with the screen falling off or angling out weirdly.

The straps do not interfere with the comfort of the chair, they’re thin enough that the ergonomics of the chair are unaffected.

The screen is light and easy to manuever, I didn’t see any light leaking on either side of the screen.

The outer ring is twisted and folded to get its storage size, it does require a bit of force to get the screen to fold down, the frame is well-built and I haven’t had any concerns of the frame losing its shape.

Here’s a quick video on how the Cam-A-Lot folds down:

Webcam examples

I took a few webcam shots from my Logitech C920 to show how the Cam-A-Lot blocks out the background.

Does the job in a Zoom call for sure, it completely covers my cluttered background up. I wouldn’t use this to do any professional recording. The material of the screen is a bit wrinkly and you can notice it even at bad webcam quality.

As just a background blocker, it works but the quality of the background in camera isn’t the best, I’d probably just opt to have my real clutter background in those scenarios.

The white side darkened my appearance a little bit, requiring more overall light to produce a better picture.

How the Cam-A-Lot works with Zoom

Zoom’s virtual backgrounds are even more effective with a solid background, there’s a setting in Zoom to indicate whether you’re using a green screen.

Without the green screen setting enabled, you can see that there’s solid green between my head and the headphone band is not properly excluded.

Turning the green screen setting on in Zoom results in a more accurate virtual background.

How the Cam-A-Lot works with OBS

Good news for the streamers out there. The Cam-A-Lot does a pretty good job of chroma key, enabling you to have a streamer cam that doesn’t block the view of the gaming action.

I recorded a quick video of OBS in action:

Conclusion

There’s definitely room on the market for people that are looking to up their streaming, conferencing or webcasting game but don’t want to either invest in the money or the space to house a full green screen. At first, I was a bit skeptical whether the Cam-A-Lot would produce better results, but call me a believer, I very much like the fact that I can stow away the screen when not in use.

For non-chroma, non virtual background uses I find the Cam-A-Lot lacklustre, unless I want people to believe I’m working in front of a wrinkly green or white bed sheet, I’m likely never going to use the screen as purely a background blocker.

I do kind of wish I could just keep it on my chair permanently, but the width of the screen makes it very challenging to move around in a chair without knocking something over.  For now, I will pull it out when I need to use a virtual background or chroma key.

You can buy the Cam-A-Lot on the Gig-Gear website.

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Redragon K530 Draconic Review – Entering 60% https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/redragon-k530?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=redragon-k530-draconic-review-entering-60 https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/redragon-k530#respond Tue, 27 Oct 2020 02:44:26 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=8055 Redragon as always brings the value with the K530 Draconic.

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Redragon has entered the 60% wireless space with its affordable K530 Draconic keyboard. Redragon has pushed the lower bounds of pricing with this wireless 60% keyboard, it packs a ton of features while undercutting the most popular keyboards in this space like the Anne Pro 2 and competing with boards like the RK61.

At $65 USD, the features list is basically everything you want, 3-device wireless, USB-C, doubleshot keycaps and even hot swap (with Outemu switches) !

At this price point however, something has to give, and while the features do deliver for the most part, the actual typing experience really reflects the budget pricing of the K530.

That being said, it’s not an absolutely horrible typing experience, if you don’t mind scratchy switches and potentially gummy stabilizers, the K530 offers a ton of value and flexibility in a 60% board, you just have to get used to its layout.

60% with all the features


Redragon K530 Draconic

A challenger for best value 60%.

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Pros

  • Lots of extras, test switches, keycap puller, switch puller
  • A ton of features for the price
  • Great wireless connectivity
  • Well-lit, full RGB
  • Doubleshot caps

Cons

  • Brown switches are scratchy
  • Stabilizers gummy
  • Mediocre remapping ability, no second layer programming
  • Hotswap only supports Outemo type switches

Design & Size

Redragon K530 - Front

The K530 has a standard layout 60% board with a high-profile ABS plastic case. The keyboard comes in two colour options, black or white with RGB for either option. The white backplate on the K530 does a great job reflecting the RGB off the LEDS and into the keycaps, creating a smooth, full look.

Redragon K530 - RGB 2

All the I/O including the USB-C port is located on the left side of the board, resembling the layout of the Keychron K6 quite a bit.

Redragon K530 - Side Ports and Controls

From left to right in the photo, you can see the USB-C port, the on/off switch for Bluetooth, a profile selector for Bluetooth and 2 status LEDs. The toggle switches on the K530 are a little finnicky to use, they’re hard to locate by touch and kind of stiff to flick between settings.

Even the USB-C cable is right-angled like the Keychron K6, personally I’d still prefer the USB port to be at the top of the port if I’m running in wired mode.

Redragon K530 - Back 2

The back of the keyboard is standard, with one level of flip up feet to give the K530 a higher angle if that’s your preference. The rubber feet on the bottom of the keyboard provide a stable enough base, which is needed considering the lightweight of the board.

Wireless Connectivity and Battery Life

The Redragon K530 sports a Bluetooth 5.0 chip, connectivity to my Windows PC was a breeze, on first load the keyboard enters pairing mode, and I was able to quickly find it and add it in my settings.

The K530 has the abilility to pair with 3 devices at once, I have not had any connectivity issues in wireless mode at all. Stability aside, the input lag on Bluetooth mode is noticeable, I’d recommend gaming in wired mode if you need faster reaction times.

The K530 comes packed with a 3000 mAh battery, allowing the keyboard to run for 10 hours straight with RGB on, longer with RGB off. The keyboard has an auto shut off function after 5 minutes of inactivity, I’ve had no issues waking the keyboard up from sleep.

Switches & Stabilizers

The Redragon K530 only comes with an Outemu style box brown switch. Interestingly, the keyboard is hotswappable, but only with other Outemu type switches, Redragon generously included some black, red and blue switches to try along the keyboard in case you want to try other Outemu switches.

I’m personally not a huge fan of the brown switches found in the K530, the small tactile bump is found right at the top of the switch, the rest of the travel is a little scratchy. The stabilizers on the K530 are quite gummy, the keys look like they’re lightly factory lubed on visual inspection, but they feel quite overlubed in typing, the gumminess does mean the stabilizer isn’t rattley at all. I’m not sure if this is a case of just my copy of the keyboard being overlubed or if this is the intended stabilizer feel.

The switches sit firmly in the hotswap socket with a little wiggle room. The stabilizers seem to be quite loose on my keyboard, they move quite a bit sitting on the plate.

Something had to give for the K530, with its feature set and price, and it looks like compromises were made with the typing experience.

Keycaps

Redragon K530 - Front large keycap

The keycaps are double-shot ABS keycaps with side printed legends for function keys. The top of the keycaps are painted with a texture on top that I believe will eventually wear, the sides of the keycaps are completely smooth and glossy.

Redragon K530 - Back large keycap  The fonts on the keyboard are okay, some keys like the P and O have two separate cut outs for the lettering, something that higher end caps don’t have. It’s not the most attractive font but definitely functional.

Build quality

At 610 grams the Draconic is a far cry from the tanky and heavy K552 Kumara, that being said, the K530 Draconic is built solidly with strong plastics. When twisting and pressing, I’m getting zero creaking or bending of the keyboard itself.

Unboxing

Redragon K530 - Unboxing

Redragon has provided some really nice extras in the form of a wire cap puller, a sturdy switch puller, and 4 extra switches for you to test on your keyboard. Also included is a USB-C to USB-A cable, with a L-angle on the USB-C side.

Software & Settings

You can find the software for the Redragon K530 Draconic on Redragon’s official website.

Redragon K530 - Software

The software is a little barebones, remapping existing keys is limited to key press, macros or media keys. Remapping is only available on the first layer.

Redragon K530 - Lighting

There are 13 lighting modes on the Redragon K530 Draconic:

  • The trial of light
  • Breathing
  • Normally on
  • Go with the stream
  • Clouds fly
  • Winding paths
  • Flowers blooming
  • Snow winter jasmine
  • Swift action
  • Both ways
  • Surmount
  • Fast and the Furious
  • Coastal

Redragon K530 - Macro

Macro recording is functional and basic, recording each key press in order with editable delay and cycles.

Magic FN

Magic FN turns the caps lock key into fn when held. In my experience, the Magic FN function takes too long to enable, even waiting for Magic FN to active, the caps lock gets enabled, this is definitely not how tap/hold functions should work in keyboards.

Overall, the software needs a lot of work, 60% keyboards, in my opinion, should have strong custom

Warranty & Reliability

There is a 2 year warranty for Redragon products purchased on their official site only: https://www.redragonshop.com/pages/warranty

Tech Specs

Redragon

  • Length: 29.21cm / 11.5 inches
  • Width: 9.906 cm / 3.9 inches
  • Height: 3.556 cm / 1.4 inches
  • Case: High profile, ABS plastic
  • Weight:  610 grams
  • Keys: 60 keys
  • Cable: 2m detachable USB Type-C

Keys & switches

  • Switch options: Brown switches, Outemo hotswap compatible
  • Keycap material: PBT
  • Keycap legends: Double shot
  • Keycap profile: OEM Profile
  • Media keys: In FN layer, reprogrammable
  • Backlight: Full RGB
  • Software: Redragon Keyboard Software

Conclusion

I’m glad to see Redragon stepping into more categories with this keyboard and their ultralight mouse, while the K530 checks a lot of boxes off on paper, the typing experience is one item that needs to be taken care of.

While the price point and feature set is unique, the K530 is not alone in this category. The Anne Pro 2 provides a significantly better typing experience, with more switch options and good stabilizers at a higher price. The Royal Kludge RK61 is actually cheaper than the Redragon K530, foregoing hot swap functionality but providing a better overall typing experience with better stabs and an arrow cluster in the bottom right.

Personally, I’d still shell out for the Anne Pro 2 for its customization and higher typing quality overall.

For someone who likes Outemu switches, the Redragon K530 is a no brainer, if the stabs can be loosened up a bit, the K530 provides a lot for the money.

 

60% with all the features


Redragon K530 Draconic

A challenger for best value 60%.

See Price on Amazon

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The 7 Best FPS Mice Early 2021 https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-mouse/reviews/best-for-fps?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-7-best-fps-mice-fall-2020 https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-mouse/reviews/best-for-fps#respond Mon, 05 Oct 2020 15:13:12 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=7893 The Razer Viper Ultimate is the best FPS mouse right now because of its lagless wireless, great shape and buttons.

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First person shooters are arguably the genre that sparked interest in gaming focused mice in the first place, mouse movements are key to so much of the genre’s gameplay, from aiming, looking, firing and movement, a good FPS mouse can make a huge difference in your gameplay.

A good FPS mouse ignores the extra frills and makes sure the fundamentals are rock solid, no extra buttons, no weights and shapes that suit multiple types of mouse grips.

The mouse should have tactile buttons that don’t actuate easily, revealing your location by accident, they should feel satisfying when you’re clicking heads. Good FPS mice should have a flawless sensor, so pixel tracking is accurate and consistent every time. The best FPS mice promote freedom of movement, they are going to have great cables with minimal drag, or better yet, they should be wireless if possible and light, so that long low DPI flicks aren’t fatiguing on the player.

1. Razer Viper Ultimate

The Best FPS Mouse

The best for FPS

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Razer Viper Ultimate

Everything you want in a wireless gaming mouse, especially for FPS.

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Lagless wireless
  • Long 70 hour battery life
  • Light at 74 grams with no holes
  • Dock with wireless charging
  • Buttons on both sides of ambidextrous shape, good for lefties
  • 2 year warranty

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Recessed side buttons can be a little difficult to hit
  • Some pre-travel on primary buttons

Our best overall gaming mouse is also the best fps gaming mouse, the Viper Ultimate has everything you would want for an FPS gamer. The safe shape of the Viper Ultimate is perfectly suited for claw and finger-tip grips. The mouse has a flawless sensor, great buttons and a long battery life.

What takes the Viper Ultimate over the top is its flawless sensor and lightweight. You can’t really get better than a light mouse with lagless wireless, true freedom of movement. 

The Viper Ultimate is on the expensive side however, if you’re on a budget, the Model O is similar in shape, or just the vanilla Razer Viper  or Viper Mini are good options. 

Read our review

2. Logitech G Pro Wireless & Superlight

For FPS gamers looking for a bit more palm support

A close second

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Logitech G Pro Wireless

Logitech’s best gaming mouse

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • 60 hour battery life
  • Flawless sensor
  • 80 grams without holes
  • Swappable side buttons
  • Wireless charging capability with charge mat
  • Great shape for palm

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Some durability concerns with buttons double clicking

The Logitech G Pro Wireless is another complete package mouse, its lightweight, it has a flawless wireless sensor and its tactile buttons make it a great FPS mouse. For those that don’t like the shape of the Razer Viper, the GPW has all the virtues of that mouse, with a rounder, taller shape that might fit gamers that prefer a little more palm support.

Logitech’s swappable side buttons mean this is a great fit for left-handed players, the mouse has a flawless sensor with no input latency and a 6o hour battery life, it’s a complete package that should make most gamers happy, its specs are just slightly short of the Vipers’, making it the second best fps mouse.

Like the Viper, it’s not a cheap mouse, those looking for a little more palm support can look to the CoolerMaster MM710 for a more affordable option.

The new Superlight version takes the mouse to the next level with an even lighter weight, an even longer battery, and a higher price point. It still falls short of the Viper Ultimate for not having usb-c and a dock solution.

Read our GPW Review

3. CoolerMaster MM710

Great value fps gaming mouse

Palm grip FPS mouse

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Cooler Master MM710

Cooler Masters first ultra light is one of the lightest

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Pros

  • Unique shape, great for all grips but especially for palm
  • Sturdy build and design
  • Flexible cable
  • 2 year warranty
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Main button and middle scroll wheel can wobble
  • Feet are scratchy out of the box

The MM710 packs an excellent shape for all grips, it’s a no-frills, performance focused mouse that provides a great FPS experience. 

For palm grip FPS players, the MM710 is a great option because of its taller height and round shape. The MM710 is still plenty viable for claw and finger-tip gamers. The mouse is well built, with a PBT shell, a light weight and of course, has a flawless sensor. The MM710 is our first budget choice because of its shape versatility, and for just doing the fundamentals properly.

There are some concerns with quality control of the shell and gaps, the buttons and scroll wheel have shown some wobble. For its price, it’s still incredible value and certainly a top performing mouse for FPS games.

Read our review

4. Glorious Model O/O-

Ultralight and affordable fps mouse

Big Value
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Glorious Model O-

Diminutive size and price with no compromises See Price on Glorious PC

Pros

  • Great shape for claw grips and size options for smaller hands
  • Lots of surface and colour options
  • Great primary buttons and scroll wheel
  • Improved cable

Cons

  • Main button can wobble
  • Lots of branding
  • Shell flexes and creaks a good amount

The Glorious Model O and O- has a shape that’s immediately familiar and well proven for FPS, for tip and  claw gamers.

The Model O is affordable, its shape is comfortable, the cable is great, and it glides well on a light frame. The Model O is a lean, focused mouse that’s great for FPS.

The buttons hold it back a little bit, they’re not the best feeling mouse clicks for FPS, it lacks the tactile, crispy click that you’d want for an FPS mouse. If you’re a little bit of a ragier FPS gamer, you might want to pick a sturdier mouse, the Model O does have a decent amount of flex on the shell. 

Read our review

5. Endgame Gear XM1

A great shape for fps gaming

Proven performer

Endgame Gear XM1

A unique shape and solid built quality make the XM1 a great shooters mouse

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Original ambidextrous shape works really well for claw grip
  • Buttons are rock solid and sturdy
  • 70 grams with no holes
  • Good glide on feet

Cons

  • Cable is stiff and rubber, good candidate for paracording
  • Coating runs warm in my experience

The Endgame XM1 has great clicks and a unique low profile shape that is an absolute joy to use. Every shot feels great with this mouse. The shape is ideal for claw grip gamers. The XM1 has a flawless sensor and a lightweight in a strong shell with great build quality. The mouse is affordable and is a great option for gamers looking for value.

The only shortcoming I can find on the XM1 is the rubber cable, it’s a far cry from the wireless beasts at the top of our list, I can feel the cable a bit more when compared to the braided cables of other mice on this list.

Read our review

6. Zowie S1/S2

One of the most comfortable for fps gaming

Zowie Divina S1 and S2

A great less narrow ambidextrous shape and less stiff buttons (finally!) make the S1 and S2 some of the best ambidextrous mice around.

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Three colour options, two size options
  • Great safe shape, well balanced
  • Flexible rubber cable at an angle, introduces very little drag
  • Option of glossy or matte coating options 

Cons

  • Noisy scroll wheel
  • Above average in weight for this category

The Zowie S series is known for its comfortable shape that’s compatible with most grips. Its curvature and size can accommodate palm, claw and finger-tip grips well, fitting in the hand like a glove. The S1 and S2 pack a flawless sensor with a flexible rubber cable that surprisingly doesn’t introduce as much drag as you would think. The mouse has multiple colour and coating options as well. 

The S series mice are a little heavier than a lot of the other mice you would find on this list, it’s not heavy by any means but its freedom of movement can’t compare to the top-tier mice on this list.

7. Glorious Model D- (61 g)

The best ergonomic fps mouse

Glorious Model D minus

Glorious Model D-

An incredible value; proven shape and ultra light weight made for palm grippers. See Price on Glorious

Pros

  • Proven ergo shape
  • Lightweight
  • Great soft cable 
  • 2 colour and coating options

Cons

  • Buttons are mediocre
  • Shell is a little soft, flexes and creaks

The Glorious Model D- is a great FPS mouse choice for gamers that prefer an ergonomic mouse. It’s diminutive size makes the Model D- still suitable for a claw grip while being absolutely great for palm grippers. The Model D- is one of the lightest ergonomic mice out, with a great cable and a flawless sensor making the Model D- absolutely fly in game.

The mouse has lacklustre clicks, it’s not the most tactile experience with the Model D-, so look elsewhere if you value tactility. If you’re prone to squeezing heavily or reacting poorly to getting sniped, then you might want to look for something a little sturdier than the Model D-. Its shell is a little flexible and creaky.

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Glorious Model D Minus Review – One more niche filled https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-mouse/reviews/model-d-minus?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=glorious-model-d-minus-review-one-more-niche-filled https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-mouse/reviews/model-d-minus#respond Sat, 26 Sep 2020 02:41:19 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=7914 The Model D- serves the niche of ergo fingertip, claw grip and small palm grippers well.

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The shrunken down Model D- performs its role admirably, filling in a need for gamers that like to claw or fingertip grip with an ergonomic mouse, or for the small handed gamers that find most ergo mice way too large. 

The Model D- is a solid mouse at a great price that does everything at least average, if not better. It’s not a world beater in all aspects, but the Model D- is a great ergonomic mouse that is a top choice for its niche. 

Small Light Ergo

Check the price on the Model D Minus

Glorious Model D- 

The shrunk down version of the Viper is just as great as its larger brothers. 

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Pros

  • Light ergo mouse at 61 grams
  • Amazing cable
  • Great scroll wheel
  • Top notch out of the box feet
  • Affordable pricing
  • 2 coating and colour options

Cons

  • Mediocre buttons
  • Shell flexes and creaks quite a bit
  • Lots of Glorious branding
  •  

Shape, Size & Feel

The Model D- is an ergonomic mouse with the exact same shape as the Model D, just shrunken down. Outside of the Glorious lineup, the mouse closest to the EC2-B and G-Wolves Skoll. 

Model D Minus - OG Model D

Its shape will be immediately familiar to any gamers that used any of the aforementioned mouse, it’s a proven shape with many fans. Those who have a palm grip but find many of the common ergo mice too large, the Model D- is a great option. The mouse, because of its small size, is comfortable in claw and fingertip grip. 

The mouse is easy to pick up, thanks to its lightweight at 61 grams and curved side under the side buttons. The buttons have a slight comfort groove; they feel comfortable in palm grip in prolonged use. 

Model D Minus - Profile

As expected from Glorious, the Model D- comes in both matte and glossy form, with the matte feeling cooler to the touch in my experience, as a clammy gamer, I definitely prefer the matte version, those with dry hands might find the glossy more to their preference. 

The Model D- comes with the following versions: 

  • Glossy white
  • Glossy black
  • Matte white
  • Matte black

The Model D- is one of the smaller ergonomic shaped mice available, the Skoll Mini is going to be its main competitor with that mouse coming in slightly shorter and narrower. 

Model D Minus - Back

The holes don’t cause any discomfort, there are no rough edges or hot spots I detected, even in the most intense of gaming sessions. 

Design

Model D Minus - Angled Back

Like all other mice, the Model D- is adorned with Glorious branding on both sides of the mouse with beard face on the left and a word mark on the right side of the mouse. 

The side buttons and scroll wheel are black in all versions of the Model D-. 

The white mouse is particularly vibrant with the RGB leds, the shells innards reflect the glow producing a very pleasing effect. 

Build Quality

Model D Minus - Profile

The Model D- does have some significant flex on the bottom shell, I’m easily able to press into the bottom honey comb producing a pronounced creak. The top shell fairs a little better, but there’s still enough give where I’d definitely conscious of it. The sides of the shell are more sturdy, with very little flex or creak. The D- feels a little less sturdy than their previous iterations, I wouldn’t smash this mouse around too much.

On a positive note, the click accidentally actuating with the case is squeezed isn’t happening on my copy of the mouse. 

Buttons & Scroll Wheel

Model D Minus - Front

The scroll wheel on the Model D- in fantastic, the chunky steps, rubber wheel and crisp scroll steps make the middle mouse tactile. I’m not having any issues with the scroll wheel drifting or squeaking on fast scrolling.

Model D Minus - Side Buttons

The buttons have improved a little from the Model D, the Omron switches in the mouse still feel a little hollow, the upswing on the switch feels unpronounced compared to the top tier mice in this department. The Model D- has reduced the amount of post-travel on click that the Model D had an abundance of.

 The side buttons feel a little less tactile than found on the bigger Model D, with a less resounding click compared to the bigger version.

Cable

Model D Minus - Topdown

The cable on the Model D- is great, flexible and compact, I barely even notice it in gaming sessions, with or without a mouse bungee. 

Feet & Underside

Model D Minus - Feet

The Model D- feet are plastic wrapped for protection this time, around so be sure to peel off the blue covering before you judge its glide. 

Model D Minus - Foot peel

Once the sticker is off, the Model D- feet have a great glide, with their PTFE feet. The glide and feet make a great combo.

Sensor & Performance

The Model D- uses the veteran Pixart PMW3360. You can expect no acceleration, no prediction and jittering from this sensor. It’s rock solid. 

Software

Not much is new with the Model D- software, it uses the same software package as the OG Model D. The Model D- supports up to 4 profiles stored onto its on-board memory, however you need th software to swap profiles.

Model D Minus - Software - DPI

You can set up to 5 steps of DPI, ranging from 400 to 12000 DPI.

Model D Minus- Software - Lighting

The Model D- has 8 RGB modes, 9 if you include turning them off, with 3 individual LED strips sharing the 1 zone setting. The RGB modes can be modified by direction and speed.

The RGB modes of the Model D- are:

  • Glorious Modes
  • Static Breathing
  • Breathing
  • Single Color
  • Breathing (Single Color)
  • Tail
  • Rave
  • Wave
  • LED OFF

Glorious is the most attractive RGB setting in my opinion.

Model D Minus - Software - LOD

Lift off distance can be tuned depending on your preference. I’d leave it at its lowest setting if you don’t know what you specifically prefer.

Model D Minus - Software - Polling

You can set the polling rate of the mouse, since this is a wired only mouse, there’s no reason to set it to anything lower than 1000 Hz.  

Model D Minus - Software - Debounce

Debounce is a feature that prevents double clicking, if your mouse isn’t having any issues with double clicking leave it at the default setting of 10ms. 

Model D Minus - Software - Keymap

Last but not least, you can remap any of the buttons on the Model D- to common functions including macro and multimedia functions.

Warranty & Reliability

Glorious offers a 2 year warranty for the Model D-. So far, no major concerns have arisen about the reliability of the mouse.

Comparisons

Model D- vs. Model D

Model D Minus - OG Model D

These two mice are obviously similar in a lot of ways, the shape and feel of the Model D- is a faithful shrink down of the bigger Model D. The difference in hand is noticeable, the shorter length and lower height of the Model D- make it a lot easier to claw and finger tip grip, while the bigger Model D fills in my palm a bit better. 

The Model D- primary buttons feel better, there’s less post-travel and the clicks feel more tactile. The bigger Model D has better side buttons, they feel more crisp and tactile, while the D- feel a little looser. 

 

Model D Minus vs OG Model D - Back
Model D- on the left, bigger D on the right

Outside of the above factors, everything else is a wash, the cable, feet and scroll wheel are great on both mice. Choosing one or the other is a matter of hand size, if you’re average hand-size and like to palm a mouse, I think the bigger Model D is a better fit, for any other grip and for smaller than average hands, the D- is your choice.

Model D- vs. Logitech G703

Model D Minus vs G703 - Top

The Model D- is smaller in every way compared to the G703, you can feel it most in the height, with the G703’s big bountiful hump really filling in the palm when held.

The buttons are crisper and lighter on the G703, with the side buttons having more trouble and more tactility than the Model D-. Of course, the G703 is also wireless, giving it an extra range of freedom compared to the Model D-.

Model D Minus vs G703 - Back

Both ergonomic shapes are great, but the difference in size is very drastic, the G703 is a palm grip mouse with the exception of people with very large hands, it’s simply too large to get a good fingertip or claw grip for most people. The Model D- is a more versatile in that aspect, those with large hands might fight the D- a bit too cramped for palm grip but the mouse can function in claw and fingertip grip quite nicely.

Model D- vs. G-Wolves Skoll

Model D Minus vs Skoll - Top

The Model D- sits between the Skoll and Skoll Mini in terms of size, the Skoll shape has more of a prolonged hump in the middle, making it fill in the hand a little more. Both mice are comfortable in palm grip, with adequate versatility to serve the niche of claw grip ergo if needed.

The buttons on the Model D- absolutely trounce the Skoll, and the buttons the Model D- are only okay. The Skoll just has below par buttons. The cable on the D- is also lighter and more flexible than the Skoll, with a smoother glide with its PTFE feet.

Model D Minus vs Skoll - Back

I’m not sure if there’s very many reasons to go with a Skoll over the Model D-, I think the Glorious mouse does everything the Skoll and Skoll Mini do, but better.

Model D- vs. Model O-

Model D Minus vs O Minus - Top

I’ve done this comparison for the people that are neutral between ambidextrous and ergonomic shapes. The Model O- is significantly smaller than the Model D-, for people that have small hands and want to comfortably fingertip or claw grip, you should go with the Model O-. For palm grippers, the Model D- perfectly suits that need, while the Model O- is mediocre at palm grip because of its short height.

The buttons are significantly better on the Model O-, but more tactile primary and side buttons, it’s much more enjoyable to click. The build quality is also much better on the Model O-, there’s less flex and creaking, likely due to its more compact nature.

Model D Minus vs O Minus - Back

If you don’t have a preference in shape, I’d pick the Model O- over the Model D-. If you’re a strict palm gripper, go for the Model D-.

Conclusion & Recommendation

While it’s not a mouse for everyone, the gamers that this mouse serves are going to love this mouse solely because of a lack of better options. It’s the best small ergonomic mouse out right now.

If you’re a palm gripper and have always found the popular ergo mice like the G703, DeathAdder, G502 and even the EC2-B too large, then your prayers have been answered in the Model D-.

Small Light Ergo

Check the price on the Model D Minus

Glorious Model D- 

The shrunk down version of the Viper is just as great as its larger brothers. 

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Tech Specs

Dimensions

  • Length: 12 cm / 4.72 inches
  • Width: 6.1 cm / 2.4 inches
  • Height: 4 cm / 1.57 inches
  • Weight: 61
  • Shape: Ergonomic
  • Cable Length: Braided flexible

Specs

  • Sensor: Pixart PMW3360
  • Buttons: Omron
  • Polling Rates (Hz): 1000
  • DPI: 400 (yellow), 800 (blue), 1600 (red), 3200 (green)
  • Buttons: 5  + DPI switcher
  • Software: Model D Software
  • RGB: 3 LEDs, 1 spot
  • Connectivity: Wired USB

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The Best Wireless Mechanical Keyboards for Gaming https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/best-wireless?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-best-wireless-keyboards-for-gaming https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/best-wireless#respond Mon, 14 Sep 2020 13:31:01 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=7859 The Anne Pro 2 is the best overall wireless keyboard for gaming, even if its not perfect.

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Wireless mechanical keyboards are slowly becoming a thing,  while we currently don’t have as many options as we do with wireless mice, there are a handful of keyboards that are proving worthy of a consideration if you previously thought wireless gaming keyboards weren’t an option.

A good wireless gaming keyboard has to be a solid keyboard first off, but also provides wireless connectivity that’s stable and low latency, there isn’t much point to a wireless gaming keyboard if you’re constantly behind in reaction time.

There are a handful of keyboards that provide good core keyboard experiences, with the option to go wireless at a minimal premium. If you could use the extra freedom to move around with a keyboard, or just hate how cables clutter up the aesthetic, take a look at our picks for best wireless keyboard.

1. Anne Pro 2

Best overall wireless

Anne Pro 2

Wireless, compact and customization

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Strong build quality
  • Bluetooth connectivity with mutiple devices
  • Multiple switch options
  • Highly customizable
  • Double-shot PBT keycaps
  • 8 hour usage on rechargeable battery

Cons

  • Quality control concerns
  • Stabilizers can be over lubed, but better than unlubed
  • Weak RGB
  • Wireless connectivity has some input lag

The Anne Pro 2 is a value packed 60% keyboard with great software, PBT key caps and lots of switch options, it’s a great keyboard for its price.

The keyboard has 4-device support over Bluetooth 5.0, the wireless mode is handy, it’s serviceable for single player or casual games, there is input lag introduced over wireless, so we wouldn’t recommend the wireless mode for competitive games, the wired mode does have low input lag so a quick connect of a USB-C cable lets you game more competitively, no sweat.

We put the Anne Pro 2 in the top spot for its sheer value, you’re getting a lot for the price, with a lot of customization options, it’s not the wireless in terms of input lag, that would be our next pick.

Read our review

 

2. Logitech G613 TKL

The competitive gamer choice

Logitech G613

Logitech brings the lagless wireless

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Low latency wireless
  • Long battery life
  • Dedicated media keys
  • Good software support
  • 18 month battery life on 2xAA

Cons

  • Romer-G switches are supbar, only one switch option
  • Wrist rest is not removable
  • ABS keycaps and generally cheaper materials

Logitech has shown repeatedly that they have great wireless tech, the G613 is no exception. With their lightspeed wireless tech, the Logitech G613 has virtually the same input delay as wired, it’s the main calling card of this keyboard.

Everything else about the keyboard is kind of budget, the build of the keyboard is made with cheaper materials, the case and keycaps are ABS plastic and the wrist rest is built into the keyboard with no way to remove it. There’s only one switch type, the tactile Romer-G which is okay for gaming but there are definitely better switch options out there. The full-size is not something I’d normally advocate for gaming, but this is one of the few truly lagless wireless mech keyboards out there.

The G613 can be found at a bargain nowadays, it’s good value if all you care about is having a serviceable wireless keyboard for competitive gaming.

3. Keychron K6

The wireless hot swap

Keychron K6

The Keychron K6 combines wireless with hotswap.

See Price on Amazon

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Pros

  • Attractive case and cap design
  • Aluminum case option
  • Pre-lubed stabilizers
  • Multi-device wireless connectivity
  • 40 hour rechargeable internal battery

Cons

  • No software or remapping ability
  • Tall front case height
  • ABS caps are slippery
  • Plastic case is very light

The Keychron K6 is the best keyboard for gamers that want to use hot swap switches while also connecting wirelessly.

At its price, the K6 provides tremendous value, with good stabilizers, multiple switch options and even an option to upgrade to an all-metal case. The K6 has multi-device connectivity through Bluetooth, with a small increase in input delay. Through a wired USB-C connection, the K6 is input delay free and very much suitable for competitive gaming.

The ABS keycaps are not great, for some reason, they’re more slippery than any other out of the box cap I’ve experienced, I would recommend a replacement key cap set for this keyboard. The front lip key height is quite high, you might find it more comfortable to pair this keyboard a wrist rest. Last but not least, the K6 lacks customization, there is currently no software and no remapping ability, you get what you get with the K6.

Read our review

4. Logitech G915 TKL

Lag free low profile

Logitech G915 TKL

Low profile lag less in a TKL package.

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Expensive
  • Low latency wireless
  • TKL layout is great for gaming
  • Attractive brushed metal design
  • Bluetooth for multi-device connections
  • Vibrant RGB
  • Dedicated volume wheel
  • 40 hour rechargeable battery life.

Cons

  • Low profile key feel isn’t for everyone
  • Limited key cap options
  • Micro-usb connection

The Logitech G915 is a low profile mechanical keyboard with lagless lightspeed wireless technology. The G915 comes with 3 switch options, tactile, linear or clicky. This a board we included on this list because it’s one of the few lagless wireless boards and it’s definitely one of the few low profile wireless mechanical keyboards.

Logitech lightspeed uses a dongle to connect the keyboard to your computer wirelessly, with a secondary Bluetooth connection to connect to other devices. The RGB is very well done on this keyboard with full illumination. The switches are okay; I prefer the full travel for gaming as it gives me a little more tactility and control, but that’s up to user preference.

Why a wireless gaming keyboard?

Wireless keyboards allow gamers to play at multiple distances without getting tangled up with wires. On top of that, multi-device connectivity allows you to use one keyboard in multiple places.

How we tested

The key thing we wanted to test for with wireless keyboards was stability and responsiveness in wireless mode. We wanted to make sure the keyboard was actually viable for gaming on wireless mode to be recommended.

We play tested with games that required more hot keys like DoTA2 and games that required more twitch reaction and movement like Valorant.

The best wireless keyboards are going to be fun to play with, keys the feel good, a solid wireless connection and great battery life.

What we’re looking for in wireless keyboards

A wireless keyboard isn’t anything without solid fundamentals:

  1. Switches and feel
  2. Build quality
  3. Size and design
  4. Keycaps
  5. Features

On top of the above factors, on-top of price, there are a couple of things that wireless keyboards must do well.

Stable Connectivity

A wireless keyboard isn’t any good for gaming if there’s is stuttering due to the wireless connection breaking. In evaluating some keyboards, some older wireless keyboards had this issue often because of older Bluetooth protocols.

Low input lag

High input lag really takes away from the enjoyment of gaming. Wireless mice have low lag input largely solved, and keyboards are getting close but it’s not all the way there. A good wireless keyboard is going to have minimal input lag, with no input lag as the requirement for competitive gaming.

Good battery life

Having batteries die out in the middle of an intense gaming session is not fun, a good wireless keyboard should stay wireless for the most part without requiring frequent recharges or battery changes.

Changelog

  • September 15th, 2020: Published

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The Best Hot Swappable Keyboards for Gaming https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/best-hot-swappable?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-best-hot-swappable-keyboards-for-gaming https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/best-hot-swappable#respond Fri, 04 Sep 2020 17:57:57 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=7839 The Keychron K6 is the best hot swappable keyboard for gaming.

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What’s a hot swappable keyboard?

Hot swappable keyboards allow for switches to be installed on a keyboard without needing to solder. The hot swap socket lets a user install switches quickly by essentially plugging in a switch, with only a switch puller.

Hot swappable keyboards are a great way for plebs like me to try out a variety of switches without needing to learn soldering skills. Luckily, hot swappable keyboards are on the rise, with multiple smaller manufacturers and even a large brand releasing hot swap keyboards. Get a hot swap keyboard if you’re looking to try out lots of different switches or just want the ability to upgrade when a hot new Glorious switch comes out.

I’d definitely recommend a hot swap keyboard for someone who doesn’t firmly know what type of switch they prefer, but not all hot swaps are built the same. For your dollar, the Keychron K6 is the best value hot swap you can get. If money is no object, the Drop Alt is the best non-custom keyboard you can get with hot swap sockets.

1. Keychron K6

Wireless hot swap

Keychron K6

The Keychron K6 is the best wireless 65% keyboard.

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Buy from Keychron directly (more options)

Pros

  • Attractive case and cap design
  • Aluminum case option
  • Pre-lubed stabilizers
  • Multi-device wireless connectivity with good battery life

Cons

  • No remapping ability
  • Very tall front case height
  • ABS caps are slippery
  • Plastic case is very light

The best dollar for dollar hot swap keyboard

The Keychron K6 is an affordable keyboard that offers a hot swap variant with a 5-pin socket that’s compatible with all standard switches.  The hot swap K6 comes in a variety of flavours with options for wireless, plastic or aluminum cases and RGB backlighting.

The K6 sockets hold on to the switches firmly once placed, with no issues of wobbling or loose fits. With factory lubed stabilizers, the typing experience on the Keychron is very good for its price. If you see fit, you can also get further upgrades with the (recommended) aluminum case and wireless connectivity, though gaming through Bluetooth introduces some input lag.

There are some drawbacks with the Keychron K6, the ABS keycaps look nice but leave a lot to be desired, they’re thin and really slick. The plastic version of the K6 is very light, the aluminum case helps with the heft, but some added foam inside the case would make for a better acoustic experience. Lastly, the front-edge is higher than many other cases, it might not be ergonomic for some gamers in extended sessions, a wrist rest would help ease some of those issues.

For chronic re-mappers, the K6 does not offer any custom key mapping options at this point in time, requiring OS software to re-map keys. This something that Keychron is said to be working on.

Read our review

2. Drop Alt

The premium hot swap

Drop Alt

The Drop Alt gives you an abundance of features, for a price

See Price on Amazon

High Profile Alt option

Pros

  • Highly customizable with QMK support
  • Unique out of the box switch options
  • Quality keycap options
  • Doubleshot PBT caps
  • Dual USB-C ports
  • Attractive RGB with per key and case strip

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Stabilizers are sub-par

Get the drop if you want the most premium experience

The Drop Alt is the most expensive hot swap option on the list, and it largely justifies the cost with an all-metal case, great software options, fantastic looking RGB, and great key caps.

The Alt even has a high-profile option to further add some heft to your gaming and typing experience. Dual USB-C ports allow you to line up your cable to the left or right and the unique magnetic feet system that allows for multiple incline or decline options in terms of angle.

Drop runs on QMK firmware which very customizable and stable, allowing you to remap your keys on several layers, create macros and generally do whatever you want to do on a keyboard.

For its high price, I wish the Alt had better stabilizers and a more sound insulated case. The keyboard is a little echoey, and at this price point, it should be addressed.

3. Glorious GMMK Tenkeyless

The Hot swap

Check price on GMMK on Amazon

Glorious GMMK Mechanical Keyboard

The GMMK is a really unique keyboard with the ability to swap out switches, its build quality is okay but the GMMK offers huge value and flexibility in a single board.

Customize keyboard on pcgamingrace.com

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Standard bottom row
  • Good quality keycap options
  • Affordable, multiple size options

Cons

  • Rattly stabilizers and loud echoey case
  • Function keys cannot be remapped

Why we like the Glorious GMMK TKL

The GMMK has 3 size options: full, tenkeyless and a compact 60%. I’d suggest the TKL size to get the best mix of functionality and size. The GMMK is an affordable keyboard with 5-pin hot swap sockets, compatible with all the popular switches.

Outside of hot swap the GMMK is a by-the-numbers with some remapping functionality, a plastic case and feet, a standard and competent keyboard. The keyboard itself is light and echoey but it’s not something I would hold against the keyboard at this price point.

Read our review

4. Womier K66

Logitech's hot swap

Pros

  • Good looking diffuse RGB
  • USB-C port
  • Great layout
  • Budget pricin

Cons

  • Weird lettering on keycaps
  • Cheap ABS keycaps
  • Stabilizers desperately need lube
  • No software support

The Womier K66 is here because it has an absolutely insane number of RGB leds in an acrylic case, creating an attractive lighting effect, while being hot swap.

There is also a non hot swap version of the K66 so be sure to get the hot swap version if that’s what you’re after. The layout on the K66 is also fantastic, reminiscent of the Magicforce 68.

Unfortunately, there isn’t any software support for customization so you must be okay with the default keymap of the Womier K66. The stabilizers are pretty bad on the K66, but you’re getting a loud keyboard in all respects.

5. Logitech G Pro X Keyboard

Logitech's hot swap

Check price of the Logitech G Pro Keyboard on Amazon

Logitech G Pro Keyboard X

A brand name hot swap.

See Price

Pros

  • Strong build quality
  • Attractive design
  • Great warranty

Cons

  • Non-standard bottom row
  • ABS keycaps
  • Semi-proprietary winged micro usb connector

The Logitech G Pro X Keyboard has you covered if you’re looking for a hot swap keyboard from a large brand. The G Pro X Keyboard has a 5-pin hot swap socket that supports all standard switches. The keyboard has excellent build quality despite it being in a plastic case, it’s hefty and feels good to type and game on. With Logitech, you know you’re getting a good warranty and software support, though they could allow for deeper key mapping.

At this price point, I would hope Logitech could provide better than ABS key caps. That, along with a micro-USB connector, really makes the G Pro X Keyboard feel a couple of years behind in terms of features.

Read our review

How we tested

Compatibility is the most important thing for hot swap keyboards, there are a couple of “trap” hot swap keyboards that you should be on the lookout for; Outemu hot swap and optical hot swap, both of these are only compatible with Outemu and optical switches, respectively.

The best hot swap keyboards are compatible with the majority of MX style switches, it should work with all the popular switch types, Zealios, Pandas, Ink Blacks, Gat Yellows, etc. Some hot swap keyboards aren’t compatible with 5 pin switches, but you can easily clip those legs to make them compatible 3  pin switches.

Durability and stability are unique considerations for hot swap keyboards. You want the fit to be stable when switches are inserted, the switch shouldn’t wobble or get pulled out easily when changing keycaps. Hot swap sockets wear down over time, Kailh sockets are rated for 100 swaps, while Mill Max sockets are rated for 1000.

A note on switches and hot swap compatibility

KeyChron K6 - Switch Socket
Example of a 5-pin socket on the Keychron K6

Hot swap keyboards come in two flavours, one that supports 3-pin plate mounted switches or 5-pin PCB mounted switches. What you need to know is that either hot swap keyboard will work with either switch type. You can insert a 3-pin switch into a 5-pin hot swap keyboard without issue. If you have 5-pin switches and a 3-pin hot swap keyboard, all you need to do is clip the plastic legs flush so that you can insert the switch.

What we’re looking for

The fundamentals of a good keyboard never change:

  1. Switches and feel
  2. Build quality
  3. Size and design
  4. Keycaps
  5. Features

Based on the above factors, balancing with price, I pick keyboards that I think will provide the most value and appreciation for gamers.

These picks are only considering mass-produced, widely available keyboards, sorry customs!

As new hot swappable keyboards come out, we’ll give them the good ol’ review and consider them for the best list.

Changelog

  • September 4th, 2020: Published

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The 10 Lightest Gaming Mice https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-mouse/reviews/lightest-gaming-mouse?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-10-lightest-gaming-mice https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-mouse/reviews/lightest-gaming-mouse#respond Sat, 29 Aug 2020 19:45:02 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=7683 The lightest gaming mouse out right now is the Finalmouse Ultralight 2.

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The past couple of years has seen an emphasis on the weight of gaming mice, and lucky for us, manufacturers have responded to that interest by releasing a bevy of lightweight mice. But with mouse is the absolute lightest? Does having the lightest mouse matter? Does a couple of grams make a difference? Read on.

What’s the lightest gaming mouse?

The lightest gaming mouse available right now is the Finalmouse Ultralight 2, at Luckily, our handy dandy mouse size table can already sort by weight, if you want to look up the weight of any mouse, head over to that post.

1. Finalmouse Ultralight 2 (48 g)

The absolute lightest

Finalmouse Ultralight 2 Capetown

The lightest mouse on the market. See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Best braided cable
  • Improved build quality in scroll wheel
  • Great buttons
  • Great shape for small hands
  • Good build quality, no flex on shell
  • 4 year warranty

Cons

  • Expensive and hard to find
  • Infinity skin is ugly
  • Only 500 hz sensor

Finalmouse should be heavily credited for contributing to the holey, ultralight craze. The Ultralight 2 is the latest mouse from the enigmatic mouse brand and caters to gamers that prefer small mice, it’s fitting that Finalmouse has the lightest gaming mouse on the market. 

This is a great mouse, it has a fantastic shape with a soft touch plastic that’s nice texturally and strong structurally. The cable is the best cable I’ve experienced out of the box. All buttons and scroll wheel feel fantastic. 

All the positives of the mouse come at a significant cost, while the UL2 is one of the best mice I’ve used, I’m not sure if the price justifies it, it’s also very hard to find. The mouse itself has a sensor that only runs at 500 hz.

Read our review

2. G-Wolves Skoll Mini (50 g)

Lightest ergo

G-Wolves Skoll Mini

A proven shape, made smaller and much lighter. See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Proven ergo shape, shrunken down
  • Solid build quality, minimal flex and creak
  • Great paracord-esque cable
  • Nice box and extras 

Cons

  • Buttons are only okay
  • Mediocre stock feet

The Skoll Mini iterates on the OG Skoll, taking the proven ergo EC shape and shrinking it, filling a underserved niche in small ergo mice. 

The cable, sensor and build quality are all there and offer a fantastic value given the Skoll Mini’s budget pricing.

The budget pricing does have to show somewhere and the buttons and stock feet leave something to be desired on the Skoll Mini.

Read our Skoll review

 

3. CoolerMaster MM710 (53 g)

Check Price of Cooler Master MM710

Cooler Master MM710

Cooler Masters first ultra light is one of the lightest See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • A good shape for all 3 major grips, but especially for palm
  • Sturdy build and design
  • Flexible cable
  • 2 year warranty

Cons

  • Main button can wobble for case
  • Middle scroll wheel can wobble
  • Feet are scratchy out of the box

CoolerMaster’s entry into the ultralight space is a big win. The MM71o came in with a good original shape in the sea of shape clones. 

For anyone looking for a palm grip ultralight, the MM710 should be a consideration given its round shape. The mouse is built solidly, with a great cable and materials, for the price it’s incredible value.

There are some concerns with quality control of the shell and gaps, the buttons and scroll wheel have shown some wobble. 

Read our review

4. Finalmouse Ninja Air58 (58 g)

Proven performer
Check Finalmouse Air58 price on Amazon

Finalmouse Ninja Air58

Another great and light mouse from Finalmouse

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Pros

  • Fanstically light and flexible cable
  • Great ambidextrous shape
  • Buttons feel great 
  • 3 year warranty
  • Unique colour options

Cons

  • Only 500 Hz polling rate
  • QC issues on previous Finalmouse product
  • Expensive and hard to find

The Air58 is Finalmouse’s regular size ultralight mouse, featuring an ambidextrous shape similar to the FK series. 

The strengths and weaknesses of the Air58 are similar to the Ultralight 2. The mouse is great, buttons, scroll wheel, shape, feet and cables are all top-notch. 

There are some quality control concerns with Finalmice, some people have had scroll wheels break or have creaky weak points in the shell. The sensor also only runs at 500 hz. 

Read our review

5. Glorious Model O- (59 g)

Incredible package
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Glorious Model O-

Diminutive size and price with no compromises See Price on Glorious PC

Pros

  • Great shape for small hands
  • Lots of surface and colour options
  • Great primary buttons and scroll wheel

Cons

  • Some reports of main button wobbling
  • Overly soft cable might not be durable in the long run
  • Lots of branding

Glorious improves on their original Model O with improved build quality and shrunken down shape made for claw and fingertip grips.

The Model O- has a shape ambidextrous shape similar to a lot of ultralight mice. The shell is sturdy and the buttons are satisfying to use. Glorious offers a matte and glossy option in black or white to cater to as many players as possible.

The Model O- has a lot of branding on it, with the Glorious branding appearing in 3 locations on the mouse.

6. G-Wolves Hati (60 g)

G-Wolves Hati

An incredible value; proven shape and ultra lightweight made for people who love the G Pro Wireless shape.   See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Great proven ambidextrous shape
  • Tons of extra parts and accessories
  • Great cable
  • Reasonably priced

Cons

  • Button wobble on both primary buttons
  • Scroll wheel can shift
  • Tactility on buttons only okay
  • No official warranty policy that I could find

The G-Wolves Hati is the ambidextrous sibling of the Skoll. 

The Hati utilizes a familiar and safe ambidextrous shape; the mouse is well-suited for finger tip and claw grips.

7. Razer Viper Mini (61 g)

Baby Snake

Razer Viper Mini

The shrunk down version of the Viper is just as great as its larger brothers. See Price on Glorious PC

Pros

  • Durable optical buttons
  • Enhanced side button feel
  • Solid all around cable
  • Great shape for fingertip and claw grip

Cons

  • High-ish LOD
  • No more left-handed side buttons
  • Too flat for palm grip

The lightest mouse from Razer, the Viper Mini, is a mouse that doesn’t rely on the honeycomb pattern to achieve its lightweight.

The Viper Mini does a good job of shrinking down the OG Viper shape, making it a great ambidextrous mouse for claw and finger tip grips. The Viper Mini sheds its grippy skin from the bigger Viper, 

The Viper Mini has a budget price without many budget drawbacks, the only concern with the Viper Mini is a slightly higher than normal lift off distance, something that I don’t personally notice in regular use.

8. Glorious Model D- (61 g)

Glorious Model D minus

Glorious Model D-

An incredible value; proven shape and ultra light weight made for palm grippers. See Price on Glorious

Pros

  • Amazing soft cable
  • Solid scroll wheel
  • Great out of the box feet

Cons

  • Buttons are sub par
  • Shell can be pressed quite a bit and creaks
  • Lots of glorious branding

You can expect the same great things from Glorious, solid build quality, multiple material and colour options and an overall solid offering. 

Read our review

9. Razer DeathAdder Mini (62 g)

Razer DeathAdder Mini

Razer’s lightest ergo mouse See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Great classic ergo shape
  • Removable grip tape is a nice touch

Cons

  • Sensor downgrade from the OG DeathAdder

The Razer DeathAdder Mini brings the much loved ergonomic shape to a smaller handed audience as the OG is a fairly large mouse.

There’s a lot to like about this mouse. For roughly $50 USD you get a solid shape, no holes, lightweight, with good buttons and cable. Razer has included some optional stick-on grips as a finishing touch.

The DA Mini packs a PMW3359 which is a downgrade from the 3360, the LOD is higher than flawless mice but I didn’t have any issues with tracking just like the Viper Mini.

10. G-Wolves Skoll (66 g)

G-Wolves Skoll

An incredible value; proven shape and ultra lightweight made for palm grippers. See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Comfortable ergo shape
  • Good looking RGB
  • Tons of extra stuff and accessories
  • Software gets the job done

Cons

  • Average buttons at best
  • No official warranty policy that I could find

Last but not least, the G-Wolves Skoll clocks in at 66 grams and is a good option for gamers looking for a large and light ergonomic mouse. 

The shape is proven, it looks and feels like an EC shape with the honeycombing to reduce weight.

Buttons are mediocre on this mouse, the single top shell seems to reduce tactility, the mouse produces a slightly hollowed click. 

Does a lightweight mouse matter for gaming?

Mouse weight is still up to personal preference, but many people prefer a lighter mouse.

A light mouse takes less effort to move around, in combination with a low DPI, flicking across the mouse pad will be easier with a light mouse. With a light mouse you get the advantages of low sensitivity aiming without having to put a lot more work in moving the mouse more frequently. Over longer gaming sessions, a light gaming mouse is also likely less fatiguing. 

In the end though, mouse accuracy is down to muscle memory with your mouse and sensitivity, whether you have a weightless mouse or a bowling ball, if you’re used to it and good with it, all the power to you.

Lightest wireless gaming mouse

The lightest wireless gaming mouse is the Razer Viper Ultimate at 74 grams. Wireless mice are heavier than wired mouse because of the need to have a battery to power wireless connectivity. 

What about heavy mice?

Heavy mice are still great! I started off gaming with heavy mice exclusively. One advantage a heavy mouse might have over light mice is the increased weight can improve control and micro-movements, which might be important in some games. As mentioned above, it doesn’t matter if your mouse is heavy or light as long as you have the muscle memory built up, but if you’re starting from scratch, a lighter mouse is recommended.

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