If you’re not familiar with 1byone, they actually make a variety of electronics. This appears to be their first entry into the gaming peripherals market, and it looks like they’ve really knocked it out of the park. It’s hard to believe that the same company making wireless doorbells has designed a high-quality gaming mouse. And while it lacks the high button count of some other models, it definitely doesn’t lack quality in design and construction. And at the current price point, it’s essentially impossible to pass up for most gamers.
– Low price point.
– Highly customizable (through provided software).
– Excellent grip and design.
– Light but solid manufacturing.
– Lacks additional buttons for heavy macro users.
This mouse compares very closely to the newer Logitech G502 gaming mouse. And while the design similarities don’t make it a copy of that mouse, the feel is very similar. The actual buttons aren’t as “hair trigger” as the G502, but they’re still very responsive and don’t require too much pressure. The best thing about this mouse has to be its hold/grip. Not only is there an indentation and “rest” on the left side of the mouse for your thumb, but the same is true on the right side where you can comfortably place your ring finger and pinky.
The sides have an every-so-slight bumpy texture so it’s not going to slip on you. Some gaming mice have very slick surfaces, and while this might make them look shiny, it doesn’t help with functionality. Likewise the top of this model has a slightly rubberized texture, also ensuring your hand and fingers don’t slip around its surface. I would compare this to the material on the top of the Razer Naga series of mice. It still feels smooth, but you can tell there is a certain amount of grip being provided in contrast to solid plastic tops.
As I mentioned, this mouse doesn’t have the myriad of buttons you might find in other gaming mice. So, things like macroing aren’t going to be possible through this device if you rely heavily on that while gaming. It has the standard layout, with a fluidly moving scroll button which can also be pressed as a third button. There are forward and backward buttons on the left side, which do have the ability to be cusomized if needed. The small silver button on the top is there to cycle through the DPI settings, which offer a respectable 4000DPI max. Some gaming mice max out at 2500, which isn’t satisfactory for some gamers.
The customization doesn’t stop at button presses. You can customize specific DPI settings using the provided software, as well as having multiple options for color lighting. There is a switch on the bottom of the unit to turn the color on/off. When on, there are 5 available colors (red, blue, green, orange, and purple). These are set by default to cycle when the DPI changes, though if you prefer one color on all the time you can set it to do that. There is also a breathing (slow pulse) or always on setting for the light. The provided software works well, though there are a few translation mistakes, and some of the changes take a few seconds to start up after you apply changes.
Final Score: 4.5/5
Overall this is one of the best gaming mice I have tested. As I mentioned, it lines up pretty closely to the G502 only at a fraction of the price. So, unless you are someone who needs massive amounts of macro buttons, you can’t go wrong with this mouse. At at the current price of $15, it’s not going to break the bank.
1byone Programmable Gaming Mouse: $14.99 – Amazon.com