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EPIC GEAR Meduza HDST Gaming Mouse and Hybrid Pad Review - Final Thoughts

Out of virtually nowhere comes Epic Gear. They have delivered a hybrid mouse pad and a mouse with some intriguing technology.

| Mice in Peripherals | Posted: Feb 28, 2012 6:48 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: EPIC GEAR

Final Thoughts

 

Epic Gear has really thought through everything with the Meduza HDST mouse. Personally there isn't anything I didn't really like aside from the overall weight of over 100 grams - I can see why there aren't any additional weights as most mice offer. The weight of the mouse is the only turn off to me and only because SteelSeries spoiled me. The Meduza was great with the feel it offers and it is very easy to feel your way around to all the buttons and functions. I like the on-the-fly DPI changes, but I found myself needing to go through too many choices. I find a standard DPI for running around and a second setting for precision aiming is all that is really needed. The lighting on the mouse is well placed and doesn't go overboard with a lot of extras that your hand is going to cover, while still offering a very functional and attractive solution.

 

On the technical end of things I was, let's go with disappointed. Things in the control panel and the way the HDST or optional sensors work, some of it just doesn't seem to function or matter really. Of course switching from optical to laser sensors, you can increase the total DPI, but in reality, neither sensor seems to be any better to use than the other. HDST mode is more of the same. While it definitely removed the jitter I experienced on other laser mice, it again doesn't seem to track any different. Even when turning down, or increasing the prediction, it didn't seem to affect much with the way the Meduza works and tracks. Maybe that is part of the genius of the algorithms run on the ARM Cortex processor it to make it all "feel" the same and something you shouldn't notice going on behind the scenes. Speaking of the processor, I love that I can set this up once with the drivers, then I can just take it with me anywhere and all my macros and profiles are saved on the mouse.

 

For some the near $80 price point may seem a bit high, but as I mentioned, I have seen many mice retail for more and they don't offer near what the Meduza HDST brings to the table. It's good to see Golden Emperor International Limited is branching out and bringing forth a very impressive mouse to start off with.

 

Honestly, as long as you don't mind a weighty mouse and are a huge fan of comfort and custom programmability, the Meduza HDST offers more than a lot of mice I have seen without including SteelSeries submissions in that thought. This mouse does have a bit more flash and flair that the Kana lacked, but otherwise they are functionally similar. The increase in cost comes from all the technology going on behind the scenes that made this a very enjoyable product to use. I can see this mouse is in fact going to make other manufacturers sit down and ponder exactly what the Meduza HDST gaming mouse offers now, I just hope Epic Gear makes their profits before this type of design get copied by all the rest.

 

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