Specifications, Availability and Pricing
Before I get real technical about the Hellion, let me start with its appearance. The design, layout, and looks of the Hellion are all things I have not seen done like this before. The Hellion is painted gunmetal grey on the sides and top of the mouse, using black plastic and a metallic red painted attack button placed on the left side of the mouse. Since the attack button uses your thumb, the front and back page buttons have been moved to the outer edges of the right and left click buttons, much like the RAT MMO7.
Around the mouse in various spots, including the Leetgion naming across the heel of the mouse will glow with LED backlighting, some of which is 16.8 million colors customizable. The Hellion also offers a scroll wheel with very little resistance between selections, and a pair of very oddly placed DPI on-the-fly adjustment buttons. Speaking of strange locations for things, the last feature found on the outside of the mouse is the Race Switch that is the profile selector switch. This dial style switch is located on the underside of the mouse near the laser sensor.
On the technical level, the Hellion is very well appointed. It comes built around the Avago ADNS 9500 laser sensor that offers this mouse the ability to go from 100 DPI to 5000 DPI. Along with the five profiles the race switch offers and somewhat customizable LED lighting, the Hellion is also the first mouse in the world to offer a Cherry MX Blue switch in it. In this design, and since the game is based on SC II, this is used as an Attack key to send your minions to destroy the opponents base with a simple click from your thumb. For the right and left mouse click buttons and page forward and back buttons Leetgion backs those with Omron switches for longevity. As for the rest of the clicks, including the on-the-fly DPI buttons, they are all backed with TTC switches to save room, and since the secondary buttons are used much less, longevity is less of an issue.
Since the Hellion is relatively new to the market, finding it on this side of the pond isn't that tough to do, but it is limited as to where. Amazon pops up right away with a list price of $89.90, but I was able to find it at a place called TiredFingers.com for $78.83 if you want to try your luck with buying from them. At this price we are in the upper echelon of what gaming mice can cost. That being said the Hellion better bring its A-game. At this price you can pretty much buy any mouse on the planet.
I really hope the Leetgion made the Hellion very user friendly as I don't see a whole lot of StarCraft II players wanting to rush out to spend $90 for a mouse with an attack button. Stick with me here though; I think even if you don't play StarCraft regularly, this will prove to be an interesting read.
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