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Leetgion Hellion RTS Laser Gaming Mouse Review - Final Thoughts

Leetgion delivers a mouse designed specifically for StarCraft II players. Let's see what the Hellion RTS laser mouse offers.

| Mice in Peripherals | Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:46 am
TweakTown Rating: 74%      Manufacturer: Leetgion

Final Thoughts

 

While Leetgion has definitely stepped outside of the box when designing the Hellion mouse, there is a possibility they went a little too far. I like the use of the Cherry MX switch, the feel of it is so much nicer than the short and snappy feel of most switches like the Omron's and TTC switches found in the rest of the Hellion. The color is nice, the LED backlighting can be seen at any angle, and the Hellion sort of reminds me of an Indy-style race car.

 

The Hellion is very well suited for StarCraft II players, and the simple presets for the keys and the default profiles on the Race switch really can come in handy. The issue is most gamers don't play just one game and what about normal PC usage and the feel of the Hellion?

 

The feel of the mouse is average at best. While it does have the right "hump" to the top for a comfortable fit in the palm of your hand, once you cross the drop off in the middle, it's like another mouse is glued on. The ledge itself got annoying to my finger joints as they were constantly rubbing that ledge, and I could not make myself get used to the placement of the page forward and page back buttons. In fact, I found myself using the browser arrows a lot more with this solution. The Attack button is very well placed and does work well, but beyond that, even the scroll wheel seemed too "soft" for my liking when selecting weapons in other games.

 

Those were just the personal issues I had with the Hellion; there are a few things that just seemed odd and dysfunctional. In the end I felt I needed a pit crew to jump the wall and add the air jack so that I could even use the DPI buttons, and even eight seconds in the pits isn't exactly on-the-fly. The other and more annoying thing is the Race switch. I mean it isn't that big of a deal to swap out the switch between games, but there are so many other offerings out there that don't require such acrobatics to get the profiles changed. I also noticed a couple of things during the testing and use of the Hellion. If you aren't exactly square on the scroll wheel it would tend to squeak when rolled, and what was worse was an intermittent lack of movement. This is why I mentioned the LOD setting in the CP for the Hellion as I think it has a lift off issue.

 

I really hate to be this rough on Leetgion, being the first product received from them, and maybe my last at this point. In reality they are asking near $90 for a mouse that in the end has a cool Cherry MX blue switch in the side and is designed with just SC II in mind, and not much of it went into anything else. It is a nice mouse as far as when it was tracking correctly. Away from my personal discomfort, the buttons and software do exactly as they claim. I just don't think the Hellion brought its A-game, and the lack of a pit crew in the intriguing and sophisticated packaging.

 

This is a bit of a personal let down. When I saw the packaging and the Hellion for the first time I had such high hopes, but with the issues I had with the Hellion RTS Laser Gaming mouse, unless you have to have the coolest looking SC II mouse, I think your money can be spent more wisely with other products, and just create your own SC II profiles on that alternative product.

 

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