There is a lot that I do like about the Maurus X. Things like an easy to use and pretty comprehensive software and driver package. There is also the looks and styling of the mouse and the strong body lines and almost automotive inspired curves all lend to something that most can get used to in no time at all. There is also a lot of top end gear inside of the Maurus X. Using a 32-bit Cortex M0 processor, having one of the highest click gen crystals I have seen, and offering the Avago ADNS3090 and Omron switches to keep you in the best control of your game possible, what more can you really ask for in a mouse at this price point? I, for one, am very pleased with the overall performance, and ability to get the job done, even if it does require a bit of programming to get it just the way you like it.
This is not to say that there aren't some personal gripes I have with the Maurus X. Starting off with the simple things, why does the LED in the heel of the mouse fully illuminate in pulsation modes? While I was able to turn it off and get the full lighted effect, I think without it in the pulse mode, it makes the name look lame - why bother? Aside from the mouse being a little too small for my hands, it does offer very accurate travel and pinpoint precision right on up to the 4000 DPI. The issue here was more with the feet choice, rather than the mouse's ability to do its job. By this I mean there is a very grainy feel to the movement of the Maurus X, and I tested this on various cloths, composites, and even an aluminum mouse pad. While it does tend to slow movements down when you are trying to snipe someone across the map, the coefficient of friction is too high and makes normal run and gun movements somewhat tiresome.
To me the most frustrating part is that you spend way too much time in the software with the Maurus X. Whether to swap profiles, swap DPI, whatever the minor changes, due to the limited buttons available, you always have to cancel out one ease of access for another, which also becomes tiresome, and is not beneficial to gaming when you spend the first 30 seconds of a round in your mouse software to change setups for a new map.
I can't really say that the Maurus X will not fit certain user's needs, nor can I say that the construction or included hardware is in any way limited or incapable. What I am saying is that if you do like the looks of this mouse, and you don't have the need for various profiles, Macros and DPI selection on-the-fly, then maybe you should keep looking. To me this mouse is more for the relaxed gamer who wants to have six things under control of one hand, while the other is on the keyboard. I guess the bottom line is that I feel that even with a well constructed mouse that looks and works fine, it is almost like they tried to pack too much into the Maurus X to match all that top end hardware, but are missing at least two more buttons to make the mouse as functional as it seems on paper.
Even so, I think the pricing of $62 is good for what the Maurus X brings to the table, just be certain you are fully aware of the shortcomings if you are an advanced gamer looking for total control with your non-keyboard hand.
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