Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
A couple of months back, out of the blue, we received an email from Ozone with a few links to new products they were about to release and would like us to have a look at. After that, time has passed; we now have a mechanical keyboard that we will also soon see but, more importantly at the moment, is their newest mouse. While this company was never on our radar up until now, visiting their site shows a few previous products that they have released, but nothing on the site as to when they went public and became a contender in the market.
The one thing we do like right off the bat is the mentality of the company to realize one man's ideas only go so far. They employ gamers to help design and evolve their products to give gamers what they really need and want.
Speaking of their mice more specifically, we see that they have already released the Radon SK laser sensor based mouse with macro capability and large buttons. We also see the Xenon optical sensor based mouse that is ambidextrous and uses a very simplistic design. We also see that they have made the Radon Opto that was designed to be a professional gaming mouse with an advanced optical sensor, lots of buttons, and Macro functionality. Following those mice as a template, it seems the only thing missing is the top-tier laser sensor based offering. While that is the right train of thought to go on, the rest of what is incorporated into this design could make this latest mouse from Ozone a viable option for a lot of our readers.
Today, we are going to be having a look at the Neon from Ozone, and, while laser sensor based, we are also given this in an 8 button layout and an ambidextrous design. One of the cooler features of this mouse is that it is available in four flavors. In each flavor, the base of the mouse, a trim ring that goes completely around the mouse, as well as the logo applied to the heel of the mouse, have the option to be blue, red, black, or, as we received, white. There is also much more to be found in this design, but we have to save something for the rest of this review. As for now, let's cover the specs and see just how much the Neon will set you back.
As we look over the chart, we find that while not the best sensitivity in laser sensors, the one chosen for the Neon will range from 200 to 6400 DPI in 100 DPI increments. There is an on-the-fly DPI button with default settings of 800, 1800, 3500, and 6400 DPI, but all of them can be customized via software, which is for only Windows at this time, supporting XP right on through 8. The mouse also offers variable response timing with settings for 2, 65, 125, 190, and 255ms gaps. We can also see that this mouse is very light at 120 grams with the 1.8 meter cable included. It offers eight buttons, carries 128kb of onboard memory, offers an adjustable polling rate down to 1ms, and, besides the ambidextrous nature of the design, the Neon has a rubber coating applied to the top section.
The chart does not cover things like its 125mm length, its 65mm width, nor its 36.8mm height, and more importantly, it glosses over the use of Omron switches inside. It also does not cover the fact that this is a low slung design that while concave on the sides for better grip, with the top being lowered, it is comfortable for lazy grips or claw grips--really any way of holding it will do considering its smaller size and light weight. Also outside of the bottom, trim ring, and logo optional coloration, all four designs are black around the sides as well as on the top. The last few things that could have been mentioned were the switch brand and lifespan, the fact that the cable is cloth braided, and that it ends with a gold plated USB 2.0 connection as those are all major selling points to the educated mouse buyer.
We found the Neon in the white flavor in our first search at Amazon.com, and we quickly saw that Ozone is asking top-tier pricing for this mouse. In the information they had sent over to us previous to the arrival of this product, we were told the MSRP would be set at 49.90 euros With the current exchange rate, that would put us somewhere right around the $70 US dollar mark. The sad thing is, though, the listings we found have this mouse priced a bit higher than that, demanding much closer to $90 for the Neon from Ozone.
While this may take some potential buyers out of the game right away, we still have the objective task of playing around with it, tearing it apart to look at its internal components, as well as putting it through its paces as we have had almost two weeks driving this Neon around our desk now assessing its quality and value. Hopefully when we are done, we will find the Neon worth the slightly inflated pricing we were given online to actually obtain it.
As for now, just relax and enjoy the ride that is the Ozone Neon with white trim as we see if this ambidextrous design is the savior for left hand users, a mouse anyone will enjoy, or maybe we might even find ourselves liking how this design reminds us of some of our other favorite mice that we have had the pleasure of using previously... and even still to this day. If we are really lucky, it will fit the bill for all three.
PRICING: You can find the Ozone Neon (Blue) for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Ozone Neon (Blue) retails for $82.95 at Amazon.
Canada: The Ozone Neon (Blue) retails for CDN$95.95 at Amazon Canada.