Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
Up until a few months ago, you could safely say that EVGA was better known in the PC game for video cards and motherboards, and you would not have been off the mark at all. It wasn't until we saw news of them developing a new chassis that we were able to review for you, that we realized EVGA was cracking through their perceived shell, and opening up opportunities in other segments of the market. Maybe after seeing the long success of companies like Corsair and NZXT, EVGA realized there is more money to be made if they tried their hands at their own entries, rather than doing what we saw with their CPU cooling clones over the years.
Any way you want to see their latest actions, EVGA has put their design team to work on coming up with new peripherals for the gaming scene, and it seems they came out swinging with a new pair of unique mouse designs. These two mice are very closely related -brothers, if you will. One design uses a base made of an aluminum plate at the bottom, and on top of that is a piano black plastic shell. With the more exotic brother of the two, that plastic top has been replaced with carbon fiber, not only for lightness and increased strength, but also definitely for the aesthetic "cool" factor. Both versions offer the same internal components with the use of Omron switches, and an Avago ADNS9800 Laser sensor, and EVGA offers some pretty serious software to customize these mice to bend to almost any desire.
Today we will be having a look at the new EVGA TORQ X10 mouse in its original form, without the carbon fiber. However, since the two mice are essentially the same in their design, by seeing the original version, you can be assured that the information found here will apply if you opt for the TORQ X10 Carbon. We know firsthand that while EVGA's chassis was unique and nice in a lot of ways, it wasn't overwhelmingly impressive. Building a mouse is in no way an easier task to accomplish, but from what we have already seen on paper, it looks like EVGA made a lot of the right choices to fit into the already quite full gaming peripherals market. That being said, we are on the lookout for anything odd, but unless they did something drastically wrong here, we feel that EVGA definitely has a product worthy of any gamer's attention.
The chart offered by EVGA covers quite a few potential questions for those looking to purchase a new mouse. Right off the bat, EVGA starts by displaying the use of the 8200 DPI Avago ADNS9800 laser sensor that most other companies are currently offering in top-tier mice. The next question to come to mind would be: what switches are used under the right and left click buttons? To answer that question, we can see that we not only get Omron switches, but Omron switches with a twenty million click lifespan.
The chart then goes on to show there are nine programmable buttons on this mouse. The chart also shows the minimum weight of the mouse is 121 grams, empty without the cable, and with weight added, the TORQ X10 will top out at 134 grams. We can also see there is a 1ms polling rate, seven LED color options, PTFE feet, and it also offers five profiles and 512 KB of onboard memory to store settings in the mouse. Another very cool, and original feature in this design is that the top is adjustable, so while the 114.3mm of length, and the 51.15mm in width will never change, the top will raise from 31.75mm to 38.1mm with the built-in adjustment system.
In the features list we again see mention of the five profiles the TORQ X10 offers, but we also see that this is one of the few ambidextrous solutions on the market, making it equally as useful for a right handed user as it would for a left hand user. The features list also covers the adjustable height again, which is a strong selling point, as the mouse is customizable to fit exactly the way you want in your hand. The features list mentions the 8200 DPI again too, but this time it covers the On-the-Fly DPI adjustments as well.
Here is where they address the adjustable weight system that allows for two weights in the TORQ X10, and they offer six weights in various increments as well. The features list concludes by covering the use of high-end materials and components, touching on the robust software, and finishing with the fact that PTFE feet are used for effortless gliding on any surface. One important fact that is not covered in this chart is that EVGA also delivers the TORQ X 10 mice with a three-year warranty.
Availability for a product that is so new is about what we would expect to see. Not many retailers have stock currently, but we do see that this mouse can also be bought directly through EVGA for $89.99; of course with a bit more for shipping. Oddly, they point to a link at Newegg.com on their product page that offers an amazing deal at the time of writing this. There you can get the TORQ X10 for $49.99, and they are throwing in a free mouse pad as a promotional deal. We also looked elsewhere, but most of the hits are for the TORQ X10 Carbon, which lists for close to $100 on average. The MSRP of the TORQ X10 is what we expect from a device offering what EVGA has produced, and we feel even if you miss out on the promotional deal, the near $90 pricing should not scare you away, as you get plenty of bang for your buck in the TORQ X10.