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AZIO EXO 1 Optical Gaming Mouse Review

AZIO EXO 1 Optical Gaming Mouse Review
Chad tells us all about AZIO's EXO 1, an optical gaming mouse that he says is worth every penny for the reasonable asking price.
By: Chad Sebring | Mice in Peripherals | Posted: Jul 13, 2015 2:13 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: AZIO

Introduction, Specifications and Pricing

 

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We have at this point seen a few of the AZIO or Levetron peripherals, as both are sister companies sharing ideas and components. What we have seen in the past is that while they do indeed offer budget friendly solutions, they were also very solid and capable. If we recall correctly, the keyboard we received was quite a piece of work with its aggressive styling and detachable number pad that fit on either side of the keyboard. then of course was the GM2000 mouse that was wide, comfortable to use, offered a bunch of buttons, and was very functional for a mouse with no software to customize.

 

 

We do again get a new mouse to look at, but again it comes without software. While trying out a new coating that has been vacuum sealed to the top of the mouse, we also get something much smaller and with a few less buttons; also the aggressive styling is removed for a more traditional look. This leaves us with a right handed mouse that is smooth around all of the edges and is something along the lines of something all of us have used at some point in the past and possibly currently as well. Instead of a lot of pomp and circumstance to drive sales, simplicity and feel are what will sell this mouse.

 

AZIO sent over the EXO 1 gaming mouse for us to have a look at today. With the more normal design and layout of this optical sensor based mouse, gamers will get better tracking, in a small package to accommodate those with hands that cannot access everything on much larger mice. They also use a mix of switches, some we have not seen before, but all of them are in the right place and give this AZIO mouse a feel that is solid with every click and scroll of the wheel.

 

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The specifications offered in the chart are pretty simple. It tells us that this mouse connects via USB, and the optical sensor inside allows for four DPI selections preset in the mouse at 1250, 2000, 2750, and 3500 DPI. It is also said to offer a 1000Hz polling rate and built for right handed users. The EXO 1 offers white backlighting when powered, and a six foot braided cable. We can also see that this mouse is super light at just 112 grams, it is Windows and OS X compatible out of the box, and offers a one-year warranty.

 

While they do list the dimensions, they offer nothing on looks, shape or design. What we have is a black plastic frame with an upper and a lower half. The top of the mouse has a blue metallic coating vacuum sealed on it which covers the right and left click buttons and the top to the heel of this mouse. The lower section, the sides, and a bit on top where the scroll wheel are located is black. The sides offer a panel with texture on it to help ensure a better grip, and the left side also offers two buttons. With four of the buttons now covered, that leaves us with the DPI selector button on top, and then we have a clear scroll wheel with a rubber ring around it that will scroll up and down as well as depressing for the sixth button on this design.

 

If you plan to shop for an EXO 1 for your very own, we found them easy to locate at the major e-tailers. Pricing is really good across the board with only slight variations. Over at Newegg, we found this mouse priced at $29.99 and only needs an additional 99 cents for shipping. If you venture over to Amazon, you can save just a bit of money opting for this route. There we found the mouse with a pricing of $29.74 along with free shipping. Considering that for most other companies, the word gaming with a mouse usually starts in the $50 to $60 range, there are no complaints about the pricing at this point from us, that is for sure. While the EXO 1 is very wallet friendly, it also has to perform, so stick with it and see what this mouse offers and just how well it holds up to some of the big boys out there.

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