Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
Unless you are one of those people that keeps up with every whisper of what is going on in the tech world, it is highly likely that you will have never heard of Etekcity; we sure hadn't. In fact, as we look a little deeper into things, it seems that Etekcity has its hands in selling just about everything, much like a Newegg or an Amazon, just not on the same scale, yet. In a very full line of products that they offer, you will find this mouse that we are about to get up close and personal with here in just a moment.
What we were told upon receiving a few samples from them is that they are geared to sell products designed to gamers with most of the bells and whistles we have all become very used to in the last few years of mouse development. The thing is, that while they are even opting to offer high-end components included with their products, what will amaze you is the fact that Etekcity is able to offer us something worth our time to have a look at for less than a twenty dollar bill. Considering that top end gaming mice are in the realm of $80 or more, our eyes should not be the only ones widening here.
Today, we are having a go with the Etekcity Scroll X1 (also known as the M555). This mouse is designed for claw or relaxed grip users, which we fall into the latter category, so this mouse should play right into our wheelhouse. While we don't have a previous history with Etekcity, sometimes that is a good thing as we can go in eyes wide open and see just what they are offering. The reality of it all is that if they can indeed offer the Scroll X1 with the parts listed inside, it functions well and feels like it will last a while, at this sort of cost, the Scroll X1 could turn the market sideways as others realize there is someone out there looking to undercut their products by a huge margin. Of course, this is great news for consumers.
It will work with any USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port on your motherboard or laptop, and affords five feet of cable to get comfortable with on your desk. We see the DPI is adjustable, but only in the preset increments of 800, 1600, and 2400 DPI as it max. It weighs in at only 180 grams, comes with seven programmable buttons, and even offers polling rate adjustments in four stages, from 125Hz to 1000Hz. We are given the dimensions of 129mm from nose to tail, 72mm of width, and at its highest point, it stands 40mm tall. the last bits we are given is that this offers five million clicks per switch for the main two, uses 5V and 100mA of power, and it comes in black.
We also see that along with the mouse, we get a set of feet, a CD with drivers, and a manual. What we don't see, however, is that there is no mention of materials of components. The mouse is made of plastic, but the Scroll X1 even has a sleeved cable on it, terminating in a gold plated USB 2.0 connection. Inside, you will find the main switches backed by Omron switches, and the secondaries, Etekcity went with Huano switches. There is no mention of the use of the Avago ADNS A5050 optical sensor to track your movements. While there is a mention of the CD and drivers, there is no mention made about the fact that this mouse even goes as far to offer software to customize beyond the default options, and over multiple profiles.
We do know that looking for an Etekcity product, such as this Scroll X1 mouse, leads you to one of four options to buy one. You can buy them direct from Etekcity at the price of $13.98 with free shipping included for starters. You can also find this mouse listed at Amazon for $14.98, but it does not surpass the $35 minimum for free shipping. The last of the options is to venture over to eBay to try your luck there with various pricing, or as the last resort, you can leave the solitude of your house and venture over to Walmart and pick this up off the shelf for $14.98 as well, of course state taxes do apply then and will add to the total price.
So, for less than a twenty dollar note, you can have what all other companies are offering in some form or another, just that this time, you are able to do it for half the price (if not more) than most of those other solutions.
PRICING: You can find the Etekcity Scroll X1 (M555) High Performance Optical Gaming Mouse for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
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