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OCZ Dominatrix Gaming Mouse

This new mouse from OCZ shows that they are making their mark in the peripherals market.
Published Sun, Sep 7 2008 11:00 PM CDT   |   Updated Fri, Sep 18 2020 10:50 PM CDT
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dej vu

Today we have the new OCZ Dominatrix on the slab, ready for a bit of rough and tumble. Many of our loyal readers will have an un-nerving sense of dej vu as this mouse looks pretty much identical to the Cybersnipa I reviewed not too long ago. Well, in truth they appear to be the same mouse chassis with a few tweaks to the aesthetics.

OCZ Dominatrix Gaming Mouse

Now we will find out just how different they are in the details. The OCZ edition has opted for the blue rubberised grip which is a solid choice as I like the rubber on this grip; it's a soft and silky silicon feel but it doesn't leave your hand sweating and struggling for grip.

The 4 way scroll is solid and there is no risk of surfing sideways while you cruise around online. The wheel itself is a grippy rubber with just the right amount of resistance to stop you accidently scrolling when you middle click.

OCZ Dominatrix Gaming Mouse

The usual macro buttons and adjustments are present, with the two forward and back buttons on the side which don't get in the way at all. The macro button lets you surf through three macro pre-sets on the mouse and the buttons in-built tri-colour LED pulses soothingly on and off to let you know which mode you are in.

OCZ Dominatrix Gaming Mouse

Adjusting the DPI through the menu system is easy, allowing you to allocate four DPI pre-sets all the way from 400 to 3200 as well as letting you scale the x and y values independently for each pre-set. The pre-set mode is indicated by the tri-colour LED illuminating the mouse wheel (a nice touch that shows some refreshing ingenuity) with the first preset not illuminating the button, leaving the three colours for the other three pre-sets.

Looking at the Software

OCZ have upped their game, too, with some nicely designed software to accompany the mouse. The user interface isn't cluttered too much and the menus are intuitive; it's the kind of software you just know works well when you use it.

OCZ Dominatrix Gaming Mouse

Macro recording dominates the left hand side of the menu, a useful feature that can assign a pre-recorded macro to either of the side buttons. This of course changes depending on which colour pre-set you have selected, giving you up to six assignable macro buttons in theory.

The colour pre-set menu is in the top right and has each tab underlined with its associated colour, making it intuitive to use.

Underneath that is a command menu with lots of built in functions ready to drag and drop into place; with the option to import, export, create and delete more macros.

OCZ Dominatrix Gaming Mouse

Hiding in the very top right we have the DPI adjustment menu, allowing you to change all four DPI presets to your desired levels and independently scale x and y if you wish it.

Once you have the mouse set up to your liking, it has a very smooth and homely feeling to it that makes it easy to get used to. The weight adjustment system underneath also means you can tweak it until your hearts content.

OCZ Dominatrix Gaming Mouse

Kicking Ass... Taking Names

With the software installed and everything tweaked just the way I like it, it's time to launch into some games to really give this mouse a run.

Into World of Warcraft and already this mouse shows its worth with the macro assignments. It comes in handy when doing dungeon raids or generally grinding mobs for lootz.

OCZ Dominatrix Gaming Mouse

A few levels later and the mouse is still very comfortable to hold on to; no slipping from sweat and Doritos flavouring. Of course, the fit of every mouse is dependant on the persons hand, but I think this mouse nestles neatly into my palm and my fingers just lie in the right grooves.

To get a feel for the responsiveness and accuracy, it's time to get in some Call Of Duty 4. The mouse performs accurately in the higher DPIs and with the ability to tweak the custom DPI levels, it makes it perfect for gaming.

OCZ Dominatrix Gaming Mouse

That about sums it up for this mouse, it has all the features you could want and it feels nice to boot. There is just one last issue to be addressed...

OCZ Dominatrix Gaming Mouse

Who decided that the mouse should be named the "Dominatrix"? I mean, really! 14 year olds won't be able to stifle their laughter as they pay for the mouse with their pocket money.

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