Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
Now that we have a slight history with Etekcity, we have a good feel on what they are all about. It seems as a whole, the company is huge, but as it pertains to their branded peripherals, they are leading the crusade to offer mice that won't break the bank, yet are still gratifying to own and solid, super solid for the price point. We are still sure many will never give them a chance based on the fact that they are not very well known, but we have no issue recommending them.
Well, they are back once again, this time with an ambidextrous solution. In this latest mouse, Etekcity is still sticking with what we had seen previously, top tier components, big name switches, software, lights, all the fancy things that make gamers all warm and fuzzy when looking at a new gaming mouse in the first place. It also offers aggressive style, it is a wide foundation for your hand of choice, and for the cost of Etekcity devices, it almost makes you want to drop a bunch of money just to try them all.
This ambidextrous mouse that Etekcity has sent along is called the Scroll Alpha, and it is billed as a high precision laser sensor based gaming mouse. Considering top tier components are not at home under your grandmother's hand while she checks emails, it makes sense that this is definitely geared towards gamers. Also, being based on the highest DPI range Avago sensor does allude to the precision that can be had as well. Rather than analyze this mouse to death before we even get to see anything, let's see what exactly goes into it, and just how much you don't have to pay to get a mouse such as the Scroll Alpha.
We are started off with the fact that there are six levels of sensitivity offered. It starts with 1000DPI as the lowest, and goes through, 1600, 2400, 3200, 4000, and 8200DPI as selectable options. That is just the default via the button on the mouse though, once software is added, you get finite control via a slider for adjusting the various levels. The Scroll Alpha offers a polling rate of 1000 Hz, it offers a 12,000 FPS sample rate (number of images it takes per second to track movement), it can track up to 150 inches per second of movement, and can even still track at acceleration up to 30 G's. On the inside, the main switches offer five million clicks of life, the mouse sips power, it has a five foot braided cord, it has eight programmable buttons on it, and the end of the cable has a gold plated connection.
Along with the one-year warranty, you are given quite the list of internal components. First off, this mouse starts with Omron switches under the two main buttons, and any switch after that uses a white or red Huano switch. Even when it comes to sensor tracking, Etekcity went to the top of the top and grabbed the Avago ADNS A9800. This is all inside of a longer and wider design where there is a mix of textures in the plastic parts externally, there is a soft coating applied to the top, and with many lines and angles going on with the styling, the lighting offered in the Scroll Alpha is some of the best we have seen in some time.
Usually when it comes to a mouse that is ambidextrous, offers this many buttons, and the full set of features we just discussed, we would usually expect to be paying much more than what Etekcity wants for the Scroll Alpha. Of course, you do have to shop outside of your comfort zone a bit, and hopping over to the Etekcity site, we can buy this mouse for only $28.99; at least half of its nearest competition. The nice thing is though, we even found the Scroll Alpha listed on Amazon, and the best part is, there, it is listed for $4 less. Now we are down to $24.99 for what you are about to see from Etekcity and their latest Scroll Alpha, so keep that in the back of your mind as you may very well have to pick your jaw up off the table after seeing what you get for the price.
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