Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
It has been quite some time since we were last sent a sample from Epicgear. In fact, it has been since the release of the Meduza mouse that we saw back in early 2012. In all of that time, it appears as if they have developed six other mice since, and are now offering us a look at their latest design. In the mouse we are about to see, we do find influence too from previous designs that had influence in this mouse, yet at the same time, it is a product that can stand on its own.
What we saw with the Meduza was a highly advanced mouse with dual sensors and all sorts of fancy bells and whistles to make your gaming experience as enjoyable as possible. As we get our first glance at the latest product to hit the lab, we find that this time Epicgear is offering a straightforward design for right handed users. This does not mean that the design is simple or that it arrives stripped down of its feature set. In fact, we were delivered a full on gaming peripheral with many light zones, the ability to change one of them, and software that comes along to allow users to define what suits them best.
The name of this product sends us back to days long gone in gaming as we recall the name Zora coming from The Legend of Zelda, and judging from the graphics on the packaging; we have to be on the right track here. It is just a shame that with all the markets Epicgear does cover, it just so happens that the North American continent is not yet in their scope of availability. For everyone else on this big blue ball, though, Epicgear does offer this design in abundance, and it is a mouse well worth having a look at.
As we mentioned, there is a 3500 DPI sensor on board that happens to be the Avago ADNS A3050 and offers an EG-tuned precision lens and firmware for it. There is a button to change DPI on-the-fly that get mentioned, and then it is into the sensor specifications. It is explained that this IR LED sensor can track sixty inches per second at 20Gs. It includes an adjustable polling rate that starts at 125Hz and can be raised to 1000Hz or 1ms. We mentioned the software it comes with, but did not touch on the Macro options, nor did we cover that six buttons of the seven can be programmed, across various profiles as well.
Lighting is offered in four locations. There is the scroll wheel LED that changes depending on the profile being used, but can also be customized. The DPI indicator, the "eG" logo on the heel, and there is even the Zora name that lights up, but the latter three remain red all the time. There is a lock-down function to turn off the DPI selector button if desired while gaming. We then move back to more technical aspects of the 1.8 meters of braided cable that terminates in a gold-plated USB 2.0 connection. Its 126.5mm length, 66.5mm width, and 40mm height are addressed, and they offer a weight of 110 grams, but that is without the extra weighting system. Speaking of which, that system contains four metal slabs that are five grams in weight each. The last bit of information shows us that the Epicgear Zora ships with a two-year warranty.
Since we cannot locate the Zora on this side of the pond, we did shop around on the other side of the globe for a pricing reference with some actual listing. It just so happens that we fell into Caseking.de first and found the Zora listed there at €46.90. Converting that into greenbacks for those on this side of the globe, that is roughly $50. It is a shame that there is not availability over here, because at this sort of a price point, and in what we have been told this mouse offers, there does seem to be a very high feature set to investment ratio found here. Either way, for those of you who can access it, and for those of you who cannot, we will still deliver our opinion on the Zora from Epicgear and see just how well it stacks up against many other more expensive solutions.
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