Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
It has been a while since we have seen a Bloody mouse, but last we got with them, we were looking at their latest keyboard which brought back optical switches to keyboards in the form of LK Light strike switches. While initially this may seem like it does not apply, let us elaborate.
The whole point of LK switches is to remove the mechanical failure points in switches by removing the guts of a standard mechanical switch, and using a beam of light to be broken to constitute actuation of said switch. In doing so, not only does it help with longevity, but the actuations are more precise, travel does not have to be as long, and with the technology in hand at Bloody, why not try to do the same thing with mouse switches.
While many peripherals, especially mice, tend to be great for a certain subset of games, we have not seen a mouse that offers software which is geared to each subset. Meaning that of you like FPS titles, there is a section for that, you like RPGs, Bloody has a section for that too.
Normally a mouse is built for one or two categories, but Bloody has gone the extra mile to try to accommodate for every gamer and every type of games that they may prefer. For those of you looking for a mouse that offers some RGB flair, is compact in design, and can do things with software that we have seen nowhere else, Bloody and their latest entry to our lab may be what you are looking for.
What we have for you today is the SP80, which is tagged as a "Bleeding Edge Gaming Mouse," and is capable of all that Bloody says it is, and more. In what you are about to see, we find that Bloody not only took the mouse to the next level with things like an overzealous sensor, use of metal for the feet, and software that leaves the user to take the moral high ground or not, Bloody left no stone unturned. If anything, with the SP80 from Bloody, we guarantee you have never had a mouse like it before, and whether that is a good thing or a bad thing is up to you.
The specifications chart we borrowed from Bloody has a lot of information in it, but not a ton of context to what is being shown. Trying to clear things up a bit, we are starting at the bottom, where we can see the top and left side of the SP80 along with the dimensions.
As you can tell, the SP80 is smaller in size, where it is 65mm wide, only 122mm long, and just 30mm tall, and we had to throw it in the scale to see that it is 94 grams in weight. The body is made of plastic, where the bottom is smooth containing metal X Glide feet, the sides are textured, and the top has a rubberized coating applied.
All told, there are eight buttons on the SP80 along with two light zones, which also bleed through smaller openings in the mouse frame, which was an intentional design. This is a wired device, which sports 1.8 meters of cable, and there is a cloth braid sleeve covering it. What is not in the specifications is any mention of the Light Strike switches under the main two buttons, which uses the breaking of a beam of light for actuation of the switch, without any of the mechanical mumbo-jumbo typical mouse switches need.
Internally, the SP80 uses a Sonix MCU which allows room for the 160K of onboard memory, and is what the PixArt optical sensor talks to to track movement. Speaking of tracking and movement, the SP80 can see at 50 Gs and at 250 IPS over the 12,000 CPI range of it. This sensor processes 368 Megapixels per second with a report rate that ranges from 125 to 1000Hz. The last things to note from the provided information is that the mouse needs a free USB 2.0 or 3.0 port to function, and that any Windows OS since and including XP will work with the mouse and the software.
While the specifications seem fair enough, many times it comes down to the cost as to whether or not you will look deeper into what a mouse has to offer. That being said, Bloody has jumped into the market with the SP80 in a good way for the masses. Looking for the mouse on Amazon and Newegg, we found that the former offers the SP80 for just $59.99.
The latter, we would shy away from buying there, as they list this as an A4Tech SP80 and the only listing there is set to $152.20, but it does come with free shipping to not sweeten that deal in any way. For the purposes of this review, we will be going with the Amazon pricing, as the listed seller is Bloody, not some random third party trying to take advantage of buyers.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Prime X299 Deluxe - Buy from Amazon
- CPU: Intel Core i9 7920X - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H150i Pro - Buy from Amazon
- Memory: G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3600MHz 32GB - Buy from Amazon
- Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Hybrid SLI - Buy from Amazon
- Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB - Buy from Amazon
- Case: Cooler Master Cosmos C700P - Buy from Amazon
- Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 1050W - Buy from Amazon
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon