Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
When it comes time to look for a new gaming mouse, the categories break down into two major sections. First, are the feature-rich devices with tons of lighting options, a massive amount of buttons, wings, and software so involved it may get a bit confusing.
On the other hand, there is a group where the feature set may both have all of the latest and greatest options, it may not be the biggest mouse out there, the shape is simple yet effective, and when it comes to software, they keep it simple. Of the two types, we will be looking at a mouse from the latter segments, where we will be looking at it with wonder, to see if this new mouse can stand up against all of the various mice we have seen.
The company in question sprang up from the blue, but checking their landing page; we see that the company has included a mission statement. In it, they divulge that they are a gamer-oriented company, blah, blah, blah, but the last line sums it all up, where it states that they are making gamer's dreams come to fruition. A bold statement to make, as not all dreams are the same, but we get the point they are trying to make, and to help support them, they even have a quote from Spiidi, who is a professional eSports gamer, for those who do not recognize the name. While it always helps a product to have it in from of the masses in an eLeague tournament, with such things you do not get a bunch of information about what goes into it, and as such, we are here to do just that.
Today, what we have for you is one of the lighter options in mice, the XM1 or XM One, depending on where you read the name. Essentially, Endgame Gear, who makes the XM1, is offering a mouse that is compact, nearly ambidextrous in design, but perfect for all types of grip styles. While the focus is on gamers, and even professional gamers, the development of the mouse came down to looking almost ordinary, a wolf in sheep's clothing if you will. While at first glance, many may pass this right on by, primarily due to the lack of RGB illumination, or any visible lighting for that matter. However, once past the outer shell, all you see are top tier components, all designed to give gamers the best possible usage. With all of this in mind, we are eager to get this mouse under our right hand, and see what all the hype is about.
As we do when possible, we borrow the specifications chart from the manufacturer, and we find that it does cover quite a bit of desired information. Things start with the PixArt PMW3389 "high-end" optical sensor. This PMW3389 is capable of a CPI range that begins at 50 and goes all the way up to 16,000 CPI and can be adjusted in single increments or jumps of 50. Tracking is still possible with this sensor at speeds of 450 inches per second, and at 50 Gs. If using lower DPI and lifting the mouse often, you will appreciate the 2mm LOD that is preset, but there is also a 1mm option.
Every mouse needs a microcontroller to make everything "talk" to one another, and in the XM1, they have opted to use an ARM STM32-based chip, which is a ton of grunt. It is what allows the software to enable changes, it controls the Hz of the polling rate, it allows for an interchangeable "host signal intervals," and the most significant part is the less than 1ms processing latency. In simpler terms, if you are in a gunfight, and you both draw and pull the trigger at the same time, the bullet from this "gun" would leave the barrel first.
The layout of the outside of the mouse is shown to be dextral, or right-handed, even though the shape is ambidextrous, just that there are no buttons on the right side of the mouse-like there are on the left. Whether you use a claw, palm, or fingertip grip, Endgame Gear says this is the mouse for you. Dimensionally, the XM1 is 122.14mm long; it is 65.81mm wide, it is 38.26mm tall and weighs in at just 70 grams with the cable. Sadly though, this is not true. Putting the XM1 on a scale, our mouse is 72 grams likely with a bit of the cable weight and is well over 100 grams once the entire cable is added. Speaking of the cable, it is a USB 2.0 cable with no special treatment, just a rubberized coating, and it is of standard length. The entire mouse is black, except for the logo painted on the heel, which is white, there is a total of five buttons, and that is not including the 2-way mouse scrolling and its clickability.
At this point, we are left with just three things to cover. One is the use of Omron switches under the right and left click buttons which boast a fifty-million click lifespan, the two-year warranty, and the cost. The bottom of the chart shows that all pricing is kept the same, no matter if in euros, dollars, or pounds. The MSRP has been set to $59.99, which is more than reasonable. Checking what the actual in-store cost is at both Newegg and Amazon, they are both listing the XM1 at $59.99. Amazon uses Noblechairs for access to shipping the mouse to you, while Newegg opted to gain access to stock using Caseking USA. Either option you prefer to take, even this early in the review, we have no issues claiming that price is not an issue with the Endgame Gear XM1 mouse.
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