Right out of the gate, the XM1 had a tough hill to climb. Lacking things like profiles, Macros, programmability, customization, and no form of lighting to be seen under normal conditions are things that can be found just about anywhere these days. Taking a bold approach to mouse design, by sticking to the basic functions, soldering in top-tier components to handle the workload, and doing the basics well, so that the customer does not miss all of those fancy add-ons, it is a bold feat.
Honestly, though, we did not miss a single one of them. Of course, we tend to gravitate to games without much need for Macros, and while profiles are helpful, we still have in-game options to reassign things, so we were not entirely at a loss. We did miss the RGB LED bling as we walk into the office every day, but when in use, we can't think of any time that we were looking at the mouse rather than the screen, making lighting sort of a moot point.
What we found is that Endgame Gear makes a reliable product ready for the rigors of gaming, and while your initial reaction may be to keep looking, for us, we are going to have a hard time when it comes time to review the next mouse. Compact and light have its advantages, and we are enjoying those advantages of ease of use too much not to find a permanent home in our office.
We do have some points we need to mention again, that, let's say, are odd to us. First is the weight. We realize that without disconnecting the cable internally and weighing the mouse only, our 72-gram measurement could be a touch off. However, Endgame Gear made it a point in the specifications chart to add the "including cable" portion of their approximated 70 gram stated weight. In no way is that true, and we feel it is something that needs to be addressed. Our other issues were all in the software.
We understand that Endgame Gear is new to the scene and that all their ducks may not be in a perfect row just yet, but we also look at it like this, the XM1 is on store shelves. While a little late for initial impressions, we did not care for things like a buttons section only to let us disable a few buttons, that and the fact that the links do not work. While in our situation, the CPI and polling rate buttons placement not to be a huge issue, it all could have been done with a single button behind the scroll wheel, and we would not have had a point to make here. Asking a user to flip the mouse to change something is a bit over the top, and not any more cost-effective to make it inconvenient to someone in the first place.
In the end, as we ponder everything we have just said, and what we remember when using it, our feelings are mixed. On the one hand, we almost want to treat Endgame Gear with kid gloves, as this is a new company and it is their first product, but that's not how we roll. We have to consider all other options out there, the cost, the feature set, comfort, feel, grip, all of that, and when we pile it all up and sort through it, we think the XM1 has missed the mark in many areas.
Not so much as to kill the mouse, as the XM1 is enjoyable to use on the most basic levels. At $59.99, it is a bit of a saving grace, as many eSports peripherals are in the $80 to $100 range. However, if it were us looking to buy this mouse, with what we know using it versus what we see on paper and in videos, we would wait until all the wrinkles are ironed out. Endgame Gear is damn close to getting it right, but for those with an ear to the market, and many devices offering a ton more features for just a couple more dollars invested, it is hard to put a sugar-sweet coating on the XM1.
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
The Bottom Line
If Endgame Gear was on point, the XM1 would have faired much better, However, with the market being what it is, even as up to the task as this mouse is, there is little bang for the buck, and it lacks a ton of things that many gamers demand of their mice.