I don’t game as much as I used to but when I do I like to think that I try and do it properly. No, not aiming well and ensuring I finish high up the rankings in my gaming sessions, I mean that I have the right kit. If you could liken me to anybody it would be one of those people who go out and purchase a full set of gym gear to set myself up for success, only to spend most of my time sitting in their Cafe instead. Havit’s MMO Gaming mouse allows me to do just that. The only slight issue is I’m not much of an MMO gamer, but I’m sure I can make an exception and find a use for the plethora of programmable buttons on this unit!
The box is small, you get a mouse, and a small user guide. There, unboxing done. Nobody cares right?
On we go to the mouse itself. It’s black – like almost every other gaming mouse out there. Just like all those other gaming peripherals (aside from the Havit Low Profile Gaming Keyboard we’re reviewing also though) the Havit MMO Gaming Mouse is an RGB mouse with a full suite of PC Master race goodness within. Let’s start with the hardware though.
- Sensor: Pixart 3360
- DPI: 500/1000 (default) /1500/ 2000/4000/8000/12000 (can be adjusted among DPI via software)
- Programming: Supported by software
- Buttons: 19
- With driver: Yes
- Sensor Type: Optical
- Report rate: 500Hz
- Interface: USB
- Maximum acceleration: 50G
- Frame rate:12000FPS
- Cable length: 1.8 m
- Compatible with Windows 7,Win8,Win10,MAC,Linux (Programming functionality not available on Mac and Linux)
There are 7 adjustable DPI settings on the HV-MS735 (catchy…) mouse and there are also 19 programmable buttons in total with 12 of them accessible by a right thumb. Those 12 are incredibly important for those who delve into the black art of MMO gaming. We’ll come back to that.
Aesthetically the mouse is nothing particularly special with a matte black finish in most areas and a glossy plastic finish across the palm ridge with some branding atop denoting that this mouse is part of the Magic Eagle gaming family. There’s the normal fair here with a thumb rest on the left hand side, and a pinky rest on the right allowing for a comfortable grip during gaming sessions. The mouse wheel has a nice rubberised finish on it and can be tilted horizontally as well as scrolled vertically, with the DPI switching keys just behind it.
If you have either a claw or a palm grip, then you’re going to have a good time with this mouse. Sadly, fingertip grippers need not apply – you’ll find yourselves gripping the MMO keys far too much for this to be a sustainable mouse for you to ensure your APM keeps at an acceptable standard. Equally, if you use your left hand, this isn’t the device for you either.
The Havit MMO Gaming Mouse uses a Pixart 3360 sensor and delivers a polling rate of 500Hz which is a little short of the top gaming mice who are all offering 1000Hz polling rates to increase the amount of reports to the computer of its position, per second. This isn’t something a casual gamer is going to notice and it certainly isn’t going to be an issue for those wanting to play MMOs with this mouse. However the DPI rate of up to 12000 which can be adjusted by the hardware keys on the mouse or within the Havit software (a separate download from the Havit website) and the included sensor are both comparable with the leading gaming peripherals vendors in terms of quality.
Handling the mouse is a strange thing for a predominantly FPS game player, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. It immediately fit into the palm of my hand like I’d always been using it. My thumb rested neatly over the 12 programmable buttons on the left side of the mouse and my pinky immediately sat in the place intended on the right. I started up a couple of games (I tried some FPS as well as DOTA2 for a more conventional experience with this mouse) and that’s when I found a few issues. The middle and bottom row of the macro keys on the left are difficult to distinguish between due to the concave nature of the design and where they sit. Now there is a notch on the key where your thumb is most likely to rest so you can use that as a point of reference when you look to find the other keys which is nice, but the issue is with the proximity of the rows. For me, they seem too close, especially the bottom two rows. I could easily find the 4 on the top after a bit of practice but I often found myself hitting one of 4 buttons on the central part of the bottom two rows, even after drilling myself not to. If I ignored the bottom row and instead only assigned keys to the top and second row, all was rosey. Perhaps it’s the curse of an FPS gamer, but I can’t help thinking that delivering a narrower thumb rest and giving the third row a little more room apart from the rest would have provided a more comfortable operating hand position.
The software is again, like with other Havit gaming products, a separate download. It looks and acts very similar to the other software installs for other Havit periperhals but instead features a different colour scheme to them. As I’ll no doubt say in the Havit keyboard review, I quite like the software here as all of the functions you may wish to access are all expandable from within the main screen which is incredibly intuitive. DPI Setting, Lighting options, Report Rate, Mouse and Double click speed and more are all here ready to be tweaked and saved to one of numerous profiles. There is no profile saving to the mouse itself here so if you’re taking this sort of device to a LAN party, get there early and set it up again.
Lighting can be delivered in a standard colour, a breathing mode, or a Neon mode, with separate colours at each DPI setting if you wish. That’s enough options for me and the fact that those colour options are only then displayed on the mouse at the logo under the palm area and the mouse wheel is again, fine by me. Less is sometimes more for RGB especially when you want to be concentrating on what you’re doing rather than hypnotised by the flashy pretty lights.
I honestly can’t fault much on this device from a pure build quality perspective. It’s tough and sturdy and whilst a detachable mouse cable to allow more intuitive routing on a battle station setup would have been nice, the included braided cable is lengthy and has enough meat to it for it not to be a concern for more complex routing runs. An ambidextrous option would be nice for those lefties out there, and perhaps a subtle movement of the last row of programmable buttons but otherwise a top-notch gaming mouse with the sort of hardware you’d expect from a gaming peripheral with perhaps a more palatable price tag than many. Finally if Havit could stop the annoying Windows desktop notifications every time a DPI change is enacted – that’d be great! This is specifically a mouse for those into their MMO gaming. If you’re not, don’t even consider this mouse. If you are, then the sub-£30 price tag is the tip of the iceberg in terms of the compelling arguments to look at this mouse as an option. Go forth and game!