Mouse, mouse, mouse so many, too many in some cases, where to start, how do you know what’s good or not, is it the price, is it the name (Brand) well, it’s simple really, just read my reviews, as I’ll be honest, as a gamer I expect the best, regardless of the price.
If you have read any of my reviews, You know that I love the Razer NAGA Chroma wireless, with its shed load of buttons, programming it for each game, and then having each program synced to the Razer Cloud Network, so I never lose the profiles I set for each game. It’s a great concept, but it’s not that great, when you have a shed load of games, games that you have set profiles for, sync to the cloud and not played for some time. I got a few games like that, and I honestly have no idea, what I have done with the mouse and why the hell I set this button to do that, so sometimes I need to check Razer Synapse, just to verify what I have done.
Before the Chroma, I use to use the small Razer Orochi, a damn small mouse,a mouse that is best used for ‘Gamers on the Move’ and is the perfect size for people with small hands.
The New Xornet 2 reminds me so much of the Orochi, with some great modifications that make this mouse better.
First the size, See image below, comparison Razer Choma Vs CMStorm Xornet 2
Now the for design features I was talking about, Check image below, in order Razer Choma VS CMstorm Xornet2 vs Razer Orochi
Just look at the size difference, might not look all that huge, but trust me, there is a big difference, The Razer Orochi is the oldest of the three and has less features, apart from still using the cloud for profile settings, in terms of performance they all work to good standard.
Both Xornet 2 and Razer Naga Chroma use a sweet new design for palm and finger rest, check out the right hand side of the mouses, they also both use a nice grip texture to give you fingers more grip over the mouse when in use. The also have a nice matt finish texture instead of, what some mice manufactures use ‘glossy’, which you are having to constantly clean, and a right pain in the arse, yes it looks good, but overall, DON’T DO IT.
A feature we see a lot of now, Lighting, I love lighting on a mouse, keyboard and even headsets, why not take advantage of the USB connection, as its already consuming power from the system, so why not add some flashiness to to the device as well, it gives it the ‘bling effect’.
The Xornet 2 comes with 16.8 MILLION colour variations, however, I only count Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple and pink, that’s makes 7 I am missing 16.1 million colours, I am ignorant of the fact that the colour variant goes though many tints of each colour I mentioned, producing a total of 16.8 million RGB lights.
DPI is something I take note of these days, as I have seen DPI over 10K, which makes the mouse so god damn fast, it’s almost impossible to see the cursor move from one side to the screen to the next. So all my mice are set to around 1900 DPI to 2200 DPI (Dot per inch), the higher the DPI the faster your mouse responds and the faster it moves across the screen based on yourmovement of the mouse. Xornet 2 comes with a minumum of 500 and a maximum of 3500, no need for anymore, if I am to be honest with myself, even at 3500 DPI is moves to damn fast.
Anyone recall Speedy Gonzales “Arriba! ¡Arriba! ¡Epa! ¡Epa! ¡Epa! Yeehaw!” add some performance enhancing drugs to the poor mouse and that’s 10K DPI, if you don’t recall him, how about BEPP, BEEP Road Runner, same problem, they are both fast in these own right, but adding more performance just makes it ridiculous and it’s simply not needed.
Buttons matter to me a lot of the time, and being able to program the buttons when needed helps games become more accessible. Of coarse the NAGA Chroma wipes the floor with buttons due to it being an MMO mouse, that’s where it ends through, if you don’t want loads of buttons and are happy to use the keyboard for everything this is mouse has what it takes to pull ahead of the crowd.
With the CM Storm utility program downloadable from their website, you can tinker with the mouse setting, from adjusting the DPI to suit you, Program the mouse for different games, change the colour variations and also lift distance, which allows the mouse to work even off the mouse mat. (Do not try this at home) – I did try the lift distance, I threw it like a grenade, didn’t work that well, so I guess it only works around a centimeter off the mouse mat, not a few meters.
Another feature with the Xornet 2 are the awesome Omron switches, take it from me, these make the buttons bloody awesome, easy to push, responsive and last for ages, they say around 5millions clicks, I personally reckon a shit load more.
Now I had said this before, and I will say it again, I have only programmed about 6 to 8 buttons on my Naga mouse for games and many gaming mouse’s only have around 7 buttons, most have less, so programming the 4 spare buttons on the Xornet 2 was not so bad, I actually managed to use the mouse with 99% of my games that I play, only MMO games and MOBA games I had to revert back to my NAGA Mouse, as I like the quick access 1 -12 key on the side for quick button bashing.
This mouse is good, just as good as SteelSeries, on par with Razer and has the bells and whistles for a great bling lighting system, the DPI is perfect for any gamer, the size is great for people with small hands, people with Huge hands, might want to think twice about getting one. The palm rest/finger design or what everyone calls ‘Claw Grip’ is a great added feature for mice, and should be used all the time, adding the grips on the side, makes this mouse perfect for those long sweety gaming experiences .
Ups and downs
- Mouse buttons only 7
- 16.8 million colours I counted 7
- DPI 500 – 3500 enough for any games
- Claw grip – Great added feature for any mouse,
- Anti-Slip sides – great for long gaming
- Omron Switches – great for longevity
- Programmable through UI
- Lift off distance – cannot use as a virtual rock, or grenades.
- Size – might not be suitable for everyone