Speedlink is not exactly a company I go-to when it comes to peripherals and they have never come to my attention till now. So as of now, I am going to take a look at not just one product, but three starting with this mouse, The Speedlink Vades Gaming Mouse.
Right off the back, I know this is a budget mouse so it is in no way in league with the likes of Razer, Steelseries or Logitech. The mouse comes in at a nice 19,99 € a bargain you might be saying, shall we find out and give you the yes, no or maybe?
If you were to purchase this from a store, its clear from the packaging that its a mouse with some sort of lighting as its rather clear in the front packaging. On the back of the packaging, you learn a little more about the mouse and its software which can be downloaded here.
Technical details, this is the boring part but is needed;
- Illuminated USB gaming mouse
- 7 programmable buttons incl. DPI switch and rapid-fire button
- Optimised for right-handers
- Adjustable optical sensor resolution (800/1,200/1,600/2,400dpi)
- Software interpolation of the sensor resolution up to 4,800dpi
- Macros and buttons all software customisable
- 125Hz polling rate
- Illuminates in 4 vibrant colours to reflect the dpi level
- Smooth, frictionless glide pads
- Cable strap for easy and convenient storage
- Connection: USB-A
- Cable length: 1.8m
- Dimensions: 127 × 81 × 43mm (L × W × H)
- Weight: 155g (incl. cable)
So here we go, you are thinking of purchasing this mouse but are unsure, this is why you are here right? to find some solace and make the right decision as it is your hard-earned cash you will be spending.
When I first set the mouse up and placed my hand upon it, I said to myself ‘this feels nice’, every finger and palm rested upon it comfortably, it is rare to find that with a budget mouse. Then we have the mouse buttons, a total of 7, which can all be re-programmed if required through software. There are some dedicated buttons like a DPI switch which shifts between set DPI settings, which again can be changed within the software.
Technote – What is DPI – DPI means Dot Per Inch. In theory, if a mouse has 1200 DPI, then, if you move your mouse one inch (2.54 cm), the mouse pointer will move 1200 pixels., the higher you go with DPI the more sensitive the mouse becomes.
I have the mouse set to 2000 DPI which is NOT my prefered DPI setting, I like it around 1800. Why have I set it to this, it is due to the limitations within the software. It starts off at 200DPI then goes up to 1600 in blocks of 200, then for some reason, it jumps to 2000DPI and keeps accending in blocks of 400 till it reaches 4800DPI. To be honest for me, this sucks, but for someone that does not require a more accurate DPI setting maybe it will be ok. Then again saying that though Ramping up to 400DPI per block is a huge change in sensitivity and might be too much for a lot of gamers. What Speedlink could have done here is simple, just add a slider, which would have allowed for more freedom and choice when it comes to the DPI, while also removing default DPI choices.
Since we are talking about the software, this mouse comes with a feature that I would not expect for the price, the ability to create macros.
Technote – Macros are sometimes used by gamers as rapid-fire buttons, for an edge over the opponent. Simply put, the macro key is a shortcut of key sequences creates by a program, then assigned to a button.
I used to use macros a lot within MMO Games like World of Warcraft, now I do not use them that much, but I know plenty of gamers that require these all the time. So when it comes to their peripherals they will always look for a product that offers this feature.
Other features include the ability is pointer Precision, mouse wheel speed and how you want the rapid-fire button to enact your commands based on ms, recommended is 50ms but goes right up to 300ms.
Technote – Pointer Precision is basically mouse acceleration and changes the sensitivity of the mouse depending on the rate at which you are moving it.
Then we have the LED control, which only offers, the speed in which the 4 colour alternate from one another from slow to fast, static and off. You can also set all the features to 3 configurations, export and import if you have used a Speedlink product before and want your original settings.
The software is adequate but needs alterations asap, DPI I would 100% change to a better format, LED give an option to choose a colour, maybe even allow LED to enact on a mouse click. Then the most crucial part, you can click a button as much as you want, but it does not have any animation to let you know that your alteration has been altered or saved.
So now the performance under pressure, well not really I tend to play games like Rockstar Games latest release on PC Red Dead Redemption 2 and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, so within those two games, the mouse worked like a charm. Now to test the mouse performance under pressure in FPS games or the like of Fortnite I enlisted the help of a close buddy Dai, who enjoys these sort of games. He used the mouse for around 4 hrs, on my gaming rig, then took it home with him for a few days play and these were his comments, well feedback.
- Button actuation force needs to be looked at and it needs to be lighter and quicker for quick actioning.
- The mouse was very comfortable for hours of gameplay
- The mouse was easily programmable for Marcos
- DPI as I already said is not good enough
- The mouse was easy to re-program the mouse buttons.
So final comments to take away about this mouse and for you to then decide if this mouse is for you. Comes with the ability to create Macros, has DPI configuration even though I feel and others feel it needs to be improved. Performs well under all gaming tests, however, actuation force needs to be looked for the left and right buttons on the mouse. Rapid fire and Lights are more of a gimmick but I know some will like these little features. For 19,99 € you are getting a bargain for what is on offer here, but it does have its issues, so to answer your question yes, no or maybe, this is a maybe.
There are two versions of the Speedlink Vades Gaming Mouse
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Speedlink Vades Gaming Mouse
Speedlink Vades Gaming Mouse for PC
Product Currency: EUR
Product Price: 17.99