If your mouse has gotten old, dirty and degraded it may be high time to get a much-needed upgrade. What luck when I get to review a mouse that far exceeds the quality of my previous one, though still within a similar line of products. The Sandberg Xterminator Mouse shares plenty of features with the Blast mouse, from software that allows you to alter different parts of the mouse to dynamically changing colours based on your DPI settings.
The Xterminator has an overall silky-smooth design, with a round surface that has a somewhat soft material all over, aside from leather-like sides for grip. When put against the earlier Blast mouse, which had plenty of jagged edges and holes that peered within the insides, the Xterminator is completely closed up which creates fewer places for skin to catch. While calling it soft gives it a sense of comfort it continues the solid frame and hardiness of other mouse devices.
Besides the feel, the mouse has an in-built heavy iron plate that allows it to stick to the desk instead of flying off in your hand, a welcome addition for those with strong hands or anger within online gaming. The underside of the mouse also glides lovely on a mouse mat, with somewhat ok movement off of such. Thankfully it lacks any wheel or stands on the underside, which often becomes dirty or creates lines on desks and/or mats.
With 8 buttons in total, including the normal left, right and middle buttons, the Xterminator allows for plenty of programmable keys. All of these have default macros, from moving forward or back on web browsers to changing between your DPI settings. Speaking of DPI, you have a choice of 6 different setups for such, allowing you to customise several DPI settings from 200 to 10,000, each setting can also have a colour associated with it, allowing the mouse to light up with the chosen colours.
Continuing the customisability of DPI, the mouse can also change its sensitivity, scrolling speed, double-click speed, type of colours, colour brightness, fade in and out, and plenty of macros to set up for the buttons. While the number of options may seem daunting, the software sets up all settings nicely, with plenty of instructions and information at hand.
While plenty of the mouse devices I’ve had in the past have been too small for my hand, I can gladly say this mouse was the perfect size for me. If you have a larger hand, then this mouse could be for you, but if your hands are somewhat small the mouse may be a bit unwieldy. There is also a small problem of pressing the additional buttons on the mouse due to placement, especially the forward and back buttons, but with time you will learn where they are and to not press them on accident.
There are not a lot of parts to this mouse that I can criticize, to the point where it would just be nit-picks if I did. The mouse wheel can be a bit sensitive, the placement of the DPI buttons is a bit awkward along the middle of the mouse and I could see the rougher sides getting dirty from rubbing on your thumb.
For around £44, this mouse could be a tad too expensive for some computer users or gamers, where there are mouse devices easily half that price online. It does offer quality and customisability, though several others do the same, so it will come down to your own personal preference if what this mouse offers is better than the others. In comparison to the Blast mouse, which is still around £40, I would highly recommend the Xterminator
Overall, the Sandberg Xterminator Mouse gets a 9/10, it has a smooth body along with rough sides that allow for both control and grip. The coloured lines combined with a great range of DPI allow for amazing manipulation of the mouse as well as a clear sign of what setting it’s currently on. With plenty of buttons that can be altered with macros, this mouse is great for gaming alongside general web browsing. The larger design may not be applicable for all users, but personally, it fits like a glove.