Gaming Mouse

Coffee Lake Z370 Motherboard Bonus – Free ROG Strix Mouse with Asus!

Asus New Zealand have a sweet bonus available for those grabbing the latest Z370 Coffee Lake Motherboards, and an even sweeter bonus if you’re also grabbing a ROG Strix GTX 1070, 1080 or 1080 Ti \o/

Up for grabs are two excellent gaming mice, the first is called the Asus ROG Strix Impact and it’s a beautiful AURA sync ready RGB ambidextrous option that’s packing a very nice 5000dpi sensor.

To get your hands on this one simply purchase any of the motherboards linked below, then register to redeem via the Asus ROG Free Mouse Redemption Site.

ASUS Motherboards:

• ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-H Gaming Motherboard
• ROG MAXIMUS X FORMULA
• ROG MAXIMUS X CODE
• ROG MAXIMUS X APEX
• ROG MAXIMUS X HERO
• ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING
• ROG STRIX Z370-F GAMING
• ROG STRIX Z370-I GAMING
• ROG STRIX Z370-G GAMING (WI-FI AC)
• ROG STRIX Z370-H GAMING
• TUF Z370-PRO GAMING
• TUF Z370-PLUS GAMING

The next mouse up for grabs is available to those who are grabbing an above motherboard, and also an Asus ROG Strix Graphics Card from the list below!

ASUS Graphics Cards:

• ROG-POSEIDON-GTX1080TI-P11G-GAMING 
• ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
• ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-11G-GAMING
• TURBO-GTX1080TI-11G
• STRIX-GTX1080-A8G-GAMING
• TURBO-GTX1080-8G
• STRIX-GTX1070-O8G-GAMING
• TURBO-GTX1070-8G

This mouse is pretty special too, it’s brand new and just made it’s first appearance in New Zealand a couple of weeks ago –  the ROG STRIX PUGIO! This one’s also an ambidextrous gaming mouse but it has got some sweet configurable magnetic side buttons that let decide on your own side button layout, with exclusive push-fit switch sockets offer variable click resistance. The PUGIO also features some truly stunning aesthetics to match its performance – including angular ASUS Aura RGB light channels that can be controlled with Aura Sync!

This mouse is really quite wonderful, so much so we’ll leave this here with a massive picture of the mouse to drool over below 🙂 GAME ON!

Good Gaming Mouse – Getting into grips with the MasterMouse Pro L

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UPDATE: The Cooler Master MasterMouse Pro L is available in New Zealand now!

Another awesome piece of gaming gear from Computex is here!

Arm yourself with the MasterMouse Pro L and customise your grip with modular top and side covers.  This new kind of gaming mouse reminds us a bit of the James Donkey 007 and includes 2x unique top covers combined with two pairs of magnetic side panels. This allows for several grip configurations so you can make a mouse that works best for you and the games you are wanting to play 🙂 Another cool bit is that Cooler Master have made 3D Print models for the MasterMouse Pro L available freely if you would like to make things for yourself, just like they did with the recently announced MasterPulse Headset.

Nearly every inch of the MasterMouse Pro L’s body is covered in a matte UV coating – this is highly durable and won’t peel, wear, or tarnish. Both of the main buttons are equipped with Omron switches guaranteed to last 20 million clicks and the cable has been built to endure even the most dedicated gamer 😛 We shall see CM… Challenge accepted!

The MasterMouse Pro L offers 8 programmable buttons that can be easily expanded up to 14+1 switch button thanks to the Storm Tactix function. Assign the Storm Tactix button based on your preference and press it to enable your secondary button functions. There is also a DPI switch which is found on the bottom right side of the mouse but even this can be reassigned to any other button, great news for the snipers among us who are looking to switch DPI levels on-the-fly.

On the inside you’ll find a PixArt PMW3360 optical sensor delivering up to 12000 DPI with no interpolation and no acceleration and a 32-bit ARM processor which allows you to record and play back complex macros, as well as save all of your settings for use on any computer without software, 512KB on-board memory allows you to take your macros with you wherever you go 🙂

If you do jump into the software package you’re in for a treat and can customize DPI levels, illumination, button functions and advanced sensor settings (lift of distance, angle snapping, angle turnability, sensitivity) within, you can also tweak the RGB lighting on the mouse wheel together with the back beam and then for both front sides – and then save up to five separate illumination profiles with multiple effects options and switch between them at will \o/

Cooler Master MasterMouse Software

Lucky for us we were able to get hands on with this one a little early and it’s very impressive! On that note we happily give this new breed of Cooler Master gaming mouse our GGPC recommends award – The MASTER MOUSE IS GOOD!

GGPC Good Gaming Mouse Cooler Master

Keep your eyes on the GGPC Computers Blog for more of the latest and best in Gaming Gear!

Good Gaming Mouse – MasterMouse S incoming!

 

GGPC Cooler Master MASTERMOUSE S incoming to NZ

 

Just announced – the new MasterMouse S is coming to New Zealand soon \o/ A small and elegant gaming mouse that aims to provide a secure and satisfying grip.

GGPC TactiX ButtonThe body of the mouse sports five buttons (not including the dpi switch), one of which is a secondary function button that will allow us to map another command to the other four buttons – we like this layout as it’s easy to use and allows for some pretty handy hotkeys to be activated directly from the mouse, simply mapping health and mana potions to a single button and having the shifter let you activate either is pretty sweet but things get really cool when you map a steady fire macro as the alternate left click function, unloading a whole clip accurately at range is a killer. They actually call this shifter button the “Storm TactiX” which does sound a bit cooler than the shift term we like to use 😛 It’s located just under the base of your thumb for very easy access.

The MasterMouse S has onboard memory, so we can save our macros within five profiles, with everything being saved on the mouse. These profiles can also save unique settings to each with two RGB illumination zones, there is one along the rim of the mouse wheel and one at the rear edge and both be customised with the usual  spectrum of 16.7 million colours as well as a range of effects that can be assigned to each of the zones independently.

All of the lighting settings, button functions, macros, DPI levels and various sensor settings can be tweaked easily via Cooler Master’s Portal software which is the new unified software package for all things CM 🙂

Aside from all this good stuff we get all the other usual premium bits like a matte UV coating that is easy to clean and resistant to finger smudges, main buttons equipped with those glorious Omron switches which can take a beating and a nice patterned PVC cable which at 1.8 meters long is pretty savvy for a little lounge room gaming.

Both the new MasterMouse S above and another MasterMouse S Lite version are heading to New Zealand now, we’ll update our GGPC Computers Blog as soon as we get our hands on one!

Good Gaming Mouse – SteelSeries RIVAL 100 DOTA 2 Edition

GGPC DOTA 2 SteelSeries Rival 100 gaming Mouse

The Rival 100 optical gaming mouse brings unmatched performance that’s usually unseen in entry level gaming gear with six programmable buttons, a really good sensor and SteelSeries Prism RGB illumination 🙂 Sporting a sleek, smooth shape with textured sides for lift off grip it’s a pretty normal looking mouse when you first look at it but once it’s in your hand the quality shines through and this very affordable gaming mouse has got the goods where it counts – it’s packing a special optical sensor inside so you can quick turn with confidence, the 1.9 meter non-braided cable is very light, as it the mouse.

The lighting for the mouse shines impressively lighting up the DOTA 2 logo and this is pretty cool on it’s own but when you fire up the software things get really good. Using the Steelseries Engine 3 software package and a feature SteelSeries call GameSense will allow Dota 2 game data to be shown with the lighting on the mouse – things like health, mana or ability cooldown can be tracked in this way, ironically you won’t see a lot of this via the logo which it covered by your palm, but glance at the mouse wheel and you’ll know what’s up 🙂

The side button layout is excellent with both buttons being easily pressed by simply rolling the thumb up a little much like the Rival 500 but less complicated, perfect for MOBA gaming like DOTA 2.

GGPC DOTA 2 RIVAL 100 Side View

Being the DOTA 2 edition of the SteelSeries Rival 100 this means it includes a game code for an awesome purple blade (named pale edge if you want to google how much it’s worth :P) for Slark as well \o/

UPDATE: These awesome gaming mice available in NZ now, keep your eyes on our GGPC Computers Blog and new SteelSeries Store for the latest!

 

Good Gaming Mouse – G403 Prodigy Wireless from Logitech G!

Logitech have absolutely nailed it with their latest design – the G403 Prodigy Wireless Gaming Mouse is an exceptional piece of gaming gear with a very comfortable shape and smooth movements that performs well above its price point. Logitech have created a lightweight, ergonomically designed body with rubber grips on the left and right sides to give you added control while the body molds to your hand for long-lasting comfort during gameplay 🙂

The Prodigy G403 brings together supreme comfort, quality, and durability in a wireless mouse that’s built for speed, accuracy and endurance. With a 1ms report rate, G403 is up to 8x faster than standard mice, when the mouse is moved or clicked, the response is near-instantaneous allowing us to be more accurate than ever been before. The G403 Prodigy features the world’s most advanced gaming mouse sensor, used by eSports pros worldwide and it is exceptionally precise and consistent so you can respond quicker and enjoy more accurate targeting. With a lightweight construction and included 10g removable weight, you have options when it comes to tuning the mouse to your preferences.  Advanced buttons use metal springs to help keep the left and right mouse buttons primed to click, reducing the force needed to click and delivering exceptional click feel, response, and consistency.

Battery life wise the mouse holds its charge well and we were able to game with no interruptions for a full night, should the gaming session last so long that you do need to charge simple connect the cable to front of the mouse and continue gaming on 🙂 This charging cable can also be used as a USB wireless dongle extension thanks to a handy adaptor included in the box.

GGPC G403 Progidy Gaming Mouse

Logitech G403 Prodigy Gaming Mouse can be fully configured using Logitech Gaming Software to quickly match to your preferences. As with other recent gear from Logitech G you can use this software to choose from a palette of up to 16.8 million colours and brightness levels(both the logo and a laser strip on the mouse wheel) to match your favorite team, personal style, system or environment. Advanced users can configure the 6 programmable buttons to simplify in-game actions via the Logitech Gaming Software and quickly execute complex tasks, you can then save your settings to the memory on the mouse and use your settings on any PC without needing additional software or requiring a log in to use them. With onboard memory, you can take your settings with you wherever you go. On-the-fly DPI shifting that lets you program and switch between up to 5 sensitivity settings, from pixel-precise targeting (200 DPI) for sniping, to lightning-fast maneuvers (up to 12000 DPI) for fast and accurate 180-degree turns.

It’s not often we see a mouse this good, and after a long weekend gaming with it we happily give this mouse our GGPC Recommends Award – The Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless Gaming Mouse is GOOD!

Good Gaming Mouse – SteelSeries RIVAL 500 MMO Masterpiece

GGPC SteelSeries Rival 500

Those talented guys and gals at SteelSeries have been very busy and their new MMO Gaming Mouse – the Rival 500, brings with it some excellent new features and a wonderfully clever new shape with side buttons engineered to follow the contour of your thumb 🙂

The new layout places your thumb in a comfortable central position from which you can easily make a slight adjustments (almost like smudging) to hit up, down, forward or backwards without actually lifting your thumb from this new home position and without having to push directly down on the buttons – awesome right!

tactileyThey’ve also included vibration functions like they did in the excellent Rival 700, these haptic feedback ques can be used to alert you to low health, cooldown timers and more. Configuring this is done pretty easily thanks to the software package called SteelSeries Engine 3 and with the feature GameSense your games and gear become one. SteelSeries Engine 3 talks directly to your game, which changes your device’s illumination in real time, based off of in-game events. Ammo, health, kills, money, and cooldown timers are just a few things that you can integrate into your gear and if that’s not good, i’m not sure what is!

GGPC SteelSeries Engine Software

While the design lends itself to a better experience playing MMO games like World of Warcraft it’s also rather good at MOBA hits like DOTA 2 and League of Legends, we’ll be testing things out and will update this blog with any tips, tricks or interesting configs we find along the way!

UPDATE: 3D printable nameplate as well \o/

These awesome new SteelSeries Rival 500 Gaming Mice are available now in NZ! Keep your eyes on the GGPC Computers Blog and our new SteelSeries Store for the latest 🙂

 

Good Gaming Mouse – SteelSeries Rival 700

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The Rival 700 gaming mouse features the first fully customisable OLED display, and also tactile alerts giving real-time information and in-game notifications that you can feel rather than see.  With this mouse no two alerts need to be the same, you can choose which in-game events automatically trigger a tactile alert and you have complete control over how each one feels – health, ammo, mana, disables, headshots, and stuns can all be individually set to start a Tactile Alert.  Tweak the vibration patterns, duration, triggers to suit you, you might want an alert that feels like a heartbeat when you are low on HP or set an alert to do a quick buzz to let know you’ve got that last hit.

The Tactile Alerts have been carefully placed in the center of your mouse, so you feel the pulse strongly in your palm. By directing the pulse to only move up through your hand, as opposed to left and right, Tactile Alerts will not impact your mouse’s tracking so you can keep your aim perfect.

In order to control all the settings for this beast you’ll need to download the SteelSeries Engine 3 software, once installed you can setup CPI, polling, lift off distance, macros, and OLED screen with just a few clicks – if you’re looking for some GIFs to get you going SteelSeries have a bunch ready for you to check out here 🙂

We’ve put this great new mouse through some extensive GGPC in game testing and it’s very comfortable indeed, this could well be one of the best mice we see in 2016! On that note we happily give this new gaming mouse our GGPC recommends award – The SteelSeries Rival 700 is GOOD! 

Steelseries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse is Good

 

Good Design – Asus ROG Spatha Gaming Mouse

We first caught a glimpse of the ROG Spatha Gaming Mouse when we attended at Computex last year (along with a killer keyboard we’re still hunting for) and it made for quite the impressive setup, at the time we didn’t realise this was going to be wireless!

RogSpathaDesignThe effort that Asus have put into the design of this large, sturdy, wireless mouse is quite remarkable – It packs a total of 12 programmable buttons, but the 6 side buttons are arranged in a way that forms the ROG EYE, this is quite a awesome feat with form meeting function in an excellent way.  

The mouse is extremely responsive with specs much like the Logitech Chaos Spectrum wireless experience, giving a 1000hz refresh rate wirelessly and a staggering 2000hz (0.5ms) refresh rate for the ultimate performance over a wired connection.

Spatha is quite heavy in comparison but when you hold it you can tell it’s all because no expense was spared making this quality mouse, it uses the renowned Japanese made Omron switches and should you want to change them, ASUS have made things easier by making them interchangeable within sockets and have even included an extra pair 🙂  The angles of the buttons seems to put everything in reach and my mid sized hand fits comfortably over the large frame.

With such impressive attention to detail in the Spatha, Asus have undoubtedly created a premium gaming mouse.  Fun times ahead as we thrash this beast through a range of games, we’ll update our computers blog and GGPC Instagram with more glorious pics soon!

Good Gaming Gear – Asus Cerberus Gaming Keyboard, Mouse and Mousepad

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CerberusSwitchAsus have just released a new gaming gear combo named the Cerberus and it’s a pretty impressive setup for those looking to kit themselves out on a budget.  The bundle consists of a gaming keyboard, mouse and mousepad which all come in separate boxes so I expect we’ll be seeing all the items available separately soon.

Taking a closer look at the combo the comparison must be made with the Cooler Master Devastator gaming bundle as the keyboards are very similar in design, this is not a bad thing at all for Asus with CM version being an extremely well reviewed budget gaming combo!  There are a few differences though and the Asus version can display the keys backlight in red or blue depending on your preference – it’s important to note that the red bars on the side will  still glow red though even if the keys themselves are set to blue.

The tactile feedback of the keyboard is nice with good resistance and spring, the spacebar responds to being pressed even of the very edges and removing the keycaps reveals the splash resisting switch – an integrated drain hole prevents liquids from being trapped inside the keyboard and ensures easy cleanup should you accidentally give your keyboard a bit of your drink while gaming 🙂

CerberusMouseThe Cerberus mouse at first glance appears ambidextrous but with the thumb buttons being placed on the left side it’s certainly a preferred right hander.  It’s a four button design well suited for 1080p gaming, the sides have non-slip rubberized grips and the cable is a solid 1.8 meters.    The cable is braided (same with the keyboard) although the USB connection for the mouse is anti corrosive gold which is nice 🙂  Unlike the keyboard the LED on the Cerberus Mouse changes depending on your DPI settings – Red is 500, Green is 1000, Blue is 1500 and the LED turns pink at 2500 (max).

Finishing the combo off is a pretty sweet Cerberus mouse pad featuring the three headed dog logo in all its glory, the texture gives good control for your mouse and the stitching on the sides is excellent.

Overall, it looks like Asus might just have created the perfect starting set for a new gaming pc gamer and we’ll get some more pictures up on the GGPC Instagram so you can take a closer look at this awesome new kit!

 

 

Good Gaming Mouse – The Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum

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Logitech has been working on a new wireless gaming mouse design and their efforts come to life with the latest G900 Chaos Spectrum – they might have just built a mouse that outperforms all other gaming mice, including wired ones 🙂

This lightweight semi modular masterpiece is well suited for both lefties and right handers with the side buttons being removable and you can even opt to have no side buttons with the included plates. The G900 has 5-11 buttons available to you, including a left and right click on the scroll wheel.

Unplug the data and charging cable to seamlessly switch between wired and wireless modes without interrupting your game.  It’s got staying power –  the wireless battery life of older G700 was a admirable 8-10 hours, the G602 had its rather insane 200+ hours battery life but the trade off was weight added by two AA batteries (or one, the mouse can be used just a single battery) and while the G900 doesn’t quite hit those numbers you can still game without recharge for around 24 hours with all the lighting on, and upto 32 hours with the lights off.  The mouse automatically goes to sleep when not in use and wakes up quickly when you want to use it again.

The Chaos Spectrum is equipped with the PMW3366 optical sensor which is widely regarded as the best gaming mouse sensor on the market.  With features like zero smoothing, filtering or acceleration across the entire DPI range (200-12,000DPI) this component delivers incredible tracking and accuracy with consistent responsiveness even at maximum speed.

LED is the now more commonplace 16.8 million configurable along with your macros via the Logitech Gaming Software, it features two lighting zones that can be tweaked independently or colour synced to match your setup.  Don’t forget to grab the ARX control app as well, if you’re reading this on your smartphone here are the links for Android and iOS 🙂

UPDATE: This amazing mouse is now available in New Zealand!