Ozone Xenon Gaming Mouse Review
Published: 20th February 2013 | Source: Ozone | Price: |
As we said at the start there is a huge amount of mice available, even at this affordable price. It takes a lot for a mouse to stand out from the crowd and demand your money. Sadly the Ozone Xenon definitely falls into the miss category.
The sensor is excellent, as we've come to expect from Avago sensors. An optical 3500DPI sensor should be enough to keep all but the most demanding gamers happy, and certainly would be a good first buy as a gaming mouse if you're only used to the one that came with your computer. Unfortunately it's far and away the best part of the Xenon.
The packaging is good, and you get a driver CD and quick start guide. The driver CD only offers the same selection of adjustments that you can get from the Windows control panel, so we're skipping that. The Xenon itself feels very plastic. Obviously it is and, although we wouldn't expect some soft-touch high quality plastics at this price, the gloss finish only accentuates this.
The underside of the Xenon is coated with a lot of Teflon feet, yet it doesn't glide as nicely as we hoped. We had to resort to our slipperiest hard gaming surface to get it to respond as we'd like. This is something you could cure with some third-party feet, but when you're spending so little on the mouse itself even a few pounds more moves you into a whole different bracket of quality and the Xenon just can't keep up.
Unfortunately the final nail in the coffin has to be the decision to omit any side buttons. The back/forward buttons are so ubiquitous, so part of our muscle memory, that it's almost in the human DNA at this point.
If you could live without the side buttons then the SteelSeries Kinzu is just as responsive but £8 cheaper, and if you only have £30 to spend on a mouse the Zowie EC1 is just one of the myriad of choices available to you that does much more for the same money. That's without mentioning the £10 cheaper CM Storm Xornet, which although has a lower DPI sensor is superior in every way.
In short, as good as the sensor is the package it's wrapped in doesn't cut the mustard enough to make it worth more than a cursory glance. When you're in such a fiercely competitive market of companies all vying for the money of the average consumer, you need something special which the Xenon lacks.