Date: October 28th, 2008
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: WolfKing
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The current DPI setting is indicated by LEDs on the left hand side of the mouse. Choices are 800, 1600, and a crazy fast 2400 DPI. Slower DPI is better for everyday computer tasks like word processing and internet surfing, while higher DPI increases sensitivity and is useful during fast-paced gaming.
Flipping the mouse over, we see the laser in the middle and four smooth oval pads to assist with smooth movement across a table or other surface. Additional stick-on pads are included to increase friction. This attention to detail is nice to see since everyone has a different speed preference.
A standard USB 2.0 plug connects the Trooper to a PC. Installing software isn't required for it to function, but it's recommended in order to fully utilize the features.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
The included driver isn't very complex, but it does offer some extensions of the generic Windows mouse driver. You have the choice of a few different commands to assign to each button, and the speed of the scroll wheel and double click can be adjusted. More advanced configuration for gaming will have to be done from the game itself.
Getting familiar with the mouse didn't take long. It felt like a natural fit in my hand and I didn't have to look down to find where a particular button was. Movements were quick and precise, and the “sweet spot” for me was 1600 DPI while gaming and 800 DPI for everything else. 2400 DPI was just way too fast to feel like I had any control. I was fine with the light weight of the mouse, but those who prefer a mouse to be on the heavy side might not be as pleased.
I was eager to try out the burst fire function in a FPS game, and I decided to go old school and load up Unreal Tournament 2004. The wide variety of weapons in this game meant that I could really get a feel for how effective it was. For the most part, it worked well. Automatic weapons like the assault rile and link gun responded the best to it, while it had no effect on weapons like the flak cannon, rocket launcher, and lighting gun.
Other FPS games gave similar results – the burst fire worked well with automatic weapons and that's about it. However, the ability to adjust DPI as well as shots per click on the fly is a quick way to customize the Trooper MVP during a game. Just don't forget to turn off the burst fire when you're done, otherwise there will be some pretty strange results while using other programs.
Even though my hands are somewhat small, when using most mice I would find that my ring and/or pinky finger would always drag across the mouse pad. I didn't have that issue so much with the Trooper. My pinky finger just barely touched the mouse pad and my ring finger didn't graze the mouse pad whatsoever. The wide width of the mouse turned out to be very beneficial.
In the comfort department, the thumb area is where the Trooper really shines. The extended “lip” is a comfortable place to rest your thumb when the side buttons are not being used. Placement of those buttons is just about perfect – they are very close to the area where I would rest my thumb, so it required almost no time and effort to reach them. This is a big advantage when gaming because anyone who is a serious gamer will tell you that milliseconds can be the difference between winning and losing.