Final yr I used to be pleasantly shocked to overview a stunning gaming laptop from somewhat recognized Aussie store referred to as Aftershock PC. It impressed with its specs, efficiency, and worth for cash. Nicely, nice gaming laptops isn’t all they do and now have a model new gaming mouse referred to as the Hexar and we had been lucky to get our arms on an early pattern earlier than it goes on sale in Australia.
The Hexar is an ultralight gaming mouse that would simply be mistaken for a Superb Mannequin O or Xtrfy four mouse. It makes use of the skeletal plastic shell that’s punched stuffed with hexagonal holes to do away with extraneous weight however retains a stable physique. What this implies is that the Hexar weighs solely 69gm which is fairly gentle.
The Hexar has an all-black matte end that isn’t the grippiest factor ever however does an amazing job at repelling fingerprints and oils. Some textured rubber would go a protracted strategy to making this grippier.
Hexar Gaming Mouse
The Hexar is a giant mouse – 6.7cm broad and 12.8cm lengthy. I’ve lengthy fingers and located myself utterly palming it. I’m normally snug with a half claw, half palm grip. Most individuals would possibly discover the Hexar stretches their fingers a bit to completely cowl it. Nonetheless, it’s not uncomfortable due to the way in which it nestles comfortably at the back of my palm.
I favor mice with a thumb relaxation just like the Razer Basilisk Final. Nonetheless, the Hexar is pretty symmetrical in form so in idea, left-handers can simply use it too. However because the thumb buttons are solely on the left facet of the mouse, that might be problematic.
Talking of which, these facet buttons are good and clicky though given the dimensions of the mouse, I needed to curl my thumb backwards somewhat an excessive amount of for consolation as a way to use the rear one. It might have been higher simply a few millimeters ahead. The primary left and proper mouse buttons additionally really feel clicky however don’t really feel barely boring in comparison with Razer’s mechanical ones. The scroll wheel will also be clicked as an additional button.
Lastly, a skinny DPI change sits behind the scroll wheel and permits you to cycle by means of the Hexar’s preset DPI’s. The lighting on the scroll wheel adjustments shade for every preset so which one you’re utilizing at any given time.
I gotta say, the general lighting on the Hexar is so properly accomplished and considered one of my favourites on any mouse. It’s just like the lighting on the Steelseries Rival three which I reviewed some time in the past. It has a protracted gentle strip that wraps all the way in which across the base of the mouse. It’s so vibrant and brilliant with its repeatedly looping rainbow cascade of color.
The lighting additionally continues on the within of the shell the place a big illuminated Aftershock brand sits which you’ll see by means of the rear of the mouse. It’s an amazing use of RGB with out being obnoxious or garish.
However pretty much as good because the lighting is, I had no strategy to alter it or the rest on the Hexar. On the time of penning this, Aftershock hasn’t obtained an app like Razer Synapse or Alienware Command Middle that permits you to alter DPI, color profiles or remap buttons. That is anticipated because the unit we now have is a presale pattern. Aftershock assured me that its customized software program will likely be obtainable quickly and positively obtainable when retail gross sales begin.
A Pixart 3389 sensor permits the Hexar to trace 16,000 Dots per Inch(DPI). That is the kind of sensor you usually discover in high-end gaming mice for esports. Nonetheless, since most of us aren’t pro-gamers, that is overkill. I’ve discovered something between 1500 to 3000 DPI snug and something greater unusable. The mouse has six preset DPI steps hardwired into it. I can’t let you know what the precise steps due to the lacking software program.
However clicking the DPI change will cycle by means of six completely different presets every with its personal scroll wheel color. This actually helps you retain observe of your favorite preset simply by it.
I can think about for the true mouse nerds on the market, this may be an issue particularly in gaming the place you need customized settings for every of your video games. Nonetheless, in my time utilizing the Hexar for work and play, I didn’t miss these fine-grain controls. Enjoying Division 2 and Future 2, the Hexar was clean, correct with snappy and responsive aiming. And should you actually need to, you’ll be able to all the time remap the mouse buttons with in-game settings.
As a Home windows 10 mouse, I had no complaints. Scrolling paperwork and webpages is a clean expertise. My solely grievance although I’ve is with the strain within the scroll wheel — I really feel it’s somewhat unfastened and but it’s not a kind of infinite scrolling sorts. The scroll wheel does have a faint tactile bump with every scroll step that offers you some suggestions however it might positively profit from being stiffer.
The Aftershock Hexar is the corporate’s first foray into customized mouse design however you wouldn’t comprehend it through the use of it. It’s an amazing mouse for gaming and work and whereas I’ll have talked concerning the lack of customization, I barely fiddle with my mice settings anyway and I think most individuals don’t both. There’s a sure appeal to the simplicity of simply plug and play that you’ll instantly get from the Hexar.
And sure, I do know it would appear to be each different skeletal body mouse on the market however to my eye, it seems to be nice. I’d even go as far as to say it’s among the best wanting gaming mice I’ve reviewed; even higher than the a lot pricier Razer Viper Ultimate. If I might change something concerning the Hexar it will be larger stress on the scroll wheel, transfer the thumb buttons a smidge ahead and a few textured sides for grip.
However past that, the Aftershock Hexar is a good first outing for this thrilling gaming firm and I can’t wait to see extra of their peripherals. The Hexar isn’t but formally on sale in Australia however will value $99 at launch which is fairly nice for what you get. We’ll make sure you replace this overview after we get our arms on the Aftershock software program.
The Aftershock Hexar mouse was loaned to PowerUp! by Aftershock PC Australia for the aim of this overview.
Aftershock Hexar Ultralight Gaming Mouse
16,000dpi Pixart sensor
Extremely-light and comfy
Putting skeletal body
Lovely RGB Lighting
Not so nice
Aftershock Hexar Gaming Mouse
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