EPICGEAR Meduza Mouse and Pad ReviewBluePanda -
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Getting rid of some of the packaging, the body of the mouse is finally revealed. The plastic shell holds both a backing with installation instructions, as well as a CD with the settings software. The orange color is rather overwhelming, but the first thing I notice about the mouse in its package is its cable. The cable is braided and also orange and black. A close up of this will come after we get it out of the plastic.
The CD for this mouse is rather crucial at the moment. Since Epic Gear isn't 100% launched, it means its website isn't either. With this being the first product in the EG series, the software you'll want is only on this CD for now. It isn't on its website yet because it's not ready yet. I would assume, like any other gaming peripherals site, they will eventually have all its driver/software packages available for download via the Internet. However, for now you can use the fancy CD that stares back at you to install the profile software. Good news though, if you don't want any other settings besides Windows features, then you can just toss this CD aside; Meduza is plug n' play compatible.
Alright, enough about the box it came in and the CD that came with it. Let's take a look at the mouse itself. Right out of the box and at a top down glance, I had almost thought EG had sent me a lefty mouse. The body sort of has that curvature that sells the left handed profile. Fortunate for me, it's most definitely a righty mouse and after setting my hand on it, it's got quite the different feel, with all sorts of support rests.
It has your usual left and right click buttons, a scroll wheel with middle click, the forward and back buttons on the thumb side and two additional buttons. The button just beneath the scroll wheel, which is actually pretty easy to reach, is set up to control your DPI settings on the fly. This button can be set in the software for another purpose, if you so desire. The other "extra" button is down on the thumb side and up front. This one cannot be used for anything except switching between set profiles. Through the software, you can set up to five profiles associated with five colors. Switching between them with the button switches the color of the wheel to signal which profile is in use.
Flipping the mouse over and taking a look at its bottom side, we can finally get a good look at this dual sensor setup. There's really an optical and laser sensor side by side on the mouse; optical left, laser right. The black switch allows you to manually switch between the two sensors or select to use the HDST feature.
Taking another look at the side of the mouse, you can really see the positioning of the forward and back buttons I mentioned before, as well as that little profile switching button. Along the bottom edge you can also see four light segments – these light up in reference to the DPI setting selected. That top button, when pressed, cycles through the four options set in the software. The right side of the mouse has a ring finger and pinky support molded in for extra comfort. The bottom orange-ness of the mouse can be seen accenting the mouse even at this angle.
From the front of the mouse, you can see the curvature of both the overall body as well as that thumb notch. The scroll wheel rolls quite quietly without the annoying click some older mice have. It's smooth and you can still get that nice "click" feel. It does not toggle left and right, but that's not much of a loss. The back end of the mouse shows the glossy matte finish, as well as a last look at that crazy orange accent.
The braided cord I've spoken much about is capped with a gold UBS connector and weight to hold the cable down. I've always loved braided cables, but the orange accent on this was really neat. Not that you see much of the cable on your desk if you route it behind your monitor like I do, but the braiding is one of the nicest development over the years – it's nice to see companies continuing to use it.
With the lights turned down, this mouse probably won't set the mood, but depending on your mood you can change the wheel to one of five colors: red, yellow, blue, green, or purple. Of course each of these do correspond to a different profile, so maybe red is your power color for Warhammer games, and yellow is your fluffy side for Magicka – or if you just like changing colors, perhaps you'll just set all your profiles the same. It's really all up to you…
Back to looking at that marvelous mouse pad that was specifically designed for it, we can now take it out of its box too. It's just rolled up inside it's box, no plastic nonsense to deal with, and is rather smooth and flexible. It honestly doesn't feel much different from your typical cloth pad, other than the fact that it’s a little shinier and almost feels glossy.
Measuring in at 350 x 250 x 3 mm, the hybrid pad is a nice size. For the $20 price tag, it's a farily good deal compared to competing pads this size. It doesn't feel much different than any other mouse pads that I've used — seems like any super bendy cloth pad you can buy at wally-world.
It's got simple logos in the upper right and lower left corners of the pad. The upper right shows the Epic Gear logo, which hopefully will be something we'll all be seeing around more, and at the bottom left: "Hybrid Pad for HDST" to remind you it was specifically designed for the dual sensor Meduza mouse. It's just the right thickness and doesn't seem like it will be becoming compressed or torn up anytime soon.