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EPICGEAR Meduza Mouse and Pad Review

BluePanda    -   February 23, 2012
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So more and more mice and keyboards are coming with their own little software package and not just drivers any more. For some of you, it's just another thing to install and have several different ones for all the different things you buy over the years, and for the rest of us we'd rather just not install it. So I guess in this case it works out for both of us. The mouse actually works without installing the software and works with Windows' sensitivity settings like a charm. However, if you want to take advantage of the five different profiles feature, you will need to install the software. No worries though — it doesn't take much time.

So when you start up the software, it makes itself full screen and introduces itself as a game would, with a large EG logo and opening doors and flashy appearances. Fortunately there is a skip button in the lower right corner — you will forever be clicking this. It's kind of neat, but really it's all for show and could be done without. Unfortunately you are stuck full screen, you can't make it windowed, so if you need to get back to Windows to test some settings, make sure you leave a window to tab back to open.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When it loads, the first page is the "Main Control" tab. It's got options to change all the buttons except for the profile select button. Like I said, this one cannot ever be changed. It will forever cycle through the different colors of the wheel and switch profiles for you. The right side allows you to change settings for optical alone, laser alone, or the settings for the HDST sensor. The four lights on the left of the mouse signal which of the four DPI settings you are using. Here is where you select what each of those four correspond to. The five profile options are selected at the bottom — just be sure you save when you decide to make changes.

 

The next tab is the "Performance" tab, to help you change your typical pointer speed, scroll wheel speed, and double click speed. There's no magic glass to test your double click, so it might take some trial and error to get what you want. The pointer acceleration was just about useless and I ultimately ended up setting it within Windows. It was always too high or too low; no perfect medium. You can also change your lift off distance and angle snapping options here, along with power save options for the LED lighting.

 

The third tab is for setting macros. At the time of the screen shot, I didn't have any macros set. It wasn't too difficult to add any, but I also didn't feel a reason to use any of them when I did eventually get them set. It all comes down to preference here. For me, it's just there — for others, macros are a necessity.

 

The final tab is the "Support" tab. For now, being so new, there isn't much here. However, it does link to the up and coming website, as well as let you know what the latest firmware and software release are so that you can ensure you have the latest and greatest!

 

Overall, I didn't care for the software package. I generally don't like to install them because they end up not being useful to me. Windows controls were far easier to set to my liking and much easier to test. Not being able to check your double click speed in software is a bit of a flaw, but nothing too major that couldn't be fixed. There just wasn't much you couldn't do outside of Windows other than set your forward/back keys to something else. I'm a bit neutral on the subject; neither pleased nor dissatisfied.




  1. Introduction
  2. Closer Look
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Software
  5. Testing & Results
  6. Conclusion
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