Ideazon Reaper Gaming Mouserobgs - March 28, 2007
Being a USB mouse, an unused USB 2.0 or 1.1 port is required, along with 10 MB of disk space for the software. Just plug the mouse in and it is immediately recognized by Windows and the standard USB mouse driver kicks in. Also, a red Ideazon logo lights up on the top, which looks pretty cool. I noticed that the mouse is almost fully functional without the provided software, but of course, we will install the software to test full functionality.
Pop the mini-CD into the drive and let it spin up. If you blink, you just might miss this installation. Just a couple of clicks, and the software is installed and ready to go.
You’ll notice that there is now a black “Z” icon in your taskbar. Double clicking the icon initiates the Reaper Settings dialog box. As you can see, there are 6 file tabs that you can select; 5 for the actual configuration of the mouse and the the obligatory “About” tab which will tell you the software version and manufacturer information. In the first tab, called the “Button” tab, you can select the configuration of each button via a drop down menu.
There are two buttons that are not changeable, the left mouse button and the fourth button (the button above the scroll wheel). However, the fourth button can be reconfigured in the way that it changes DPI, so from this perspective it is programmable. The rest of the buttons can be configured to any one of the following:
Also on this tab, you can set the double click speed which incorporates a cool looking plasma graphic for testing.
One other thing to note before we move onto the next tab. In the middle of this tab there is an explanation that button 4 is hard programmed to change DPI but can be reassigned to change the DPI in different ways than normal. We’ll look at this when we get to the DPI tab.
You probably noticed in the last tab that there was a “Roller Menu” selection available for configuring the buttons. The next tab “Roller Menu”, as you may have guessed, shows what this is. The Roller Menu is a small pop up window that, if enabled, will open at the click of the assigned button. The menu is filled with nine shortcuts to predefined executable files like “Windows Media Player” and “My Computer” for navigating. Basically, you can redefine all nine of the shortcuts and also add nine more if you like, for a total of 18 shortcuts.
The first thing you have to do if you want to use this function is go back to the “Buttons” tab and choose a button that you want to associate with the Roller Menu. I chose button number seven as it is out of the way so I don’t accidentally press it. Then in the drop down menu beside the button of choice, scroll down and select the Roller Menu. Lastly, select “Apply” and this feature is now enabled for that button. Now when you click the button you programmed, the Roller Menu pops up.
Say you don't like the default shortcuts in the Roller Menu or want to add some of your own. All you have to do to add more shortcuts to this popup menu is click on the letter you would like to put the new shortcut, “a” through “i”. I’ll choose “a” as the spot to add my shortcut. Then click “setting” which opens a window that allows you to choose an executable file on your computer. In this example, I want to add one of my favorite games, so I navigate to the game’s exe file, select it, and press “Open”.
Now when I click the button that I associated with the “Roller Menu” and the window pops up, I just have to scroll down and there’s my new shortcut.
You can also select one of the other predefined shortcuts (1 – 9) and overwrite it so your new icon will be in the popup window without having to scroll down to it.
I’m not sure where I would find this useful as more often than not, I already have direct links to what I use most on my desktop. I have seen similar popup style shortcut windows on other peripherals but have very easily been able to live without them. In saying this though, there may be certain applications that, if I can’t get to the desktop easily, this feature might be handy.
The next tab is called the “Wheel” tab. Here we can select the scroll speed. You have a choice of selecting 1, 3, or 6 lines of scrolling, or scrolling one page at a time.
Next we continue on to the “Move” tab. In this tab we can find the cursor speed adjustment, which looks pretty similar to the default Windows mouse motion slider, and it works exactly the same way. Depending on the resolution that you choose, this slider will be useful to synchronize the overall speed.
Further down, there is an acceleration check box section. Here we can select how quickly the cursor responds to an input movement. I found that this helps in managing the mouse’s precision. The higher acceleration selection gives a feel of less control, but also gives the mouse a quicker response. I’ll select the low setting for now to test with. In the bottom section of the Move tab, there is one last check box titled “Automatically move cursor”. What this does is it automatically moves the cursor to the default button of any dialog box that you open. I find this automation to be more of an annoyance, so based on my personal preference, I left this box unchecked.
The last tab used for configuration is the tab labeled “DPI”. In this tab there are a number of different configuration options related to the three DPI resolutions. The three main option buttons are “Real Time DPI”, “Fixed DPI Value”, and “2 DPI Value Combinations”. Real time DPI allows you to toggle between the three available resolutions 400, 800, and 1600 DPI. Fixed DPI Value allows you to lock in any one of the three resolutions. Finally, 2 DPI value combinations allows you to switch between any two of the three resolutions in preset combinations. For example, you can choose to switch between 400 and 800, or 800 and 1600, or 400 and 1600 DPI resolutions. While it is very nice to have the choice, I kept the default Real-Time DPI because it gives you full on-the-fly switching capability.
With the configuration now complete, let's put the Reaper through the paces.