OCZ Behemoth Double-Laser Gaming Mouse Review
Reviewed by: gotdamojo06
Reviewed on: August 24, 2009
Have you been looking for a new mouse for your computer? Are you big into gaming? Well if you are a gamer, you know exactly how important control over your character's sights are and how every little movement of your mouse is going to effect how well you are able to perform. With that said, OCZ has a new mouse that may be able to replace your current mouse and give you better control over your gun's iron sights in your FPS games. The OCZ Behemoth Double-Laser Gaming Mouse has a "gaming grade double laser engine" that is going to be able to provide you with "uncompromising high-percision and ultra-fast tracking power." I am curious to see exactly how the OCZ Behemoth will compare against some of the competitors out on the market, not to mention whether there is much of a gaming difference between it and your standard mouse.
The package of the OCZ Behemoth mouse is a very simplistic one. On the front, you'll find the OCZ logo in the upper left-hand corner, while the Behemoth logo is in the bottom left. In the middle of these two logos is a wealth of information about the mouse and its notable specifications, while the opposite side contains eight red circles outlining some of the important features. The back of the package contains two different images of the Behemoth mouse, as well as some more information on its features. One side of the package contains another image of the mouse along with a blurb about the Behemoth Gaming Software that is included. The oposite side of the package displays all the different languages that are supported by the material enclosed.
When you open up the main packaging for the OCZ Behemoth Double-Laser Gaming Mouse, you'll find the mouse in the plastic compartment that allows you to see it through the outer packaging, along with the user manual. The user manual is a very detailed account of the mouse itself, along with the software that is included. There are only 10 pages of information explaining how to install the software along with the features of the mouse, but when you put that into 9 different languages, it becomes a fairly thick manual. The first two pages of the user manual provides you an overview of the mouse. There is also the included Mini-CD that holds the Behemoth Gaming Software and drivers that are necessary for you to unlock all the advanced features of the mouse.
Now that we know what comes packaged with the OCZ Behemoth Double-Laser Gaming Mouse, I think that it's time to get up close and personal with her and see what she is made of!
Once you get the OCZ Behemoth Double-Laser Gaming Mouse out of the packaging, you are able to see exactly how simple the mouse is; which is not necessarily a bad thing at all. Taking a bird's eye view of the mouse, you'll notice the Behemoth logo printed in white to contrast with the black body of the mouse. The logo has the words Behemoth printed around a sniper's cross-hair with a large "Z" in the center. Sitting on the top of the mouse is a silver button with an LED in the center and three lights above it. This is how you are going to be able to change your settings on the fly, but we will get into that later. There is a scroll wheel in between the left and right buttons that clicks down and functions as a third button. The wheel feels like it is made of rubber, which is going to be nice when you are gaming, as you will be able to get a good grip on it and should be able to spin through your weapons quickly. Looking at the mouse head-on, you can see exactly how tall the mouse stands compared to other mice that are out on the market, and you'll also notice that there is quite a downward slope to it. The two sides of the Behemoth are very different from each other, making this clearly for right-handed mouse users. The right side of the mouse contains a very subtle downward slope with two ridges in it where your ring and pinky fingers can easily and comfortably rest. The left side contains a large indent where your thumb can fit, in which OCZ placed two buttons, most commonly used for backward and forward movement in browsers and other applications.
The USB cord on the OCZ Behemoth Gaming Mouse uses a High-Speed USB 2.0 interface to connect to your computer so it can communicate with it, but the wire sleeving is not your typical wire sleeving. OCZ has decided to use a tightly woven fabric to protect the internal wires instead of the more commonly used plastic. It seems like it would catch on things and be able to stain a little easier than the typical covering, but it does give the mouse a very unique look to it. When you take a look at how the cable connects to the mouse on the underside, you'll notice that there are a total of six imprinted channels that allow you to change the orientation of the cable when it comes out of the front of the mouse. This is going to help keep the cable from getting in the way while you are in a gaming session along. You can change it from going straight out, at a 40° angle or at a 90° angle on either the right or left side of the mouse.
On the bottom of the OCZ Behemoth, you are going to see what looks like a battery cover, but this is not a wireless mouse, so what gives? Well, when you open it up, you are going to find a piece of foam covered in black felt that houses five little silver pieces that look like watch batteries, but do not be fooled, they are not actually batteries. These are actually weights so that you are able to customize the weight of your mouse. Every gamer that plays for a long period of time knows exactly how heavy a mouse can get, and that is why some of the better quality gaming mice come with the option to customize the weight of the mouse. The weights that are hidden in this secret compartment on the underside of the Behemoth weigh 4.5 grams a piece, totaling 22.5 grams. If you want a lighter mouse, just remove one or more. Another cool feature on the underside of the mouse is a tiny push-button located in the center of the top sticker that allows you to change between three different custom profiles.
As I mentioned before, there is a button located on the top of the mouse with an LED in it. This button is how you are going to change your DPI resolution levels on the fly. There are a total of four settings that you can program inside of the Behemoth's software, but it does come with pre-programmed settings. The four settings are as follows: no lights = 800 DPI; one light = 1,600 DPI; two lights = 2,400 DPI; and finally all three lights = 3,200 DPI. This makes it easier to change between a sniper and a ground troop when it comes to using your weapons.
Now that we know what the OCZ Behemoth Double-Laser Gaming Mouse looks like, I think that it is time to see what the software end of the package looks like and see how easy it is to install/configure.
The software that comes with the OCZ Behemoth Double-Laser Gaming Mouse is very simple to use. In fact, it is so simplistic that there is no installation of any software to your computer's hard drive; it all runs from the mini-CD that came packaged with the mouse itself. To launch the program, open up the My Computer folder, then go to your optical drive and select it. Once you open your optical drive's folder, you are going to double-click the only file located on the disk; it is called Behemoth, with a description of OCZ Gaming created by OCZ. Once you have done this, you will now have the main screen opened up for the OCZ Behemoth Double-Laser Gaming Mouse's configuration.
Now that we are into the OCZ Behemoth software, it's time to take a look around and see what features we have to play with. The first feature that I noticed is the ability to program what each button does when it is pressed down. This feature is pretty common when it comes to a majority of gaming mice. When you choose a button to change (in this case I picked the first button, the "R-Button"), you are going to see a picture of a finger with yellow circles around it on the image of the mouse to the left, indicating which button you are configuring. The next thing that I noticed is all of the arrow buttons pointing all over the place. The two at the top are going to be how you load and save from the Edit menu and the Mouse itself. The set of arrow buttons at the bottom of the window is how you are going to be able to save your presets to a file located on your hard drive. The third set of buttons is how you are going to be able to directly upload a preset file from your computer to the mouse without having to reset all the buttons again.
One of the options you can choose from the dropdown menu is called the "Emulated Hid" where the "Hid" stands for Human Interface Device. The options under this that you can choose from are, Web Browser, Email, Media Player, Play/Pause, Stop, Next Track, Previous Track, Volume Up, Volume Down, Mute, Calculator, and My Computer. The other neat feature of the Behemoth Software is the fact that you can create a script to run at the press of a button. You have the option to create a 256 or a 512 byte script; the Behemoth software also has a built-in script editor for you to use. In the Script Editor, you have the option to set the script to single fire, loop, or keep firing, which can be helpful in a few different FPS games.
Under the Configuration screen is where you are going to be able to adjust all your DPI levels. As you know, you can change the DPI preset from the button located on the top of the mouse, but this is where you are going to be able to change the resolution of each DPI setting. First you can choose if you would like one, two, three, or all four DPI presets enabled. Once you have made your choice, all you need to do is select the radio button next to the setting number you wish to change and drag the red flag to the desired resolution anywhere from 200-3200 DPI. The final setting that you can change on this screen is going to be your USB report rate, which is how quickly the mouse and your computer are going to be able to communicate. You can change the reporting rate anywhere from 125 Hz to 1,000 Hz.
Now that we have our mouse configured, it is time to take a look at all the specifications of the Behemoth and see how this baby will perform when it is put up against two other mice.
High-Speed USB 2.0
5 standard buttons + DPI Toggle switch
118 x 71 x 41mm
up to 159 grams
DPI Resolution level
800 - 3,200 DPI
- Programmable buttons
- LED display for DPI change
- Unique large ergonomic form factor for ultimate comfort
- Adjustable cable positioning for ultimate gaming flexibility
- 5 customizable weights (22.5g)
- Mode change button to maximize macro configurations
- Black rubberized surface for a no-slip grip
- 2-year warranty
All information courtesy of OCZ Technology @ http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/ocz_peripherals/ocz_behemoth_laser_gaming_mouse
To properly test the OCZ Behemoth Double-Laser Gaming Mouse, I will be testing it on four different aspects; speed, comfort, precision, and customization. To test the speed of the mouse, I will rate how fast the cursor is able to move across the screen. To test the comfort of the mouse, I will rate how comfortable it is to handle. The precision of the mouse will be rated by in-game sniping ability rated by the amount of head-shots. For the last rating, I will be rating how well you are able to customize the mouse to fit your needs.
- Processor: Intel i7 920
- Motherboard: MSI Eclipse SLI
- Memory: Mushkin HP3 12800 7-7-7-20
- Video Card: Nvidia Geforce GTX 260
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800w Modular Power Supply
- Hard Drive: Seagate 1TB SATA
- Optical Drive: Lite-on DVD-RW
- Case: Thermaltake Armor Extreme
- OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit
- Mousepad: OCZ Behemoth Regulator Mousepad
- Mouse: OCZ Behemoth Double-Laser Gaming Mouse
- Mouse: Razer Diamondback 3G Gaming Mouse
- Mouse: Microsoft Intelimouse
First up is the speed test, which will be rated on a scale from 1-10. I will be moving the mouse from the top left corner of the screen to the lower right corner. A 10 rating would represent lightning fast, while a 1 would be equal to a snail moving across your screen.
The comfort test is going to be rated by how comfortable and natural the feel of the mouse is to the hand, using a 1-10 point scale, where a 10 represents your hand is in heaven, while a 1 is equal to extreme discomfort.
In the precision test, I will be gaming using Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and using the Barrett .50cal. I will rate the accuracy on a 1-10 scale, where 1 would represent no head-shots and a 10 would mean all head-shots.
Lastly, we have customization. To grade each mouse on this test, I will see exacly how well you are able to change the buttons of the mouse, as well as how easily it is to adjust the DPI resolution levels on the fly while you are in a game. A 10 would mean you can easily change your DPI settings in the game and have full control over changing the buttons using the software. The Microsoft Intelimouse recieved a 0 score in this benchmark due to the fact that there is no abilty to customize the mouse outside of the standard customizations Windows allows (double-click speed, pointer speed, wheel speed, etc.).
The reason the OCZ Behemoth Double-Laser Gaming mouse was rated an 8 in the comfort test is the fact that it is a little large for my hand and I am used to a more relaxed and spread out hand position like the Razer Diamondback 3G was able to provide, whereas the OCZ mouse had a more tense and bunched up feel to it. The customization of the OCZ mouse was better than the Razer mouse, as it has way more options for what the buttons are able to do, as well as has the ability to create a script for a button. I do prefer the way that the Razer mouse is able to change the DPI settings by holding one of the side buttons and using the scroll wheel to change the resolution setting, while you only have four in-game options with the OCZ mouse.
When it comes to the performance of the OCZ Behemoth Double-Laser Gaming mouse, it absolutely does the job that it was intended to do, and does it quite well. The mouse has many customizations that can be done to make it not only unique, but to make sure it is going to be able to be the mouse you wish to use when you are gaming or using for every day purposes. The first thing that was great about the mouse is the included weights to help lighten the amount of weight you are moving around your pad. Most gamers know that after 3-4 hours of intensely playing one of their favorite games, your wrist starts to ache if you are using a heavy mouse. OCZ knows this and decided to answer the call and help you with your wrist problems. The next feature that I liked was the fact that you were able to program every single button on the mouse and change the preset DPI resolution settings to your liking. If you wish to have a very sensitive control for running through a map in a FPS game, or if you want a less sensitive setting to move your sniper's scope across the screen, this is easily changeable in-game. The only downside of the in-game adjustments for the DPI settings is that you have to cycle through all four of the settings, you cannot skip a setting or visually see on the screen what setting you are using. The software that comes with the mouse is very user friendly and allows you to create a script and use it with one of your side buttons, which allows you to have a bunch of keystrokes performed at once without thinking about what you need to type. The only downside of the software that I see is that it does not have an automatic installer to install the software to your computer, so you have to use the disk to change your settings, and it is a mini-CD, which can make it easier to lose.
If you are a gamer and you are still using an older mouse that was not designed with gaming in mind, you may want to make the switch. If your wrist and fingers on yourmouse hand are hurting or feel sore after a gaming session, this is a good indication you could use a gaming mouse. The OCZ Behemoth mouse was designed to have all five of your fingers on the mouse in a gripping stance, which is not my most favorite way to hold a mouse; I tend to like to hold it more laid back and spread out as it is more comfortable to me. However, if you are unsure of what way you enjoy holding your mouse, you may want to pick up the OCZ Behemoth, as the price of this thing is unbeatable at under $30! If you are looking for a very customizable mouse to use and you know you like a larger mouse that is going to be able to hold all your fingers, you will definitely want to try this one, as it has everything that you would ever want!
- Weight adjustments
- In-game DPI adjustments
- Customizable cord placement
- No Automatic Installer
- Cycle through to change DPI settings