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OCZ Dominatrix Laser Gaming Mouse Review

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Using the Dominatrix is as simple as plugging in a USB device! Once it's in, it just works. As usual, Windows will, by default, configure the thumb buttons as back and forward for web browsing. The DPI button is not software dependent, so you can start playing with it right away. The mode switch button, labeled M, can be programmed to different functions using the bundled software. In order to enable horizontal scrolling, one will need to install the additional four way scrolling driver included on the same disc. When you insert the disc, a window will appear asking you to install either the gaming software or the driver and then the installation process is very straightforward.

First, I installed the four way scrolling driver, which was as simple has hitting "Continue" twice and restarting. Although not really a big deal, the Windows 98 theme could use a little refresh to make this a bit more interesting. Secondly, I installed the gaming software, which will prompt you to install DharmaControl. I'm still wondering where they picked up that name as dharma is some sort of religious term. Anyway, the process took just a few seconds and I was almost ready to game.












When you get back to your desktop, one icon will have added itself to the taskbar. It is basically a shortcut to the mouse item in Windows' control panel with an added tab for wheel configuration. It lets you choose by how much it should scroll after every tick. The most interesting part of the software is found in the Start menu - Gaming Mouse. Here's what the main window looks like.

So what exactly does that funky little program do? Basically, it lets you set up macros for both thumb buttons, but with a twist to it. You could stick to the basic command library, which includes basic web browsing and media functions such as back, forward, play stop, etc, along with the ability to launch a few programs. That's kind of boring, but I did say there was a twist - so here it is. You can actually record actions like mouse clicks and keyboard hits. Let's say you're playing a first person shooter - you could set up a macro that would switch to your grenade, throw it and automatically switch back to your weapon. Of course this is just a random idea, it can be customized to anything you want.



Here's a sample of the possibilities the macro system offers. First, make sure the list box is empty, if it isn't simply press the "Remove All" button. Then, after you came up with a thoughtful series of commands, hit "Start Recording" and just do it. Once you're done, hit "Stop Recording" and then you can upload your newly done macro directly onto the Dominatrix' memory by pressing the arrow that points toward the mouse. This process will take more or less time depending how long your macro is, although it should be completed within five seconds at most. You can also assign your macro to a new command so you don't lose it in case you overwrite your mouse's memory. Only minor editing can be done, like adding delays, but not shortening or removing so timing is important when you're recording.




After that process is done, using it is as simple as hitting the button it was assigned to. Thanks to the "Mode" button, you can switch between three modes, shown by the color of the LED - red, green or blue. This allows to program up to six diferrent macros. It is also possible to do the same process backwards, so if you happen to have a friend with the same mouse, you can download macros off your own mouse or save your commands into a file and email them. The "DPI Setting" icon up top is pretty interesting as well. It lets you choose exactly the DPI you want to assign to each level, anywhere betweem 400 and 3200, and even adjust x and y axis independently if you wish. When you click OK, your new settings will download to the mouse, so these will follow you accross different computers as well.



That's it! Now that everything is configured and set, I'm finally ready to fire it up. Those pictures below give a good idea what the Dominatrix looks like at different modes and DPI settings. The scrolling wheel LED indicates DPI level: off for level 1, green for 2, blue for 3 and red for level 4. The smaller LED on the back shows the mode it is currently set to, red for mode 1, green for 2 and blue for mode 3.




Let's move along and see how OCZ's gaming mouse performs.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer look (Continued)
  3. Configuration
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing
  6. Conclusion
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