Ozone Radon 5K Review

gotdamojo06 - 2011-07-13 06:02:32 in Input Devices
Category: Input Devices
Reviewed by: gotdamojo06   
Reviewed on: July 27, 2011
Price: $59.99

Introduction: 

Have you been looking for a new gaming mouse? Maybe you recently upgraded your setup into a top-of-the-line gaming system, only to be limited by equipping a generic, featureless mouse. Personally, I have found that the best way to improve my skills in games strays further than simply practicing, but ensuring that I am sitting comfortably in front of the computer. While I agree that investing on a couch for your computer setup is impractical, having something like an adequate gaming mouse can go a long way to improving your experience. Today, we will be looking at the Ozone Radon 5K – a new gaming mouse that looks to give you an added edge and a few extra frags in your favorite games. With a familiar weight system and on-the-fly sensitivity adjustments, I am curious to see how this mouse performs in comparison to others that I have previously tested. Without further ado, let's jump right in!

 

Closer Look: 

Upon first impressions, the packaging for the Ozone Radon 5K looks to be quite similar to that of other mice in the market. Before even opening the box, you will see a large plastic window that gives a clear view of the mouse. Ozone has also printed their company name and logo directly below the mouse. Further down, you will find the Radon 5K logo and a short description of the mouse – "Laser Precision Advanced Gaming Mouse." Not only is this mouse designed for gaming, but it also uses a laser sensor for accurate tracking. The back of the package reveals an image of the Radon 5K that highlights a few of its special features such as the DPI Switcher, Profile LED, and DPI Level Indicator Screen. You also get a small list of other features on the mouse: On-The-Fly Sensitivity Adjustment, On-Board Memory Macros, Adjustable Cable Position, Braided Sleeve Cord, Custom Weight Control, and Precision Laser Sensor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking the Ozone Radon 5K out of its packaging, you will see a fairly common layout that consists of large left and right click buttons on the front, and a scroll wheel in between. Below the wheel, there are two more buttons – we will explain these later. The side of the mouse houses two programmable buttons as well. On the palm rest, you will find a large O3 logo that looks as if it was "drawn" on the mouse. The design looks similar to the Radon 5K logo on the packaging. Colored red, it really stands out against the black mouse body. For those who are confused at the significance of the logo, it is the chemical formula for the Earth’s ozone.

 

 

The scroll wheel on the Radon 5K has a textured surface that allows better control, especially during gaming. It is a welcomed addition over the smooth scroll wheels that you sometimes find in mice. As you continue down the center of the mouse, you will find two more buttons. The first is a small two-way toggle switch that adjusts the DPI level of the mouse - pressing the button forward will trigger a higher preset DPI level while going the opposite way will give you a lower preset DPI level. The other button is the LED Profile button – this allows you to easily switch between profiles that you create and store on the mouse. The two buttons by the thumb rest are the forward and back buttons that are designed to work inside your internet browser, windows explorer, etc. The area around the thumb rest has a soft rubber texture, creating a surface with plenty of grip for your thumb to comfortably rest.

 

 

 

 

Flipping the Ozone Radon 5K over, the first thing you may notice is the removable cover towards the bottom – this is where you can customize the weight of the mouse. Once it is opened, you will find a total of 5 weights that each weigh 4.5 g. Simply place your desired number of weights in the cap and reattach it to the mouse for use. At the top, Ozone has included several channels through which the USB cable can exit. This is going to potentially keep the cable from getting in your way and better help organize your gaming space.

 

 

 

Ozone's Radon 5K gaming mouse has a gold-plated USB connector and cable length of 1.5 m. Its maximum polling rate is 1000 Hz. Inside the packaging, you will also find a drivers CD, a small user manual, and two Ozone carrying cases. The larger case is great for carrying the mouse for LAN parties or travel, while the small case makes for an adequate place to store your unused counterweights.

 

 

After taking a close look at the Radon 5K gaming mouse, it is time to take a look at the software that Ozone has included.

Closer Look:  

When you pop in the included drivers CD, the Ozone Radon Gaming Mouse Customization Software will load up. However, the software does not install on your PC – it runs directly off the CD. Basically, the software detects the connected mouse and makes adjustments to the files that are stored on the mouse.

Although the software is very simple, it does offer a myriad of adjustment options for your tastes and gaming needs. The first screen that you will see is the Profile screen. Here, you can make changes to the three available mouse profiles and customize the functions of all seven buttons on the mouse. The second screen on the software is the Configuration screen. This is where you are can set the USB Report Rate – up to 1000 Hz – and adjust each DPI sensitivity level. There are four sliders on this screen, with each ranging 100 DPI to 5600 DPI.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that we know how to configure the software, it is time to take a look at the specifications of the mouse itself. 

Specifications:

Dimensions
122.43 x 70.64 x 43.7mm (LxWxH)
Weight
135 +/- 5 g (Counterweights and cable included)
Cable Length
1.5 meters
Connection
USB full speed
Resolution
Default levels:  1100; 2600; 3800; 5600 DPI
Adjustable from: 100 to 5600 DPI
Laser Sensor
Phillips PLN 2032
USB Report Rate
Up to 1000 Hz
Compatibility
Windows 2000, XP, Vista 7
Power Consumption
<100 mA
Extra Counterweights
5 pcs, 4.5 g each

 

Features:


 

 

Al information courtesy of Ozone @ http://www.ozonegaming.com/product.php?id=12

Testing:

To properly test the Ozone Radon 5K, I will be looking at four specific 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 its comfort level, I will rate how comfortable it is to use in my hand. The precision of the mouse will be rated by my in-game sniping ability – rated by the number of head-shots. For the last test, I will be rating the usability and quantity of options in customizing the mouse for your needs.
 

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Mice:

 

First up is the speed test, which will be rated from a scale of 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 a lightning-fast speed, while a 1 would be equal to a snail moving across your screen.

 

 

 

 

The comfort test will be rated by how comfortable and natural the mouse feels to the hand. Using a 1-10 point scale, a 10 represents your hand in heaven, while a 1 is equal to the feeling of being caught in a badger's jaw.

 

 

In the precision test, I will be gaming on 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 headshots and a 10 would mean all headshots.

 

 

Lastly, we have customization. To grade each mouse on this test, I will see exactly how well you are able to program the buttons of the mouse and how easy it is to adjust the DPI resolution levels on the fly, while you are in a game. A 10 would mean that you can easily change the DPI settings in-game and also have full control over button functions when using the software. The Microsoft Intellimouse received a 1 score in this benchmark because it gives no ability to customize the mouse outside of the standard Windows customizations – double-click speed, pointer speed, wheel speed, etc.

 

 

In the speed test, I gave the Ozone Radon 5K a 10/10, as it was one of the fastest mice that I have been able to test. Keep in mind that although the 5600 DPI maximum is very quick, I did not find it very useful because it was almost too quick for me to accurately and precisely control, in comparison to its lower sensitivities. In the comfort test, the Ozone Radon 5K received a 9/10. It was very comfortable to hold in the palm of my hand though a little bit wider than I prefer. Personally, I am a fan of slimmer mice such as the Razer Diamondback 3G. Nonetheless, the Radon 5K was still able to give good support to my hand while gaming and web browsing. The entire mouse consists of a rubber coating, so it gives your hand a little bit more comfort, as opposed to having it rest on a hard plastic covering. The thumb area of the mouse also has a nice indent that lets your thumb rest on the mouse rather than your mouse pad. During the gaming test, I was able to set the mouse to a nice 1800 DPI level and get quite a few headshots. Because of that, in addition to its great comfort, I was able to give it an 8/10 in the precision test. In the customization test, I was able to give the Radon 5K a 9/10 once again. Although I was not able to customize LED colors or easily create macros that I would never use in a game, I could adjust the DPI sensitivity to any value between 100 DPI and 5600 DPI. As well, I was able to change the programming for all buttons on the mouse. The weight adjustment also came into play with the customization testing – being a fan of slim and lightweight mice, I was glad that I had the option to pull out four of the weights and make the mouse lighter while testing.

Conclusion:

Going back to my first question – are you looking for a new mouse to use in your gaming setup? If the answer is yes, then I would pencil in the Ozone Radon 5K to your list. Having tried out this gaming mouse, I am quite impressed overall. The rubber outer covering on this mouse is something that I always look for, and makes the Radon 5K very comfortable for personal use.  While the mouse itself was a bit too wide for my hand, it did not give me any problems in use, contrary to my first impressions. The overall button placement on the mouse is just about perfect – the DPI +/- button and the profile switcher buttons are placed low enough that they did not get in the way while still close enough in case I needed to use them. When I inserted the drivers disk, I was surprised to see that no software was actually not installed on the computer. This is always a plus because it results in fewer background applications, which would otherwise take up system resources while gaming. As a huge fan of light weight gaming mice, I like that Ozone decided to include an adjustable weight system on the Radon 5K, allowing you to take a total of 22.5 grams off the total weight of the mouse. I also like that the Radon 5K allows you to adjust its sensitivity to any level between 100 DPI and 5600 DPI, rather than limiting you to “preset” adjustment levels like many other mice. As a result, I was able to use my “sweet spot” DPI setting of 1800dpi. On the side of the mouse, there is a DPI level LED indicator, which could come in handy if you happen to switch between sensitivity levels in a game.

Overall, I would highly recommend the Ozone Radon 5K if you are in the market for a new mouse. Ozone has been able to fit all of my needs into a single mouse. My only complaint; it was a little too wide for my hand/gaming style. However, don’t let that detract you away from this comfortable, customizable, and outstanding mouse.

 

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