Ideazon Reaper Edge Gaming Mouse Review

Desja - 2007-12-23 15:05:53 in Input Devices
Category: Input Devices
Reviewed by: Desja   
Reviewed on: January 15, 2008
Price: $69.99

Introduction:

So many choices, it seems today in the PC gaming world there is a plethora of peripherals for your perpetual gaming needs. They all seem to have the same basic shape design and some what similar options. When choosing a mouse what do you look for? For me, gaming is important but not my number one concern. Sure I want a smoking mouse with tons of options, but I work from my PC for hours. I need comfort just as much as fancy gadgetry, and special extras. The Ideazon Reaper Edge Gaming Mouse wants to step up to the plate and take a swing so let's see how it handles.

The Ideazon Reaper Edge Gaming Mouse has many options at first glance that makes it a formidable opponent for today's gaming mice. It includes a change on the fly DPI button, dual thumb buttons, tire-tractions rubber scroll wheel, and rubberized anti-slip grip. Let's check this out together and see if the Ideazon Reaper Edge Gaming Mouse can stand up to the competition.

 

Closer Look:

After popping open the box the Ideazon Reaper Edge Gaming Mouse was shipped in and removing its retail packaging from its safe, bubble wrap tomb. The first thing I noticed on the retail packaging was the vibrant design used for the packaging. Each panel had important information on it, System requirements, additional options this mouse has as opposed to a white box mouse, plus important tidbits of information concerning the DPI settings and multi profile software options.

 

 

 

I like it when manufacturers provide the ability to open up the front panel and see what you're buying before making the financial commitment.

 

Now lets take it out of the box and see what's inside

 

 

Closer Look:

After opening the box, and removing the Reaper from the plastic casing, I can get a better idea of what I am dealing with. The Ideazon Reaper Edge Gaming mouse comes with an installation CD, Manual, limited warranty information, and an invitation to the Ideazon community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now let's take a look at the Reaper Edge. After opening the case and getting a full 360 degree view of the mouse we can better see the options it offers over a standard white box mouse. Its list of extras include two thumb buttons, anti-slip grip, Change on the fly DPI button, and a tire tread scroll wheel. One thing I noticed missing right away was the anti-sweat coating that the G5 series from Logitech offers, so during testing we'll see if this is a problem or not.

 

 

 

Now lets plug this puppy in and see if it purr's....er um barks? lets just plug it in.

Installation:

Before installation, make sure you remove all driver software from your previous mouse to avoid conflict. Installation is a snap, just plug in to any open USB 2.0 port on your PC then pop in the installation disk. Read carefully as you go through the installation, if there is anything specific that needs to change; for example where you would like the files to be placed, you will be able to pick up on it easier. Once you have finished your installation you will have to restart your PC for it to take effect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After plugging the Ideazon Reaper Edge Gaming Mouse in you notice the red led's that spell Ideazon as well as the indicator bar that signifies which DPI setting you are currently on.

 

 

Configuration:

The main panel on the configuration screen offers an array of options you can individually set each of the buttons to what you would like them to be. There is a slider for sensitivity, polling rate, and DPI value.

 

 

When you click and pull out the side panel you can specify sensitivity for both y and x axis individually. For all of you twitch shooters out there, sometimes being able to spin on a dime is more important than looking up and down. You can even specify which DPI and polling rate you would like by the pull down menu's, and you do not need to use the sliders.

 

There is also a profile option in the configuration which is handy if you play multiple games with different sensitivities. There is also an import option if you have more than one computer. You can save your profile info and use it on other PCs which is great for LAN parties if you have to use a buddies computer

 

 

Now lets see the specs and features break down on this mouse.

Specifications & Features:

Precision, Speed and Accuracy to dominate in game


Comfort and Control for hours of non-stop action


Easily Customizable to cater to your individual gaming requirements

Testing:

Are gaming mice truly better than white box? There are those out there that think this is so, but we are here to find out for sure. I am going to be testing the Ideazon Reaper Edge Gaming Mouse against several mice that offer similar features. All mice are wired USB mice and use laser tracking that is user adjustable. I am going to be testing for speed, comfort, precision, and the ability to customize.

 

 

Testing Setup

 

 

The first test is the speed test. For this test I use each mouse on Battlefield 2 in a tank. Anyone who has played Battlefield 2 knows that turning the turret of the tank is very very slow. I graded on a scale of 1-10 (1 being the slowest and 10 being the fastest) on how fast I was able to complete a 360 degree turn in the turret.

 

 

Next up I tested the Reaper for comfort compared against the other mice. I used the mouse continuously during a two hour gaming session and 1 hour of surfing. I graded it on how my hand and wrist stood up to the test. Again it is on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being the most cramped and 10 being very comfortable.

 

 

Precision is the best test on the capabilities of a mouse. For this test I tried a range of sniping games: Counter Strike, COD4, and just for fun I used Halo CE. The scores are 1-10 based on how many head shots I was able to achieve. 1 being no headshots, and 10 being all headshots.

 

 

Lastly, we have the ability to be customized. To gauge this test, I graded on a scale of 1 to 10 based on two categories. First, being the ability to change the buttons for in-game play, and the second the ability to change options on the fly.

 

 

The reason for the 8 in customizability is not because the reaper did not have the same options as the G5 and G9. The problem I had; which lost major points for the Reaper, is that on the G5 and G9 you have an up and down option for changing on the fly DPI settings. For changing DPI on the Ideazon there is just one button, and if you're at the lowest DPI setting you have to click 4 times to get to the highest, and then cycle back through again to get to second highest. When you are in the heat of a battle you don't have time to look down and see how many times you've clicked. Another big loss for the Ideazon was the top thumb button. I had to disable its function because I kept hitting it by accident when lifting my mouse up which became very frustrating.

 

 

Conclusion:

Is the Ideazon Reaper Edge Gaming Mouse better then a run of the mill white box mouse? Absolutely, I was very impressed with this mouse. It beat my old Microsoft mouse hands down. I would like to see a couple options added similar to the G5 and G9 with features like the ability to add weight to your mouse. The Reaper was a little on the light side for my liking. A feature I really like about the G5 is a well shielded mouse cord making it stand up to some abuse. The Reaper lacked in this area too.

Being that I am Canadian I did want to see the Ideazon do well seeing as how they are based in Canada, but, all of this aside they did come up short in major areas. On the plus side I loved the design, the carbon fiber skin looks awesome, and the anti-slip thumb grip was great. My hand did sweat a little, but not investing in the non sweat coating on their next model would do them a lot of good. Would I recommend this mouse? Yes, it is a great mouse at a decent price. It is easy to customize and doesn’t feel cheap like some gaming knock offs out there. If you are looking for a mouse and dislike the Logitech series, this may be your next choice.

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