Sentey Aphelion Elite Gamer Series Mouse Review

BluePanda - 2014-04-01 20:44:07 in Input Devices
Category: Input Devices
Reviewed by: BluePanda   
Reviewed on: May 12, 2014
Price: $49.99

Sentey Aphelion Elite Gamer Series Mouse Introduction:

Sentey is a US based company with regional sales offices worldwide, selling high quality gaming cases, power supplies, and now peripheral devices to gamers and elite users all over the world. You may be more familiar with Sentey's power supplies and cases; the mice and keyboards recently brought to market haven't even found their way to Newegg yet. It seems more and more companies are coming to where the "quick" money is made in the peripheral market of mice, keyboards, mouse pads, and other less component type devices. Looking at the Sentey page, or perhaps on their Facebook page, there seems to be quite the range of priced products. Today, we will be looking at what appears to be the lower tier mouse, the Sentey Aphelion Elite. Don't take the phrase "lower tier" to be so negative; I refer to it as such as it is the most affordable mouse Sentey currently offers. In this case it is an affordable $49.99 gamer mouse with on the fly DPI and additional programmable buttons.

Sentey Aphelion Elite Gamer Series Mouse Closer Look:

I have to admit, the box section of the review is usually my least favorite to write up; it usually get left for last and ramblings of the box is this and the box is that. I'm actually kind of excited about this box despite all the money that is clearly in it and not in the mouse. I honestly can't stand fancy boxes and prefer a simple black box to some gimmick, but this one really grabs my attention. I don't see a mouse or even a product when I see this box, I see an interesting space game or movie cover on the box..Oh and what is that, a mouse on the box. The back of the box shows off the mouse, the 3400 DPI capability, comforting shape, extra buttons, and of course the carrying case it comes with. As much as I like the box, I have to stick to my standard of the fact that there seems to be a little too much money in the box – hopefully the mouse doesn't reflect that too much.

 

 

Opening it up, another box reveals itself; the plain simple black box I wanted. We could throw away the outer sleeve and have MY ideal box! However, this isn't all about me. This inner box is quite neat with a nice little ribbon to pull it open the magnetic closure. The flap is padded with foam on the inside, appearing much like sound proofing. The mouse is well protected by this as it isn't really held down in the box by any annoying ties or cables to cut.

 

 

 

It seemed like quite a big box for just a mouse, and quite fancy packaging at that. Well, it turns out there is a bit more to offer besides the mouse itself. It seems to be a mini box of shwag. I won't lie, I'm a sucker for shwag – I love going to all the booths at CES for a silly stuffed penguin, a fancy branded pen, and of course stickers for the beer fridge. I love T-shirts the most, but those are rare to come about (and sure as hell don't expect to get with a mouse or keyboard). I'm stuck on a fence on how I feel about the shwag included – can't decide if they are trying to buy me or if I’m just getting cool stuff. After digging around a little, it turns out that all their products come with it, so I'm going to just call this one a WIN.

You get quite a bit more than just a couple of Sentey stickers in this box o' shwag with your mouse. You get a reasonable sized poster for your wall, a door hanger to tell everyone you are gaming, a VIP card to register your product, and a nifty carry bag for your mouse all along with the driver CD and manual/warranty pack. I'll admit, I'm quite enjoying the extra stuff, but it only holds my attention away from the mouse for a little bit. The mouse is what we're really here to talk about and decide whether or not it's worthy for your hand and desk. Let us continue on, but of course, flip the door tag to let everyone know we're not gaming at the moment.

 

 

Before we move on to the mouse, let's take a quick look at the little carry bag that was included. It's a neoprene material, like a wet-suit or laptop sleeve, that stretches just enough. The shape is pretty pre-formed to the shape of the mouse itself, giving it quite the funny look empty. The zipper is a rubber flap reading "SENTEY" making it easy to locate and unzip/zip. Getting the mouse in there takes a little effort with it being so pre-formed; the cable and USB dongle don't really want to go in. A little shoving goes a long way and it zips up ready to go in a bag. I can't say how often I'll use it, as I usually don't travel with a wired mouse (and LAN parties are far and few between these days), but I like the idea nonetheless.

 

 

 

 

Sentey Aphelion Elite Gamer Series Mouse Closer Look:

Finally, we've reached the mouse itself (if you didn't skip to here right away). It has, what is becoming a more common shape of style. To me, I always thought they looked like left handed mice, but oddly always seem to be so comfortable for us right hand users. The body is slightly bigger, but about on par with your average mouse on the market. Even if you have small hands like me, it's not too overly sized. The top is a matte finish that feels dry and doesn't make your hand sweat, this continues on the right of the mouse where your ring finger and pinky sit. The thumb rest as you will see is a nice big rubber pad for a solid grip. At first, i feel it as a sense of cheapness, but time should tell us more.

The bottom of the mouse is a little different than you might be accustomed to seeing. There are the usual skates on the bottom for pretty good glide (even on my metal pad), then there is the usual product sticker to remind you what you have as well as provide a S/N, just in case you need an RMA or what have you. But the oddness comes from probably the most common item on the bottom of any mouse, the sensor location. The sensor is a bit asymmetrical and sits off to the side nearest your thumb. Somehow I want this to affect how the mouse tracks, but in all honesty, I don't think it will. The sensor is even more so under my pointer finger, making it seem like it would be a little more precis, but again, another item for "time will tell".

 

 

The side profiles of the mouse always seem to tell a lot about a mouse. Often. the sides tell you how/where your thumb will sit, if there are any forward and back buttons, and how are my sweaty hands this summer going to handle this? I mention the sweaty hands as it's finally warming up here in New Mexico, at least for the weekend, and perhaps my hands feel a little bit sweaty. So for the rest of you with warming weather, I assume you can relate.

The right side of the mouse continues its sweep from the top of the mouse in texture, a rather matte, flat feeling material. It's a good "dry" material, so sweaty hands don't have to worry about it (it's really that glossy stuff you have to watch out for). There are two additional buttons on this side of the mouse, just to the right of where your right click might sit. I generally don't care for button placement in that area on any mouse and the same can be said for this mouse; I won't use them, but they are at least in an okay place to reach both of them without fumbling around too much. The left side of the mouse fits the near standard shape these days. There's a relatively deep grove for your thumb covered in an odd rubbery material. It has quite the tack in grip, despite the looks of it. There are two buttons (I call them the forward/backward buttons) and they are in an okay place. I have to comment here and say they may seem a little high compared to what you're used to, but they still work. I found myself often resting my thumb atop the buttons while web browsing rather than down where it belongs.

 

 

The back end of the mouse sports a Sentey logo on it in a shinier glossy black. It remains subtle in low light and doesn't over power the mouse. It still gets the branding out there without over doing it. The front of the mouse gives you a better view of the extra buttons on the right click, and shows you their little bumps so you can find them even blind. The mouse has a nice slope to it from high left to low right; unfortunately I found the overall height of the mouse to be a little too tall in my hand. The scroll wheel is on my list of non favorites with this mouse as it is rather cheap feeling (both in weight and textures) and a little noisy on the quick scroll. I did, however, like that the mouse cable was braided, keeping it from getting caught on some of the cables on my desk that aren't.

 

 

Below are the same images as above at just a slightly different angle giving you a little more perspective on the overall mouse. There is a DPI cycling button below the scroll wheel you may have missed in the previous pictures (as I didn't directly, or indirectly, point it out). The button allows you to cycle through four pre-set DPI values. The wheel (which you will see lit up later) lights up with respective colors to help you find where you want to be quickly. There are a couple of regions that have glossy plastic on the mouse, which are mostly a cause for sweaty hands or a little bit of tackiness in general use. Fortunately, you don't really touch these areas (left of the left click, and directly center beneath the scroll wheel), they seem to be more for aesthetics. Overall, it's not really a bad looking mouse. The feel is what gives itself away as being a bit cheap. It's not overly cheap feeling, but at first touch of the night, it makes you second guess what you've purchased for $50.

 

 

 

The cable, as I mentioned before, is braided. This is becoming more standard, so I no longer find it to be a true feature on a product. I just like to point out, yes it is braided, or no it's not. A nice Velcro wrap keeps it bundled nice for shipping and on the go. A shield is on the cable to prevent any interference you might get from the back of your motherboard, which is always nice to see. The USB plug comes covered with a rubber cap that you will likely lose, but I tend to never use them anyway.

 

 

In the end, my biggest complaints go out to the cheapness of the mouse. It is only $50 and I don't expect it to compete with the higher end mice, but I do expect solid durability of the mouse. I'll admit it feels cheap, but it has held up to me slamming it around quite a bit. I'm a bit of a rage player and will tend to smash mice and keyboards when things don't go my way. Unfortunately, something about the mouse just annoyed me every time I sat down to use it. It wasn't the shape of the mouse and it wasn't the button placement or sensitivity; it just didn't please my hand for what I felt I would have paid for. I sure got a lot of neat shwag with the mouse, the poster, the stickers, a neat carry bag, and such – but it wouldn't have hurt my feelings if the cost of those items ended up in the mouse itself instead.

 

 

One last shot to leave you with, a lit up scroll wheel. I will tell you, if you're not super tall, or don't sit high at your desk, you may never know this lights up. I'll admit it was a late epiphany on my part as I can't see it sitting here writing this review.

 

The software is an interesting bit. The box comes with a mini-CD, something you may have not seen in a while. I tend to opt-out on the optical drive and go for a more direct method either via flash drive or internet download. The first time I went to the Sentey website to get the drivers, the site was, sadly, down. I'd assume it was a fluke as the next day it was back up and ready to go. However, downloading the files for the driver and software, Chrome marked the file as "not commonly downloaded and could be dangerous". I'd assume it's because it's a new product and a zip file at that, but it doesn't look good when you get a big red flag on download for some mouse software.

Anyway, putting all that aside, the software downloaded and installed rather quickly and couldn't be much simpler of an application. It looks as if it were a simple GUI written by a summer intern, but props to them for getting their work launched!

I won't spend much time here as it's all rather self-explanatory. The software basically lets you set buttons to your desires (all except for left click). The options are all listed on one page and do allow for Macro setup, which is just a tiny popup window where you can press/click what you want. The sensitivity options allows you to set each of the 4 levels of DPI. You can set "DEFAULT" for either buttons or sensitivity if you somehow mess things up that bad. Otherwise, it's pretty straight forward and I think you can handle it! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sentey Aphelion Elite Gamer Series Mouse Specifications:

Name:
Aphelion
Model:
GS-3520
Series:
Elite Series
Type:
Laser
Part Number:
GS-3520
UPC:
788513035206
Warranty:
1 year
DPI Resolution:
Up to 3400 DPI
DPI Level Preset:
4 levels
Sensor:
PAW-3606
Chipset:
Pixart
Polling Rate:
1000 Hz
Frame Rate:
6600 FPS
Scrolling:
3D 2 Way Scrolling
Track Speed:
30 ips
Acceleration:
9G
Buttons:
7 Buttons + 1 DPI Switch
Macro Buttons:
YES
Profiles:
YES
Pads:
Ultraslick Teflon
Illumination:
LED Wheel Indicating DPI Levels
Adjustable Weights:
NO
Interface:
USB 2.0
Cable Length:
1.8 m
Cable Type:
Heavy Duty Braided
Size:
125 x 79 x 43 mm
Upper Enclosure:
Soft Matte Black
Net Weight:
145 g
 
 

Sentey Aphelion Elite Gamer Series Mouse Features:

 

Information courtesy of: http://www.sentey.com/en/aphelion-gs-3520

Sentey Aphelion Elite Gamer Series Mouse Testing:

The Sentey Aphelion Elite Gamer Series Mouse was defiantly put through over a week of use and testing. During this time it was used it in everyday use, surfing the internet, photoshopping and of course some gaming. As a mouse is personal to each and every individual so how it responds in these various tasks is important in different ways to everyone. This rather subjective review is best to provide you the feedback from use rather than assigning made up numbers trying to compare one mouse to another. It's pretty easy to distinguish the likes and dislikes of a mouse through words rather than leaving it to you to decide what a 7 or 8 really means. No guessing game – here's what I liked, and here's what I hated.

Testing Setup:

 

Sentey Aphelion Elite Gamer Series Mouse Results:

Everyday Use:

Everyday use for a mouse is hard to argue, even in the cheapest mice. The Sentey Aphelion just works. It might not feel amazing beneath your hand, but it does indeed function as any mouse should. It points to where you expect it to point, and moves with you with your favorite DPI settings set for each application you may need. I cannot say there is anything exceptional with the mouse on an everyday setting – but it doesn't fail here either.

 

Working:

Working with this mouse, I had no issues navigating to where I needed to be. The DPI button often got pressed by accident causing me to be irritated by the extra unexpected sensitivity, but I eventually worked it out. Being able to set the DPI levels really helped me transition from program to program without having to do much else than press a button to work on different things. It's always nice to be able to swap while trying to be precise and or trying to be quick. I found no major issues while working with the mouse – other than just not being happy in general. I feel I've complained about the "feel" enough at this point.

 

Gaming:

Gaming has been on the back burner lately with all that "LIFE" happening. Haha. I did find time to play some good old Age of Empires III the other night and found the mouse to do just fine. It's not that the mouse doesn't track well enough and function properly; it's really just the cost of the mouse for what it feels like. I like something solid under my hand; I want it to feel at least as nice as my low end mouse at work (it's nothing special). I managed to kick my opponents butt with no issues and clicking was very confident. I'd be happy in a shooter with this mouse, just with the feedback in clicks – I just can't equate price to what is in my hand.

 

Sentey Aphelion Elite Gamer Series Mouse Conclusion:

Overall, I've ultimately given you my conclusion of the mouse in the Closer Look pages, but it's good to take another moment and summarize it all again in one page (for you single page readers). Again, my biggest complaint throughout seemed to follow my initial impressions for the mouse, utter cheapness. The mouse proved itself to be more solid than it feels after being able to stand up to a few smashings, but the general "feel" of the mouse just wasn't there. It almost felt like a toy. It was overly light without weight options and simply felt hollow. I wasn't convinced with it and was saddened every time I sat down to use it. However, it is only $50, which is quite cheap for a mouse with extra buttons, and relatively good tracking/sensing. Unfortunately, the bribery of all the shwag with the mouse didn't persuade me to a different direction. A neat poster for the wall, some stickers, a cool carry case, and all the costs I would have rather had in the mouse itself. I wouldn't have had my feelings hurt if I didn't get the neat "extras" or the fancy box that had all those dollar signs sitting there end up in the mouse instead.

The software, while functional, was a bit of a joke to download. It looked like something in testing to ensure the drivers and software options were in place. I don't need something fancy and if things were skimped here to keep the price of the mouse down, power to Sentey, but I'm not impressed. The mouse performed relatively well. The excessively high DPI ratings went unused as I found them to track no better than lower DPI settings with increased Windows sensitivity. The off-centered sensor proved to not really effect the mouse accuracy as I found it to be on par with about any other mouse. In the end, I found nothing exceptional about the mouse itself, just rather what came in the box besides it. For $50 refrain from the poster and beer fridge stickers and find another palm sitter.

 

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