WarMouse Meta Review
Reviewed by: gotdamojo06
Reviewed on: August 24, 2010
Are you currently in the market for a new mouse for your system? Are you constantly using macros and shortcut keys on your keyboard? Wouldn't it just be much easier if you could just have all of those shortcuts in the palm of your hand? Well WarMouse has come out with their Meta mouse, this mouse has a ton of features that may just be able to help you not only be more productive with your favorite applications but give you an edge in your favorite games. WarMouse has taken the time to program all of the extra buttons on the mouse for different applications and games with their different modes. I am very curious to see exactly how this mouse is going to perform when it is put up against the competition.
Taking the first look at the packaging, you are going to see a large image of the WarMouse Meta with a nice and bright blue futuristic background image behind it, giving the impression that the Meta mouse is from the future. The top left hand corner of the package is where you are going to find the WarMouse company's logo, the top right hand corner you will find the text "Contains 64 game and application modes and the OpenOffice.org suite" letting you know exactly what the WarMouse Meta mouse is going to give you. Towards the bottom of the package, you will find the WarMouse Meta logo with the blurb "18 Button Laser Joystick Mouse 5600 DPI" which is a nice and easy way to describe the mouse. The WarMouse tag line "transcend the mouse" is printed in the bottom right hand corner of the package. When you take a look at the back of the box, you are going to see a closer image of the Meta mouse with a list of the features the mouse has. You are also going to see a nice description of the mouse and a few of the other features the mouse has. On one of the sides you are going to find a list of some more features of the mouse such as: 48 commands on 64 modes, takes the point out of point-and-click, analog/digital joystick, and "the king of all computer mice". The other side of the package is where you are going to find a list of the built in application and gaming modes.
When you open up the package, you are going to find the WarMouse Meta sitting inside of a white box nice and neatly with a clear plastic molded cover to keep it as well as the disc and cord in place during the shipping process to keep anything from being damaged. When you pull everything out of the package, you are going to find the WarMouse Meta itself as well as a disc that includes the drivers and software for the Meta as well as D'Fend Reloaded, and OpenOffice.org suite.
The WarMouse Meta mouse has typical overall computer mouse design to it, it has the buttons at the front of the mouse where your finger tips are located and it also has a scroll wheel in the center of the buttons. You are going to find a joystick on the left side of the mouse where your thumb usually rests, there is also a button behind the joystick. The front of the mouse has 16 buttons located where most other mice have the usual right and left click buttons.
Each side of the mouse has it's own set of buttons, you will find two larger ones on either side of the mouse with four smaller ones in the front and two larger ones at the top, there are a total of eight buttons on each side of the scroll wheel for a total of 16 buttons on just the front of the mouse. Each button has its own special function depending on what application you have open, these buttons will replace your keyboard shortcut keys, meaning you will have all of your shortcuts in the palm of your hand. The joystick on the left side of the Meta mouse takes the place of the usual two buttons on the side of a typical mouse.
The bottom of the WarMouse Meta, you will find the WarMouse logo printed at the top with WarMouse Meta printed below it. There is a barcode on the bottom of the mouse as well as a serial number printed towards the middle of the mouse. You are going to find the laser in the middle of the mouse where it typically is on all mice. The WarMouse Meta uses a USB connection to transfer data to your computer.
Now that we know what the WarMouse Meta mouse looks like, it's time to get the mouse setup and ready to be used.
When you open up the WarMouse Meta Modeware application, you are going to get the "basic" screen. On this screen, you are going to change your basic settings for all of the different games and applications that the WarMouse Meta has support for. A few examples are Age of Empires, Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty MW2, Dreamweaver 8, Google Chrome, Photoshop, OpenOffice Suite, and Firefox. On the first screen, all you are going to need to do is select the application or game that you wish to change the settings for in the list, highlight it and you now have the application selected and ready to edit. You can change the Double-Click speed, Pointer Speed, Scroll Wheel, and CPI Resolution. The scroll wheel speed can be changed from anywhere between 1 line and 100 lines, while the CPI Resolution can be changed anywhere from 100 to 5600 dpi. You can set the joystick to either be active or inactive, when it is active you are going to have a few different options to choose from, you can set it as 8 directional keys, 4 assignable buttons, 8 assignable buttons, 7 joystick buttons with an analogy joystick, or strictly as an analogy joystick. You can set the Autoswitch file path for where the application is installed at so the software can load the proper application settings.
When you get into the "Advanced" screen, you are going to be able to adjust the functions of every single button that you have on the mouse. On this screen, all you need to do is use the arrow keys at the top of the screen to select the application or game that you want to change the button's actions for. Once you have the application/game selected, you are going to need to click either the function from the list that you wish to program or you can even select the button from the image to the right of the list and it will find the function it already has programed to it and highlight it in the list.
There are also different ways that you can program functions to the keys on the WarMouse Meta mouse, you can click the Add Function button, this will give you a pop up that you can add a name to the Function. Once you have a name for the function, you then need to select the mode; either a Keypress, Key, Macro, or Special Button. If you click the special button, you are going to be able to select from a list what you want to have the function do, such as display the Mode Map, CPI low, CPI high, CPI default, back button click, etc. You can also record a keystroke on your keyboard and save it as a macro or a single key press. You can also edit an existing function by clicking the edit function button, when you do this you will get the exact same pop up. The Mode Map is a nice feature that WarMouse has added with their software, this is going to allow you to have a full screen visual overlay of all of the buttons on the mouse and what their functions are.
Some more of the helpful functions in the advanced menu are going to be your Mode Statistics pop up, this is where you are going to be able to analyze the amount of times the buttons are pressed and what functions were carried out with those button presses, this can be helpful when you are attempting to program all of the buttons and figure out if you use the function often or not and help you decide which function to replace if you want to add a new one. There is also a list of Macro Functions, that way you will know what different keys/actions you can program using the Modeware Macro editor, and what different modifier buttons are supported. There is also a Click Statistics tool that you can use to figure out how many mouse clicks you have used and how often a certain button has been pressed. There is also an option to display what firmware revision you have installed on the mouse so you know if you will need to do an update on the firmware or not once new revisions are released.
Now that we have the mouse configured and we know our way around the software, it's now time to take a look at the specifications and features the WarMouse Meta has to offer.
High-Speed USB 2.0
110 x 68 x 40 mm
- 18 double-click buttons
- 6 analogy/digital joystick settings
- 5600 laser sensor
- 64 on-mouse modes
- 48 commands per mode
- 512k flash memory
- Meta Modeware
- PDF mode exports
- multi-language support (5)
- FirmGrip rubber coating
- 1.85 meter USB cable
- Windows XP/Vista/7 compatible
- 1Aion Online
- Assassin's Creed and Assassin's Creed 2
- Battle for Wesnoth
- Battlefield Bad Company 2
- Bioshock and Bioshock 2
- Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
- Call of Duty 5: World at War
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Counterstrike: Source
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2
- Diablo and Diablo II
- Distant Worlds
- Dragon Age: Origins
- Eve Online
- Everquest 2
- Fantasy General
- FreeSpace/FreeSpace 2
- Intellivision Lives/Rocks
- Lords of Magic: Special Edition
- Mass Effect 2
- Max Payne and Max Payne 2
- Nostalgia Intellivision Emulator
- Poker Stars
- Serious Sam FE, SE, and 2
- Sins of a Solar Empire
- Supreme Commander and Supreme Commander 2
- Starcraft: Terran
- Starcraft: Protoss
- Starcraft: Zerg
- Streetfighter IV
- The Sims 2
- The Sims 3
- Total War: Shogun
- Total War: Medieval
- Total War: Medieval 2
- Total War: Rome
- Total War: Empire
- Total War: Napoleon
- VASL 5.0
- Warlords 2
- Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos
- World of Warcraft
- World of Warcraft: various classes
- 3D Studio Max
- Adobe Photoshop CS4
- Adobe Reader 9
- Autodesk AutoCAD
- GNU Image Manipulation Program 2.6
- Goldwave 5.55
- Google Chrome
- Intuit Quickbooks
- Intuit Quicken
- Microsoft Office 2007: Word, Excel, Powerpoint
- Microsoft Outlook
- Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Microsoft Equation Editor 2007
- Microsoft Equation Editor 2003
- Microsoft MathType
- Mozilla Firefox
- Mozilla Thunderbird
- OEM NDA #1
- OpenOffice.org 3.2: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Base
- OpenOffice Math
- Visual Studio 2005
- Visual Studio 2008
- WinFlash Educator 11.0
All information courtesy of WarMouse @ http://warmouse.com/about.html
To properly test the WarMouse Meta, 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 number of head-shots. For the last rating, I will be rating how well you are able to customize the mouse to fit your needs. The Orochi mouse will be tested as a wired mouse.
- Processor: Intel i7 920 @ 3.60GHz
- Motherboard: MSI X58 Platinum
- Memory: Mushkin Redline DDR3 1600MHz 6-8-6-24
- Video Card : NVIDIA Geforce GTX 260
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800 watt modular power supply
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 1TB SATA
- Optical Drive: LG DVD-RW
- OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
- Case: NZXT Beta Evo
- Mousepad: OCZ Behemoth Regulator Mousepad
- Mouse: WarMouse Meta
- Mouse: Choiix Cruiser
- Mouse: Razer Orochi
- Mouse: Razer Naga
- Mouse: Razer Imperator
- Mouse: Mionix Naos 5000
- Mouse: Logitech G500
- 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 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 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 received a 1 score in this benchmark due to the fact that there is no ability to customize the mouse outside of the standard customizations Windows allows (double-click speed, pointer speed, wheel speed, etc.).
The WarMouse Meta got a solid 10 in the Speed test as it has the highest DPI setting out of all of the mice it was compared to, coming in at 5600dpi! 5600 dpi is a little bit faster than any one person would truly need for everyday usage, however with the larger screens and resolutions out there now-a-days, you are going to need something that is going to be able to go from one corner to the other in a split of a second, especially when you are playing your favorite games. The comfort test is where the WarMouse Meta did not shine as highly as others out there, it only scored a 6/10. The reason for the lower score is due to the sheer size of the mouse; the mouse is wide enough that you have to keep three fingers on top of the mouse with only your thumb and pinky fingers hanging off to the sides which for me and my gaming style does not fit the bill. In the precision test, the Meta got a 7 which is just about the highest score out of the other mice, while it was very precise and moved across the screen at the speeds that I needed and stopped where I needed, it was just not quite as comfortable as the others and there was a little bit of a delay in pressing the fire button as there was a little bit of confusion which button to hit. The customization test is where the WarMouse Meta shinned, it was able to get a perfect score for the simple fact that every aspect of the mouse was able to be customized to be made your own. Not only were you able to program every single button on the mouse, the dpi settings, and scroll wheel speeds; you were able to adjust these settings for just about every major application out there that you would use shortcuts for that would automatically switch to the profile once it was the active window.
Taking a look at the WarMouse Meta, you were able to see exactly what the mouse's intended uses were by just looking at the design of the mouse; it is intended to be used for a productive computer power user who uses multiple shortcuts and macros in not only games but in the applications that he/she uses on a daily basis. The WarMouse Meta mouse was able to live up to most all of my expectations as a fully customizable mouse that has 18 buttons on it with the exception of a few aspects. I was not very keen on the button placement/design of the Meta. I would have liked to see the right and left click buttons a little bit larger than they were and placed closer to the scroll wheel for a quicker adaptation to the mouse when switching from a regular mouse with only the right and left click buttons placed at the front of the mouse. I also am not a huge fan of how wide the mouse is, I am used to having only my index and middle fingers placed on the top of the mouse, however with the placement of the right and left click buttons, that hand position is not going to work with the Meta mouse, you must have three fingers placed on the top of the mouse with only your thumb and pinky finger hanging off the sides of the mouse. Other than that, the mouse was a win in my book, the weight of the mouse was just about perfect for me, while it does not have an adjustable weight, it is not too heavy that it is going to put a lot of stress on your wrist after sitting in front of the computer for hours working on a project. The fact that the Meta can have multiple profiles for different applications is quite a great idea, because sometimes you want have a high dpi setting for browsing the web or using a text editor but when you are using photoshop or another application that requires precision clicking, a lower dpi setting is more helpful. The pre-programmed profiles for the different applications and games does cut the initial setup of the mouse to just changing a few settings to your needs and rearranging the functions to a more desirable button placement for your personal comfort. I was really surprised to see how many different settings there were and how you were able to program the different buttons to carry out different functions when different applications were active. If you are in the market for a new mouse, and you are looking for a very customizable mouse that is going to give you a large amount of buttons to be able to program macros and different functions to, you may just want to check out the WarMouse Meta.
- Capable of high DPI settings
- Multiple profiles
- Pre-programmed buttons
- Button Placement/Design