WolfKing Trooper MVP Gaming Mouse ReviewZertz - August 27, 2008
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Since you cannot really benchmark a mouse, I am going to take the WolfKing Trooper MVP, along with two other popular mice from Logitech, in a series of subjective tests to try and find out which is the fastest, most comfortable, accurate, and customizable mouse. The results will be based on my experiences playing Crysis and World of Warcraft, and general use like Internet browsing, with every mouse.
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 333 x 9
- Motherboard: ASUS P5K-E Wi-Fi
- Memory: Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 5-5-5-15 4 x 1GB
- Video Card: Palit HD4850 w/Catalyst 8.7
- Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts 500
- Hard Drive: Seagate 320GB SATA2
- OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
- Logitech MX1000 Laser
- Logitech VX Revolution
For the speed test, I have compared how fast I was able to move the mouse across the screen, as well as making quick movements in games. Results are on a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being very slow and 10 lightning fast. Without a doubt, WolfKing's was by far the fastest mouse tested. Its 800 DPI setting matches the two other mice, but as soon as you hit the speed button, things really start to fly! It takes a little while to get used to the very fast 2400 DPI, but 1600 was the sweet spot, combining speed and precision.
For this aspect of the testing, I will be comparing the comfort and "feel" of the mice; 1 means the least comfortable mouse ever, and 10 means that you just don't want to take your hand off of it. All of them have similar ergonomic designs, and once you put your (right) hand on them, it feels like they have been molded to your hand. Even after a few hours of non-stop gaming, I never felt the need to stretch my fingers, which often happens using most generic mice. The slick surface prevented me from having a solid grip on the mouse, so my fingers tended to slip off the buttons, even though there are grooves to help keep your fingers in place.
Accuracy is very important for a gaming mouse, since you don't want to miss all those frags just because your opponents can successfully hit their targets faster than you. So for this test, I compared how many headshots I was able to pull off, along with how easily I could hit whatever I was aiming for. 1 means I was never able to get a good shot at a target, while 10 means hitting head shots was like a walk in the park. Along with speed, this is where the gaming mouse should stand out from the crowd. Unfortunately, since the WolfKing mouse is wired, and therefore doesn't use batteries, it was much lighter than the two others, and that really annoyed me, since I'm used to a heavier wireless mouse. At the beginning, I often found myself having trouble getting the pointer right where I wanted it to be, slipping past my targets, but once I got used to it, the Trooper definitely achieved better results.
Every mouse has some form of basic customization, but I will be comparing, again on a scale from 1 to 10, how many settings I was able to change - 1 being no changeable settings, and 10 meaning that everything can be changed. On the software side, as far as customization goes, none of the mice really have anything spectacular to offer besides a generic driver and the ability to change the function of their two thumb buttons. Although, on the hardware side of things, the Trooper does allow you to choose from three different DPI settings, and the scrolling wheel can be set to shoot up to four times in a single click.
Let's wrap this up!