WolfKing Trooper MVP Gaming Mouse Review
Reviewed by: Zertz
Reviewed on: August 27, 2008
There are many ways to market and sell a product, and one of most popular ways these days is to label something as a gaming product. They usually come in flashy colors, and are often covered with multi-coloured LEDs, anything to catch your attention! When it comes to mice, there are tons and tons of different models to choose from, but what makes them different from each other? Some of them are now using a laser to track movement, instead of the LED used in optical mice, or a ball in older mechanical models - or even wheels for the really old school people! Laser technology mainly allows for more precision, so it makes great sense to use it in a gaming mouse, which is what I will be looking at today - the WolfKing Trooper MVP.
WolfKing has been around since 2001, creating various gaming input devices including keyboards, keypads, and yes, mice. According to them, the Trooper MVP is "the latest in gaming technology." It features on-the-fly DPI switching, up to four shots per click, lightning fast response time, and extreme accuracy. Let's see if WolfKing's mouse truly lives up to its claims!
The retail box isn't the flashiest ever produced, but it is also far from the usual bland packaging companies use for low end mice. The black and red color scheme WolfKing went with has a low profile look to it, while still being an eye-catching box. The front showcases the main features, and all the important information about the Trooper MVP is found on the back side of the box. It seems like the mouse has what it takes to hang out with the big boys!
The mouse is well protected by a hard plastic molded shell. There are very few extras included, simply a CD with a basic mouse driver, the manual, and four spare rubber feet, in case you travel more than the rated 250 kilometers on the stock ones!
Let's take a closer look at the mouse itself now!
Let's put away the packaging and look at the interesting part - the mouse itself! It looks pretty good with its matte black finish, and its shape looks like it should be comfortable too! The Trooper MVP has a total of five buttons, but it also features two more buttons that are locked to a specific function. The left and right buttons have grooves carved into them, and the wheel allows vertical scrolling, but not horizontal. Small rubber feet are placed one in each corner, to facilitate the Trooper's movements. The area around the thumb buttons has a rubbery look and feel to it.
Notice those two unusual buttons on the top of mouse, right behind the scroll wheel? Here's a closer look at both of those function buttons, and the DPI indicator as well; next page will see their use explained thoroughly.
Let's plug it in, install the necessary software, and see what happens!
It doesn't get much easier than this - once your plug the mouse into a USB port, every feature works! The two buttons that control DPI and rate of fire functions are hardware controlled, so the mouse does not rely on software at all. The included driver does add support to customize the use of the other five buttons. Just pop the disk in your optical drive and follow the on-screen instructions (Next, Next, Finished); you will then be prompted to restart. Once that is done, the mouse is fully ready to game with! By default, the two thumb buttons will serve as back and forward in your Internet browser, and clicking the scroll wheel will open a link in a new tab. In games, they can be customized to various actions. The CD also contains a PDF copy of the manual.
For those who aren't familiar with this, DPI stands for dots per inch. Basically what it means is that for every inch the mouse moves, the cursor will travel a set number of pixels - 800, 1600, or 2400 in this case. A higher DPI doesn't really make the cursor move faster; it simply travels a longer distance on-screen when your hand makes the exact same movement. On the left side, three LEDs indicate which DPI setting the mouse is currently set at, red for 800, blue for 1600 and yellow for 2400. Lower DPI is usually good for web browsing, while higher settings are perfect for gaming.
The chosen rate of fire is shown by the color of the LED hiding under the scrolling wheel. Off is normal, red means it will shoot twice per click, blue means three and purple (purple?!) is four shots per click. This is especially useful in First Person Shooters, where timing and speed are very important, and make the difference between life and death.
Switching from one mode to the other couldn't be much easier; simply hit the F (Fire) and S (Speed) buttons shown on the previous page to change, respectively, the rate of fire and DPI settings. The above pictures show all the different available modes. Of course, you can mix and match them; the fire and speed settings aren't linked in any way. The possibilities are endless!
Now let's move on to the manufacturer's specifications and features.
|Resolution||3 sensitivity levels (800, 1600, 2400)|
|Image Processing||6.4 megapixels/sec|
|Max speed||45-65 inches/sec|
|USB Data Format||16 bits/axis|
|Buttons(Left/Right)||7 million clicks|
- Avago ADNS-6010 sensor
- Full speed USB 2.0 data transfer - up to 500 reports per second, bidirectional connection
- Increase your firepower - Rapid Fire button lets you adjust your fire up to four shots per click
- 2400 DPI laser engine - delivers an accurate and quick response
- On-the-fly sensitivity switching - shift from three sensitivity levels (with LED indicator) during gameplay-800-1600-2400 to achieve fast and precise targeting maneuvers
- Ergonomic design - gives you improved comfort for extended gameplay
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!
The first thought I had when I grabbed the mouse for the time was that it was way too light, especially since I'm used to carrying the weight of the batteries in my wireless mouse. It would be a really neat addition to have a system to add weights like Logitech's G9. For me, at least, that would greatly benefit the mouse in general, especially the precision. Add to that a surface with more grip, and we'd have an excellent mouse on our hands! Another somewhat weak point, although that really depends on how your computer desk is set up, was that I found the USB cable was a bit on the short side.
The Trooper is a very comfortable mouse, your hand lays perfectly on it, and it still feels good even after several hours of use. It did lack in grip though, so I found that even with the grooves on the right and left buttons my fingers tended to slip, but the thumb area had a rubbery texture, so that was good.
Now, this mouse is far from being bad - it does have some great advantages over its competitors. The ability to change the speed and DPI of the mouse on-the-fly just by the touching a button was awesome - no need to pause your gaming session just because you realize you forgot to switch the mouse's software to a faster setting. For general browsing, 800 DPI has a very good feel, and when I Alt-Tabbed back into game (I do it a lot), I could just switch back to 1600 or 2400 and quickly get into the action again! Also, being able to get up to four continuous shots in a single click has definitely proven useful in many situations. Crysis, or any other FPS for that matter, is a great example, because you get the precision of a single shot with the strength of multiple shots. The Fire and Speed buttons are right where they should be, so going through the different modes was a breeze! Besides those two very interesting features, the WolfKing Trooper MVP was possibly the simplest gaming mouse to install, which is pretty cool, since you don't have to tinker around with the software. Every feature is at your fingertips!
- On-the-fly customization
- Adjustable rate of fire
- Very fast
- Easy to setup
- Too light
- USB cable a bit short
- Surface could use more grip