Gaming mice are anything but cheap. A cursory online search found that popular brands such as Razer and SteelSeries charge more than $100 for most of their mice.
Such prices make Prolink's latest Ega gaming mouse seem a bargain at $49. But the company is a newcomer to the business and released its first gaming mice only last year. Does the Ega offer enough substance and, more importantly, the gaming cred to challenge the established players?
At first glance, the Ega looks like a typical gaming mouse. Its plastic chassis is light. It comes in black with an illuminated orange LED design. This "breathing LED" pulses to a timing that can be adjusted with a software utility.
But I am not a fan of the illuminated lines that zigzag across the surface. They are, I think, supposed to be lightning bolts, but they just make the mouse look cluttered and messy.
The Ega has three buttons on its left edge that render it suitable only for right-handers. The mouse is symmetrical if you do away with these buttons. So you can still use it with your left hand, though these buttons will become useless.
It has eight programmable buttons that can be customised via software. This utility is included with the mouse and can also be downloaded from Prolink's website.
Compared with the offerings from other brands, Prolink's software is basic. You can bind the mouse buttons to commands ranging from Function keys to launching a browser. Other adjustments include mouse and scroll speed, though the most important one here is probably the DPI setting, or mouse sensitivity. Up to three different profiles can be saved.
The DPI setting can be adjusted on the fly using two buttons near the scroll wheel. This is a popular feature on gaming mice as it lets you adapt quickly to the situation. While I doubt that the ultra-high DPI (up to 8,200) on other mice are actually useful, the 2,400 dpi sensor on the Ega is relatively low.
Prolink has added a Rapid Fire button near the left mouse button that fires twice when pressed. This is useful in a first-person shooter game.
Like most gaming mice, the Ega comes with Teflon mouse feet to ensure that it glides smoothly on most surfaces and delivers precise cursor movements. It uses a braided cable (1.8m), which is supposed to be less prone to being tangled.
While affordable, the Ega lacks the high-end features found on more expensive gaming mice. Price-wise, the $39 Logitech G300 appears to have a similar feature set but without the Ega's breathing LED.
Sensitivity: 500 to 2,400 dpi
USB polling rate: 1,000Hz
Maximum speed: 28 inches per second
Value for money 3/5
This article was first published on July 02, 2014.
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