Final Thoughts and Conclusion
We all know Alienware for building high end PC’s, some may say overpriced and some say just right but they do PC’s. Alienware jumping over to building keyboards and mice, selling them not only with their PC’s but separately as well is a nice move that many will love. They are very useful and sexy, but the mouse does have 2 issues that bug me a bit.
The first issue, and it’s not as big though it usually is for me is the price. When it first came out, it was $99.99 but it seems to have dropped now to $69.99, which is about right. There are other mice in the same category that much more than this mouse and of course some that are better priced. When I initially started righting the article, I was going to deduct 1 entire star because the price was way too high, but at $69.99 it is much more reasonable.
The thing that makes me the most upset about this mouse, like they never tested it. The issue that I mentioned already was that the right wing needed a grove of some sort, it is too smooth and being that there is no grove, it makes it hard to life the mouse making you at times click on the left buttons. There needs to be some sort of indentation for your ring finger and pinky to be able to latch onto to make lifting the mouse possible and not having to figure out ways around it. I have gotten used to it, but you shouldn’t have to.
With that, let’s go over the Pros and Cons.
- Sturdy build
- Great for larger hands
- Braided cable
- Customizable RGB LED lighting
- Offers 6 modes of lighting
- And tons of optional lighting options in-between
- All keys are programmable
- 5 Programmable Macro Key combinations
- Optional Software Install: Does not require software to utilize all of the features
- Alienware Control Center is a feature rich piece of software
- Adjustable Palm Rest
- Clever and Adjustable Left and Right Wings
- Great DPI Adjustability
- Up to 12,000 DPI
- Surface Calibration is Amazing
- Highly Customizable
- DPI Selector rocker is nicer than most
- Highly customizable weight system cleverly hidden
- Software is setup nicely and does not require separate installation for the mouse if you already have the keyboard
- Hard to hold
- Priced slightly high, but price is coming down
A ton of Pros and only 2 Cons, but one of the cons hurt the final score tremendously. I like to give the points in the following manner.
Each represent a star, it’s got the form and the functions, but the fit is totally off with the wing, if you can’t properly use a mouse… is it worth it? Mind you, I was able to work around it and make it work trying to justify the cost but even though I did find a way to use it, it’s not optimal.
The durability feels right on, it’s a solid mouse and the price now is decent, but is it? For that price, you want a mouse you can 100% use though it is very nice looking. With tall this said, I give this mouse a rating 3.5 stars. 1 major knock on the fit and only have a half a star hit on the price.
Do you think I graded it too harshly, let me know what you think, if I should raise it to a 4 star review and why?
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I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development Engineer for Alienware and later Dell through Alienware’s acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new configurations, products and technologies with companies such as AMD, Asus, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA and more. The Arts, Gaming, New & Old technologies drive my interests and passion. Now as my day job, I am an IT Manager but doing reviews on my time and my dime.