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"nothing to really explain,
and feels great
cant beat $38 for a mouse comparable to my razer mamba (except its not wireless, which i could care less) "Recently purchased this mouse, so this is more of a first impression review. I purchased this during the Daily Deals special, during this time the price was 38$.
The Shogun Bros. Ballista MK-1 seems like a great gaming mouse, I've been in the market for a while and either haven't had the cash for the higher priced mice or none of the lower cost mice appealed to me and what I expect out of a gaming mouse.
For the ~40$ price range the Ballista is very difficult to beat with the amount of features it has. I could not find a Logitech, Razer, or any other brand mouse that matched or exceeded this mouse feature wise. So I took the plunge on the rather low-cost mouse. Let's be honest, 38$ isn't much for a gaming mouse.
Let's look at some of the features.
The DPI setting is insane (way too much for most on the highest setting of 8200) but it has that high setting, which many gaming mice do not have.
The button layout is simple, but well thought out. I am able to control all buttons with my thumb, middle, and index finger without issue.
I have XL hands, and this is one of the few gaming mice I have found to fit comfortably. Only complaint is that my pinky finger doesn't rest on the mouse and still rubs on to the mouse pad. It can get annoying, but no mouse I've used has fixed that issue.
Independent X and Y axis controls, nice feature for certain games. You can manually change the DPI and X/Y axis using buttons on the mouse OR with the program you download from the Shogun Bros. Website.
You have a total of ten customizable buttons. Right Click, Scroll Up, Scroll Down, Tilt Left, Tilt Right, Wheel Click, Forward, Backward, Gaming buttons 1 and 2. Combine this with 5 modes (each a different color on the mouse) you have 50 total custom buttons.
Even though it is wired, a downside to many. I haven't noticed any problems with the wire getting in my way. And with how smooth this mouse glides, it honestly doesn't feel like it has a wired.
Now lets get to the program to customize the mouse, it isn't that bad at all. I had heard it was difficult to use but after reading through the manual for about 5 minutes and playing around with it I got the hang of it quickly and now it's just a breeze to use. You have 3 sections, Macro Management, Button Function, and DPI and Tools.
Macro Management allows you to make custom buttons not normally found on your keyboard I.E. Shift + Tab and you can record it. You can save a total of 5888 special button.
Button Function, this is the main part of customizing. Simple drag and drop.
DPI and Tools, manually change the DPI setting, report rate, and scrolling speed.
The mouse is very light, I would say it's lighter then a Logitech M505 (a typical non-gamer mouse). I would've preferred a heavier mouse but it's not a major downside in my opinion. The mouse also has a rubbery feel to it, I have yet to have lost my grip while playing games.
I wouldn't turn down this mouse just because it's on an airsoft website, it is definitely a nice mouse.
Now lets look at the difference between this mouse being 38$ and the retail price of 66$. At 38$ this mouse is nearly unbeatable, a ton more features then most mice in that price range. However at 66$ there are many competitors that have already proven themselves to be great gaming mice AND are from very well-known companies. Above that, they have features that are nearly the same, or even more features. At the 60$+ price range I will admit I probably wouldn't have purchased this mouse without trying it over another more well known gaming mouse at that price.
Shogun Bros. has definitely showed me that they can make quality products, I wouldn't dismiss their products until after you have tried something of theirs out personally. I know it can be risky purchasing something from a relatively new almost unheard of company (in the U.S. anyways) but I don't regret my purchase at all.
Overall I'm going to give it a 5 stars for the 38$ price tag, it exceeded my expectation in nearly every way.
For the 66$ price tag, I'll give it a 4 star. I just feel like this mouse needs to be in the 50$ price range. So it loses 1 star because of the price. "You probably don't recognise the name Shogun Bros, but you might have seen its first mouse, the Chameleon, in last year's CES coverage. It was the bizarre rodent that could be flipped over and used as a gamepad.
Now the Hong Kong-based company is back with a more serious gaming mouse, the Ballista MK-1, and it's rather impressive.
The curves of the Ballista MK-1 are classic right-handed ergonomics, immediately separating this mouse from the Roccat Lua. There are many other differences too, not least the use of more precise laser tracking as opposed to optical tracking, making the Ballista a much more fully functioning game-centric mouse.
Shogun Bros is new to the UK, and hopefully by the time you read this it will have sorted out distribution over here as well as in the US. It has a neat line in compact mech-switch gaming keyboards too, so I'm welcoming it with open arms.
The headline feature for the Ballista MK-1 is that huge 8,200dpi setting, but for me the general performance of the mouse is more interesting. At the top dpi setting I find it too easy to lose my bearings mid-frag - a little jolt of the wrist and you're facing the opposite direction. Still, 5,600dpi is precise and pretty darned rapid. The switching is intuitive too, letting you flick between dpi settings on the fly via a switch by your thumb.
Personally though, it was the smooth tracking of your mouse movements that really warmed me to the Ballista MK-1. Despite the rapid movement that comes with those seriously high dpi settings there was never a time where it felt jerky or twitchy. Fine-grain movements were possible, and smooth tracking shots also became second nature.
I'm not going to say the Ballista suddenly made up for my general lack of twitch-gaming skills, but it certainly made sure that I had nothing else to blame for poor performance but my own dearth of proficiency.
Shogun Bros has also added in a further set of programmable buttons to complement the side-mounted forward/back buttons next to your thumb. These sit by the right mouse button, and are surprisingly easily accessible during battle. It may take a little bit of getting used to their placement, but they become useful accessories when you do.
The added macro creator in the Shogun Bros software is also impressive, allowing a full range of macro recording to be tied into any of the programmable buttons, in five customisable profiles.
Inevitably though, for such an ergonomically designed mouse, the Ballista is going to immediately antagonise the left-handed gamer out there. While you can switch around the primary and secondary buttons easily enough, it's never going to be comfortable to use in the left hand.
But that's obviously only an issue for lefties. For the rest of us the Ballista MK-1 is a nicely designed, well-weighted gaming rodent with incredible precision. It won't suddenly make you the best Planetside gamer in the world, but it does mean that you can't blame your tools. Displaying
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