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-- Flexiglow xRaider Mouse
-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: GideonX
-- Posted on: 2005-07-02
-- Price: ~ $15.00 USD
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Just about everything you do on your machine requires at least a little bit of precision. Whether you are surfing the web furiously or playing a few rounds of your favorite first person shooter, you are in need of a mouse. Plain jane mice are a thing of the past, let's take a look at something spicier.

We have the xRaider mouse from Flexiglow on the review slab today. Aside from the pleasing colors, the xRaider also provides quick and precise performance.

Specifications:

  • 800DPI resolution
  • Image processing - 550800 pixels/sec
  • Frame rate - 1700/sec
  • Speed 12.75 inches/sec
  • USB or PS/2
  • PC and Mac compatible

Here are some features:

  • Easy-Grip rubber coated buttons
  • Illuminated Scroll Wheel with built in calibration control
  • Funky changing colour illuminated status light
  • Extra long USB cord (1.8m)
  • Translucent exterior housing
  • Slick easy glide Teflon Feet

The packaging comes with a PS/2 adapter in case you do not have any USB ports to spare. A carry pouch is also provided, which I assume would be useful for transportation if you attend LAN events.

The xRaider only provides a left, middle (wheel press) and right click. There are no side buttons that you can map for other functions.

I will admit, I have very big and heavy fingers. After using the xRaider for a while, I felt that the buttons were very easy to press down on. For me, this sometimes causes a few accidental double clicks. I would guess a bit of practice should help a bit.

The rear base of the mouse has a clear cut xRaider logo. A multi-colored LED pulses when power is provided. It cycles through green, blue, red and purple.

One of my favorite features of the xRaider is the illuminated wheel. It emits a nice and bright blue color when on.

So how does the mouse far in regular and gaming tasks? Rather well I might say. The mouse comes with very slick Teflon mouse feet, which made the mouse slide quickly across my Ratpadz. If you are switching from an older mouse, you will need a bit of time to get used to the increased speed on your pad as well as on your screen. I was previously using a MS Intellimouse Pro optical, a very large and aging mouse. It took a few minutes to get used to the new speed.

I've been playing the new Battlefield 2 game that just came out. I am really bad at flying the helicopter in the game. It requires you to hold the mouse stead as well as using the keyboard. Often times, I would move a bit too much with the mouse when I didn't want to and end up in the side of a mountain. With the xRaider, I am still crashing into mountains. Not the fault of the xRaider, more of a re-learning of basics in regards to flying. The mouse is quick, so I'm always moving too much to the left or too much to the right. You will have to re-learn a few things when you start off.

Overall, the xRaider is a great bang for the buck mouse with some visual appeal. It is responsive throughout on the screen and on the mouse pad. The mouse is not at all large, but it fits comfortably. It would have been great to have some extra buttons, possible a future revision?

Thanks to Flexiglow for sending over their xRaider mouse. They have a whole range of illuminated devices that match with this mouse as well.



Pros:

  • Quick and smooth
  • Small and easy to hold
  • Colors from all angles


Cons:

  • No side buttons
  • Buttons may be too soft for some
  • No replacement mouse feet

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