The gaming mouse has been around for a while but is constantly being tweaked and refined to offer that extra competitive edge. Genius has been pretty active in this market. Its latest offering is the Ergo 555 Laser, capable of a handling a range of dpi settings from 400 up to an impressive 3,200. It’s a wired USB mouse featuring a cloth cabling that’s supposed to be more flexible and less likely to restrict your movement at that critical juncture.
The rest of the admittedly stylish design includes a smooth rubber grip, a total of 10 control buttons with scroll wheel and an innovative OLED display that reports the current profile settings. Our first impressions were that the mouse was extremely light, and there’s no provision here for adding weight as seen in some rival products in this range. This is something you get used to, though, and few but the most finicky of gamers would find it has much of an impact on performance.
To set the mouse up properly you need to install the Agama2 software provided, which offers access to profile settings including independent X and Y axis dpi and individual button configuration. It’s pretty easy to use and offers the ability to record individual keystrokes and macros to assign to the button of your choice.
Changing profiles is accomplished by pressing the dedicated profile button in front of the scroll wheel, which cycles through each of the five available. When you do this the new X and Y dpi settings are shown on the OLED display, which, while handy, is unlikely to be of much use while gaming since staring down at the mouse for a couple of seconds will more often than not get you killed. It’s partly redundant then, but we thought it was quite a nice touch regardless.
We had a couple of minor issues with the Ergo 555 Laser. Unfortunately you can’t disable profile use or move backwards through the sequence, so if you want to revert to the previous profile you’ll have to click this button five times to cycle round. This could eat up valuable time in a gaming environment, not to mention the propensity for error, but you can solve the problem by allocating a specific profile to any of the spare control buttons on the mouse. We’d like to have seen the ability to disable profiles so that, for example, only two are active and switchable. This would have solved this problem but with enough alternative solutions it’s not too big an issue.
Overall, though, the buttons are quite well positioned for the most part; we didn’t have too much trouble hitting any of them accurately in the heat of a firefight. Once we got used to the weight and took the time to correctly configure and adapt to the profile settings, we were pretty impressed by its responsiveness and have no doubt that it would substantially improve your performance over a conventional mouse.
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