One of the most notable features of the Meduza mouse is the extent to which EpicGear have thought out the ergonomics of the device. Even the rear of the packaging points out the different conscious ergonomic choices, such as the “extended thumb rest,” the “index finger rest,” “ring finger support” and “enhanced pinkie grip,” all of which come together well to make an extremely comfortable device.
The cable is a 2 metre long braided cable that feels very rugged and comes in very noticeable red and black stripes, not entirely dissimilar to that of snake markings, which continues the theme. It makes it quite difficult to lose track of when wiring up.
The connector is gold-plated and has a very rugged cladding which is easy to keep hold of for plugging in and out with ease. There is also a large ferrite bead to aid electromagnetic shielding.
When plugged in, the mouse has a glowing EG logo near the back, a glowing Meduza logo at the bottom corner, and a glowing mouse wheel.
The logos seem to be permanently set to glow red, but the mouse wheel can glow in a number of colours, including red, yellow, blue, green and purple.
The underside of the Meduza, in stark contrast to the sleek black overall look of the body, is bright red. The most obvious feature is the two separate sensors – an optical sensor to the left, a laser sensor to the right. Below them there is a switch to toggle between the sensor options. Each sensor can be used individually, with the middle option being the custom “Hybrid Dual Sensor Technology” (HDST) technology, making use of both simultaneously.
The idea behind the HDST technology is that you can get the best of both worlds when it comes to the two choices of sensor – the speed of a laser sensor, coupled with the precision and stability of an optical sensor. There is a compromise in the DPI of the HDST tech compared to the laser sensor (4800dpi vs 6300dpi) but this is still greater than the 3200dpi maximum of the optical sensor on its own.
For the HybridPad, which comes in three sizes (the small version is the one being reviewed), the main draw is that it has been created with the Meduza and the HDST technology in mind (hence the HybridPad name). They have posted “Surface Quality Analyze Tool” (SQAT) results for the Meduza on a number of different types of mouse pad, with their own HybridPad coming out on top.
The HybridPad is made with a composite fabric in a textured weave, to maximise comfort and glide, with a surface that is optimised for maximising the effectiveness of the sensors.