Mice and other peripherals fall into an interesting category for testing, as your opinion on them tends to be very personal, as the mat, mouse or keyboard has to be right for you, beyond having the specifications to do what you want with it. Therefore these reviews can be highly subjective so as always, please make sure to test a peripheral for yourself before you buy it.
However with that said, our testing methods involve using the mat over prolonged gaming and general usage periods to test its gaming ability and comfort.
The games used for testing were as follows:
- Dawn of War II
- Call of Duty: World at War
The mouse mat used to test this peripheral on was the Mionix Alioth 400.
Dawn of War II
Dawn of War II is a fast paced real time strategy title from Relic games, based on the Warhammer 40,000 universe and with it’s micro management of very specific units, it makes for a perfect test for precision, high speed gaming mice. In this game the Ozone Smog performed very well indeed, and was perfectly able to jump around the map commanding my Orks to crush the over-armoured space marines. It moved pretty flawlessly over the mouse mat I chose for the test, and I had no problems with accidentally hitting the side buttons.
One slight downside I did find with it though, is that it feels a little clunky. Not that it’s not accurate, or not fast enough; it works perfectly well in those capacities. It just feels a little bulky. This may be down to my small hands, but I’ve used big mice in the past and not had this; it just feels a little unwieldy.
Call of Duty World at War
Call of Duty World at War is a fast paced world war II first person shooter, and features break neck speed gaming where accuracy at distance shooting is very important, as well as speed when sprinting around the map with a sub machine gun. Again the Ozone did a pretty good job, moving quickly and accurately wherever I wanted it do, and me and my Smog laid a fair few nazis to rest. However, once again it did feel a little clunky. I find this quite hard to describe, but I found myself gripping the base of the mouse as opposed to the rubber grips, and while always accurate, it did feel like I had to work a little harder than with smaller mice, to get those important head shots.
Unfortunately this section is cut down quite a bit as the macro and key mapping features weren’t usable as the software wasn’t operational. However, there are other features that can be discussed. The weight system worked very nicely, and I was able to customise the mass of the mouse to make it comfortable for my wrist, while keeping it heavy enough to keep the accuracy of it’s movement high.
One interesting aspect is that when I first used the Smog, it juddered about a bit. However, after utilising the "lift" button to map the distance between the mouse and the mat, the judder was gone, and the mouse movement was one of the smoothest I’ve ever experienced.
The ceramic feet seemed to behave very similarly to teflon ones; in all honesty I didn’t notice a difference. I wonder if pricing affected their usage? Also, in regards to the off-centre laser sensor, once again I didn’t notice. I’d be interested in hear why it was placed off centre and if this does affect usage in a way I havn’t experienced.
Comfort wise, the Smog gets nearly two full thumbs up. Usually I prefer the ambidextrous styles, but this one was very comfortable indeed. It’s hard plastic surface wasn’t quite as nice as the soft rubber mice like the Roccat Kone, but it does a good job none the less. The textured rubber surface for the thumb was comfortable to rest against – when I used it – and the ergonomic shape of the palm area fitted my hand nicely. Also, out of the two proffered finger grips I definitely preferred the twin shelf approach over the sloping one. Both of them utilised soft rubber making that by far the most comfortable part of the mouse.
The Ozone Smog doesn’t have any retailer available cost information as it stands. I will update this as and when it becomes known.