The best and only real way to test peripherals designed for human use, is to use them as intended. To that end, I spent several hours gaming with both the Tron Mat and Mouse to see how they performed in certain situations.
I used the following titles to test the gaming ability of the two Tron peripherals:
- Dawn of War II Chaos Rising
- Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
Intel Core 2 Duo EQ9450 @ 3.2Ghz
Asus P5QL Pro
Super Talent 6400 4GB @ 800Mhz
Sapphire 5770 1GB
|Sound Card|| |
Auzentech Prelude 7.1
Mach Xtreme MX-DS 100GB
Windows 7 Ultimate
Lian Li PC-B25F
Performance wise, I had almost no gripes with the mouse at all. Its high DPI was excellent and allowed me to make quick shots in CoD no problem. Map traversing was similarly easy in Dawn of War, though getting used to the top setting did take a little while; 5,000 DPI is just huge. You’re crossing 1900×1200 displays in half an inch at that level.
The only slight problem I had with the Tron mouse was figuring out where to place my hand. If you have your hand too far back, as invariably mine seemed to end up sometimes, clicking the mouse would put too much weight near the back and cause it to slide off target ever so slightly. This is easily corrected by making sure your fingers stay fully on the front buttons, but it’s worth mentioning. Also, it’s likely that someone with larger hands wouldn’t have this problem.
For a solid mat, I was really impressed with this one. It was smooth, supportive and certainly accurate. My only gripe was that it wasn’t a bit larger; not because you need it, but because most gamer mats are. I’m used to having big cloth pads that take up a 1/4 of my desk space. While this little thing does save a lot of room, it just didn’t feel quite right seeing it there all on its own.
I wasn’t quite so pleased with how this mouse feels as I was with how it performs. While there are no big problems and it certainly isn’t uncomfortable, it just feels a little spikey in places. Some of the sharper edges just leave you wishing for a nice soft rubber shell instead of the hard plastic. On top of that, I was never quite sure where to place my ring and little fingers. I’m not the biggest fan of side buttons, but believe they can be implemented well; here you have to sit either on top of underneath. This is fine, but even after a few hours I was still conciously repositioning them occasionally.
For a solid surface, again I was very impressed. Over long gaming periods I had no comfort issues beyond a minor perspiration build up which can’t really be helped as I’m a bit of a sweaty bugger.
Alright, while the startup noise is a little lame, the light tracking is kind of cool:
Though the thing is, because this mouse is so sensitive, when you’re playing it’s only moving a half inch or so at a time, so you just end up with a little circle of light on the mat; not really anything you can look at and be impressed with.
Unbelievably, this combination will set you back a rediculous £125. Hmm.