UK Price: £61.25
US Price: $100.16
The QPAD 5K, from the Swedish manufacturer of “pro gaming gear” is ideally suited for the palm grip due to its moulded shape. Its wide body incorporates 7 conveniently located buttons of which 5 are programmable using the supplied software. The scroll wheel is lit by a blue LED which can be turned off in the software. Aside from the left and right mouse buttons and the scroll wheel/middle mouse button, there are two thumb buttons which default as forward and backward whilst browsing. The final two buttons can be found at the base of the scroll wheel, switching between the high and low DPI settings, which can be fine-tuned in the software.
As you would expect, the sensor is on the underside of the mouse though unusually in the form of a Class 1 laser. This provides a sensitivity resolution of over 5000 CPI (counts per inch), a max speed of 3.8m/s and even a max acceleration of 30G (30 times gravity). It comes with a 2 metre braided USB cable for extra durability and a gold plated USB connector for greater conductivity.
The base of the mouse makes sliding it across your mousepad effortless. The buttons on the mouse also take minimal pressure to click and are spaced out enough not to get mixed up. The two unprogrammable buttons on the mouse are out of the way enough for you not to press them accidentally whilst holding them with you palm and in reach when you need to change quickly (if you are sniping at a long distance for instance). There is a couple of LED’s on the lip of the mouse on the left hand side to indicate either a high or a low DPI mode. This makes it impossible to confuse (red is high for the record) and you won’t suddenly be stuck with a really insensitive mouse when in a tricky situation.
The QPAD software is also extremely easy to use and its theme goes with the Black and Blue theme of the mouse. You are able to set the functions of the buttons quickly by using the large drop down menus. Whilst the program is extremely basic, it is very easy to use and does the job more than adequately.
The mouse unfortunately isn’t perfect. Its high cost makes it an unrealistic choice for a first time buyer as there are more suitable mice for a cheaper price. As it is designed with the palm grip in mind, using the other two grips on the mouse doesn’t feel as natural/comfortable, though it is possible. The size of the mouse itself is also a factor to consider. It is slightly on the large side, making it unsuitable for people with smaller hands. There is also no option to change the colour of the scroll wheel from the Blue default, only to turn it off which leaves you stuffed if you have a red-themed case.
All in all, the advantages (such as the high DPI settings) outweigh the disadvantages (such as the lack of customisation) making it a very good mouse to buy for a first time buyer or a hardcore gamer looking for an upgrade. On another note, the other mice on test are always a threat. This product takes home the prize for the most comfortable mouse.