Here's An Unusual Gaming Mouse

Gaming mice often talk a lot about DPI, weight, side buttons, RGB lighting, and all sorts of bits and bobs. But being adjustable? Well, that's a lot rarer.

HP aren't typically a brand people gravitate towards for gaming mice: most people know the name, or at least the OMEN by HP brand, through their gaming laptops, desktops, and (more recently) esports sponsorships. But of late they've been investing more in peripherals, which has included expanding their offering in gaming mice.

Case in point: the OMEN Reactor.

On the right hand side of the OMEN Reactor is a button that lets you adjust the palm rest. Propping it as low as possible gets you a relatively low profile mouse; you can also cock it all the way forward, although that wasn't particularly comfortable for me.

The other unusual feature HP are selling with the Reactor is a metal USB cable that "eliminates kinking". It's very flexible to the touch, although it does come with one major downside: it's bloody heavy.

Seriously: the Reactor weighs in at 161 grams. That's about 90 grams heavier than the Finalmouse Ultralight Phantom, which recently shipped in Australia, and about 70 grams heavier than other mice with the same small chassis as the Reactor (like the Logitech G Pro, Ninox Venator, Coolermaster's MasterMouse Lite, Zowie FK3/ZA13, and so on).

If anything else, it at least gives the Reactor a point of difference. The Reactor also ships with optical-mechanical switches, as well as an optical sensor, although HP couldn't confirm for me at a recent briefing what the exact sensor was. There's also RGB lighting, if that's your thing.

Heavier mice isn't something I'm looking for, although it'll be interesting to compare it against the Finalmouse Ultralight Phantom, which I purchased recently. But for those who want a mouse with a smaller chassis but a bit more bulk, and the ability to tweak it slightly, it's an interesting choice. The big kicker is price: $129 at the time of writing through HP's website.

Still, if you want to know more, head here. I'll be messing around with it a little more over the coming days, and it'll be interesting to know how much that weight factors in.


Comments

    Man, that looks like a great place for spiders to hide right under your palm.

    You're welcome arachnophobes.

      Can't be as bad as all the hiding places cockroaches find in the PS4

        Spiders in your hand or cockroaches a few feet away... Choices, choices.

    Here's An Unusual Gaming Mouse
    But being adjustable? Well, that's a lot less rare.

    So why is it unusual?

      That's kind of what the GIFs communicate. In text: the adjustable palm grip is something that I've only really see one other mouse try to attempt -- and even then, other modular mice have gone down the path of giving you multiple choices for a chassis. But those have been a case of swapping the chassis out, not having a mechanism to adjust the angle, which is a whole different thing.

      Also: the weight is ridiculous. Most "heavy" mice are about 120-130g. Even the heavier wireless mice are around 100g-110g. 160g for a mouse might actually be the heaviest on the market, which is unusual given plenty of gamers are constantly looking for something lighter (even if the chassis itself isn't small, as seen with the Finalmouse mice).

      Obviously never loved a RAT7...

        That's the other mouse I was thinking of! The RAT7 would be heavier than the Reactor if you could remove the cable from both; the RAT7 is 150g without cable, so with cable they're pretty similar. Reactor's heavier overall, but RAT7 is heavier in the hand (depending on weight setup obv).

          If something is a lot less rare, wouldn't that make it common, is what I'm saying.

            Oh wow I'm an idiot, ahah. Fixing that now~

        Workmate has one. Hope you bought spare batteries :P

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