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Introduction
 
While shiny new graphics cards, and the latest multi-core monster CPU can boost the visuals of your online gaming, they do very little to help your actual gaming performance, with no way of enhancing your aim and movement techniques. This is where gaming mice come in, offering ridiculously high sensitivity, adjustable weights and more buttons than the NASA space center.
 
Today we will be looking at a product from a new comer to the OC3D labs - Revoltec. With an impressive looking lineup of high end mice listed on their website, we though it was about time we had a look at one. Revoltec produce a range of computer hardware, such as cases, cooling, hard drive enclosures and input devices. Unfortunately their site doesn't contain any substantial company information, only this short snippet of information offered an insight into the company.
 
Revoltec products are quality products which are most reliable and with long life endurance. Revoltec has a most effective quality assurance that ensures this high standard.
 
Today we will be looking at the a product from Revoltecs FightMouse series of mice, the FighMouse Pro. As the top of the range product, it should really strut its stuff and show us what Revoltec are capably of, here is the product description taken from their site:
 
The Revoltec FightMouse PRO comes equipped with a laser sensor capable of handling up to 3200 dpi. The additional weights provide for Customized handling.
The dpi switch integrated beneath the scroll wheel makes it easy to change between the 4 custom-definable dpi levels. The colour of the scroll wheel signalises the currently selected dpi level.
The mode button allows the user to switch between mouse profiles, which can be freely customised using the software.
The included software allows for 8 of the 9 buttons to be custom programmed. Up to three different mouse profiles are also available. These are stored in the Revoltec FightMouse PRO's 8kb of on-board memory.
The underside of the Revoltec FightMouse PRO features a compartment for up to seven 20g weights. They can be added in to change the weighting of the mouse, providing a individualised gaming feel.
 
3200dpi may no longer the highest around, but sensitivity any higher is only normally seen on mice approaching the £75+ mark. The on-board memory could prove extremely useful for gamers that regularly attend LAN parties, allowing them to save their customized keys on to the mouse rather than having to set them all up again on arrival. The final headline feature has got to be the adjustable weights, which seems to be the 'in thing' at the moment, but we will have to see how well they perform in later testing.
 
 
Appearance
 
As with most products, appearance plays an important part in making a product truly desirable, with that in mind we took a close look at the FightMouse.
 
 Revoltec Fight Mouse Pro Packaging closed Revoltec FightMouse pro packaging open
 
The packaging has a small, velcro latch door, which means you can see the product prior to purchase, which is a nice addition. It shows that Revoltec have put an extra bit of thought into the packaging, rather than just sticking it in a box. The box has a green/black graphic, with the mouse and various key features listed on the front.
 
Revoltec FightMouse Pro Bundle Revoltec FightMouse pro Bundle
 
By opening a flap placed at the top of the box you can pull out the tray containing all the goodies. Included with the FightMouse is a user guide/manual, 'Puk' with 7 optional weights and a driver disk. The Puk will prove useful if you don't use all the included weights, and it's nice of Revoltec to come up with somewhere safe to store them. With the packaging out of the way, lets take a look at the product itself.
 
Revoltec FightMouse Pro Right Revoltec FightMouse Pro left
 
The mouse follows a fairly standard layout, with your normal left and right click, mouse buttons 4 and 5 on the left hand side and a scroll wheel in the center. The scroll wheel is no ordinary scroll wheel though; it can also scroll left and right, providing you install the bundled driver. The mouse's grip is a fairly soft rubber, which provides a tight but comfortable grip. The shell is covered with a carbon fibre effect, but it falls short of looking realistic and is the only aesthetic quibble we have with the mouse. It's a shame Revoltec didn't perfect the carbon fibre look a little more, as it would have rounded off the aesthetics very nicely.
 
Revoltec FightMouse Pro bottom Revoltec FightMouse Pro Underneath Open
 
On the bottom of the mouse we have the contact pads, tracking laser and a little hatch for inserting the included weights. The pads create a nice amount of friction - enough for accurate control whilst not being too stiff. The mouse was also incredibly smooth: Revoltec seem to have got the contact pads just right. You can remove the weight hatch by twisting it clockwise, allowing you fine adjustment over the weight of the mouse. 


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Setup and Testing
 
Before we got into any hard testing of the mouse we popped in the supplied CD and installed the software and drivers. With these installed we could find out the true diversity of the Fightmouse.
 
Revoltec Fightmouse software
 
This is the main screen which you are presented when you launch the software. You can access the software through the start menu or a small icon in the system tray. The three colour blocks in the top right are used for selecting which mode you wish to customise. You then drag out a command from the macro library, or click new to create a new one. They then appear in the macro editor, where you can make changes and edit your macro's. Finally, you select a button under and shoot the command across. The arrows which you can see are used for transferring commands, and they can be transfered to and from each box for editing or viewing. You can customize each button for up to three modes, and clicking the mode button on the mouse switches the mouse between each mode indicated by a small LED which glows either red, green or blue inside the mode button.
 
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In the bottom right hand corner of the main screen is an option button. This takes you to the only other useful screen in the software, where you can edit what each setting on the DPI switch. Once again each level of DPI is indicated by a change in colour, this time the scroll wheel changes colour between red, green and blue. Not only can you adjust the DPI for each mode, but also the polling rate and various other features.
 
Another feature available from this menu is to choose whether you want customisable commands assigned to each button in each mode. If, for instance, you want to use the side buttons for forward/backward in your web browser, you need to untick mouse 4&5 in one of the modes so that they appear as standard buttons rather than just being used for macro's.
 
 Revoltec FightMouse pro powered up Revoltec FightMouse pro Red
 
Revoltec FightMouse pro Green Revoltec FightMouse Pro Blue
 
With the FightMouse poised for action we were ready for testing. Unfortunately it was difficult to pick up the scroll wheels lighting, but rest assured it is far easier to see with the naked eye. The scroll wheel can change between 3 colours and off; Red, Green and Blue. 
 
General Use
 
While the mouse is designed for gaming, if it was useless at general office tasks then it would be very difficult to recommend. Fortunately though it was absolutely fantastic. At first I found myself very frustrated as all the usual Firefox controls (for forward/back and new tab) stopped working, but the buttons came pre-assigned to macro use rather than acting as buttons. Once we had disabled this within the software for the blue preset, we had all our usual controls returned. We then setup the green preset with a load of media controls, so we could skip tracks, adjust volume and open iTunes all through the mouse. Finally, we assigned the red control to open and close our top programs, such as Email, MSN and Firefox. This made it very quick indeed to open all of our commonly used programs, and meant we had to navigate away from our main window much less. The mouse was also very comfortable, there is certainly no complaints there. The only negative is the click when pressing the buttons; on the left and right click in particular it feels cheaper than it should.
 
 
Gaming
 
Testing with an FPS is the obvious choice when testing a mouse, as mouse control has the biggest impact on whether you are successful or not. With a couple of hours set aside, Counter Strike: Source and Crysis were the games of choice. With its adjustable weights and 3200dpi sensor, it probably comes as no surprise that the mouse performed very well in the test games, giving us extra control and precision- leading to headshot after headshot. The mouse has a very nice level of friction, which meant overshooting was rare whilst still needing a relatively small amount of effort to move the mouse. 
 
As I tend to prefer a heavier mouse, I filled the mouse with all 7 optional weights until I was comfortable with it and accustomed to using it. I then removed all the weights to see how noticeable the difference was -  it was certainly bigger than I expected. With the mouse now at its lightest, we couldn't really get a feel for what was going on, and it felt like the mouse was trying to run away from us on occasions. This may seem strange, since it changes the weight by such a small amount, but overall it's quite a large percentage weight increase. If we were to be nit picky, we would like to see the weights have more of an effect, since removing just one or even two weights was extremely hard to notice.
 
Sweaty hands or mouse - a common problem after lengthy gaming sessions was also less potent than with other mice I have tested. The shape and material of the mouse didn't seem to promote or attract sweat, and there were no damp prints on the mouse after use, nor did the mouse make my hands feel damp. The grip on the side of the mouse is also rather good, and we feel it should offer adequate grip even in the most tense moments.
 
Last of all, we have the adjustable DPI settings. Since this has been implemented on previous mice I have used, I wasn't expecting to find it any more or less useful than I have previously. My previous mouse however had no indication of which DPI setting I was using, and this is where the Revoltec shined. The Glowing scroll wheel meant that I could instantly tell which setting I was using, with just a quick glance. I was then aware which DPI setting worked best with each guns, such as using blue (second from top sensitivity) for sniping and red (highest sensitivity) for close quarters combat.
 
 
Photoshop
 
The mouse was once again very strong when we tested it in Photoshop. The on the fly DPI adjustments meant we could drop the sensitivity down for intricate cutout's or 'swatching', whilst still having the higher sensitivity available for general tasks. With the mouse filled with weights, it allowed us to get a very good feel which again helped with intricate cuttings.  


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Conclusion
 
As the first product that Overclock3d have reviewed of Revoltec's, they have certainly made a good impression. The mouse was comfortable, had a nice weight, good tracking and reasonably pleasing aesthetics. The gaming performance was particularly impressive, showing the mouse truly deserves it's 'FightMouse' naming, providing a joyful and competitive experience in both our test games. However, this doesn't mean it is a perfect product and everyone should buy one - there are a number of small things to consider first.
 
First off there is the carbon fibre look, which is terribly unrealistic - I will eat my hat if it's real carbon fibre. There's also the cheap sounding click when pressing the various mouse buttons, which isn't the worst we've ever heard, but they're a long way from the best. Lastly, and probably the least important, is the very obvious straight translation in the manual, software and on Revoltec's website. It makes understanding the manual quite tricky at times, which lead to some confusion during setting up the mouse and testing.
 
Available from Ebuyer for £39.99 it's certainly one of the more expensive mice currently available, and whilst it's not outstanding value for money, it's certainly not bad. In summary. The Revoltec Fighmouse Pro isn't outstanding at anything, but is good at pretty much everything. Therefore, if you are looking for a safe purchase, it shouldn't disappoint providing you can get your head around the software.
 
 
The Good
+ On the fly DPI and Mode switching
+ Adjustable weights
+ Nicely sleeved and gold plated USB cable
+ Indicates which mode and DPI you are currently using
 
The Mediocre
* The software is confusing at first, but is very useful once understood
* Carbon fiber look could be far more realistic
 
The Bad
- Poor translation from German can lead to a tricky install
 
 
 
Overclock3D would like to thank Revoltec for todays review sample. Discuss this review in our forums.