Hades Gaming H1 Optical Gaming Mouse & Mat
Published: 5th November 2007 | Source: Hades Gaming | Price: tba |
The Hades Mouse is a rather attractive little rodent. I received the red/grey version. First glances show that the mouse is a little wider than my other mice and fairly short. The grey is matt and the red is a shiny red metallic plastic.
Closer in we see that the mouse has quite a contrastive finish resulting in a quite aggressive look, certainly suiting it's "Gaming" title.
The top buttons are made of rubber for the sake of grip and the side of the mouse has a textured feel to it, again to help grip.
Inside the bottom of the mouse we see a set of weights that you can take out and arrange to your own tastes. Personally I found the mouse to be weighted well with them all in, so I left them as they were. This is a great feature of any mouse and I really like having the option, as on my Logitech G5. The feet on the Hades Gaming Mouse are Teflon and work smoothly on every surface I've tested the mouse with. More of that later on...
The lead is so often overlooked in a mouse, but I think Hades have got it spot on here with a rubberised covering. The lead is long enough to reach even the furthest away desk so no fault there either. The actual USB plug is gold plated for maximum connectivity, though I have my doubts how much this will actually help.
The buttons on the mouse are positioned very well, despite there being quite a few. Below is a small diagram of what does what by default when plugged in to Windows Vista and Windows XP.
The DPI adjust is a very useful button that flicks up or down to adjust DPI on the fly. Mode change changes the mouses mode, which can be configured in the software. The click-wheel is positive when flicked up or down and the actual click works well even though it was a little stiff to use at first.
The left and right click buttons are well made and are very grippy.
The only slight problem with the buttons is that the forward/back button is a little loose. Testing showed this not to be much of a problem, however, and it certainly isn't about to come off.
The lights on the mouse are pretty useful. Below is a diagram demonstrating what the left light set actually indicate.
The DPI level light usefully and clearly indicated what DPI you are set to from a choice of 4 levels. The mode button shows which mouse mode you are in.
The build quality of the mouse is generally excellent, apart from two problems I spotted:
* Back/forwards button is slightly loose
* Side grey finger grips push in slightly under more than average pressure
As I said: this is a shame as these two niggles let down what is otherwise a well-made mouse.