Hades Gaming H1 Optical Gaming Mouse & Mat
Published: 5th November 2007 | Source: Hades Gaming | Price: tba |
Before I go into things like test results and how the Hades H1 does there, let's just see how comfortable it is to use.
Mice are very personal things, but in general if you have fairly wide hands this mouse will be a nice fit.
The software for the Hades H1 is fairly complicated but pretty clever. Instead of using a driver (bloated driver), like a lot of companies do with their mice, Hades have designed the mouse to have it's features changed in the hardware. You start up a program and get some fairly complicated screens:
The software is a great compliment to the mouse, especially for those who like to fiddle to get everything perfect. In the other direction, if you don't want to use it...you don't have to.
Testing - Results
Adobe Photoshop detailed photo-editing
Macromedia Fireworks banner making
Much like photoshop, the Hades was proficient using Fireworks. Here I found that the G5 and the Hades mouse did very well. The added comfort of the H1 perhaps edging it, but not by very much.
Microsoft Office work (general including Outlook, Excel, Access, Word and Powerpoint)
General web browsing/article writing
Web browsing was again a pleasure with the forward and back defaults on the side button coming in very handy. Here the Hades Mouse edged it as the Logitech G5 does not have a back and forward button.
Here's the important bit. Being modelled as a Gaming Mouse, the Hades H1 had better do well here, or we certainly won't be recommending it!
In brief: the good news is that the H1 does very well.
Testing UT3 (you might have noticed, it's rather a favourite of ours here at OC3D!!), the Hades gaming mouse was smooth and accurate. I was glad at this point of the highest resolution that the mouse outputs. UT3 is all about twitch gaming and the extra speed means a split second less to aim at someone. Comparing the mice in UT3: the Logitech and the Hades were step by step as good as each other throughout testing. That is certainly an impressive performance by the Hades H1 as the Logitech G5 is one of the best mice I have every used.
Other games followed this general trend, with Counter Strike: Source and UT3 being the most noticible difference between the mice tested.
Top marks to the Hades H1 Optical Gaming Mouse here.
Gaming RTS: Command and Conquer 3
RTS gaming is about being able to both swish across a map quickly, as well as making precise and detailed selections . The on-the-fly DPI switching comes in handy here as it doesn't tend to so much in FPS. The G5 and the Hades mouse were again side-by-side during testing with very little to choose between them.
Hades Gaming Mouse Pad
The Hades pad is a very smooth surface to game on and the Hades mouse did very well here: it's obvious the pad is designed for the surface. Again the G5 glides along nicely here, but not quite as well as the Hades mouse.
The Icemat v1 is a harsher surface than the Hades Gaming surface and I found that the Logitech mouse coped a little better on the glass. Having said that, the Hades mouse was still highly proficient.
Free hard surface mousemat
The hard surface mouse mat was a middle ground and most of the mice performed the same here, although again the Hades mouse and the Logitech showed why they are top-line mice.
Office type cloth mousemat
Here is a surface that the top-line mice didn't feel at home as much on. In fact the nicest to use on this was the basic Microsoft Intellimouse. Moral of the story: if you're going to buy an expensive mouse, buy a decent surface for it too!
The Hades Gaming H1 Optical Gaming Mouse and the Logitech G5 traded blows throughout testing but in the end came out about even in useability and functionality. During gaming I was hard pressed to make a decision between the two, so I am not going to.
The lack of drivers needed for the Hades mouse certainly stands it in good stead and the software should do about everything you need (even the ironing?? - Ed). The slightly wobbly forward/back side button didn't affect use, although it did shake my confidence in build quality which was excellent apart from the slight niggles mentioned.