It seems like everyone has been throwing their hats into the gaming industry by making things like “gaming headsets”, “gaming keyboards”, and of course “gaming mice”. What makes a mouse be considered a “gaming mouse” is a point of contention for quite a bit of people. Most agree that the DPI has to run high – higher than something a non-gamer would care about at least. another thing gaming mice are supposed to have are programmable buttons – things that you can set to not have to move your fingers on the keyboard (such as setting one to a reload button, or setting another to a common macro). Well, the Fierce has both of these requirements, so let’s see how “fierce” it really is – shall we?
The Fierce is pretty straightforward in its design, but it’s also extremely comfortable to hold. The black matte finish on the rubberized parts leaves it fairly “grippy”, so you really don’t have to worry about it easily slipping out of your hand while playing. There are seven buttons – two right about the thumb rest, two right next to the traditional left button, the normal left and right mouse buttons, and the wheel (click it down for the button of course). Each of these buttons – yes, each and every one – can be customized to do a different thing. If you want your right mouse button to not be a right mouse button anymore, then you can finally make that happen.
The only problem with changing what a button does, is that you need to use the included software for it. Let me explain: the software comes on a mini CD. On my desktop it ran fine, but my Acer laptop just wouldn’t read it for anything. You can download it, but that’s not the point here. I’m not sure why the heck they just didn’t use a full sized CD-Rom, but it is what it is. At any rate, the software actually works quite nicely (once you get it installed). You can save different profiles that are stored on the mouse itself, which is great in case you’re switching to different computers – you won’t have to set the whole thing up again. Through the GUI, you can change your double click speed, change the aforementioned button functions, change the scroll wheel speed, change acceleration options, and change the DPI settings.
Speaking about the DPI, I’ve used gaming mice with speeds from 2500, all the way to a “too fast to really use” 5000 setting. The Fierce comes in a little over the low end at (I bet you guessed this by the name) 3500 DPI. While it’s not the fastest kid on the block, it’s good enough to run circles around an average mouse. To put it simply, it’s more than fast enough to play most FPS games and keep you ahead of the competition.
I have been used to using a Tt eSPORTS mouse lately, and I’ve gotten spoiled by being able to add and subtract weights to change the feel of the mouse – while the V2 of the Fierce apparently has this feature, it was noticeably absent on the one I was sent. One of the best features about the Fierce however, is the fact that it is wireless. Being a reviewer, my desk is typically cluttered to all hell and back. I have more wires laying around than I know what to do with (from cameras and what not), so just being able to plug in a small dongle and not have to worry about setting it up is great for not adding any stress.
If you’re someone that just uses your mouse to do some spreadsheets, or business memos – then you can probably look elsewhere for a mouse, as you won’t appreciate how this one works. If however you’re a serious gamer looking for a good mouse at under $75, this could very well be one of your best options. It’s solid performance and decent DPI speed is enough to give it a final score of four out of five stars.
- GUI is nice and easy to use for saving multiple profiles
- Being able to customize each of the buttons to do something is great
- The wireless works quite well, and it even works from far away (I got it to work from about fifty feet away)
- Why the hell didn’t they use a normal CD-Rom disc?
- No way to change up the weight and feel of the mouse
- 3500 DPI is fast if you’re not used to it, but there are plenty faster (albeit most are more expensive)
You can grab a 3500 Fierce Gaming Mouse by Rude GameWare from Amazon for the low price of $66.47