Epic Gear Medusa Gaming Mouse
Posted by: editor on: 30.10.2012 09:36:23 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Installation is exactly the same as any peripheral you will encounter these days, once you insert your disc the auto installer opens and you follow the on screen dialogue. Once the Driver and GUI is installed you can begin to customize your mouse.
The GUI is flash based and is a thing of beauty, opening with a short video where mechanical parts move aside and reform to form the main GUI. The first screen displays Profile select and button customization along with pre-set selection for the quick select DPI.
Page 2 of the GUI provides a highly detailed set of settings for scroll, LED, pointer and laser settings along with the ability to alter the USB report rate.
Page 3 is a bit of a let-down the macro interface is clunky and awkward with some functions not working correctly or feeling slightly buggy.
Page 4 is set aside for firmware and software updating, on the left of the page is a rotatable image of the mouse however if you try to rotate more than 270deg the image will stick and you haft to go back the other way.
Setting up keys is a real chore with needing to first set specific keys as Marcos (even when only using a single key press) in page 3 then having to transfer to page 2 to assign keys, once the keys are FINALY assigned testing can begin.
Test game SWTOR (Star Wars the Old Republic)
SWTOR can be very demanding on macros, just like wow almost all game actions can be key mapped and assigned to a macro, a few hours were given over to allow myself to get used to the mouse in game and to get a feel for the response.
Tracking in either independent detector mode is an absolute dream and tracking in dual mode is crisp and precise, general click and move could not be easier and smother with precision at both extremes of the DPI range.
The trouble starts when using macros, the triggering is clumsy and delayed and in some cases just doesn’t work at all, switching between profiles is even more troublesome, with the illumination colour of the scroll wheel being the only indicator to what profile you are in you run in to a huge problem, you can’t see the scroll wheel if you use a full hand or palm grip your fingers completely cover the wheel. Not all gamers will always remember there macro profile they are in and from time to time could use a little visual clue.
Due to the slow macro activation and clunky profile switching it was not long before it was getting hammered from all directions.
Test Programme Real flow
For those in to 3d animation, Realflow is a very specific piece of software for creating and modelling water, most of the high end controls you can use are key mapped and are perfect for macro adaptation. After several mins fighting with the clunky macro recorder we were ready to begin. The slower workflow of Realflow lends its self perfectly to the EG Hydra, whilst this is not a great game mouse it is a very good for high end applications and was a nice surprised to see it perform so well. The extreme DPI you can set also lends itself to modelling perfectly.
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