Our favourite budget peripheral manufacturer, EtekCity, has provided us with another sample to review. This time they have given us one of their budget gaming mice. Here at BHT we’re obviously all seasoned gamers, and since we’re all proud members of the glorious PC master race, we can safely say we know what a good gaming mouse is. So let us start our review on the Etekcity Scroll FLY.
Personally I’ve never been a fan of really cheap so-called “gaming mice”. Mostly because they really just don’t meet up to the requirement of being a proper mouse. So in this review, we are simply going to go over every attribute we think a gaming peripheral should have.
Let us start with ergonomics. Good ergonomics is probably one of the most influential properties a gaming mouse should have. And there’s a good reason for it. Some people play video games for as long as 8 hours a day, or perhaps even longer, so a comfortable grip on your mouse is definitely a must.
When it comes to ergonomics, the Etekcity Scroll FLY is definitely not the worst mouse I’ve every laid my hands on. Being a bit larger than a Corsair MX65 and smaller than a Razer Deathadder, the Etekcity Scroll FLY is quite a large mouse (not as large as a SteelSeries Rival 300 though). That is if we compare it to other mice around its price range.
Latency and buttons
But not only ergonomics will have you “P0wn them noobs” in CS;GO. As with a gun, you want the mouse to be responsive. When you push the fire button, you want to see a bullet exit the barrel in game, right?
Well, the Scroll FLY certainly is a responsive mouse with nice and crisp clicks. They are audible, and even my cheap microphone was able to pick them up when I was testing this mouse in a game of CS;GO.
So, if you’re an aspiring YouTuber, thinking about creating his on channel on a budget. Don’t cheap out on the mouse, I highly suggest you don’t get a Scroll FLY in this case. There are many other mice on the market design specifically to be as quiet as possible when in use. But if you don’t mind the clicking noise, say you live by yourself and always wear headphones, this budget gaming mouse could work.
And then there is the DPI. If you’re one of those people that use multiple monitors, you want your mouse to have an adjustable DPI value. Well, the Etekcity Scroll FLY has one, but to be honest, it isn’t that great. And I’ll tell you why. So let’s start this rant, shall we. First of all, let’s start with the available DPI settings. The Scroll FLY has a single button located right underneath the scroll wheel that says “CPI”. When pressed, you can cycle through all the different DPI’s. And in case you were wondering, there are only 4. There’s one for 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 DPI. And that’s it. But that is not what’s bothering me, the thing that’s bothering me is that Etekcity has created a driver for this mouse (CD in package), but they don’t use it to its full potential. You’d expect the driver having a slider or something so you could change the DPI to, let’s say 2400? Well, there isn’t. But that isn’t the worst part, on Amazon they say it has built-in LED’s, which it does. Red, green and yellow to be more specific. But they are just a way to represent the current DPI setting you’re using. So let’s say you want your mouse to be set to 1600, but you also want it to match your build, which happens to be red. Well, if you want it to match your build, you’re going to have to play you videogames on setting 400 from now on. Good luck.
But when it comes to color matching, that is not the worst part. You see those two green side LED’s, the color cannot be changed. So even if you’d have it match your build. It will never completely match.
Specs and compatibility
If you're bit more than an average computer user. These specs may give you an idea of this mouse's performance.
- High-precision optical 3305DK sensor
- 30G acceleration
- 125/500/1000 Hz polling rate
- USB 2.0 / 3.0 plug 'n play
- Windows 10
That final point is something I'd like to talk about. Windows 10... now, even though the mouse is plug and play (so just stick it in a USB port and you're done), some of you still would like to download the drivers.
For those of you still using Windows 7 or 8. Tough luck, the drivers won't work on those operating systems. So Etekcity is basically forcing you to download the newest version of Windows. And I know some people aren't a fan of Windows 10. But then again, you don't really have to download the driver... so....
Now, let’s talk about some other features this mouse has. I was happy to see a braided cable. Even though it is such an inexpensive mouse, it still comes with a nice braided cable and a gold plated USB connector. These two features are something you normally don’t see a computer mouse in this price class have. So well done there, Etekcity.
The mouse also has two extra buttons located on the left side, and they really come in handy every now and then. For example, when playing Fallout 4, I use the upper button to throw grenades/mines with.
Design and art
Another thing I’d like to talk about is the “art” on the mouse. Come on Etekcity? Seriously? Maybe a twelve year old would like this design. But people of my age certainly don’t. I asked some of my mates what they thought about the “shattered” look of the Scroll FLY. And none of them seemed to like it, and neither did I. Next time, go for a more subtle approach.
The shattered look only makes it look cheap and makes the LED’s hidden underneath stand out a bit too much. If I wanted a light bulb I would’ve bought one.
Now, what is our final verdict? Well, it isn’t that great. But that is mainly because we are used to using more expensive mice that both look and perform better. But can we really blame Etekcity? I mean, it is still only a $16.99 mouse, right? What did we expect? Now, as I’ve said before, it isn’t the worst mouse I’ve ever laid my hands on. So let’s give Etekcity a break. For such an inexpensive mouse they certainly didn’t do badly. I’ve seen $30 mice that were considerably worse. So, is this a mouse worth buying. If you’re a gamer on a budget, I’d say yes. But honestly, if you can. Get a more expensive mouse, because a good mouse will get you really far.
I know one thing, if BHT had a "best value" award, the Etekcity Scroll FLY certainly deserves it. But sadly, we don't. So I'm going to leave Etekcity with a bronze award, but you should see it as a "best value" one. So well done, Etekcity.