Revoltec Fightmouse

Written by Joe Martin

May 27, 2007 | 16:56

Tags: #carbon-fibre #fightboard #fightmouse #german #keyboard #mice #mouse #revoltec

The Fightmouse has a sensitivity that can be adjusted via a flick of a mouse button, twin thumb buttons and an adjustable weight system through which perfectionists can alter the weight of their weapon of choice. It's also underlit, giving the impression that the mouse is floating above the mousepad on an aura of bluelight, which is handy if you want people to think you're using a mouse that previously belonged to God.

The sensitivity offered by the Revoltec is more than adequate, scaling right up to 2000 DPI for those that need it. Personally, I've never needed to go that high and am usually happy with something around 900 DPI, but having the extra there is always handy in case the urge comes along to add another screen to a rig.

Switching the sensitivity isn't as easy as it is on other mice, but it can at least be done without exiting a game. The extra button that appears above the mouse wheel (i.e. closer to the palm) reflects the current sensitivity setting by colour. Pressing it once puts the mouse wheel into selection mode and scrolling up or down will switch to the next sensitivity setting and pressing the selection button again will finalise the selection.

All in all, it's not the quickest sensitivity selection we've seen although it does get the job done. Don't expect it to help you out in a game of Counter-Strike: Source as by the time you've scaled your sensitivity up to a setting suitable for sniping, the bomb will have gone off and your gibs will have been collected with a sponge.

Revoltec Fightmouse Conclusions Revoltec Fightmouse Conclusions
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The twin thumb buttons are good, providing decent resistance at a comfortable size. Unfortunately we found the buttons were a little too high and forward for our uses and there was always the nagging worry that pushing the front button pushed the back button too because of its high/forward location. It's a small point and may well sound like a nit-pick, but the location of the thumb buttons is a major pain with the mouse and made us realise that if a mouse couldn't get the thumb buttons just right then it was better not to have any at all.

Unfortunately the weight adjustment system for the mouse isn't up to standard either. Popping the top off of the mouse reveals a slot where three different weights can be loaded in; 10g, 15g or 20g. Unfortunately only one weight can be put in so there wasn't a tremendous amount of weight to add.

However, placing the panel back on the mouse revealed how weak some of the construction was and two of the little plastic hooks actually snapped off when we fumbled to replace it the first time. It wasn't anything we couldn't fix with a tab if blue-tac but it's disappointing and frustrating to see a product break that easily.

Conclusion

There isn't a lot that's tremendously wrong with the Revoltec Fightmouse – it does the job of pointing and clicking fine enough – but the minor grievances do mount up. Sensitivity adjustment that is simply too slow to cycle through to be of any use, flimsy construction and a somewhat awkward shape kicked it back more than a single notch in our books.

Revoltec Fightmouse Conclusions Revoltec Fightmouse Conclusions
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The software that comes bundled with the mouse is comprehensive and easy to use, but it's unfortunately let down by a product that tries to make up for what it lacks in quality by having a large quantity of features.

We had a chat with Revoltec about the mouse and our reaction to it and were assured that they're aware of the problem with removing the back panel and that it does have to be removed rather gingerly. They also promised that they'll be unveiling a newer version at Leipzig later this year, so hopefully we'll get a chance to see the improvements this mouse needs because ultimately, while it's a good starting point, there's still a lot to build on.

We were unable to find a price for the Fightmouse anywhere online and had to contact the company directly in order to find one. Apparently the websites who will be reselling Europe haven't listed the product yet, leaving us only with an RRP of €39.90 or £27 (inc. VAT) in the Queen's money. We managed to find a seller for the US though, who priced the mouse at $44.50 which, no matter which way you look at it, is a little excessive. Remember that for only £35 it's possible to pick up the Razer DeathAdder that I've praised so much, or for a little more the faultless original Logitech G5 is on the market.

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