As usual for mice I will split the performance side of things into the three sections which I feel deserve equal and thorough mention.
Ergonomics are what make or break a mouse as far as I’m concerned, the hades is an ambidextrous mouse, meaning it is symmetrical in button layout and shape. In terms of style it is of the larger, palm grip variety so claw grippers looks elsewhere.
On the whole I would say the shape of the mouse is fairly comfortable, it is certainly big enough for my large hands with the large side panels fitted and I didn’t experience any major issues with the shape. One thing I will say though is that I found my third and fourth fingers didn’t really locate all that nicely on the end of the large side panel where it flares out a bit and it does somewhat limit the ability to ‘forget the mouse is there’, so to speak. That said, I’m sure with some time spent mixing and matching the different side panels that most will get it set up to suit them nicely.
The mouse is coated in some kind of textured finish which fresh out the box feels quite unpleasant, but after a few days use that did smooth off a bit whilst still retaining some traction.
The major issue I have with the mouse is the fact that the compromise made to have an ambidextrous design does leave the buttons on the right hand side (vice versa if you’re a lefty) of the mouse in a difficult to reach location, which limits their usefulness.
I have talked about a lot of what I have to say about the buttons in the ergonomics section so I won’t repeat myself talking about thumb button layout. However, I can speak to the switches themselves and I can report that the switches on the left and right mouse buttons feel pretty good, with a good click to them and a medium travel that is good for feel but also doesn’t do away with fast repetition ability altogether.
Aside from the aforementioned layout issues, the only complaint I have about the buttons on the mouse is that the DPI switch is simply a toggle, meaning you have to go through all stages of the DPI settings to get to the one you are after; I would much prefer to see plus and minus buttons as seen on most mice in this price point.
Something that I would consider a disappointing omission however, is a dpi damping ‘sniper’ style button which is a very common feature at this price point. With that said, this is a sacrifice to the ambidextrous design so its not simply a case of ‘they could have but didn’t’.
Finally on to the tracking and I have no complaints whatsoever here. When I first began using the mouse I found the lift off distance was nauseating but after a quick poke around in HERA I was able to set it to its minimum value which is perfectly acceptable.
In my usual mouse testing game of choice, CS:GO, I found the hades to be a very agreeable companion, with no noticeable nasties like acceleration or snapping. As ever the 8200 DPI is more of a paper feature than anything usable but having the range is always handy and being able to adjust X and Y DPI values separately is likely to be a non feature for most but I imagine those who do want it will be very grateful for its inclusion.
All in all I cant really take anything away from the hades when it comes to tracking performance, but this section is a bit of a mixed bag so lets wrap up with a conclusion on the next page.