|WolfKing Trooper MVP Laser Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Daryl Greene - Editied by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 23 September 2008|
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The Trooper MVP is a comfortable mouse to use. Their ergonomic design works well for me. I like the fact that there are not a mass of buttons to have to try to deal with and the weight seems just right. It glides very smoothly on the four Teflon pads. There is no resistance or "drag" feel to it at all. Getting used to this mouse was pretty simple since there are only 7 buttons to deal with and 3 of them are standard. The fire mode and speed buttons are just a bit far back and the speed button is easily bumped by the back part of your middle finger when using the wheel.
The fire modes are great for conserving ammunition during battle. This is a real asset when playing a lot of the popular first person shooters. Personally I like it a lot since I have always been one to get carried away when in close combat against multiple enemy soldiers. It really can be fun to hose down an area with bullets sometimes, but when you are short on ammo...
My biggest gripe with the Trooper is the cord is a bit too short and measures only 60" (5'). It is noticably shorter than my former optical mouse, which reduces my distance from the tower. The drawback is that it doesn't reach my computer where it sits in my current layout. I had to connect it to the Timber Wolf keyboard so I could use it.
That in itself brings a second issue. The USB port I am having to use is USB 1.1 rather than 2.0. So, I suppose I am not really getting the full effect of its potential.
Trooper MVP Conclusion:
To me, the packaging leaves something to be desired. The front of the box just seems a bit dull to me. Might as well have just stamped the name on a plain cardboard box. The only real attraction to it is that you can see the actual mouse.
I think that the mouse looks kind of sexy and nicely designed. There could be some color choices for it though. Some of us do like exciting colors to choose from.
The mouse feels quite solidly constructed. I am quite sure it will be able to handle a bit of abuse, just ask my wife, I am hard on keyboards and mice. As with the Timber Wolf keyboard, it has a rubbery coating that may or may not last for a long period. I have read some complaints about coatings such as this that start to peel quickly, but I have had it for a month so far and nothing has happened so far.
The overall functionality is very good. It has excellent tracking, the side buttons are easy to use, sensitivity switching and fire modes work as expected. Again, button placement for the speed-switching and fire modes could have been better.
At this time Wolf King has the Trooper MVP for sale on its site foe $49.99. I feel this is a good price for this mouse.
In conclusion, I find that I really like this mouse. It fits in my hand much better than a standard mouse like I had been using for several years. The weight of it feels good to me and it slides quite well on the Teflon pads. The fire modes are a really nice innovation and a welcomed feature for me. The speed switching is what it is. I personally haven't found a lot of useful situations to use it, so I just can't say too much there. The tracking of the laser engine is very good in all three settings. Overall, not a difficult device to adapt to.
+ 2400 dpi Avago laser engine
- Cord is too short (60")
Final Score: 8.95 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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