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UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse Review
For a long time, I have been using the original Razer Naga mouse for gaming. Mainly because I need the 12 thumb buttons on the left side for League of Legends (LOL). But I have my secondary laptop, which I would also like to carry a gaming mouse with. Other than the Razer Naga, there is no other gaming mouse, with twelve thumb buttons, on the market for a while (years). And I have been in no mood to spend another $80 bucks on a Razer Naga.
So when I saw the UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse on Amazon for less than $40 (see "Related Links" below), I was thrilled. It also had twelve thumb buttons, which means I can now get the same functionality on my secondary computer.
The package, for the mouse, arrived in a cardboard retail package (see photo below). It is packaged very similar to other gaming mouses on the market.
As I attempted to take everything out, I found that the packaging can be re-used. But there is really no reason to re-use a mouse package. I still saved the box for a few days in case I needed to return the mouse. Since then, I had been so happy with the mouse that I have discarded the package.
The package contains the UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse, circular weight carrier, instruction sheet, and driver software disc (see photo below). The instruction sheet is written in good English.
The UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse has a black rubberized texture (see photo below). This non-slip texture is common to gaming mice on the market. The mouse is contoured to fit the inside of your hand with concave finger notches, similar to other gaming mouse on the market.
It's fairly big compared to other gaming mice--Razer Naga and A4Tech Bloody Multi-Core Gaming Mouse Gun3 V7--I use. But its size actually fits my hand perfectly, taking up the entire contour. One of my biggest complaints about the Razer Naga is that it seems too small for me; prolonged use for non-gaming purpose is tiresome and even painful. So I actually only use the Razer Naga for games that needs the 12 thumb buttons. I use the Bloody Gun3 V7 mouse for every other game and task; both mice are connected to my primary gaming PC. The UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse solves the two mice problem.
Other than the typical two button and scroll wheel combination, it also has three other buttons on top. The two arrow buttons allow you do change the Dots Per Inch (DPI) quickly. It's the only mouse I own where I can change the DPI intuitively without referring to the instruction manual; I love it. Press the up button to move up in DPI; vise-versa for the down button. Four LED's next to the buttons indicate the DPI that is set, providing five DPI presets (including all LED off).
The button to the left of the index finger button is programmable, which is very similar to the buttons on the original Razer Naga that I own. Except the original Razer Naga has two buttons next to the index finger button. On the Razer Naga, in League of Legends, I map the top button to health potion and map the bottom button to moving the pet. The UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse has one button there, so I am forced to only map the health potion.
Because the new Razer Naga does not have any buttons next to the index finger button, it is no longer a worthy contender to the UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse. This topic will only be worth talking about again if another mouse, with twelve thumb buttons and, with two programmable buttons next to the index finger comes along in the future.
The bottom of the UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse has the infrared laser port, a button for you to change profile, two large sliding pads, and a rotating door for adjusting weights (see photo below).
The UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse comes with eight weights pre-installed. Each metal weight is 2.4g. But even with all eight weights, the mouse is still pretty light. So I have left all the weights in. There is a carrying case for unused weights.
The photo below shows the twelve thumb buttons. To me they are the most important part of a gaming mouse. If you use a programmable controller on your left hand, which frees you from the keyboard, then you'll definitely need a mouse like this. These twelve programmable thumb buttons allow you to activate even more game functions. There is a thumb rest under the buttons. It also provides more symmetry to the gaming mouse, giving a balanced aesthetics.
All twelve buttons are easily reachable with my thumb. I have been able to use these buttons without having to relearn from my Razer Naga experience. And I have been able to move back and force between the UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse and the Razer Naga without much fuss. In League of Legends, I am just as proficient with the UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse as I am with the original Razer Naga (mostly because I have never really played any champions with pets).
As you can see, I got the black version of the mouse. At the time of ordering, I didn't pay very much attention, so I didn't see the Sword Silver and the Champagne Gold versions (see photo below). If I had, I might have chosen one of those.
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