We take Gigabyte's gaming mouse into the shop, and discover impressive levels of customisation.
By Tim Colwill on August 31, 2012 at 3:48 pm
Along with their Aivia Osmium keyboard, Gigabyte recently sent us an Aivia Krypton mouse for review, but unlike the rough-and-ready metal construction of the Osmium, the Krypton nestles comfortably into the palm of your hand and won’t really hold up if you need to cave in a skull with it. Boasting an 8200 dpi sensor, a dual chassis design and the same five onboard profiles as the Osmium, the Krypton look like a solid investment. But how does it rack up?
- Interface: USB
- Tracking system: Advanced Gaming Laser Sensor
- Resolution: 8200dpi
- FPS(Frame rate per second): 12000 frames/second
- Maximum acceleration: 30g
- Maximum speed: 150 inches/ second
- Switch Life: 10 million times
- Onboard memory: 32KB GHOST™ Macro Engine
- Certificate: CE / FCC / BSMI / KCC
- Color: Black
- Cable Length: 1.8m nylon braided / Gold-plated USB connector
- Dimension: (L)128.0*(W)67.0*(H)41.5 mm
- Weight: 110g ~149g adjustable
- Accessory: Weight Adjustment Case (includes 10 weights) / Metal Weight Removal Device / interchangeable Mouse Chassis (Speed+Control) / Spare Teflon Feet Pads
- Supported OS: Windows XP/ Vista/ Windows 7
It’s hard to find fault with the Krypton’s design. Although the sharply angular back may look uncomfortable, the material is actually smooth and rounded, and grips well to the skin. The sides of the mouse are ridged and rubbery, making it easy to rest the thumb there when not clicking the side buttons. The mouse wheel is built in a similar fashion, being substantially thicker and chunkier than many other scroll wheels on the market, and grips to your finger quite well for effortless (and almost completely silent!) scrolling.
Unfortunately the wonderfully grippy scroll wheel also creates what is my main gripe with the Krypton – and that’s that middle-clicking is unnecessarily hard. You need to exert a lot of pressure to trigger a middle-click, and although that’s simply frustrating when trying to open new tabs during one of my endless Wikipedia spirals, it verges on infuriating in the middle of a game. Just something to watch out for, unless you have an extraordinarily well developed middle finger somehow.
Broadly speaking the Krypton’s build will favour users who prefer a claw grip rather than a palm grip. The profile-switching button is in such a place as to make it easy to accidentally hit for palm grip users, and the mouse’s overall smallish construction means that it will simply not fit as snugly into the hand.
Sensor-wise, the Krypton comes with a superb 8200 dpi sensor in the form of the recently-released Avago ADNS-9800, and tracking is superb with zero lift-off problems to speak of.
Aesthetically the Krypton mimics its Osmium counterpart — you can have any colour you want, as long as it’s blue. While the profile button will glow a different colour depending on which profile you have selected, the main LED’s powering the mouse are always blue, and quite an intense one at that. The brightness of the LED underneath the scroll wheel can be adjusted in Gigabyte’s GHOST software, but the other LED’s are not adjustable.
The Krypton’s dual chassis design means you can hot-swap between two different base plates, one with teflon feet for control, and one with ceramic feet for speed. I honestly found little difference between the two except when fine control was required; trying to use the sniper in a round of MVM when the ceramic feet are tracking every tiny shake of your hand is somewhat difficult, and I ended up swapping back to the teflon feet. In any case, it’s a nice option to have, and it’s not the only piece of customisation available to the Krypton either — with Gigabyte also providing 39 grams worth of weights for you to pop in and out.
Impressively, the Krypton’s weight-placement system is built of a series of slots that allow you to spread the weight around in the manner you desire, even should you wish to unbalance it or push the center of gravity to the side. It’s a slick approach and something that many people will make good use of, although I found the native weight of the Krypton to be more than sufficient.
Sinisters will enjoy the Krypton’s flexibility: the mouse is built in a symmetrical fashion, and holding down both of the profile buttons at once instantly swaps the mouse from right to left-handed mode or back again. DPI can be adjusted on the fly as well via the switch just behind the scroll wheel, which clicks up and down through four different DPI settings. The actual DPI of each setting can be specified directly in the GHOST software required to power the mouse, so there’s no need to have them actually represent increasing levels of tracking — but that’s probably the most intuitive way of doing it.
For frequent LAN’ers or people who often share mice, the onboard memory means that the Krypton is great news. Although you can only alter profiles via the GHOST engine, all macros, settings and profiles are stored on board and don’t require being re-calibrated when moving between computers. This makes the mouse substantially more competent than me, who forgets what I am doing every time I stand up.
Unlike Gigabyte’s Osmium keyboard, the Krypton has slid into the Australian market on ceramic feet and hit a reasonable price point, comparable to most of Razer’s recent range and only slightly more than SteelSeries’ top-line offerings while boasting a hands-down superior sensor and impressive levels of customisation. If Gigabyte continue to produce top-quality mice like this, they’ll quickly build a name for themselves amongst more than just motherboard and video card enthusiasts.
- Superb tracking, no lift-off
- Great ergonomics
- Grippy rubber sides for sweaty gaming
- Customisable hot-swappable base plates, weights, the works
- Reasonable AU RRP
- Scroll wheel requires frustrating amount of pressure for middle-click
- Favours claw-grippers slightly over palm-grippers
- Braided cord is quite stiff and can take a few days to break in
The Gigabyte Aivia Krypton retails for around $89 AUD.