The Omen Vector Wi-fi Mouse is a part of that rising pattern of wi-fi peripherals. And, it’s a welcome one so long as efficiency doesn’t take success only for that added comfort. Up to now, wired connections have all the time supplied a greater and quicker connection than wi-fi ones irrespective of the machine. Fortunately, that’s not the case.
This new entry from HP, whose identity is sort of utterly absent from the packaging, units out to show you could have a wi-fi mouse as quick and as correct as to every other mouse on the market. And it greater than lives as much as its guarantees. However, a terrific gaming mouse must do greater than that. Can the Vector provide extra to set it aside from the remaining whereas nonetheless protecting on ticking with the very best of them? The reply is, fortunately, sure.
Programmable buttons, excessive DPI functionality, extremely low latency, and many of the stuff you would need in a terrific wi-fi gaming mouse are all right here. Nevertheless, that’s not what units the Omen Vector aside from different gaming mice. It’s not particularly distinctive trying, in any case, and, whereas its efficiency could be very strong – particularly for a wi-fi mouse – it’s on par with different related choices on the market.
What makes the Omen Vector Wi-fi Mouse particular is the extremely long battery life, the longest we’ve seen excluding opponents that depend on replaceable batteries. That and the truth that it’s, in HP’s phrases,” the world’s quickest USB-C charging” mouse.
Gaming mice, for some motive, haven’t caught as much as the remainder of the tech world in constructing fast-charging gadgets. No less than not with regards to their wi-fi choices. That’s what makes the Vector distinctive amongst its friends. That’s when contemplating the truth that there are numerous cheaper mice on the market and fairly just a few gaming mice – wi-fi or in any other case – that include extra bells and whistles and price half of the Vector’s asking value.
Getting long-lasting rechargeable battery life and fast-charging functionality in a wi-fi mouse. In fact, evaluating it to different mice that cowl the identical floor, the value is pretty cheap. The Razer DeathAdder v2 Professional, as an example, has related capabilities and goes for $129.99 (£129.99, AU$224.95). That’s whereas providing some efficiency perks over the Vector like 20okay DPI, although it additionally solely will get 120 hours of battery.
There’s additionally the Corsair’s Darkish Core RGB Professional, which fits for $79.99 for related performance however provides Bluetooth connectivity. Nevertheless, its 50 hours without RGB lighting on doesn’t even come near the Vector’s battery life.
If the value doesn’t set it aside from the pack, then neither does its design – at the least at first look. The Vector comes lined in an easy, matte black onerous plastic with textured sides to assist together with your grip, modern rubber pads outlining the underside for simpler motion, and a compartment tucked beneath to carry the included wi-fi when not in use. And, within the entrance, you’ll discover a USB-C port to cost and to make use of the mouse in wired mode.
The Omen Vector Wi-fi Mouse appears like most gaming mice with its barely right-hand leaning ergonomic design, 6 mappable buttons, and two programmable RGB zones to remind you of its gaming pedigree. These 6 buttons, which embrace a DPI cycle button and two aspect buttons to go along with the usual left, proper, and center wheel, do cover Omron switches that are good for 50 million presses.
Its two RGB zones are situated across the mouse wheel and on the diamond emblem within the palm wrest. And, they are often personalized by way of the Omen Command Heart software program for just a few totally different animations in addition to showing nearly any color you want. The RGB customization here’s a bit gentle compared to other manufacturers, however, it does provide a fascinating preset the place the mouse wheel will change to a predetermined color relying on the DPI setting you’ve cycled to through the DPI button. It’s positively a helpful method to understand how quick your mouse is about to maneuver.
Going again to all of these buttons for a second – they’re all reprogrammable by way of the identical software program. You’ll be able to assign any button to any keystroke on the keyboard, in addition, to assign multi-key combos, macros, media actions, and any of the opposite mouse buttons. The one factor you may assign it a ‘DPI down’ button, which might permit you to cycle by way of your DPI settings within the different course. That is included within the record of choices, however, it’s greyed out with the phrase “unavailable” subsequent to it.
The Omen Vector Wi-fi Mouse comes with a wi-fi receiver that connects simply and presents a steady connection. Nevertheless, not like numerous different premium wi-fi gadgets, you’re restricted to simply that wi-fi receiver. Not like the Corsair Darkish Core, this doesn’t have Bluetooth, which implies that in case you lose that wi-fi receiver, you’ll be restricted to utilizing the mouse by way of the supplied cable till you get a substitute.
Its battery life and quick charging are the Omen Vector’s most important promoting factors. HP advertises as much as 180 hours of battery life from a full cost, which is about on par with our expertise. Leaving the mouse on for three days straight solely brings the battery life down solely 40%. Utilizing it continuously for every week with power-saving mode turned on (through the software program) additionally solely will get it right down to 60%.
Even higher, it takes solely 45 minutes of charging to get it again as much as a full cost. That appears to trace with HP claims that charging for 90 minutes ought to get you from zero to 100% and 30 seconds of charging ought to provide you with an hour of use.
One of many considerations for any wi-fi machine is the way it compares to its wired counterparts when it comes to efficiency. The Omen Vector Wi-fi Mouse, fortunately, places these considerations to relaxation. Not solely does it provide an extremely quick 16,000 DPI because of its PixArt PAW3335 sensor, however, it additionally has a 1 ms polling or report fee.
Due to the polling fee, we haven’t skilled any form of lag or latency when utilizing the mouse. Whether or not it’s with extra cinematic video games like Metro Exodus and Pink Lifeless Redemption 2 or video games the place velocity is of the essence like Doom: Everlasting, the mouse looks like an extension of our hand. After we wish to do one thing, it’s finished instantly and precisely. Macros and remapped buttons additionally work as an attraction after we want them to.
Setting the DPI to 16,000 in Doom: Everlasting lets us expertise head-spinning velocity every time we’re turning or shifting round. Esports avid gamers will discover that the Omen Vector Wi-fi Mouse will get the job finished and achieve this without the leash. And, with its customizability, you may regulate for any sport you’re taking part in. For instance, we programmed one of many aspect buttons to behave as a Sniper button, slowing the DPI manner down.
Whereas it’s not an ideal mouse, the Omen Vector Wi-fi Mouse does numerous issues proper to justify its value to the suitable customers. It presents about as a lot of battery life as you’ll discover in a wi-fi mouse and quicker charging than you’ll discover anyplace else. And, that’s whereas delivering esports-level efficiency.