• Sensor: Pixart 3325
  • DPI: 800-10,000
  • Polling Rate: 1,000Hz
  • Programmable Buttons: 7
  • Dimensions: 122 x 66 x 38mm
  • Weight: 113g
  • Pros:
  • Ergonomic
  • Great value
  • Cons:
  • None

Bite Down Hard

The most important tool in a PC gamer’s arsenal is their mouse. No matter what genre of games you play, the mouse is always the most important part of your gaming experience. A good mouse doesn’t make a player better, but lets the player play the game at their fullest potential. With the mouse being one of the most used part of a computer, an upgrade doesn’t seem like a bad idea.

Illegear’s Fang adopts a minimalist approach to the gaming mouse, doing away with all the extras commonly found on mice these days. Instead of providing all the bells and whistles of the modern day, the Fang brings it back down to earth and concentrates on doing things right. With the sensor being one of the most important aspects of a mouse, we were satisfied with the use of the Pixart 3325 sensor. It has great tracking and precision across the different surfaces that we tested on, which included hard surfaces as well as cloth.

The feel of the Illegear Fang is comfortable thanks to its ergonomic shape and can be used by both palm and claw grip gamers. Technical specs wise the Fang has a polling rate of 1,000Hz and a DPI of between 800-10,000. High DPI such as the Fang’s is favoured by RTS players, who require making many quick movements and also looking across the map, while the lowest DPI of 800 is just right for many gamers. But there are plenty of professional gamers that use lower DPI’s such as 400 and 200, which makes the Fang a favourite of both genres.

Other than that, the Fang has great Omron switches that provide very satisfying clicks and are also rated to be highly durable. Buying into the RGB trend, Illegear places 16.8 million RGB colours into the Fang’s logo, scroll wheel and sides, which are programmable using the Fang Commander Software. Also, the Fang’s cable is a 1.8m black braided cable that provides great protection and doesn’t get in the way of the mouse’s movement.

CHIP CONCLUDE: If you don’t feel the need to splash out on a more expensive gaming mouse, check out Illegear’s Fang.illegear-fang-600x500

(previously published in issue February)