There seems to be a running theme with QPad these days, and that’s simplicity. The QPad DX-120 gaming mouse is a simple plug and play venture, with very little adjustment capabilities outside of the adjustable DPI.
The QPad DX-120 gaming mouse is on the larger side of the scale when it comes to the gaming mouse market. It’s defined by its large hump on the rear of the mouse, which is actually pretty comfortbale to hold the mouse in a palm grip. Each button is well within reach, including the side thumb buttons. The only button that requires a little bit of a stretch is the DPI button that’s placed just below the scroll wheel.
The entire mouse is coated in a soft to touch grippy plastic that unfortunately does blemish when used, as I’ve found with the left and right mouse buttons. There is black gloss plastic running down the sides of the mouse, giving it a decent accent and a bit of detailing. The cable, which has a USB connection on the end is braided and measures at 1.8 meters long which is plenty for those with their PCs on their desk, and also those who keep their rigs on the floor. As it’s braided, it means it doesn’t snag on the back of my desk. Well, it doesn’t snag on mine anyway.
The buttons use Omron switches, and feel very nice and responsive. As I said in my review of the QPad MK-75 gaming keyboard, it took me a little bit of getting used to, as the buttons are firm without hindering gameplay. Though this isn’t always a bad thing. It means that if I relax my hand, there’s no real risk of putting too much pressure on the fire button, giving away my position in Modern Warfare. I can also fire quick enough to make something like the Guardian a viable choice in Valorant too.
The scroll wheel flicks through in increments, making it easy to hit a desired zoom level or weapon you were aiming for in something like Counter Strike: Global Offensive or Valorant.
Around the bottom trim is an RGB effect that waves between colour. From what I can see there’s no way of changing this. It’s stuck. Same with the Q logo on the rear of the device and the scroll wheel. They cycle through the RGB colours. It looks pretty classy though. It’s not bright and in your face, especially the band around the bottom. Becasue of the lack of software control however, it means that there’s no adjusting this.
Tip the mouse over though and you will find a pretty decent PWM 3360 sensor which can be set to various DPI increments. Starting from 400 at its least sensitive option right up to 16,000 DPI. The biggest problem with this though, is the fact that you have to cycle through the whole range before getting back to yoru preferred setting. So for example, I usually play with two DPI options, one for running and gunning, and one for sniping, with the latter being the lower DPI. If I’m running around Warzone with the M4, and I want to begin sniping with my secondary weapon, I have to cycle through the whole range before I get back to it. It’s a shame as the DX-80, the DX-120’s predecessor had an up and down DPI switch.
So some tech specs for those out there who are interested in what’s under the hood. The mouse has a max acceleration of 50G, which can be turned off inside of your Windows settings if you find yourself overshooting. There’s no software control here, so no sleek looking window to change things. The polling rate is clocked at 1000Hz, which is said to be a snappier feel, but I don’t know. I’m not a hardcore gamer. It has an ARM Cortex M0 processor inside too.
The QPad DX-120 mouse is a decent product. It’s definitely built well and has some tastefull RGB effects. I especially like the soft grip coating, and I am a fan of larger mice in general, so this one ticks that box. However, it needs some software to keep uup with competitors. It’s nice that it’s plug and play, but for gamers to really fine tune their experiences, there needs to be some kind of micro management tool. Especially when it comes to the adjustable DPI. That’s just a pain in the backside if you ask me. The QPad-DX-120 costs €69.90 or arounud £63 here in the UK, so it’s not the most expensive mouse. but it’s definitely pricing itself out of the market when something like the Corsair M65, the SteelSeries Rival 600 and even the Roccat Kone Pure AIMO if you’re willing to spend a few extra bucks. For more info, head over to the QPad website.