QPad DX-80 Gaming Mouse Review
We’ve had a few run-ins with QPad in the past, most notably when they took over our gaming rig back in 2015. We loved them then, and with our recent demonstration at Gamescom 2019, we’ve taken an interest again. They’ve sent us their new QPad X-80 gaming mouse, and from first impressions, it feels like a pretty decent contender for enthusiast players.
Most notably so is the Razer-esque edge glow around the bottom circumference of the mouse. It looks classy, and is actually pretty bright. It follows suit with the scroll wheel, DPI adjustment buttons, QPad logo on the back and side buttons. They all light up together in true RGB rainbow fasion. There’s unfortunately no driver to change this, and QPad also state on their website that this mouse is just plug-and-play. The RGB lights show off different patterns depending on your DPI set. These are a rainbow effect, static, or a pulse -like effect.
The QPad DX-80 is an ergonomic right-handed mouse, that sits comfortably in a semi-palm grip. The hump on the back isn’t quite tall enough to set inside of my palm, but I can get a pretty decent grip with my thumb and little finger to move the mouse around. The thumb buttons are in easy reach too. It’s an incredibly comfy mouse to use and has a soft to touch plastic on top, and some textured sides for extra grip. It’s incredibly light, which is subjective to a gamer, so can’t comment.
On top you’ve got a very tactile left and right mouse click, which has nice resistance and bounceback, as well as a scroll wheel and up-and-down DPI adjustment buttons. It’s pretty simple in terms of button layout, which is great for any gamer looking for a no nonsense solution to their gaming setup.
One thing that I noticed with the mouse is that the lift-off distance is rather insane to say the least. You can get close to 1cm and still control the cursor on screen. Is it something that’s needed? For me… no, not so much. But for you pro gamers out there, you could like this feature. Personally, I don’t, as I use a very low sensitivity when playing first person shooters so I use a lot of real estate to move my character. When I lift off, I tend to find my gun moving back the other way due to the large liftoff distance.
On the bottom of the QPad DX-80 you can find a PMW 3325 sensor. It tracks extremely well, although has a slight issue in tracking fast movements as it clocks in at around 100 IPS (inches-per-second). Likewise with the no driver mentioned before, the DPI switches range from 1,000 to 8,000 in increments only (1,000/1,600/2,400/3,200/5,000/8,000). The mouse is also clocking a polling rate of up to 1000Hz, with these being adjustable too.
Lastly there is a braided cable so no snagging on the back of your desk when playing games, which can happen when your cable is shielded in rubber. It’s around 1.8 meters long, so there’s enough cable to comfortably route if your PC sits on your desk like mine.
Okay, so the limitations of this mouse in terms of its lack of driver software to really pinpoint customisation, and the fact that its lift off distance is a little problematic for gamers using low sensitivites, makes it hard to suggest the QPad DX-80 gaming mouse for eSports players. However, if you’re more of a filthy casual like myself, who play games in the evening for fun, and want a little more control over your play style, then the price of the QPad DX-80 is a pretty good option. For more information, head over to the QPad website.