Introduction, Design Features
From a viewpoint of a manufacturer, a Holy Grail of a consumer marketplace would be a product that changes to fit everybody’s unequivocally incompatible needs and expectations.
Dream about it for a minute. Suppose you’re in genuine estate, and could sell a residence whose doors and windows we can pierce about with larger palliate than a 3D architectural program. Rooms we can extend or redress on a fly to fit a needs of a new client? Floor levels we can overlay into and reveal out of fourth-dimensional space? Now, greaten this kind of configurability: What if we could do this for any customer you’ve got?
To be sure, it’s a money-making daydream, and an engineer’s nightmare. But some computer-peripherals manufacturers are doing this on a much smaller scale, profitable augmenting courtesy to a underlying concept. EpicGear’s MorphA X is a box in point.
First of all, who’s EpicGear? It’s a gaming code of Golden Emperor International Ltd., or GEIL, improved famous as a builder of high-performance PC memory. The association has recently changed into gaming peripherals, with a full line of ambidextrous and sculpted mice with the unavoidable mishmosh of names centered on exemplary mythology (MeduZa, Cyclops), weapons (Blade), and, um, classes of reptiles (GeKKota, Anusa).
So with that, in run a EpicGear MorphA and MorphA X. The former is an “IR LED Optical” rodent of mostly required form (though featuring swappable inner weights), while a latter is flogged as a “modular gaming mouse.” We got a hands on a $129.99-list Morpha A X. Thanks to some hardware pieces we can barter in and out, it’s in hint several mice in one. But can that coherence clear a cost that could fetch we dual or 3 unequivocally good gaming mice by themselves?
Let’s take a look.
Here’s a initial demeanour during a mouse, uninformed from a box…
Well, wait—no, that isn’t actually what we see first. This is what we see when we open a steel box it comes in…
It could have been a rodent in that initial image, with a other modular tools bundled divided in cardboard. But climax final a gesture, and EpicGear’s display is good theater. What we get in a MorphA X is a glossy white rodent (or one with a semi-matte china finish, depending on a bombard we choose) that comes with an visual sensor (or a laser one, your choice for a day). It weighs 3.95 ounces (though we can revoke that to as small as 3.25 ounces), and whose 7 buttons have a conspicuous click (or, a somewhat quieter one). Most of a vital features, in other words, are negotiable.
When we open a tin, all a pieces are laid out in full view, watchful for we to arrange them as needed. They come in a illusory tin that looks like this from a outside…
The MorphA X’s bombard is a classical ambidextrous one—though surprisingly, EpicGear doesn’t take advantage of this to offer maladroit folks a span of buttons on a right side of a unit. In a opinion, if you’re going to abstain a ergonomic advantage of a figure shaped to fit a right hand, we competence as good pull some advantage from a offset pattern and make it some-more appealing to lefties.
It’s a sincerely vast mouse, usually underneath 5 inches long, by roughly 2.6 inches far-reaching and 1.6 inches high. It feels usually a shade too prolonged for a medium-size palm in a palm grip. Users who cite a scratch hold will have problems, since it lacks a evil splayed indents for a left and right rodent buttons that assistance anchor a palm in position.
Swapping out a thin, cosmetic faceplate is unequivocally easy. It indeed comes off in dual pieces, both hold in place by magnets. This is what a rodent looks like with a rarely contemplative eggshell white faceplate in place…
As we can see, it has a array of 4 lights abaft of a corkscrew wheel. They prove that of a 4 dpi settings is active. Above that is a trapezoid-shaped dpi-cycling button. We cite a toggle control for this function, so that we can lift or reduce a dpi by a step. (A symbol can usually cycle by your tradition settings in one direction, one step during a time.)
Still relocating up, we come to a symbol that switches among your stored profiles. You can appropriate 5 of them regulating a pattern software. Finally, above that, we come to a corkscrew wheel. It’s got a unequivocally well-defined step with a simply pleasing bump. It lacks a ability to lean a circle to presumably side for additional functionality.
Here’s a MorphA X, as seen from a left…
Its dual side buttons are utterly prosaic and, notwithstanding being visually separate, miss a kind of neatly tangible edges that make it easy to tell them detached with a round of your thumb, something we unequivocally like in, for example, a Logitech G900 Chaos SpectrumG.Skill Ripjaws MX780 RGBHyperX Pulsefire FPS, so they’re not as formidable to strech for a medium-size hand. Though again, as we remarked above, this rodent is unequivocally some-more matched to a vast mitt.
Another prove in that a MorphA X differs from some other models is in a pitted grips on a sides. EpicGear’s give we a truly rough-textured feel. They’re not usually for show.
Looking during a underside of a rodent reveals how a sensors are substituted out…
They’re housed in cartridges, that snap out past a mouth that binds them in check.
The usually other prove value observant here is a MorphA X’s 71-inch cord. It stands to reason that, given this mouse’s theme, it should barter out with a battery procedure or presumably a small solar panel. We jest. However, a best a wire can do is be skinny though braided, flexible, and sturdy. Which is indeed observant utterly a bit.
Installing a MorphA X is a dual step process. First, we block it into a accessible USB port, afterwards download and run a ancillary EpicGear module from https://www.epicgear.com/en/support. Note that a Support page during a time of this examination endorsed we take and implement a firmware download first. What was there was usually a firmware updater, however, and a module already includes a latest firmware.
Let’s start with a MorphA X’s pattern software. This is a categorical screen…
It’s tolerably overloaded and ornate though functional, and some-more important, furnishes a white rise on a black credentials that’s vast adequate to review though a magnifying glass. Curiously for a rodent whose manufacturer emphasizes a configurability, it stores usually 5 profiles, rather than a total game-specific profiles offering in a module from other rodent makers, such as Logitech, Razer, and Corsair. You change these by highlighting one on a bottom row.
On a left, we can reconfigure 6 of a 7 buttons, all though a form selector. (And no, reconfiguring another symbol as Profile Select still won’t let we change out a default profile-select button. Sorry. We attempted that.) On a right, we can allot a array of 4 dpi settings to any profile.
We’ve kvetched in a past that some evidently modernized gaming mice (such as a SteelSeries Rival 700Turtle Beach Grip 500 Laser) offer no detached X- and Y-axis controls, that would be useful on wide-screen monitors and in shooter titles where enemies seem usually from presumably side, rather than above. The MorphA X reserve this, though infrequently enough, it leaves out any approach to couple a axes if we wish to adjust them together. It’s an eccentric X/Y composition by pattern rather than by choice.
If some of this seems counterintuitive, cruise that if we click on any of a lifted buttons underneath Button Assignment, zero happens. You indeed have to click on a word to a right of any button, that shows a reserved task, to move adult a list of swap functions we can assign. They’re a sincerely avaricious lot: simple left/right/wheel click, browser forward/backward, corkscrew up/down, single/double/triple click, dpi up/down, and dpi spin switching.
Let’s lapse to a profiles for a moment, and click a Lighting button. This brings adult a comparatively obsolete color-assignment screen…
Whatever tone choice we make gets patched onto both a corkscrew circle and logo. The usually other options are to spin lighting off, or to cycle by colors, and peculiarly, they aren’t accessible from this screen. To get to lighting on/off, we have to click one of a span of images on a right tip corner of any screen, above a language-choice drop-down. To cycle colors, we need to go to a Performance tab…
From here, we can spin off AFM Ambient Lighting, or set it to start cycling in 20 seconds, or a minute.
While we’re on this tab, check out a few of a options. Performance is a bit startling in that it offers linear sliders for acceleration, angle snapping, and lift distance. The final of these is not a wizard, such as a Corsair ScimitarLogitech G303 Daedalus ApexMionix Avior provide. It’s again a slider—of 10 increments, as we can see below…
Trial and blunder is a usually approach to attain with this feature. Finally, there’s a Macro screen…
You can insert actions, revise them, omit and mislay delays, emanate a default check time, and insert a unequivocally few rodent actions (left or right button, corkscrew circle up/down, or browser back or forward). It’s rudimentary, during slightest when compared with a likes of a Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) or a Logitech Gaming System (LGS). In CUE, for instance, we can emanate macros that run programs, sequence macros together, and run macros that have one duty when a symbol is hold down, and another when it’s released.
We also found a module buggy. Trying to overwrite a default macro pretension by backspacing, for example, froze a program. We had to prominence a default name, afterwards write over it. And opening a procedure several times though rebooting caused a dpi settings to pile-up and reset to 100dpi, no matter what a procedure itself stated. (We had to use a opposite rodent to “rescue” a MorphA X by manually resetting a dpi and then saving.)
The pattern module is in several respects underwhelming, though that can’t be pronounced of a sensors EpicGear furnishes with a MorphA X. The Pixart PMW 3360 visual sensor is regarded as one of a excellent high-end gaming sensors now available, rated here for 100dpi to 12,000dpi. Much a same can be pronounced among those who cite laser sensors for a ADNS-9800, that is rated for 100dpi to 8,000dpi.
Another underline EpicGear reserve are dual pairs of microswitches for a categorical rodent buttons: EG Orange, and EG Purple, with a former installed. EG Orange is rated for 20 million clicks, with a tactile-bump and a click feel, while EG Purple is rated for a 50-million-click lifespan. The Purple switch is both pleasing and has a click, usually a bit…louder. There are no other discernible differences, as both possess an actuation force of 50cN, and a 4mm transport point. We think you’ll settle on one, shrug, and leave a other set in a tin until it’s time to recycle it all.
The MorphA X also comes with 4 removable weights. Here’s a few of them alongside a mouse…
They’re steel and store simply inside a unit, where they’re hold in place, once again, by magnets. There’s no possibility of dislodging them by mistake, and we really tried. With all 4 weights in place, a MorphA X weighs in during 3.95 ounces; when removed, it weighs 3.25 ounces, not counting a cord.