The UtechSmart Venus MMO mouse is an entry-level MMO Mouse coming in at around $40 from Amazon. It has all the bells and whistles of RGB lighting, a braided cable, and tuning weights. Plus, a gold-plated USB connector, if that’s something you’re into. For those into numbers, the Venus boasts up to 16400DPI, 12000 FPS, 1000 Hz polling rate, 30G acceleration, 100-150in/s cursor speed, and an Avago sensor. Lastly, if anyone cares, the mouse uses Omron micro switches for “crisp, firm clicks”.
The mouse is larger than I am used to myself, but it makes it more comfortable to use. The build feels solid and substantial; no cheaply built feeling here at all. Some of my favorite aspects of this mouse are the weights. There are eight weights under the mouse that add to the total weight. I am used to lighter mice, and this one feels a bit on the heavy side even with all of the weights removed. However, it is easy to get used to. At the end of the day, I ended up using two of the included weights, but others have complained about all eight not being enough.
If you are buying a $40 mouse, you will probably want it to look half decent. The UtechSmart Venus features RGB lighting. Unfortunately, you can only configure the mouse to display one color at a time with a “breathing” effect; no color cycling or anything of that nature.
The lighting shines through the scroll wheel, DPI indicator, macro keys, UtechSmart logo near the palm, and little exhaust-like accents on the top of the mouse. Unfortunately, the DPI indicator is locked to red, but the rest can be changed with UtechSmart’s software.
The UtechSmart Venus comes from a company that you may have never heard of before, but it is a quality product. I don’t game competitively by any stretch of the word, but the mouse has served me well. The sensor seems to be responsive and accurate, and there have been no issues with it cutting out and ceasing to work mid-gameplay.
MMO mice are special creatures with lots of buttons for various clicking activities. The beauty in this is that you can have up to twelve (with this particular mouse) macro functions all within the reach of your thumb.
I find this infinitely more useful than macro keys you can find on a keyboard because the mouse macros don’t require you to relocate your hand. The keyboards require you to move off of the WASD keys.
The keys are marked and preprogrammed for 0-9, -, and +. Using the included software, you can program these to do any number of different functions, but I just leave them as they are and remap functions within each game that I am playing.
The mouse has five profiles. You can switch between these profiles with a small button on the underside of the mouse. Each profile is preset to a unique color utilizing the mouse’s RGB lighting. This makes identifying which profile you are currently in as simple as remembering which color is for which game/program. In addition to customizing each macro key within each profile, you can also change the five DPI levels on each mouse all the way up to 16400 DPI if you are so inclined.
For serious gamers, you may want to look elsewhere towards more reputable brands, but for the casual gamer who doesn’t need the best of the best, this mouse will serve you well.
While this isn’t the cheapest option out there, you could definitely spend a lot more if you aren’t careful. If $40 is the absolute max you can afford for a mouse, the UtechSmart Venus is a very good option. However, a few dollars more can get you a Logitech MMO mouse and $20 more can get you the Razer Naga or Corsair Scimitar if you find the right sale or don’t mind buying used.
All in all, the UtechSmart Venus MMO mouse is a great purchase and you shouldn’t hold out because you’ve never heard of it before now.