In 2014 we have seen a number of products from Gamdias, starting with the Eros headset and Zeus mouse and more recently the Hephaestus headset. On each occasion we have found Gamdias to have produced some interesting products which were worthy of any shortlist for those looking at new peripherals. Today we review the Gamdias HADES Extension which is a laser mouse with interchangeable side panels and a wide DPI range, peaking at 8200.
The HADES Extension arrives in a box which has a nice textured finish and in the centre we can see the product through a window. We get plenty of feature information on the outside and then inside is the product documentation and a couple of stickers… plus a few extras. More on that shortly.
The HADES Extension Laser Gaming Mouse
The HADES Extension Laser Gaming mouse is shown above and what we get with this model is a mouse which has a plastic body which we found sited palm grips most. There is a Gamdias logo on the palm area which lights up, as does the scroll wheel in the centre. Behind the scroll wheel is a DPI button which cycles through our pre-set levels and Gamdias add some detailing across the body. For dimensions we have 124.5x66x40mm.
The HADES is suitable for left and right handed users with the design of each side mirroring the other. We get two thumb buttons (or small finger buttons) and then one of the key features of this model. The side panels can be pulled off (they are attached by magnets) and Gamdias provide two alternatives for each side. One is a small panel which fits into the location, has a rubber-ish texture, and the other is a larger version with more distinct lines.
Turning to the base of the mouse we see that it has four feet which help it glide easily on our surface and the laser sensor is just back from centre. The sensor has a DPI limit of 8200 and as is common with gaming mice we get a polling rate of 1000Hz. OUr mouse connects to the system using a 2m braided cable with gold plated USB connector and in terms of durability our buttons are rated for 10million clicks. Also worthy of note is that the mouse has 256K of on-board memory which allows us to save our profiles when on the go, including remaps of the 7 configurable buttons on the mouse.
Our control panel for the HADES mouse is Gamdias Hera and upon first launch it downloads the appropriate files for our mouse, prompting for a firmware update if needed.Then we enter the default screen which gives us access to a number of the main settings for the mouse, including DPI and profile illumination. To get a bit more in depth we click Advanced Mode…
With advanced mode enabled we get full control of the mouse configuration and that includes configuring the buttons, macro management, DPI, illumination, sounds (play a sound on action/timer) and muscle memory which gives us a run-down of our stats over time. For example left clicks, burst speed and the like.
User Experience and Conclusion
When unboxing the HADES the first impression we had was that it was maybe a bit too plastic. It feels sturdy enough and there is a decent weight to it (Gamdias add a weight at the factory, rather than just sticking to the body/standard components) but it is noticeable that there isn’t the same grip as some other models. Interestingly the smallest of the replaceable grips has a more textured, softer feel that solves that and we would have liked all of the side panels to have that same effect.
In our time with the mouse durability doesn’t seem to be an issue, the feet are wearing well and the braided cable should help wear over time. As we noted earlier in the review this mouse is ideal for a palm grip and it feels a little more compact than much of the competition however for my average sized hands that made it extremely comfortable. Something which is enhanced by the well balanced weight of the mouse. The main buttons have a good feel to them and while the thumb buttons are not quite as good they still have a nice tactile feel to them.We also had no issue with tracking, the mouse ran well and when performing edge work in image software we had no problems with tracking lines and the like. The best feel was around 3600dpi.
Given the decent software, configurable design, good performance and decent pricing the Gamdias Hades Extension Laser Gaming mouse wins our value award.