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Qpad DX-20 Review

Qpad DX-20 Review

Our review product today is the latest mouse from Qpad. They are not known for firing new products out with as high a frequency as some of the competition so it should be interesting to see what they have developed over the past few years… especially when they freely admit that it is inspired by the Intellimouse 1.1 from Microsoft. Welcome to our Qpad DX-20 review.

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Qpad DX-20 Review – The Mouse

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At first glance the DX-20 uses what appears to be an ambidextrous design however there are only thumb buttons on the left side. The main body of the mouse is plastic with a soft touch coating and the Q logo in the palm area is lit by LEDs. In the centre of the mouse, towards the front edge, is a clickable scroll wheel, lined with LEDs and behind it two buttons which are set for DPI changes by default.

As far as dimensions go, the DX-20 is approximately 12.5×6.5x4cm and it weighs around 90g.

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Both the left and right mouse buttons use Omron switches which are rated for 10 million clicks. There are two thumb buttons on the left side as we noted earlier and running around the bottom edge of the mouse is another LED strip. Like the other lighting areas 16.7million colours are available.

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Extending from the front of the DX-20 is a 2m braided cable which ends in a gold plated USB connector. Flipping the mouse over we find four low friction feed (with another set bundled for use in the future). Then in the centre of the mouse is a Pixart optical sensor. As far as the specifications go, it is a 3500CPI/80IPS unit with 20G acceleration. An ARM Cortex M3 controls the mouse processing and 128kb of onboard memory is present to store profiles.

Qpad DX-20 Review – Software

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After installing the mouse software from the Qpad website we were informed that a firmware update was available. Installing this on the mouse was a case of clicking a few dialogue boxes before the mouse restarted itself and we were good to go.

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The main interface of the software provided by Qpad is fairly basic, and clicking any of the sections opens some additional windows with the key settings for the mouse such as button assignment, pointer speed, and so on.

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Various DPI settings are available to cycle through on the DPI buttons as are settings for angle snapping, lift off distance, etc. Macro functionality is also available and we can configure all of the LEDs, including the ability to change the effect used on them.

Qpad DX-20 Review – User Experience and Conclusion

It’s been seven years since Qpad released a new mouse and in our time reading about it and using it we noted some quite odd aspects. A lot of it is to do with the marketing, for example the product page talks about how the LED strip lights up the “cursor” in low light situations. Or that that the Tech Spec page is missing key specifications such as dimensions, weight, sensor model… or that Qpad claim this is an ambidextrous mouse. It’s not, it’s a right handed mouse. No left handed gamer is going to want to action the “thumb buttons” with their outer fingers.

Quality control is also an issue. There was a blip on the finish of our left button of our mouse which felt uncomfortable until we filed it down a touch (though it was still a bit annoying). These things happen and it is likely a one off but what shouldn’t be happening is simple errors in the software. For example if you browse through the firmware update screens above you will see the formatting is broken in some screens and at one point the mouse model name changes to another model. These sorts of things shouldn’t happen on a mouse aimed at this consumer group.

We also felt the software provided by Qpad wasn’t particularly intuitive. Yes, all the key settings are available but the interface is basic at best and really, who knows what they are going to find in the “basic” screen compared to the “advanced” screen. It also lacks features like cloud functionality that a number of the competition now provide.

So yes, something strange is going on at Qpad and that dents our confidence in the product as a whole. What’s changed at the company in the last 7-years that they can’t even market or test a mouse appropriately?

On the plus side, in our time with the mouse it performed well. The sensor tracked nicely, the main buttons are Omron so should be durable and we noticed no stability issues. That said, with an RRP of €69 the overall consumer experience isn’t great and there are better mice out there at a lower price point.

 

Summary
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Qpad DX-20 Mouse
Author Rating
4

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Stuart Davidson

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