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EVGA Torq X5 Review (Optical Mouse)

EVGA Torq X5 Review (Optical Mouse)

There is no doubt that EVGA make exceptional graphics cards, or that their motherboards are top notch too… even that their support is some of the best around. Peripherals, well that we’ve never seen from them. Today we find out if they can continue the impressive product experience in that arena with our EVGA Torq X5 Review.

EVGA Torq X5 Review – Packaging and Bundle


As far as packaging goes, EVGA keep things nice and simple. Branding, key features and a nice display of the product we are buying. The other sides of the box have more features and inside there is a small envelope with product documentation and a set of replacement feet.

EVGA Torq X5 Review – The Mouse

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EVGA use a glossy top surface on the Torq X5 and it has a slightly glittery effect through it. The EVGA logo lights up, as do two strips next to the thumb buttons. Omron switches are used here and between the left and right buttons we find a clickable scroll wheel which is rubber coated. Behind that we have a DPI button which switches through the pre-set levels with an LED display in front of it letting us know which is active.

In terms of dimensions the Torq X5 is 118x65x39mm and its weight is 85g.

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This is an ambidextrous mouse and so on both sides, surrounded by a rubber finish to provide grip, we get two thumb buttons. The left side are pre-programmed to browser back/forward however like the rest of the buttons on the mouse these can all be re-configured using the bundled software.

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Flipping the mouse on its back we can see that the braided six foot cable extends from beneath the left mouse button rather than the centre of the body. We can see the three PTFE low friction feet and beside the back one is a profile switch which allows us to toggle between the 5 onboard profiles when using a system without drivers. There is 512Kb for profile storage in this model and it is powered by a 32 bit ARM MCU. The sensor used here is a PixArt 3988 optical sensor with 6400DPI. The mouse connects to the system via a nickel plated USB connector and our polling rate is 1000Hz.

EVGA Torq X5 Review – Software

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The first thing that struck us when opening the EVGA control panel is how it has an interface which is very much reminiscent of their GPU tuning utility. The first screen gives us many of the key options, such as button tweaking, DPI/sensitivity and LEDs. Moving through the screens we advanced DPI settings are up next and then we can configure aspects of the mouse such as angle snapping and lift height.

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LED control, featuring effects such as breathing are on the next screen and then EVGA give us full control of the macro and profile functions of the mouse. Firmware can also be upgraded and upon installing the drivers the software checks for and applies any available update so that from day 1 we are up to date.

EVGA Torq X5 Review – Conclusion

Starting with the build quality and design of the mouse we were initially a little disappointed with the Torq X5. The glossy surface felt a little slippery and we would have much preferred a textured/matt/rubberized finish. Having said that, it does look quite nice and within a short time we had adjusted to the smooth feel. That really is the only significant design issue though, the textured side panels provide plenty of grip, the buttons are in appropriate locations to allow pressing with minimal effort and the LEDs add both useful feedback on profiles while also providing some extra aesthetic appeal.


If we are being really picky, the branding of the Torq X5 could be redesigned a bit, the font used makes it look very much like TORO unless you look closely…but there are no quirky issues with performance to be picky about. The mouse performed flawlessly through our testing. Tracking accurately on multiple surfaces and offering a nice range of DPI settings which will satisfy the vast majority of gamers. We were also pleased with the software EVGA provide. All too often control panels are an after thought by manufacturers but not here. It is fully featured, looks good and is intuitive. Everything we need from configuration software.

We hadn’t looked at the pricing of the mouse prior to testing so when writing this conclusion finding that it costs $49.99 was quite a surprise. Given the 3-year warranty, impressive build quality, features available and impressive software/performance we expected a higher retail price. Therefore the Torq X5 wins our value award.

Value Award

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Stuart Davidson

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