A super lightweight mouse that is a great option for any gaming fans.

Finding a gaming mouse can be a tricky business – especially when you are running a macOS machine. The Dark Matter Hyper-K Ultralight Optical Gaming Mouse from Monoprice is designed to provide industry-leading precision, durability, and construction within a full-size mouse. So, I thought I would give it a try. It features a honeycomb structure to ensure it’s as lightweight as it can be. It has an attached premium paracord-wrapped cable jacket, high-grade PTFE feet, customizable DPI, industry-leading Omron switches, and a 16,000 DPI PixArt Optical sensor, which is the most respected producer of optical sensors. The Omron switches are rated for more than 20 million clicks. 

Monoprice Dark Matter Gaming Mouse

SPECS

  • Model: 40430
  • Connection: Wired USB
  • Sensor: PixArt® PAW 3389 optical sensor
  • Report Rate: 1kHz
  • DPI Preset Values: 800, 1200, 1600, 2000, 8000, 16000
  • Switch Type: Omron® mechanical micro switches
  • Cable: 6 foot (1.8m) with braided, paracord‑wapped jacket
  • LED Lighting: RGB with colors linked to DPI setting
  • Dimensions: 4.7″ x 2.5″ x 1.4″ (120 x 64 x 35 mm)
  • Weight: 2.1 oz. (60g)
Monoprice Dark Matter Gaming Mouse

USER DETAILS

The mouse is packaged in a black box with an image of the mouse on the cover. The back of it has another image of the mouse and a small expository paragraph about the product. The box also has a magnetic cover that opens so you can see the product inside. When you pull the mouse out of the box, you will find it concealed by plastic. There is a small piece of paper that directs the user to go to the website if they need more information on the product and provides some information about the mouse and its parts. 

The mouse is incredibly lightweight – even with the cable. The cable has a USB-A end to it and it’s covered with paracord. While I do like the wrapped cable, it seems very light. The fabric feels as though it could snag if it were caught on something. I don’t know that it will, but it feels somewhat fragile. That is one of those things that only time will tell. As far as feel goes, the shape of the mouse is very comfortable to hold. It’s got a good curve to it and it feels smooth. I like that it has a lot of cutouts on it not just because you can see the RBG lights, but also because it seems to help dissipate heat from your hand a bit. 

Monoprice Dark Matter Gaming Mouse

The mouse as it stands works very well. It’s responsive and easy to move around on a desk. The only downside is its customizability is limited to Windows users only. Monoprice has a Control Software package on their website that users can download, but when it opens, it’s an exe file, which is only useable by Windows users. That was disappointing to me as a macOS user, but not totally unexpected. Fortunately, the mouse isn’t so advanced that I can’t still use its standard features. I do wish that the side buttons could at least swap desktops. While used on my gaming machine the mouse is extremely well made for fast paced shooters.

CONCLUSION

The Dark Matter Hyper-K Ultralight Optical Gaming Mouse is a solid mouse that has a lot of features going for it. Even though I could use the customizable features, I am still really happy with its performance. 

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