Our First Gaming Mouse, gaming on a budget.

I think one of the best parts of being a father is watching children’s excitement as they learn and grow. My 9-year-old son recently started a typing class in school and absolutely fell in love with his keyboard. As an Apple-centric family, we have several iPads with keyboards but no stand-alone keyboards or mouses. He asked if we could get a “gaming” keyboard and mouse to learn how to use the computer peripherals and improve his typing. Luckily, the Delux M625Plus mouse provided all of the features that a nine-year-old could need.

The DELUX M625PLUS gaming mouse arrived in a 5 3/4 inches tall by 4 1/8 inches wide by 2 inches thick retail hanging package.  The matte black cover panel provided a quality background for the grey/neon-green “DELUX” logo along the top left, the product name along the lower edge, and the mouse image along the center of the panel.  The dark grey-colored mouse had colorful margin accents and a neon green logo along the lower edge of the mouse.  Despite the dark on dark color scheme, the panel did provide a clear representation of the mouse.  The black-colored right-side panel displayed the DELUX logo along the top and four useful product descriptor icons: 1. Ergonomic design. 2. Freedom of Control. 3. RGB Light. 4. Long Battery Life.  I liked the Minecraft-like design of the neon borders upon the black background and the icon designs themselves.  The neon green-colored left side panel provided a black DELUX logo along the top, an oblique image of the mouse buttons/Fire button, wheel, dual side buttons, and colorful accents.  Below the image, they included information about their “Fire Button,” which was an added button adjacent to the left mouse button.  

The black-colored rear panel provided a lot of information about the mouse.  The neon green/grey logo was displayed along the top left, the product features were listed along the left side of the panel (Anti-slip Side Design, Light and Flexible Freedom of Control, Built-in Li-on Battery, Dual Mode wire/wireless)), and the Tech Specs were listed along the right side of the panel (5V/500mA input, 125Hz-250Hz-500Hz-1000Hz rate of polling, Win 7/8/10 compatibility, Sensor PAW3335, 40G acceleration, 16000 DPI, 60 million key switch lifespan, on-board 5-gear DPI).  Lastly, you will find a product SKU, and product manufacturing labels.  The green-colored top panel with clear plastic hanging tab and the left-sided neon green panels provided a nice visual contrast to the black-colored panels.  I liked the details, the descriptors and felt that the company did a great job advertising their gaming mouse. 

I lifted the top tab, removed the eight-panel instruction manual, the braided 64 1/4 inches long USB-A to USB-C cable with cable retention strap, and the 3.5-ounce mouse from the bubble wrap.  The mouse measured 5 1/8 inches long by 2 3/4 inches wide by 1 1/2 inches tall and initially felt a little long in hand but ultimately felt quite comfortable.  Looking down from a top view of the mouse, you will see the left button, the scroll wheel, the right button, a central DPI button (3/16 inches wide by 9/16 inches long), and a fire button cut out from the left button.   Looking at the mouse from a left side view, you will find the forward and backward thumb buttons.    Looking at the mouse from a bottom view, you will find two 5/16 inches tall by 7/8 inches wide trapezoidal rubber feet along the front, an inset specification panel, the optical laser, an on-off button, and the 9/16 inches long by 1/4 inches wide receiver. Lastly, if you observe the mouse directly from the front, you will see the USB-C input port.  

For those not interested in downloading any apps, changing colors, editing macros or parameters, you can still utilize the mouse in either wired or wireless mode.  To use the mouse in wired mode, plug the USB-C end of the cable into the front of the mouse and then plug the USB-A cable into your PC or laptop.  To use the mouse in the wireless mode, remove the wireless receiver from the base of the mouse, insert it into a USB-A port on your Laptop or PC, and the computer will connect to the mouse automatically (2.4G Wireless Receiver is Ready To Go).  If the connection fails to mesh, you can press the left/right/scroll buttons for 3 seconds and insert the receiver into a USB-A port.  To turn on/off the mouse lights, you can press and hold the side-mounted forward and backward buttons for 3 seconds.  You can press the central button (located just behind the scroll wheel) to change between DPI modes: 1. 400DPK (Red LED flash). 2. 800 DPI (Green LED flash). 3. 1600 DPI (Blue LED flash). 4. 3200 DPI (Purple LED flash). 5. 5000 DPI (Yellow Light).  I found that I preferred the purple and yellow modes to the other modes.  The red mode had a lot more precision, but the higher modes had more speed. 

To utilize all of the features of the mouse, you will need to navigate to the DELUX website, and select gaming device, mice, then the PMW3335 mouse.   I clicked “SOFTWARE” along the top right (or select service along the top), then typed M625PLUS into the search bar.  I selected the appropriate software and then downloaded it. Next, I executed the DelUX_M625Plus zip file, selected ENGLISH, then activated the M625PLUS Gaming Mouse Setup Wizard.  I followed the prompts and finished the setup.  When the Mouse setup was initiated, I was able to see the DELUX title along the top left, icons for Lighting, DPI, Parameter, Macro along the top panel, and profile 1, 2,3 along the left. Just beneath the profiles, I found a battery indicator (full, mid, low). Along the middle of the screen, you will find a colorful mouse with seven configurable buttons: Left Button, Right Button, Middle Button (scroll), Forward, Back, DPI LOOP, Three Click. If you select each of the buttons, you can change between the following options (Left button, right button, middle button, forward, back, scroll up, scroll down, three click, fire key, key combination, macro, disable, DPI (DPI +, DPI -, DPI Loop), Multimedia (Media Player, Play/Pause, Next, Previous, Stop, Mute, Volume Up, Volume Down, Email, Calculator, Explorer, Home Page), DPI lock (100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900, 1000, 1100.

Interestingly, the mouse interface had a relatively large footprint and interfered with the lower taskbar.  I had to navigate to settings by right-clicking the toolbar, adjusting the settings to cause the toolbar to hide automatically.  This allowed me to access the lower half of the mouse interface.  If you select “Lightning along the top of the panel, you can adjust the color speed slider and the color pattern of the mouse (Colorful streaming, steady, breathing, colorful tail, neon, Colorful steady, Flicker, Stars Twinkle, Wave, Led off). If you select DPI, the bottom of the screen changed to a 5 stage DPI.  You can increase or decrease the DPI of the stages, and you can use the color wheel to adjust the colors. If you select “Parameter,” you can adjust the scroll speed, double-click speed, and mouse sensitivity.  If you select “Macro,” you can name a new macro, select “Start Record” along the bottom right and then enter a sequence of keys.  You can modify the timing of the different macros, insert delay, or cycle until keys are pressed or released.  If you have a set combination of keys that you have to press regularly, this may be an ideal option to program to one of the buttons.  

If the above options seem overwhelming, worry not.  This process proved to be quite easy to navigate and followed the instruction manual to the letter.  I loved that my son could utilize the mouse, adjust the DPI, turn on/off the colors, and use the mouse in wired/wireless mode without utilizing the added features.  He played several rounds of Roblox (Adopt Me), Bloons TD6, and War Robots.  He used the mouse to complete his elementary school homework and immediately fell in love with the color, the feel, the button layout, and the pride of having his own Gaming Mouse.  The mouse was designed with right-handed individuals in mind and likely offered less benefit to the lefties.  The left/right-click button, the accessory pointer, and the scroll wheel had a nice click feel.  My son was a little disappointed with the grip upon the surface of his desk until I removed the little plastic covers on the lower feet.  With the plastic removed, the mouse slid smoothly across the surface.  We have used the mouse for a few hours per day over the last week and a half and found the battery sufficient for the need.  We charged the mouse every few days with the included cable to ensure the mouse was ready for future needs.  We were pleased with the features and with the cost-to-feature ratio.  

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