Avago ADNS-A3080 (B1037C) Optical Sensor
Omron D2FC-F-7N Switches
400/800/1600cpi (400/1600 native)
96g (weight in design, see below)
1.8m braided fiber cable
Gold-plated USB connector
Overall this mouse feels much like my Logitech mice of the past; Nothing feels loose or is rattling so it feels overall very solid. The long and inward-tapered design (see zsense link below) of the mouse \__/ feels very natural to my fingertip-ish grip giving me 3 solid contact points to work with. I feel that this mouse would work well with a fingertip or claw grip and is large enough that a palm grip also works, though people with large hands might want something a bit larger. The size and shape of the mouse reminds me of a G1, only taller. I find that this size and shape feel very natural to my hands, and it only took me a few hours to adjust to the new form.
The official weight of the mouse is ~96g and as part of an advertising feature they note that there is 'weight in design'. What this means is that there are two 10g weights inside the mouse that can be removed, however, in order to gain access these weights you have to completely open the mouse up. The mouse felt pretty good when I first used it (maybe a little sluggish in SC), but after removing those two weights, the mouse feels even better.
Two nice features are the plastic coating on the switches, and the rubberized grip on the sides. The switches plastic mold is more texturized, similar to my older Performance MX, giving a relatively nice feel. Coming from the Pyra which has almost the exact setup on the sides, I was a little worried that the glossy plastic would get slippery, though I haven't run into that as of yet. The grips are much more slick than that on the Pyra but still feel pretty stable. My hands sweat just a little when gaming, and as soon as that would happen my grip actually felt much more solid, which was a nice feeling.
There are a few other features that I think deserve a little more than a spec. The Teflon feet are large and out of the box were a little sticky on my qck. It took a little couple of hours but the skates eventually polished right up and the movement since has felt pretty fluid. The braided cable feels fairly pliable, certainly more so than the rubberized cable of my Pyra did. Because of that it moves well and doesn't ever feel like its tugging.
My only beef with this mouse, ok well two, are 1. That damned pause break-lighting system, and not having side buttons. The latter is something I would like in my perfect mouse, even just one of them, while the former I actually dealt with very swiftly by covering up the LED's with card stock.
There is another very minor issue regarding the top mold. The switches when both buttons are pressed in a diagonal fashion they hit one another instead of being flush with each other. The very easy solution to this is to file the space between them if that is a problem, but for most people this shouldn't be an issue.
For more pictures of the mini, see: http://zsense.net/tt-esport-azurues-black-wing-out-of-the-box-record-shark-mini.html
Inside/Sensor and Tracking Quality:
Ok I don't think I really have to say too much here about tracking quality. The sensor in the Azurues mini is the same sensor found in the Logitech MX518, the Avago 3080.
The good thing about this sensor?
I had to choose between the Pyra and the mini, and I am heavily leaning towards the mini because the 3080 just feels much better tracking wise, even with the prediction, and half the polling rate.
All testing on 6/11 settings and on a Steelseries qck
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This is the worst that tracking would produce, an occasional +/- pair, but fairly infrequently
The other maybe issue with this sensor is that the LOD is 4-5mm on a qck (~4CD's). This is much more of a personal thing for people, and if you don't lift your mouse it's a non-issue. I don't think I've used it enough to make a good determination, that and I thoroughly suck in CS:S, so there are other issues I need to work on before worrying about something minor like this. Overall, it's not 10mm, but also, it's not 1-2mm either.
Below are the images I took in opening up the mouse to confirm the sensor and switches, remove the weights, and deal with the LED's. There are two screws on the underside of the back skates that I just removed with an x-acto knife (if you do it carefully you can put the skates right back on, with no issues). The mold for the switches should be lifted from the back where they unlatch (after unscrewing), then apply just enough force to pop off the top off the base.
These are the two 10g weights
Easy section. This is a plug and play mouse, so there are no drivers. ^_^ The only note is that the underside of the mouse (see above) has a switch that controls what CPI you are using, for everything else, see the Windows control panel.
I've been relatively excited about this mouse ever since I won it, and after testing a bit I think it will replace my Roccat Pyra as my main mouse. I believe that this mouse works quite well in either FPS or RTS tasks from my experience so far, though if I had to give an edge to one of them I would say that RTS might be slightly better for this mouse, but that's only because of what's on paper. For ~$39USD I feel that this mouse is a pretty solid addition to the market and should be able to compete with mice such as the Abyssus and Kinzu v2 as these mice are essentially the same size, but at $0USD this mouse is f#$*ing amazing!
A big thanks to Tt esports for giving these prizes for me to evaluate. Also Skylit for correcting some things.
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