It’s nice to see MMO mice on the market, but sometimes we would just like to see them at a less expensive price. This is exactly what the UtechSmart Venus is aiming to provide by selling around the $40 price point. I say around, because although Amazon displays the Venus at $99.99 for its default price, it was reduced at more than 50% of its original price at $36.99. So considering this variation in price, we could definitely say that the UtechSmart Venus is a mid-range MMO mouse.
It allows people who don’t necessarily want to spend a huge amount of money of an MMO mouse to benefit from a model that has that always-appreciated numerical pad on the side. A little more than a decade ago, it would’ve been hard to imagine that MMO mice would be so common these days, but this type of game has gained so much in popularity that it’s now possible to find some at different price points.
The UtechSmart Venus certainly doesn’t take a hit in the DPI department. With up to 16400 DPI, the amount is pretty much ridiculous and god knows who will need that amount to be precise, moreover in an MMO game.
Of course, the Venus’ main attraction is its buttons on the side, and you will find 12 of them angled in different directions. When I ordered, I wondered if their angles would make them easier or harder to use, but I must say that the model has indeed been well-designed and that they’re mostly easy to reach and press on every row. I also liked the main buttons, which click very well and feel very responsive.
This mouse makes me feel like I’m on the top of things and of my game. When things get busy, I rarely mis-click or made a mistake on the sidepad. I must say it’s well-done in that regard. Also, for some of you wondering if the scrolling wheel is also up to par on a mouse this cheap well the answer is the absolute positive. The wheel feels great as it scrolls through its notches.
I must say that the look on this mouse has disappointed me a little. The lighting is indeed well done and it does have an original design. However, originality isn’t the problem with me here. It’s simply that I think it doesn’t look as serious or professional as it could.
There is an appropriate amount of flash that a mouse should have visually and I think the UtechSmart Venus is a bit overstepping things in that area. However, this doesn’t affect my review so much and the appreciation that I have of this mouse. I do think that getting some customization options like the color options for the LED and weight system compensates for that.
On the software side of things, this mouse more than lives up to expectations, because I didn’t really have any in fact. It was one of my main worries actually – buying an MMO mouse that would have tons of buttons, but that they would be so hard to remap because of a software from a lesser known company. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case and the management of my macros went perfectly as well. With 19 buttons in total, this was an absolute must.
It’s fairly big compared to other gaming mice, Razer Naga and A4Tech Bloody Multi-Core Gaming Mouse Gun3 V7, I use. But its size actually fits my hand perfectly, taking up the entire contour. One of my biggest complaints about the Razer Naga MMOG Laser Gaming Mouse is that it seems too small for me; prolonged use for non-gaming purpose is tiresome and even painful. So I actually only use the Razer Naga for games that needs the 12 thumb buttons. I use the Bloody Gun3 V7 mouse for every other game and task; both mice are connected to my primary gaming PC. The UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse solves the two mice problem.
Other than the typical two button and scroll wheel combination, it also has three other buttons on top. The two arrow buttons allow you do change the Dots Per Inch (DPI) quickly. It’s the only mouse I own where I can change the DPI intuitively without referring to the instruction manual; I love it. Press the up button to move up in DPI; vise-versa for the down button. Four LED’s next to the buttons indicate the DPI that is set, providing five DPI presets (including all LED off).
The button to the left of the index finger button is programmable, which is very similar to the buttons on the original Razer Naga that I own. Except the original Razer Naga MMOG Laser Gaming Mouse has two buttons next to the index finger button. On the Razer Naga MMOG Laser Gaming Mouse, in League of Legends, I map the top button to health potion and map the bottom button to moving the pet. The UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse has one button there, so I am forced to only map the health potion.
Because the new Razer Naga MMOG Laser Gaming Mouse does not have any buttons next to the index finger button, it is no longer a worthy contender to the UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse. This topic will only be worth talking about again if another mouse, with twelve thumb buttons and, with two programmable buttons next to the index finger comes along in the future.
The bottom of the UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse has the infrared laser port, a button for you to change profile, two large sliding pads, and a rotating door for adjusting weights. The UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse comes with eight weights pre-installed. Each metal weight is 2.4g. But even with all eight weights, the mouse is still pretty light.
The photo below shows the twelve thumb buttons. To me they are the most important part of a gaming mouse. If you use a programmable controller on your left hand, which frees you from the keyboard, then you’ll definitely need a mouse like this. These twelve programmable thumb buttons allow you to activate even more game functions. There is a thumb rest under the buttons. It also provides more symmetry to the gaming mouse, giving a balanced aesthetics.
All twelve buttons are easily reachable with my thumb. I have been able to use these buttons without having to relearn from my Razer Naga MMOG Laser Gaming Mouse experience. And I have been able to move back and forth between the UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse and the Razer Naga MMOG Laser Gaming Mouse without much fuss. In League of Legends, I am just as proficient with the UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse as I am with the original Razer Naga MMOG Laser Gaming Mouse.
The UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse configuration software seems to be well written. The English is very understandable and the configuration software never crashed on me or anything like that.
As soon as you open the configuration software, you are presented with the “General” tab. The “general” tab allows you to change the button mapping, acceleration, pointer speed, scroll speed, and double click speed. You can also set the polling rate to 125 Hz, 250 Hz, 500 Hz, or 1000 Hz. For competitive gaming, you’ll want to pull as fast as possible. But for mobile computing on battery, you’ll want to set it to something low. The “general” tab allows you to remap any of the 18 button on the mouse to one of the following:
The “general” tab also allows you to assign up to five profiles. That seems kind of limiting, considering most gamers play a lot of different games. But luckily, the configuration software allows you to save and load profiles as necessary.
The UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse has a laser sensor that is sensitive up to 16400 DPI. That’s three times more sensitive than any other gaming mouse I’ve seen in the past. Normally, gaming mouse is sensitive up to 5000 DPI. You can set the DPI under the “DPI” tab in the configuration software.
You can set up to five DPI settings and changeable by the two arrow buttons on the mouse. By default, the the five setting are set to 1000, 2000, 4000, 8200, and 16400 DPI. You can configure both X and Y axises individually or link them together. The lowest setting is 50 DPI.
Like many other gaming mouse on the market, the UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse has colorful light display. But unlike other gaming mouse where you only get one to a few colors to choose from, the UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse allow you to program it with any color in the visible spectrum.
The configuration software also allows you to change the brightness level, which defaults to medium. You can turn the light completely off. The configuration software also allows you to change the blink rate, which they title it as “Breathing Speed”. The default is also medium. You can turn off the blink and keep the light show on all the time.
What’s sadly funny and disappointing is that the color, blink rate, and brightness only applies to the logo, the arrows in front of the mouse, and the 12 thumb buttons. These settings have no effect on the scroll wheel light.
For the current price of $36.99 I definitely feel that the UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse is worth every single penny. I’d even go as far as saying it would be worth every penny at the full suggested retail price of $99.99. The UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse just works out of the box and it works superbly well. I’ve truly enjoyed using this mouse for various types of gaming and feel that this could be my daily driver for when I do my PC gaming.