Ozone is a rather new face in the world of eSports and gaming peripherals. They have a lot of endorsements from professional gamers, but not much brand recognition and trust. Luckily for them, I’ve had a play with their new Neon range of mice and I’m happy to say that it’s very good for the price point. Not many online stockists are selling it right now, but the price point is $49 (AUD) so about R480. For that price, you don’t really expect too much, but I was pleasantly surprised.
The first thing I noticed was its simplicity. No overly flashy lights, no glossy black, just a simple 8-button mouse with a fantastic laser. It comes in a range of colours; I got the black and white one sent to me, but it’s available in red, blue and entirely black. It’s ambidextrous for those who happen to be left handed, which unfortunately means no claw grip like I’m used to. This made the Neon feel rather small in my hand. However, the long arching back makes it feel just as comfortable as my Logitech G9X, which is my normal mouse.
It’s coated with a matte rubber that feels a little too much like plastic for my taste, as I usually desire more of a textured feel. Only when you really move your hands across it does it feel like rubber. The rubber scroll wheel has a soft click to it as it rolls and is considerably more grippy than the mouse itself. The four glossy buttons on the side are slightly squishy, needing a harder press to register, which is nice considering the amount of times I’ve hit more rigid side buttons accidentally. The plastic pads on the bottom look like glossy brushed stainless steel. They are very slippery and possibly have some sort of oleophobic coating to help it slide across surfaces. Overall, the mouse has a surprisingly excellent feel for such a simple design.
Using the included Windows drivers, you can set up the mouse exactly how you want it. I was able to customise mine and make it feel a lot like my existing mouse. You can change acceleration, scroll rate, polling rate, DPI, and key bindings. If you prefer to have several setups, you can save them via five different profiles. The profile button light can be changed to green, cyan, blue, and red. Not as much colour customisation as Steel Series mice, but a nice feature nonetheless.
At 6400dpi, there are more powerful mice with less input lag. The input lag is at 2ms which is absolutely fine for what I use it for.
Enotus Mouse Test v0.1.4
Model: Ozone Neon
Resolution: 8800 dpi \excellent\
Polling speed: 962 Hz
Max speed: 0.51 m/s (177591 points/s) \ok\
Precision: 96.8 % (0.06 m/s) \good\
Smoothness: 11.2 % \ok\
The mouse test yielded good performance results. It lost out a little bit on smoothness, but I purposely didn’t use a mouse pad so I could test the difference with a gaming mouse pad also sent to me by Ozone: the Lepton gaming mouse pad. At a RRP of around R360, it’s almost as expensive as the mouse!
The mousepad is coated with a lightly textured surface that feels similar to teflon on a non stick pan. It’s very large, measuring at 360mm x 260mm x 2.5mm. It doesn’t fit on my tiny desk, but the incredibly low height allowed it to slip under my raised keyboard with no issues. The back of the pad is non slip textured coating which gripped nicely on my wooden desk. The pad brought the smoothness of the neon up to eight percent, giving it a ‘good’ rating as opposed to an ‘ok’ rating. Poll rates remained mostly the same, almost hitting 970hz.
It’s not the biggest difference, but ignoring the tests it’s a high quality surface and the Neon glides really nicely. Is it worth R360? In my opinion, no. Despite the quality of the material, I couldn’t really justify the price unless you’re very particular about mouse pads; if so, then Ozone has you covered because it’s easily the best I’ve ever used. It’s not a crappy, floppy piece of fabric, it’s a pad that keeps its shape and is unlikely to wear after repeated use.
Overall, the Neon and the Lepton are of very high quality. The Neon I can recommend more due to its affordability and high performance, the Lepton, not so much. If it was a lower price I would be happy to give it my thumbs up. Unfortunately, for R360, all you’re getting is a rigid board of rubber and plastic, a high quality one at that, but not worth the price.
Spec sheet for Ozone Neon:
6400 DPI laser sensor.
8 programmable buttons
On-the-fly adjustable DPI: 6400/3500/1800/800
128kb built-in memory
Included Software for personal configuration (Windows only)
Adjustable polling rate: 125/250/500/1000HZ
Adjustable response rate: 2/65/125/190/255ms
Cable length: 1.8M
Compatible OS: Windows® 8/ Windows® 7 / Windows Vista® / Windows® XP
Rubber coating top surface
Weight: 120g (with cable)
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Last Updated: February 25, 2014