When you game on a PC, you’ll know that it’s not just the computer that makes the difference, but also the peripherals like the mouse, keyboard and headset. The MonsterXGears Baku gaming mouse is the third gaming peripheral we’ve tested from them, and so far, MonsterXGears hasn’t disappointed.
Weighing just 75g, I think this is the most aesthetic-looking mouse if you are into RGB lighting. The size is ideal for large hands, and it’s an ambidextrous mouse so even if you are left-handed, you can still use it comfortably. It has a matte finish and it’s great because it isn’t a fingerprint magnet. The mouse wheel has a rubberized groove to make scrolling through webpages and the likes more pleasant.
It comes with six buttons – Left and right button, middle mouse button, as well as 2 thumb buttons and lastly, a DPI loop button on the bottom of the middle button. The buttons are clicky with enough travel to make it great for gaming as well as productivity tasks.
I love that the mouse cable is braided. It is actually paracord so it is very light and tangle-free. The one thing I love about paracord is that there is little to no cord drag. This is important for people who play more competitively because those thick rubber cables will wear you down and affect the speed of which you can move the mouse.
What caught my eye about this Baku mouse is the design. Unlike other gaming mice with honeycomb cutouts, MonsterXGears added a layer of diffusion plastic underneath which softens the RGB lighting. It’s a pretty smart design choice on their part which makes this mouse stand out.
And of course, the lighting is customisable. You need to just download the driver software from the website and choose your lighting effects. I just love the “breathing” or pulsating effects for lighting.
On the driver software, you can also change the DPI setting, or set your preferred colours and have 7 different DPI settings. The DPI ranges from 400 all the way to 12000. So it covers pretty much all the gaming genres.
You can also adjust the mouse parameters and mess around with the sensitivity, scrolling speed and even how rapid you want the double click to be.
The polling rate can also be adjusted. It ranges from 125Hz to 1000Hz. By default, the thumb buttons are forward and back functions and you can change the polling rate easily by long-pressing the back button and using the scroll wheel to change the rate.
As for buttons, there are just six buttons altogether, as mentioned earlier. I wish there were more, or at least a thumbwheel on the side. I have gotten very used to the Logitech MX Master 3 where the thumbwheel is very useful for video editing, scrolling through large Excel sheets or for general web browsing.
The good news is that you can assign macro buttons on the two thumb buttons. Actually, you can assign any macro buttons on any of the buttons but it just makes more sense to me to use the thumb buttons for macro functions. I have assigned the top button for copy and the lower button to be paste. This can be done on the driver software. Just open up macro editor, create new macro keys and choose what functions you would like the macros to be. And then finally, just map the buttons to the macro. It’s a very simple process.
Priced at S$109, it’s relatively affordable and I believe it’s worth a buy. I love the look on this, it has good lighting design, low average input latency at 16 ms and it feels comfortable to hold. I use this mostly for computer games like Cyberpunk 2077 and for normal productivity tasks and it has been great. The macro keys work well and the mouse glide is smooth, but it’s not a surprise there because it is using the PMW 3360 Optical Sensor. My recommendation? Buy it. It is good.
Written by Khairun Kamaruzaini (Tech360.tv Community Creator)