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OCZ Behemoth Laser Gaming Mouse
Written by Hubert Wong   
Monday, 06 July 2009 19:00

IMG_0468.jpgOCZ Behemoth Laser Gaming Mouse

We take a look at OCZ's latest gaming mouse, designed not only for performance but for comfort as well.
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Gamers are always looking for an edge. From graphics to sound, anything that can be tweaked or made to provide an advantage will be done. Even keyboards and mice play a role. An issue with many wireless products tends to be lag and this is something that is addressed by wired input devices. There are many gaming devices available, and in the world of the humble mouse, we've looked at some of these in the past. While the player's skill is going to ultimately determine how well the person plays, a good quality mouse can make a big difference if that person had been using a subpar device earlier.

While money is something everyone should be thinking about, sometimes a serious gamer doesn't put a price tag on additional performance. However, it would be foolish to spend an obscene amount on something if there is an alternative that can provide the same function.

The is a mouse that is not only geared towards gamers, but is also aimed at gamers looking for a fully featured mouse that does not break the bank. From adjustable weights to high DPI, on the surface, things are looking great. Let's dive a little deeper and see how it really loooks.

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The Behemoth is packaged in a medium sized box, similar in size to your typical Microsoft or Logitech mouse packaging. It is a display design, allowing you to visually inspect the mouse and as the plastic shell is form fitting, the buyer can get a good idea of the true size and shape of the mouse. Unless your local shop keeps display models out in the open, this packaging is better than some where all you get is a box with a picture on it.

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Inside the box, you will find the mouse, driver CD and user manual. The manual covers several languages and is actually well written considering it's providing instructions for, well, a mouse. While elitists may scoff at the need of a manual, the OCZ Behemoth isn't a run-of-the-mill mouse, and as we'll explain later on, there are many layers to it.

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As you can see in the picture above, the is a corded mouse. As we have covered in the past, while there are advantages to cordless such as being neater and more convenient, there are advantages to sticking with a corded mouse. Primary benefit is no batteries, and hence more importantly for gaming, no mouse dying in the middle of a fire fight. Second benefit is there is zero chance of any lag or disconnection in the event you have something in your immediate area that would normally interfere with a wireless signal.

The USB cable is about six feet long, which should cover the majority of user's desktop setups. The connection is a straight connect and not an odd shape. Depending on the number of USB products and the proximity of the connections, it will not get in the way of any other USB connections (so long as they are standard as well) on the back of your PC. The connection is USB 2.0 certified and capable of 1000 reports per second. We will cover why this is important shortly.

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The is sold only in black, with silver accents. The Behemoth's shell is rubberized and has a good grip to it and will continue to grip well even if you tend to perspire while playing. As with other applications of this material, the downside to it is that any grease from your hands tends to transfer and marks the mouse. It can be wiped off, but over time, it does become more difficult to do so. As with other rubber coated items we've used, there is a tendency to attract more dust as well.

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The Behemoth is not exactly a slim mouse, but more of a mouse that has feasted on a few pounds of cheese. The Behemoth measures 118mm x 71mm x 44mm (LxWxH), making it one of the larger mice we've handled here at Viperlair. There are indentations around the body and main left and right buttons to rest your digits. The picture below gives a better idea on how your hand will rest on the mouse.

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Unlike smaller mice where finger tip control is required, the is large enough to allow a more restful hand grip. Compared to the NZXT Avatar we've reviewed earlier, the Behemoth is more comfortable to the hands, especially over extended periods. The slight angle from left to right is a more natural angle of how our hand should rest when on a tabletop. There is a downside to this as it should be obvious in the picture above in that the Behemoth is a right handed mouse. Lefties are out of luck here.

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The Behemoth features a double laser engine, allowing for accurate tracking and reporting of 60" per second. We mentioned earlier that being USB 2.0 certified, it is capable of up to 1000 reports per second. This is key as with higher DPI mice, you can experience odd lag if the reporting speed isn't able to keep up with the information the mouse is providing back to the PC.

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Another feature of note is the profile button located on the bottom of the mouse. The Behemoth has on-board memory and you can store multiple settings on the mouse. Whether you share it or you move the mouse to different computers, the settings on the mouse can travel with you. There is also a routed indentation for some cable management on the Behemoth. While nice to have, given the length of the cable, I don't feel the management is useful as not enough cord is managed here.

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There is a compartment on the "back" portion of the mouse that houses 5 hockey puck shaped weights. The is weight adjustable up to 159g. Each weight is 23g and depending on how heavy you like your mice, you can make adjustments as needed. For gliding purposes, there are 5 plastic mouse feet which held up quite well on our Ratpadz.

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Below the 2-way scroll wheel is a DPI sensitivity button. Pressing it will allow on-the-fly DPI switching from 800 to 1600 to 2400 to 3200. Lower setting are ideal if you're more of a sniper and as you move higher up, it works better for twitch gamers.

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The LED display gives a visual representation of what setting you're at.

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The side button, which like all the others is programmable, is within easy reach for the thumb. I should point out it is easy for me, but may not be for others. My hands are medium sized, so I didn't have any problems.

 



 
 
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