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Review: Rude Gameware Fierce Laser Gaming Mouse v.2

Gaming mice are scary. They’re all sharp edges, crazy angles, and LED lights that scream “I’m better at games because my mouse doubles as a deadly projectile weapon.” Increases to kill ratios notwithstanding, gaming mice have always represented the pinnacle of right-handed (and left-handed) peripheral hardware, and the flexibility and customization of the products have always been a draw to the gaming crowd. The Fierce 5000 DPI Laser Gaming Mouse v. 2 from Rude Gameware tries to capitalize on these traits, and after using it for a few days, we believe that it lives up the title, albeit with some minor annoyances along the way.

Hardware/Specs

The specifications are a high point for this mouse.

• 5000 DPI Laser Engine
• 1000 Hz polling with 1 ms response time 
• Onboard memory to save your modifications
• 7 independently programmable buttons and macro support
• Adjustable Weights
• Zero-Acoustic Ultra-smooth Teflon feet
• Always-On mode 
• On-the-Fly Sensitivity DPI adjustment (no driver needed)
• LED DPI Indicator
• Gold plated USB connector for maximum conductivity 
• 7 foot, lightweight, non-tangle cord
• Included customization software

The high DPI and low response times are becoming a standard in the gaming mouse segment, and there are even some units that get those speeds wirelessly. While the Fierce is wired, the braided cable is a nice touch. For those unfamiliar with the term, a braided cable feels a lot like a shoelace. It’s more lightweight than the typical rubberized cable, and affects your mouse movement less. It also is more tangle-resistant, in our opinion.

The adjustable weights are a welcome addition. They come in a separate case, and are inserted via a slide-out tray on the back of the mouse. It’s easy to get to, and a useful feature for the heavy-handed amongst us.

There are 5 preset DPI settings (all customizable via the software; more on that later), and they can be changed on the fly with a simple button click. The LED on the mouse changes colors as you cycle through the settings, so you always know what setting you’re currently using. The extra programmable buttons are placed well. You don’t find yourself accidentally hitting them a lot, yet they are placed for easy access.

The unit is very comfortable to handle and use for long periods of time, and this is the second major goal of a gaming mouse. Having a comfortable mouse for an hour CoD session makes a big difference. It’s also very comfortable for day-to-day use, so the cube jockeys can appreciate its value as well.

Software

The first mistake Rude Gameware made was shipping the software on a mini CD-ROM. They don’t fit into many optical drives, and slot-loading users are out of luck loading the software offline. Unfortunately, getting the software from their website is not an option. After looking through their seemingly very slow website for a download link, we submitted a support ticket via their online support system, and two days later I got a response saying that my ticket was closed because it was a duplicate ticket. This being the first ticket we’ve ever submitted to them, we find that a little hard to believe.

Eventually, I used another computer to install the software, and the process was pretty simple. You don’t actually need to install the software to use the mouse; Windows handles that in the OS. The software just gives you access to all the promised customization in the spec sheet. DPI settings can be tweaked via handy slider bars, but we wish there was a more exact way to accomplish this, as the slider bars are hard to control with accuracy. All the mouse buttons can be customized here as well, and you can create and assign button macros for this purpose. It’s a very cool and easy to use feature, and there are many obvious applications for this in any genre of gaming. You can customize five different profiles and switch between them easily.

The only real gripe we had with the software is that every time you apply settings, it has to reset the mouse. However, this probably has to do with the fact that the configuration is saved on the mouse’s onboard memory, and is probably by design.

Performance

We’ll never claim that a better mouse produces a better gamer, but we will say that a better mouse makes for a better overall gaming experience. The adjustable DPI let you make cursor movement smoother depending on what game you’re currently playing, and the weight adjustment will help your hand move the mouse more accurately to line up that perfect headshot. For those that can tell the subtle difference, the response time and polling rate definitely make the mouse snappy and responsive. Understandably, the average user probably won’t notice a huge difference. The included teflon feet work well on any surface, and using it on a bare office-desk-wood surface felt like using a mousepad.

Rating: 4.5/5

The Fierce Gaming Mouse v.2 is a solid mouse. It combines the look and feel of a gaming mouse with a strong spec sheet and performance to boot. The software is easy to use, if you need to use it, and it’s versatile enough to use in a regular day-to-day setting as well as on hours-long raiding parties. If you can live with a slow support website and only modest levels of hardware support, at a modest price point of $49.95, it’s a good purchase for anyone looking for a mouse upgrade.

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I think I'll make do with my MS wireless laser mouse v6000 untill it goes toes up, but always nice to see a review for future reference though

Duplicate ticket doesn't mean *YOU* already submitted this. It means someone *ELSE* has. What utility would they gain from tracking whether a particular user submits the same ticket twice?

Given it being a widespread problem, as you described, I don't see what's so "hard to believe".

does it have drift control?
does it have hardware level acceleration?
does it have hardware level negative acceleration?
what is it's lift off distance, (or is it's lift of distance configurable?)

without these details it's not a gaming mouse it's a facebook toy

yakumo said,
does it have drift control?
does it have hardware level acceleration?
does it have hardware level negative acceleration?
what is it's lift off distance, (or is it's lift of distance configurable?)

without these details it's not a gaming mouse it's a facebook toy

What kind of gamer uses mouse acceleration? Hardware of software it is just useless in games. Also why would ANYONE want to configure lift off distance? It is like saying you want configurable the latency in your online games.

Looks like a great mouse, currently using the SideWinder X5 - but my wife wants me to go wireless seeing it is now connected to the TV!

Soulsiphon said,
Sooo sexy, great res. Anyone running one yet?

5000 dpi is for marketing, it doesn't help; the sensor quality makes the difference.

I had to go to walmart and buy a new mouse ($10 laser mouse). I wanted one with NO side buttons. My thumb always hits it as I'm making a post or browsing, and it always go's back a page. Then I got really ****ed and shoved a screw driver in it and tried to destroy the button. But I really like this simple mouse better. So that mouse looks good. but I don't think I'd like those side buttons.

warwagon said,
I had to go to walmart and buy a new mouse ($10 laser mouse). I wanted one with NO side buttons. My thumb always hits it as I'm making a post or browsing, and it always go's back a page. Then I got really ****ed and shoved a screw driver in it and tried to destroy the button. But I really like this simple mouse better. So that mouse looks good. but I don't think I'd like those side buttons.


warwagon said,
I had to go to walmart and buy a new mouse ($10 laser mouse). I wanted one with NO side buttons. My thumb always hits it as I'm making a post or browsing, and it always go's back a page. Then I got really ****ed and shoved a screw driver in it and tried to destroy the button. But I really like this simple mouse better. So that mouse looks good. but I don't think I'd like those side buttons.

Then you should have bought a Performance MX mouse instead. If you did, you wouldn't have side button problem which the side buttons are located above your thumb which you have to move your thumb a bit higher in order to press it. MX mouse can be used either wired or wireless mode. Best mouse I have ever used!

warwagon said,
I had to go to walmart and buy a new mouse ($10 laser mouse). I wanted one with NO side buttons. My thumb always hits it as I'm making a post or browsing, and it always go's back a page. Then I got really ****ed and shoved a screw driver in it and tried to destroy the button. But I really like this simple mouse better. So that mouse looks good. but I don't think I'd like those side buttons.

I couldn't do with a mouse with no thumb buttons. I can't live without forward and back buttons there now. My life seems incomplete if I'm forced to use a mouse without them.

warwagon said,
I had to go to walmart and buy a new mouse ($10 laser mouse). I wanted one with NO side buttons. My thumb always hits it as I'm making a post or browsing, and it always go's back a page. Then I got really ****ed and shoved a screw driver in it and tried to destroy the button. But I really like this simple mouse better. So that mouse looks good. but I don't think I'd like those side buttons.

Bad news. It looks like most, if not all mice are heading towards the side buttons. I hate it too, but just get used to it and hope people like us become a viable customer market to companies
But yeah, the Performance MX mouse is amazing. It conforms extremely well to the hand and the side buttons aren't as much of a nuisance. I very rarely hit them.

@shozilla: How would I switch it to wired mode? I've tried plugging it in and removing the dongle, no good. It's wireless even when wired. Which really concerns me when there might be interference

OrangeFTW said,

Bad news. It looks like most, if not all mice are heading towards the side buttons. I hate it too, but just get used to it and hope people like us become a viable customer market to companies
But yeah, the Performance MX mouse is amazing. It conforms extremely well to the hand and the side buttons aren't as much of a nuisance. I very rarely hit them.
@shozilla: How would I switch it to wired mode? I've tried plugging it in and removing the dongle, no good. It's wireless even when wired. Which really concerns me when there might be interference

Just plug your mouse into your laptop/PC via USB. There you go.. It even is being charged while you are using it in the wired mode. No need to unplug it. If you like wired better, then you leave it plugged forever if you like. It even works without a battery! Keep the dongle in. It won't work if you take the dongle out. It has red flashing led light when the battery is dead or not installed.

warwagon said,
I had to go to walmart and buy a new mouse ($10 laser mouse). I wanted one with NO side buttons. My thumb always hits it as I'm making a post or browsing, and it always go's back a page. Then I got really ****ed and shoved a screw driver in it and tried to destroy the button. But I really like this simple mouse better. So that mouse looks good. but I don't think I'd like those side buttons.

I would have loaded the software and disabled the buttons.... but that's just me... Unless it's a really crappy mouse (even the most basic mice from logitech 5 years ago could do that).

Haven't researched it but there's gotta be a way to change/disable that behavior through Windows or Linux as well.

Not like 10$ is a lot of money but why buy a mouse when you have one that works and you're comfortable with ? Taking out "features" is usually "a very minor" problem

I got a CoolerMaster Sentinel Advance for ~40$, which I think would be a great competitor to this one, + no annoyances

It took me a while to get used to those buttons but now I can't live without it... It's worth the training!

warwagon said,
I had to go to walmart and buy a new mouse ($10 laser mouse). I wanted one with NO side buttons. My thumb always hits it as I'm making a post or browsing, and it always go's back a page. Then I got really ****ed and shoved a screw driver in it and tried to destroy the button. But I really like this simple mouse better. So that mouse looks good. but I don't think I'd like those side buttons.

lol, sidebuttons, don't get me started I tell you...

TCLN Ryster said,

I couldn't do with a mouse with no thumb buttons. I can't live without forward and back buttons there now. My life seems incomplete if I'm forced to use a mouse without them.

+1 I hate mice that don't have them now it'd be like a mouse without a scroll wheel lol