E-Sports are becoming more and more popular. For some of us, the idea of sitting in some kind of arena and being a spectator to gamers playing in a multi-player video game is very new (and kind of crazy sounding). But we’ve continued to see major sponsors come running into the space and this industry continues to boom and increase in size each day. So for those of you that couldn’t pick up a football without breaking into a cold sweat or tripped over your own feet running down a basketball court: this could be your chance. Good clubs in golf can make a world of difference and a good mouse can do the same for gaming. The awesome people over at IOGEAR sent us a free demo of their Kaliber FOKUS gaming mouse to try out and after a couple of weeks we’ve found our new favorite mouse!
We’re a bit petty when it comes to our gadgets and demand that they not only serve a function but that they’re aesthetically appealing. The Kaliber mouse manages to hit on all cylinders with the design. The changing LED colors highlight parts of the mouse without looking like a techno rave on your office desk. They even put in a nice LED highlight for the scrolling wheel. The white color with the black base of the mouse really gives it a modern look and they even thought about our left-handed friends! The mouse will work for both righty and lefty gamers/mouse users which is nice.
The gaming functionalities of this mouse shouldn’t be overlooked either. There are 8 programmable buttons that can execute a variety of user functions. You can utilize them for media play options, run an entire macro, or open specific files. We found this to be helpful as we aren’t really gamers but have files we always have to be opening regularly. Those that are using Photoshop would probably find this mouse appealing for the repetitive actions they have to utilize on a daily basis. The sensor itself is an 8,200 dpi laser and we used it directly on our desktop (no mouse pad) and had zero issues with responsiveness. While the mouse wasn’t wireless, we were kind of happy about that. We’re procrastinators and when a wireless mouse starts losing battery, we typically would put up with a week of skipping response before finally changing the dumb batteries. The Kaliber being connected directly to the computer helps avoid that issue which could be important for those that can’t afford a skip in the middle of gaming.
Ultimately, we loved the mouse and how it looks. The functionality of the programmable buttons make this much more than just a mouse for gamers and encourage you all to check it out on the IOGEAR website! It should also be noted that if you have the need for a new keyboard, headset, and mouse, there are several packaged deals. They even have bundles specific to the gamer you are (Xbox, etc.).