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Tuesday, 08 September 2009 16:55

OCZ Behemoth tested

Written by Muamer Odobasic

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Review: A decent mouse for a few bucks

 

OCZ is a company usually associated with various types of memory but the company has of lately been making more frequent excursions into gaming peripheral markets. This time around we got a chance to play around with their latest gaming mouse, the OCZ Behemoth, which can currently be found in the EU priced between €18 and €26.

OCZ Behemoth is a pretty chubby mouse, with many ergonomic details for optimum comfort during usage. It comes with a 3200 DPI resolution laser as well as integrated memory holding up to three user defined profiles.

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Behemoth’s box design is almost identical to the design we’ve seen in Dominatrix and Eclipse series. The box contains the mouse, driver CDs and a small instruction manual.

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On the upper side the Behemoth has with two standard keys (left and right), scroll wheel, DPI switch key and a large Behemoth logo. DPI profiles can be changed on the fly by a simple click of a button located above the scroll wheel and the mouse also has three blue LED lamps which show you the current DPI settings. Note that all the keys (but the left one, of course) are fully programmable.

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The entire upper side of the mouse is coated with soft rubber, which feels great and will prevent slips in case your hands sweat.

The left side of the mouse features “back” and “forward” keys, whereas next to them are the two LED lamps which serve as profile indicators. There are three profiles available and LED lamps will show you which one is currently used – the first lamp shows Profile 1, the second one Profile 2 whereas the third profile turns on both LEDs.

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Although the mouse is pretty massive, it will take a while before you get used to the shape. The reason is the shape and the size of the ergonomic details, and note that users with longer fingers won’t find this mouse very comfortable for longer gaming sessions.

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On the bottom you’ll find the laser sensor, profile switch key, 6 cable paths and a simple weight regulation mechanism. Five weights are available and their total weight is 22,5 grams.

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The cable paths are a pretty nice feature, as they let you position the cable the way you see fit.

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Software

The OCZ Behemoth is entirely plug-n-play compatible and won’t require any special drivers, whether it’s Linux or Windows you’re using.

The mouse software can be ran from the CD or copied on the HDD for easier access.

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As we said before, the mouse features three different user profiles and we noticed that profiles can quickly be changed by pressing Caps Lock. All the keys except for the main, left one, can be programmed with a macro or a script. The macros can be saved on the mouse itself or on the HDD.

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The software’s configuration menu contains DPI level settings, allowing the user to predefine sensitivity levels that will be switched on the fly during gaming. Standard DPI resolutions are set at 800, 1200, 2400 and 3200 DPI but you can set them the way you see fit.

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This page lets you change the USB report rate or turn it off. The values we see are from 125 to 1000 reports per second.


Conclusion

With its 3200 3rd generation DPI laser sensor, OCZ Behemoth will please the most demanding gamers. It looks extremely stylish in black, and comes with rubber coating which significantly improves the gaming experience.

A slight downside to this mouse is that its design won’t fit all. If the mouse fits then you’ll love it, but if your fingers are longer than the ergonomic details then you won’t have such a great time.

This mouse is priced at €22 in EU, which makes it one of the cheaper gaming mice on the market. Still, the mouse is a great bang for buck, and is perfect for casual gamers who love blowing off some steam after a hard day’s work.



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