Page 3 - Subjective Performance Test
Installing and setting up the Ozone Argon was a smooth and simple process without any trouble. After the installation of the mouse, we put it through some subjective performance tests in an attempt to determine how good the mouse really is. These tests were subjective, but we hope through the extensiveness of the tests will come to an objective conclusion. We tested the mouse in a normal office working environment, and of course, in a few different games. Some graphics testing was done as well by using it in Adobe Photoshop. The games used were Sid Meier's Civilization V, DOTA 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. These games span multiple popular genres of games, which allows us to figure out how well the mouse performs in different genres. I tested it on a SteelSeries QcK+ DOTA 2 Tiny Edition mousepad. The Ozone Argon was also compared to previous mice I used, the SteelSeries Sensei, and the Patriot Viper V560.
I normally use a claw-like grip when gaming, so I can quickly move my mouse in any direction without having to move my arm much. The Ozone Argon is comfortable for either a claw-like grip or palm grip. I tried my best to use a palm grip with this mouse to see if it is comfortable in this manner. Although it did not suit my style, it was still comfortable. The design is quite different from the Patriot Viper V560, and the simpler design was a welcomed change. The two buttons right next to the thumb were placed in a good position to not accidentally actuate them. I found them to be the right stiffness to avoid unintentional presses, while not being too hard to use. The two Teflon pads ensured for a smooth gliding experience.
The Ozone Argon has adjustable weights, but without any installed, it came in at 125g, which is a light mouse. I enjoy having my mouse a bit heavier, even though I do pick it up quite a lot when I am gaming. I added all four of the included weights to have the mouse as heavy as I could get it; all four weights is an added 18g. The ADNS 9800 laser sensor allows for up to 8200 DPI sensitivity, which I think is pretty excessive, and I would be surprised if someone actually uses this setting on a daily basis. I personally prefer lower sensitivity, and so I hover around 700 to 900 DPI, depending on the game. I think Counter-Strike is where I had the lowest DPI, just so I can be as accurate as possible. The 8200 DPI is great in a sense it allows for a massive range, and everyone will be happy in the end. The sensitivity can be changed in 100 DPI increments, which is quite reasonable.
As with any gaming mouse, the performance while gaming is the most important. I put it to the test in some popular genres. I play quite a bit of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, so I launched the game, and tried my best for some headshots first. The Ozone Argon performed well, and it did not take me long to quickly adjust all my settings to feel comfortable using it. The default polling rate was already set to 1000Hz, so there was no need to make any changes. I had no tracking issues, and the mouse did well. For DOTA 2, which I also have a considerable amount of hours in, the Argon felt great. I know some of my friends prefer a lighter mouse for multiplayer online battle arena games, but I do not, and the adjustable weight made it easy to quickly get comfortable. As for the buttons on the Ozone Argon, they never got in the way. I did, however, use the two buttons by the thumb for DOTA 2, and it was a good experience. They were easy to reach when I needed to, and I never accidentally pressed them. Again, the Ozone Argon performed well, with a smooth and accurate experience. It did similarly in Sid Meier's Civilization V, tracking smoothly and accurately, even if the time crunch to make decisions in Civilization V was not a concern. The two buttons I was worried about accidentally pressing during gaming was the DPI increase and decrease buttons behind the scroll wheel. I luckily never did, as they are a bit stiffer than the side buttons, and their placement is high enough up to be just out of normal reach.
I encountered no issues with graphical work. It performed similarly as it did during the gaming tests. The normal office usage in a Windows 10 environment was pleasant, and the Ozone Argon was responsive and accurate. I found the entire experience to be great, with no real issues. Overall, the Ozone Argon did well through all the tests it faced. It was responsive, smooth, and accurate. The grip was great, and I was always able to have a comfortable fit. The textured rubber side really ensured for a good spot to rest your thumb.
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look - Hardware and Software
3. Subjective Performance Tests