The market for gaming peripherals is largely dominated by a few big names, so seeing a smaller company offering top quality alternatives is a refreshing sight.
X2 is based out of the Netherlands, offering high quality, stylish PC hardware and accessories for high end gaming. The Harada gaming mouse is the cheapest of X2’s peripheral range at £38, however it packs many of the features found in the higher end products.
The Harada has a stealth black colour scheme, with a matte black palm rest and left/right buttons, as well as a shiny plastic surround and thumb rest.
LEDs light up across the mouse in red, pulsing slowly at a fixed speed. The base is a solid metal, adding a nice amount of weight to the mouse as well as making it feel like it could take a beating if (heaven forbid) it was dropped. A sturdy braided 1.8m USB 2.0 cable is fixed on, giving plenty of reach for larger desktop gaming rigs.
Three extra buttons reside on the left side of the mouse, a forward, backward and LED switch. A button below the scroll wheel allows the user to toggle through six different DPI settings, with three blue LEDs showing the DPI setting. This is perfect for changing sensitivity quickly mid-game.
Here are X2’s specifications for the Harada:
- Comfortable design with solid metal base
- Ergonomic palm rest and grip
- Avago 9800 photoelectric chip, precise positioning
- 1200/2400/4800/6200/7400/8200 DPI resolution
- Fast implementation of the cursor position
- Refresh rate: 150 inches per second and 30 G acceleration
- 1,000 Hz Ultrapolling
- 1 ms response time
- Master control IC 8801
- Built-in 64K memory function
- 7 programmable function keys
- Omron switches
- LED color setting through the DPI adjustment
- 1.8 m braided USB charging cable
- 2 years warranty
The Harada is a plug-in and play device, requiring no install disc. I tested it on a Windows 7 desktop computer, running Battlefield 1. Initially I found the weight of the Harada quite bizarre, but after a few minutes of use I realized how bad my usual mouse (a cheap Logitech laser mouse) is in comparison. Having the extra weight (180g to be precise) gives some resistance to the hand and steadying movement, making aiming a lot easier. Being able to adjust the weight of the mouse would be a great extra feature, however the weight is comfortable and will suit all but the pickiest of gamer’s needs.
The DPI switch below the scroll wheel came in handy, allowing low sensitivity when aiming and then switching to the highest DPI (8200) when steering an aircraft. After an hour of use I was already getting much higher in the scoreboards than when I was using a bog-standard office mouse.
For a right handed user, this mouse is extremely comfortable to use, with the thumb rest and curved ergonomic design fitting snuggly into the hand. The left handed users among us may find the Harada a bit less welcoming due to the lack of an ambidextrous design, especially as the three extra buttons are positioned to be pressed by the user’s thumb.
X2 have provided a very high quality mouse for an affordable price (£38 MSRP), and I would expect to pay an extra £20 if I wasn’t aware of its price. The design and functionality are well executed, and puts this mouse up with Razer and Corsair’s range of gaming mice.
- Solid Construction
- Stylish Design
- Comfortable to use for long periods
- Useful function keys
- Low Price
- Lack of an ambidextrous design
- No adjustable weights
I would give the X2 Harada Gaming Mouse a well deserved 7/10. The right handed design stops this mouse from achieving a higher score, however, considering the amount of ‘bang for buck’ a customer gets when purchasing this, it could be over looked. I would seriously recommend this product for any keen gamers who find themselves on a budget and don’t mind straying from the big brands.