XPG under the umbrella of ADATA, a Taiwanese memory and storage manufacturer, keeps trying to fill the corners of gaming needs. Whether it’s a gaming headset, keyboard, pad, power supply, RAM, or Mouse. They have something to offer. We already have reviewed a couple of XPG devices, well some of them are really impressive and value for money and others still need some improvements. To take this journey further, we decided to give a shot to XPG mouse and pad, and let you guys know what are the pros and cons to keep in mind before going for them. However, here we will talk only about XPG Primer RGB Gaming Mouse. Performance-wise we didn’t have any issue as it is using a powerful sensor but there are also other things that need to be considered including the price.
While writing this XPG Primer RGB Gaming Mouse review, the price of it on Amazon was 6,980 INR.
What are we getting in the XPG Primer Mouse box?
Well, the packaging is the strongest part of the XPG’s all products, so far whatever I have reviewed such as XPG CORE REACTOR 650 watt power and XPG Precog Gaming headset, all of them have premium packing. Here in I can’t say it is premium because we didn’t find any extra cover or bag, since in mouse such things hardly make sense. Yet, the product has been kept inside a thick box with proper internal packaging. Inside it, we found the XPG RGB mouse, Quickstart & warranty guide, and XPG logo embossed stickers.
The Primer Gaming Mouse comes in red packaging, which is printed on the front with the model name and a large product image.
As we open the hinged front of the packaging, it gives us the first look of the product along with the product image on the inside of the hinged front of the packaging, which explains all the important functions of the mouse.
How well the XPG Primer is, specification wise?
Specification wise Primer is pretty good and can compete easily with other gaming mice available in the same category. The strongest feature is its internal sensor PixArt PMW3360 sensor which you can easily see in budget gaming mice, for example, BenQ Zowie EC2, ASUS ROG Gladius II, Cooler Master MasterMouse MM520…
With the help of this, it offers a whopping DPI i.e 12,000, of course, that is really high for a budget mouse. However, most of the time we don’t use such high digit DPI because it reduces the accuracy that is necessary while playing FPS games; on the other hand, high DPI is also beneficial since to cover big screens we don’t want to move our mouse all the way around on the table to make our pointer to reach some specific place.
To control the DPI of XPG Primer, there is a dedicated button on the top of the Mouse, however, the user has to rely on the preset settings. Yes, you won’t get any software to customize DPI levels, hence, there are six options – 400/800/1600/3200/6400/12000 dpi.
For connecting interface, it uses a regular USB Type-A with a wire of 1.8m in length that is quite durable and nylon braided which is not something new but should be there.
It uses Omron switch with a 20-million clicks rating but with slight noise, I mean the click sound is quite noticeable. Furthermore, the XPG primer comes with a report rate of 250/500/1000 Hz, Max. Acceleration 50G; requires 5V & 220mA for proper working. It possesses the certification CE/FCC/BSMI/KC/VCCI/RCM/EAC and the manufacturer gives 2 years warranty for the product.
To make the mouse fancy and allow the gamers to use it in dark, inbuilt LEDs are there with effects such as Color Wave, Breathing, Static and if don’t want can be turned off too.
It is compatible with all Windows and Linux systems… So, overall in the budget range, the specifications are pretty good except for a few things such as software support to customize settings such as DPI and LED.
Design- Strong PBT Plastic
XPG Primer RGB weighs 98g in a structure of 4.9 x 2.58 x 1.49 inches. XPG has done clean work, nothing fancy. At the top of the mouse, we can clearly see the slightly structured plastic surface made from double-shot PBT by XPG. As most of the time, the two things which majorly create problems in a mouse are switches and body. However, you won’t feel any difference with PBT (Polybutylene terephthalate), yet, it makes sure the device has enough durability to handle the strain it will get from an excited gamer.
Furthermore, it has a slightly curved design that lets our thumb hold the mouse efficiently but at the same time, there is no rubbery surface instead of plastic textured which won’t make the mouse steady. Even on the right side of the mouse, you will find the textured surface.
The XPG logo has embossed on the left side of the slightly grooved surface of the wrist rest. In contrast to many other current budget gaming mice, the good thing is left and right mouse buttons are not made from one piece which one can find in a mouse such as Corsair M55 RGB PRO (review).
If you take a closer look at the transitions between the palm rest and the integrated keys, you can see a slightly transparent plastic layer at this point. The same run outer sides of the mouse extend from the front to the rear edge of the XPG Primer stretches; also, the rubberized scrolling wheel is slightly transparent, so that the integrated RGB lighting and can therefore be illuminated in different colors and with different effects.
There are a total of seven buttons, apart from the two available on the left side above the thumb rest there are left and right main keys, a scrolling wheel, and two buttons in the center column on top – one is for changing the DPI, and other to turn off LED light or changing its effects.
As compared to the rest of the housing of the mouse which is black in color, the underside is in red plastic to depict the XPG branding essence over the device.
XPG has equipped the Primer Gaming Mouse with four small sliding feet for quick and easy mouse movements. The PixArt PMW-3360 optical sensor has been incorporated into the bottom of the mouse roughly in the middle.
Overall, there is no massive blunder in terms of design, however, because of plastic texture on both side rather rubbery and with slightly flat design from the top side would give some discomfort to the gamers those have big hands and like to use the Primer for long hour gameplay. Otherwise, from the optical side, as we know it from many other mice, this gaming mouse is not only clean but also visually appealing.
Even on a wooden surface, the sensor managed to move the pointer without any jump. In combination with a maximum polling rate of 1,000 Hz and an acceleration of 50 G, the XPG Primer Gaming Mouse is also suitable for applications in which particularly fast reactions and movements are required. Moreover, on fabric and metal surfaces it worked and the sensor achieved a very good result with both a low and a high DPI.
The buttons on the mouse are positioned very well and can be reached easily. Tactical feedback of buttons is great, however, the left side additional keys are slightly spongy.
Furthermore, in my view, the gliding feet of the mouse should be a bit larger to lower the frictional resistance even more…
Unfortunately, the LED color combination is only available in preset values, and also its keys can’t be customized as we do in a similar category mouse of Corsair. However, if XPG Primer is available between 4000 to 5000 INR, then it is better than corsair mouse within the same range.
XPG Primer gaming mouse RGB is a budget one but with stylish LEDs and a sleek design, in our review, it also scored good in terms of technology, thanks to responsive Omron switches and high DPI sensor. While maintaining, its brand essence of black and red color, XPG has given an attractive design to Primer mouse, of course, some things are not in favor such as plastic texture grip instead of rubbery. However, to compensate the company has made sure the top surface of the device should not be slippery. Whereas because of the high acceleration and polling rate, the mouse is optimally designed for fast game titles and ambitious gamers. Thus, gaming will not be an issue with it.
The thing that feels extremely lacking is the availability of software to change the functions of mouse keys, record macros, customized DPI and RGB LED effects. I hope soon such a supplementary program would be available for users by XPG.
Now, should you buy it? Yes, you can go for it, however, keep the things in mind which are missing otherwise it is best to have this budget mouse, especially if you get it around 5000 INR.
- Strong Sensor
- RGB LED with a dedicated button to control effects
- Multiple DPI
- Durable PBT body
- Sleek design
- Tad high in price
- No software for customization
XPG Primer RGB Gaming mouse ₹ 6980
XPG Primer gaming mouse RGB is a budget one but with stylish LEDs and a sleek design, in our review, it also scored good in terms of technology, thanks to responsive Omron switches and high DPI sensor. However, a thing that feels extremely lacking is the availability of software to customize the functions of the mouse.