As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m a gamer. This goes from games as simple as Minecraft to modern FPS games. I’ve used a few mid-ranged gaming mice and have been pretty satisfied with them, and I thought it would be nice to try out a more budget friendly gaming mouse again to see how they’ve improved. The Enhance GX-M3 gaming mouse from Accessory Power was offered to be reviewed, so I thought it was the perfect one to try since it was the same price as the first budget mouse I purchased years ago. Have they improved since then? Let’s see!
Inside of the box you’ll find the mouse and manual. This mouse is plug and play, so you simply plug it in, let Windows detect the hardware, and it will set it up automatically. There are no drivers to manually install. Windows 7, Windows 10, and OSX detected and installed the drivers just fine.
The mouse sports seven buttons. Unfortunately, without 3rd party software, you are unable to customize what each button does. However, it is compatible with 3rd party software, but I can’t recommend one since the mice I use come with its own software. The buttons on the left side are the standard back and forward buttons.
The top two silver buttons control your DPI settings. There are four pre-programmed DPI settings: 800, 1200, 2000, 2800. I left mine on 2000 for nearly all of my gaming and it worked well. The LED color of the mouse was based on your DPI settings. Starting from the lowest DPI it goes: blue, green, purple, red. This meant my mouse was purple most of the time. If you don’t like purple and 2000 is your DPI setting, you have to deal with it.
The mouse itself was actually pretty comfortable to move around. It’s a bigger mouse, but I did not feel it with my small hands. My one gripe with the design of the mouse was the tips of the main two buttons dipped low enough to accidentally click itself when I got too close to my keyboard. I have a small work area which is part of the problem, but it was still annoying to start clicking on things randomly.
Above, you can see the blue color (800 DPI) setting and where the color lights up. The colors are very vibrant, and when lit up, they make the mouse look sort of robotic. If you don’t like LED’s, too bad, since you cannot turn off the lights.
Other than the multiple LED colors that this mouse has, the other huge difference between this and my previous budget mouse is the weighted base. There are five discs that you can add or remove to customize how heavy the mouse is. With all five in, it was a solid and heavy mouse. I removed the two middle discs and it was the perfect weight for me. Just having this option is a major plus for a mouse that lists for under $20.
It took me a while to write up this review, mainly because I was torn between the budget aspect of the mouse versus the usability when hardcore gaming. It took my roommate asking to borrow it (using all the weights and switched between 2000 and 2800 DPI settings) and commenting how he enjoyed it for simply playing Hearthstone, Minecraft, and card games to realize what audience this mouse is well designed for; the casual gamer. It ran on Battlefield 4, GTA, Minecraft, and all of the other games I put it through with no problem, except I missed my customized buttons immensely. If you have no need for customized buttons, and you are on a tight budget, this actually is a pretty decent mouse. So, while I will go back to my mid-ranged mouse, my roommate will continue to enjoy the GX-M3.