Those new to the gaming scene will
Armaggeddon's list of gaming accessories is
certainly growing, and you bet that they're not done just yet. We've received
the innocuously- named Armaggeddon Mikoyan FoxBat, a budget gaming mouse, aimed
at those who are just starting out on their gaming journey.
Despite being labeled a budget gaming
mouse, the FoxBat comes equipped with most of the more welcoming, inherently
necessary features, such as six programmable buttons and a button to easily
switch between CPI levels.
Setting up the mouse is as easy as just
plugging in the FoxBat and running the software installer that comes with it.
Through the HomeBase software, users can set a variety of things, including
macros, profiles, and CPI levels. Speaking of CPI levels, the default settings
for each four profiles include 400, 800, 1,600 and 3,200 CPI. Each level is
indicated by a different LED light, which is also programmable, so you'll know
which light represents which CPI count.
As with most Armaggeddon mice, the FoxBat
also comes with weight management, giving users an option of having either a
light or heavy mouse, depending on their needs and style of play. You access
the weight compartment through a removable hatch at the bottom, which provides
you with several slots to fit in the provided weight pellets.
The FoxBat performs pretty well in some of
the games that we've tried it on. It works well on action and adventure games such
as Diablo or Dungeon Defenders, but when it comes to precision games such as
Counter-Strike, we found it a bit difficult to adapt to its tracking and
precision. While the robust customisation options does let us eventually obtain
a more proper 'feel', the tracking itself doesn't flow as smoothly and it does
lack some accuracy.
The FoxBat features on-board memory, which
stores the settings of your mouse on the device itself, but in order to change
the settings or profile of the mouse, the software still needs to be installed
in the other computer. A bit counterproductive, considering that other mice
have on-the-fly profile changing without needing to install a software, but for
the price the FoxBat is being sold at, it's not really that big a problem after
lights, aside from looking cool, indicates the CPI level it's running on
a simple weight management system under the mouse.
Pros and cons
Pros: Affordable, Good number of features
Cons: Tracking and precision takes getting
used to, Lacks on-the-fly profile switching
The Mikoyan FoxBat won't top the best
Armaggeddon has, but what it offers for fledgling gamers is a look into the
highly competitive world of gaming, a step from which they can start to grow
their own persona, and earn for themselves what is needed to be a professional
Interface: USB 2.0
DPI: 400-3,200, switchable
Frame Rate: 3,600fps
Response time: 125Hz, 500Hz, 1000Hz
Features: 6 programmable buttons, 64kB