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    XPG Slingshot Gaming Mouse Review | PCMag

    XPG, the gaming sub-brand for memory and storage manufacturer ADATA, has been on the come-up recently. After a long line of mediocre-to-acceptable PC peripherals—keyboards, mice, and PC chassis—and a few laptops, it recently landed a couple of hits in the XPG Valor Air PC case and the XPG Alpha mouse. The XPG Slingshot, a wired esports mouse that costs a wallet-friendly $34.99, suggests that what goes up must eventually come down. Truth be told, the Slingshot is perfectly up to par in some respects: It’s light for its size, thanks in part to its esports-themed honeycomb chassis, which is crucial for an esports mouse. Those core competencies, however, cannot gloss over the many ways in which the mouse looks and feels cheap, even compared with similarly priced gaming mice.

    At Best, an Average Contender

    Like most esports mice, the XPG Slingshot keeps things simple. It’s a classic six-button design with two clickers, a rubber-treaded scroll wheel, a center button for switching DPI presets, and two side buttons. The two RGB lighting elements are also in the standard spots: One’s under the logo in the palm rest, and the other’s in the scroll wheel. It’s made from thick black plastics, without any notable padding on the sides. It features two RGB lighting elements, with one in the scroll wheel. Expect no bells and whistles here: The appeal of the mouse is its low weight and its low cost.

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    Measuring 2.69 by 4.88 by 1.53 inches, the black plastic chassis looks and feels like your run-of-the-mill basic gaming mouse. In my mind, that’s mostly a good thing. Many gaming-mice manufacturers try to shave down the weight of their mice by making them smaller or flatter, removing ergonomic support for your wrist and palm. The Slingshot, however, is wide enough to provide good—though not exceptional—support for your hand and wrist. The shape is nothing to write home about—it doesn’t guide your hand into position, nor does it provide any support for your thumb. Your hand won’t feel cramped after using it for a long time, though, and that’s a win for this kind of mouse.

    Even without cutting corners, the Slingshot weighs in at a competition-ready 2.65 ounces. That won’t break any records, but it’s in the ballpark with other esports mice, particularly those that have made some accommodation for ergonomics.

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    At the same time, the mouse’s chassis has its problems. The thick black plastic, decorated with triangular openings that allow you to see inside the mouse, occasionally creaks or gives when you grip it tight. To be clear: It isn’t as if this mouse is going to crumble in your hands. The side panels only wiggle very slightly. Still, the construction feels a bit shoddy relative to most mice, even at the lowest possible price point.

    Under the hood, the XPG Slingshot features a PixArt PMW 3360 sensor, which can track at up to 12,000dpi and remains accurate until just over 250 inches per second (ips). That accuracy is low compared with the 450ips that’s the standard for other more premium gaming mice, including the HyperX Pulsefire Haste. Still, the specs are in line with other esports mice in this price range. It’s a difference you’ll only notice when you push your mouse to its limits, which many players rarely do.

    The Prime Software: Not Ready for Primetime

    You can customize the XPG Slingshot using the brand’s peripheral-configuration software, XPG Prime. With Prime, you can create an infinite number of mouse profiles with unique button layouts, up to six DPI presets to cycle through, and custom RGB lighting. You can also create custom macros, rather than using the usual mouse and keyboard inputs.

    While the software covers the basics, there’s a lot of functionality you won’t find in Prime and the Slingshot. While you can create as many profiles as you want, tailoring them to specific games and apps, you can’t set the mouse to auto-switch to those profiles when you run those programs. Similarly, the Slingshot has no onboard storage. You’ll have to export your profiles to a file and transfer them manually if you want to use them on another device. These are obviously niche issues, but ones that many other mouse makers have overcome.

    It doesn’t help that parts of XPG Prime are broken. The app requests you log in to or create an XPG account, but I was unable to make a new one through the app. (Based on making one through the website, which I was able to use to log in, the account-creation form seems to be out of date.) The app allows you to log in as a guest, and it may be better to do so to avoid the process. Ultimately, XPG Prime has a nice look, but it also has the potential to hold good and even middling XPG products back.

    Verdict: A Middle-of-the-Pack Gaming Mouse

    The XPG Slingshot is an acceptable gaming mouse for players on a budget. For less than $40, it checks a lot of the boxes competitive players are looking for: It’s lighter than the average, features that distinctive “honeycomb” chassis design, and works about as well as other entry-level gaming mice. At the same time, the poor build quality and issues with the app give you the impression that its price is low because it isn’t well made.

    The fact of the matter is that you can definitely find better options: Entry-level mice from Glorious, including the Model D, are excellent esports mice with similar price tags. And, of course, the number of options explodes if you’re willing to throw a few more dollars at the issue and pay between $50 and $75, a range where you’ll find the Editors’ Choice-winning Pulsefire Haste. Given the number of options and the high standards players have for this kind of gear, there’s no strong argument in favor of the Slingshot, but many reasons to look for a better option.

    XPG Slingshot Gaming Mouse
    XPG Prime app is feature-light and partially broken
    The Bottom Line

    The XPG Slingshot lands some of the gaming mouse basics, but not all of them, and you can do a lot better for not much more money.

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