Alienware Tri-Mode Gaming Mouse Review – PCMag

Alienware has a reputation for excellent albeit expensive PC hardware, and that trend looks set to continue with the Alienware Tri-Mode Gaming Mouse, a fantastic gaming mouse built with top-level competition in mind. With impressive battery life, 26,000dpi resolution, and three connection types to choose from, pro and casual gamers alike will find plenty to enjoy, even if the mouse’s barrier to entry—a $149 price—might be too steep for some.

Form and Function

The Alienware Tri-Mode Gaming Mouse will draw eyes to your desk thanks to its clean white exterior, slender shape, and glowing alien insignia. It feels just as good in your hands, thanks to the 3D-sculpted thumb grips on both sides that provide a comfortable ambidextrous fit.

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Weighing just 3.2 ounces, the mouse is incredibly light as well, weighing less than the Razer Basilisk Ultimate though a few grams heavier than the wireless Razer Viper Ultimate. At 1.5 by 2.4 by 4.9 inches (HWD), it’s slimmer than most gaming mice we’ve reviewed, with only no-frills wireless units like the Logitech POP Mouse being trimmer. Many esports mouse manufacturers’ reductions in weight make their chassis smaller and harder to hold, but luckily that’s not the case for this mouse.

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In addition to the main left and right clickers, you’ll find a textured rubber scroll wheel and an additional four programmable buttons, two on each side. If you prefer a wired to wireless connection, you’ll spot a USB-C port for the included 6.6-foot cord up front.

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There are a few extra buttons beneath the mouse as well—one to turn it on and one that enables either a Bluetooth or 2.4GHz wireless connection (more on that in a second), plus a resolution switch with five presets at the ready.

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Performance, Speed, and Plenty of Customization

While the Alienware Tri-Mode Gaming Mouse looks and feels good to handle, the device’s two biggest draws have to be its insanely high resolution (dpi) and wireless polling numbers and the connectivity options available out of the box. Starting with the latter, the Alienware offers three different ways to connect to your PC. There’s the abovementioned USB connection as well as Bluetooth 5.1, which is ideal for linking to mobile devices like your laptop.

But using the included wireless dongle, you can make a 2.4GHz connection to achieve wired-like performance without the wire. In this mode, you can achieve up to a 1,000Hz wireless polling rate, which is ideal for high-precision gaming. It doesn’t reach the heights of the Razer Viper 8K’s insanely high 8,000Hz, but it’s more than sufficient for fast-twitch gaming.

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The Tri-Mode mouse also features sky-high resolution settings. Gamers and esports enthusiasts already know that the higher the dpi, the faster movements are on screen. In the Tri-Mode’s case, you can expect up to 26,000dpi, tracking of up to 650 inches per second (ips), and sensors capable of handling up to 50Gs of acceleration—exceptional numbers even for a high-end gaming mouse.

All of this and more can be adjusted using the Alienware Command …….



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