Epic Gear Meduza HDST Gaming Mouse

Epic Gear Meduza HDST Gaming Mouse

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The Package


Epic Gear's flashy box art matches the look of their hardware. The box emphasizes the wonders of the HDST tracking system.


The USB plug on the Epic Gear Meduza mouse looks quite durable. The USB cable is sleeved in an orange-dotted black sleeve.

Closer Examination


Epic Gear definitely succeeds in making a good looking gaming mouse. Its curved design, and a good looking mix of materials, make the Meduza a very attractive mouse to look at and hold.


We find the controversial HDST sensor system on the belly of the mouse. The combined resolution of the two is 6000 DPI, which should be more than enough for even high-sensitivity gamers.


The braided cable is a bit stiff, but not too horrible. The cable entry on the mouse has a massive strain relief and is well made.


Epic Gear equipped the mouse with a satin-finish soft-touch palm section that makes the mouse feel nice and reduces perspiration effectively.


The Meduza's shape is definitely its biggest plus by far. It is super ergonomic and fits well into both big and normal-sized hands without feeling awkward. The positioning of all the buttons is very close to spot on, and the scroll-wheel area is, compared to many other competing mice, uncluttered. The ring-finger bump is positioned just right and makes this mouse just as comfortable as the Mionix Naos 5000, which is the king of comfort to me.


The mouse looks great from pretty much all angles. Notice how the side buttons are placed, and how the extra small side button is positioned just in front of the two backward and forward buttons. This button is used to change profiles on-the-fly, while the button south of the scroll wheel is used to change DPI settings.


Driver


The Epic Gear Meduza mouse does have one epic flaw that eclipses the relatively minor issue of tracking performance. The driver suite is absolutely horrible. You get a flash-skinned, only full-screen mode, memory-hugging monster for this premium gaming mouse. It takes ages to start, is cumbersome to navigate and driver/firmware upgrade buttons only forward you to Epic Gear's website instead of installing the actual upgrade without hassling the user unnecessarily.

The first time you run this driver suite, you are absolutely stuck because there is no "quit" button to be found. I did, however, after increasing the brightness of my screen, find a small transparent "quit" logo at the right bottom of the screen. This driver suite is one of the worst we have seen in years and we hope that it will get a do-over soon because the hardware side of things is definitely promising.

Thankfully, the mouse can store five different profiles on-board so you do not have to open the driver suite that often once profiles are setup, but it is still a pain.
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