Review: Lenovo Y Gaming Mouse

Jan 17, 2016

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About the author: Joe reviews hardware based on how it fits into his life. Joe is a sales professional that manages a team, travels weekly, a part-time professor and gamer. He is a father and husband who also has the privilege of being GWW’s President.

Oh happy day! Lenovo sent me a fun package in celebration of CES 2016: a trifecta of PC gaming accessories. I was sent the new Y Gaming Mechanical Switch Keyboard, Y Gaming Precision Mouse, an Y Gaming Headset. I spent several hours with these devices giving them the field test they deserve.

Let’s talk about this mouse. I have a feeling it’s going to be polarizing for users. Some may find it too game-focused. While others may think it’s not flexible enough for gamers. The mouse is striking and caries the new Y Gaming design that shows Lenovo has serious interest in breaking into the PC gaming peripherals market. The red and black color scheme is awesome - it stands out in dark settings and would look great at a LAN party. But it is rather large. Unlike the past few iterations of the Y series gaming laptops from Lenovo, this mouse can’t pass for a business device.

 

Design & Comfort

This mouse is pretty big, measuring in at 5.3 x 3.3 x 1.6 inches. Compared to my Razer DeathAdder (5.0 x 2.8 x 1.7 inches) and Logitech G502 (5.2 x 2.95 x 1.57 inches), it feels bigger and doesn’t have the build quality found in most of Lenovo’s devices. Regardless, the red lighting is fantastic and the added textures on the thumb-rest is great. I don’t have very big hands so holding this mouse is not too comfortable. Although the adjustable weights are a huge plus. I’m not one to mess with standards but have four 5-gram weights to add is something I toyed with and liked. I found a heavier weight made sense for this mouse, but for long-term use the mouse is too big for me.

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The button layout is a little different than you’d expect. It has standard left and right primary click buttons as well as buttons to adjust the DPI on the fly - much needed, I might add. Where things get different are the two thumb buttons. The second is elongated and difficult click when intended because it sits right under where you’d rest your thumb.

Software

Like the Y Gaming Keyboard, the included software is serviceable. It allows you to reprogram the buttons, personalize the DPI, create macros and adjust the backlighting. You aren’t given too many options for changing the buttons (typical media controls that most keyboards have now). I’m not one for creating macros, so I didn’t test this outside of confirming it works.

Technical Specifications

  • 8 programmable buttons
  • 4 adjustable weight tuning cartridges (5g each)
  • 1.8 meter braided cable; USB connection
  • Pulsing backlight; Texturized finish for grip and comfort
  • Adjustable dpi of up to 8200 dpi
  • 1000Hz polling rate for ultra fast responsiveness
  • Easy to use software change settings and preferences
  • Designed for 20 million cycle clicks

Performance

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I played Heroes of the Storm, Hard West and KOTOR II with this mouse. It played well, particularly after adjusting the DPI down in most cases. Sometimes I felt the mouse was lagging and not quite as responsive as my Razer or Logitech mice.

The Lenovo Y Precision Gaming Mouse retails for $69.99 and is available for $55.98 on Amazon at time of writing. It makes an excellent companion to any Lenovo Y-series gaming laptop, but mostly based on the look and feel.

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