Would you spend $200 on a mouse? Should you spend $200 on a mouse? Always a fan of gloriously expensive peripherals, I just lately took the Swiftpoint Z for a spin to seek out out. At $230 listing, I’m fairly positive it’s the most costly mouse I’ve ever used—and it actually tries to justify that value with a laundry listing of experimental options. (Note: As of this writing, Amazon is promoting the Swiftpoint Z for $150.)

Or gimmicks, if you happen to’re feeling much less beneficiant.

Let’s get into it although. If nothing else, the Swiftpoint Z is no less than essentially the most fascinating mouse I’ve ever laid arms on. Get able to rethink each assumption you’ve ever had about how a mouse ought to perform.

This evaluate is a part of our roundup of best gaming mice. Go there for particulars on competing merchandise and the way we examined them.

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And you thought Mad Catz’s RAT seemed bizarre, proper? The Swiftpoint Z is one hell of a dialog starter. All it’s a must to do is depart it out on a desk, and I assure the primary particular person to put eyes on it is going to make a remark. It’s uh…wild.

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Honestly it appears damaged once you first get it. The Swiftpoint Z arrives in an outsized laborious case with a complete mess of swappable components to kind by way of, a few of which must be put in earlier than you begin. My preliminary impression was a mouse deconstructed, like a kind of blown-up diagrams from The Way Things Work.

This impression is redoubled by the multi-zone mouse buttons. No, you’re not them unsuitable. The Swiftpoint Z has the same old Left and Right Mouse buttons, after which in direction of the rear it has two extra pairs of Left and Right Mouse buttons. Those swappable components I discussed? You use a few of these to construct up the rear buttons, giving them sufficient top that the majority of your fingers relaxation on the important mouse buttons after which the primary knuckles sit on the rear ones—which rock ahead and again, for 2 inputs every. Then the center two are supposed to be pressed by drawing your fingers in and utilizing your fingertips.

This eight-button crush is weird, and takes greater than a little bit getting used to—nevertheless it’s in all probability the Swiftpoint Z’s most praiseworthy innovation. Buttons on buttons. I’ve by no means seen it earlier than, nevertheless it works surprisingly effectively when you’ve educated your fingers.

Swiftpoint Z IDG / Hayden Dingman

In addition to these eight, you’ve additionally obtained two extra buttons alongside the left fringe of the Left Mouse button, two for the thumb, plus the scroll wheel, for a complete of 13 buttons. That’s just like the Logitech G502, although I feel the G502 might be a bit extra approachable for the typical consumer.

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