Updated: Aug 20, 2021
The e-sports gaming peripherals sector is booming big time, with more and more companies getting in on the action with their own range of keyboards, headphones, and mice – all catered for the gaming community and in full RGB madness. MonsterXGears is one of these such said companies and they have put out a commendable range so far, with their Siren and Minotaur keyboards, Wyvern headset, and of course, their Baku and Behemoth mice. Today we are reviewing another of MonsterXGears’ mice, the Fenrir gaming mouse. What we have today is the third iteration of their gaming mice series, the Fenrir. This is the heaviest of the lot, weighing in at a whopping 172g. Although I don’t mind its heft, it does start to make its weight felt during an intense FPS session. Compared to the Behemoth which weighs 120g and the Baku which is the lightest of the lot at 75g, the Fenrir is heavy.
You would think that such a heavy mouse would be built like a tank, and I am not saying that it is not but there is some give in its construction when I press its sides and it creaks a bit. Overall, it is fairly well constructed, and I don’t have any issues with it. All the MonsterXGears mice come in black so look elsewhere if you want to go matchy-matchy with your all-white PC build.
The switches are fairly light and clicky, sadly there is not much info on the website on what brand they are and for how many clicks they are rated for. What we do know is that it uses a PixArt PMW 3325 optical sensor with a 5,000DPI resolution and polling rates of 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz and 1,000Hz. This isn’t much to shout about, though, when both the Baku and Behemoth have 12,000DPI resolution sensors on them (they use the PMW 3360 sensor).
Design-wise, it is an ergonomic mouse although its curves are not as pronounced as other ergonomic mice in the market, since it’s built for right-handers. In fact, I actually thought that it was an ambidextrous design, but if you look at it from the front, you can see the slant ever so slightly. In the hand, however, it does feel like an ambidextrous design. Personally, I prefer ambidextrous mice as I feel some ergonomics just do not conform well to the shape and size of my hand. But with this one, I can let it pass.
At first glance, you might mistake it as a Razer mouse as it does mimic the design of the DeathAdder or Viper range. You get 3 buttons on the left which are set to Forward, Back and Double-Click by default. The rubberised scroll wheel is clickable, and there are 2 DPI buttons below it. Of course, the buttons are configurable with the MonsterX driver which also allows you to change the RGB colours. One thing to note is that you are restricted to seven colours which change only at the top of the mouse and not its sides. The sides are slightly knurled, but it’s not really noticeable in the hand. At the bottom, you do get some form of nylon feet that don’t feel like PTFE to me, and they are not as smooth. This goes by fairly unnoticed with a cloth mousepad though.
The cord is braided which is something I would expect to come as standard these days, but it is not as flexible as I would like. Its size does fit my hand comfortably and suits my hybrid grip style of gaming. I feel it would also fit those of you who have a claw or fingertip style grip, but it does not feel suited for a palm grip style as it is not as high as I would like, but your mileage may vary.
The downloadable driver gives you several options to reassign buttons as you wish, and it also has a macro editor for those who wish to meddle with that. You can toggle the DPI settings from 800DPI to 10,000DPI. RGB is configurable with several modes along with adjustable speed and direction. What I have noticed with their peripherals is that the RGB is not as gaudy as some other brands, which is a plus for me. I like my RGB subtle and not in my face. Mouse sensitivity, scrolling speed and double-click speed is also adjustable along with the polling rate.
At a price of S$59, it is also the most affordable product in the MonsterX Gears range and is a rather good deal with all the above factors considered. The design is pretty vanilla, but if it ain’t broke, why fix it? So, if you are looking for a cheap gaming mouse that gets the job done, the Fenrir is a worthy candidate.
Written by Shahril Safawi (Tech360.tv Community Creator)