Tt eSPORTS Ventus R and Ventus Z Review

👤by Tony Le Bourne Comments 📅02-10-16
Conclusion

Touching on the positives of both, Tt eSPORTS have clearly made two high quality mice that fill difference market sectors. They are both supported by the Tt eSPORTS Command Center software that has come into its own as a great piece of supporting software. Finally, it is worth talking about the feature that these mice are named after. That is the 'aerodynamically engineered' ventilation holes. Regardless of your grip, you won't notice that they are even there and the effect is subtle and pleasing. Though it is something that is easily overlooked and many may never even care to give it any thought. It does the job of keeping the palm of your hand cool and sweat free, especially over long gaming sessions.

Mice are often a matter of preference as it still reigns as the best MMI device available and without being too philosophical, it is a rather intimate device. Tt eSPORTS have got you covered with the Ventus R and the Ventus Z. The Ventus R weighs a meagre 98.6g and has the awesome PWM 3310 optical sensor for raw, zero acceleration performance enabling it to fulfil its role as a lightweight, high speed gaming mouse. The body is more suited for claw and finger tip grippers, but this doesn't mean palm users won't be able to use it at all, we just need to point out that it is slightly smaller than what many may be used to.



Aside from not being able to find a way to change the DPI on the fly, our only gripe with the Ventus R is its stability, which seems to be caused by a combination of a thick slip-pad and a narrowed base towards the front. Though this didn't cause any real in-game issues, it could reduce your confidence a little. It won't likely effect many people, as it will entirely depend on your grip style, and it is arguably an easy fix for Tt eSPORTS to resolve.

Despite all that, it is worth remembering that this mouse has an MSRP of just 30/$35, sitting next to the SteelSeries Rival 100, and the ROCCAT Kiro. Both of which cater for left handers, both are equally fantastic. The Ventus R comfortably sits as a worthy alternative to these, and despite its flaws, Tt eSPORTS have the advantage due to using the PIXART 3310 sensor, making the Ventus R an absolute bargain.

The Ventus R is a high-speed, lightweight mouse that featuring the accurate and responsive PIXART 3310 optical sensor, giving it an advantage against some of the top mice in its price range.

Pros.
+ Attractive aesthetics
+ Solid build quality
+ Lightweight
+ Responsive and accurate performance
+ On-board MCU and memory
+ Suitable for claw and finger tip grips
+ Hand ventilation
+ Price

Cons.
- Has a slightly unstable base


The Ventus Z fills the role of a more versatile, ergonomic mouse that many may prefer. Featuring a comfortable body and some additional buttons to make life a little easier. It is a fair bit heavier than the Ventus R at 130g, though this can be reduced by removing any of the 3x 4.5g weights to suit.



The down side to the Ventus Z is the choice in sensor. Despite some people preferring 'laser' over 'optical' over some misguided belief that 'laser is better', the AVAGO 9500 sensor reduces its credibility as a serious gaming mouse. We can argue that its performance is good at reasonable settings (<3000 DPI), but that is countered by its increasing jitter at higher sensitivity. Regardless of the sensitivity setting you will use, we discovered it has a strange acceleration property that feels unnatural no matter which way you use it.

As it stands it is a top quality mouse that is balanced by its slightly under-par 9500 sensor. Arguably, the performance is great for every day gaming, but if it was unleashed with something like the PIXART 3360 optical sensor, the Ventus Z would likely be a better mouse than the Level 10M Advanced.

Tt eSPORTS have another solid mouse with the Ventus Z, it features 10 programmable buttons including a sniper button, and a responsive laser sensor that is wrapped up in a comfortable, ergonomically shaped body.

Pros.
+ Attractive aesthetics
+ Solid build quality
+ 10 programmable buttons
+ On-board MCU and memory
+ Responsive and snappy laser sensor (low DPI)
+ Adjustable weight
+ Suitable for palm grip
+ Hand ventilation

Cons.
- Rather jittery at high DPI
- Strange acceleration/ deceleration


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