EpicGear MorphaX Modular Gaming Mouse

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Product: EpicGear MorphaX Modular Gaming Mouse
Provided By: EpicGear
Price: $90USD at time of publication

 

Introduction:

Today I have a great mouse from EpicGear to take a look at and test. This is their latest and perhaps greatest mouse I've ever had the opportunity to use. It offers a solid sensor and then gives you an addition one to swap out if you desire. That's right, this is a very modular mouse the comes with two complete sensors, two sets of left-and-right mouse button switches, weights, covers and more. If you want a mouse that you can truly customise and make perfect for yourself, this is the best change you've got.

While other mice and like mechanical robot beasts that let you change the outer shape and feel, EpicGear only lets you change the color of the outside. It's what's inside that counts - and they let you change that up quite a bit.

The Morpha X is a high performance gaming mouse that offers a lot in the way of performance, software, features, hardware and more. It's not an inexpensive mouse, but it is one of the coolest, unique and useful mice we've seen in a long time. Sensor sensitivity ranges up to 8200dpi on the laser sensor and up to an astounding 12000dpi on the IR LED sensor. Not only that, but the mouse is equipped with full RGB lighting as well. While it may not have every feature on the market, it probably has every useful feature - and a few that are just eye-candy besides.

MorphaX Box

 

First Look:

While most mice come packaged in a cardboard box with a window, the MorphaX steps up the game as you can see above. It comes in a tin box with a hinge and custom-fit foam to hold all the goodies that you get when you spend over $100 on a mouse.

In The Box

 

You get quite a few goodies in the box. Not only is the mouse already assembled with switches and sensor. They include the extra sensor module, a pair of Omron switches, a switch pulling tool and white palmrest and switch covers for the front of the mouse. All-in-all it's a solid bundle. 

Bundle

 

As you may be able to see in the image above, the cord is covered by a nice braided sheath as well. It's a high-quality kit that feels as good as it looks. Flipping the mouse over shows small rear mouse skates and a large front skate that should provide lots of life - especially on a cloth pad. It's such a nice looking mouse, that I'd be really sad if it performed like garbage.

MorphaX Mouse Bottom

 

On the next page we'll take a look at the features, specifications as well as some hardware setup and customization as we continue on through the review.


MorphaX Features:

The following information has been pulled from the product page and posted here for your convenience. Please refer to the manufacturer site for all the latest details, downloads and firmware updates.

MorphA X has taken gaming mouse customization to a new level by implementing MSC™ - Modular-Sensor-Cartridge - for easy exchange between two different types of sensors, laser and optical sensor. Another innovation of the MorphA X called MSS™ - Modular-Switch-Structure - enables users to easily swap out micro switches with different click resistance.

MorphA X can be further customized via dedicated GUI software on angle-snapping, lift-off-distance, button assignment, DPI, profiles, USB report rate, and RGB LED lighting, just to name a few. Co-developed by pro gamers, every line and curve of the symmetrically shaped, right-handed MorphA X, is designed for superior support providing a perfectly balanced grip.

The separated button-cover design provides absolute clicking precision and feedback, while the adjustable weight system provides hassle-free flexibility of adjusting MorphA X to the preferred weight and balance. 

 

 

  • MSC™ – Modular-Sensor-Cartridge
    MSC™ allows easy swapping between two different types of sensors.
    Via the included Modular-Sensor-Cartridges, the MorphA X features an 8200 dpi laser sensor and the latest 12000 dpi IR LED sensor.

     
  • MSS™ - Modular-Switch-Structure
    Gamers with specific preferences on micro-switches will be benefited with MSS™ - Modular-Switch-Structure which enables the exchange of micro-switches with different click resistance. The MSS™ Technology features two different types of switches.
    EG Orange – medium (20 million click lifespan)
    EG Purple – pro (50 million click lifespan) 
    MorphA X micro-switches are optimized with a lighter rapid fire click and absolute precision, ensuring users an amazing gaming experience.

     
  • Detachable Mouse Shells with Personalized Color Schemes
    MorphA X offers quickly and easily detachable mouse shells with two color schemes, grey and white.

     
  • Adjustable Weight & Balancing System
    Easily adjustable weight and balance system provides hassle-free flexibility of adjusting MorphA X to the preferred weight and balance. A total of 20g with four 5g pieces to be placed in the four slots, from top down.

     
  • RGB LED lighting
    MorphA X features customizable RGB LED lighting which can be programmed via GUI software. 

     
  • AFM Ambient Lighting
    The Away-From-Mouse (AFM) ambient lighting mode is a lighting effect which all lights on MorphA X will start to glow in RGB radiance when being left stationary for 20 seconds. All lights will resume normal when movement is detected. AFM is a programmable feature via GUI software.

     
  • Timeless Gaming Ergonomics
    Symmetrical right-handed design provides superior support and balancing grip, while separated button-cover design provides absolute clicking precision and consistent feedback.

 

Side Profile Side Profile

 

Specifications:

  • EG MSC™ - Modular-Sensor-Cartridge: - 12000 dpi IR LED sensor cartridge - 8200 dpi laser sensor cartridge
  • EG MSS™ - Modular-Switch-Structure: - EG Orange – medium, EG Purple – pro (from light to heavy)
  • Adjustable lift-off distance with auto-calibration feature
  • Adjustable angle-snapping
  • Customizable RGB LED colors
  • On-the-fly sensitivity change
  • Adjustable report rate: 125~1000Hz
  • Optical sensor cartridge: Up to 250ips tracking speed & 50G acceleration
  • Laser sensor cartridge: Up to 150ips tracking speed & 30G acceleration
  • AFM Ambient Lighting mode
  • 7 longevity buttons with 6 programmable
  • Lock-down function
  • 5 gaming profiles with dedicated LED color assignment
  • Ultra swift big-size PTFE mouse feet
  • 1.8 meter X-braided cable with gold plated USB connector
  • Approx. size in mm: 126.5(L) x 66.5(W) x 40(H)
  • Approx. weight: 92.6g excluding sensors, cable & weights
  • Adjustable weight & balance system: 5g x 4 weights, 20g in total
  • 2 year manufacture warranty *

*Note: warranty covers defects caused by manufacturing. The warranty does not cover wear and tear, including but not limited to breakage caused by abuse, improper usage, water damage or other causes outside of the manufacturing process.

**Note: Equipped with the mouse:
IR LED sensor cartridge + EG Purple + Grey Shell + 5g weights x4
Extra accessories in the package:
Laser sensor cartridge + EG Orange + White Shell + Puller 

 

Customizing The MorphaX:

One of the big things that set the MorphaX apart is the ability to change the weights, sensor, switches, cover and more. Take a look below as we tear into the MorphaX with a few pictures.

Weights

Cover Off - Weights Installed

 

Sensor Removal

Removing the Sensor

 

Things are pretty simple to replace and swap around.

Switches

Switches & Extras

Pulling Switches

Pulling Switches

 

On the next page we'll take a look at the software before we jump into testing.


Software:

When we received the MorphaX it was running the initial firmware and required a bit of a firmware update before we plugged it in and started testing. It would have worked, but EpicGear asked us to update and the process was painless. Once updated we grabbed the latest software and driver and set to work checking things out. It's interesting to note that each sensor has a completely different setup and requires it's own settings applied to each of the profiles. There are five profiles for each sensor and once you have all the IR LED sensor settings setup how you like, you can swap sensors and set up all the laser profiles as well.

 

Macros that are recorded can be applied to each profile, each button on both sensors. If you have some sweet macros for a particular game, you can export them to a file on your PC and then import them for the other sensor and apply them. Macro recording is pretty painless - as it is with most mice and I was able to put together a favorite that allows me to one-touch dive in Call of Duty: Black Ops. The software is pretty explanatory, so we'll just post the images below for you to check out.

Main Control - Optical Sensor

Main Control - Optical Sensor

Main Control - Laser Sensor

Main Control - Laser Sensor

 

You can specify USB report rate, scroll wheel speed, double-click speed, pointer acceleration, lift-off distance sensitivity, angle snapping, acceleration, ambient lighting, LED power saving and more. Of course you can also change the DPI for each profile and have up to four settings for each profile. That makes 20 different sensitivity settings for each sensor. That's a lot of customization.


Performance

 

In addition to the settings that control how your mouse interfaces with your computer and games, you can also change the colors of the LED lighting. It supports full RGB.


Full RGB MorphaX

 

Macros:

Macros

Macro Manager

Import Macro

Importing Macros

 

On the next page we'll show some hands-on customization of the mouse, test it and then draw some final conclusions:


Hands-On Modularity:

EpicGear claims this is a simple to use, modular mouse and in the video below we show how simple and quick it is to change pretty much everything on this mouse.

 

Testing:

I installed this mouse about a week prior to a major LAN event that BCCHardware sponsors. If I was a super serious gamer, that could be virutal suicide as moving to a different mouse can really through your game off. Once I removed the weights, setup the laser sensor (and optical as a backup), created and applied a few macros, customized the buttons, I found it quite easy to adapt to the minor changes in game. When it comes to computer games, I set the mouse sensitivity in-game to "1" and then make all the changes in hardware. This way once I match the sensitivity on the new mouse with the old one, it's relatively easy to change mice without major issues.

I changed quite a bit of the software to suite my needs, but all-in-all, you can import button assignments to different profiles very easily so it doesn't take that long. Once setup was accomplished I jumped into and played a bunch of FPS games including Unreal Tournament (Pre-Alpha), Call of Duty 4, Battlefield 4, Star Wars: Battlefront and more. 

I played some old-school RTS - Supreme Commander as well as Company of Heroes. I also played Heroes of the Storm, League of Legends and Diablo III, I put it through as many different situations ranging from twitch gaming to fast clicking action in League. The macro setup allowed me to repeat some complicated maneuvers with ease - time and time again.

I hammered away on this mouse for a week before the LAN getting used to it so I didn't disgrace myself during tournaments. At the LAN it ran from 10:00am until 2:00am daily and performed like an absolute champ.

Conclusion:

Gaming mice in North America are usually limited to Razer, SteelSeries, Logitech and a few others, but companies like EpicGear have been making in-roads and they certainly offer a great product. This mouse performed exactly as it should and it did it day in and day out. It is very functional, not too large, has adjustable weights and a great braided cord.

In terms of physical hardware changes, you can pick from a great laser sensor or an even-better IR LED sensor. Once you've got those figured out, you can swap left and right mouse button switches and you are good for at least 70 million clicks. It's a great feature to have and it eliminates SKUs for EpicGear to try and market. You get everything you need and more and while it's not a budget priced mouse, you are getting a lot for the price.

I have no issues recommending this mouse to anyone that wants the best of everything when it comes to sensors, switches, colors and customization. The MorphaX has what it takes to impress and perform.

 

Pros:

  • 5 Profiles per sensor & 4 Sensitivity settings per profile = 20 per sensor
  • Excellent looks
  • Easily customizable
  • High quality sensors and switches
  • Simple and powerful software
  • RGB lighting

 

Cons:

  • None

 

I'd like to thank EpicGear for sending us this mouse to review. Although they don't have the brand recognition in North America that other companies do, the truth is that this is a great mouse that is capable of long hours and months of gaming. Take a look and see why we give it a solid "Gold" award.


 

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