EVGA TORQ X10 Gaming Mouse Review
Being EVGA’s first gaming mouse, the TORQ X10 has some massive expectations to live up to. Not only is it being launched into a peripherals market that is increasingly cluttered with newcomers but EVGA also has to contend with entrenched competitors like Logitech, Razer, SteelSeries and many others. Going straight for the jugular with a high end product may seem like the best way to get their feet wet but the TORQ is actually right at home going toe to toe against some of the best this industry has to offer.
After a mostly successful adventure into case design with their Hadron series and the GPU and motherboard markets showing some weakness, EVGA’s decision to branch into peripherals should come as no surprise. Like many of their products the TORQ is a fitting introduction to what will likely be a large lineup. We’re expecting a whole lineup of mice, keyboards and other items from them over the next year or so.
EVGA’s TORQ series is actually made up of two identical designs with the basic example going for $90 while a higher end carbon fiber version retailing for about $30 more. While this may look slightly expensive at first, the pricing is actually quite fair considering what is being brought to the table here.
With completely adjustable grip positions, a design that allows for either left or right usage and an absolutely stunning profile, this is one unique mouse. It combines elements from several of its past and present competitors into a single unit that’s both easy to use and feature rich.
EVGA has equipped the TORQ with nine programmable buttons along with a center-mounted DPI selector for the Avago 9800 laser sensor that provides up to 8200DPI with a 1000Hz polling rate. There’s also a braided USB cord, excellent build quality and a few additions we wish more gaming mice included.
All too often we see gaming mice without adjustable weight options but they’re included here. Unfortunately, getting to the weight system is a bit difficult since it resides under the left and right click buttons. This means the TORQ’s cover has to be removed which can lead to breakage of the somewhat flimsy retention brackets. We’ve posted a quick video to help you out.
EVGA has decided to forego the usual soft-touch finish and instead used a dimpled plastic surface which is both durable and provides more than adequate grip. This is backstopped by glossy sides which also provide surprisingly excellent stability despite their finish. Meanwhile, the frame below is cast aluminum, lending a sense of structural stability rarely seen in sub-$125 mice.
One of the TORQ’s most interesting features is its adjustable sizing system which adjusts the finger and palm grips to better suit your hand’s contours. No two people have the same grip and this allows for a small amount of customization without the need to try multiple mice. We first saw something like this with Mad Catz’s R.A.T series and since then several other manufacturers have refined the original concept.
The system relies upon a torx-head drive with up/down directions that is controlled with an included screwdriver. It’s a pretty good design that locks firmly in place when you’ve figured out the perfect position.
The TORQ is a good all-round mouse with an impressive number of features but to get the full rundown about it, watch our video review above.
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