EVGA is getting into the peripheral game with the TORQ X10 Carbon, a high end gaming mouse loaded with features and quite a few innovations.
These days gaming mice are a dime a dozen so when a new one is released and claims to be the next big thing, we don’t typically sit up and take notice. Things changed when EVGA threw their card into the ring with an announcement of their upcoming TORQ X10 Carbon. Not only is EVGA highly regarded in PC gaming circles but supposedly over a year of development has been put into this mouse and from what they’re willing to divulge thus far, the TORQ looks like it combines numerous ideas from competitors into the ultimate peripheral.
The TORQ X10’s “Carbon” moniker comes from EVGA’s extensive use of real carbon fiber for the side surfaces and other parts of the chassis. This has been laid alongside top surfaces which are covered in a dimpled soft-touch material which is sure to provide excellent grip and sweat removal. Meanwhile, the TORQ also features a full metal base for solid construction and super low friction PTFE mouse feet. As you might expect from a gaming mouse, there’s a fully customizable RGB LED lighting system as well.
From a usability standpoint, it’s hard to find fault with EVGA’s design. The X10’s nine buttons are fully customizable via the new “EVGA Unleash” software stack which combines a straightforward user interface with powerful macro editing capabilities.
EVGA has even taken a page out of Mad Catz’s book with an adjustable sizing system which allows gamers to fine-tune the TORQ X10 Carbon’s shape to their grip style and hand size. This should be a great addition provided EVGA can avoid the sharp surfaces which marred the R.A.T 3’s otherwise excellent design.
Naturally, all of this adjustment also carries on into the weight distribution area with a system conveniently stored under the topmost buttons.
The X10 includes a long 6ft silver coated cord that’s been braided in a high density nylon for the ultimate in durability.
Internally, EVGA really went to town on this one. Their new mouse includes Omron D2FC-F-7N switches with a lifespan of over 20 million clicks and an Avago 9800 laser sensor with a 1000Hz polling rate and an accuracy of 8200 DPI. Neither of these is particularly unique but when combined with the TORQ’s other features, this could become one of the market’s best gaming mice.