Once upon a time, in the kingdom of gaming peripherals, there was a humble mouse enthusiast. Confession time: I have a soft spot for chonky mice. There's something about a weighty mouse that makes me feel like I'm wielding the power of Thor himself. My trusty MX Master 3S, while not exactly Mjölnir, is a delightful companion in my daily gaming adventures. However, I recently stumbled upon a YouTube video that introduced me to a mouse so small and light that I couldn't resist its adorable charm. It was love at first sight.
But could this minuscule marvel actually be used for gaming? Well, kind of...
Clocking in at less than 10 grams and occupying a mere 18 cubic cm, this miniature mouse was designed to push the boundaries of size and weight in gaming peripherals. And boy, does it push them! The YouTube channel Science Shack unveiled the details of this petite creation, showcasing an impressive commitment to keeping things as compact and lightweight as possible.
The mouse's journey began with a custom PCB designed around an existing optical sensor and microprocessor, capable of emulating a mouse. The creators took an unconventional approach, using an old CPU as a palette knife to solder-mask the minuscule onboard components onto the board while it was strapped to an old heatsink. Surprisingly, this unorthodox method proved to be a success.
Once the freshly soldered board was secured, 3D printed skirts were added to maintain the correct distance between the sensor and the mousing surface. These skirts also acted as skates for smooth movement. The outer shell, also 3D printed, served as both a protective casing and the button layout for the two microswitches beneath. To gain some extra performance, the shell was printed in a vibrant shade of red.
Next came the testing phase. Although the accuracy of the tiny mouse couldn't quite match that of its conventional counterparts (achieving a 55% Aim Lab accuracy score compared to the regular mouse's 66%), the fact that it was functional at such a diminutive size is nothing short of extraordinary. One possible reason for the slight accuracy discrepancy could be the cable, as the mouse's lack of heft made the weight of the wire more noticeable.
Now, let's talk about productivity testing, which involved attempting to emulate the iconic paintings of the dearly missed public broadcasting legend, Bob Ross, in MS Paint. I must say, I've petitioned for this remarkable methodology to be added to our own mouse testing regime, and I eagerly await the results with bated breath.
In a world where Alienware recently showcased a colossal 16-foot keyboard and an equally gigantic mouse, I can't help but dream of an esports tournament featuring these hilariously mismatched peripherals. Picture a David and Goliath-style showdown! Although, based on the testing conducted here, my money would be on the small boi. After all, it's painted red—a missed opportunity for Alienware. Perhaps next time they'll catch on.
So, dear adventurers, in the vast realm of gaming mice, there's room for both the mighty and the miniature. Whether you prefer a hefty companion or a tiny wonder, the choice is yours to make. Embrace the quirks and charms of these extraordinary peripherals, and may your gaming journeys be filled with triumph and delight.