Redragon M908 Impact MMO Gaming Mouse Review
For years, I've been using the Razer Naga and UtechSmart Venus gaming mice to play League of Legends and other games that could use their 12 programmable buttons on the side. The two gaming mice has served me well for the past ten or so years. And when my son saw the 12 side buttons on my gaming mice, he supposed that the 12 programmable buttons would have helped him build in Fortnite. After he put his hand on both mice, we realize the UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse is too big (he's in fourth grade as of this writing). But the Razer Naga gaming mouse fits his hand just fine. And there goes my trusted Razer Naga gaming mouse onto his desk.
That leaves me to find another MMO gaming mouse to replace the Razer Naga, which is just fine as I have found the Razer Naga to be a little small for my hand. After seeing the selection on Amazon, I decided to try the Redragon M908 Impact MMO Gaming Mouse, which seems to be an almost exact re-brand of the UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse.
Previously, I had chosen the UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse over the Redragon M901 PERDITION Laser Gaming Mouse. But this time, I chose the Redragon M908 Impact MMO Gaming Mouse over the UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse. That is because I had bought a newer version of the UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse for my nephew. And the newer version did not have the rubber texture that I love on the original. Instead, it has a textured plastic surface. On the other hand, the Redragon M908 Impact MMO Gaming Mouse product photo had a rubber texture. In this article, I will review the Redragon M908 Impact MMO Gaming Mouse in detail.
The package, for the mouse, comes in a plastic box (see photo below). Of course, I am thrilled, because it's not only reusable, but it's durable. I have even thought of using this mouse and its box in my laptop backpack to protect the mouse when traveling.
As I open the plastic box, I see that the mouse is neatly packed inside, with very little room to spare. The box is just big enough to hold the mouse. There isn't even enough space for the little weight box to lay flat. This box is compact and would be perfect for traveling.
The package contains the Redragon M908 Impact MMO Gaming Mouse, rectangular weight carrier, and instruction sheet (see photo above). The instruction sheet is written in good English. There is no CD for the programmable mouse software. Instead, you have to download it online. It's not very clear where to download the software. And Redragon seems to have two web sites. So it took me a while to find the software download. See "Related Links" for the Redragon web site to download the software.
Look and Feel
The Redragon M908 Impact MMMO Gaming Mouse is shaped almost exactly like the UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse. It's no doubt that the same original equipment manufacturer (OEM) made the two mice. The mouse has a thumb rest on the left and contour finger rest on the right. I really like this shape, which provides more symmetry to the gaming mouse, giving a balanced aesthetics. It's fairly big compared to other gaming mice that I have: Razer Naga and A4Tech Bloody Multi-Core Gaming Mouse Gun3 V7. But its larger size actually fits my hand perfectly, taking up the entire contour.
It has a black rubberized texture on the top surface of the mouse (see photo below). This non-slip texture is common to gaming mice on the market. But the two sides are high quality glossy plastic. I prefer the whole mouse being covered with the non-slip texture. But I haven't felt any slippage during actual use. The original version of the UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse covers almost the entire mouse with the rubberized texture.
Other than the typical two buttons and scroll wheel combination, the Redragon M908 Impact MMO Gaming Mouse also has three other buttons on top (see photo below). The two arrow buttons, below the scrollwheel allow you do change the Dots Per Inch (DPI) quickly. It's one of the few mice I own that allows me to change the DPI intuitively without referring to the instruction manual; I love it. Press the up button to move up in DPI; vise-versa for the down button. Four LED's next to the buttons indicate the DPI that is set, providing five DPI presets (including all LED off).[photo placeholder]
The button to the left of the index finger button is programmable, which is very similar to the buttons on the original Razer Naga that I own. Except the original Razer Naga MMOG Laser Gaming Mouse has two programmable buttons next to the index finger button. On the Razer Naga MMOG Laser Gaming Mouse, in League of Legends, I map the top button to health potion and map the bottom button to moving the pet. The Redragon M908 Impact MMO Gaming Mouse has one button there, so I am forced to only map the health potion.
Because the new Razer Naga MMOG Laser Gaming Mouse does not have any buttons next to the index finger button, it is no longer a worthy contender to the Redragon M908 Impact MMO Gaming Mouse. This topic will only be worth talking about again if another mouse, with twelve thumb buttons and, with two programmable buttons next to the index finger comes along in the future.
The photo below shows the twelve thumb buttons. To me they are the most important part of a gaming mouse. If you use a programmable controller on your left hand, which frees you from the keyboard, then you'll definitely need a mouse like this. These twelve programmable thumb buttons allow you to activate even more game functions.[photo placeholder]
All twelve buttons are easily reachable with my thumb. I have been able to use these buttons without having to relearn from my Razer Naga MMOG Laser Gaming Mouse experience. And I have been able to move back and forth between the Redragon M908 Impact MMO Gaming Mouse, UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse, and the Razer Naga MMOG Laser Gaming Mouse without much fuss. In League of Legends, I am just as proficient with the Redragon M908 Impact MMO Gaming Mouse as I am with the original Razer Naga MMOG Laser Gaming Mouse (mostly because I have never really played any champions with pets).
The bottom of the Redragon M908 Impact MMO Gaming Mouse has the infrared laser port to track your mouse movements, a button for you to change profiles, four large sliding pads, and a rotating door for adjusting weights (see photo below).
It comes with eight weights pre-installed. Each metal weight is 2.4g. Much like my experience with the UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse, I prefer the mouse to be as light as possible for the fastest gaming response. And I noticed that my hand is less tiring using a lighter mouse. So, I have removed all the weight and have stored them in the provided carrying case.
The Redragon M908 Impact MMO Gaming Mouse programming software confirmed my suspicion that it's made by the same OEM as the UtechSmart Venus Laser Gaming Mouse. The two software looks almost identical (see the screen shot below).
As soon as you open the configuration software, you are presented with the "General" tab, shown in the screen shot below.[screen shot place holder]
The "general" tab allows you to change the button mapping, acceleration, pointer speed, scroll speed, and double click speed. You can also set the polling rate to 125 Hz, 250 Hz, 500 Hz, or 1000 Hz. For competitive gaming, you'll want to pull as fast as possible. But for mobile computing on battery, you'll want to set it to something low. The "general" tab allows you to remap any of the 18 button on the mouse to one of the following:
The "general" tab also allows you to assign up to five profiles. That seems kind of limiting, considering most gamers plays a lot of different games. But luckily, the configuration software allows you to save and load profiles as necessary.
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