Review: Speedlink FORTUS gaming mouse

The FORTUS mouse from Speedlink arrives in an amazing racing red, following Speedlinks favourite colour.

The mouse itself looks pretty good: the top of the mouse is in this great looking shimmering red, the rest of the mouse is gloss black, and the light comes in four colours: Green, red, turquoise and blue. The mouse itself is pretty wide and will probably be loved by big-handed people more than those with small hands.

There is a resting place for your thumb (provided you’re right handed!), and there’s a fair few grooves on the mouse which kinda makes it “intimidating” to look at, more manly. Though the red aren’t girly, it’s Ferreri-red or racing-red.

The red part of the mouse feels soft to the touch, even alluring to just let your fingertips glide on it. The black part of the mouse seems to be just the common hard plastic with a little glossy work.

I love that you can change the setting by clicking a button on top of the mouse, to make the marker on the screen move faster or slower and that the light on the mouse indicates what setting it’s currently on.

The mouse i was sent seems to have an error in fabrication: it wont power off by the power button in the bottom – it does turns off the top light, but the laser light underneath keeps being on and it keeps the connection to the pc so it doesn’t turn off the mouse. If this has been a purchase, I would have asked for a replacement.

The scroll wheel has a consistent good click on it which I really love, but the love stops there – the feel and sound of the scroll wheel when turned is just cheap and feels hollow. The back and forward buttons on the left side of the mouse has a really great click and feel, however you can push the buttons a great way inwards on the mouse, which doesn’t feel right.

I like that you can at a glance see what setting the mouse is at, for how fast it moves (DPI settings for the involved). The top, soft part of the mouse will probably be an issue later when the mouse has been used for a long time, as the sweat will soften it and along with wear and tear, that layer will probably begin to degrade. I’ve had mice before with this kinda feel and I wouldn’t be surprised if this is gonna happen. At least it isn’t the kind of rubber feel that collects dust – I’ve had a mouse do that and that was not fun.

I would love to love Speedlinks products, but since this is the second mouse I’ve gotten from them to review – the last one was returned but I never got a new one so there’s no review – both with some sort of error from the assembly line and with the above details i can’t lie: Speedlinks products feel cheap and not very well made.

However this mouse would work fantastic for the gamer that needs a cheap mouse for one reason or the other: limited budget or just in need of a cheap mouse for the lan party.

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Getting sucked into games by Super Mario as a kid, gaming got on hold during her teens. Lured into gaming with the 7th generation by GTA IV, and a few years later intrigued by reviewing games, and now she's running gamingirl since 2009.

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