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VXE R1 Pro review: Incredible value

VXE R1 Pro review: Incredible value

VXE R1 Pro wireless gaming mouse

There are many ultra lightweight wireless gaming mice to choose from, with models from Logitech, Razer, Zowie coming in under 60g. The VXE R1 Pro comes with many of the features found in those S$200+ models, but is priced at under S$60. I found the VXE R1 Pro just as performant as many of those more expensive models, and is one of the best deals out there for an ultra-light gaming mouse.

Quick specs:

  • 49.5g (manufacturer claims 48g)
  • 70hr battery life
  • PixArt PAW 3395 sensor up to 26,000DPI
  • 1,000Hz polling rate/up to 4,000Hz polling with optional receiver

The VXE R1 Pro comes in either black or white. My white model has a smooth plastic finish, and doesn't have cutouts on the surface to reduce weight. This is quite impressive, considering the mouse is 49.5g (based on my weighing scale), lighter than the Razer Viper V3 Pro (54g) and Logitech G Pro X Superlight 2 (60g). Along with the PTFE feet, the mouse slides across my mousepad more smoothly than the heavier Superlight 2 and Zowie U2 gaming mice. The VXE R1 Pro has a lower hump compared to those two other mice, and may feel less comfortable for those accustomed to the Logitech or Zowie design. In the box, the VXE R1 Pro came with additional mouse feet, grippy stickers for the mouse surface (for those who find it too smooth), and a USB-C cable. 

VXE R1 Pro in box
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I like the mouse buttons on the VXE R1 Pro, which give an audible click, but have the correct amount of resistance so using it for extended periods isn't tiring. The thumb buttons are quite average — they get the job done, but I would have preferred them to be slightly larger, and positioned a tad lower. The scroll wheel is responsive, and mostly silent. Above the scroll wheel is the only LED on the top surface of the VXE R1 Pro, which lights up when charging through its USB-C port on the front edge. The battery is rated for 75 hours of continuous use, and in my testing, I got about 8 days on a single charge. 

The base of the mouse is where you'll find a power switch and a button for cycling between four DPI levels. These are 400, 800, 1,600, and 3,200 by default, but can be customized using the VGN Hub software. I personally dislike installing software for mice, and loved the browser-based software that connects to the VXE R1 Pro on Chrome. It allows you to change DPI settings, update firmware, and adjust other advanced settings, all without having to install a Windows program. The only downside is that it's only available in Chinese, but Chrome's built-in translate feature did a good job of making every setting understandable in English. 

VXE R1 Pro bottom
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Also found on the base of the mouse is a cavity to store the dongle, hidden by a flimsy cover. This is where you really feel the difference between the VXE R1 Pro and a more expensive mouse like the Superlight 2, which has a fancy magnetic cover for its dongle. Also, if you want 4,000Hz polling rate, the VXE R1 Pro requires an 4K receiver that's sold separately for about S$20. I tested the mouse with the standard dongle at 1,000Hz polling.

See Also
AMD RX 7700 XT, AMD RX 7800 XT

Equipped with the latest PixArt PAW3395 sensor, the VXE R1 Pro performed flawlessly for my casual, non-pro gaming standards. Tracking and accuracy were no worse than when using a S$200 mouse, and I really enjoyed how this sub-50g mouse moved across my mousepad. 

Features offered by top gaming mouse brands, like wireless charging, tuning by pro gamers and so on, are good to have. However, if you are looking for an ultra-light mouse that gets all the essentials for a great FPS mouse right, the VXE R1 Pro fits the bill, and saves you a whole lot of cash. At the time of this review, I found it at around S$52 on Shopee. It is also available on Lazada and Aliexpress. The 4K wireless receiver can be found separately for about S$20.


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Verdict



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Unbeatable value for an FPS gaming mouse

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