The Turtle Beach Corporation has been in the business of manufacturing and selling computer peripherals for both professional gamers and enthusiasts of the industry. Originally a producer of high-quality sound cards and headsets, this corporation has diversified its catalog to include a wider range of peripherals, such as gaming mice and mousepads. And while their products are mostly located in the mid-range in terms of quality and price range, Turtle Beach has definitely proven that an item doesn’t have to cost hundreds of dollars to provide a great service.
That being said, Turtle Beach manufactures a great deal of good products that can sometimes match the likes of Razer or SteelSeries in terms of quality. Their contributions to the market of peripherals has allowed entry-level gamers to get their hands on great gear that will help them measure up to the competition, without breaking the bank in the process.
When it comes to the Grip 300, we have a gaming mouse that trades flashy LEDs and appearances for rugged functionality and durability and is solid enough to have a top fps mouse nomination. This is a mouse that actually proves that you definitely don’t need a bunch of features and software -and a hefty price tag for that matter- to gain the upper hand on your opponents. This is a product that’s tailored for both entry-level and mid-level gamers, and that can serve as a gateway towards higher-tier gaming mice in the future. This mouse encompasses a strong build quality, coupled with sturdy Omron micro-switches to provide a reliable product that you won’t be replacing anytime soon. As a matter of fact, you’re more likely to replace this mouse for an upgrade, rather than from general wear & tear, as its components are designed to last for years, even through intense usage.
Before setting out to review this product, it would definitely help you to know the criteria we are abiding by to give our objective thoughts. For a general purpose gaming mouse such as this one, we need to take into consideration the features it’s equipped with, and that could help the player to gain an edge over the competition on a wide range of gaming genres. Some of these features may include ergonomics, extra buttons, sensor type and quality, durability and, less importantly, aesthetics.
In that sense, we can say that the Grip 300 delivers on most of these aspects. However, as it is expected from a budget gaming mouse, it is also not without a number of shortcomings that set it apart from professional-grade equipment.
Let’s take a closer look at what this mouse has to offer
The Grip 300 is equipped with a highly sensitive Avago optical sensor, which can be adjusted up to 3,500 CPI. Optical sensors are great; they can track with great precision, on a great number of surfaces, excluding reflective or glossy tables, such as glass or polished wood. Laser sensors, on the other hand, are so powerful that they can track reliably on all surfaces. But this same power causes the mouse to detect even the slightest irregularities on the tracking surface, which can cause interference or jittering in some cases. In this sense, it’s best to use a mouse pad to avoid any tracking issues with any type of gaming mice.
The design of this mouse is somewhat small, which can offer great comfort for gamers with small hands. However, for those with bigger hands (such as myself), the Grip 300 almost forces you to use either a claw or a fingertip grip, considering that utilizing a proper palm grip is difficult due to the product’s small dimensions. Nevertheless, you can really tell the manufacturer’s intentions with the design of this mouse, as it is leaning more towards elegance and minimalist aesthetics, rather than solely relying on flashy LEDs to create eye candy. Instead, this mouse features only a rather small backlit LED logo on the back, while the rest of the product boasts a conservative black design that leans slightly to the left.
You could almost say that this is a working man’s gaming mouse; small enough to carry around everywhere, and with a conservative enough design to be used anywhere, from home, to the office.
All the features mentioned above, coupled with its affordable price tag, make the Grip 300 seem like a great choice in most cases. However, where this mouse really falls behind is in its amount of additional buttons. This product has a total of 2 additional buttons, which add up to a total of 5. as you can already tell, this one doesn’t offer much in the way of additional functionality. Nevertheless, it can still be reliably used to play FPS games, while other genres such as MMORPGs might require a mouse with more buttons.
In a nutshell, we can say that this mouse offers the following:
This mouse is a great product overall. If not for gaming, it can actually provide a great service for office tasks such as writing up documents, and scrolling through long email conversations and webpages. Its Plug n’ Play nature also make it easy to setup and install; it’s just a matter of plugging it into a USB port and start using your mouse. The 2 additional side buttons are configured by default to act as the “back” and “forward” buttons on your browser. They can also be mapped to perform different functions on your favorite games.
One of this mouse’s most obvious weaknesses is its size. It’s simply too small to be comfortably used by everyone, considering that most gaming sessions can last for hours at a time. The grip this mouse forces upon its users can cause wrist strain and other undesirable conditions.
Despite all its shortcomings, the Grip 300 by Turtle Beach is a good bargain for those who are in the market for an all-purpose mouse. Its design, coupled with good quality optical sensor, and durable build make it a great choice all-around. Nevertheless, if you need a top-of-the-line piece of hardware for hardcore gaming, then you’re better off with another product, as this one may not provide enough features to give you the edge on the battlefield.
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