QPAD 8K Pro Gaming Laser Mouse Review. Today we examine the 8K gaming mouse, before we continue I must point out this is the Laser version we’re looking at. An alternative optical version is also available. The 8K is a plug and play gaming mouse with 7 programmable buttons, on a 5 finger grip design exterior. Under the hood is a 32bit ARM processor, 128KB memory for personal profiles, and Omron switches for 20 million clicks. Keeping up with the ever growing trend of customization, the 8K has an RGB lighting system too.
Pricing on the day of review is £56. You can explore their entire QPAD range here. All the things we that when combined, should a produce great gaming mouse… is it? Let’s find out…
Features and Specification:
Your mouse is the most important link between you and the game you play. When bullets fly, and the difference between victory and defeat is measured by micro-millimeters and fractions of seconds, everything counts. Precision and accuracy are key factors that will impact the gaming experience greatly. Amongst professional gamers, QPAD is well known as a reliable provider of top-notch gaming gear with high quality and premium feel.
• Advanced Laser sensor for optimized tracking performance.
• High quality Omron main switches with a distinct mechanical feedback (Lifetime: 20 Million)
• Advanced 32bit ARM M3 72Mhz processor controller unit to optimize the tracking performance
• Highly intuitive software
• Seven programmable buttons
• 16.8 million possible color variations via RGB LED lights
QPAD 8K FEATURES
• Carry bag for transport
• Advanced macro recording
• Low, medium or high on the fly sensitivity switches
• Ruberized soft touch surface
• QPAD Glidz mouse feets are pre-mounted
• Plug & Play for easy installation
• 128kb on board memory to store your settings
• Gold plated USB connectors
• 2 meter braided cable
• Several color modes such as wave, pulse, rainbow flow, constant.
• Energy saving mode
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USB plug: ……………….
MCU Controller unit:…
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|Gaming grade laser sensor |
200 – 8200 CPI (Counts/inch)
3,8m/sec | 150 IPS (inch/sec)
10.8 MPS (Mega pixels/second)
125, 250, 500, 1000 Hz
12.000 FPS (Frames/second)
Braided cable 2 meter
Gold plated USB
32bit ARM M3 72Mhz processor
RGB led 16.7 million colors
Plug & Play
Omron switches. Left / right. 20 mil.clicks
Right handed, Ergonomic, five-finger grip.
For advanced features and functions
[Packaging & Bundle]
The QPAD 8K Pro Gaming Laser Mouse arrived in sleek package. The bulk of which has a glossy black finish, with an eye-catching image of the product in the centre and a list of features on the left. The first one referenced and taking the prominent top spot is the RGB colour system
Around the back QPAD echo all the key features and detailed specs we covered above. This is found in multiple languages and along the base, we find more references to the 7 programmable buttons, customization and 5 finger grip design.
Not much to mention about the box edges, you’ll find nothing more than the product name. Slipping the exterior box cover off, we find another solid black box with the wording “E-Sport for life”, digging deeper and removing the lid we find the actual product.
Packaging is superb, with a mass of padding around the mouse, which is further contained inside a bag. Above the padding is a pull out box, underneath you’ll find the free carry pouch. An addition I’ve never seen before!
We shall start our tour of the QPAD 8K Pro Gaming Laser Mouse from the front side, and work our way around. First impressions are great, but it’s one the widest mice I’ve used, peaking at 90 mm is some sections. The design is for right hand users only, no version for lefties I’m afraid. It’s immediately obvious that is a palm grip orientated mouse, and there’s little room for adjustment. Design is clean and sleek, with nothing unusual insight.
Spinning around to examine the left side of the QPAD 8K Pro Gaming Laser Mouse, we find the two extra buttons. The surface of each appears extremely smooth, with a high gloss finish, however they have an almost magnetic like grip. Let me be clear this a good thing, and not a nuisance at. When you reach to grab them, slipping past them is highly unlikely
Location is logical and I found each to be no problem for reach. The two buttons have a slightly different feel in terms of resistance, and this can be confirmed with the audible difference in sound, when each is clicked. The button furthest away is easier to click than the other, and this will help avoid accidental presses because your thumb sits against them.
On the lower portion of the mouse we find the QPAD logo (illuminates) and the current CPI mode indicator with two LED’s, the other section of lighting is on the scroll wheel. Resistance and grip of the said button is fantastic, your fingers won’t be aware of the actual grooves on the wheel, yet it offers firm grip. Key for long gaming sessions.
Looking at the underside of the mouse, we find the Avago 9800 Laser sensor and four glides, I was surprised not to find any replacements, or alternative grips included. Something that we’ve yet to mention is the 2m cable, which is braided and should help with tangling, on the end is a gold-plated USB connector
Testing and Conclusion
The software sports a trendy and fresh UI, with a simple layout, each subsection neatly arranged. To the top right we find some extra options. To update the software or mouse firmware. You can also build and configure up to four profiles.
I will state here, what I do in every review of this nature. Speakers, headsets, mice and keyboards all fall into a grey area for reviewing. What I aim to provide is a fair and accurate overview and test of the product. Reality is though, that no benchmarking method or repeatable test exists and what I provide is nothing more than my experience with the product
We don’t have a predefined list of games for our testing. As time has passed new releases are often thrown into the mix, but more often than not old schoolers like Unreal tournament, and CS: GO are at the centre of the testing.
Now, there are one or two areas here that I want to chat about before we proceed. My first concern was the placement of the two side buttons. as they are off centre and closer to the front side of the mouse. I have a fair few other mice here to compare against. Perhaps it’s just my hand size (medium) but I rarely have any luck with the said buttons. Generally I find them difficult to reach, or surface to be too irritating, like on the death adder for example. Visually these high glossy buttons, we’re jumping out to me and saying nope, not going to work for you…but they just did and I had no issue with them at all. Which happens rarely!
In general the experience was great, but day one was a pain. My main issue was the lack of pressure required, on the actual left and right-click. It’s common during the transition period to miss-press a button, or generally miss an icon/click. I found the buttons just a tad too sensitive out of the box. I was frequently over and accidentally clicking, with no more than the weight of my fingers on top. The remedy to fix is easy enough inside the software though, and over time this ought to be a positive aspect, as the response time from press to click it’s ridiculously quick, always a good thing in game! On that note, the switches do have a very audible mechanical like sound to them, so if noise is a concern, this isn’t the product for you.
The one thing I want to finally mention is the DPI selector, which will certainly be a feature that will divide some users. Some would prefer to access it on the fly, when they want with no comprise and the QPAD 8K technically offers just that… Others are happy to preconfigure before a game and won’t care about the location. Me personally? I would much rather they had been placed on the actual side of the mouse, I don’t want to move my two main fingers back, to access it. More so, lift my entire hand up to check which mode in now in, via the LED’s.
Which to be honest just doesn’t make any sense to me… The mouse allows 3 modes, but has only two lights, what’s up with that? Surely 1 led that changes to 3 different colours for each mode would have made more sense, or even 3 LED indicators, and a unique colour for each. But instead QPAD have offered two indicators, which are hidden under your hand anyway! On that same note, what if you don’t want them too red and blue? Why can’t we customize them? it defeats the point of setting the rest of the mouse to say all green, or all red, but you still have this pesky none matching colour forced upon you…I know it’s hidden 99% of the time but it’s a trivial and silly error.
I never jump into a gaming on day one of our mice reviews, as I feel it fair to allow for the transition period. We’ve all been there with say a new keyboard, you spend the entire day mashing all the wrong keys, activating lights and such. Mice have a similar and obvious transition period. Now my daily driver is the Steelseries Kinzu V2. A small, ambidextrous and no-nonsense mouse. The height of which is 36mm, so moving onto this the QPAD 8k, feel odd at first. After a few days to settle and adjust performing daily tasks with photo shopping and such, I began to game.
I’ve been using the mouse with a mixture of games for a few weeks now and I’ve no single problem to report, you could argue that any new mouse is going to slide and glide better than something that’s seen better days (my daily driver) the difference out of the box was not exactly mind-blowing though. It felt slow and limited. The remedy was a simple task, after upping the CPI in the software, I felt as if I had cut the chains and let the product show me it’s potential. The low resistance pads coupled with lower weight, meant the 8K felt brilliant to use.
The 8K Laser seems is an interesting product for sure, from first glance you know it’s a gaming mouse. QPAD have been mindful and reserved with the design and feature set though. Which at the price point is about right, I wouldn’t expect any add ons, further customization or weights at the £50 mark but…competition is wild at this very price point. Ideally I’d like to have seen the product just a touch cheaper. Feature and performance wise, it’s all here. Under the hood is very able setup, and despite my initial struggle with the clickers (switches) it’s for sure one of the most enjoyable mice I’ve gamed with for a while. The RBG side of things don’t massively appeal to me, but as I said that silly forced and baffling LED indicator system is annoying, as is the location of the selector buttons, I was often aware of them, and I didn’t want to be…
The 8K is a great mouse, it ticks pretty much every box in terms of what it offers, comfort and quality is fantastic. Considering the small, but not likely to bother everyone issue I found. Looking at the bigger picture, the real thorn in its side is is an overcrowded market, it’s just too normal and nothing really separates this mouse from the many others like it. I have to go with “Silver”
We would like to thank QPAD for providing the sample, and we look forward to seeing more from them, in the near future!]]>