When it comes to gaming mice, there’s a wide selection to choose from like Razer, SteelSeries, and Logitech coming into mind. Of course, there are gaming companies that create their own peripherals to match with their gaming laptops and such. Illegear is one such brand with the Illegear Fang, it’s very first gaming mouse.
Mean and Clean
One great aspect of the Fang is its clean aesthetic; it doesn’t come with any bells and whistles. The soft black matte UV coating gives the mouse a minimalist look and feel while the sides come with long strips of rubber. This gives your thumb and pinky fingers good grip with the body so it doesn’t feel slippery.
The design of the Fang is pretty huge so its great for gamers with big hands like myself. Due to its ergonomic shape and size, the Fang is more suitable towards Claw and Palm gamers so if you’re a Fingertip guy, you might want to stay away.
With plenty of gaming devices throwing just about anything with RGB lighting, it does get boring pretty quickly. Thankfully, the Fang is nothing like that. Of course, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with RGB lighting.
What makes it stand out from the hoi polloi is its subdued lighting, which is a simple layer of lighting around the base of the mouse. The scroll wheel also features RGB lighting and even the tiny gaps around the mouse has the lighting oozing out.
Illegear’s branding is also very minimal here, with its name spread across where you rest your palm. Even that lights up, which is a neat touch.
Much like many other brands, the Fang carries 16.8 million colours to choose from, which can all be customised through the Fang Command Center software. Although, I have yet to meet a person who can recognise all 16.8 million colours.
Then again, I am just a pleb so what do I know…
Swift and Silent
While the Fang can be used as your everyday mouse for work, it excels in gaming. More specifically, MOBA, FPS and RTS games are its forte. Having it by my side while going through countless games of Dota 2, Overwatch and PUBG was a joy. Precision was precise as the cursor knew where I wanted to be every single time.
If you want to adjust the polling rate of the Fang, you can easily do so with a switch located at the base of the mouse. It gives you between three choices of 250Hz, 500Hz and 1,000Hz. Polling rates are the difference of data being sent over from the mouse to the PC. Be sure to keep it at 1,000Hz for 1ms response time instead of 500Hz, which is 2ms.
The switches also gives a nice click while being pretty soft. As they are durable Omron switches, you can expect the mouse to last a long time. There’s also two side buttons on the left side of the mouse, which can be customised to suit your game. I chose to use them on both my item slots in-game, which actually made things a little bit easier.
The Fang is one of the better gaming mice I’ve had in a long while. As I am in a long-term relationship with my Razer DeathAdder, I had to have a scandal with the Fang, and I’m proud to say it was worth it.
At RM189, the Fang is one of the more affordable gaming mice available and still being able to deliver on all-fronts. However, the Fang feels more suited towards casual gamers who are just looking to kickback and relax with a few games after a long day.
Verdict: Reasonably priced and performs better than expected.