Ozone Gaming Radon Opto Review
Ozone Gaming is a hardware manufacturer with one goal in sight, make gaming specific peripherals. Having only been around a few years, the company has released a respectable number of products and continue to infiltrate different market segments. If the name hasn’t given it away already, the Opto does indeed house an optical sensor, the Avago 3090. The Opto is their first entrance into the optical mouse space, which now stands along side the Radon 3k and 5k, Ozone’s lazer mice. I’ll go into more detail regarding the new 3090 sensor and its performance, but gossip has it that the 3090 is one of the best. We’d like to sincerely thank Ozone Gaming for providing the review sample.
Specifications and Features
- Professional gaming optical sensor Avago 3090
- 8 buttons (7 programmable)
- Adjustable resolution from 450 to 3500 dpi
- Accurate and predictable motion reporting up to 1m/s
- Macro and Script functions
- USB full speed
- USB report rate with 4 selectable levels (1000 Hz Max.)
- Hardware data saving technology
- Included Software for personal configuration (Windows only)
- Adjustable weight (includes 5x 4.5g weights).
- Dimensions: 122.43(L) x 82.7(W) x 43.7(H) mm
- Weight: 135 +/- 5 g (with cable and weights)
- Cable length: 2 m
- Power consumption: <100 mA
- $47.99 MSRP
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Packaging and Design
The packaging of the Radon Opto is great and is easy to open, with little effort. The box is thorough, provides an easy way to test the ergnomics, and doesn’t require you to break out the bolt cutters to open. You’ll find the same red and black grunge styling found throughout Ozone’s branding, splattered with specs, features, and images.
Beside the mouse itself, you’ll get a Ozone product lineup pamphlet, quick start guide, and driver CD, all pretty self explanatory. Like always, we recommend you download the software from their site (www.ozonegaming.com) to ensure you’re getting the latest version. Quick note, the mouse software is strictly to setup/customize your mouse, it’s not required for the mouse to be functional and can be used on demand. Onward to the mouse itself, you’ve got the same body as the Radon 3K and 5K. A right handed soft touch shell with a textured thumb rest. Right above the thumb rest you have two narrow programmable buttons. On the right hand side Ozone has provided an effective layout for your ring and pinky finger. Rather than forcing a claw grip or sliding them around your mouse pad, the layout allows you to comfortably stack your ring and pinky finger ontop of each other. Obviously up top you have your right and left mouse buttons, both of which have a “valley” style design. If your not sure what I mean, the center of the buttons has a slight dip in with the sides raised.
Separating the two is your command strip. Starting from top to bottom, you have your standard mouse wheel. Nothing too exciting here, just a soft tactile scroll wheel. Below that you have one of my favorite features and thats your DPI bar. Improving on the standard click button that cycles through your DPI settings, the Opto utilizes a bar thats moves both up and down, meaning, going from level two to one no longer requires cycling through three and four. Right below the bar is your profile button, a button to switch between the default and three customizable profiles. The default profile will have no backlight, then profiles 1-3 in order will be red, blue, and purple. I was confused at first by the default profile, what was the purpose? But in practice it made so much sense, a profile that was strictly dedicated to the default mouse functions that couldn’t be changed. This opens up the three other profiles to be completey customized while always having a fail safe. Where your palm rests is an Ozone logo in semi-gloss that makes it stand out from the matte body. Lastly between your index and thumb are your four DPI indicator L.E.D’s. While we love being able to see what DPI setting we’re on, it’s hard to do just that from a regular stance. Since the L.E.D’s don’t reside directly under the tinted screen, they nearly vanish when looking at them from an angle. Offering horrible viewing angles, yet shining bright and visible when head on.
Flipping the mouse over, front and center is your optical sensor. To be exact the sensor is actually slighty raised vertically. Right below that is your weight management system, containing five 4.5g weights (total = 22.5g). The weights secure nicely inside their foam pocket, but unfortunately Ozone does not include an external storage compartment. Scattered around the outskirts are 5 teflon mouse skates, three medium sized pads and two small towards the top. Separating the small pads from each other are five cord channels. A neat feature that will allow you to run your mouse cord through a choice of five different orientations; left, right, center, and left and right corner. Swapping channels will offer some resistance due to the thick braided cable, but prevent any slack or drag underneath the mouse.
Sensor and Performance
Succesor to the 3080, the Avago 3090 optical sensor has become known amongst mice enthusiast as one of the best optical sensors on the market.
It sheds the full angle snappings (prediction) from the Avago S3095 yet retains its excellent performance.(Note: The Avago S3090 is just Logitech’s marking for the 3090. The Avago 3090 can still be ordered from the manufacturer with angle snapping enabled in the firmware. Thank you Skylit for the correction.) We’re working on a more robust testing platform for technical mice testing, but for those in need of a crumb of detail… here are some basic stats we quickly gathered with Enotus Mouse Test. For future tests we plan to setup a more accurate test bench including detailed reports from the Logger Tool created by Outerspace.
- Consistent 1000Hz/500Hz/250Hz/125Hz report rates across all axis.
- 2+ m/s at 1800DPI / 1000Hz.
- 98%+ Accuracy.
Physically the mouse was solid. I vigoursly tested it with Quake Live and put it through hell with Diablo 3 (literally) and never once had any issues. The sensor’s tracking was superb, keeping me from ever experiencing a tracking malfunction (eradict cursor movement). This includes when I purposely whipped the mouse around as fast as I could. If I’m being hyper critical the scroll wheel was oddly more audible when scrolled forward than backwards, but more importantly it was accurate and consistent. Similarly with the DPI lever, it makes miniscule noises while the mouse was shot around but only noticeable when listening for it. These noises are sourced from the tiny wiggle room given to both the scroll wheel and DPI lever. The noise is similar to shaking your keyboard side to side, but not even close to as loud.
Software for the Radon Opto is a customization suite, not drivers. The mouse is plug and play with any computer thanks to its onboard memory. Any customization changes such as settings, macros, and etc are saved directly onto the onboard memory, meaning that the settings travel with the mouse, not the PC. Everytime the software is launched, it will export all of the saved data off the mouse into the program.
Software features include -
- Complete Button Customization – Macros / Scripts – with ability to edit delays between key presses, releases, As well as instructions on how to execute the created command. ( Once / Press to loop, press again to stop / Hold to loop. ) On top you can launch any application, adjust DPI levels, and etc.
- Change the number of DPI levels, max of 4. As well as adjust the DPI value for each level. ( 3500, 2500, 1800, 900, 450 )
- Adjust the mouse USB report rate. ( 1000Hz, 500Hz, 250Hz, 125Hz )
Aesthically the program is no where near the competition, but regardless it functions flawlessly. I would of like to seen an option to enable or disable angle snapping (prediction) – cause theres no 100% sure way to tell if there is a slight prediction or none.
After using the Radon Opto for numerous weeks, it’s suprising to read the mixed reviews on Ozone’s first generation hardware. Not once during my thorough testing did I ever experience an issue. The software was functional, but lacked the “Oomph!” present in the competitors, and an external weight tray would have been nice. But despite these small short comings, the Radon Opto fuses all its assets together beautifully. Weighing in at 135g’s including the braided cable and 22.5g’s of weight (5 x 4.5g), some may find the mouse to be a bit on the heavy side. The mouse uses a soft touch shell with excellent support for your ring and pinky finger along with a textured grip for your thumb. Lacking the field of buttons present on RPG mice, the Opto simplifies things with two thumb buttons, a DPI lever, and a profile button, perfect for pretty much any other game. Ozone’s most beneficial decision was to go with probably the best optical sensor on the market, the Avago 3090. We’ve done our best to test the performance and can happily report little to no angle snapping, accuracte and consistent tracking, all housed in a rock solid shell. It is near astonishing Ozone Gaming has crafted a near flawless mouse and their tag “It’s all about evolution.” implies things will only get better. While we’re excited to see what is to come, we won’t be disappointed with similar calibre products.
UPDATE 11/24/12 : After a few months of abuse the Radon Opto middle mouse button has begun double actuating.