To start with, let’s take a look at the included software with the Neon 3K.
Upon opening the software, users are greeted with a fairly busy home page. Here, you can choose between different profiles, set the two DPI sensitivity stages, change the LED colour and re-programme the mouse button functions.
Taking a closer look at the lighting options, there is the choice between six different colours which you can see above. There is also the choice of four different effects – constant, breathe, blink or heart beat. You can also set the speed of the effect or disable the lighting entirely.
There is also a fairly standard macro manager which will let you record macros from the mouse or from your keyboard.
All in all, the software does the job – it is attractive and does away with the need for multiple pages full of different options.
Here we get a look at the different colours you can choose from – the colours all look good. The only issue is that the LED is right at the bottom of the Ozone logo, meaning the light does not spread evenly – it is noticeably dimmer at the top.
Moving on to the physical testing of the mouse. Using it as my desktop mouse gave me a good feel of its capabilities and who it would be suited for.
In my experience, I found a claw or fingertip-style grip works best with the Neon 3K. The mouse is just a bit too small for a comfortable palm grip. My hands are not the largest, but even I could comfortably cover the whole mouse in my palm. As such, you do not really get the best support when using a palm grip.
I prefer a claw-style grip anyway, and it worked well for me. The optical sensor, though, is lacking in terms of its max DPI sensitivity. A maximum of 3500 will no-doubt be a limiting factor for some, as I like to use up to 5,000 DPI depending on the circumstances. Given the original Neon had a DPI up to 6400, I do not really understand the decision to bring this down to a maximum of 3500.
Another issue related to this is the DPI switch. You can only set two different stages to toggle on-the-fly, meaning options are limited. I would have liked to seen at least 4 stages, and I would hope Ozone will implement this via a software update in the future.
Two large glide pads on the base of the mouse help keep things moving smoothly though, and I found this creates a very satisfying experience using the Neon 3K day-to-day. It just tracks very well and moves accurately and responsively thanks to the glide pads.
It is also very light, meaning movements are swift. This can be critical in FPS games, where twitch reactions are everything, so if you are a budding FPS gamer on a budget then the Neon 3K could well be for you.
All in all, it is a comfortable mouse. The rubberised finish also ensured good grip and does not show grease marks easily.