The EpicGear Morpha X actually ships in a snazzy-looking metal box which oozes quality – but remember, this mouse does cost $130, so we do expect the best.
Inside, before looking at the box presentation, there is a small quick-start guide which walks you through all the modular functions of the mouse.
Opening up the box, we are greeted with a plethora of little goodies. There’s obviously the mouse itself, a replacement white shell for the mouse’s body, a replacement sensor cartridge, two replacement switches and a switch puller.
These are all the different features which make the Morpha X a modular mouse. We will look at all the different options and how to use them below, but let’s start with a quick tour of the mouse itself.
The Morpha X itself is a relatively innocuous-looking mouse, belying the fact that so much about it is adjustable. At the bottom of the mouse, it is worth noting that the EG logo is one of the RGB lighting zones.
If you are wondering about its shape, it is symmetrical but I wouldn’t say it is ambidextrous due to the placement of two side buttons on the left-hand side (which we will get to below). That being said, I suppose a left-hander could still use this mouse if they disabled those buttons.
Here we get a look at those side buttons, placed above some textured rubber to aid grip.
The right-hand side of the mouse is bare, with just some more textured rubber.
The front of the mouse is home to the scroll wheel (another RGB zone), as well as one button which changes the mouse profile, and another which cycles through the DPI stages.
The underside of the mouse reveals the sensor, which is the PMW 3360 by default. However, we will also be looking at changing the sensor below.
Lastly, the USB cable is 1.8m long, braided and the connector itself is also gold-plated.
Now, let’s move on to the fun stuff – the modular functionality!
For starters, the mouse’s outer-shell can be removed. This allows for the replacement white shell to be used if you prefer – the shell simply pops off and the new one snaps into place.
You will also notice four metal weights positioned in the bottom-half of the mouse. These weigh 5g each, giving you up to 20g of flexibility when it comes to the Morpha X’s weight – always a good feature to have.
With the shell still off, we also get a look at the mouse’s switches. By default, the EG Orange switches are pre-installed, but with a pair of EG Purple switches in the box, we can change these out quite easily.
All you need to do is use the specially-designed switch puller, place it over the switch, and pull. I previously had a bad experience using this type of puller when testing the DeFiant keyboard, which had modular key switches, but it works flawlessly here.
Dropping in a new switch is also easy – it simply locks into place. I talk about using the different switch types, and how they feel, on the next page.
Lastly, the Morpha X also lets you change out the mouse’s sensor. This is a big deal for me, as previously we have seen other mice which have a weighting system, or others still which also feature replaceable switches. However, I’ve never come across a mouse which lets you change the sensor.
EpicGear has done this by building the sensors into small cartridges, and these cartridges slide into the underside of the mouse. You can see them pictured above – on the left is the Avago 9800 laser sensor, on the right is the Pixart PMW 3360 optical sensor.
By default, the PMW 3360 sensor is pre-installed, though uninstalling it is very easy. First, make sure the mouse’s outer-shell is removed, and then you can simply slide the cartridge out.
To pop in the new one, simply slide it back in-place. Job done!