Today we’ll be looking at two products from EKSA, the EM600 gaming mouse & the Fenrir E7000 gaming headset.
EM600 Gaming Mouse
Before I start this review – I want to make it clear that I have never revi ewed a mouse before. This review will cover my experience with the unit, but might not be as in-depth as a traditional mouse review. I’ll make comparisons to the mouse I’ve been using for two years, Nixeus’ EDG Revel Fit, as appropriate.
EKSA EM600 Gaming Mouse
Left/Right Button Durability
20 Million Clicks
Middle Button Durability
3 Million Clicks
126×73.5×41.33mm (4.96×2.89×1.63 inches)
1.8m (5.9 feet)
The EKSA EM600 comes in a small box with cardboard & foam which protects the mouse during shipping.
The EM600 has downloadable software to improve the user experience with customization options. It has 5 areas of customization available. The first set of options is for general reprogramming, allowing you to change the functions of the mouse buttons.
The second section of the software lets you modify the EM600’s performance – change polling rates, cursor speeds, click speeds, and DPI settings.
The 3rd section of the software covers RGB and lighting settings. This sections allows you to choose a lighting pattern (or a solid color), change lighting intensity, and change the colors of the lighting to your preference.
The fourth section allows one to setup macros
And lastly, the 5th section is essentially like the old “turbo” buttons on older game controllers, it allows you to have an action repeated.
The EK600 has 8 programmable buttons. On the furthest to the left is a red “sniper” button, which reduces mouse DPI to 250 on the fly. Next to it are the tradition “forward” and “back” buttons. In the middle of the mouse are “+” and “-” buttons which control DPI settings by default. Finally, you have your standard left, right, and middle mouse buttons.
If you’d rather not install the software, but would still like to change lighting settings, you can do so by using the button located on the bottom of the mouse.
Comparisons to Nixeus EDG Revel
The size of the EKSA is slightly smaller than the Nixeus mouse, both in height and width. As someone with larger hands, this meant the Nixeus had a slightly more natural fit for me. The plastic on the body of the Nixeus mouse is smoother, but that’s likely because I’ve broken it in with years of use.
The biggest difference between the Nixeus and EKSA mice was the weight. On paper, there shouldn’t be a huge difference between the two. The Nixeus model is rated at 99grams (without the cable), the EKSA model is rated at 90 grams. The EKSA feels noticably lighter, more than the spec differences would indicate – this resulted in a very fluid experience. My best guess would be that EKSA includes the cable weight in their measurements
There is one thing I didn’t like about the EKSA mouse – it’s 12000 DPI mode. The hardware of the EM600 doesn’t actually support 12000 DPI (it supports up to 6000 DPI), which means higher DPI is achieved via software. When 12000 DPI is activated via the EKSA drivers, it works – but accuracy was impaired. This only happened at the highest DPI setting – when lowering it to 9000 DPI, the experience was comparable to the Nixeus mouse.
EKSA’s EM600 is a good quality mouse which will work well for most users. Not only is it lightweight, but it’s also light on the wallet with a MSRP of $25.99 USD – and if you watch for sales you can find it for closer to $20 USD.
EKSA Fenrir E7000
Now we’ll be looking at the EKSA Fenrir E7000 gaming headset. It comes in a small box (pictured below) and covering around the unit for protection of the headset during shipping.
EKSA® Fenrir E7000
The packaging for the EKSA Fenrir is simple, with basic protection for the headset.
Included in the box
Included with the box are the EKSA E7000 Fenrir gaming headset, a user manual, and a converter which splits the analog connection into microphone and audio connections for devices which don’t support both audio and microphone on a single analog connection.
The shell of the headphones is made primarily of bendable plastic, and it can handle quite a bit of bending and twisting without damaging the unit. The earmuffs are made of protein leather, which isn’t my favorite material as it retains heat easily – but this shouldn’t be a problem given that this unit is designed for indoor use.
While the E7000 has both analog audio and USB-A ends, the USB only serves to power the unit’s lighting – it doesn’t actually transmit sound so you’ll need to use the analog connection for audio.
Speaking of the lighting – it’s designed to mimick a “werewolf”. The model name “Fenrir” refers to the wolf of Norse mythology, son of Loki (Thor’s mischievous adopted brother).
Microphone Noise Cancellation
EKSA’s E7000 includes a noise cancellation feature for the microphone. I tested this out by making voice recordings with loud music playing from a speaker approximately 1 meter in front of the headset. In these recordings the music could still be heard, but the loudness was extremely reduced. Here’s a quick sample, for those interested:
I was expecting the audio quality to be alright, but nothing amazing – but it did better than I expected. Like the previously reviewed E5 headphones, audio quality was crisp with very little (if any) distortion.
There are two major differences in the audio quality of the E7000 and E5. Whereas the E5 is tuned towards bass-heavy music, the E7000 is tuned with gaming in mind.
1. The maximum volume level – the E5 can blast your ears off, whereas the E7000 merely gets loud – but not loud enough to cause potential hearing damage 😉 For this reason alone, I will be giving this headset to my younger brother as he tends to put his headphones at maximum volume (making it so he can’t hear anyone else, ever). For this reason alone I’d recommend the E7000 headset for parents looking to buy their children a headset.
2. The deepness of bass – the E5’s bass levels are overstated, whereas the E7000 has more of a “natural” bass level. I described the E5’s bass as “bass you can deeply feel, and not just hear” and “movie theatre like”. I would say you can still feel the bass on the E7000, but just barely – much of that is likely due to the lower maximum volume of the E7000 headset. Mid-level sounds were also less prominent vs the E5, but not by a huge amount.
The E7000 Fenrir provides good audio quality at a budget price. It gets loud, but not loud enough that it can cause hearing damage. For these reasons, I’d highly recommend the E7000 Fenrir for parents looking at gaming headsets for their children.
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