EpicGear MorphaX Modular Gaming Mouse Review

Software

At the time of writing, EG has yet to release the software for the MorphaX, which is a shame as we could not tweak the performance the exactly how we would have wanted it. If by going on what the software for the ZorA or MorphaA was like, aside from the usual ability to let you assign buttons, create and manage profiles and setting DPI, EG’s software also allows you to adjust snapping, lift-off distance and USB report rate. These little tweaks really help to make the MorphaX one of the most customizable gaming mouse out there; everybody will use their mouse different depending on their style, build, height, height of surface, etc, resulting in slight angle and lift-off distance differences, so everybody’s settings will be different.

We did try to install both the older software to see if we could get it to work, but they did not recognize their designated hardware so would not run.

 

[Updated: 16 March 2017]

EpicGear was kind enough to email me links to download the newly released firmware and GUI for the MorphaX! A quick download, and it was time to update the firmware of the MorphaX.

The latest firmware is version 1.10, taking over factory loaded version. After this was done, the driver and GUI package was installed.

EG has kept the looks of the GUI for the MorphaX in line with that of the ZorA and MorphA. You are provided with 3 tabs (Main Control, Performance and Macro), and most users will never venture far away from the Main Control tab. This is where you can set the RGB of the MorphaX, assign button functions, and set the DPI. In the DPI section, the GUI will automatically detect whichever sensor you have installed, and let you adjust accordingly within its DPI maximum setting.

The 2nd tab being for Performance is where the fun really begins, allowing you to tweak the performance of the MorphaX to your hearts content. All the previous controls that were provided with the ZorA are present here, allowing you to adjust the USB report rate, scroll wheel speed, the pointer acceleration, lift off distance, angle snapping, movement acceleration and further LED controls.

And finally we have the Macro tab where any avid gamer will set their gaming macros.

 

Performance

So without dedicated drivers and controlling software, we had to test the MorphaX ‘as is’ straight out of the box.

First off, even though the MorphaX is the lightest gaming mouse in EG’s arsenal, don’t be fooled by that fact as for a relatively small mouse the weight is centralized in the palm of your hand, given it a very heavy feel when all the weights are inserted into the MorphaX. Without any of the weights, the MorphaX is very light, so most users will find they will need to insert a few of the weights.

To get the best comparison of the tactile feel of the 2 different button switches, we installed one in each of the buttons. The EG Orange switches has faster click to it, with a very clear defined click, whilst the EG Purple switches, rated as Pro, definitely feels heavier with a range of pressure both when you press and depress the button. You might not feel the difference at first, but 5 minutes of using them side by side and you will start to feel the difference, and appreciate which one suits your style.

Now comes the best bit, the 2 different type of sensors. We first tested the MorphaX with the laser sensor and was general pleased with the accuracy of it in fast action FPS games such as Battlefield 1 and Overwatch. Without having the ability to tweak the USB response rate, the laser sensor would pick up all my movements and translate that onto the screen. Switch over to the LED sensor with the increased DPI and you will immediately notice the difference in the sensitivity, with the MorphaX picking up tiny minute movements in my hand. For those not used to a high DPI mouse, it does take some time to get used to, and will invariably ‘over shoot’ on the accuracy in FPS games. With no software support at this moment, tuning down the sensitivity a notch or two isn’t an option, but with previous experience of the software for the ZorA we are sure you can find the right balance of sensitivity and accuracy which you will want.

 

[Update – after updating firmware and installing driver & GUI]

With all the controls at you disposal in the GUI, it is so tempting to whack all the settings to maximum to see how the MorphaX performed. So like a naughty child, I maxed the DPI settings with the optical sensor and USB response rate, and quickly played about with the MorphaX.

The MorphzX just performs so smoothly and accurately. I did not feel it heavy in my hands at all, with the MorphaX gliding over effortlessly over my mouse mat. Every little twitch of your hand is detected, so for those not used to highly accurate controls it may be a good idea to turn down the DPI a notch or two. With the boost in USB response rate, gaming in a frantic environment was very responsive and you would be very hard pushed to detect any lag. 

Switching over to using the MorphaX in a more work-related environment, the high accuracy meant tasks such as finely touching up photos and CAD drawings was a doddle without the frustration of ‘over shooting’ you cursor.

You might not appreciate the increase in accuracy and movement at first, but placing the MorphaX side by side with a gaming mouse that has a DPI of 8200 and I could immediately tell the difference, with the MorphaX working much more smoothly.

My main gripe I’ve found with using the MorphaX is that is scrolling speed is on the low side. Even after setting the scroll speed set to maximum, it was quite tedious in scrolling long documents or web pages, but I am sure EG can address this in future version of its software.

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