What you pay is what you get and if you’re on the lookout for a cheap gaming mouse, then chances are that you’ve come across a specific option that costs less than 10 bucks and has been gaining massive amounts of popularity.
In any case. Could such a cheap gaming mouse be real? Is it actually worth it? Well, let’s find out!
Build Quality and Design
For less than 10 bucks, you obviously shouldn’t expect too much in terms of build quality and we didn’t either. The mouse is mostly made from cheap plastic while there’s also a ton of wobble on the buttons and scroll wheel. At least it feels kind off solid
As you can see in the image above, the design is overly aggressive while the mouse itself offers 3 additional buttons. The two buttons on the side are the standard extra buttons that we can use for going back and forth between pages or using them for extra hotkeys while the top button can only be used as a double left-click trigger.
There’s also a DPI button in the middle that cycles through 5 different DPI settings. It starts from 1000 and goes all the way up to 5500.
5500 DPI is frankly more than enough for most people. But, the fact that it can’t go below 1000 can be a deal-breaker for competitive gamers. After all, most of us prefer playing somewhere in the range of 400-800. Not that you can use this mouse to play competitively. But, more on that later on.
The braided cable is definitely a nice touch. But, the truth is that most decent budget options that don’t offer a braided cable in the first place still don’t get tangled up so easily.
Overall, the RGB is not customizable, the braided cable is just for show, and the extra button on the upper left corner is pretty much useless. The design of this mouse is like a meme – sounds good, doesn’t work.
By the way, do keep in mind that the mouse is rather large. Those of you who have small hands will struggle quite a lot with it.
One of the reasons that gaming mice are gaming mice is because they perform much better than their non-gaming variants. They generally offer lower latency and much better tracking – which honestly doesn’t seem to be the case with this mouse right here.
The overall response time isn’t too bad. Even if it’s set to 125 Hz, and it most likely is, it just feels alright.
The real problems start with the horrendous tracking. If you’re thinking of playing a super-low sensitivity game like CS: GO or anything like that, forget about it.
The Zelotes, Fellee, or anything that you may want to call it can’t handle fast flicks at a low sensitivity. Every time it’s going to freak out and stop tracking.
Again, this is a cheap mouse and we’re not expecting too much from it. But, the same thing goes for the G203 and Rival 110. And for a bit more than 10 extra dollars, they perform a hundred times better than this gaming-wannabe mouse.
Because at the end of the day, that’s what truly separates gaming mice from normal mice: performance. RGB and fancy aesthetics are a good addition. But, what will you do with them if the mouse itself doesn’t work properly?
Now, to be fair, it is good enough for casual gaming. Any game that doesn’t require ultra-low sensitivities will work just fine with it.
However, even then, the bottom feet don’t feel smooth at all and the mouse itself feels rather heavy to the point that it gets tiresome in long gaming sessions. Overall, that’s a fail in our book.
Software and Features
Were you truly expecting to see any extra features and included software for a mouse of this caliber? Psyche! There’s nothing like that here.
The Zelotes offers a full plug & play experience and that does have its own charm. But, the lack of control of, well, everything, feels pretty underwhelming, to say the least.
There is RGB, but you can’t control it. There is a DPI button, but you can’t make it so that it’ll only switch between your own preferred sensitivity settings. You’ll find a few extra buttons, but there’s no way to change what they do.
Overall, this cheap gaming mouse is actually a standard mouse with a “Gamer” aesthetic/design that offers a couple of extra buttons, cheap RGB, DPI functionality, and that’s about it.
Now, don’t get us wrong. For less than $10, this is not a bad bargain at all. The problem is that simply spending a tiny bit more will give you much better performance and full software control. So, take from that what you will.
Cheap Gaming Mouse Review: Conclusion
Overall, for less than 10 bucks, this is not such a bad choice. The tracking at high speeds is horrendous, but, other than that, we can’t complain.
However, as we mentioned above, just by spending a bit more than 10 extra dollars you can get something like the G203or the Rival 110. Mind you, both are actual gaming mice that can compete with high-end options. The Zelotes, on the other hand, claims to be a good option for “Pros”, but it’s actually not even a gaming mouse in the first place.
In the end, we’re really having a rough time recommending this mouse to, well, anyone. If you have:
- Less than $10 to spend
- Large hands
- And don’t care about competitive gaming
Then maybe, maybe it’s worth it for you. For the rest of us, we feel like spending the extra money and getting an actual gaming mouse is a much smarter investment.
What do you think about all this? Let us know about your thoughts in the comments section down below!