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XPG Primer Review

We present a detailed overview of the XPG PRIMER mouse, based on our hands-on testing, with a special focus on design and performance.

Review Summary

The XPG PRIMER RGB Gaming Mouse is a lightweight, right-handed gaming mouse designed for FPS enthusiasts. With a focus on comfort, accuracy, and flair, it features a PMW3360 optical sensor, Omron switches, and customizable RGB lighting. While suitable for claw grips, it may not be ideal for palm grip users or those who prioritize extremely quiet mouse clicks.

Overall
8/10
8/10
  • Design - 8/10
    8/10
  • Features - 7/10
    7/10
  • Performance - 9/10
    9/10
  • Value - 8/10
    8/10

Pros

  • Lightweight design (98g ± 5%)
  • PMW3360 optical sensor for accurate tracking
  • Omron switches with a 20-million clicks rating
  • Customizable RGB lighting
  • On-the-fly DPI adjustment
  • Double-shot PBT surface for durability
  • Textured grips for a non-slippery feel
  • Subtle and minimalistic RGB lighting

Cons

  • Not suitable for palm grip users
  • Audible clicks due to Omron switches
  • Lack of extensive software customization

XPG’s gaming peripherals excel in reliability, durability, and performance. I’ve personally tested the XPG PRIMER, their high-end gaming mouse. It features ARGB lighting, a PMW3360 optical sensor, and Omron mechanical switches. Its double-shot PBT surface, textured grips, and lightweight braided cable ensure a comfortable and responsive gaming experience. Check out the details in my XPG PRIMER Review.

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Key Takeaways

  • XPG PRIMER RGB Gaming Mouse is a lightweight gaming mouse featuring a PMW3360 optical sensor, Omron switches, and customizable RGB lighting.
  • It is ideal for gamers seeking a lightweight, right-handed mouse with on-the-fly DPI adjustment and subtle RGB lighting.
  • It is not suitable for users who prefer a palm grip, as the design is optimized for claw grips and not for those who prioritize extremely quiet mouse clicks due to the audible nature of the Omron switches.

Listed here are the specifications.

Specifications Details
Interface USB Type A
Switch Omron (20-million clicks rating)
Resolution 400/800/1600/3200/6400/12000 dpi
Dimensions (LxWxH) 126 x 65.6 x 37.9 mm / 4.9 x 2.58 x 1.49 in
Weight 989g + 5%
Max. Acceleration 506
Report Rate 250/500/1000 Hz
Color Options Color Wave, Breathing, Static, Off
Operating System Windows 10/8/7
Voltage 5V
Current 220mA
Cable Length 1.8m
CE, FCC, BSMV, KC, VCCV, RCM, EAC Yes
Warranty Period 2 years

Packaging and Unboxing

The gaming mouse is shipped inside a red cardboard box.

 

Box Contents

The following are included:

  • 1x Gaming Mouse
  • 1x Quick Start Guide
  • 1x XPG Sticker
  • 1x Warranty Guide
Primer Software Contents
Box Contents (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Design

Now, let’s look at the gaming mouse. XPG says about their PRIMER mouse, “Introducing the XPG PRIMER gaming mouse. Whether you’re a veteran or a novice, the XPG PRIMER is for you. With Omron switches, a 12000 DPI optical sensor, and a design for comfort, accuracy, durability, and flair, it’s ready to up your game!” The XPG PRIMER is 126×65.6×37.9mm, weighs 98g ± 5%, with a 50G max acceleration rating and polling rate of 250/500/1000Hz.

The XPG PRIMER Gaming Mouse has a rounded design with an XPG logo, a black color shell, and a diffuser for a sleek look. The surface is matte black double-shot PBT for a smooth, non-slippery, and durable feel. It’s optimized for right-handed use. The front has a gentle slope, and the scroll wheel has a textured grip, a diffuser, and a DPI switch. Color changes indicate DPI levels. The RGB button has 4 presets, and the scroll wheel has XPG branding. The Omron mechanical switches in the left and right buttons are rated at 20M clicks, producing a loud, hollow sound.

Looking at the mouse from the left, two buttons for back and forward are towards the rear, but they’re not convenient for the thumb. The design is solid, with a minimal gap between the top and left side. The bottom has a textured surface for a good grip, and the ergonomic design lets the thumb rest comfortably. The red line on the bottom adds a touch, though black would be preferred.

PRO TIP: The XPG PRIMER RGB Gaming Mouse is an ideal choice for lightweight FPS gaming enthusiasts who appreciate customizable RGB lighting and on-the-fly DPI adjustment.

The right side of the mouse looks different from the left, with no apparent inset. There are no buttons on the top, just a plain surface with the same textured feel. The gap on the rear frame is more noticeable. The bottom has four glider pads for smooth movement. The mouse uses the PixArt PMW3360 sensor for accurate tracking. The power rating and serial number are on the sticker. Manufactured in 07/2020 in China, it uses 5V, has a 180cm USB cable, and supports USB 2.0. The ultra-light braided cable is durable, soft, and thin. No XPG branding on the USB connector and no software is needed for button programming.

RGB Lighting

The RGB lighting on the XPG PRIMER RGB Gaming Mouse is minimalistic. The Scroll Wheel and diffuser lining on the sides glow. The lighting is sublime.

WARNING: Users who prioritize palm grip or extremely quiet mouse clicks may not find the XPG PRIMER suitable, as its design is optimized for claw grips, and the Omron switches produce audible clicks.

Here are some pictures:

Should You Buy It?

Following a thorough examination of XPG PRIMER, I have determined that:

Buy It If

✅ You Prioritize Lightweight FPS Gaming: If you are a gamer looking for a lightweight mouse with a strong focus on FPS gaming, the XPG PRIMER, weighing 98g ± 5%, could be an ideal choice.

✅ You Prefer a Claw Grip and Right-Handed Design: For users who prefer a claw grip and are comfortable with a right-handed mouse, the XPG PRIMER’s design caters to such preferences.

✅ You Appreciate Customizable RGB Lighting and On-the-Fly DPI Adjustment: If you appreciate customizable RGB lighting and the convenience of on-the-fly DPI adjustment, the XPG PRIMER, with its subtle RGB lighting and top buttons for DPI adjustment might align with your preferences.

Don’t Buy It If

❌ You Favor a Palm Grip: If your primary gaming grip is a palm grip, the XPG PRIMER’s design optimized for claw grips may not provide the comfort and support you seek during extended gaming sessions.

❌ You Prioritize Extremely Quiet Mouse Clicks: For those who prioritize extremely quiet mouse clicks and find the audible nature of Omron switches concerning, the XPG PRIMER might not be the best fit for your preferences.

❌ You Require Extensive Software Customization: If you rely on extensive software customization for your gaming peripherals, it’s important to note that the XPG PRIMER lacks software, and all adjustments are made through the mouse’s physical buttons.

Final Words

XPG PRIMER is an RGB gaming mouse optimized for FPS gaming, weighing 98g ± 5%. It uses the PixArt PMW3360 sensor with a max DPI of 12000 and is rated for 20M clicks. The buttons are loud but easy to press. The matte black surface is made of double-shot PBT material. It’s suitable for right-hand use and comfortable for claw grip. RGB lighting is subtle, and DPI settings can be changed on the go with top buttons. I used it at 6400 DPI for gaming, including Battlefield V, Metro Exodus, Witcher 3, and Command and Conquer Generals, and it was a pleasant experience. Regular desktop use is also comfortable. The mouse lacks software but is a good option overall.

I thank XPG for allowing me to review their PRIMER RGB Gaming Mouse.


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