UPDATE: My review unit is actually broken now, sooooooo what do you think of its durability?
In the ERA where RGB stuff matters more than aesthetics, durability, specifications and performance when it comes to gaming peripherals – does the MSI DS B1 Interceptor “GAMING” mouse can justify its position of being an entry-level gaming mouse with the price tag of around $13-15? Or PhP700?.
But before everything about this mouse, let me tell you something…
Let’s be true to ourselves here – I don’t have a budget for these super expensive mouse that I want to get my hands into, and honestly, I’m just using an old and cheap bundle for both the mouse (MS35) and keyboard (MB7C) that I use as my daily drivers – the CM Storm Octane bundle.
Now, due to normal tear and wear, that mouse is already on its edge of its shortly-defined lifespan (of 10-million clicks). The buttons don’t work really well unlike before (you know unintended double-clicks and dragging mishaps?) – yes, it is already present on the mouse I’m currently using.
And to cure that frustration, I became desperate, searching for budget mouse reviews more than enough to look for a decent gaming mouse replacement – and there is this one brand popular because it is loved by FPS players (although I only play PUBG more than anything else right now), and the other one, is a budget local brand that sports some high-end features for the same price.
But, before doing any purchase, MSI hooked us up with their DS B1 Interceptor “GAMING” mouse (it’s like a name of a spacecraft, actually), and told us if we can take a look of it. Is it going to replace my old CM Storm Octane MS35?
Talking about the aesthetics first, the DS B1 Interceptor “GAMING” mouse looks aggressive than any other gaming mouse out there – aggressive enough to justify the “GAMING” word that is embedded on its branding.
It has a sweet matte-like finish at the top, while sporting a texturized anti-slip grips at the sides (unfortunately that wasn’t rubber), and of course, has red-only dragon logo and side illumination that is unchangeable and you cannot get rid of, which might be good for red-themed gamers, but not for RGB spectrum lovers, like me.
This mouse has 6 buttons in total – the left & right buttons which are nice to click (it has much more clicking sound than my MS35), mouse scroll wheel button which is also nice when it comes to scrolling (although it isn’t free roll so you can’t do precise scrolling), DPI-on the fly adjustment button (more on that later) and next/previous buttons which I’m glad they included.
It doesn’t sport any braided cable yet they thought of using a gold-plated USB connector which prevents oxidation and has a cable length of approximately 1.5 meters.
Feature-wise, the DS B1 doesn’t include any software (plug ‘n play)after all – though for a mouse on this price range, that was acceptable. The lack of programmable buttons doesn’t bother me that much (although seasoned gamers would appreciate it if they had), and you cannot consider one a good gaming mouse without a weight adjustment system in my opinion and gladly, the DS B1 supports adjustable eight 2 gram weights to suit whatever your preference is.
I find it easy to remove and adjust the weight of this mouse – just open the weights compartment at the bottom by turning it according to the corresponding direction, and add/remove the artificial weights according to your taste, then return it by doing what you have done in reverse, and you’re good to go.
According to its product page, the mouse is equipped with an unspecified “GAMING” grade optical sensor with only 3 switchable DPI (dots-per-inch) rates which is 800, 1200 and 1600, respectively, that has a high-speed motion detection of up to 37ips (inch-per-second), up to 15g of cursor acceleration andframe-rate of up to 4000fps???
Okay, it’s not like what you thought about FPS but they do share a little bit of similarity when it comes to that concept. There is a good read on overclock.net explaining what is FPS in terms of mouse sensors, TL:DR, just read it by yourself.
We tested the mouse tracking quality on several games with the help of our resident gamer at AMG, as well as surface coverage testing to see if the optical sensor will work on most surfaces without a mousepad (including glass), low-speed accuracy or pixel walk test to see if the mouse cursor will move drastically at very low speeds, and sensor testing using Microsoft Paint (seriously), to see if ripple or jitters are reasonable at high DPI rates.
The DS B1 Interceptor “gaming” mouse performs great on CS:GO especially on the lowest DPI setting of 800, while PUBG also responded well to the mouse, though we’ve set it to 1200 for faster tracking, and other FPS games such as DOOM yielded good performance and I actually didn’t feel that I’m using a new mouse after all, because it performs well just like my old one.
It also covers many surfaces as well including glass tabletops – but we recommend using a mouse mat for precise tracking (as we found out on our sensor testing using Paint that the mouse sensor’s ripple and jitter might not yield acceptable results for designers and drawing-oriented tasks when not using a mouse mat). For low-speed accuracy test we tried to lift the mouse up and down several times to see if there’s any drastic movement on the mouse cursor (fortunately, there’s none), and finally, that’s it.
So, for the conclusion then – is this your next tech stuff?
The DS B1 Interceptor, might not be acceptable for RGB & full-customization lovers, is still a great budget gaming mouse – considering its performance when it comes to playing games (which it was purposively made for), and its ergonomic design that brings comfort to user (whatever grip you might prefer) – good for daily use, easy-to-reach buttons without stretching fingers and aesthetically-pleasing cheap yet premium-looking design that for people who don’t care about its basicness, there’s nothing to worry about. For its price, surely this is a good pick. Let’s just hope that this will last for a long time on our hands, tho – considering this thing is made mostly of plastic.
Oh, and last thing – it will replace my old and current MS35 mouse then, so that means it performs well on my evaluation.
And we’re giving it the SnowTechStuff’s silver seal of recommendation award.