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Rosewill Neon K51 and Neon M57 Review

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Posted July 30, 2017 by Mario Campos in Peripherals

Overview

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Price at time of Review: $39.99-$49.99 on Newegg
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Both the K51 and the M57 perform well, have a sturdy feel, excellent aesthetics and competitive pricing. The software for the M57 is solid.
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

None
 
BOTTOM LINE:
The K51 Keyboard offers a ton in comparison to similar keyboards at it's price. While the M57 mouse is nicely competitive, it has a harder time standing out in an overcrowded market, but would be an excellent pairing to it's sibling keyboard.
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by Mario Campos
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Software and Performance

I’m going to tackle software and performance at the same time because the M57’s performance relies quite a bit on the software. The mouse will perform it’s duty admirably without the software, mind you, but it would just be a good optical mouse.

A gaming mouse without button assignment is scarcely a gaming mouse at all. I believe that’s a saying somewhere. Default options are as shown with the side buttons being attributed to forward and back for menu or browser navigation. A wide array of categories such as multimedia buttons, OS navigation, document shortcuts, or even custom macros, are also available to button assignment.

Basically, any key combination that your completely obscure and integral program needs can be set. Maybe your program requires you to hold CTRL+”~”+F2 or some similarly strange key mashing. The macro recorder notes what keys are pressed down and lifted up in what order you do them. You can also set the number of loops, or if you want to straight up cheat, set the buttons to loop infinitely on click. I remember watching over the shoulder of two kids working together on the same keyboard to kill cyborg Hitler in Wolfenstein 3D. The younger brother was mashing a health and ammo refill cheat while the older brother fired rounds as fast as possible. It’s the future now, so your siblings or other conned labor will need to find another job. I suggest they move to feeding you grapes.

Macro away because you can make as many as you feel necessary. Go ahead and set every button on your mouse to a macro if you can handle that. I picture someone using Doomfist in Overwatch and setting one button to do every combo in succession. The cool down will be forever long, but it might be worth a try. Maybe just in Street Fighter.

At first my assumption of the Axis Sensitivity field would be for unfortunate screen resolutions or someone with an incredibly long monitor. If you play an FPS, rotating is more important for kills than looking up and down. I know as someone who plays mice and keyboard rarely that occasionally I’m looking at the sky when my DPI is too high. Playing with your axis sensitivity could help a lot with the horizontal playing field. Navigating your standard desktop might get aggravating, so keep that in mind when fiddling with the settings.

My personal favorite in the software settings is the DPI Setting. This is almost never the case as most mice give me anywhere from 4-10 custom DPI options. Being able to disable DPI settings I don’t need is apparently all I ever wanted. I don’t want to cycle through DPI until I select what I need, I want to press the button once. Obviously, individual use varies.

Lighting options lets you select from standard, respiration, neon, and finger tapping. The slider sets the speed of the lighting changes except for Standard which is a brightness percentage. The catch? Respiration and Standard have no obvious way of selecting a color. I was fixed on blue… which it occurs to me might be related to the colors I selected in DPI. Interesting. Clicking on the color allows you to change the mouse color based on the DPI.

Glad I finally figured that out.

Windows has a native double click speed adjustment. I suppose by speeding up double click speed you could differentiate single clicks faster. RTS games would likely profit the most for additional tweaking of this setting. Or maybe you just want to rename shortcuts really fast.

Does DPI not cover this? Probably due to the fixed five DPI settings, this field is likely for the people who want a speed slightly between those 1000 intervals.

Polling rate showing the Hertz relationship to actual timing intervals is nice. If I’m polling 500Hz, then I’m sending mouse location every 2ms. Again, I don’t imagine there’s a need to change it from 500Hz. On the other hand, if your CPU can handle the input, go ahead and throw that dial to 1000Hz.

Last on the software settings list is scroll speed. Pretty self explanatory. I tested whether it would flip out scroll related functions such as swapping weapons and it seems to only apply to browsers and menus.

In the lower left hand section of the user interface is a Config button that lets you save your settings to a profile. Go on and make as many as you want, there appears to be the space for it.

All in all, the software is very clean looking and understandable, even downright beautiful. My only issue was that the software has been launching every time I boot up instead of just opening in the tools. Disabling it on startup doesn’t keep it from applying. Also, I moved the mouse¬†between computers and seems to have kept the settings from one to the other. I’m impressed.

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