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Fnatic Gear Flick G1 Mouse Review

April 22nd, 2016 James Leave a comment Go to comments

Overview

 

Sometimes here at pcGameware we welcome a new manufacturer to our pages, new to us because we’ve not reviewed any of their products before. But the next manufacturer that I’m going to talk about is not just new to pcG it’s effectively new to the world! All though the name might not be! That’s because the name Fnatic has been around for some time, over ten years in fact, but now not only is it one of the most recognisable eSports Teams of the last decade but it’s now a manufacturer in its own right. This is down to the fact that Fnatic have recently acquired the Swedish peripheral manufacturer and brand Func.

The first product we’re going to take a look at is their mouse the Fnatic Gear Flick G1. The Flick is a right handed optical mouse with six programmable buttons. The mouse itself measures in at 68mm (W) x 40mm (H) x 126mm (L) and weighs in at 90g. The optical sensor has a maximum CPI of 5000 and the mouse also features 512kb of on-board memory.

 

Fnatic-logo ‘After 11 years of blood, sweat, and broken gear… we know what makes great Esports hardware. No flashy green lights will get you a Pentakill. No fan on a mouse will help you hit a headshot. Esports gear is about simplicity, comfort, and reliability – it’s exactly what you need to perform and nothing else. That’s why we launched Fnatic Gear, professional grade equipment designed by one of the worlds best esports teams.’

 

Fnatic Flick - box front Fnatic Flick - box back

 

The Fnatic Flick arrived at pcG in a somewhat flimsy, basic white box with a flip open lid allowing you to see (almost) the mouse hiding within. The front of the box highlights nothing more than the new Fnatic Gear brand and the product name.

The back of the box features some blurb about the mouse itself and Fnatic Gear have chosen to also highlight the following:

  • Customizable
  • Ergonomic Design
  • Fnatic Quality
  • Esports Inspired
  • Pro-Grade Optical Sensor
  • Drag Reduction Cord
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    Fnatic Flick - box open Fnatic Flick - packaging

     

    Opening the lid of the box reveals the mouse within, although to be honest it’s pretty hard to see through the plastic blister that protects it. On the inside of the lid Fnatic Gear lists the Tech Specs (see Specifications/Features below), System Requirements and the Package Contents.

    The packaging was a little disappointing in that although it was adequate, the simple plastic blister and the cheap piece of black paper within just felt cheap. Not a feeling that I would have thought a premium Esports brand would want to portray, presentation could definitely be better IMHO!

     

    Fnatic Flick - Quick Guide

     

    To say that there’s not much in the box is a bit of an understatement, as the only thing we find is a basic Quick Guide, basic because it doesn’t even have any pages! 😮

     

    At the time of review the Fnatic Gear Flick G1 is available from Amazon for approximately £40 and comes with a 2 year warranty.

     

    Specifications/Features

    courtesy of Fnatic Gear

     

    TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
    MCU/Processor: Holtek HT68FB560
    Main switches: Omron
    Sensor: ADNS 3310
    Memory: 256 kB
    Resolution: 5000 CPI
    Frames per second: 6500
    Tracking speed: 130 IPS
    Max acceleration: 30g
    Report rate: Adjustable, up to 1000Hz
    Max acceleration: USB 2.0, Gold plated
    (2 m braided cord)
    SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
    Windows® compatible
    Available USB port
    10 MB free space on hard drive

    WARRANTY TERMS
    2 Year Warranty from purchase date

     

    * Additional details available here

     

    First Impressions

     

    Fnatic Flick

     

    First impressions of the Fnatic Gear Flick G1 are along the lines of well, not much really! The Flick looks like many other mice that have gone before it, but that might be the idea to be fair. The Flick is a simple looking ergonomic right handed mouse, that’s likely to appeal to many thanks to its simple yet elegant design. To be a true Esports mouse it needs to be devoid of all things frivolous and that it is… 😉

     

    Fnatic Flick - left Fnatic Flick - right

     

    The left side of this right handed mouse features a single contoured section and is equipped with two extremely well placed thumb buttons. Just forward of the thumb buttons we have the simple Fnatic Gear logo. The surface of the mouse (that’s basically the same all over) is made of plastic and features decent smooth yet grippy (bad word!) surface that also resists fingerprints well. What’s not quite so apparent is that hidden within the side of the mouse (between the side section and the upper body), just above the thumb buttons there’s actually three LEDs that act as the Profile/DPI indicators for the mouse.

    The right hand side of the mouse simply features more of the same plastic and again is well countered for your preferred grip. I would say that the mouse seems to suit a palm style of grip more than say a Claw style, something I thought was surprising. Here, in a similar position to the Fnatic Gear logo on the other side we find the product name FLICK.

     

    Fnatic Flick - front Fnatic Flick - back

     

    The front of the Fnatic Gear Flick features a centrally mounted captive cable that’s deliberately raised off of the surface (as its rigid) in order to avoid any form of drag, which is quite novel and seems like a good idea. There’s not much to see when looking at the back of the mouse other than more of its contoured shape. Maybe an illuminating Fnatic Gear logo here would have been nice… 😉

     

    Fnatic Flick - top Fnatic Flick - bottom

     

    Looking at the top of the Flick G1 we see the two main left/right buttons that both feature Omron switches. In the centre we find an nice grippy (thanks to a rubber tyre) illuminating scroll wheel. The graduations a very distinct which is a good thing, yet it feels/sounds a little noisy and dare I say a little cheap as well! Behind this is the only other additional button aboard the mouse which by default is setup as a Profile Cycle switch.

    Flipping the mouse over and onto its back we can see the centrally mounted optical sensor. This particular sensor is a ADNS 3310 and has a maximum CPI of 5000. Around the outside of the mouse we find four medium sized glides, one in each corner, no additional glides are provided.

     

    Overall the Fnatic Gear Flick G1 features a very simple design, one that will likely appeal to many. But while the Flick may well be a good Esports mouse and be equipped with a good optical sensor, there’s not a lot here to get excited about I’m afraid. Let’s get it plugged in and see if we can find something to get a little more excited about then, shall we?

     

    Hardware Installation

     

    Fnatic Flick - connection The Fnatic Gear Flick G1 connects by way of a Gold plated USB plug found at the end of a generous 2.0m braided cable. The cable itself is nicely braided, thin and doesn’t try to hold its shape too much…

     

    Testing Methodology/Setup

     

    Fnatic Boost - box Fnatic Boost

     

    For testing we will be using one of Fnatic Gears’s own mouse pads as well as our regular OCUK mouse pad (OcUK Mega Mat 3XL Elite Tactical Gaming Surface). Above you can see the Fnatic Gear Boost (XL) a Polycarbonate Hard Mouse Pad measuring in at 400mm (W) x 305mm (H). This is also labelled as not only XL in size but CONTROL in nature, which is good news as it feels fast to me! 😉 It’s definitely a smart looking pad, but I’m not normally a fan of the hard surface, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see…

     

    Fnatic Gear Software  - Button Assignments For full operation of the Fnatic Gear Flick G1 Fnatic Gear’s software needs to be downloaded as it is not supplied. I downloaded version V1.0.0.40 from here and this version was used throughout testing along with V1.8 of the firmware that was already pre-installed on the mouse. No software or firmware update was required after install. Although I’m unsure how one might check for updated software/firmware in the future as I cannot see the functionality within the supplied software.

     

    The following games were used during testing:

     

    Hardware Performance

     

    Shape wise the Fnatic Gear Flick G1 is a good fit as its simple ergonomic shape is likely to appeal to many, that’s as long as you’re not a lefty that is! I found general comfort to be high with my bastardized Claw grip although I would say the mouse seems to favour a Palm Style of grip a little more. The left side thumb button placement is about the best I’ve seen so well done to Fnatic for getting that spot on, although of course this is somewhat subjective. The illuminating scroll wheel is a nice touch as are the simple yet effective Profile/DPI LEDs on the left side of the mouse.

     

    Fnatic Flick - illumination

     

    When using the Fnatic Gear Boost mouse pad the Flick glided effortlessly across its surface and tracking was spot on. In fact I’m not used to a hard mouse mat such as this and it took some time to get used to it. But in the end, I found that that I was actually quite happy with it’s performance and could see (feel) the benefits that a mouse pad such as this offers. Drag was increased a little more when using our regular mouse mat (OcUK Mega Mat 3XL Elite Tactical Gaming Surface) but it also made me feel a little more in control, although I would say that tracking suffered maybe just a little.

    One thing I was less keen on was the fact that the Software supports both Profiles and three CPIs within each Profile, but there’s no dedicated button for this. This means that you’re forced to use one of the other buttons which is a shame as I like to use all of the other buttons for other purposes. Things get even more confusing if you use one of the side buttons to CPI Cycle as the LEDs on the side now change colour (orange) and the LEDs NOW change per CPI Cycle and not per Profile!? An additional button atop the mouse may have been easier…

    From a pure performance point of view the ADNS 3310 Optical sensor aboard the Fnatic Gear Flick G1 performed extremely well. I found that at 1500DPI I had great control in Game and the Flick offered a great level of control and precision. I did find though that due to my bastardised Claw grip the tips of my fingers were some distance from the ends of the Left/Right buttons and the result was at times I wasn’t activating the Omron switch beneath, which was a shame. Overall a great Gaming mouse offering great ergonomics, great comfort and good tracking, although I would say that it lacks the surgical precision offered by the QPAD DX-20.

     

  • SOFTWARE
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    The software for the Fnatic Gear Flick G1 can be downloaded here, as it is not supplied. The software installed without issue and I used version V1.0.0.40 of the Software and version V1.8 of the Firmware throughout testing. The software itself is split across four main tabs.

    Note along the top are the three supported Profiles as well as two links that allow access to storage for the purpose of Backup and Restore. Whatever configuration you perform it’s always bound to the selected Profile.

     

    Fnatic Gear Software  - Basic Settings Fnatic Gear Software  - Button Assignments

     

    The first tab in the Fnatic Gear Software is the Basic Settings tab. Here you can adjust the CPI, up to three CPIs are supported from 50 to 5000 in 50 CPI increments. Both the X and Y axis can be adjusted independently via the Separated X/Y switch. Basic Windows features (Pointer Sensitivity, Scroll Speed & Double Click Speed) can also be customised here. The Polling Rate can also be modified, note that by default this was set at 125Hz, I adjusted this to 1000Hz and this setting was used throughout testing.

    The Button Assignment tab allows control over the six programmable buttons aboard the Flick. This screen is nice and easy to use as you can simply select the button you wish to program and apply your new function. Numerous mouse functions, Fnatic Gear functions and Windows functions are supported although there’s no way to easily assign a single keyboard command. For this it seems that you’ll have to create a simple Macro for just one key press!?

     

    Fnatic Gear Software  - Color Settings Fnatic Gear Software  - Macro Recorder

     

    The Color Settings tab allows you to modify the colour of the scroll wheel only. This colour is then simply bound to the selected Profile. Colour representation is good and various colour effects are also on offer from Color Cycle to Pulsating, Blinking etc. The LED lighting can also be turned off should you wish.

    Finally we have the Macro Recorder tab, that’s probably the simplest Macro Recorder tab I’ve ever come across. Here you can create and record Macros, although there’s no information as to whether it’s recorded in real time or with a fixed delay! After some initial testing I can confirm that it’s with a fixed delay. There is also no way to edit a Macro either, but hey it works I guess!

     

    Final Thoughts

     

    We’ve seen a few of these so called Pro Gaming mice recently and the Fnatic Gear Flick G1 is definitely one of the better ones. This is not only down to the fact that its simply a damn good mouse, but it also comes equipped with a fair price tag too! If you fancy yourself as a pro Gamer or you simply want a damn good Gaming mouse, then look no further.

    The Fnatic Gear Flick G1 arrived at pcG in a somewhat flimsy white box with a lid allowing you to see the mouse within. The packaging was also a little simple, too simple for my liking as I felt it let the Fnatic brand down a little. Within the box there’s not much (read nothing) other than the mouse and a basic Quick Guide.

    There’s no doubt that it’s all about the mouse when it comes to the Flick and Fnatic Gear have pretty much nailed it too! The Flick G1 (generation one) is a good looking simply styled ergonomic Gaming mouse for right handed Gamers. The mouse features an ADNS Optical sensor with a maximum CPI of 5000. In addition to this there’s six programmable buttons, an illuminating scroll wheel and a dual purpose Profile/CPI indicator. I say dual purpose as in use I was some what confused by it as by default it seems to be a Profile indicator. But if you assign one of the Flick’s buttons to CPI Cycle it seems to transform into a coloured CPI indicator!? Maybe another button would have been easier… 😉

    It would seem (thanks to that simple ergonomic shape) that the Fantic Gear Flick is a Gaming mouse that will likely appeal to many a Grip Type. I found, with my bastardised Claw Grip the mouse to be very comfortable with some of the best placed thumb buttons I’ve come across. But I felt that the mouse may appeal to Palm Grip gamers more as my fingertips didn’t quite meet the end of the buttons and I found at times button presses seem to get lost. Note: This is an issue due to Grip Type more than the design of the mouse.

    From a performance point of view the ADNS 3310 Optical sensor aboard the Flick performed very well, with the ability to perform fast actions (flicks!) and slower simple movements regardless of CPI setting. The Flick also performed well with the optional Fnatic Gear Boost XL mouse pad. A hard mouse pad, that at first I wasn’t too keen on but I soon warmed to its controlled, consistent tracking and its smooth glide. Although the Flick also performed well with our test mouse pad the OCUK Mega Mat 3XL, proving that it’s happy on most surfaces.

    Software wise the Fnatic Gear software was pretty good, if lacking a little flair. But it’s not flair that wins you Pro Gaming competitions and this is proven by the software’s simple approach to Macro programming. This is something that some may find a little lacking.

    Overall the new Fnatic Gear Flick G1 ticks all of the Pro Gamer boxes then? And the answer to that is yes! As, above all else, this mouse has to work and work well, and that it does! Yet I can’t help but think that maybe Fnatic Gear are sat on a fence; on the one side we have Gamers and on the other side we have Pro Gamers and unfortunately the two camps are actually quite different and finding that middle ground may be tough…

     

    Verdict

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    Design/Quality pcGameware awards the Fnatic Gear Flick G1 a Silver
    Performance
    Value
    Overall

     

    Many thanks to Fnatic Gear for providing this sample for review

     


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