Ozone Argon Mouse Review
We have seen a few peripherals here at pcG from Ozone but this is the first time that I have had a opportunity to take a look at one of their mice. Today I will be taking a look at their latest mouse the Ozone Argon. The Argon in an ambidextrous, ergonomic Gaming mouse with seven programmable buttons (while the two main buttons feature OMRON switches) and it’s equipped with an 8200DPI ADNS 9800 Laser sensor. The Argon also has a rubberised surface coating and features 16.8 million colour illumination. The mouse is equipped with 128KB of on-board memory allowing for the storage of up to five Profiles.
The Ozone Argon (Advanced Pro Gaming Mouse) came to pcG in a smart black box with an image of the Argon on the front. The front of the box goes on to highlight the following:
As you can see from the side of the box the Ozone Argon features a 16.8 million colour lighting system, has a 8200 DPI Laser Sensor and has software configuration support. You can also see that the mouse has been endorsed by various Pro gaming teams.
Looking at the back of the box at the top there’s a side view of the Argon highlighting some of this Gaming mouse’s key points, as follows:
As you can see from the image above left the box features a lift up lid (with magnetic closure) allowing us to take a sneak peek a the Argon nestling within. Also under the lid there’s a wealth of information on the Argon itself.
Ozone have also been kind enough to provide us with an Ozone Ocelote World mousepad for testing. This is an aluminium mat made from a low friction alloy featuring an ‘Ultimate Grip Anti-Slip Base’.
Within the box other than the Argon mouse itself we find a User Manual, a quick start Guide, a sticker and (more importantly) a nifty little black pouch with a Ozone logo on the top! I wonder what’s inside…
Inside the mouse mat’s wallet we find, uh well; a mouse mat, well I never! Actually it looks rather nice! 😉
At the time of writing the Ozone Argon is retailing on Amazon for approximately £50 and comes with a 2 year warranty.
courtesy of Ozone
First impressions of the Ozone Argon, are well it’s a mouse, looks like a Gaming mouse too! But that’s where the initial thoughts stop (especially when not powered on) as there’s not a whole lot to get excited about on face value! But to some degree that might be the point, it reminds me a little of the Zowie EC1-A that I recently tested, this is another focused no frills Gaming mouse. Let’s hope it performs as good as that mouse did…
Looking at the left side of the Argon we can see the two thumb buttons front of centre that are actually quite well placed for my bastardised right handed claw grip. The buttons are cleverly built into the natural contours of the mouse, yet are still easily activated, which is pretty cool. Leading back and down to the bottom of the mouse is a perspex strip that will illuminate (your choice of 16.8 million colours) when powered up. There’s also a nice rubberised surface for your thumb to rest on that’s actually not as grippy as you may expect!
As this is a true ambidextrous mouse (unsurprisingly) the right side of the mouse is identical… 😉
Looking at the front of the mouse there’s very little to see, but we can see that the mouse is attached to a 1.8M braided cable, and below this is a smart looking mesh area. What you can see from this angle though is how contoured the mouse left/right buttons are. It was one of the things that I noticed the first time I laid my hand upon it, and at first I was unsure. Over time though I have come to rather like it as it helps to keep your fingers centrally on the buttons.
Looking at the back of the Ozone Argon there really is nothing to see, but you should be able to make out the Ozone logo lurking, waiting to illuminate…
The top of the mouse is covered with a single piece of plastic that has a nice soft touch surface that strangely seems more grippy (I know, bad word!) than the sides. At the front we have a nice scroll wheel that has a rubber tyre, it’s smooth in operation with well defined clicks. It also illuminates (16.8 million colours) and flashes (white) when the mouse is initialised, on connection/boot-up or during programming, strange! Behind the wheel we have two buttons (both programmable) that are by default used for DPI Up and DPI Down.
Looking at the underside of the Argon we can see the Avago ADNS 9800 Laser sensor, that appears to be offset, but I think that’s just a visual trick due to the shape of the cut-out. The mouse features two large glides one at the front and one at the back. At the far back there’s a circular hatch, open this by twisting anticlockwise reveals…
The Argon’s weight management system, that simply comprises of four additional weights (each weight being 4.5g) supplied in that rather nice carry pouch. Total weight of the mouse without weights is 125g (w/o cable), meaning that you can increase the weight of the back of the muse by another 18g should you wish. I elected to just another two just to give the mouse a little more inertia.
Turning our attention to the Ozone Ocelote World Advanced Aluminum Pro Gaming Mousepad (wow that’s a long name!) for a moment reveals that it’s a hard pad with a low friction aluminium surface. The pad features a smart Ocelote World logo in the left corner while in the right corner there’s a subtle white Ozone logo. The pad measures in at 320 x 260 and its approximately 2mm thick. The back of the pad features a very nice anti slip base, that’s sure to stop this mouse pad in its tracks.
|The Ozone Argon simply connects by way of its Gold plated USB plug found at the end of the 1.8m braided cable. From that point it’s just simple Plug ‘n Play!|
The Ozone Argon mouse was tested using our Test Rig, a fresh installation of Windows 7 64Bit (service pack 1) was installed along with all appropriate Drivers. As no software is supplied with the Argon (and is required for full operation) version 1.0 of the software was downloaded from here and installed (after a fashion!).
Why after a fashion? James climbs onto his soapbox (again)!
NOTE: That the software is supplied via a .rar file meaning that you’ll not be able to open it in Windows without the use of a third party program such as WinZip or WinRar. This annoys me greatly, if Ozone wish to continue down this path then they should add the third party software to the requirements list along side Windows…
The following games were used during testing:
Good Gaming mice are not that hard to come by any more, with such a wide variety of Gaming mice available from a plethora of manufacturers, choosing a Gaming mouse at around £50 finds you spoilt for choice. So why would you opt for the Ozone Argon, what does it bring to the party that makes it stand out from the crowd?
From a performance point of view (i.e. tracking) there’s a lot to like about how the AVAGO ADNS 9800 Laser sensor performs, tracking is spot on with very little sign of any hardware assistance (although I know it’s there!). Fast (BF4) or slow (Grand Theft Auto V) the Argon performed its tracking duties well regardless of DPI setting. I also rather liked the inclusion of an On Screen Display (OSD) for the selected DPI setting, where a small box appears in the bottom right of the screen indicating the selected DPI, very useful! See Software below for an example of the OSD image…
Ergonomics and comfort are also very good with well placed thumb buttons, although for my grip the front one is still a little too far forward for my liking. The anti-slip sides are also a nice touch, but I still feel the rubber could have been a little softer adding more grip as the surface of the mouse body itself seems just as grippy!?
The front buttons feature a deep contour in an attempt to keep you fingers on the buttons, and at first this feels a little odd. But over time I began to appreciate that design decision and now rather like it…
From a left/right click and scroll wheel point of view I have no complaints at all, all three work beautifully, the fact that you can switch to any of four user defined DPIs on the fly is also good news.
Of course there’s a basic weight management system with the Argon too, allowing you to add a further 18g of weight to the back of this 125g mouse. For testing I added just x2 4.5g weights to give the mouse a little bit of extra feel.
The illumination of the Ozone Argon is another nice touch with both the scroll wheel lighting and the strips and logo at the back of the mouse. 16.8 million colour support is also present and is controlled via the Ozone software. In addition to the colour options there’s also a breathing mode that can be adjusted.
During testing I used both the Ocelote World Advanced Aluminum Pro Gaming Mousepad and an Aorus Thunder P3 (cloth). Although I’m not really a fan of hard mousepads, I actually warmed to the Ozone Oceleote World aluminium pad during testing as it offered a better glide than my cloth pad, but also made the mouse a little more sensitive too! But there’s no doubt that the Ozone Ocelote World mousepad and the Ozone Argon are definitely a good pairing.
The Ozone Argon software is not supplied in the box but can be obtained here: The software consists of a basic single screen with five main options. This is split with two options that appear on the left of the central mouse image and three options that appear on the right.
The first on the left is the LIGHT SETTINGS, here you can customize the colour of your illumination, modify the brightness and the Breathing effect. Overall colour representation is impressive, with colours like yellow and cyan coming out as yellow and cyan instead of white! The next option SENSITIVITY is where you can set your five DPI settings from 100 to 8200 in 100 increments. You can also modify X and Y axis independently if you so wish (surely a crazy idea!). The final image shows the very useful OSD that pops up in the bottom right corner of the screen when you switch DPIs.
Looking at the right hand side of the central mouse image the first option that we’ll take a look at is SYSTEM SETTINGS. Here you can alter basic Windows settings such as Double Click Speed and Mouse Wheel Scroll Speed. Lurking here is also an Enhance Pointer Precision option that is off by default and I left it that way as it smelt of some for of hardware assistance! The ADVANCED SETTINGS option allows you to alter the Polling Rate (I set mine at 1000Hz for testing), modify the On-To-Go Speed (which is actually the Response Rate) and there’s a handy Reset to Factory Defaults option also. The final right hand option is BUTTON SETTINGS here you can bind any of the seven buttons (as buttons 4 and 5 are duplicated both sides) to any of the supported mouse functions, multimedia functions or even record a Macro. Unfortunately with Macros there seems to be no support for recording mouse clicks or inserting them after the recording is complete. It is here that you also switch the mouse from a right-handed mouse to a left-handed mouse via the Hand Selection option.
Overall the Ozone Argon software is very good, it might look a little basic but pretty much all of the functionality a PC Gamer would want is supported, it’s also really simple to navigate and easy to use.
The Ozone Argon is the first mouse that I have ever tested from Ozone and I have to admit from a Pro Gaming mouse point of view it is very good. But I’m unsure there’s enough here to justify the rather high asking price, when other Gaming mice offer more for less…
The Argon arrived at the pcG office nicely packaged in a small black box, there’s a lift up lid allowing you to see the Argon within which is always nice to see. There’s also a little more in the box other than the usual manual and sticker too, as Ozone have also included a small black (with Ozone logo) pouch that stores the weights for the Argon’s weight management system.
The Argon mouse itself is a ambidextrous ergonomic mouse, that’s likely to favour the palm grip as opposed to the claw grip. Luckily for me my grip (after using so many different mice over the years) is now a bastardised claw/palm grip and the Argon felt at home in my right hand quite quickly. The front left/right buttons at first seemed strange as they’re heavily contoured but this was something that I would come to appreciate over time, as it helps to keep your fingers central on the butons. The buttons are well placed and easy to activate, although the front thumb button was a little too far forward for my liking. Overall though I found the Argon to be very comfortable, even during those longer GTA V sessions, although to be fair I was playing Golf for most of the time… 😉
From a pure performance point of view (the now common) AVAGO ADNS 9800 Laser sensor never put a foot wrong during the week long test period. Most of my Gaming was done at 1600DPI although I wound this back to 1500DPI when using the supplied Ozone Ocelote World Advanced Aluminum Pro Gaming Mousemat, and yes that name is way too long for me to ever remember, so I’m going to find it hard to recommend it despite the fact that it’s actually rather good (as long as you like hard mousepads, that is). All buttons worked well in Game especially those main left/right buttons thanks in part to their OMRON switches.
The 16.8 million colour lighting worked well with good colour representation and it looks good to boot, it’s a nice touch and helps to add a certain level of desirability, this is good as this is something the Argon seems to lack.
The Ozone Argon software, despite looking a little dull, actually worked really well and was very easy to use thanks to its simple layout. The only gripe being the fact that I could not seem to add mouse commands to my Macro during or after recoding, which is a shame.
Overall the Ozone Argon is a good looking, comfortable, great performing ambidextrous Gaming mouse, everything that’s here is really rather impressive and to be fair it ticks all of the usual Gaming mouse boxes. It’s what’s not here that has me a little concerned as at £50 the Argon has some really stiff competition…
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Many thanks to Ozone for providing this sample for review