Ozone Neon 3K Mouse Review
We’ve seen a few products now from German manufacturer Ozone with my favourite being the Strike Battle keyboard that I reviewed back in March 2016. The latest product that has been sent over to pcG for us to take look at is their latest mouse the Ozone Neon 3K.
The Ozone Neon 3K is an ambidextrous optical Gaming mouse with an ergonomic design and a maximum DPI of 3500DPI. In addition to this the mouse sports a rubber surface coating, six colour LED illumination and eight programmable buttons as well as 128KB of on-board memory to store your custom configurations, via the five supported Profiles. The mouse itself measures in at 125mm x 65mm x 37mm and weighs in at 110g.
The Ozone Neon 3K arrived at pcG in a smart looking black ‘n red box with a lift up lid. On the front of the box, other than the brand and product name/description Ozone have chosen to highlight the following:
Opening the lid (held shut by way of a magnet) of the box we get to see the Neon 3K hiding within, although to be honest it’s pretty hard to see through the plastic blister that protects it. On the inside of the lid Ozone have some blurb on the Neon 3K promoting the Neon’s accuracy courtesy of that Optical sensor as well as highlighting the Optical technology, rubberized grip, 8 programmable buttons and its ambidextrous design.
Overall the packaging and the presentation was particularly impressive given the relative cost of the mouse itself, well done Ozone! 😉
There’s not much in the box save for the mouse itself, all we find is a Quick Guide and of course the obligatory sticker!
At the time of review the Ozone Neon 3K is available from Amazon for approximately £34 and comes with a 1 year warranty.
courtesy of Ozone
First impressions of the Ozone Neon 3K are good, but let’s get one thing straight this mouse is not going to set the world alight with its looks. That’s not to say it’s a bad looking mouse, it’s well just a mouse, an ambidextrous one at that! The design is one that will please many as it features a simple ergonomic shape and is of a good size, not too large or small. In fact in the hand the Ozone Neon 3K feels really at home in my bastardized claw/palm style grip. It also appears to be well made although the buttons (left/right) seem a little stiff perhaps…
Being an ambidextrous mouse the Neon 3K is the same on the left and the right, with the same shape and same number of buttons. As you can see the shape of the Neon 3K is nicely ergonomic with a central strip that separates the upper and lower sections of the mouse. Note that this strip does not illuminate, shame! 🙁 The two thumb buttons are possibly the best placed thumb buttons I’ve come across and suited my bastardized Claw/palm grip really well. I would say that due to the (un-fussy) shape and due to the size the Neon 3K is likley to suit all grip styles well.
Looking at the front of the Ozone Neon 3K we can see that it features a centrally mounted braided cable that is 1.8m in length. Either side of that we can see the left/right buttons that are not what you would call tactile in operation and just feel a little well, industrial! Activation requires a fair bit of force but there’s still good feedback from the Omron switches themselves.
Looking at the back of the Ozone Neon 3K there’s very little to see other than the ergonomic ambidextrous shape and the Ozone logo, that I hope will illuminate when powered up…
From above we can see a little more of the Neon 3K as now not only can we see the left/right buttons and centrally mounted scroll wheel but also the single button for DPI adjustment. The scroll wheel features a rubberized feel and has nice palpable graduations, all in all a good feeling mouse wheel. Behind this we have the DPI selector button (that is also programmable) that allows you to adjust the DPI from 250 through to 3500 in 250 DPI increments. One thing that I did notice was that the rubberized coating used atop the mouse, that incidentally is very good had an associated smell (rubber like smell) that thankfully wore off over time…
Flipping the mouse over there’s not all that much to see except for the centrally mounted optical sensor and the two glides; one large glide at the back and one smaller one at the front.
|For full operation of the Ozone Neon 3K Ozone’s software needs to be downloaded as it is not supplied. I downloaded (what appears to be) version 220.127.116.11974 from here and this version was used throughout testing.|
The following games were used during testing:
Once powered up the Neon 3K comes to life, both as a mouse and courtesy of the illumination. There are two illumination zones (I thought there were three!) with the logo at the back of the mouse and the DPI button both illuminating. The colours can be changed via the software but there’s only six colours (red, cyan, green, blue, yellow & pink) to choose from I’m afraid.
As soon as I was in Game there was no doubt that I was using an optical mouse, there just a certain feel that they offer, that to me is preferable. From a pure tracking point of view I found the optical sensor aboard the Neon 3K to be good, but there’s also no doubt that I’ve tested (and felt) better! But to be fair that’s aboard more expensive mice, such as the impressive QPAD DX-20.
In Overwatch I used a DPI of 1500 as I felt that gave me the best control in this new fast paced shooter. Control was good but I would have liked a little more adjustment over the sensitivity as I think 250 DPI increments is just too big a step. Overall performance was good but lacking that razor sharp edge that better optical sensors offer, but let’s not forget the relative low asking price of the Neon 3K at just £34!
Ozone’s software has never been their strong point and while the latest software has seen a bit of overhaul it still could do with just a little more TLC.
The software itself is dominated by its main screen where you can customise the two available DPI’s (what, only two!?) and also adjust the colour of the illumination. There’s also a handful of illumination modes available such as Breathe, Blink etc. Here you can also programme any of the eight programmable buttons, binding to either other mouse functions, keyboard shortcuts and Macros is all supported, yet none of it is that intuitive. But to be fair to Ozone pretty much all of the basics are covered here, from Profiles to Macros and from Polling Rate to binding Games to trigger certain Profiles. There’s also a sound effect (a mans voice) that can be turned on/off that announces the chosen DPI, a feature that I actually rather like, especially as the mouse itself has no feedback (LEDs) to tell you what DPI it is on. Overall the software is pretty good and is much improved over some of the software that we’ve seen in the past.
The new Ozone Neon 3K is probably the cheapest optical mouse we’ve tested here at pcG, yet within reason it ticks all of the boxes your average Gamer needs. With a price tag of just £34 there’s really very little to criticize to be fair…
The Ozone Neon 3K arrived at pcG in a really rather smart box, with the mouse and its contents both nicely packaged and well presented. Once out of the box it was soon apparent that the Neon 3K is likely to appeal to many, thanks to its ergonomic shape and ambidextrous design. It’s design is simple yet elegant and it’s size is on the small side but it suited my bastardized Claw/Palm grip well. I did notice that the upper body of the mouse that features a nice rubberized surface coating was also accompanied by a rubber like smell that did go after some time.
In Game I found the Ozone Neon 3K to be a good performer and there was no doubt that this was an optical mouse, there’s just a different feel IMHO! Tracking was good but it did lack the ultimate precision of more expensive optical mice that feature better optical sensors. The left/right button, while they worked well felt a little mechanical in operation and required some force to actuate. The side thumb buttons were found to be beautifully position for me and overall comfort was high even during the longer Gaming sessions, here’s looking at you Overwatch!
The software offered by Ozone for the Neon 3K is better than we have seen in the past, which is good news, yet it still lacks that little bit of polish here and there. Now while the software offers up most of the functionality that most Gamers need, I was a little disappointed by the colour options (just six colours) the DPI options (just two!) and the DPI increment/decrement level at 250DPI.
When you consider the asking price of the Ozone Neon 3K (£34 at the time of review) it’s difficult to nitpick, as pretty much everything that is here is good and in general the mouse (as a Gaming mouse) works well and I’m sure it would make the perfect partner to Ozone’s Strike Battle keyboard, that just happens to be a favourite of mine! 😉
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Many thanks to Ozone for providing this sample for review