Tesoro Gandiva Mouse Review
My current gaming mouse is the Razer Mamba 2013 Edition, but for the last few weeks I have been using the Tesoro Gandiva Laser Gaming Mouse (TESORO-H1L). It’s an unusually designed gaming mouse, that is ergonomically designed for a right handed person andI would say a left hander would find it a little uncomfortable. It is not wireless, but it is a very well presented wired mouse with a high 8200DPI Avago sensor and has 8 programmable buttons (the left and right are long life Omron). You can set the resolution at any of the following DPI settings 800/1800/4000/6400/8200 at a touch of a button. Through its programmable software (supplied in-box), users can define up to 5 sets of mouse mapping, 40 macro keys, game script settings and also control the on-board illumination effects.
THE BOW OF ARJUNA
Gandiva, the bow of Arjuna, the great warrior of Mahabharat war, was also one of the rarest bows of its time. The bow was decorated with hundreds of gold bosses, and had radiant ends. Arjuna used it in Kurukshetra war and he was invincible. It is said that beside Lord Krishna no one except Arjuna could wield the bow in the mortal world. The bow, when twanged made the sound of thunder.
A LITTLE ABOUT TESORO
Tesoro Technology USA Inc, a team of U.S.A gaming enthusiasts. With the objective of designing unique products specially catered to the gamers. We focused on PC gaming and our mission is to create products with better design, increase and reach for peak performances. In the recent years the gaming industry has developed into the ultra-competitive market that we see today. While we are still a relatively young company, established in 2011. Tesoro will continue to strive for the best and continuously evaluate our performance against the very best of the best. Tesoro could not exist without the gaming community who inspire us to excel in the design and production of our award winning gear. As a gamers company, we will continues to expand into new horizons and push the limits further with each product unveiling.
TESORO – Breaks The Rules
They Strive to develop innovative cutting edge computer gaming peripherals to help improve your gaming experience. They maximize their ability to meet the needs of the fast changing PC gaming industry.
The Tesoro Gandiva came in a surprisingly small and predominately black and purple box, with an image of the Tesoro Gandiva on the front. I think it looks rather smart.
The back of the box highlights the following features (in various languages)
- Window 8 compatible
- High speed motion detection up to 150 ips
- Frame rate up to 12,000 fps
- 1 to 5mm lift Detection
- 8 independent programmable buttons
- Adjustable 5 levels dpi control. 800/1800(Default)/4000/6400/8200
- Adjustable polling rate control from user AP up to 1000Hz ultra-polling rate
- User friendly UI for easy setup
- 5 programmable mapping sets, with full colour LED indication
- 40 macro keys, up to 1600 actions recordable
- 128Kb on-board memory
- Human ergonomic design with tuning weight-in system
- Adjustable full colour LED control
- PP. braided cable with gold-plated USB connector
- Compatible with Windows® XP/Vista/7/8
You see what you pay for even before you open the box. I like this idea as it gives you some idea of what your getting before you commit to buy (ED: assuming you didn’t buy online , of course!). It even gives you an idea of what it is like to hold in your hand.
- Tesoro Gandiva Laser Gaming Mouse
- Application program CD
- Breaking the rules booklet
- Tesoro products brochure
- Quick start guide
- Spare glides
At the time of this review the Tesoro Gandiva is retailing for approximately £49.99(EUR 59,00) at Amazon.de and comes with a 12 month warranty.
courtesy of Tesoro
- 5 Mapping/40 Macros/Game Script Setting
- 128KB Memory
- 8200 dpi
- Full Colors LED Illumination
- 1000Hz Polling Rate
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
11.6x 7.2 x 4.4 cm
Net weight: 0.135 Kg
Windows® XP / Vista / 7
Available USB port
Additional software available at Tesoro
Once out of the box we can see the new and unusual shape of the Tesoro Gandiva gaming mouse in all of its glory.
Hands on the table, this is one good looking mouse. It has an unusual horseshoe type design and the brushed metal effect looks classy and reminds me of a Decepticon Transformer. Despite its good looks it is let down a little by feeling very plasticky (although I’m not sure that’s a real word!).
The top of the mouse is the common set-up of left and right buttons and a central scroll wheel. Although there is a slight twist as they have added another DPI button to the mix just behind the scroll wheel, which leaves the two other DPI buttons (beside the unusually long left mouse button) free to remap to anything you like. Behind the left mouse button is also 4 LED DPI indicators so you can see which setting you are on. Towards the back is the Tesoro mask logo. The scroll wheel is very wide (20mm), appears to be made from rubber and has plenty of grip. Happy days…
The front of the mouse is very basic. You have a nice black braided cable offset and mounted under the right mouse button. Because of the Gandiva shape, the scroll wheel is totally open at the front.
The back has a nice curved shaped that fits in the palm of your hand perfectly. You can see the Tesoro mask logo and just underneath you almost see the Tesoro name (this illuminates when plugged in).
- Sides (left & right)
There isn’t a lot I can say about the right side of the Gandiva as there isn’t anything there!
On the left are two programmable thumb buttons and a very small thumb grip. Although I think it would have been a big benefit to have a bigger grip there, but don’t let this put you off as your hand does most of the gripping anyway.
On the underside of the Tesoro Gandiva you can see four Teflon Glides, two at the front and two larger ones at the back. Unusually on the left of the Tesoro Gandiva you can see the 8200DPI Avago Laser sensor. I say unusual because most mice have the sensor in the middle.
First impressions of the Tesoro Gandiva are a lot better than I expected. The mouse has a unique style and nice feel to it. There are lots of features I wasn’t expecting and at under £50.00 there seems a lot of mouse for the money.
The Tesoro Gandiva connects via a 1.6 metre fully braided flexible cable and a Gold-plated USB connection, this was plugged directly into the back of the MSI Z87 G45 Gaming motherboard of our Test Rig. Have a look at the plug moulding and you will see the Tesoro name and mask logo, which I think is a nice touch…
The software for the Tesoro Gandiva comes inside the box itself, which I like as it means you don’t have to hunt it down or wait for it to download if you have a slow connection. Or you can also download it from Tesoro website if you want.
The Tesoro Gandiva was tested using our Test Rig with a fresh installation of Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (service pack 1) installed together with all the latest relevant drivers and software.
THE FOLLOWING GAMES WERE PLAYED DURING TESTING:
- Battlefield 4
- Call of Duty – Ghosts
Out of the box when I first started using it I found the Gandiva was perhaps a little too light for my liking (only 135g!), but I thought I would keep at it as I liked how it glides smoothly over any surface that you use it on. The left mouse button is a little too long for my liking, being a claw gripper I like to have my fingertips resting at the button tips (this is most likely my odd grip style ;)). The build quality is very good and I can’t get over how much of mouse you get for such a small price. The Tesoro Gandiva is very responsive, it is almost like the mouse cursor moves before your hand! I think this shows how good the Avago sensor is and maybe because the sensor is offset underneath the mouse. I did find the braided cable a bit annoying, it’s very stiff and because it’s on the right side of the mouse, I found it sometimes snags on the corner of my mouse pad.
The DPI switches, while relatively easy to reach (read too easy), means that sometimes you can accidentally catch them changing the current DPI setting, meaning you will have to reset (perhaps they would have been better if they were a little bit stiffer or more recessed!?), but don’t worry it’s as easy as one click of a button to undo.
The hardware performance was better than I thought and I’m happy to say this is a great bit of kit for the price. The LEDs are bright so you can see them even if the lights are on in the room. I do think there are a few things I would add or change about this little beast but overall it performs like a high end gaming mouse. Big on performance, small on price.
I think the Tesoro Gandiva really is something a little special. I would class this as a palmers dream mouse but don’t let this put you off if you’re a clawer like me, as it still fits and works well for you too. If your are a fingertip grip gamer you may find the left button a little bit heavy because of it’s length, basically if you push the button around half way up it feels a lot stiffer . No matter how much you look at the mouse there is really not much that could put you off, assuming you are ok with the Transformer type styling of course.
The software was a little tricky at first, but after playing around with it for short while it became a lot easier and a lot less daunting, especially to a newcomer of a mouse with Macro software! It has three different light modes (on, off or dimming) and you can change LED colour. The default setting out of the box is blue, but in the software under advance settings you can change them to one of 228! There is a lot to choose from but don’t be fooled by this as your mouse LEDs are limited as to which ones actually change, these include the scroll wheel and a Tesoro mask emblem on the back of the mouse (as you can see in the photo above). Which still look good even though a bit disappointing.
You can also remap the buttons, change the DPI setting to one of five preset values (800, 1800, 4000, 6400 and 8200) which are also customisable. The software allows for adjustment to Angle Snapping, adjustable Shooting Speed, Polling Rate (125, 250, 500 or 1000HZ) and you can change the Liftoff distance also.
Just in case this all gets a bit much for you, there is also a user guide to help ease you in!
Well my final thoughts after using this mouse for a little over 3 weeks is that I like it, a lot! The style is unique and with the customisable LEDs it looks great too. It is very responsive and every movement you make happens instantly on the screen, there’s no lag and the Gandiva even seems to be able to read my mind at times. 😉
There are a few things I would like to change. These are… I would have preferred the USB cable on the right to have been located more to the middle of the mouse. It would have been a better option to change all the colours and not just the scroll wheel and the Tesoro mask logo. The two DPI side buttons need to be a bit firmer and maybe recessed as I found myself hitting them by accident. Last but not least, at the beginning of the review, I found the Gandiva to be a little light at only 135g, but this is something that I have grown to live with and even like.
All in all I think the Tesoro Gandiva offers an awful lot for the money (£49.99) and is a great little Gaming mouse.
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Many thanks to Tesoro for providing this sample for review