The HAVIT HV-MS735, 12000 DPI Programmable Gaming Mouse was kindly provided to me by SBOX Store free of charge in exchange for a fair and unbiased review on Amazon.co.uk & Amazon.com. No additional compensation was given in exchange for posting this article on my blog.
The HAVIT HV-MS735 is available in the UK from SBOX Store Fulfilled by Amazon.co.uk at a cost of £24.99 with free P&P. In the US the HV-MS735 is available from S.Box Fulfilled by Amazon.com at a cost of $32.00 (Prices correct at time of posting).
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PACKAGING & CONTENTS.
The HAVIT HV-MS735 comes supplied in a basic but good quality black cardboard box. Over this is a white glossy cardboard sleeve bearing a product image and information on the front and an illustration along with specification information on the rear.
Inside the box, the mouse rests on a bright yellow card divider that separates the mouse from the cable with a loose foam padding sat on the underside of the mouse. Under the divider you will find two separate colour illustrated manuals, one in English and the other in German and also a mini CD. (I’ll get to this shortly but for those wondering, this software is not required for basic functionality).
The packaging indicates that the mouse is compatible with Windows 2000, ME, XP, Vista, 7, 8 & 10. It also notes that it is compatible with Mac and Linux systems.
Personally, I have tested the mouse with Windows 7 Pro 32bit, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Pro and on these systems the mouse is plug and play with basic functionality. The software CD however, I have only thus far tested with Windows 8.1. Later on in the review I will advise on functionality with and without the software.
Measuring 75mm at its widest point, 128.5mm at its longest and 43.5mm at its highest it is noticeably longer and higher than the my favourite HAVIT mouse (the HV-MS732). If you exclude the thumb rest that protrudes 9mm from the left side, it still measures 67mm wide at its next greatest point. The surface area that comes into contact with your mouse pad measures at its greatest points 11.6cm long x 6.85cm wide.
My palm closed measures about 11cm wide and open about 12.5cm and the length of my hand is 20.5cm and for me the HV-MS735, HV-MS732 and Razer Deathadder are all comfortable mice in terms of size.
The wheel measures 8.15mm wide and 17.7mm long.
Both the left (LMB) and right (RMB) mouse buttons measure 21mm wide and 69mm long at their greatest points.
The DPI up button measures 8.2mm wide and 10.75mm long at its greatest points and the DPI down button measures 5.15mm wide and 8.85mm long at its greatest points.
On the left side of the mouse there are 12 small buttons labelled S1 to S12, these buttons are not all the same size and the measurements of some of their greatest points are as follows…
S1 = 10mm wide x 7.7 high. S2 = 9.05mm wide x 8.05mm high. S3 = 9.6mm wide x 8.16mm high. S4 = 9.14mm wide x 7.29mm high.
Unfortunately, due to the close proximity of the buttons I am unable to provide further accurate measurements as I am unable to get my digital calliper to fit around the buttons. It is also worth mentioning the each of the buttons is also contoured slightly differently, this is designed to make it easier to know which button is which simply by feel.
S1 and S2 have a slight incline towards the bottom right corner. S3 and S4 have a slight incline towards to bottom left corner. S5 and S7 have a slight include towards the right and S6 and S8 have a slight incline towards the left. S9 has a slight incline towards the top right and S12 has a slight include towards the top left. S10 and S11 however, are slightly concaved in the centre.
This design creates the sensation of four separate groups of 4 buttons to the feel…
S1, 2, 5 & 6
S3, 4, 7 & 8
S5, 6, 9 & 10
S7, 8, 11 & 12
Below these buttons is the thumb rest protruding from the base of the mouse. This measures 4.5cm long at its greatest point or 2.3cm at its shortest on the outside edge and as previously noted protrudes by about 9mm. Its depth also varies becoming narrower the further it produces with the outside edge measuring 2.5mm deep.
On the right side of the mouse there is a grooved ridge support for your ring finger measuring 18.5mm wide at its greatest point. Below this there is also a slight ridge for your little finger that is somewhat difficult to actually measure. Unfortunately, this is one feature that is not an improvement over the HV-MS732.
The reason for this is the ring finger rest on the 732 was smaller and the rest for the little finger was larger, and this worked well. As a result of having a larger ring finger rest on the 735 the rest for the little finger has been noticeably reduced to the point where in reality there is no rest for your little finger on the HV-MS735.
The weight of the mouse is 126g this measurement is not 100% accurate as even when holding the cable in the hand the scales will take a small amount of the cable’s weight into account.
MOUSE BUTTONS & BUILD QUALITY.
The HV-MS735 is well built, everything fits together well with no large panel gaps of concern, the buttons are nice and tight (as is the wheel) and there are no scary rattling noises from within, it just feels… well rather plastic.
While the HV-MS732 has a soft rubberised finish similar to that of the Razer Deathadder the 735 is made from firm, finely textured plastics which simply aren’t as comfortable for those (like me) who grip their mouse firmly during prolonged gaming sessions.
This plastic covers all of the mouse with the exception of the top back surface which has a separate glossy smooth plastic that forms part of the lighting feature and most will find no part of their hand comes into contact with it during use.
The Left & Right mouse buttons.
From the front looking under the LMB & RMB there is but the smallest of visible gaps, it thankfully is only as large as it needs to be for the movement of the buttons but no larger. This is the bane of mice and the cause of the death of my last three mice. A large gap under the front of these buttons allows dirt and dust ingress that leads to switch faults (most common of which is a single click registering as a double click).
The button covers are nice and firm with absolutely no wobble. The action of the switch, however compared to other mice in my collection is rather loud. A single click at 30cm registers as 43db and repeated clicks registers as 56db compared to a 38db single click from a M318e. (It should be noted that the RMB sounds much quieter compared to the LMB, so it is possible the sound from the LMB from my HV-MS735 LMB might not be by design).
Personally, I found the LMB & RMB on the HV-MS732 to be a little sensitive and soft offering little in the way of resistance. In contrast, I find the sensitivity and resistance offered by the buttons on the HV-MS735 to be far better, but there is perhaps still a little room for improvement. Regardless rapid and repeated clicks are still achieved accurately and easily.
The mouse wheel.
Very much designed for gaming and not productivity. The wheel is made from clear plastic with a black silicone sleeve that sports a tyre tread pattern. The mouse wheel feels a little large and chunky but well fitted, secure and firm with noticeable resistance in its use.
Scrolling slowly the wheel is all but silent and highly accurate, with faster scrolling the wheel is reasonably quiet but due to the resistance offered it is not a wheel that can be flicked. In a comparison test of a wheel flick in a Word document the HV-MS735 barely manages a paragraph yet a Logitech M318e manages more than a page.
That said, at all times the wheel has been accurate with no skipping or jumping and there is a setting in the bundled software that can improve the HV-MS735 wheels performance if this is an issue.
The side buttons
The side buttons I am very, very glad to report are rather stiff in their operation, so much so that it is practically impossible to accidentally press one during normal use even for those like me with a rather firm mouse grip.
These buttons are made from a smooth, glossy plastic and while the resistance offered by each is as far as I can tell identical the noise level generated by each does differ somewhat. S4, 6, 8, 10 & 11 are almost silent, S3 and 7 make a slight but noticeable noise when pressed but S1, 2, 5, 9, 12 do make a very audible sound when pressed (although nowhere near that of the LMB).
That said, all the buttons are very secure with no wobble, and with my size of hand (measurements noted earlier) I found the S1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 & 11 buttons easily accessible, but S4, 8 & 12 did require such movement of the hand to press that effectively took my hand and control away from the mouse.
The DPI buttons
These buttons are constructed in the same manner as the side buttons, they are however far softer with much less resistance. Unfortunately the DPI down button has some rather significant wobble and the DPI up is quite possibly the second loudest (louder than the RMB) when pressed.
The DPI up button is easy to press at speed, but the DPI down button, however, does require significant movement of the index and middle finger to press due to its location. (Settings will be discussed shortly)
Simply brilliant. Having tested with excellent results on varnished wood, a melamine worktop, Fellowes Microban mouse pad, Razer Mantis, SteelSeries QcK+, Icemat and Goliath pads, HAVIT HV-MP830 pad and even my trouser leg and sofa armrest.
There are 5 slightly raised very smooth silicone pads on the underside to try and reduce friction. These are highly effective on mats such as the SteelSeries QcK+ pads and the HV-MS735 literally glides over this pad as though it were ice. On the Razer Mantis, however there is notably more resistance leading to an overall more precise albeit slower movement.
The cable measures 179cm long excluding the connector and is coated in a good quality black nylon weave, measuring 3.2mm thick including the braiding. Located 7cm down from the USB gold plated connector can be found a rather small Ferrite EMI suppressor, which is a most welcomed inclusion.
The cable is reasonably flexible and fluid in its movement and during use, but there are quite a few kinks in it due to the way it came supplied folded.
USE WITHOUT ADDITIONAL SOFTWARE.
Out of the box and without the bundled software installed the mouse is functional, but certain features are limited. The LMB, RMB, scroll wheel and DPI buttons function as they do on any other mouse, the 12 side buttons however do nothing without the bundled software installed.
The packaging states “Resolution: 500 / 1000 (default) / 1500 / 2000 / 4000 / 8000 / 12000”, now, despite stating that there are only two default resolution settings the fact is without the bundled software being installed the full range of DPI settings are still available to you.
On the top of the mouse towards the back the section covered with a glossy black plastic has two separate lighting functions. On the left there are four small rectangular bars that act is DPI setting indicators and a dark blue light is used to show the currently selected setting.
Tapping the DPI down button repeatedly until just the bottom bar is lit on its own indicates a setting of 500 DPI.
+1 DPI up button press = 1000 DPI with just the second indicator light lit
+2 DPI up button press = 1500 DPI with just the third indicator light lit.
+3 DPI up button press = 2000 DPI with just the top indicator light lit.
+4 DPI up button press = 4000 DPI with the bottom two indicator lights lit.
+5 DPI up button press = 8000 DPI with the bottom three indicator lights lit
+6 DPI up button press = 12000 DPI with all four indicator lights lit.
Even without the bundled software installed I am glad to report that the mouse remembers the last used DPI setting both after a soft reset and a hard reboot. One minor point of note regarding these lights is that the third indicator up from the bottom compared to the others has a very poor viewing angle so much so that when it is lit and you look at it from any angle other than dead on it does not look illuminated.
All 12 side buttons are constantly lit dark blue matching the lighting of the DPI indicators sadly however the DPI buttons themselves are not lit in any way (and nor are they with the software either). The remaining lighting features of the HV-MS735 are the scroll wheel and a HAVIT “Magic Eagle” branding with an eagle logo found to the right of the DPI indicator on the glossy black plastic section at the back of the mouse.
Both the wheel and eagle graphic lighting are linked and without the bundled software installed these are lit only with an RGB breathing or blending mode (it’s actually called Neon mode). The light starts of dark blue blending to purple, then pink, red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise and then back to dark blue.
This colour change is not a direct change from one colour to another it is a continual blending through various shades from one colour to the next with a cycle of dark blue to dark blue taking approximately 20 seconds.
THE SOFTWARE & FUNCTIONS.
The default DPI settings have previously been discussed. Within the HAVIT software each of the 7 default presets can be manually adjusted in increments of 100 and can be set anywhere between 100 DPI and 12000 DPI.
Unfortunately the settings have to be set with very inaccurate slider bars and can not be set by inputting a numeric figure. This wouldn’t be so bad, but the software window is stuck at 768×1280 making accuracy even on a 1600×900 screen impossible. (This is made slightly worse by the fact the click detection boxes on all sliders are way off, even in the lighting setting options trying to be accurate often takes several attempts).
Honestly, I changed the first default DPI setting (500 DPI) and after 5 minutes of trying to set it back to 500 DPI the closest I managed to get was 700DPI. In the end, I had to cancel the changes that I had made to get the default setting back to 500DPI. Why a manually typed numerical input could not be used, is beyond me).
The lighting settings are sadly a little confusing and it took me a few minutes to work it out so I shall describe in-depth the available options and how to properly use them. It should be noted that these settings only control the lighting of the mouse wheel as well as the Magic Eagle logo and eagle graphic. The DPI indicator lights are always blue and oddly while the side buttons were lit when not using the bundled software once it has been installed I have not found a way to make them light up again.
The three settings on offer are Standard, Respiration and Neon (which is the default lighting setting and the one you get when no software is installed).
Standard mode has options of 0%, 25%, 50% and 100%. In this mode the light remains on constantly a single solid colour and the percentage selected dictates the brightness of the light. When set to 0% the light is switched off and the difference in brightness between 25% and 100% is…well… not very noticeable if at all. (I will get to how to set the colour desired for this mode shortly).
Respiratory mode has options of 4s, 5s, 6s, 7s and 8s. This lighting mode is similar to the standard mode with only a single colour being used, however this time the light fades in and out from being on at its highest brightness to being briefly off. The 4s, 5s, 6s, 7s and 8s options dictate how long (in seconds) it takes for the light to go from its highest brightness to being off and then back to its highest brightness once more. (Again I will get to how to set the colour desired for this mode shortly).
The final mode is Neon and this has options of 3s, 6s, 9s, 12s and 15s. This setting is the default setting for when the bundled software is not in use where the lights seamlessly blend from one to another. The 3s, 6s, 9s, 12s and 15s options dictate how long (in seconds) it takes for the light to complete one cycle of all the available colours (E.G blue to blue).
Now, while the Neon setting uses all of the available colours on offer from the mouse, standard and respiratory modes use only a single colour and trying to set that colour took a little working out.
To set the colour desired for either the standard or respiratory setting you first have to set up the mode you want with the options you want. Then, before pressing the save button to apply the changes you have to go to the DPI tab (or just read these instructions).
The reason for this is the DPI setting currently selected when pressing the save button determines the colour that will be used for the standard and respiratory modes.
Assuming the DPI settings are set at default…
With 500 DPI selected before save the changes will use a red light.
With 1000 the light will be dark blue.
With 1500 the light will be green.
With 2000 the light will be pale greenish yellow (the software implies it should be yellow).
With 4000 the light will be turquoise.
With 8000 the light will be pale yellow (the software implies it should be golden colour).
With 12000 the light will be purple.
One final point to make about the mouse lighting is that while the wheel is nicely lit the Magic Eagle logo and eagle graphic are not so well lit. This is illuminated by a single centrally located LED and the light is rather centrally focused and not very well diffused around the sides.
USB report rate (polling rate).
There are four settings for this 125Hz (8ms), 250Hz (4ms), 500Hz (2ms) and 1000Hz (1ms) with 500Hz being default. This changes how frequently the mouse reports its position to the computer, setting a higher frequency reduces lag / mouse cursor blur but also makes to mouse far more twitchy.
Mouse speed and double click speed.
There are a total of 11 settings for both of these and like the settings that can be changed for a mouse within the windows control panel this simply speeds up or slows down that rate at which a double LMB click is registered and adjusts mouse acceleration.
There are two options for this, first the wheel can be set to jump one page at a time or it can be set to skip a certain number of lines of test at a time. This can be set anywhere between 1 line or 100 lines at a time and unlike the DPI settings this can be set using up and down icons or manually typed. (If HAVIT can manage to allow a numeric input here, why on earth, not with the DPI settings!?!?!).
Options for this setting are on or off (default). This function is a little difficult to explain, but basically it is like shake reduction on a camera. When turned off and you move your mouse across the screen horizontally or vertically unless you are superhuman the chances are the line will not be entirely straight. When you turn Angle snap on and you repeat the process, you will have a perfectly straight line (in theory).
This can be useful in certain FPS games (even a few other games) but in all other scenarios, it will likely be a hindrance so some experimentation may be required on your part.
This has settings or -2, -1, 0, +1 and +2. I am not 100% certain, but I believe this is linked to how aggressive the angle snap is. Please feel free to correct me if I am wrong, it’s not something I am overly familiar with.
This allows each of the 12 side buttons to be independently programmed. The options on offer are…
LMB or RMB click.
IE forward or backwards.
CPI cycle – This is DPI settings and has three sub options of DPI+, DPI- or DPI cycle.
Multimedia – This has sub options of media player, next or previous track, stop, play/pause, mute vol up or vol down.
Hotkey – This has sub options of new, cut, copy, paste, save, print, find, redo, undo and select all.
Windows key – This has sub options of my computer, browser home, search, maximise or minimise window, desktop and run.
Single key -This allows you to set one of the buttons to act as any key on a keyboard.
Combo key – This allows you to program a single key to act as three simultaneous key presses however to available keys are limited.
Macro key – This allows you to assign one of the buttons to a macro (I’ll get to where you can create macros shortly).
Button disabled – allows you to disable some, all or none of the side buttons.
Scroll left or right scroll – Allows a button to ask as a scroll wheel tilt function.
The macro manager.
This is a macro recorder that allows you to create macros for assigning to the side buttons within the button assignment setting. This is fully programmable with loop and time delay settings (although several attempts may be required to get the timing spot on depending on what you are trying to do).
This is in essence a way of independently programming mouse acceleration on the X and Y axis.
Thank you for taking the time to read this review, I hope it has been helpful to you. If you have any questions or comments regarding this review, please post a comment below and I will do my best to answer them.
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