With XPG, the renowned manufacturer ADATA enters the field of high-end gaming peripherals. It is one of the fastest growing systems, components and peripherals providers for gamers, esports professionals and tech enthusiasts. The company released a mouse – XPG ALPHA a few months ago. The USP of the mouse is that it has both WIRED and WIRELESS options. Winner of the 2022 Red Dot Design Award, the mouse features an ergonomic design, an energy-efficient PAW-3335 sensor, and high-quality OMRON switches for comfort and performance.
Well, we have already reviewed a few XPG devices, some of them are impressive and good value for money and some of them still need improvement. To take this journey further, we decided to try the XPG Alpha RGB gaming mouse. Let’s rate the mouse for its performance and features in this review.
XPH Alpha Wireless RGB – Specifications:
|Items||Adata XPG Alpha Wireless|
|USB request rate:||1000Hz|
|Main button:||Omron, 60 million clicks|
|Number of buttons:||6
Left side: 2
|Special keys:||Mouse wheel
|Lighting:||Color: RGB, 3 addressable zones
Modes: breathing, waves, color loop
|Lester:||98 grams (without cable)|
|Link:||USB-A to USB-C cable, 1.80 m, wrapped
Proprietary battery, 60h autonomy
|Price:||About INR 4500|
XPG Alpha Wireless Mouse Packaging
The XPG Alpha RGB gaming mouse comes in a simple yet attractive red packaging, the product image is printed on the front along with the model name. The upper right corner indicates that the mouse is RedDot Design Award 2022, and the back of the package is printed with the details of the mouse, which can let the user understand at a glance.
Thanks to the regular top opening of any box, you can remove the mouse. In addition to the Alpha, a quick start guide, warranty letter and sheet with XPG stickers are included. In short, a good first impression.
XPG Alpha design and performance
The appearance of the XPG Alpha Wireless gaming mouse adopts the current mature design scheme, and the wired version and the wireless version are basically the same in appearance.
The XPG Alpha is a right-handed mouse. It has a size of 128 mm x 78 mm x 40 mm, and is therefore in motion in a common order of magnitude. The size of the mouse belongs to the medium size category and the overall shape is ergonomically designed and suitable for small and medium hand users. With its unchanging 98 ±5 g (without cable) grams, it does not seem too heavy. Thanks to the structure on the sides, it is easy to lift. In Palm Grip, the hand rests well on the mouse and is therefore pleasant to use for hours.
The mouse itself is single-colored. The bottom and front are in a deep matte black finish. The material is anti-grease plastic. According to the manufacturer, it is a “PC-ABS” plastic (polycarbonate/acrylonitrile butadiene styrene). It is an engineering thermoplastic created from a mixture of PC and ABS that is much more durable than regular ABS plastic.
This longevity is also felt by the mouse itself. Thus, the XPG Alpha is not rubbery and rather rough. A safe grip is thus always guaranteed. In terms of shape, the mouse adopts a split button, the palm position is equipped with the XPG LOGO, the recognition is very high, and the side skirt part is equipped with a triangular anti-slip texture.
The mouse is very torsionally stiff and has no major processing flaws. Only the button behind the mouse wheel, with which the DPI is changed, has some play. Since this triangle-shaped button is rarely used, this is not significant. Howeverthe LED integrated in the Triangle The shaped button plays an important role to indicate the DPI level and the status of the built-in battery. Other than that, the same button can be used to pair Bluetooth with the system, so we can use the mouse over BT instead of 2.4GHz wireless using its dongle.
In the case of the wireless version, the 2.4 GHz radio and Bluetooth are available in addition to the USB-A to USB-C cable. The 900 mAh battery lasts up to 60 hours – the only question that remains is which of the two radio modes this information applies to wireless or Bluetooth. The Adata just points out that the runtime may vary depending on the RGB lighting setting. However, battery life will be longer on BT.
To protect the wireless dongle, there is a place inside the mouse itself on the bottom side. Where we can place the dongle when not in use.
Also to disable wireless mode or switch between 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth, there is a small toggle button on the bottom of the XPG Alpha RGB mouse.
The RGB lighting consists of two strips below the left and right mouse click buttons, the illuminated mouse wheel, and the bootstrap logo on the front side. You can switch between Color Wave mode, Breathe mode, and other modes, including seven static colors, using XPG Prime software. The lighting is pleasant, uniform and powerful. The built-in PixArt PMW3335 sensor achieves up to 16,000 DPI and a polling rate of 1,000 cores. As we already mentioned, the triangle button behind the mouse wheel allows you to adjust the levels of DPI change between 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and 16000 DPI. The sensor works perfectly and is therefore perfect for gamers and office workers. The weight distribution of the mouse seems very balanced, which makes guiding the mouse very precise.
The main buttons and the two side buttons have a very well felt and audible pressure point. Here you can see the quality of Omron switches. These should withstand 60 million clicks. The side buttons are easy to reach. They are placed at the top left accompanying the design of the body, so less prone to clicking accidentally.
The mouse wheel is rather slick but can be used safely and accurately. The wheel itself is very grippy and seems very high quality. The mouse wheel button is easy to press and therefore pleasant to use. The cable is 1.8 meters long and is sheathed in high-quality textile. The three rather large Teflon feet at the corners of the mouse glide smoothly on all the pads tested.
The XPG ALPHA is a software-programmable gaming mouse that allows buttons, DPI settings, and RGB lighting effects to be customized to user needs using the free XPG Prime software. Programmable buttons, key assignments and macro settings can be programmed and stored in user profiles for seamless switching between PCs. This Prime software can be configured in three areas. Sensor settings or key assignments can also be adjusted in this way. Here are the screenshots of software connecting to XPG Alpha Wireless RGB Gaming Mouse.
Although the built-in battery-powered XPG Alpha wireless mouse has a weight impact compared to the wired version, it is still better than manually adding an AAA battery. Nevertheless, some users might not be happy with this arrangement because they cannot change the battery manually. Under the 2.4 GHz connection, the standard light setting can easily reach around 52 hours of battery life, which is a good level.
Unlike 2.4 GHz, for Bluetooth we have to pair the mouse manually. To do this, simply press the DPI button (in the shape of a triangle) and turn the mouse on in BT mode using the toggle button assigned to it at the bottom until you see a pulsating blue light on the DPI button. Now find the mouse on the PC or laptop to connect. Of course, if you’re a gamer, 2.4 GHz should be your preference for low latency.
In USB cable mode, the mouse works just like any other wired mouse. However, the company has designed the USB-C port of the mouse with ridges that do not allow us to use any other USB A to TYPE C cable except the one that comes with the mouse. Therefore, make sure not to lose the cable.
In addition to using the mouse for day-to-day work, we’ve used it to play some games such as HALO, and the XPG ALPHA’s response was satisfactory without causing any discomfort during prolonged use.
Overall, the XPG ALPHA Wireless Gaming Mouse is a pretty solid product for those who are serious gamers and are looking for a feature-rich mouse with multiple ways to connect it to a PC and high DPI. With XPG Alpha, the company delivers exceptional build quality, battery life, low-latency wireless, and software to customize the mouse to suit your needs. However, large-handed users may find it a bit inconvenient, while small to medium-handed users can easily use the mouse for long hours without any discomfort. Another thing the battery is built in, over time it will lose the ability to provide long backup and you cannot change that. However, this also has its own advantages, you can charge it and it adds less weight to the mouse compared to regular AAA cells.
In short, yes any gamer who has a budget of around INR 4500 can opt for the XPG ALPHA RGB mouse because of the PixArt sensor, simple control schemes, rigid body and sleek design. However, if you’re looking for a high-end mouse with more advanced features and buttons and want to use your own USB cable, this isn’t for you.