Gaming isn’t what it used to be. What was once a niche hobby is now a multi-billion dollar industry that has become so large, professional leagues have sprung up around some of the most popular online games. And, now that there’s big money in esports to go along with those leagues, everyone wants a piece of the action. But, you’re not going to hit the big leagues with that Microsoft Wireless Mouse you bought seven years ago (not talking about myself). No, competitive gaming requires better tools of the trade, and that includes mice.
Tesoro is a relatively new company trying to get in on the hardware side of the action. Among other things, they make gaming mice suitable for gamers of all levels of skill. The Sagitta Spectrum is one of their most accessible — a mouse that includes all the necessary features, but isn’t overburdened with a ton of buttons and trackballs that make it the size of a baseball mitt. It just works, but there are enough customization options to please those with higher expectations.
The Sagitta is a wired optical mouse that, in addition to the standard left and right buttons and scroll wheel, has two programmable side buttons and a dedicated DPI button above the scroll wheel. The two side buttons are on the left side of the mouse, so apologies to all lefties, but this mouse is for right-handed users only. The scroll wheel and logo are also lit by programmable LEDs, which can be changed using the free companion software available on Tesoro’s website.
So, what’s DPI? Like always, it means dots per inch, so the better question is what it means for mice. The basic answer is sensitivity — instead of going into the mouse software and fiddling with sensitivity settings there, the dedicated button can be used to make the mouse more or less sensitive on the fly. The Sagitta has four preset DPI settings arranged from least sensitive to most sensitive, but those presets can be tinkered with in the mouse software. DPI on the Sagitta ranges from 50 to 5,000.
Speaking of the software, it looks a little dated — think ’90s-era adventure game menus — but it does the job. In addition to tinkering with DPI settings, it’s possible to adjust scroll speed, lift height, double click sensitivity, snapping angle, and acceleration. You can also increase or decrease polling rate (from 125 Hz to 1,000 Hz) — measured in Hz, this is a measure of how often the mouse sends information to the computer (125 Hz is 125 times per second). It’s the same idea as in monitors, where refresh rate means how many times per second a new image is put up on screen. Higher polling rates can reduce lag, which is big for high-speed games like first-person shooters. Even the individual buttons can be programmed, so you can make the two side buttons the right and left click buttons if you’re a madman/madwoman.
If you’re really into shortcuts, there’s a section where you can create macros — series of keyboard presses and button clicks that will trigger actions. 30 macros can be saved, along with multiple mouse profiles. The mouse has its own microprocessor and 512 KB of memory, so you can take your settings and profiles on the road.
The mouse itself is well made. It’s lightweight, the underside is smooth and glides over mouse pads with ease, and the matte finish feels soft and comfortable, even after long periods of use (I use a palm grip). The grooves on the right and left sides fit the thumb and pinky finger really comfortably, too. Maybe the best part about the design is that it doesn’t hit you over the head with the fact that it’s a gaming peripheral. The gaming peripheral style tends to be loud, edgy, and very red — it’s always nice to see a functional, competent product available in an understated all-black look. Even the LED lights under the scroll wheel and logo aren’t huge, and you have the freedom to choose whatever color you think pairs best with black (I went with teal). That said, there are similar-looking products on the market, notably from Razer.
The buttons feel sturdy, as well they should — Tesoro used Omron switches, which are supposed to be good for 10 million clicks. The side buttons are well-placed for the thumb, and while they feel a bit more springy than the main left and right buttons, they hold up well during game time. I found them pretty well-suited to using abilities in Overwatch, but not so much the scroll wheel click, which is understandably much stiffer.