GAMDIAS Technology Co. is a relatively new kid on the block. Established in 2012, their focus is to solve creatively the unique issues that gamers have and to do it with an “artistic beauty.” With equal emphasis on form and function, GAMDIAS has some of the most interesting designs in computer peripherals to date. The GAMDIAS Apollo Optical Extension gaming mouse offers a good amount of features at a decent price point, as well as an attachable shell that adds a palm rest for certain grips. Does the Apollo live up to the name or is it more of a god complex?
The Apollo is very light, especially for a gaming mouse. The outer shell is composed of light materials and has a nice texture. It feels good. The two main buttons have an odd contour to them, with a sharp angle, often leading to subconsciously placing fingers in positions with reduced leverage. The side buttons control the recoil reduction and sensitivity by default, but their positions feel like they are set too far back. Even with a claw grip, the angle of the thumb and pinky to reach them is unnatural and takes some time to find. With or without the shell, the side buttons just feel like they are in the wrong place. As for the shell itself, the mouse feels too small without it and a little too large with it attached. Hand placement is difficult, having to favor either the two side buttons or the two main buttons.
Performance was without issue. The 3200DPI sensor and customizable polling rate means sensitivity can be tailored to every situation. The software suite allows for 5 different profiles to be stored on the mouse, and switching is made easy with the binding of a hotkey. As for the recoil reduction, it works but with issues. The rate in which it fires can be changed between five speeds by using the switch. Bullet spray will reduce, with some tweaking and choosing the correct speed for every gun, but this takes time and experimentation. This issue is solved by competitors, who offer specific settings tied to individual guns and games with presets that can be selected and tuned. This takes a lot of time and headache out of the equation. Still, the five presets work and cover a broad range of fire rates.
For $49.99, you get the Apollo mouse and the extension shell. The software is free for download on the GAMDIAS website. The price point is on the low side for a gaming mouse, but it puts it within range of some very stiff competition. For a basic two button mouse, the Logitech G100S has a lightweight build and a switch lifecycle that is twice as long. For a more sensitive sensor, customization options and more buttons, the SteelSeries Rival is a no brainer, albeit at a slightly higher price. If the recoil reduction is the driving factor, the Bloody series from A4TECH has a software solution with similar features. It’s a tough crowd, and the Apollo really only stands out because of its appearance and additional shell, but looks can only go so far. It is a field obsessed with raw numbers and performance, and the Apollo isn’t superior in any one of those aspects.
The Apollo isn’t a perfect mouse, but what it does, it does fairly well. The design may favor form more than function, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t functional. The side buttons are, from the default, assigned to settings hotkeys. For those looking for a 1multitude of buttons to assign or a “set it and forget it” gaming mouse, look elsewhere and prepare to open up your wallet. For the price, the Apollo has good performance with some decent customization options, but it is outclassed by its peers in terms of performance and ergonomics. It is in a crowded space with some very tough competition, but those looking for something different with some interesting industrial design should definitely consider it.