Kaliber Gaming Symmetre Mouse Review: Pure and Simple
Ben Sheene / Nov 4th, 2016 No Comments
Finding products that are meant to check a nebulous box of “bare essential” can be a difficult process. Where is the line drawn between affordable, meeting your needs, and not being a cheaply made product? As a hardcore or even casual PC gamer, you may want to invest most of your money into a gaming rig that can play games in the prettiest way possible while still suiting a budget.
Thus, gaming mice and keyboards can be a cumbersome investment. They should hold up for a long time and provide an excessive amount of buttons and erroneous features. The Kaliber Gaming Symmetre ambidextrous gaming mouse fits the bill of an affordable piece of hardware that will last as long as it still suits your needs.
Basic on a Budget
The Symmetre mouse retails for $24.95, an easily affordable gaming mouse. Of course, these days you can purchase a mouse off Amazon for $5, so the concept of budget price doesn’t mean what it used to. Even at a $25 price point, I’ve seen mice with few buttons, ones that look like you chopped the foot off a Transformer and wireless mice.
Kaliber bills the Symmetre as one of the most accessible gaming mice on the market and it shows. It has two programmable buttons on either side where your thumb or small finger rests, a clickable scroll wheel, and two buttons below the wheel. With a 4,000 DPI optical sensor, the mouse isn’t burdened with excess functionality.
Being affordable and having a pared down feature list allows the Symmetre to tout its included features without sticking out like a sore thumb. This is not a mouse targeted at hardcore MMO players who need a macro for every action. It’s an everyman mouse that wants to enhance the way you game.
Right and Left
I understand that there are people in this world who are left-handed. They might be aliens from another planet, but they are gamers too and shouldn’t have to search high and low for products that work for them. The Symmetre sports an ambidextrous design so it works the same with a right or a left hand.
Split down the middle, the mouse looks identical on each side. It’s pleasing to the eyes with a basic black look and minimal branding. There are only three sections of the mouse that are backlit by LED, with a blue color that also has a breathing effect.
I’ve come to appreciate colored lighting on mice and keyboards, and Symmetre’s basic blue is a nice compliment to the black palette. You might even think it gives off the appearance of some darker, Iron Man lookalike when lit.
The sides of the Symmetre have a smooth feel to them, but the lack of any rubber grips can cause your thumb to slip a bit during long or intense play sessions. The matte finish makes it feel more firm in your hand, but keep in mind this is a relatively small mouse when compared to other hardcore gaming enthusiast devices.
Because it has an ambidextrous design, it’s likely that users accidentally press the side buttons opposite to the thumb during the process of becoming familiar with the design. For a right-handed gamer like me, these buttons default to controlling volume so it’s not a big deal. If accidental presses become an issue, swapping their function is no problem.
Having the ability to change the DPI on a mouse on the fly has become a required function of nearly any gaming mouse. The need to make small, deliberate movements is a must for players who spend their time online sniping, but adventure games and other shooters don’t require as much precision at times. If you’re a gamer who enjoys a variety of genres, an adjustible sensitivity is a must.
When diving into Titanfall 2, I love clicking a button to lower the DPI, enabling me to better aim when running along walls as a pilot. Controlling the titan Ion, I dial it back up because there is less need for precision.
Overwatch is a great game to switch back and forth with because each hero requires different handling. Going from Hanzo’s arrows to Reinhardt’s shield feels easier to do with the optical sensor and DPI buttons.
Assigning and programming macros and functions for each button is done through a simple software program. This is useful for more complex functions like multi-button presses or even something as simple as crouching or sliding. The software also makes it easy to control basic desktop functions like launching a program or controlling media.
As a gaming mouse, Kaliber Gaming’s Symmetre gets the job done without breaking the bank. For those who see gaming as more of a lifestyle than a hobby, it’s important to have the right equipment that supplements how you play. Some of us just like to keep it simple and that’s a great feature of this mouse.
There is enough functionality and form to enjoy any type of game all around. The Symmetre isn’t just for casual PC gamers, and its price and feature list make it perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to break the bank to perform better in multiplayer games. Whether you’re left-handed, looking for a new mouse, or are just breaking into PC gaming, the Symmetre is a great choice at an affordable price.
The Kaliber Gaming Symmetre gaming mouse was tested on a review unit provided by Kaliber Gaming and IOGEAR.
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