Review: Feenix Nascita and Dimora - An Ultra-Premium Gaming Mouse and Surface Accessory
With a suggested retail price of $96, the Nascita gaming mouse is designed for an elite crowd of power gamers who rely upon exquisitely designed interface devices with ultra-reliable and ultra-responsive performance. High-end graphic designers, video editors and those who depend upon a mouse to work the finer points of Adobe Photoshop or AfterEffects, or other pixel-precise projects will also appreciate a mouse that puts the pointer exactly where it is intended to go. So, is the Nascita up to the task?
In a short: That depends. For 80 percent of elite gamers, this mouse is a well-sculpted marvel that lives up to the hype. However, and it’s a big however, the designers as Feenix give a big middle-finger to a sizable portion of the gaming and performance-mouse marketplace: left-handed players, female gamers, and males who have yet to fully experience the hand-widening process of puberty.
Let’s start with the lefties. For an ultra-premium mouse, you have no way of altering the orientation – no simple cover swap or universal design is available to allow left-handed users comfortably put their pointer finger on the primary button – left-handed gamers with this mouse are stuck with a middle-finger clickfest that is annoying at best and fatiguing at worst. Swapping the primary buttons doesn’t overcome the unnatural, anti-ergonomic bend of the Nascita. So if you are left handed, don’t waste your money and go with something like the Razer DeathAdder 3500 Left-Handed Edition.
Ladies, you, too, will probably want to avoid this mouse, but for a different reason: size. This mouse is large. Think rat in the N.Y. sewer large. Tiny hands will want to stay clear of this device. Try the Razer Orochi or the Cooler Master Storm Spawn or Storm Xornet instead.
The same reason can goes for some adolescent males: consider the size of your hand before putting this mouse on your shopping or wish lists – it’s going to take a while for your hand to grow into this mouse.
If you’re still reading this review, the chances are you are part of the 80 percent who are large-handed righties. In that case, for some serious cash you get a serious performance mouse. And for a even more cash, you can pair that mouse with a high-performance slate called the Dimora, which takes the term “mouse pad” to at least level 20. Let’s look at four areas: comfort, responsiveness, bling, and accessories.
With a large footprint, the Nascita mouse fits comfortably in large hands and is solid for those with medium sized hands. The angle of the thumb channel naturally cups the thumb, and the rocker buttons for the thumb are smartly placed to normally avoid being accidentally activated while in the heat of battle. Still, it takes a little getting used to – just fire up a skirmish somewhere and you’ll be OK when you are ready to venture out into a bigger battle.
The cord is long enough to snake around most desktop configurations and provide ample room for movement. The scroll wheel, however, feels old-school and clicks and clacks when spun just like a Logitech mouse from 2003. The wheel, however, is solid and has a high-quality feel you’d expect from a mouse of this caliber. Some gamers may actually prefer this style of tactile feedback; others may enjoy the stealthy wheel that doesn’t distract from your sniping perch atop the fire escape in that blind alley. Ninja, this wheel is not.
What’s better than a laser beam on a mouse? TWO laser beams, of course. With the Nascita, that’s just what you’ll get. Double the laser action means that you movements are doubly tracked for the ultimate in precision mouse dragging. This mouse was rock-solid on performance throughout testing on a variety of surfaces and didn’t catch or stumble on cracks or glossy desktops.
Assuming you’re a meat-fisted righty, you can adjust the sensitivity of this mouse to provide optimal gaming performance. Two small buttons on the center of the mouse allow for instantaneous adjustment of mouse sensitivity. The default DPI value is 1600, which was perfect for general computer use on large HD display. Crank up the DPI setting and the pointer will leap around the screen faster than your heart rate while playing Diabalo III on hardcore. It will scale all the way up to 8,200 DPI! Dial it back to a lower number and the pointer slows to something akin to watching Grandma attempt to navigate the Internet.
Those who expect their high-performance equipment to have gold plug won’t be disappointed, as the Nascita offers a gold-plated USB plug.
Mini LCD display?
Yep, this mouse has a built-in LCD screen that displays mouse sensitivity, as described above. It glows nicely for gaming in the dark, so you can verify that the last shot you missed was due to computer lag rather than your mouse setting.
Most of the time you won’t notice the white, glowing emblem on this mouse. But sometimes, like when it’s 3 a.m. and you’re reaching for that last bottle of Mt. Dew under your desk, your hand will leave the mouse and in that instance you’ll be like, “cool, that spread-eagle Feenix logo looks awesome.” Then you’ll cup your hand right back over the logo, get back down to business, and forget there’s a glowy thing under your palm.
Two cool-white LED headlights are positioned at the front of this mouse (see photo). They make for a striking product photo, and up the bling factor. Improve your gaming performance, they will not.
Every gamer is familiar with the standard cord wrapping that comes with mice and keyboards. Over the years, they have gotten smaller, but seldom nicer. If you have ever installed a premium PSU, then you are familiar with braided casings, and that’s exactly what you get on this corded mouse.
The soft, textured feel of the round and narrow cord is a nice departure from the expected, and the built-in Velcro-style tab keeps the cord neat and tidy when attending tournaments, gaming parties or just moving your rig from the back room to the 60-inch HDTV in the family room. Unfortunately, the cord maintains its shape for a time even after it has been unbundled.
You’ll feel like Sterling Archer, when you realize that this mouse comes with its own personal support person, or, as Archer would say, “Vall-ett.” Inside the box is a slip of cardboard with your very own person to call if you need help. Because let’s face it, if you can’t figure out how to stick a USB plug into a USB port, you’re going to need personal assistance.
The Nascita ships in a sturdy and glossy white box and unwrapping it feels a lot like opening your first Apple product. The minimalist packaging design is upscale and matches the price point of the device.
Dimora, a Premium Mouse Accessory
Mouse accessories haven’t changed much over the years and you probably haven’t paid $36 for one since 1998 when you just had to have that synthetic teal mousepad with the built-in gel wrist-rest. Back then, a mousepad was essential because the roller-ball needed smooth traction to properly convert X-axis and Y-axis movement into an onscreen experience.
That’s not the case today, as most people just use whatever surface is available – a knee, a book, a desktop, whatever. But for those who want the ultimate in mousepad technology, the Dimora has been released to the world. Essentially a piece of well-designed plastic resin, this 13.8-inch by 11-inch accessory is micro-textured to give you what gamer’s want most – consistent performance. Throughout testing, this mouse pad always succeeded in providing consistently smooth performance for whichever mouse it was paired with.
The large surface area commands a large footprint on the desktop, which is good for gamers who otherwise might limit themselves to a smaller area, or who inadvertently allow books, papers and other office detritus to encroach on their gaming lifestyle and crowd out the space.
This mouse pad – more like a mouse slate – never slipped during testing and could be used while a portion hung over the edge of the desk surface.
For right-handed, adult-male power gamers and others who demand the best performance from their desktop interface device, the Feenix Nascita, paired with the Feenix Dimora, is a significant power up from other accessories on the market.