Written by Vincent Elmer-Haerrig - published on November 16, 2018 in GameBlog.fr
When it comes to mice, the battle is often focused on the gross performance of the machine. Accuracy, weight, autonomy, charging system... The Lexip no longer plays at all in this register, it must be said, probably useless for the average person. It completely innovates with a new way of playing by offering an alternative to the keyboard/mouse or even joystick keyboard.
The Lexip is not quite like any other mouse. Its concept is rather unique and will help you discover a new way of moving in 3D. After conquering designers who needed to manipulate 3D objects, she naturally turned to players, who also had to direct avatars or ships into space.
A new way of "piloting"
Since the mouse is intended for the PC world, it is worth briefly reviewing the bases of the controls that are available for "touch disasters". When it comes to moving around in an FPS, the keyboard/mouse pair has become an essential standard. If you have to manage a third dimension, it is often a joystick that replaces the mouse, unless a paddle can do the trick for the less sharp among us (simulation enthusiasts swear by the stick).
In the case of the Lexip, it is precisely in order to propose a new alternative to the question of the third dimension that the mouse was designed. It will offer an intuitive platform to move both horizontally and vertically. This is made possible by a shell that is mobile and literally placed on a joystick. Thus it is by tilting the mouse on its base that we will move forward, backward or sideways. A mini stick on the side allows you to manage the plate by directing the gaze.
The first use that comes to mind with a Lexip in hand is space simulation games. First of all, of course, because it is precisely a question of moving an object (the ship) in space, and secondly because the innovative character of the mouse fits very well with a futuristic displacement system (we don't try to get closer to reality like in an airplane).
A unique ergonomics
The Lexip's operating system being unique, it will be necessary to adapt by placing the hand in a rather particular way on the back of the mouse. Of course, if you move it, it slides like any other mouse thanks to its Teflon skids. On the other hand, to tilt it, the hand must rest on both the palm and fingertips. This is not disturbing for the palm (like a classic mouse), but the fingers are firmly supported on the front edge of the mouse and they are not buttons, but a fixed surface that falls under the fingers.
Thus, you do not click with your fingertips, but rather at the level of the second phalanx if you want to put the whole hand in. You can also use only the middle finger to lean on the front by folding the index finger and ring finger over the two mouse buttons. The mini side stick falls naturally under the thumb (there is also a version for left-handed people). Whatever the position, if you want to tilt the shell to benefit from this unique function, the serrated wheel becomes difficult to access.
The same is true for the side buttons, which will be more practical in non playful uses such as web browsing for example. In all, the Lexip offers seven clickable buttons if you include the wheel and stick (both can be pushed in). All this is programmable and stored directly in the mouse memory via the Lexip Control Panel. This essential utility will also be used to configure all the functions for each application or game. There are gaming specificities such as the adjustment of the sensitivity or the color of the logo. The software is complete and well done.
The change is now?
The Lexip's main problem is also its best asset. It is so original that it can only upset the habits of its users. As a result, even with a successful Kickstarter that went well beyond initial expectations to finance it, it is not necessarily obvious to invest the almost 130€ requested.
The best option would still be to try it if the opportunity arises not to put it away quickly. In any case, and from a totally subjective point of view, the mouse has done its job perfectly for all office and daily applications on a PC. It also remains wired, which can represent an additional obstacle at a time when wireless has become more and more democratic.
Getting the most out of it when it comes to driving a machine in all three dimensions is less comfortable anyway than with a throttle and joystick torque. It is also not the same size, which makes it an argument for nomadic uses. The final result remains mixed and if we wish it success commensurate with its innovations, the Lexip will undoubtedly find it difficult to change the entrenched habits of the most regular players.
IN SUMMARY :
The Lexip may be an early mouse. No one can predict the future of the concept. It is as bold a challenge for its success as it is for the players' support. Because they too will have to make a bet to try the Lexip experience. The bet to completely change the way you play, otherwise you will end up with a basic mouse and probably less ergonomic than its traditional counterparts.
TECHNICAL DATA SHEET :
- Price: 130€ (November 2018)
- Compatibility: Windows 7 or higher
- Contents of the box: Lexip Pu94 mouse.
- Technical specifications: Laser sensor, resolution: 12 000 dpi, max acceleration >30G, max speed >150IPS.
- Physical characteristics: 125.7 mm (Length) x 70 mm (Width) x 43.2 mm (height)
- Cable length: 1.60 m.
- Weight: 106g.