If you’re an avid gamer then you will be all too aware of the never-ending quest to find the ultimate performance from every aspect of your computer. Whether it be the CPU, graphics card, headphones, or monitor, each individual component of your rig takes careful consideration to decide if it is up to the task. And nowhere is this more crucial than in deciding what device you use to convert your precise hand movements into on screen action. Yes, the title of ultimate gaming mouse is once again being challenged, this time by a newcomer.
Today we’re looking at the Fanatec Headshot controller from the relatively unknown German company, Endor AG. It produces a range of gaming peripherals including alternative PlayStation and Xbox controllers and it also has a couple of unique products that combine the functionality of several peripherals into one hybrid product. It’s one of these hybrids that we’re looking at today.
The Headshot controller is the combination of the Controller mouse and the aURa gaming surface - which features an integrated USB 2.0 hub. They’re both apparently manufactured using no less than Germaneering, so it’s got to be good! Honestly, that’s what it says so on the website. It offers a number of unique features and innovative ideas but with an asking price of £79.99, it costs more than the best mice from the likes of Logitech, Microsoft and Razer who, between, them are universally recognised as producing the best gaming mice available. And with the twenty pounds or so you save by buying one of their mice you can also go and buy yourself one of the top gaming surfaces by companies such as Ratpad, Everglide, etc. All of which means the Fanatec Headshot has a lot to live up to.
As the Fanatec is a complete kit, it comes with its own carrying case for easy transportation to and from LAN parties. It’s made from a clear plastic that lets you show off all your goodies inside. Unfortunately, it just looks a bit of a mess with stickers and cardboard inserts everywhere and, frankly I wouldn’t be seen dead carrying it around - give me a plain black case any day. The case’s problems don’t end there either as the hinges are made from bent plastic, rather than using a proper pivot joint, so they are likely to fail very quickly. Overall, it’s just not worth the added clutter of keeping the case. So, not a good start.
Opening the case up, you certainly get a comprehensive kit of parts. There’s the mouse, the gaming surface, a power supply, the cradle for holding the mouse wire (I’ll come back to this shortly), a USB cable, some spare PlasmaGlyde feet (Teflon pads to you and me), a little bag to hold all your spare bits in, and… a bottle of MOUSE BLOOD!!!! That’s right these guys are so serious about their gaming that they’re willing to sacrifice mice just to gain that performance edge.*
Putting the device together is pretty straight forward and there is a clear quick setup diagram included in the box to guide you through the process.
* Obviously I was just kidding. It's just some red oil-based lubricant for your gaming surface.