Along with the usual left/right click buttons and scroll wheel functions, the Controller has two additional buttons above the scroll wheel, which are your usual back/forward buttons, and two below it that are for adjusting the sensitivity. At first it was a bit peculiar to not have any thumb buttons but I quickly got used to using my middle finger for all these additional duties.
Both the mouse and either side of the arch feature separately controlled trios of red, blue, and green LEDs. The colour, brightness and flashing speed of each group can be controlled by the included software. So, if lights are your thing then you’ll be mightily pleased with the Headshot. I however, just turned them all off. All, that is, except for the illuminated Fanatec logo, which is permanently on.
The driver adds a tab to the Mouse Properties menu in Control Panel that enables you to control the mouse’s advanced settings. The first page of options includes lighting, resolution, and sensitivity settings – the vertical and horizontal sensitivities can be set independently enabling superfine control of the mouse’s movement. The more advanced options enable you to assign macros to various button clicks and combinations so that buy scripts can be activated by a single click, for instance.
Up to this point I’ve avoided making an issue of the design of the Headshot because I didn’t want it to detract from its technical capabilities but I can hold my tongue no more. The Headshot is ugly! The silly flashing lights everywhere, the cheap materials, the random lumps and bumps, it just looks and feels like a cheap kids toy. Maybe I misjudge the general gaming public but am I not right in thinking that no one over the age of twelve is going to buy this? Again, it’s a shame because the Headshot actually performs pretty well.
The Fanatec Headshot is an innovative product that performs quite well. However, for the same price you can get one of the best gaming mice available along with your choice of top gaming surface and you’ll have a combination that beats it on performance, looks, and, build quality. The arch and the USB hub are useful but they don’t do enough to raise the Headshot above the competition.
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