For all the years I've played games on PC, the mouse attached to my desktop has always been a wired mouse. Concerns about low battery life, increased latency, and connectivity issues with wireless mice have deterred me from giving them a chance, though irritated with the cables on my desk. When the chance came up to try out HP's new Omen Vector Wireless Mouse in my inbox, I knew it would be a good time to see if previous wireless mouse concerns were still valid with today's offerings.
Since taking over VoodooPC, HP has established Omen as a gamer-centric brand. Initially with premium laptops and desktops, the Omen brand has now outsourced several player accessories in the hope of securing a place alongside well-known brands like Logitech or Razer. This will be a tough challenge for HP. So many gamers will find a peripheral that works for them and then swear by the model or brand, unless they have a good reason to try something new.
At $ 99, the Omen Vector wireless mouse positions itself in the upper range of high-end wireless mice. It's not the most expensive offering as some more established competitors are offering $ 150 and up, but it's also not aimed at offering the best value.
First, let's take a look at the inside.
The specifications of the Omen Vector Wireless are the same as those of comparable competitors. HP chose the wireless sensor PAW3335 from PixArt, which can process 400 IPS tracking and 40 g acceleration. Both are high enough to address concerns about spinning or decreased accuracy at speed. The mouse reports at up to 1000 Hz, and the DPI value is up to 16,000 if necessary. If you have multiple high resolution monitors, having higher DPIs available can be useful, but I've always found that 1,600 DPI with a single 1440p display is enough. The mouse is also equipped with mechanical Omron switches that are said to take up to 50 million clicks.
In terms of design, HP was relatively cautious in line with the newer Omen laptops and desktops. There are no crazy angles or too many distracting lights. The sides have rubber grips, the rest of the mouse is made of smooth, matte plastic. MMO and MOBA players may be disappointed to see only two buttons on the side, but there is a DPI button behind the scroll wheel.
With HP, users can preset colors to associate them with different DPI settings. So you can easily see which setting you have just changed to. There is a small compartment under the mouse in which the USB receiver can be easily inserted. This is useful when you are on the go.
While design and comfort ultimately depend on user preferences, the Vector Wireless felt very comfortable in my hands. The quality of workmanship also meets expectations; nothing feels cheap here. In addition to high-quality materials, the thumb rest is the perfect size for my hands. Just big enough not to slip and not too big to be awkward. Compared to my tried and tested Logitech G402, which I've been using for five years, I prefer the ergonomics of the Vector and could imagine using it as my next mouse.
HP offers the Omen Command Center utility for all customization functions: key assignments, RGB lighting settings, power saving mode, query rate, DPI changes and acceleration are included here. The utility does its job and step out of the way without feeling too clunky. That's all I ask of software-based customization.
With the Vector Wireless, HP has gone to great lengths to give users long battery life and fast charging when needed. The mouse is charged via a USB-C port on the front. A 6-foot braided cable from USB-C to USB-A is included for charging. Also included is a USB-C to USB-A adapter from socket to socket.
When connected, the Vector wireless mouse functions as a wired mouse. You can plug in and carry on when the battery runs out during a gaming session. The most impressive thing about the battery is how fast it charges.
HP claims the Vector wireless mouse is the fastest USB-C charging mouse on the market. It only takes 30 seconds to achieve an hour of operation and 90 minutes to fully charge the 180-hour battery life. While I couldn't test the mouse with a dead battery, the mouse went from 60% battery to full charge in 25 minutes.
When I used the mouse for the actual gameplay, I could quickly tell that the sensor was an upgrade from my 2014 Logitech G402. Perhaps more importantly, I didn't feel any noticeable difference in latency when switching between wired and wireless modes.
I kept switching between mice, often playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Overall, the Omens felt a little more responsive when I focused on how the tracking felt. During the fast-paced game, the difference was not that noticeable, but it was still there. I spent most of two weeks testing the Vector Wireless and never encountered any connectivity or latency issues.
Overall, I was impressed that the Vector Wireless Mouse stayed head-to-toe with my aging but trustworthy Logitech wired G mouse. For $ 99, I'd expect a few extra features like a DPI switch, adjustable weights, or an adjustable scroll wheel resistor, but HP did a good job of delivering a wireless mouse with great tracking, solid battery life, and fast charging, and as well imperceptible latency.