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Prolink Enters Gaming Peripheral Market with Bat-inspired Mice
Prolink Enters the Gaming Peripheral Arena
While Prolink is generally more well-known for its networking devices, the company announced today that it will be entering the gaming peripheral business with two mice that draw their inspiration from the bat. The initial product range will consist of two mice, the Hesperus, named after the Canyon Bat, and the Xanthinus, named after the Vesper bat. Both mice will be available for retail in April.
Similarities to Razer's snake-themed mice aside, Prolink stated that their gaming mice drew inspiration from the bat for three reasons:
- Agility - the bat is the only mammal that can fly under the power of its own musculature.
- Resilience - the bat is capable of thriving even in the most inhospitable conditions and can sustain, and even thrive, in areas burnt out by forest fires.
- The bat can navigate in total darkness.
Hesperus Gaming Mouse
The Hesperus is an ergonomically-shaped, right-handed mouse with fairly deep thumb and pinkie finger cutouts. In hand it feels quite similar to a Roccat Kone+. It is equipped with an Avago ADNS-9800 laser sensor, which is rated at a maximum of 8200 DPI. It features nine programmable buttons, a four-way scroll wheel, a 1.8m braided cable, Teflon feet and five switchable profiles. One nice touch is that an extra set of Teflon feet are included with the mouse.
The mouse features a fairly uninspired aesthetic being mainly glossy, black plastic with a grippy, textured material in the thumb and finger cutouts.
The Hesperus will retail for $109.
Xanthinus Gaming Mouse
The Xanthinus is a fairly small, ergonomically-shaped, right-handed mouse with a shape somewhat similar to a Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 or Razer Deathadder, but about 10% smaller and with a deeper thumb groove, which might make it a good choice for gamers with smaller hands. It is armed with the same 8200 DPI Avago ADNS-9800 laser sensor as the Hesperus, and also features nine programmable buttons, a four-way scroll wheel, a 1.8m braided cable, Teflon feet and five switchable profiles. Like the Hesperus, an extra set of Teflon feet are included with the mouse.
Like the Hesperus, looks-wise, Prolink hasn't really done much to differentiate it from the slew of other gaming mice out there, with a predominantly rubberized black finish on top, and glossy black plastic trim.
The Xanthinus will retail for $89.
While neither mice really impressed us in terms of innovation or design (they're just too similar to offerings already available on the market), we were interested by the customization service Prolink will be offering for their range of gaming mice. Gamers will be able to drop off their Prolink mouse and pay for customization ranging from a change of colors, to your own custom design on the outer casing, to an engraving. Engraving will cost $20, while prices for repaints start at $50, and custom case design will cost $80. As an introductory offer, until 31st July 2013, these prices will by reduced for all customers by 25%.
Unfortunately Prolink didn't have any customized mice available for us to take a look at the event. Still, such a service is really an industry first from a mouse vendor in Singapore and we do applaud Prolink for stepping up the game. Perhaps when more examples of their customization is made available, we'll update this space again.