For a long time now, the king of mice for me has been my Gamdias Zeus GMS1100. I spent a long time adjusting and getting that mouse just where I wanted it. It had a multitude of features for adjustment, muscle memory, satisfyingly placed buttons, with satisfying depression clicks and never failing to amaze me from all aspects of my PC experience. From gaming, to video editing, my original Zeus has served me well.
My Zeus possessed my favoritism over its competition that I have owned and tested throughout the years, Razer Naga Epic (and Naga Hex), Logitech G3-4-5-6 series, Steel Series Rival 300 and many more.
Now enter the ‘could be new champion.’ Gamdias has decided to re-boot, and re-invent their flagship mouse. When I heard about a new vision for their King of the Gods Zeus mouse I was overly enthusiastic to see what they would do, how they would do it, and who in the market would this mouse be aimed at to please.
When I first saw the images of the Zeus P1 (and E1), I realized they weren’t joking about a re-design. Everything I knew and loved about my current model was changed, stripped down, and seemingly re-built as new. It’s a completely different design with a more finite and pre-defined destiny on the desk.
I want to start by saying I like the new design, it encompasses a unique feel and style while not being so outrageously different, but I also like ‘different.’ One truth that could be mentioned about the original Zeus mouse is that there is a learning curve to getting used to it, and being familiar and comfortable with it. It featured such a unique design that in this reviewer’s opinion it had carved out a place of its own in a monumental mountain of innovative peripheral devices.
The Zeus P1 features a large chassis that feels sturdy, coated in ABS, with a fantastic grip implementation on both sides of the mouse. If you have a larger hand, this is a larger mouse that will suit you well.
The Zeus P1 has stripped away the rear and side adjustment wheel, and Gamdias reduced the programmable buttons to eight. Where the side previously featured four thumb buttons, and an additional rapid fire reprogrammable button above the left click, we now look at the more comfortable modern style ‘forward’ and ‘back’ thumb buttons.
So what does this mean? It means this mouse is less likely to be considered for MOBA and MMO gaming, but find a better place for the FPS market even with the hefty 125g weight.
Hand fatigue is nonexistent with the Zeus P1, and the feet on the bottom seem mildly larger (thicker) than I typically encounter in other mice. This maintains consistent and accurate movement on the mouse pad with no physical catching, or staggering issues. The feel of using the mouse can be difficult to articulate as everyone is different, but I am thoroughly satisfied with my experience. The mouse is easy to grip and easy to use and a satisfying transition from my original Zeus.
Why the change? Why the re-invention of the Zeus? I theorize it more like an old good movie. Take something that was great, apply the bold ambition to change it while maintaining its essence and reboot it for the fans. Some will meet it with criticisms and disdain, but most will meet a well re-produced version with welcome arms. In my humble opinion this reboot design is exceptional and well thought out. It is familiar to me, while being very different. Gamdias captured the spirit of the original flagship Zeus mouse, re-applied it, and made it better.
So let us take a look a little deeper into what new features it has that serve to further set it apart and escalate it to its own deserving place under the palm.
(I would like to start by saying, stylization, flashy lights, fancy extras all fall second place to performance, construction, and comfortable usability to me)
The Zeus P1 utilizes Omron switches with a 20 million click life cycle. Top marks for great switches (arguably the best you could choose for a top tier grade product) and for a flagship product of a company. I would expect as much for the great care for the consumer wants and needs.
A downside to the right and left click is the depression to actuation. The switches are a higher resistance switch then I personally prefer. A gentle depress will not actuate the key stroke easily (or as easily as some other mice, including but not limited to my Original Zeus). I compared this with the current Zeus as well as some of my other mice that feature Omron switches. Light tapping creates actuation almost infallibly, while when I do this with the Zeus P1, if the depression is just light enough I miss a click periodically.
Side buttons and top DPI buttons all respond well and feel comfortable. The forward and back side buttons are appropriately placed and a great size for comfort. The side buttons are arced well to be distinguishable and easy to determine on the fly.
The sensor utilized is a Pixart PMW 3336 (variant) enabling high DPI/CPI (same thing) up to 12,000 with modification for scaling likely implemented as the 3336 was rarely used and caps around 10800 DPI/CPI. The sensor is designed for and utilized in mid to high end gaming, and is marketed by Pixart under the 3330 series model to be a premium choice. It is considered a best in class sensor with high accuracy and tracking, premium resolution, and optimal lift off detection height. This sensor could easily be implemented in a wireless version of the Zeus P1 (should Gamdias decide to ever go that route. I think they should go with a PMW 3360 if they do) as the 16pin 3336 sensor also features a self-adjusting frame rate algorithm for optimized wireless applications.
Gamdias prides themselves on innovative attempts to change the game and while it does little for function, it does much for aesthetics that match all the premium functionality they have incorporated in to this Zeus reboot. Twin streaming RGB lighting for making your own custom lightshow. The light streams are the first of their kind in a mouse but are reminiscent in style of the Razer Mamba Chroma. I do feel that Gamdias does it better, and upped the game in aesthetic innovation.
Using HERA (the graphic interface for Gamdias devices) you can set and customize your lighting features on the RGB 16.8 million color spectrum. The lights flow beautifully and make for an awesome accent. It was a well thought visual aesthetic that gives the mouse the added unique flavor to have it stand apart from others. You can adjust brightness controls, light speeds, colors, type of effect and more.
HERA is more than a way to make the pretty stuff happen. Using HERA you can master control of the mouse from simplistic features to advanced features. When HERA is working as intended you can apply advanced macros that can be stored and saved on the Zeus P1, set up profiles, adjust polling rates, set custom DPI sub profiles to apply to a user profile and more. One of the biggest draw backs is the occasional bugs and crashes HERA experiences. Despite constant reports in reviews, and contacts about the GUI, HERA remains largely hit or miss for most people. When HERA works, it works well, but it is not a flawless piece of software, and often is the biggest setback for Gamdias devices. I’m told Gamdias is aware of this and strives for better functionality for its consumers so keep checking for updates. Here is an old expression most may know ‘a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.’ Apply the importance, because the mouse is as good as the control you have over it, if HERA is the weakest link here it will surely be the link that breaks causing the Zeus P1 to fall.
I want to follow that last part up with: HERA has been divided down more specifically for each product, and greatly improved on. When I went to check for drivers I noticed I could select applicable products. I was able to easily download and install. Once launched, auto detection worked amazingly well. I was then able to utilize HERA to do everything I wanted with no current issues found. Great work Gamdias. HERA is what I wanted it to be and it works well at the time of this review.
My conclusion says it all for me, it takes a great mouse to get me to swap my daily driver.
My original Zeus has been retired. The Zeus P1 reigns king of the mouse pad from hence forth.
All around as a consumer, via my budget oriented consumer eyes, the Zeus P1 feels like an $70+ mouse even though it will only cost you around $50. With high end components, a unique innovative RGB LED design, and a well-constructed design including a 6’ braided cabled and gold plated USB connector for the added cherry on top appeal. The Zeus P1 is definitely worthy to be the new ‘King of the Gods’ flagship mouse of Gamdias.
This mouse is deserving of the Eight-Six Silver award, and a recommended purchase if it fits your budget.
I base this award off of: internal components, price, functionality, ease of use, control & comfort, and appeal.
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