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Red Square 1337 v2 Review (Sponsored)

A Review On: Red Square 1337 v2

Red Square 1337 v2

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Pros: sensor, shape, weight, scroll wheel

Cons: cable

Introduction

Even though this review was sponsored I'm still 100% unbiased, and I'm extremely picky when it comes to mice - you can see that in my forum sig as well.

Official site: [link]

Red Square is a company you probably didn't yet hear of, unless you live in the Russian region. They mostly target consumers from the Russian market. They do have a lot of gaming peripherials though, and I had the chance to test the 1337 v2, which is their "flagship" mouse.



Packaging

The front "door" is openable. The box of contents are the mouse and an instruction manual. No extra mousefeet unfortunately. The cable is tied up to small loops by default.



Shape, Build, Weight

The shape can be quite familiar, as it's a widely used one. Both the Dream Machines DM1 Pro (S) and the Nixeus Revel have pretty much the same shell (along with some other, less known brands), with some minor differences. It's a medium sized (on the larger side maybe) ambidextrous mouse, with side buttons only on the left, so it targets right-handed users mainly. It can be good for any grip style, depending on your hand size of course.



The build quality is surprisingly good. There are no creaking or squeaking sounds when you grip on the mouse really hard, but there is one minor issue. The side buttons do activate if you press the shell under them very firmly. I'm pretty sure there's absolutely no chance of doing this accidentally, because it needs a lot of force to do so.



The top surface material is really grippy, I don't think anyone would have problems with slipping, even if they have very sweaty palms. The sides are matte plastic as far as I could tell, these didn't feel any slippery either. The whole mouse has a pleasant touch.

The weight roughly 95 grams, but there is an enormous weight screwed onto the top shell, that weighs 20 grams.



By removing that you can get a very light mouse, weighing only 75 grams, which is absolutely amazing for its size. Both the DM1 Pro (S) and the Nixeus Revel are heavier by almost 10 g.

Comparisons



Razer DeathAdder



Microsoft WMO



Zowie ZA12

Feet, Cable

The mousefeet are pretty good, but there is an almost invisible protective film on them, which you have to remove in order to make it glide properly. There are no replacement feet in the box, but you can buy aftermarket ones (SteelSeries Sensei replacement feet work perfectly).




The cable is very very stiff, it's the stiffest I have ever seen to be honest. It made my testing half impossible, it's just that bad. I couldnt really hold it properly even with a bungee. If you plan on buying this mouse I would advise getting another cable with it right away. The length is 1.6 meters, which is quite short, but it was enough for me.


Buttons

The main buttons are rather stiff, I would say they are very close to the DM1 Pro S and the Zowie FK/ZA series in terms of click-feel. The switches are made by Huano. There is a bit of pretravel and overtravel, but I would say it's not really a deal breaker. I have seen way worse. These buttons aren't really good for extensive clickspamming though, so I wouldn't really recommend this mouse for MOBA/RTS games, but this is just my personal opinion.



The mouse uses an Alps scroll wheel encoder, which is the very best in my opinion. The steps are well defined, yet it is not at all hard to scroll through them.
The middle click uses the same Huano switch as the main buttons, so it's not too hard, nor too easy to press, so there won't be any accidental clicks.

Both the side and the DPI switcher buttons use tactile switches. They work okay for their main purpose, but don't expect anything fancy. The side buttons have quite a lot of pretravel before acutation.

Sensor

The sensor is a PixArt PMW3360. It's pretty much perfect, at least I couldn't tell the difference to my other 3360 mice.
You can set the DPI from 100 to 12 000 in steps of 100. Above 2000 DPI a constant 3-4 ms input lag appears, just like in most mice using the PMW3360. Until that it's totally fine.
The polling rate can be set to 125, 500 and 1000 Hz values, and it comes with 1000 Hz default.
The LOD is around one DVD by default, but it's changable in the software as well.
As I wrote earlier, the cable made it pretty hard to do proper testing, I had to measure everything at least 3-4 times, but the graphs still don't look very good.

Tests

DPI divergence
The measured values are higher than the nominal values.



Paint test
No jitter on the reasonable DPI steps, no AS, no sensor lens rattle either.



SRAV test



Input lag measurement
Nothing until 2000 DPI, constant 3-4 ms above. Control subject is a Ninox Venator @ 800 DPI.





PCS measurement
The sky is the limit.






Polling rates




Software

The software is in Russian, but most of the settings are self-explanatory. The last screenshot shows the lightning settings. You can choose between static lightning, breathing effect, and you can turn it all off as well. There are 3 brightness levels.





Conclusion

Would I recommend it? Honestly the cable is the only part of this mouse which would really make me advise otherwise, but I'll say it can still be a good deal. Just change the cable and you have yourself a mouse with a top sensor, great scroll wheel and one of the best shapes out there.
The other thing is the built-in weight. If you want to remove it, you need to peel off the stock feet (and there's not too much of a chance you can stick them back on properly). With no extra feet added it can be a bummer for sure.
If you like stiffer clicks over soft ones, this could be your top "weapon" of choice, but I'd recommend it for FPS players mainly. And if you are gaming on a high level I would suggest to use a DPI step lower than 2000 to avoid the +3-4 ms input lag.


Specs

Size: 125.5 × 68 × 38 mm
Shape: medium-large, right-handed, ambidextrous
Weight: ~75 + 20 g
Resolution: 100 - 12.000 DPI
Polling rate: 125 - 1000 Hz
Software: yes
Number of programmable buttons: 6

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