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Fnatic Flick G1 review

This time the OCN Labs provided this sample of the Flick G1 for my review.



The Flick is has an ambidextrous shape with sidebuttons only for right hand users. It features the PixArt 3310 sensor with up to 5000 CPI and supports up to 1000 Hz polling rate.

Boxing

A simple box similar to the old Razer boxes in style, with a door to look at the mouse and the specs on the inside of said door.

What's included:
- Fnatic Gear Flick G1 mouse
- Manual

Box:









Weight & Shape

The mouse reminds me of the Zowie AM shape more than any other, mainly because like the AM it has the sides slanting inward from the bottom, like /__\. As it is rather big it makes for a good shape for both claw and palm grip in my opinion.

Weight: 88 g
Height: ~39 mm
Width: ~60 mm
Length: ~120 mm
Number of buttons: 5











Weight on my scale



Note: the cable is so stiff that it might be lifting a bit here. More on that cable later.

Comparison
ZA11 - WMO - Flick G1 - AM-FG - G900

More close up comparisons (Click to show)
Flick G1 - Zowie AM-FG


Flick G1 - WMO




Flick G1 - G302


Flick G1 - ZA11 (with CeeSA cable mod)


Flick G1 - G900

How I grip the mouse







Of course shape is completely individual preference, so everyone has to try for himself in the end. The perfect shape for me might be horrible for others. So please keep the pictures of my grip in mind for comparison.



Sensor / Performance

Performance seems very similar to all other 3310 mice out there.

I’ll only post the mouse tester screen for the 400 CPI step, but rest assured it performs the same on the others too, at least in terms of PCS



CPI steps

Jitter tests in paint (Click to show)







Jitter is bad at high CPI, just like you’d expect.

By the way: out of the box this mouse is set to 125 Hz, so you need to install the software if you want the sweet 1000 Hz polling rate.

Here’s a video of some faster swipes from rocket jumping in TF2 (also a showcase why low sens is bad for Soldier mains)


Speed related accuracy variance


Angular displacement in that video was as follows

-2.67, -1.52, -4.95, -2.13, -5.22, -2.51, -1.98

So not the best, not too bad

Lift Off Distance

LOD is high, more than 3 CDs, so >3.6mm. Now it was reported that the mouse would jitter when lifting, but that is normal for high lod in my experience. You can see that behaviour in the video below. I don’t know why the LOD is so high on this mouse when the 3310 can usually provide a very low LOD without troubles. I can see this being an issue mainly for higher sensitivity/CPI players, because the faster the cursor the more pronounced the jitter when lifting will be.



Software

The software suite is rather simple, which isn’t a bad thing in general. Basic settings allow the usual stuff, like independent x- and y-sensitivities (although I don’t know why anyone would do that?), pointer settings, scroll speed and polling rate. You can set each of these for the three available profiles. The profiles are saved on the mouse and work after deleting the software.



Out of the box button 6 is set to cycle profiles, which I think is a bit dumb considering that most people would think it’s a CPI cycle button and switching profiles takes a while, so if you hit that button ingame thinking it switches CPI your mouse will lag out for a second or so. So make sure you set it to CPI cycle manually if you want that. You can also assign media functions, windows functions and a bunch of standardized shortcuts to each button, as well as macros.



Color customisation is there, but rather limited. You can set the colors with the bar, but not by entering RGB codes for example. I didn’t care too much about it, just played through the options once to test them.



The macro recorder is in fact just that, it records your input. But it’s veeery basic. It doesn’t show the timings for example and you can’t manually configure them. I don’t use macros, but if you need them you should probably look for another mouse (or use AHK or something). I prefer this way over the flat out cheating macros you can get with the bloody mice.





Buttons / Switches / Scroll Wheel

Main buttons are alright, relatively light. The buttons are Omron D2FC-F-7N(10M), other switches are 5M green Huano switches. The button response time is low, a bit lower than the G900 to be exact.

Flick G1 (A) vs G900 (B)


The mousewheel is pretty standard, the scroll on mine felt a bit tight, but alright. It’s no problem to click it.

Sidebuttons are nice and crisp, and for my hand and grip they are in the perfect spot. I can reach both M4 and M5 easily by rolling up my thumb.

Here are some pictures of the PCB and the switches:
Here are some pictures of the PCB and the switches: (Click to show)








Build Quality

The mouse feels very solid, there is only a very minor rattle coming from the wheel when shaking the mouse like a madman, so it doesn’t really matter. The coating and the shell itself feel high quality, the coating being a middle ground between the new Zowie coating and the Mionix coating, at least that’s what it feels like to me. Despite the /__\ shape and my dry hands I had no troubles gripping the mouse.

My main problem with the quality is the cable. It is so stiff that I find it hard to come up with another mouse that has the same stiffness. This might be the most stiff cable I’ve ever seen. Like if you bend it up into the air it stays there. Which funny enough made it ok to use, because there was no drag as the cable barely touched the pad. Considering that the box calls it a drag reduction cord this might be intended. Still, I’d take a Zowie cable over this any day.



Conclusion

The Flick delivers a refreshing new take on the ambi shape, and I think for pure palm grippers this kind of shape might actually be beneficial compared to the regular |__| or \__/ shapes. My main problem with the mouse is the very high LOD because I play low sens. And more concerning than that I wonder why it hasn’t been fixed while Fnatic Gear claimed that it was. That is just deceiving. If the LOD was fixed (which would also fix the lift off jitter) I’d rate the mouse in the same league as the Zowie ZA series, maybe even better because the build quality is a bit better overall. One example for that would be the infamous main button stability test where you push down the middle of the mouse where the buttons separate. For the Zowies that would cause M1 and M2 to drift to the sides. The Flick doesn’t do this, so in my eyes that concludes to a better product quality with less tolerance gaps.
Edited by Ino. - 7/25/16 at 12:28am
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Good review, thanks!
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I had this mouse for a bit and returned it. Not sure if I ever even mentioned it here, I was that deflated. It, along with the XM300 were probably the most frustrating mice purchases of the year. Frustrating because of so much failed potential due to utter incompetence in key areas. I honestly hope these kind of duds don't continue to crop up as the 3360 era enters full stride.

Anyway, nice review Ino. Good summary on what's right and (unfortunately) wrong with this product. I still can't believe how incredibly crap the cable is. And from my subjective experience, the "AM shape" isn't really ideal unless the coating is ideal as well. I can use/lift my AM-FG no issue due to the gloss, but the Flick was more troublesome. Basically, if your fingers start to slip and ride up the mouse, there's nothing there to "catch" them. I really liked the clicks and scroll wheel though. Still, there's an overall sour taste due to the blatant lie of fixing the irritating issues they decided to release this product with.
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Is this a paid Review on part of Fnatic, to offset the terrible reputation they've build in the Other fnatic thread ...

OCN selling out on us.. biggrin.gif

INO, I trusted you.. why you treat us like this... hahahahaha

The mouse costs $50, assuming it took you ~ 4 hours to do and write up this review, that's $12.5 an hour tax exempt..

You sold us out for $12.5 an hour.. hahahahaha... thumb.gif





Fnatic.. Lies.. Cheats.. and Now propaganda
?biggrin.gif


They also still haven't responded to my questions about their testing procedure and equipment.tongue.gif


OVERALL.. I think it's a fine mouse, lots of other mouse had LOD problems... we still play with those just fine..


It's unfair to single out Fnatic for LOD problems
, when mediocre Razer mice had the exact same problem, pretty sure that was the origin of the Tape trick

Edited by tp4tissue - 7/22/16 at 9:28am
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Originally Posted by Alya View Post

My only reply to the above post is literally...what? Are you okay?


I am Okay.. thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by tp4tissue View Post

Is this a paid Review on part of Fnatic, to offset the terrible reputation they've build in the Other fnatic thread ...

OCN selling out on us.. biggrin.gif

INO, I trusted you.. why you treat us like this... hahahahaha

The mouse costs $50, assuming it took you ~ 4 hours to do and write up this review, that's $12.5 an hour tax exempt..

You sold us out for $12.5 an hour.. hahahahaha... thumb.gif





Fnatic.. Lies.. Cheats.. and Now propaganda
?biggrin.gif


They also still haven't responded to my questions about their testing procedure and equipment.tongue.gif


OVERALL.. I think it's a fine mouse, lots of other mouse had LOD problems... we still play with those just fine..


It's unfair to single out Fnatic for LOD problems
, when mediocre Razer mice had the exact same problem, pretty sure that was the origin of the Tape trick

It's ok to go outside once in a while.
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NEVER... You can't make me.. biggrin.gif
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NEVER... You can't make me.. biggrin.gif

there are pokémons outside to catch!
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Was the G900 connected via wire or wireless during the button latency test?
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