I am Nick Iannotti from PureTrak Gaming. For those who do not know me (which I am assuming the most of you don't), I am the lead product developer and the person overlooking the Valor project in it's entirety. I am one of the PureTrak founders and overlook almost all of it's daily operations. I am also the person responsible for the current PureTrak products including the PureTrak Talent professional gaming mouse pad as well as our now-famous PerfectGlide replacement performance enhancing mouse skates. I have been an active, avid gamer for the better part of 13 years now which the start of that originating directly within this community. With my daily community interaction, I was referred to this forum by another member who thought the feedback provided here would catch my interest... and it has
Firstly, I would like to personally thank every one of you for your honest feedback be it negative or positive. I can see and appreciate the true passion everyone is displaying for the type of products you use as well as how well they cater to your needs... not to mention for the Valor project. After reading through this thread several times and just getting an overall outlook on things, I felt it would be a good idea to introduce myself directly and address a lot of the concerns many of you are having about the direction of the Valor project. My goal here is provide you direct insight on the Valor project, to take in every single one of your opinions, and to better improve our products for everyone to enjoy and respect. I am not here to sell a million units but only to provide and design products that even the smallest community of gamers can enjoy using.
The Valor project was not something that came together over the course of a few days, weeks, or even months. This project originated nearly 18 months ago with the initial goal of gathering as much feedback from the community as possible. This feedback included opinions and suggestions from international professional gamers, core gamers, and casual gamers who all had their own preference in what they believe a mouse should have... similar to what you guys are displaying here
. After the feedback was dissected, several in-house concepts were drawn together in terms of shell shape and design. As I explained in one of the initial press releases about the Valor, the community is literally split down the middle on which "grip" they prefer so it was literally to the point of us flipping the coin to choose which design we would start with first. Obviously, we landed on the "palm" style grip.
So why this specific design which looks to have been used before? Simply because of cost. Cost in relation to what we wanted the end price point for the customer to be. As I stated before, manufacturing a shell from 100% scratch can run the end cost sky high and we had a very specific price point in mind. I wanted the majority of our production budget to focus on the internal workings of the mouse rather than the visual appeal. As I stated before, we're not at all about the flashing lights and chrome grills. Before solidifying our choice on this specific shell, we ran the design past many of our close professional gamer affiliates who have always provided us 100% honest feedback on every one of our products (including the popular Talent pad) - All were very well aware of our approach and all agreed that with the right changes and adjustments that this shell is very comfortable and can fit the bill for even the pickiest of professional gamers. This feedback gave us the motivation we needed to further perfect the "movement" seeing as that is where most of the issues with today's mice lies. This is where the AVAGO ADNS-3090 sensor, customized lens, ultra-durable scroll wheel and OMRON switches and countless other adjustments came in to play.
To clarify about the shell further, PureTrak Gaming owns this shell in its entirety. Our shell is a drastically modified, specially catered shell made for the PureTrak Valor project and this project only. This shell is to fit our internal design (PCB Board, sensor lens, and switch layouts). So while viewing pictures may show similarities, the differences outweigh the similarities ESPECIALLY when it comes to the internal parts used in the Valor.
From the start, we designed this mouse to last with build quality standards that surpass most all companies. Our build quality paired with the the "movement" feel users have been begging for will ensure that the Valor will be a mouse you can use for years without the need for constant adjust or whole unit replacement.
What many people fail to see (me included until working more in depth on this project) is that quite a few of the popular mice on the market are modified designs from other projects carried out by design and/or manufacturing companies. Mice that have been used for OEM (open to anyone for re branding) production before being bought out as ODM models, locking in that design to that specific company for a contractual amount of time or forever.
I will continue reading through here and directly quote-answer people who have questions about the Valor. If anyone has any further questions regarding the shell design, internal design, or anything else relating to the overall Valor project I will be happy to answer them. Edited by PureNick - 3/22/11 at 7:22pm