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IOGEAR Symmetre, Retikal, and Fokus gaming mice now available

The affordable Fokus, Retikal, and Symmetre are retailing for $50, $35, and $25 USD, respectively, with features including high DPI, adjustable weights, and LED colors.

Computer and accessory manufacturer IOGEAR has announced three new gaming mice at affordable prices aimed at the casual gamer. We’ll go over the pros and cons of each to see which is the right fit for your gaming needs. It's worth noting that the manufacturer includes a three-year limited warranty as standard for each of these three mice.

IOGEAR Symmetre GME630

The first is the ambidextrous Symmetre GME630 optical gaming mouse with its 8 programmable keys (left and right click, two on the left and right edges, and two more adjacent to the scrolling wheel), Blue LED lighting, and on-the-fly DPI resolution switching. Its report rate can be toggled between 125/500/1000 rps via a switch on the bottom of the unit. It's a relatively small mouse with glossy plastic sides and rubberized top keys for improved grip.

Symmetre GME630
Symmetre GME630

Users can choose between 500, 1000, 1500, 2000, and 4000 DPI with a click of the two Arrow buttons adjacent to the scroll wheel. The LED color indicator on the arrow buttons will subsequently change in response with the 500 to 4000 DPI range corresponding to Red, Green, Blue, Purple, and Aqua, respectively. For a mouse retailing for about $20 USD, the Symmetre offers more features than initially expected.

While the mouse is excellent for basic tasks, we find its ambidextrous design to be less than ideal when gaming. For example, the two auxiliary buttons on the right hand side of the mouse is difficult to press for right-handed users and vice versa for left-handed users. The arrow buttons to change DPI on the fly is not positioned for quick adjustments during the heat of battle, so hardcore FPS users may want to invest a little more into a mouse with more conveniently placed auxiliary keys.

The left and right mouse clicks have slightly different auditory clicks with the right click feeling softer in comparison. It’s certainly not spongy, but it could have been firmer especially when compared to pricier alternatives like the Logitech G602.

The DPI settings are adjustable in 250 increments through the downloadable software
The DPI settings are adjustable in 250 increments through the downloadable software
Separate X- and Y-axes sensitivity settings
Separate X- and Y-axes sensitivity settings
Blue LED lighting only; no RGB options
Blue LED lighting only; no RGB options
Symmetre GME630
Symmetre GME630
ProsCons

+ Inexpensive

+ Great for browsing, multi-tasking, and basic tasks

+ Plenty of customizable buttons considering the price

+ Blue LED lighting with multi-colored DPI lights

+ Glossy plastic and smooth rubberized surfaces

- No adjustable weight options

- Fixed Blue LED lighting

- Placement of auxiliary buttons is not ideal for fast-paced gaming

- Right-click feels slightly softer than the left click

IOGEAR Retikal

Move one step up and you have the right-handed Retikal GME660 gaming mouse that utilizes 9 programmable buttons across five different profiles for a total of 45 customizable keys. The extra ninth button is a Sniper button on the side for the thumb, so the mouse caters very well to FPS gamers. A slide-out tray is included on the front of the device for weight adjustment, though the model lacks the RGB lighting of the Fokus. Core specifications include a 5000 DPI and an adjustable report rate of 125/500/1000 Hz. Its build shares the same plastic and rubberized surfaces as the Symmetre including a button for toggling between five preset DPI settings (800, 1600, 3200, 4000, and 5000 DPI) and customizable color readings.

When compared to the Symmetre, the Retikal is much more comfortable for gaming as it is wider, slightly heavier, and catered specifically for right-handed users. That means its single right auxiliary key feels natural to click on with the ring finger and ditto for the two left auxiliary keys with the thumb. The dedicated button near the scroll wheel for on-the-fly profile switching is also very useful especially for titles like Overwatch where custom buttons and DPI must match the constantly changing playstyle of the various characters. All buttons take very little force to press to make it easier for gamers to click quickly or repeatedly without fatigue. The two main mouse keys in particular have more satisfactory feedback than on the less expensive Symmetre.

Retikal GME660
Retikal GME660

Drawbacks include the maximum weight of the mouse as it can still feel very light depending on the needs of the user. The four adjustable weights themselves total about 20 g compared to the mouse at just 130 g including the cable and without the weights. Furthermore, the dedicated snipe key on the left-hand side is positioned quite far up on the mouse especially when compared to the Corsair M65. Users with shorter thumbs may find the button more difficult to press consistently and reliably. Otherwise, the large and soft rubberized rest for the thumb immediately adjacent to the Snipe button is a nice touch for added comfort.

The Retikal retails for just under $35 USD. Note that none of the three mice include drivers or discs inside their boxes, so users will need to visit iogear.com to download the software for customizing the keys.

Customizable Macro keys for each of the five profile settings
Customizable Macro keys for each of the five profile settings
Adjustable sensitivity, polling rate, and DPI
Adjustable sensitivity, polling rate, and DPI
Few light options not unlike the Symmetre
Few light options not unlike the Symmetre
ProsCons

+ Wide design for a comfortable right-hand hold

+ Five on-the-fly adjustable profiles and DPI settings with indicators

+ Rubberized thumb rest

- Adjustable weights could be heavier

- Snipe button may be placed too far up for some users

IOGEAR Fokus GME670

The last and most expensive model is the Kaliber Fokus GME670 Pro Laser Gaming Mouse with a similar 8-button programmable configuration and ambidextrous design as the Symmetre, but with RGB LED lighting and a much higher 8200 DPI specification. The software supports five different modes with 8 functions per mode for a total of 40 different keys. Like the Symmetre, its bottom switch allows on-the-fly adjustment between a reporting rate of 125/500/1000 Hz. Unlike the black ABS plastics used on the Symmetre, however, the Fokus utilizes a higher quality white aluminum frame with a color scheme not far off from a Storm Trooper. The center button adjacent to the scroll wheel toggles between preset DPI settings of 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, and 8200.

Fokus GME670
Fokus GME670

Unlike the Retikal, the Fokus works best as a general mouse for both browsing and gaming despite the higher maximum DPI. This is due to its design and placement of auxiliary keys that aren’t unlike on the Symmetre. In fact, we find the side buttons to be too light and easily pressed by accident. The main two mouse buttons have more satisfactory feedback than the Symmetre, but they require slightly more force to press and this could be a problem for longer gaming sessions. Its sharp edges and corners make for a less comfortable hold compared to most other gaming mice. The appeal of the Fokus is therefore in the design and RGB lighting rather than its gaming functionality.

The lack of any rubberized surfaces gives a more plastic feel to the overall unit. The user’s palm and fingers are less likely to slip or glide as a result.

The Kaliber Fokus Pro retails for just under $50 USD.

Almost the same settings as the Symmetre, but with higher DPI maximums
Almost the same settings as the Symmetre, but with higher DPI maximums
No new sensitivity sliders despite being over twice the price as the Symmetre
No new sensitivity sliders despite being over twice the price as the Symmetre
Seven different color settings compared to just one on the Symmetre or Retikal
Seven different color settings compared to just one on the Symmetre or Retikal
ProsCons

+ Customizable RGB lighting

+ High 8400 DPI; adjustable on-the-fly

+ Sleek Star Wars-inspired design

+ Weighty

- Auxiliary buttons are easy to press on accident

- No on-the-fly profile switching; fewer gaming features than the Retikal

- “Sticky” feel and grip; no rubberized surfaces

The Fokus is centered more around style than comfort as it contours less snugly around the palm. As a result, it's difficult to recommend especially when it costs more than either the Symmetre and Retikal. For an all-purpose mouse, the Symmetre is the best bang for the buck while the gaming-centric Retikal offers easy profile switching and a more comfortable grip catered to longer play sessions.

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Allen Ngo, 2016-11- 2 (Update: 2016-11-16)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.