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Endgame Gear XM1 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Jul 16, 2020 at 08:28 am
Endgame Gear XM1 Picture
6.5
Mixed Usage
6.6
Office/Multimedia
4.8
Travel
8.5
Video Games (FPS)
5.3
Video Games (MMO)
8.7
Ultra-Light Gaming
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Endgame Gear XM1 is a great gaming mouse that has a very light design while still being extremely well-built. It has an amazing sensor performance and very low click latency resulting in a responsive experience. It has a comfortable shape, with a larger back than the front, and easy to reach side buttons unless you have very small hands. Unfortunately, fans of RGB lighting and customization might need to look elsewhere as it has no lights and the app is pretty bare-bones. On the upside, its cable is very light and flexible, which doesn't create drag when moving the mouse.

Our Verdict

6.5 Mixed Usage

The Endgame Gear XM1 is designed as a lightweight gaming mouse. It's very light and has amazing sensor performance, which makes it great for FPS games. However, it doesn't have many side buttons for MMOs. Its body feels very solid, which is great for everyday use, but it's not particularly great for the office as you can't program any inputs.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Amazing sensor performance.
  • Very low and consistent click latency.
Cons
  • No programmable inputs.
6.6 Office/Multimedia

The Endgame Gear XM1 isn't designed for office use, but it's still an okay option to browse the web. Its two side buttons can make your workflow a bit more fluid, and it feels very solid. It's also comfortable to use for long periods, although not everyone will like the ambidextrous design.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
Cons
  • No programmable inputs.
  • Wired-only design; can't be used wirelessly.
4.8 Travel

The Endgame Gear XM1 isn't a travel-friendly mouse. While it isn't particularly bulky, a wired mouse might not be ideal to bring around and to work in tight spaces like on a plane or train.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
Cons
  • No programmable inputs.
  • Wired-only design; can't be used wirelessly.
8.5 Video Games (FPS)

The Endgame Gear XM1 is a great mouse for FPS games. Its click latency is very low and feels responsive, and the mouse is light, while still feeling extremely well-built. It also has an amazing, light, and flexible cable. You can also precisely customize its CPI in the software to find your preferred sensitivity.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Amazing sensor performance.
  • Very low and consistent click latency.
  • Ultra-lightweight.
Cons
  • No programmable inputs.
5.3 Video Games (MMO)

The Endgame Gear XM1 is a sub-par for MMO games. While it's pretty comfortable, it doesn't have a lot of side buttons and isn't designed for this game genre.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Amazing sensor performance.
  • Very low and consistent click latency.
Cons
  • No programmable inputs.
  • Only two side buttons.
8.7 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Endgame Gear XM1 is a great mouse if you're looking for an ultra-light gaming mouse. It's very light, even as much as some mice with a honeycomb pattern to reduce their weight. It's very well-built, has very responsive clicks, and has an amazingly light and flexible cable.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Amazing sensor performance.
  • Very low and consistent click latency.
  • Ultra-lightweight.
Cons
  • No programmable inputs.
  • 6.5 Mixed Usage
  • 6.6 Office/Multimedia
  • 4.8 Travel
  • 8.5 Video Games (FPS)
  • 5.3 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.7 Ultra-Light Gaming

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Endgame Gear XM1 is a sleek-looking white mouse with black accents. The finish is matte, and it has the Endgame Gear logo on the back of the mouse. The mouse is also available in all-black.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
111 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
72 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
72 g

This mouse is very light and is comparable to some ultra-light mice that have a honeycomb design to make them light. However, there isn't any weight optimization.

5.5
Design
Portability
Length 4.8" (12.2 cm)
Height 1.7" (4.3 cm)
Width 2.8" (7.1 cm)
Volume
22.70 Cu. Inch (372 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

The Endgame Gear XM1 is wired-only and might not be the best travel accessory. Most people looking for a gaming mouse will more than likely leave it at home with their setup.

9.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the Endgame Gear XM1 is excellent. It might not have a premium aluminum build like the Corsair Scimitar Pro, but the whole body is still extremely sturdy. There's no wobble or squeaking pieces, and the mouse clicks feel very crisp. The PFTE feet feel nice and glide very well.

8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
No
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
Yes
Grip Width
60 mm

This mouse is very comfortable to use. The back of the mouse is very wide compared to the front and allows for a comfortable grip if you like to rest your palm on the hump. The body is symmetrical, with two side buttons on the left side. The two main click buttons are easy to press near the bottom as well.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Palm Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

Everyone should be able to use this mouse comfortably with a palm grip and you shouldn't have any issues reaching the buttons.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Claw Grip: Small Hand
No
Claw Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

Only people with smaller hands might have trouble having nice control over the mouse with a claw grip, due to the wide back.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Fingertip Grip: Small Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

With a fingertip grip, it can be a bit hard for people with small hands to hit the side buttons effectively.

0
Design
Wireless
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None

This mouse is wired-only and can't be used wirelessly.

9.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.2 ft (1.9 m)
Braided
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

The cable of the Endgame Gear XM1 is amazing. It's very light and flexible and feels quite similar to the 'Ascend' cable from the newest Glorious Model D. The XM1 was previously available with a rubber cable, so this is a nice improvement.

Design
In The Box

  • Endgame Gear XM1
  • User Manual

Control
Control
Sensor
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Works On Glass
No
8.5
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
10 ms

The click latency is very low and very consistent. This ensures a very responsive experience, and even the most competitive gamers shouldn't notice any delay when playing.

9.5
Control
Performance
Minimum CPI (DPI)
50 CPI (DPI)
Maximum CPI (DPI)
16000 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Error
3.5 %
Mouse Acceleration
No
Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The sensor performance is excellent. It has a very wide CPI range that can be precisely customized in its software to better suit your preferred sensitivity. You can also adjust its polling rate between 250-500-1000Hz.

4.8
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Programmable Inputs
0
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes

Unfortunately, this mouse has a couple of side buttons, none of the buttons of the mouse can be programmed. The software only allows you to deactivate the side buttons and the scroll wheel middle click. The CPI/polling rate button is located on the underside of the mouse.

6.0
Control
Mouse Wheel
Vertical Wheel
Physical
Vertical Wheel Incremented
Yes
Vertical Wheel Unlock Button
No
Vertical Wheel Tilt
No
Horizontal Wheel
None
Horizontal Wheel Incremented
No horizontal Wheel

The scroll wheel of this mouse is pretty firm and has medium-to-hard increments for very precise scrolling.

Operating System And Software
5.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name XM1 Configuration Software
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
No
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
No
Profile Configuration
No
RGB On/Off
No

While the Endgame Gear XM1 has compatible software, it's pretty bare-bones. The app allows you to enable/disable the side buttons and the scroll wheel middle click, but it doesn't really allow you to program inputs. Other than that, you can set your preferred sensor settings like CPI sensitivity, but that's about it.

8.3
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Partially

The mouse works on both Windows and macOS, but you don't have access to the software on macOS. Also, since the mouse doesn't have on-board memory, you can't customize it on Windows and bring it with all the settings to a Mac computer after.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

The Endgame Gear XM1 is available in both white and black. We reviewed the white model, but we expect our review to be valid for the black one as well. It's also worth noting that the previous version of this mouse featured a rubber cable that wasn't as nearly flexible and light as the newest batch of XM1s.

Compared to other mice

The Endgame Gear XM1 is a great gaming mouse. It's made for people who are looking for excellent performance, light weight, and would prefer a full-body shell over a honeycomb pattern like the Glorious Model O or the Finalmouse Ultralight 2 - Cape Town. For more options, check out our recommendations for best gaming mice, the best wireless gaming mice, and if you're on a tighter budget, take a look at our picks for the best cheap gaming mice.

Glorious Model O
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Endgame Gear XM1 and the Glorious Model O are two great ultralight gaming mice. The XM1 is ever-so-slightly heavier, but it feels better-made thanks to its solid shell body. It's cable also feels a bit better than the Model O's. Its CPI range is also wider and can be customized more precisely. On the other hand, the Model O's lift-off distance is shorter, and thanks to its software, you can reprogram all six buttons, which you can't do on the XM1. The Glorious also has RGB lighting, while the XM1 has a more sleek and plain design.

Logitech G Pro Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Logitech G Pro Wireless and the Endgame Gear XM1 are two very different mice. The Logitech can be used wirelessly and has a comfortable shape that can be used by pretty much anyone. The Logitech also has an amazing compatible app for customization and features full reprogrammable inputs. However, it's not as light as the XM1 and doesn't feel as well-built.

Razer Viper
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Endgame Gear XM1 and the Razer Viper are two very similar mice when it comes to performance. They're both very light and have a tremendous sensor performance. However, the XM1 has a noticeably more flexible and lighter cable than the Razer Viper. On the other hand, the Viper has RGB lighting on its back logo and has a lower profile with a slightly longer body.

BenQ Zowie S2
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Endgame Gear XM1 is a better mouse than the BenQ Zowie S2. The XM1 is lighter, feels more solid, has a noticeably better cable, and has software that allows for more precise CPI adjustments. However, if you like having a higher back hump, then go for the Zowie S2.

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