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Endgame Gear XM1r Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Mar 02, 2021 at 10:21 am
Endgame Gear XM1r Picture
7.1
Office/Multimedia
8.8
Video Games (FPS)
7.3
Video Games (MMO)
8.9
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.4
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Endgame Gear XM1r is a wired, ultralightweight gaming mouse and an update to the Endgame Gear XM1. The two mice share a very similar symmetrical shape that narrows in the middle and widens in the back. It has a solid, translucent plastic body, it's lightweight, and feels very well-built without any loose or rattling parts. Performance-wise, it has very low click latency, an extremely wide CPI range in which you can precisely set your preferred CPI sensitivity, and a lower lift-off distance than its predecessor.

Our Verdict

7.1 Office/Multimedia

The Endgame Gear XM1r is decent for office use. It has a sturdy-feeling build quality and a symmetrical shape suitable for most hand sizes. Unfortunately, it doesn't connect wirelessly. Also, the mouse wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons, and you can't unlock it for free scrolling.

Pros
  • Excellent, solid-feeling build quality.
  • Comfortable, ambidextrous design.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Glossy plastic body shows fingerprints very easily.
8.8 Video Games (FPS)

The Endgame Gear XM1r is an excellent mouse for FPS gaming. It's lightweight and feels very well-built. It also has very low click latency, a very low lift-off distance, and an extremely wide CPI range in which you can precisely set your CPI sensitivity. The cable and mouse feet are also outstanding, and both slide easily across mousepads and desks. Its shape is well-suited to all grip types, but if you have small hands, you'll have trouble reaching the side buttons if you're using anything other than a palm grip.

Pros
  • Lightweight.
  • Excellent, solid-feeling build quality.
  • Comfortable, ambidextrous design.
  • Extremely light, flexible paracord-like cable.
Cons
  • Glossy plastic body shows fingerprints very easily.
7.3 Video Games (MMO)

The Endgame Gear XM1r is decent for MMO use, but it doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse. That said, it's lightweight and feels very sturdy. Its symmetrical shape is well-suited to all grip types and most hand sizes. However, its body widens considerably in the back, meaning if you have small hands, you'll have trouble reaching both side buttons unless you're using a palm grip.

Pros
  • Excellent, solid-feeling build quality.
  • Comfortable, ambidextrous design.
Cons
  • Glossy plastic body shows fingerprints very easily.
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
8.9 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Endgame Gear XM1r is an excellent ultra-light gaming mouse. It's lightweight, has very low click latency, and has a superb cable that feels very flexible. It also has outstanding feet that glide smoothly across mousepads and tables, and its overall build quality feels very solid. Unfortunately, if you have small hands, you won't be able to comfortably reach the front side buttons if you're using a claw or fingertip grip.

Pros
  • Lightweight.
  • Excellent, solid-feeling build quality.
  • Comfortable, ambidextrous design.
  • Extremely light, flexible paracord-like cable.
Cons
  • Glossy plastic body shows fingerprints very easily.
5.4 Travel

The Endgame Gear XM1r isn't well-suited for travel use. It's bulkier than dedicated travel mice, so it may not fit in some laptop bags, and since it's a wired mouse, it may be cumbersome to use in tight spaces like trains or planes.

Pros
  • Comfortable and very well-built design.
Cons
  • Too bulky to slip into laptop cases.
  • Wired-only.
  • 7.1 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.8 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.3 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.9 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.4 Travel
  1. Updated Apr 08, 2022: We downloaded and retested this mouse with the most recent firmware, version 1.8.154. We also downloaded and tested the customization software, which hadn't been released during our initial testing. The Compatible Software Option, Buttons, Sensor Specification, and Click Latency test boxes have all been updated and scores have increased as a result of our new test results.
  2. Updated Apr 29, 2021: Minor text update for clarity.
  3. Updated Mar 02, 2021: Review published.
  4. Updated Feb 25, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color No Lighting

This Endgame Gear XM1r has a symmetrical shape that narrows in the middle and widens at the back, and it's almost identical to the shape of the original Endgame Gear XM1. Our unit has a glossy, transparent black plastic body that shows fingerprints very easily, but it also comes in matte colors and opaque plastic versions. The bottom of the mouse is fully opaque on our model.

Design
Shape
Length 4.8" (122 mm)
Height 1.5" (38 mm)
Width 2.6" (66 mm)
Grip Width
61 mm

Note: Because of its translucent, reflective plastic body, our scanner had difficulty capturing an accurate model of the Endgame Gear XM1r. We applied a spray product that added white flecks to the plastic, making it more opaque for the scanner. As a result, the color of the final scan isn't accurate, the translucency of the plastic isn't captured, and you can see reflections from our ring lights, but the shape is correct.

5.7
Design
Portability
Volume
18.86 inยณ (309 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
110 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
72 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
72 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

The Endgame Gear XM1r is quite lightweight, and despite having a solid plastic body, it's comparable to some mice with a honeycomb design.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Endgame Gear XM1r has an excellent overall build quality. It has a solid plastic body without any rattling or loose parts, and it shows only minor flex, even under significant pressure.

8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
No
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
Yes
Coating
Glossy
Finger Rest
No

It has a symmetrical, ambidextrous shape with a wide rear section and two side buttons on the left. The semi-transparent black plastic is the same material throughout, and there are no texturized grips. Both left and right mouse clicks are easy to use, even from far back on the buttons.

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

A palm grip is very well-suited for this mouse, and all hand sizes should be able to reach all the buttons without difficulty.

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

If you've got small hands and prefer a claw grip, you may have some difficulty reaching both side buttons effectively.

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

If you have small hands, it may be difficult to reach the front side button using a fingertip grip.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No
9.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.2 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

The Endgame Gear XM1R's cable is outstanding. It has great flexibility, feels very light, and only retains minor kinks from the packaging.

9.5
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Very Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
Yes

The Endgame Gear XM1r has superb rounded mouse feet that glide very well across mousepads and desks with almost no scratching. It also comes with a pair of larger mouse feet, so you can install the ones you prefer. Alternate third-party mouse feet are also available.

Design
In The Box

  • Endgame Gear XM1r
  • Alternate set of large feet
  • Quickstart Guide

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PAW3370
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
50 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
19,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
3%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The Endgame Gear XM1r has polling rate settings for 125Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz, and you can cycle between them using a dedicated button on the underside of the mouse. Using the software, you can adjust the set CPI by increments of 50 between 50 CPI and 10000 CPI, at which point the increments increase to 100 up to the upper limit of 19000 CPI. The software also allows you to configure four custom CPI settings and use the CPI button on the underside of the mouse to cycle between them. If you're interested in a similar gaming mouse with a set CPI you can adjust by steps of 50, check out the ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra. Or, if you're interested in a mouse with a CPI you can adjust even more precisely by steps of one, check out the Corsair SABRE PRO.

6.6
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
5
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

The Endgame Gear XM1r has a standard layout, including two buttons on the left side, You can use the customization software to reprogram buttons, but you can't create macros or reprogram the left- and right-click buttons. You also can't reprogram the CPI button or polling rate buttons on the underside of the mouse. Lastly, while you can create different custom profiles using the software, there's no option to assign a profile switching button.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel

The Endgame Gear XM1r has a precise-feeling, textured rubber scroll wheel with well-defined notches and a middle click that feels stable and easy to press.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
9.0
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
6 ms

This mouse has exceptionally low click latency, and even competitive gamers won't notice any delays. The latency was tested at a polling rate of 1000hz using firmware version 1.8.154. Some users online have encountered double-clicking issues with the Endgame Gear XM1r, either directly out of the box or after a period of use. However, there were no double-clicking issues present during testing of this mouse.

Operating System And Software
7.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name XM1r Configuration Software
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
Yes
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
No
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
No

The Endgame Gear XM1r initially released without customization software, but the software is now available for download along with firmware updates via the official Endgame Gear Discord server. It seems Endgame Gear are now distributing their most recent downloads on Discord in place of their website, which hasn't been updated for some time. The XM1r configuration software is easy to use. You can reassign buttons, customize CPI settings, and adjust the lift-off distance. However, the software is currently only available in English, and you can't change the polling rate via the software.

Note: We've indicated that you need a user account to use the software. Technically, you don't need an account to use the software, but you need to create a Discord account to download it, as Endgame Gear seems to no longer be updating the downloads section of their website.

10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

While the unit we tested is the Dark Reflex (glossy, transparent black), it's also available in Dark Frost (frosted-matte, translucent black), Black (opaque, matte black), and White (opaque, matte white). you can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Endgame Gear XM1r is an updated version of the Endgame Gear XM1. It has a slightly adjusted symmetrical shape and new colorways but very similarly advertised sensor specifications. Its build quality is excellent, and it's a great option for a higher-end gaming mouse if you're looking for an ultra-light without a honeycomb body.

For more options, see our recommendations for the best mouse, the best wired mouse, and the best gaming mouse.

Endgame Gear XM1

The Endgame Gear XM1r is an update of the Endgame Gear XM1. They're both wired, ultra-light gaming mice with excellent build quality and nearly identical symmetrical shapes, but the XM1r includes several improvements, including better click latency and a lower minimum lift-off distance. Despite having a higher advertised CPI range of 19000, however, The XM1r's current CPI is limited to four onboard presets because it has no companion software. Endgame Gear states it plans to release software in the future, and we'll update the review once it does.

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT and the Endgame Gear XM1r are similar gaming mice with symmetrical shapes and comparable performance. The Logitech connects either wired with its charging cable or wirelessly with a USB receiver. It’s also lighter and has a somewhat wider CPI range. On the other hand, the Endgame Gear is a wired-only mouse with marginally lower click latency.

GLORIOUS Model D

The Endgame Gear XM1r and the GLORIOUS Model D are similar ultra-light gaming mice. The Endgame Gear has a symmetrical shape, a solid plastic body, and better click latency. It also has a wider CPI range in which you can more precisely set your CPI setting and a lower minimum lift-off distance. On the other hand, the GLORIOUS is lighter, it has a body with honeycomb cutouts, and it has a right-handed shape.

GLORIOUS Model O

The Endgame Gear XM1r and GLORIOUS Model O are both wired ultra-light gaming mice with symmetrical shapes. The GLORIOUS is marginally lighter and has honeycomb cutouts in its body. It also has RGB lighting, which the Endgame Gear lacks. On the other hand, the Endgame Gear is slightly heavier but has a solid plastic body and more solid-feeling build quality. It also has lower click latency.

Logitech G Pro Wireless

The Endgame Gear XM1r and the Logitech G Pro Wireless are both gaming mice with similar symmetrical shapes. The Endgame Gear is a wired-only model that's lighter and has better click latency. However, It only has two side buttons on the left side.  On the other hand, The Logitech is a wireless mouse that connects with its USB receiver. It also has RGB lighting, which the Endgame Gear lacks. Additionally, it has two side buttons on either side of the mouse, while the Endgame Gear only has two side buttons on the left. This makes the Logitech a better choice for left-handed users.

Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S

The Endgame Gear XM1r and the Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S are both similar lightweight, wired gaming mice, but the Vaxee has a right-handed shape. The Endgame Gear performs somewhat better overall and feels better-built. It also has a slightly more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide a bit more smoothly on mousepads and desks. Performance-wise, it also has a wider CPI range, lower click latency, and customization software, which the Vaxee lacks. Note that the Vaxee has a right-handed shape

BenQ ZOWIE S2

The Endgame Gear XM1r and the BenQ ZOWIE S2 are wired gaming mice with similar sizes and symmetrical shapes, but the Endgame Gear is a better gaming mouse overall. Both lack RGB lighting, but the Endgame Gear is slightly lighter and has significantly better click latency. It also has a more flexible cable, feet that glide more smoothly, sturdier feeling build quality, a wider CPI range, and customization software, which the BenQ lacks.

Finalmouse Starlight-12 Phantom Small

The Endgame Gear XM1r and the Finalmouse Starlight-12 Phantom Small are both lightweight gaming mice. However, the Endgame is a wired-only model. It also has lower click latency and feet that glide a bit more smoothly. On the other hand, the Finalmouse is 28g lighter. It connects wirelessly with a USB receiver and feels sturdier due to its magnesium alloy shell.

Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01

The Endgame Gear XM1r and the Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01 are comparable wired gaming mice. Neither has customization software available, so you can't program any of the buttons or customize the CPI, and both mice can only cycle between four preset settings. However, the Endgame has a lower click latency, making it a better choice for gaming.

Razer Viper

The Endgame Gear XM1r and the Razer Viper are both excellent wired gaming mice with very similar performance. The Razer is marginally lighter and has RGB lighting and two extra side buttons on the right, making it a true ambidextrous design. On the other hand, the Endgame Gear has somewhat ower click latency, a cable that's more lightweight and flexible, and feet that glide much more smoothly on mousepads and desks.

Vancer BT.L Gretxa

The Endgame Gear XM1r is an excellent, wired ultra-light gaming mouse, while the Vancer BT.L Gretxa is a great wireless ultra-lightweight gaming mouse. The Endgame Gear has a more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. It also has lower click latency. On the other hand, the Vancer is marginally lighter and has a dedicated CPI button behind the scroll wheel.

SteelSeries Sensei RAW

The Endgame Gear XM1r and the SteelSeries Sensei RAW have visually similar shapes, but the Endgame Gear is a better gaming mouse overall. It's significantly lighter, has a more flexible cable, better mouse feet, and much lower click latency. The SteelSeries has two additional side buttons on the left, making it a good choice if you're left-handed. It also has a button behind the scroll wheel, which the Endgame Gear lacks, that acts as a dedicated CPI button by default.

Swiftpoint Z

The Endgame Gear XM1r is an excellent ultra-lightweight gaming mouse, while the Swiftpoint Z is a versatile, multi-genre gaming mouse with many varied programmable inputs. The Endgame Gear is much lighter and feels sturdier. It also has a more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide much more smoothly. Performance-wise, it has a lower lift-off distance and lower click latency. The Swiftpoint has seven additional buttons. Also, it has pressure-sensitive and tilt inputs, an OLED screen, haptic feedback, and a thumb and pinky rest.

MSI CLUTCH GM41 LIGHTWEIGHT WIRELESS

The Endgame Gear XM1r and the MSI CLUTCH GM41 LIGHTWEIGHT WIRELESS are comparable lightweight gaming mice, but the Endgame Gear is a wired-only model, while the MSI is wireless. The Endgame Gear is marginally lighter and feels sturdier. It also has mouse feet that glide more smoothly and has significantly lower click latency.

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