Endgame Gear XM1r Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Mar 02, 2021 at 10:21 am
Endgame Gear XM1r Picture
6.2
Office/Multimedia
8.4
Video Games (FPS)
6.2
Video Games (MMO)
8.8
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.1
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Endgame Gear XM1r is an excellent ultra-light gaming mouse. It's an update to the Endgame Gear XM1, and the two share a very similar ambidextrous shape that narrows in the middle and widens in the back. It's lightweight, despite not having a honeycomb body, and it has a very solid-feeling build quality without any loose or rattling parts. It also has a very low click latency and a lower lift-off-distance compared to its predecessor. Unfortunately, it doesn't have companion software, and there are only four CPI presets on the mouse itself. Endgame Gear has stated they'll be releasing Windows software in the future, and we'll update this review when they do.

Our Verdict

6.2 Office/Multimedia

The Endgame Gear XM1r is only passable for office use. Despite having a sturdy-feeling build quality and an ambidextrous shape suitable for most hand sizes, it doesn't connect wirelessly, its buttons aren't programmable, and it lacks companion software. The mouse wheel also lacks L/R tilt buttons and can't be unlocked for free scrolling.

Pros
  • Excellent, solid-feeling build quality.
  • Comfortable, ambidextrous design.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • No companion software and no programmable buttons.
  • Glossy plastic body shows fingerprints very easily.
8.4 Video Games (FPS)

The Endgame Gear XM1r is an impressive mouse for FPS gaming. It's lightweight, has very low click latency, a low lift-off distance, and excellent build quality. 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 may have trouble reaching the side buttons if you're using anything other than a palm grip. Unfortunately, there's no companion software, and there's only four CPI presets on the mouse itself.

Pros
  • Lightweight.
  • Excellent, solid-feeling build quality.
  • Comfortable, ambidextrous design.
  • Extremely light, flexible paracord-like cable.
Cons
  • No companion software and no programmable buttons.
  • Only four CPI presets available.
6.2 Video Games (MMO)

The Endgame Gear XM1r is only passable for MMO use. It only has two side buttons, and they aren't programmable as there isn't any companion software. That said, it's lightweight, it has a very solid build quality, and its ambidextrous shape should be comfortable for most. However, its body widens considerably in the back, so if you have small hands, you may have trouble reaching both side buttons unless you're using a palm grip.

Pros
  • Lightweight.
  • Excellent, solid-feeling build quality.
  • Comfortable, ambidextrous design.
Cons
  • No companion software and no programmable buttons.
  • Only four CPI presets available.
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
8.8 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 mouse feet that glide smoothly across mousepads and tables, and its build quality feels very solid. Unfortunately, there's no companion software, so there are only four CPI presets onboard, and if you have small hands, you may not be able to reach the front side buttons with a claw or fingertip grip.

Pros
  • Lightweight.
  • Excellent, solid-feeling build quality.
  • Comfortable, ambidextrous design.
  • Extremely light, flexible paracord-like cable.
Cons
  • No companion software and no programmable buttons.
  • Only four CPI presets available.
5.1 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
  • May be too bulky for some laptop cases.
  • Wired-only.
  • Glossy plastic body shows fingerprints very easily.
  • 6.2 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.4 Video Games (FPS)
  • 6.2 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.8 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.1 Travel
  1. Updated Apr 29, 2021: Minor text update for clarity.
  2. Updated Mar 02, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Feb 25, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color No Lighting

This mouse has a symmetrical, ambidextrous 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. 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 in³ (309 cm³)
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 Mouse
  • Alternate set of large mouse feet
  • Quickstart Guide

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PAW3370
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
400 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
3,200 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
N/A
CPI (DPI) Variation
-5%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The Endgame Gear XM1r has an advertised CPI range of 50–19000, but without companion software, it's limited to four default, onboard presets: 400, 800, 1600, and 3200. There are also three onboard polling rate settings: 125Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. 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.

4.1
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
0
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, but none of the buttons are programmable because it has no companion software. On their website, Endgame Gear states they will be releasing Windows software in the future, and we'll update this review when they do. The button on the bottom of the mouse cycles through CPI and polling rate presets.

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 actuate. For a similar performing mouse with hot-swappable left and right-click switches, check out the SteelSeries Prime.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
8.9
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
7 ms

This mouse has extremely low click latency and even competitive gamers shouldn't notice any delay.

Operating System And Software
0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name No software
Software Windows Compatibility
No
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No Software
On-Board Memory
No
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
No
Polling Rate Adjustment
No
Profile Configuration
No
RGB On/Off
No

The Endgame Gear XM1r has no companion software. However, Endgame Gear has stated they will be releasing Windows software in the future, and we'll update our review once it's released. If you have this mouse and the companion software is currently available, please let us know in the discussions. If you're looking for a similar mouse with companion software for customization, check out the Corsair SABRE RGB PRO.

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

The Endgame Gear XM1r is compatible with Windows and macOS, though you can't reprogram any buttons due to the lack of software.

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 ambidextrous shape and new colorways, but similar advertised sensor specifications. Unfortunately, Windows companion software hasn't been released yet, so the MX1r is stuck with a small set of four preset CPI values. That said, its build quality is excellent and it's a great mid-range ultra-light 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 ambidextrous shapes, but the XM1r includes several improvements, including a better click latency and a lower 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.

Glorious Model D

The Endgame Gear XM1r and the Glorious Model D are similar ultra-light gaming mice. The Endgame Gear has an ambidextrous shape, a solid plastic body, and better click latency, but it lacks RGB, companion software, and only has four onboard CPI settings. The Glorious is lighter, has a honeycomb design, and has companion software that allows for the customization of lighting, button programming, and sensor settings, but the software isn't compatible with macOS.

BenQ ZOWIE S2

The Endgame Gear XM1r and the BenQ ZOWIE S2 are wired gaming mice with a similar size and ambidextrous shape, but the Endgame Gear is a better gaming mouse overall. Both lack RGB lighting and companion software, but the Endgame Gear is slightly lighter, has significantly better click latency, a more flexible cable, and sturdier feeling build quality.

Logitech G Pro Wireless

The Endgame Gear XM1r and the Logitech G Pro Wireless are both ambidextrous gaming mice with similar shapes. The Endgame Gear is a wired mouse that's lighter and has better click latency, but it lacks RGB lighting and companion software. It also only has two side buttons on the left side and only has four CPI presets onboard. The Logitech is a wireless mouse with RGB lighting, two side buttons on either side of the mouse, and companion software that allows you to reprogram buttons and adjust lighting and sensor settings.

Glorious Model O

The Endgame Gear XM1r and Glorious Model O are both excellent, wired ultra-light gaming mice. The Glorious has a honeycomb body, RGB lighting, and you can program inputs and adjust sensor settings with the companion software. The Endgame Gear is slightly heavier but has a solid plastic body and more solid-feeling build quality. Unfortunately, the Endgame Gear has no companion software, so it only has four preset CPI settings and no programmable buttons.

Razer Viper

The Endgame Gear XM1r and the Razer Viper are both excellent wired gaming mice. The Razer has RGB lighting, two extra side buttons, and companion software that allows you to program buttons, make sensor adjustments, and customize lighting profiles. The Endgame Gear is marginally heavier but has better click latency and an outstanding cable that's very light and flexible. Unfortunately, the Endgame Gear has no companion software and only has four onboard CPI presets.

Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S

The Endgame Gear XM1r and the Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S are both great gaming mice with no RGB backlighting. Since neither comes with customization software, you can only cycle through four CPI presets and three polling rates. However, you can also cycle through three debounce times on the Vaxee; that said, even with the mouse set to the lowest setting, the click latency is still lower on the Endgame.

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.

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 but feels sturdier. It also has mouse feet that glide more smoothly and has much lower click latency. On the other hand, the MSI has a much wider CPI range, and you can adjust the set CPI, while the Endgame Gear only has four default presets. The MSI also has customization software, which the Endgame Gear lacks.

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 much lower click latency. On the other hand, the Vancer is marginally lighter and has a much wider CPI range and a CPI you can adjust by increments of 50, compared to the Vancer, which only has four CPI presets. The Vancer also has customization software, which the Endgame Gear lacks.

SteelSeries Sensei RAW

The Endgame Gear XM1r and the SteelSeries Sensei RAW have visually similar shapes, but the Endgame Gear is a better ultra-light gaming mouse. It's significantly lighter, has a more flexible cable, better mouse feet, and much lower click latency. Unfortunately, it only has four CPI presets. It's well-suited to all grip types, but small hands may struggle with a palm or fingertip grip. The SteelSeries has two additional side buttons, a wider CPI range, a more adjustable CPI, and companion software. It's ideal for a claw grip but suitable for a palm grip for medium and large hands or a fingertip grip for larger hands.

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