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Endgame Gear XM2we Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Jul 10, 2023 at 11:30 am
Latest change: Writing modified Jul 10, 2023 at 11:30 am
Endgame Gear XM2we Picture
6.9
Work
9.0
Video Games (FPS)
7.8
Video Games (MMO)
9.3
Raw Performance

The Endgame Gear XM2we is a lightweight, wireless gaming mouse positioned as a budget version of Endgame Gear's upcoming XM2w, a successor to their previous release, the wired-only Endgame Gear XM1r. The XM2we has an identical shape compared to the XM1r and uses the same PixArt 3370 sensor. Impressively, despite adding wireless connectivity, it's also slightly lighter. Additionally, this mouse introduces new Kailh GO optical switches, which are advertised to have a longer life span and aren't prone to developing double-clicking issues over time like standard mechanical switches.

Our Verdict

6.9 Work

The Endgame Gear XM2we is adequate for work but not designed specifically for this use. That being said, it has excellent build quality, and you can reprogram buttons using the lightweight configuration software. This mouse connects wirelessly, but it doesn't support Bluetooth or multi-device pairing, and, unfortunately, the scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt functions and doesn't have a free-scrolling mode.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
Cons
  • No support for Bluetooth or multi-device pairing.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt inputs and a free-scrolling mode.
9.0 Video Games (FPS)

The Endgame Gear XM2we is a fantastic FPS gaming mouse with excellent build quality and a comfortable, symmetrical shape ideal for a claw or fingertip grip for most hand sizes. It has very low click latency and outstanding overall sensor performance, delivering an extremely consistent and responsive-feeling experience in-game. It's also quite lightweight and has large, high-quality feet that glide smoothly on mousepads and desks.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Lightweight.
  • Excellent click latency.
  • Outstanding sensor accuracy.
  • Outstanding sensor latency.
Cons
7.8 Video Games (MMO)

The Endgame Gear XM2we is good for MMO gaming but doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse. That said, you can reprogram any of its buttons using the configuration software. It also has excellent build quality, outstanding all-around sensor performance, and very low click latencyโ€” providing a responsive and reliable in-game experience.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Excellent click latency.
  • Outstanding sensor accuracy.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse.
9.3 Raw Performance

The Endgame Gear XM2we offers exceptional raw performance. It has excellent click latency, and its sensor provides remarkably consistent motion and accuracy performance that closely translates the physical movements you make with your mouse into the cursor movements you see on screen.

Pros
  • Excellent click latency.
  • Outstanding sensor accuracy.
  • Outstanding sensor latency.
Cons
  • 6.9 Work
  • 9.0 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.8 Video Games (MMO)
  • 9.3 Raw Performance
  1. Updated Jul 10, 2023: Review published.
  2. Updated Jun 29, 2023: Early access published.
  3. Updated Jun 22, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated Jun 09, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated May 25, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.
  6. Updated May 12, 2023: The product has won our suggestion poll, so weโ€™ll buy and test it soon.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Endgame Gear XM2we is available in a Black or White color option, but no other variants are available. Unlike the Endgame Gear XM1r, this mouse does not have multiple coating options, and both the black and white color variants have a matte, slightly chalky coating. We bought and tested the black color option, and you can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Endgame Gear XM2we is a lightweight wireless gaming mouse that Endgame Gear describes as a budget version of its upcoming XM2w. It shares the same symmetrical shape as Endgame Gear's previous release, the Endgame Gear XM1r. This mouse also uses the same PixArt PAW3370 sensor, one of the highest performing and power-efficient sensors of the previous generation, rather than the new flagship PixArt PAW3395 sensor that Endgame Gear has announced will be used for the Endgame Gear XM2w. Altogether, this mouse provides outstanding wireless gaming performance at a mid-range price point. It isn't quite as lightweight as close competitors like the Pulsar X2 Wireless or the LAMZU Atlantis but provides better overall performance and a slightly more robust and premium-feeling build quality.

For more options, see our recommendations for the best gaming mouse, the best wireless gaming mouse, and the best claw grip mouse.

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT and the Endgame Gear XM2we are wireless gaming mice that weigh virtually the same. The Logitech is generally better suited to a wider range of hand sizes and grip types. It also has a bit better click latency. On the other hand, the Endgame Gear's shape is best suited for large or medium-sized hands using a claw or fingertip grip. It also uses optical switches that can be significantly more durable and aren't prone to developing double-clicking issues after extended use, like the mechanical switches on the Logitech.

LAMZU Atlantis

The LAMZU Atlantis and the Endgame Gear XM2we are lightweight wireless gaming mice with very similar symmetrical shapes. The LAMZU is somewhat lighter and available in more vibrant color options, but it has an open bottom plate design that is prone to collecting dust and debris. On the other hand, the Endgame Gear has better overall build quality and sensor performance. It also uses optical switches which are typically more durable than the mechanical switches used by the LAMZU.

Endgame Gear XM1r

The Endgame Gear XM1r is a precursor to the wireless Endgame Gear XM2we. The two mice have identical shapes and share the same sensor, but the XM1r is a wired-only model with lower click latency. It's also available in several different coating options, while the XM2we is not. On the other hand, the XM2we is a wireless model that's slightly lighter. It also has optical switches that are typically more durable compared to the mechanical switches used by the XM1r.

Pulsar X2 Wireless

The Pulsar X2 Wireless and the Endgame Gear XM1r are lightweight wireless gaming mice with similar symmetrical shapes and comparable gaming performance. The Pulsar is somewhat lighter but has an open bottom plate design that is more prone to collecting dust and debris. On the other hand, the Endgame Gear feels marginally sturdier and has a bottom plate design. The Endgame Gear also has optical switches, which are typically more durable than the mechanical switches used by the Pulsar.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type
Standard
Coating
Matte
Lighting Color No Lighting

This mouse has a subdued, straightforward style that's very similar to that of its predecessor, the Endgame Gear XM1r. The body, side buttons, and scroll wheel are made of matte black plastic, and there's a faint watermark-style Endgame Gear logo on the left side near the front of the mouse. There are no RGB lighting zones, but there's a small LED indicator light just under the logo mentioned above that displays a different color when switching between CPI profiles.

Design
Shape
Length 4.8" (122 mm)
Width 2.6" (66 mm)
Height 1.5" (38 mm)
Grip Width
61 mm
Ambidextrous
Shape Only
Left-Handed Friendly
Yes
Finger Rest
No
5.7
Design
Portability
Box Volume
18.86 inยณ (309 cmยณ)
Receiver Storing
No

This mouse isn't designed specifically with portability in mind. While it isn't very large, it's somewhat bulky and lacks an internal compartment for storing its wireless receiver when not in use.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

This mouse has excellent build quality. Its solid plastic body feels high quality and very sturdy. The body doesn't flex or make any creaking sounds even with considerable pressure applied, and there also aren't any loose or wobbling parts and no rattling sounds if you shake the mouse. This mouse has a matte, slightly chalky-feeling UV coating designed not to get slippery, even with sweaty hands.

The left-and right-click buttons use Kailh GO optical switches, which sound and feel slightly hollowed out compared to the mechanical switches of the XM1r, but they also feel very immediate with very little pre-travel distance. Endgame Gear also claims these switches provide significantly better durability. For more details, see the Additional Buttons section below.

The side buttons use Kailh 2.0 switches with a crisp and satisfying tactile click. These buttons have very little pre-travel but a noticeable amount of post-travel.

8.8
Design
Weight
Lowest Weight
62.8 g
Default Weight
62.8 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

This mouse is quite lightweight, making it very easy to move quickly and accurately. Impressively, it's also slightly lighter than its wired predecessor, the Endgame Gear XM1r.

Design
Hand Size Recommendation
Palm Grip Hand Recommendation
Claw Grip Hand Recommendation
Fingertip Grip Hand Recommendation

This mouse has an identical shape to the Endgame Gear XM1r. The shape is symmetrical, with a centered hump that's closer to the rear of the mouse. It also narrows slightly in the middle and has a fairly wide back end designed to fill out your palm. This shape is especially well-suited to support a claw grip for most hand sizes. That said, the overall size of the mouse and its width towards the back can make it unwieldy to hold if you have very small hands.

7.2
Design
Wireless Versatility
Maximum Of Paired Devices
1
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
Yes
Battery Indicator Yes

This mouse has a 410mAh battery that Endgame Gear advertises can provide up to a week of gameplay before needing to be recharged.

8.5
Design
Cable
Connectivity Wireless
Cable Length
5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
USB-C
Port Type: PC End
USB

This wireless mouse has an excellent paracord-like charging cable. It's lightweight and feels fairly flexible, but it retains kinks from its packaging. This cable feels marginally heavier and slightly less flexible than the attached cable of the Endgame Gear XM1r.

9.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
No

This mouse has exceptional feet large-sized feet with rounded edges. These feet glide very smoothly across mousepads or desks with minimal drag.

Design
In The Box

  • Endgame Gear XM2we
  • USB-C wireless receiver
  • Receiver extender
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Rubber cable tie
  • User documentation

Control
6.9
Control
Additional Buttons
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
5
Profile Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can reprogram all the buttons on this mouse, but the left-click function always needs to be assigned somewhere.

The left- and right-click buttons on this mouse use Kailh GO Optical switches. Like other optical switches, these aren't prone to developing double-clicking issues over time. Endgame Gear also advertises these switches are rated for upwards of 80 million clicks and are much more durable than the mechanical switches used on the Endgame Gear XM1r.

The side buttons use Kailh GM 2.0 switches which Endgame Gear advertises to provide a crisper click feeling and improved durability over the side button switches used on the XM1r.

The middle mouse button also uses Kailh GM 2.0 switches and a TTC silver scroll wheel encoder.

8.7
Control
Click Latency
Expected Connection
5.2 ms
Wired
3.7 ms
Receiver
5.2 ms
Bluetooth
N/A

The XM2we has excellent click latency. It delivers an extremely responsive-feeling experience for gaming in any genre at any competitive level.

9.4
Control
CPI
SRAV @ 1600 CPI
0.25%
SRAV @ 800 CPI
-0.21%
SRAV @ 400 CPI
-0.33%
SRAV @ Fixed CPI
N/A
Precision Error Between Speeds
0.35%
Precision Error Between CPI
0.36%
Worst Tracking Error
-1.69%
Minimum CPI
50 CPI
Maximum CPI
19,000 CPI
CPI Adjustment Steps
50 CPI

This mouse has exceptional CPI performance. Its sensor delivers outstanding tracking accuracy, and the physical movements you make with your mouse translate extremely close to your cursor movements on-screen.

9.2
Control
Sensor Latency
Delay To Start Of Movement
12.6 ms
Delay At Half Movement
3.0 ms
Delay To End Of Movement
2.6 ms

The Endgame Gear XM2we has remarkable sensor latency. The sensor reacts exceptionally quickly when you move your mouse, and these movements very closely match the timing of your cursor on-screen.

Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PAW3370
Works On Glass
No
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The Endgame Gear XM2we uses a PixArt PAW3370 sensor. The available polling rate options are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz.

The default CPI presets are 400, 800, 1600, and 3200. You can also adjust the CPI manually using the configuration software in increments of 50 up to 10000 CPI and increments of 100 from 10000 to 19000 CPI.

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

This mouse has a grooved rubber scroll wheel. It operates quietly and has smooth but well-defined steps. The scroll click has a satisfying tactility that doesn't require too much force to actuate but feels marginally heavier than the scroll click on the Endgame Gear XM1r.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet

The left- and right-click buttons, scroll wheel, scroll click, and side buttons on this mouse are fairly quiet and unlikely to bother those around you.

Operating System And Software
Operating System And Software
Configuration Software
Software Name XM2we Configuration Software
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
Profile Auto-Switching
No
RGB On/Off
No RGB

The configuration software for this mouse is simple, lightweight, and easy to use. It allows you to adjust a range of expected settings, including button mapping, custom profiles, CPI, debounce time, polling rate, lift-off distance, ripple control, and angle snapping. The software also has a battery life indicator.

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

The Endgame Gear XM2we is fully compatible with Windows and macOS. However, the software is only available for Windows.