EVGA X17 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Sep 20, 2021 at 09:48 am
EVGA X17 Picture
7.1
Office/Multimedia
7.7
Video Games (FPS)
8.2
Video Games (MMO)
7.1
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.0
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The EVGA X17 is a wired gaming mouse that feels well-built and has a comfortable, right-handed shape with a thumb rest and soft-touch sides. It also has a scroll wheel with L/R tilt buttons, dedicated buttons for cycling profiles and CPI settings, and three side buttons on the left, including a sniper button. It's well-suited for all grip types and most hand sizes. Performance-wise, it has low click latency and a wide CPI range you can adjust by increments of 50. It has a maximum polling rate of 8000Hz, which some users may find produces more fluid cursor movement. It also has two lift-off distance sensors, which EVGA claims can provide lower lift-off distances, but this also falls outside our current tests. Unfortunately, the sensor on our unit is inconsistent.

Our Verdict

7.1 Office/Multimedia

The EVGA X17 is satisfactory for office and multimedia work, but it isn't intended for this use. It feels well-built and has a comfortable right-handed shape suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes. You can also program all the buttons, and its scroll wheel has L/R tilt inputs for horizontal scrolling, a rare feature on gaming mice. Unfortunately, there's no way to connect it wirelessly, and the scroll wheel lacks a free-scrolling mode.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Comfortable right-handed shape with a thumb rest.
Cons
  • Scroll wheel lacks a free-scrolling mode.
  • Wired-only.
7.7 Video Games (FPS)

The EVGA X17 is a good FPS gaming mouse. It feels well-built and has a comfortable, right-handed shape suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes. However, it isn't suitable for small hands using any grip type or medium-sized hands using a fingertip grip. Performance-wise, it has good click latency, a very high maximum polling rate of 8000Hz, a very low lift-off distance, and you can adjust the CPI precisely by increments of 50 within a broad range. Unfortunately, it's heavy even without its added weights, and its braided cable isn't very flexible. The sensor on our model is also fairly inconsistent and undershoots the set CPI considerably during faster movements.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Comfortable right-handed shape with a thumb rest.
  • Maximum polling rate of 8000Hz.
Cons
  • Braided cable isn't very flexible and retains kinks.
  • Heavy.
8.2 Video Games (MMO)

The EVGA X17 is a great mouse for MMO gaming, but it doesn't have as many buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse. That said, you can program all the buttons using the customization software. It also feels well-built and has a comfortable shape suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes. Performance-wise, it has good click latency, a very high maximum polling rate of 8000Hz, a very low minimum lift-off distance, and you can adjust the CPI precisely by increments of 50 within a broad range. Unfortunately, it has a fairly stiff cable, and the sensor on our unit is fairly inconsistent.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Comfortable right-handed shape with a thumb rest.
  • Maximum polling rate of 8000Hz.
Cons
  • Braided cable isn't very flexible and retains kinks.
7.1 Ultra-Light Gaming

The EVGA X17 scores decently for ultra-light gaming, but it's considerably heavier than dedicated ultra-lightweight gaming mice, even without any of its extra weights installed. That said, it feels well-built and has a comfortable shape suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes. It has good click latency, a very low lift-off distance, a high maximum polling rate of 8000Hz, and you can adjust the CPI by increments of 50 within a broad range. Unfortunately, its braided cable isn't very flexible, and the sensor on our unit is fairly inconsistent.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Comfortable right-handed shape with a thumb rest.
  • Maximum polling rate of 8000Hz.
Cons
  • Braided cable isn't very flexible and retains kinks.
  • Heavy.
5.0 Travel

The EVGA X17 is inadequate for travel as it's bulky and may not fit in most laptop cases. It's also a wired-only model without any wireless connection options, making it cumbersome to use in smaller spaces like buses, trains, or planes.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Bulky; may not fit in most laptop cases.
  • 7.1 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.7 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.2 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.1 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.0 Travel
  1. Updated Sep 20, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Sep 15, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB
Design
Shape
Length 4.9" (124 mm)
Height 1.7" (44 mm)
Width 2.7" (70 mm)
Grip Width
60 mm
5.4
Design
Portability
Volume
23.43 in³ (384 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
162 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
133 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
104 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
Yes

The EVGA X17 gaming mouse has a set of five 5g weights that you can install under a plate on the bottom of the mouse. Unfortunately, you can only install these weights at the rear of the mouse, so you can't use them to adjust the weight distribution.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The EVGA X17's body flexes somewhat if you apply sufficient pressure, and it's possible to activate the side buttons if you press into the body below the buttons with enough force. However, this shouldn't affect normal usage.

8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
Thumb
Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
No
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
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
7.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.7 ft (2.1 m)
Cable Type
Braided
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB
7.5
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • EVGA X17
  • 5x 5g weights
  • Weight case
  • User documentation

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PMW3389
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
50 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
16,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
15%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
8000 Hz

The polling rate options on the EVGA X17 gaming mouse are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 1000Hz, 2000Hz, 4000Hz, and 8000Hz. We performed our tests at the maximum setting of 8000Hz. The sniper button on the left side of the mouse shifts the set CPI to 400 by default, but you can adjust this setting using the customization software. Unfortunately, the sensor on our unit is fairly inconsistent. It overshoots the set CPI by 3.7% during slow movements and undershoots by 11.22% during faster movements.

Note: In addition to its primary sensor, this mouse has two lift-off sensors on the underside of the mouse. EVGA claims these can provide a lift-off distance as low as 0.4mm, but this isn't something we can confirm with our current test methodology.

7.9
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
10
Number Of Side Buttons
3
Number Of Programmable Inputs
10
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can program all of the buttons on the EVGA X17 mouse, but the software forces you to have a button set as a left-click button at all times, and you can't reprogram the scroll wheel up/down inputs. You can set custom control profiles and five CPI settings per profile. The button marked with a "P " behind the scroll wheel is a profile cycle button by default, while the button below it marked "D" cycles between CPI settings for the profile you're using. There's also a cluster of three LED lights on the left that use color codes to indicate the CPI setting you've selected.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
Yes
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel
Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
7.9
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
15 ms
Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name EVGA Unleash RGB
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes
8.3
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Partially

The EVGA X17 doesn't have a compatible version of the customization software for macOS, so you can't create custom profiles, so the profile switching button is unfortunately useless for Mac users. However, the default functionality of all other buttons on the EVGA X17 works fine.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The EVGA X17 gaming mouse we tested is black, but there's also a gray color variant available. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The EVGA X17 gaming mouse is a good mid-range gaming mouse and one of EVGA's three new X series mice. It's one of only a handful of mice available at this point that offers a maximum polling rate of 8000Hz, which should provide somewhat more fluid-feeling mouse movements. Also, in addition to its primary PixArt PMW3389 sensor, it has a pair of dedicated LOD sensors that EVGA claims can achieve lower and more precisely customizable lift-off distances. This mouse has a fairly aggressive gamer aesthetic that may not be for everyone. Unfortunately, the sensor on our unit is fairly inconsistent for a mouse at this price point.

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

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D is an excellent ultra-lightweight gaming mouse, while the EVGA X17 is a good FPS gaming mouse. The Glorious is much lighter and has a much more flexible cable. It also has mouse feet that glide more smoothly, a more consistent sensor, and lower click latency. On the other hand, the EVGA feels sturdier and has a thumb rest. It also has four additional buttons, including an extra side button and a scroll wheel with L/R tilt buttons. Performance-wise, it has a wider CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, a lower lift-off distance, and a higher maximum polling rate.

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper Mini is a better wired FPS gaming mouse compared to the EVGA X17, but the EVGA has several features the Razer lacks. The Razer is much lighter and feels sturdier. It also has a more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. Performance-wise, it has a more consistent sensor and much lower click latency. You can also set a HyperShift button to enable a second layer of commands. Comparatively, the EVGA has a thumb rest and four additional buttons, including an extra side button and L/R scroll wheel tilt buttons. It also has a wider CPI range, a lower lift-off distance, and a higher maximum polling rate.

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT is an excellent, wireless ultra-lightweight gaming mouse, while the EVGA X17 is a good, wired gaming mouse. The Logitech is much lighter and feels sturdier. It also has mouse feet that glide more smoothly, a much higher maximum CPI range, a more consistent sensor, and lower click latency. On the other hand, the EVGA X17 has a thumb rest and RGB lighting, two features the Logitech lacks. It also has a higher maximum polling rate, five additional programmable buttons, including one extra side button and a scroll wheel with L/R tilt buttons. The Logitech software is available for Windows and macOS, while the EVGA software is only available for Windows.

Cooler Master MM711

The Cooler Master M711 is an excellent, wired ultra-light gaming mouse, while the EVGA X17 is a good wired gaming mouse. The Cooler Master is much lighter and feels sturdier. It also has a much more flexible cable and better quality mouse feet that glide more smoothly. Performance-wise, it has a much higher maximum CPI range and a more consistent sensor. On the other hand, the EVGA has a thumb rest, a lower minimum CPI, a higher maximum polling rate of 8000Hz, and you can adjust the CPI more precisely. It also has four additional reprogrammable buttons, including one additional side button and a scroll wheel with L/R tilt buttons.

ROCCAT Kone Pro

The ROCCAT Kone Pro is a better wired gaming mouse than the EVGA X17. The ROCCAT is much lighter and feels sturdier. It also has a much more flexible cable and mouse feet that glide more smoothly. Performance-wise, it has a higher maximum CPI, a more consistent sensor, and lower click latency. On the other hand, the EVGA has a higher maximum polling rate and four extra buttons, including an additional side button and L/R mouse wheel tilt buttons. Both mice are suitable for all grip types, but the ROCCAT is slightly more accommodating for more hand sizes.

BenQ ZOWIE EC2

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 and the EVGA X17 are both good, wired gaming mice. The EVGA feels sturdier and has a thumb rest. It also has three additional buttons, including an extra side button and a scroll wheel with L/R tilt buttons. Performance-wise, it has a much wider CPI range, a CPI you can set precisely, a lower lift-off distance, and a higher maximum polling rate. It also has RGB lighting and customization software, which the BenQ lacks. The BenQ is somewhat lighter, has better click latency, and has a much more consistent sensor.

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