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UtechSmart VENUS Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Feb 03, 2020 at 09:15 am
UtechSmart VENUS Picture
7.1
Office/Multimedia
7.0
Video Games (FPS)
8.5
Video Games (MMO)
5.7
Ultra-Light Gaming
4.9
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The UtechSmart VENUS is an excellent wired MMO mouse with a fairly standard 12-button layout on the left side. Its right-handed ergonomic slant makes it quite comfortable for extended use, though unfortunately, it's too large for people with small hands to comfortably reach all buttons, and is best suited for medium or large hands in palm or claw grip. While its click latency is a bit high, it has one of the most consistent CPI that we've tested so far, giving it remarkable sensor performance.

Our Verdict

7.1 Office/Multimedia

The UtechSmart VENUS is a very decent wired mouse for office or multimedia use thanks to its plethora of programmable buttons. Its slightly slanted and ergonomic design is quite comfortable for right-handed use, and it feels surprisingly well-built. Unfortunately, it's quite bulky and people with small hands will have a hard time reaching all the buttons regardless of grip type.

Pros
  • Very consistent sensor performance.
  • Surprisingly well-built and comfortable.
  • Lots of programmable buttons.
Cons
  • Fairly high click latency for a gaming mouse.
  • Stiff and rigid cable holds lots of kinks from packaging.
7.0 Video Games (FPS)

The UtechSmart VENUS is an alright wired mouse for FPS games. While its click latency is higher than many gaming mice, it should still be low enough for most people, and the sensor is among the most consistent we've tested so far. It also has a wide adjustable CPI range and a ton of programmable buttons. Its shape and size is best designed for palm or claw grip for people with medium or large hands.

Pros
  • Very consistent sensor performance.
  • Surprisingly well-built and comfortable.
  • Lots of programmable buttons.
Cons
  • Fairly high click latency for a gaming mouse.
  • Stiff and rigid cable holds lots of kinks from packaging.
8.5 Video Games (MMO)

The UtechSmart VENUS is an excellent MMO mouse. It has a ton of programmable buttons on the left side, great for MMOs, and its well-built, ergonomic design should be comfortable enough to get you through marathon gaming sessions. Unfortunately, its click latency is a bit higher than some other options, and its shape and size is best designed for palm or claw grip for people with medium or large hands.

Pros
  • Very consistent sensor performance.
  • Surprisingly well-built and comfortable.
  • Lots of programmable buttons.
Cons
  • Fairly high click latency for a gaming mouse.
  • Stiff and rigid cable holds lots of kinks from packaging.
5.7 Ultra-Light Gaming

The UtechSmart VENUS is a rather large and heavy mouse and isn't recommended for fans of ultra-light gaming.

Pros
  • Very consistent sensor performance.
  • Surprisingly well-built and comfortable.
  • Lots of programmable buttons.
Cons
  • Fairly high click latency for a gaming mouse.
  • Stiff and rigid cable holds lots of kinks from packaging.
4.9 Travel

The UtechSmart VENUS is a large, wired mouse that's likely too big to easily fit in most laptop cases. Its wire will also be cumbersome when trying to use it in a tight space like on a plane or train; this mouse is designed to use with your gaming setup at home.

Pros
  • Very consistent sensor performance.
  • Surprisingly well-built and comfortable.
  • Lots of programmable buttons.
Cons
  • Fairly high click latency for a gaming mouse.
  • Stiff and rigid cable holds lots of kinks from packaging.
  • 7.1 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.0 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.5 Video Games (MMO)
  • 5.7 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 4.9 Travel
  1. Updated Oct 21, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Feb 03, 2020: Review published.
  3. Updated Jan 30, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The UtechSmart VENUS has a rather wide but short body with RGB lighting and a panel of MMO-oriented buttons on the left side. The mouse looks almost identical to the Redragon M908, except without the thumb and pinky rests. The mouse is matte black with a gritty finish.

Design
Shape
Length 4.8" (121 mm)
Height 1.7" (43 mm)
Width 3.2" (82 mm)
Grip Width
72 mm
5.3
Design
Portability
Volume
26.06 inยณ (427 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

This mouse is quite bulky, and like most wired gaming mice, it isn't ideal for taking with you; it'll likely stay at home with your gaming setup.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
174 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
134 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
117 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
Yes

While this mouse comes with eight 2.5g weights to customize its weight, unfortunately, it's quite heavy even with no weights installed. If you want a mouse with 12 side buttons that weigh significantly less, check out the Razer Naga X.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

Build quality is very good. While the mouse feels quite solid with no flex or wobble, the side buttons feel quite mushy. The mouse is also covered in a rough, gritty texture which may not be for everyone.

8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
Thumb

This mouse is very comfortable to use. The rough, gritty texture makes it more grippy and unlikely to slip around in your hand. There's a small thumb rest on the left side, making it more designed for right-handed use. Unfortunately, its CPI switch is a bit tough to reach, but it's unlikely you'll need to press this button very often.

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

In palm grip, small hands will have a hard time reaching the side buttons that are positioned closer to the front of the mouse, while very large hands will have to reach quite far back to hit the back side buttons.

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

Same as with palm grip, small hands will likely have a hard time reaching the front side buttons, while very large hands will have to reach far back to press the back side buttons.

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

Due to the shape of this mouse, it isn't recommended for a fingertip grip. While people with very large hands may be able to use it in this grip, it's not designed for it.

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

The UtechSmart VENUS is a wired-only mouse, but Utech also produces a wireless version, the UtechSmart VENUS Pro.

6.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.1 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Braided
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

The braided cable is quite stiff and keeps a lot of kinks from the packaging. There's very little flex and it'll drag across your desk.

7.5
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
Yes
Design
In The Box

  • UtechSmart VENUS mouse
  • 8x 2.5g weights with carrying case
  • Manual
  • Extra feet
  • Software installation CD

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Laser
Sensor Model
Not Specified
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
50 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
16,400 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
-1%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The sensor is slightly off-centered, which might require time to get used to if you've never used a mouse with an off-centered sensor.

9.3
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
19
Number Of Side Buttons
12
Number Of Programmable Inputs
18
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

The UtechSmart VENUS has a ton of programmable buttons. The placement of the buttons is identical to the Redragon M908, and there are 12 programmable buttons on the left side. Every button can be reprogrammed except the 'Setting Switch' button on the underside of the mouse, which is used to switch between profiles.

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 mouse wheel is pretty standard. It's not too clicky and has soft increments and a quiet overall scroll. Unfortunately, there's no horizontal scroll or L/T tilt buttons.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
6.8
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
23 ms

The UtechSmart VENUS' click latency is decent. While it's a bit higher than most gaming mice, it likely won't be too noticeable except for very competitive gaming. If you want a similar performing MMO mouse that has a lower click latency, check out the Havit HV-MS735.

Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name UtechSmart Venus Gaming Mouse
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

The dedicated software for this mouse allows you to customize most aspects of the mouse including remapping all the buttons and changing the RGB lighting. The mouse has on-board memory so you can save your settings to the mouse and keep them if you switch PCs.

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

Unfortunately, the companion software for this mouse doesn't work on macOS. While the mouse will have default button-mapping on Mac, you can plug the mouse into a Windows PC, customize it, and move it back to your Mac if you want to change the settings.

Compared To Other Mice

The UtechSmart VENUS is almost the same as the Redragon M908, but with an even better sensor, and with a smaller thumb rest and no pinky rest. It's an excellent MMO mouse that has the fairly standard 12-button layout on the left panel of the mouse. See our recommendations for the best wired mouse, the best gaming mouse, and the best mouse.

Logitech G600 MMO Gaming

The Logitech G600 MMO Gaming is a slightly better MMO gaming mouse than the UtechSmart VENUS. The Logitech feels a bit better built, is more suitable for extra large hands with a palm or claw grip, has a better cable, much lower click latency, is fully compatible with both Windows or macOS, and its mouse wheel has vertical tilt. On the other hand, the VENUS has a much wider adjustable CPI range.

Redragon M908

The UtechSmart VENUS is a slightly better wired MMO mouse than the Redragon M908. While the two mice look almost identical, the Redragon has a larger thumb rest and a pinky rest. They both weigh the same and feature the same adjustable weight options, and they're both recommended to be used in palm or claw grip by people with medium or large hands. The UtechSmart has a wider and more adjustable CPI range and features one of the most consistent CPIs that we've tested.

UtechSmart VENUS Pro

The UtechSmart VENUS Pro is a good MMO gaming mouse and a wireless version of the UtechSmart VENUS. You can connect the Pro either with its charging cable or wirelessly with its USB receiver. It feels sturdier and has an optical sensor. On the other hand, the VENUS is a wired-only model, but it's a bit lighter. It has an older laser sensor, but performance-wise, it has a marginally wider CPI range, a more precisely adjustable CPI, and a more consistent sensor. The VENUS also includes a set of eight 2.5g weights, which the wireless version lacks.

Havit HV-MS760

The UtechSmart VENUS is a slightly better wired MMO gaming mouse than the Havit HV-MS760. The VENUS has a wider adjustable CPI range and more programmable buttons. Both mice are a bit too large for people with small hands to reach all the buttons, and the click latency is only decent for both of them.

Havit HV-MS735

The UtechSmart VENUS is a slightly better wired MMO gaming mouse than the Havit HV-MS735. The VENUS has a wider and more consistent CPI range, as well as a profile switching button on the mouse itself. The Havit, on the other hand, is better if you have extra-large hands, and it's a tiny bit lighter.

Corsair SCIMITAR PRO RGB

The Corsair SCIMITAR PRO RGB is a better wired MMO mouse than the UtechSmart VENUS. The Corsair's side button panel can slide forward and back to fit your hand more comfortably, and the mouse is a bit lighter. It feels better made and is better suited for people with small or extra-large hands. The Corsair's click latency is quite a bit lower, and they both have a great sensor performance. On the other hand, the UtechSmart has more programmable buttons.

Razer Naga Trinity

The Razer Naga Trinity is a much better wired MMO gaming mouse than the UtechSmart VENUS. The Razer has a unique design with swappable side buttons, making it a great choice for MMO and FPS games. It also has more programmable buttons, with its MMO panel installed, as its mouse wheel has L/T tilt buttons. The Razer may also be a better choice if you have extra-large hands and use a claw grip. On the other hand, the VENUS has weight optimization and a better and more consistent sensor.

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