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UtechSmart VENUS Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Feb 03, 2020 at 09:15 am
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Test Methodology v0.8.1
7.3
Mixed Usage
7.4
Office/Multimedia
4.9
Travel
7.1
Video Games (FPS)
8.8
Video Games (MMO)
5.6
Ultra-Light Gaming
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

7.3 Mixed Usage

The UtechSmart VENUS is a decent wired mouse for mixed usage. While it's designed for MMO gaming, the large number of programmable buttons can also be helpful to help you quickly navigate your desktop or work software, and its remarkable sensor performance is good for all types of gaming. Unfortunately, it's too large for people with small hands in any grip type, and its bulky and wired design makes it less than ideal to use while traveling.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
7.4 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.

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.

7.1 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.

See our Video Games (FPS) recommendations
8.8 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.

See our Video Games (MMO) recommendations
5.6 Ultra-Light Gaming

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

  • 7.3 Mixed Usage
  • 7.4 Office/Multimedia
  • 4.9 Travel
  • 7.1 Video Games (FPS)
  • 8.8 Video Games (MMO)
  • 5.6 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.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

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
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
174 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
134 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
117 g

While this mouse comes with eight 2.5g weights to customize its weight, unfortunately, it's quite heavy even with no weights installed.

5.3
Design
Portability
Length 4.8" (12.1 cm)
Height 1.7" (4.3 cm)
Width 3.2" (8.2 cm)
Volume
26.06 Cu. Inch (427 Cu. centimeter)
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.

8.0
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.

8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Grip Width
72 mm

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
Palm Grip: Small Hand
No
Palm Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: 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
Claw Grip: Small Hand
No
Claw Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: 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
Fingertip Grip: Small Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: Medium Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: Large Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: 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.

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Design
Wireless
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None

The UtechSmart VENUS is a wired-only mouse.

6.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.1 ft (1.9 m)
Braided
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.

Design
In The Box

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

Control
Control
Sensor
Sensor Technology
Laser
Works On Glass
No

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.

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.

9.8
Control
Performance
Minimum CPI (DPI)
50 CPI (DPI)
Maximum CPI (DPI)
16400 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Error
-1.0 %
Mouse Acceleration
No
Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The UtechSmart VENUS' sensor performance is remarkable. It has a very wide CPI range, and its polling rate can be set to 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, or 1000Hz. The CPI error is very low and it's one of the most consistent sensors that we've tested to date, which is impressive.

9.7
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Number Of Buttons
19
Number Of Programmable Inputs
18
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes

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.

6.0
Control
Mouse Wheel
Vertical Wheel
Physical
Vertical Wheel Incremented
Yes
Vertical Wheel Unlock Button
No
Vertical Wheel Tilt
No
Horizontal Wheel
None
Horizontal Wheel Incremented
No horizontal 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.

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.

Redragon M908
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

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 are both recommended to be used in palm or claw grip by people with medium or large hands. The VENUS has a wider and more adjustable CPI range and features one of the most consistent CPIs that we've tested so far.

Razer Naga Trinity
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

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 both MMO as well as 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 very large hands and use a claw grip. On the other hand, the VENUS has weight optimization and a better and more consistent sensor.

Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB is a better wired MMO mouse than the UtechSmart VENUS. The Scimitar's side button panel can be slid 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 click latency of the Scimitar is quite a bit lower, and they both have a great sensor performance. On the other hand, the VENUS has more programmable buttons.

Havit HV-MS735
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

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 very large hands, and it's a tiny bit lighter.

Havit HV-MS760
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

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 comfortably reach all the buttons, and the click latency is only decent for both of them.

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