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UtechSmart VENUS Pro Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jul 27, 2021 at 10:10 am
UtechSmart VENUS Pro Picture
7.9
Office/Multimedia
6.4
Video Games (FPS)
7.8
Video Games (MMO)
5.1
Ultra-Light Gaming
7.5
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The UtechSmart VENUS Pro is a good budget-level wireless gaming mouse. It has a comfortable, right-handed shape, but because of its width and button placement, it's only suitable for medium and large-sized hands using a palm or claw grip and extra-large hands using a fingertip grip. It has a wide range of CPI, adjustable by increments of 100, and a very low lift-off distance. Unfortunately, it has high click latency compared to other wireless gaming mice, so it may not feel responsive enough for fast-paced or competitive gaming. Also, while the sensor on our unit is reasonably consistent, it's moderately inaccurate and undershoots the set CPI somewhat during slow cursor movements and significantly during faster movements. There's customization software that allows you to adjust a range of settings; however, it's only compatible with Windows and only allows you to have one custom profile at a time.

Our Verdict

7.9 Office/Multimedia

The UtechSmart VENUS Pro wireless is a very good mouse for office and multimedia work. It feels well-built and has a right-handed shape well-suited for medium and large-sized hands using a palm or claw grip. You can use it either wired or wirelessly with its USB receiver, and it has a ton of buttons, including 12 side buttons, all of which you can program along with most of the other buttons using the companion software. Unfortunately, the software is only compatible with Windows, there's no Bluetooth support, and the mouse wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free scrolling.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Connects wirelessly with its USB receiver.
  • Lots of programmable buttons, including a 12-button side panel.
  • Almost all buttons are re-programmable using the customization software.
Cons
  • No Bluetooth support.
6.4 Video Games (FPS)

The UtechSmart VENUS Pro wireless is mediocre for FPS gaming. It's very heavy compared to dedicated FPS gaming mice, and it has very high click latency. Also, it has a 12-button side panel, which may get in the way for FPS players who only need two or three side buttons. That said, it feels well-built and has a comfortable right-handed shape best suited for medium and large-sized hands using a palm or claw grip. It also has a wide range of CPI, adjustable by increments of 100, and a very low lift-off distance.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Lots of programmable buttons, including a 12-button side panel.
Cons
  • High click latency.
  • Quite heavy.
7.8 Video Games (MMO)

The UtechSmart VENUS Pro wireless is a good MMO gaming mouse. It feels well-built and has a ton of programmable buttons, including 12 side buttons. It has a comfortable right-handed shape that includes a thumb rest and is well-suited for medium and large-sized hands using a palm or claw grip. Performance-wise, it has a wide range of CPI, adjustable by increments of 100, and a very low lift-off distance. Unfortunately, it has a very high click latency for a gaming mouse.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Lots of programmable buttons, including a 12-button side panel.
  • Almost all buttons are re-programmable using the customization software.
Cons
  • High click latency.
5.1 Ultra-Light Gaming

The UtechSmart VENUS Pro wireless is inadequate for ultra-light gaming since it's much heavier than dedicated ultra-light mice and has very high click latency. That said, it feels well-made and has mouse feet that glide well on mousepads and desks. Its right-handed shape is well-suited for medium and large-sized hands using a palm or claw grip or extra-large hands using a fingertip grip.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • High click latency.
  • Quite heavy.
7.5 Travel

The UtechSmart VENUS Pro wireless is a good travel mouse, but it's bulky and may not fit most laptop cases. Nevertheless, it feels well-built and connects wirelessly with its USB receiver. It also has a storage compartment for its receiver when not in use. Unfortunately, the customization software is only compatible with Windows. However, it has onboard memory that allows you to use your saved settings on computers without installing the software.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Connects wirelessly with its USB receiver.
  • Onboard memory.
  • Internal storage compartment for its receiver when not in use.
Cons
  • Bulky; likely won't fit in most laptop cases.
  • No Bluetooth support.
  • 7.9 Office/Multimedia
  • 6.4 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.8 Video Games (MMO)
  • 5.1 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 7.5 Travel
  1. Updated Jul 27, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Jul 23, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The UtechSmart VENUS Pro RGB wireless MMO gaming mouse has a sleek, gamer aesthetic. Most of its body, including the left and right-click buttons, have a grippy, rubberized surface, but the 12-button side panel and a section of the palm area have a glossy plastic texture. There are RGB zones in the logo on the palm area, in the scroll wheel, in the 12-button number pad, and in two arrow-shaped sections at the front. However, none of them are independently programmable. There's also a line of red LED lights alongside the CPI buttons behind the scroll wheel that display what CPI profile you're using.

Design
Shape
Length 4.7" (120 mm)
Height 1.6" (42 mm)
Width 3.2" (80 mm)
Grip Width
65 mm
7.4
Design
Portability
Volume
24.71 inยณ (405 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
Yes
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
172 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
127 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
127 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No
8.0
Design
Build Quality

The UtechSmart VENUS Pro RGB wireless MMO gaming mouse feels well-built. There's no flex in the plastic body when you apply pressure, and the buttons feel responsive and provide good physical feedback. There's a slight rattling sound if you shake the mouse. However, this shouldn't be noticeable during normal use.

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

The UtechSmart VENUS Pro RGB wireless MMO gaming mouse is very comfortable. It has a thumb rest, grippy textured surfaces, and most of its buttons are well-placed for most hand sizes. However, the button on the top next to the left-click button may be difficult for small hands to reach comfortably using certain grip types.

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

This mouse is too wide for small hands, while extra-large hands may find their fingers extend past the front end of the mouse when using a palm grip.

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

The mouse is quite wide and may be uncomfortable for small hands using a claw grip. Also, extra-large hands may need to angle their thumbs too sharply to comfortably use the 12 side buttons.

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

Small, medium, and large-sized hands may have trouble reaching the top side button using a fingertip grip.

6.8
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No

UtechSmart claims the UtechSmart VENUS Pro has a battery life of up to 70 hours, but this isn't something we test.

6.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.1 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Braided
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
USB-C
Port Type: PC End
USB

The UtechSmart VENUS Pro has a fairly stiff braided cable that retains kinks from packaging. However, because this is a wireless mouse, you only need to use the cable for charging. It's also a standard USB-C to USB-A cable, making it easy to replace.

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

The UtechSmart VENUS Pro's mouse feet glide well on all surfaces, but they make a slight scratching sound directly on desks.

Design
In The Box

  • UtechSmart VENUS Pro RGB wireless MMO gaming mouse
  • User documentation
  • USB download driver
  • Replacement mouse feet
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Travel bag

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PAW3335
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
100 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
16,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
100 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
7%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The available polling rate settings on the UtechSmart VENUS Pro RGB wireless MMO gaming mouse are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. The sensor on our unit is reasonably consistent, and the CPI variation isn't very high. However, it's somewhat inaccurate and undershoots the set CPI by approximately 8% during slow cursor movements and 15% during faster movements.

8.8
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
19
Number Of Side Buttons
12
Number Of Programmable Inputs
16
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can program all buttons on the UtechSmart VENUS Pro except the two CPI buttons and the up/down inputs of the scroll wheel. You also can't reprogram the "profile switch" button on the bottom of the mouse, which toggles between a 125Hz and 1000Hz polling rate, instead of switching custom settings profiles. The side buttons are bound to numbers 1 to 0 and "-", "=" by default.

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 UtechSmart VENUS Pro's mouse wheel has a fairly grippy texture, light step definition, and an RGB lighting zone.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
5.8
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
34 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
24 ms

The UtechSmart VENUS Pro has disappointing click latency. Many gamers may prefer a more responsive-feeling option, especially for fast-paced or competitive gaming.

Operating System And Software
7.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Venus Wireless 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
No
RGB On/Off
Yes

The UtechSmart VENUS Pro RGB wireless MMO gaming mouse's software has a futuristic, gamer look. It's straightforward to use and offers plenty of options for button mapping, sensor adjustments, and lighting. It allows you to program five CPI settings and cycle through them using the CPI buttons behind the scroll wheel; however, you can't configure more than one custom settings profile, which is unusual for a gaming mouse.

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

The button on the top next to the left-click button doesn't work on macOS by default.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The UtechSmart VENUS Pro RGB wireless MMO gaming mouse is a wireless version of the UtechSmart VENUS. The unit we tested is black, and there aren't any other color variants. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The UtechSmart VENUS Pro RGB wireless MMO gaming mouse is a good budget-level choice for those looking for a wireless MMO gaming option. While it's more affordably priced than most other wireless MMO gaming mice, it has some features that even some more premium models lack, including a charging cable with a USB-C port and CPI indicator lighting. It also has a wide shape and a thumb rest, making it a more comfortable choice than some mice; unfortunately, this makes it unsuitable for small hands. Also, it has a very high click latency for a gaming mouse, especially when connected wirelessly with its USB receiver.

For other options, see our picks for the best wireless mouse, the best wireless gaming mouse, and the best MMO mouse.

Redragon M913 Impact Elite

The Redragon M913 Impact Elite is a very similar wireless gaming mouse compared to the UtechSmart VENUS Pro. Both mice are nearly the same size and visually very similar, but the Redragon is wider and has a pinky rest. It also has better wireless click latency. However, its click latency is still very high for a gaming mouse. Additionally, it has software that allows you to configure more than one profile, a feature the UtechSmart lacks. Both mice are well-suited for medium or large-sized hands using palm or claw grip or extra-large hands using a fingertip grip.

Redragon M908

The Redragon M908 and the UtechSmart VENUS Pro are MMO gaming mice with comparable and performance. The Redragon is a wired-only model and is somewhat lighter. It has a thumb rest just like the UtechSmart, but it also has a pinky rest. Additionally, it has a bit lower click latency and the ability to create multiple profiles, a feature the UtechSmart lacks. On the other hand, the UtechSmart feels sturdier and connects wired or wirelessly with a USB receiver. It also has a wider CPI range and a lower lift-off distance.

Razer Naga X

The Razer Naga X is a better MMO gaming mouse than the UtechSmart VENUS Pro. The Razer is a wired-only mouse but is much lighter. It feels sturdier, and its mouse feet glide more smoothly. It also has a higher maximum CPI, much lower click latency, and software that allows you to configure multiple custom profiles, a feature that the UtechSmart lacks. On the other hand, the UtechSmart connects wirelessly with its USB receiver. It also has a thumb rest and a lower lift-off distance. Both mice are large and unsuitable for small hands, but the Razer is more accomodating for more hand sizes.

Razer Naga Pro

The Razer Naga Pro is a better wireless MMO gaming mouse than the UtechSmart VENUS Pro. The Razer is lighter and feels sturdier. It has a more flexible paracord-like charging cable, mouse feet that glide more smoothly, and modular side panels with different button configurations. Performance-wise, it has a higher maximum CPI, a more precisely adjustable CPI, Bluetooth support, and much lower click latency. On the other hand, the UtechSmart has a thumb rest and a charging cable with a newer USB-C port, compared to the cable on the Razer, which has a Micro-USB port. Neither mouse is suitable for small hands using any grip type, but the Razer is more accommodating for a wider range of hand sizes overall.

UtechSmart VENUS

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.

BenQ ZOWIE FK2-B

The BenQ ZOWIE FK2-B is a good, wired gaming mouse for FPS gaming, while the UtechSmart Venus Pro is a good wireless mouse for MMO gaming. The BenQ ZOWIE is much lighter and has an ambidextrous shape with two side buttons. It also has mouse feet that glide more smoothly and a much lower click latency. Unfortunately, it only has four default CPI settings. On the other hand, the UtechSmart has a right-handed shape with a thumb rest and a 12-button panel on the left. It also has a wider CPI range, an adjustable CPI, a lower lift-off distance, and customization software.

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