Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Sep 03, 2021 at 10:39 am
Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01 Picture
6.2
Office/Multimedia
8.0
Video Games (FPS)
6.3
Video Games (MMO)
8.4
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.1
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01 is a very good and straightforward wired gaming mouse. This solid-feeling mouse has two buttons on the left side, a glossy white finish on most of its body, and a matte black finish on the left- and right-click buttons. It has a very flexible paracord-like cable and very smooth-gliding mouse feet. Its right-handed design is suitable for almost all hand sizes with any grip type, but small hands may struggle to reach the front side button when using a fingertip grip. Performance-wise, its lift-off distance and click latency are very low. There are buttons on the underside to cycle between the four debounce settings, three polling rates, and four default CPI presets. Unfortunately, there's no customization software to easily reprogram the buttons or adjust your settings.

Our Verdict

6.2 Office/Multimedia

The Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01 is mediocre for office use. It feels well-built and comfortable, with a right-handed design suitable for almost all hand sizes with any grip type. However, people with small hands may struggle to reach the front side button using a fingertip grip. Unfortunately, you can't easily reprogram any of the buttons since there's no customization software, and its scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt inputs and a free-scrolling feature.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Suitable for most hand sizes.
Cons
  • Can't be used wirelessly.
  • No customization software.
8.0 Video Games (FPS)

The Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01 is very good for FPS gaming. It has a low click latency, although some gamers may prefer a lower option. That said, it's fairly light, with a flexible paracord-like cable and very smooth-gliding mouse feet. Also, its sensor is consistent, and the lift-off distance is very low. It has a comfortable right-handed design that's well-suited for most hand sizes using any grip type, though people with small hands may struggle to reach the front side button with a fingertip grip. Unfortunately, it lacks customization software, so you can't easily reprogram any buttons or customize the settings. There are only four preset CPI settings to cycle from using a button on the underside of the mouse.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Fairly lightweight.
  • Low click latency and lift-off distance.
  • Suitable for most hand sizes.
Cons
  • Limited to four preset CPI settings.
  • No customization software.
6.3 Video Games (MMO)

The Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01 is unremarkable for MMO gaming. It doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as dedicated MMO mice do, and you can't easily reprogram any of the buttons it does have since it lacks customization software. However, you may be able to use third-party software to reprogram buttons, but this isn't something we test. Also, there are only four preset CPI settings to cycle through. On the bright side, it has a low click latency, a low lift-off distance, and a comfortable right-handed design that's suitable for most hand sizes using any grip type.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Low click latency and lift-off distance.
  • Suitable for most hand sizes.
Cons
  • Limited to four preset CPI settings.
  • No customization software.
  • Doesn't have as many buttons as MMO mice.
8.4 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01 is a great option for fans of ultra-light gaming mice. It's fairly light, its mouse feet glide incredibly smoothly, and its paracord-like cable is very flexible. The lift-off distance is very low, so the sensor shouldn't track your movements when you reposition your mouse, and the click latency is also low, though some gamers may prefer it even lower. Its right-handed design is suitable for almost all hand sizes with any grip type, but people with small hands may struggle to reach the front side button with a fingertip grip.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Fairly lightweight.
  • Low click latency and lift-off distance.
  • Suitable for most hand sizes.
Cons
  • Limited to four preset CPI settings.
  • No customization software.
5.1 Travel

The Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01 is inadequate for travel since it's a wired-only mouse, making it annoying to use in small spaces like buses, trains, or planes. Also, it's fairly bulky, so it may not easily fit in most laptop cases.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Suitable for most hand sizes.
Cons
  • Can't be used wirelessly.
  • Bulky; may not fit in most laptop cases.
  • No onboard memory.
  • 6.2 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.0 Video Games (FPS)
  • 6.3 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.4 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.1 Travel
  1. Updated Sep 03, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Aug 30, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color No Lighting
Design
Shape
Length 4.7" (120 mm)
Height 1.5" (39 mm)
Width 2.6" (67 mm)
Grip Width
65 mm
5.7
Design
Portability
Volume
19.10 in³ (313 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
118 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
81 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
81 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

If you're interested in a gaming mouse that has similar attributes but an ultra-lightweight body with honeycomb cutouts, check out the Dream Machines DM6 Holey S.

8.5
Design
Build Quality
8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Glossy
Finger Rest
No

For a wired gaming mouse with similar performance but a range of modular pieces to change the look and feel of the mouse, check out the Pwnage Ultra Custom Ergo.

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

For a very similar mouse that's better suited for small hands using a fingertip grip, check out the Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S.

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
8.5
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.6 ft (2.0 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB
9.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01
  • USB cap

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PMW3389
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
400 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
3,200 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
N/A
CPI (DPI) Variation
4%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01 has only four CPI settings, which are 400, 800, 1600, and 3200. These settings are color-coded with an LED light on the underside: red, purple, blue, and green, respectively. The polling rate options are 125Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz.

4.2
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
8
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
0
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

There are three buttons on the underside of the Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01 to cycle between four preset CPI settings, three polling rates, and three debounce time options, which adjust the time before a second mouse click can be registered. The debounce options are 2 ms, 4 ms, and 8 ms.

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
Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
8.1
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
13 ms
Operating System And Software
0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name No software
Software Windows Compatibility
No
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No Software
On-Board Memory
No
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
No
Polling Rate Adjustment
No
Profile Configuration
No
RGB On/Off
No
10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01 in Glossy White, but there's also a Matte Black variant. It's similar to the Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S, but the NP-01 is larger and heavier. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01 is the first mouse released by Vaxee. It shares a similar shape with the Vaxee OUTSET AX, although the ZYGEN is slightly lower profile. Unfortunately, when compared to other mice, this model falls short since it doesn't have a very wide CPI range nor an adjustable CPI. Like the BenQ ZOWIE FK2-B and other mice in its lineup, you can't manually adjust the CPI, and you can only cycle between four preset settings via a button on the underside of the mouse. Also, there's no customization software and no RGB, although some gamers may prefer this.

For other options, see our recommendations for the best cheap gaming mouse, the best gaming mouse, and the best wired mouse.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D is a better gaming mouse than the Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01. The Glorious has a lighter weight, an even more flexible cable, and customization software to program most of its buttons. Also, it has a wider and adjustable CPI range, unlike the Vaxee, which has only four preset CPI settings to cycle through. However, the Vaxee has a lower lift-off distance, and it's better suited for people with small hands using a claw grip than the Glorious is.

Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S

The Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01 and the Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S are very similar straightforward gaming mice, but the NP-01S is smaller and lighter. Otherwise, the NP-01 feels better built since you can't actuate its side buttons by applying pressure to its body like you can on the NP-01S, and its sensor is slightly more consistent. Neither mouse has software, so you can't remap any of the buttons, and you can only cycle between four preset CPI settings.

Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT

The Logitech G PRO X SUPERLIGHT is an excellent ultra-light wireless mouse, while the Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01 is a very good wired gaming mouse. The Logitech is significantly lighter, and you can use the Logitech wirelessly with its USB receiver or wired with its cable. It has smoother-gliding mouse feet, a much wider CPI range, an adjustable CPI, and significantly lower latency. On the other hand, the Vaxee has a narrow CPI range, and you can only cycle between four preset CPI settings.

Endgame Gear XM1r

The Endgame Gear XM1r and the Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01 are comparable wired gaming mice. Neither has customization software available, so you can't program any of the buttons or customize the CPI, and both mice can only cycle between four preset settings. However, the Endgame has a lower click latency, making it a better choice for gaming.

BenQ ZOWIE EC2

The BenQ ZOWIE EC2 and the Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01 are comparable wired gaming mice, but the Vaxee is better overall. The Vaxee has a lighter weight, a more flexible and better quality cable, smoother-gliding mouse feet, and a lower lift-off distance. Otherwise, neither mouse has customization software to reprogram buttons or adjust the CPI, and you can only cycle between four CPI presets on each.

Vaxee OUTSET AX

The Vaxee OUTSET AX and the Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01 share the same right-handed shape, but the OUTSET AX is slightly taller, and it has much lower latency. On the other hand, the ZYGEN accommodates more hand sizes using a claw or fingertip grip, and its paracord-like cable feels more flexible. Neither mouse has customization software, so you can't easily reprogram any of the buttons or adjust the CPI, so you can only cycle through four preset settings. On the bright side, both have a very low lift-off distance.

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper Mini and the Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01 are both wired gaming mice, but the Razer performs better overall. It has a lower click latency, a wider and adjustable CPI range, and it's much lighter. Also, it has software to reprogram all of its buttons, unlike the Vaxee, which lacks any software. Comparatively, the Vaxee has a lower lift-off distance and a more consistent sensor. You can cycle between four CPI preset settings only.

Razer Viper Ultimate

The Razer Viper Ultimate is an excellent wireless gaming mouse, while the Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01 is a very good wired gaming mouse. The Razer is a bit lighter, and you can use it wired via its cable or wirelessly via its USB receiver. It has much lower click latency, and it has customization software to reprogram its buttons and adjust the CPI to your liking. Comparatively, the Vaxee has no software, and you can only cycle between four preset CPI settings via a button on the underside of the mouse. However, it feels sturdier than the Razer.

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