Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Sep 13, 2021 at 10:40 am
Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S Picture
6.0
Office/Multimedia
8.0
Video Games (FPS)
6.2
Video Games (MMO)
8.5
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.1
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S is a straightforward wired gaming mouse that shares the same right-handed shape as the Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01, but is smaller. It has a smooth matte black finish on most of its body and a textured matte finish on the left- and right-click buttons. It feels fairly well-built, with a flexible paracord-like cable and smooth-gliding mouse feet, and it's lightweight, thanks to its smaller size. Performance-wise, it has a very low lift-off distance and a low click latency. Unfortunately, you can't manually adjust the CPI, and you can only cycle between four preset settings. Also, its sensor is somewhat inconsistent and inaccurate, and it undershoots the set CPI a lot for fast and slow movements.

Our Verdict

6.0 Office/Multimedia

The Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S is mediocre for office use. It feels fairly well-built, and it has a right-handed shape suitable with any grip type for almost all hand sizes. Only people with extra-large hands may feel that the mouse is too small for a palm grip. Unfortunately, you can't reprogram any of its buttons since there's no customization software. Also, its scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt inputs and a free-scrolling feature.

Pros
  • Feels fairly well-built.
  • Suitable for most hand sizes.
Cons
  • Can't be used wirelessly.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and free-scrolling.
8.0 Video Games (FPS)

The Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S is very good for FPS gaming. It has a low click latency and a very low lift-off distance. Also, it's quite lightweight, with smooth-gliding mouse feet and a flexible paracord-like cable. Unfortunately, its sensor is somewhat inconsistent and inaccurate. Also, it lacks customization software, so you can't reprogram any of the buttons without using third-party software, though we don't test this. There are only four preset CPI settings to choose from using a button on the underside.

Pros
  • Feels fairly well-built.
  • Fairly lightweight.
  • Low click latency and lift-off distance.
  • Suitable for most hand sizes.
Cons
  • Sensor is inaccurate and somewhat inconsistent.
  • Limited to four preset CPI settings.
6.2 Video Games (MMO)

The Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S is unremarkable for MMO gaming. It doesn't have as many buttons as dedicated MMO mice, and since there's no customization software, you can't reprogram any of the buttons. There are also only four preset CPI settings to cycle through. While you may be able to use third-party software to reprogram buttons, this isn't something we test. On the bright side, it has a very low lift-off distance and low click latency.

Pros
  • Feels fairly well-built.
  • Low click latency and lift-off distance.
  • Suitable for most hand sizes.
Cons
  • Sensor is inaccurate and somewhat inconsistent.
  • Limited to four preset CPI settings.
  • Doesn't have as many buttons as MMO mice.
8.5 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S is an excellent option for fans of ultra-light gaming mice. It's quite lightweight, and it has a low click latency. Also, it has smooth-gliding mouse feet and a flexible paracord-like cable. You can cycle between four CPI presets with a button on the underside of the mouse. Unfortunately, its sensor is somewhat inconsistent and inaccurate.

Pros
  • Feels fairly well-built.
  • Fairly lightweight.
  • Low click latency and lift-off distance.
  • Suitable for most hand sizes.
Cons
  • Sensor is inaccurate and somewhat inconsistent.
  • Limited to four preset CPI settings.
5.1 Travel

The Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S is inadequate for travel. It's a wired-only mouse, which may be 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 fairly well-built.
  • Fairly lightweight.
Cons
  • Can't be used wirelessly.
  • Can't remove cable.
  • Bulky; may not fit in most laptop cases.
  • 6.0 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.0 Video Games (FPS)
  • 6.2 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.5 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.1 Travel
  1. Updated Sep 13, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Sep 03, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color No Lighting

The Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S looks identical to the Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01, but it's slightly smaller. It's a straightforward mouse with no RGB lighting, with a "ZYGEN" logo written in white on the left side near the front. Most of the mouse has a smooth matte black finish, but the L/R click buttons have a rough texture, and the side buttons are glossy. We bought the Matte Black variant, but there's also a Glossy White variant.

Design
Shape
Length 4.7" (120 mm)
Height 1.5" (37 mm)
Width 2.5" (63 mm)
Grip Width
60 mm
5.8
Design
Portability
Volume
17.09 in³ (280 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
113 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
76 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
76 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No
8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S feels well-built. Its plastic body feels solid, and there's no flex or creaking when you apply pressure to the mouse. You can actuate the buttons by squeezing the sides directly underneath the buttons.

8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
No

It feels comfortable to use, and the buttons are well-placed and easy to reach. It's suitable for any grip type for almost all hand sizes.

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

People with extra-large hands may find the mouse too small to use with a palm grip because of its narrow and short body.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

All hand sizes should feel comfortable using a claw grip.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

All hand sizes should feel comfortable using a fingertip grip.

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

The paracord-like cable feels good quality. The part where the cable meets the mouse is slightly raised to help prevent drag on the mousepad.

9.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
No

The mouse feet glide smoothly on both mousepads and directly on desks, although there's a slight scratching sound when used on a desk.

Design
In The Box

  • Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S
  • 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
-8%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S has only four CPI settings, which are color-coded: 400 (red), 800 (purple), 1600 (blue), and 3200 (red). The polling rate options are 125Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. You can adjust the lift-off distance directly from the mouse using a combination of buttons. Unfortunately, the sensor is somewhat inconsistent and very inaccurate. It undershoots the set CPI by 10.63% during slow movements and 18.71% during fast movements.

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

You can't reprogram any of the buttons since there's no customization software. You can use third-party software, but this isn't something we test. There are three buttons on the underside of the mouse to let you 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

The Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S' mouse wheel has very tactile, pronounced steps that feel precise. However, the scroll wheel is a bit loud and could be annoying to some people.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
8.3
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
12 ms

The Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S's click latency is great and should feel responsive enough for most gamers.

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-01S in Matte Black, but it's also available in Glossy White. It's similar to the Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01 but smaller and lighter. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S is similar to the Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01, but the NP-01S is smaller and lighter. Like with the NP-01, you can't manually adjust the CPI, and you can only cycle between four preset settings via a button on the underside. Like the BenQ ZOWIE EC2 and other mice in its lineup, there's no RGB lighting and no customization software, but some people may prefer this more straightforward approach. Unfortunately, its sensor is somewhat inconsistent and inaccurate.

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

Endgame Gear XM1r

The Endgame Gear XM1r and the Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S are both great gaming mice with no RGB backlighting. Since neither comes with customization software, you can only cycle through four CPI presets and three polling rates. However, you can also cycle through three debounce times on the Vaxee; that said, even with the mouse set to the lowest setting, the click latency is still lower on the Endgame.

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper Mini and the Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S are both wired gaming mice, but the Razer performs better overall and is significantly lighter. It has a lower click latency and a wider and adjustable CPI range, unlike the Vaxee that only lets you cycle between four preset settings. Also, it has software to reprogram all of its buttons, unlike the Vaxee. On the other hand, the Vaxee has a lower lift-off distance.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model O and the Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S are both great wired gaming mice. The Glorious has a honeycomb cutout design that makes it much lighter. Also, it has customizable RGB backlighting, a more flexible cable, a much higher maximum CPI with a CPI you can adjust in the customization software, and programmable buttons. On the other hand, the Vaxee is a straightforward model with a sturdier-feeling body and a lower lift-off distance.

BenQ ZOWIE EC2

The Vaxee ZYGEN NP-01S and the BenQ ZOWIE EC2 have similar, straightforward shapes with no RGB lighting. Neither comes with customization software to reprogram the keys or adjust the settings, and you can only cycle through four CPI presets and three polling rates. However, you can also cycle between three debounce times on the Vaxee, and it also has a lower minimum lift-off distance and smoother-gliding mouse feet than the BenQ.

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