XTRFY MZ1 – Zy’s Rail Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed May 31, 2021 at 10:04 am
XTRFY MZ1 – Zy’s Rail Picture
6.3
Office/Multimedia
8.0
Video Games (FPS)
6.3
Video Games (MMO)
8.7
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.3
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The XTRFY MZ1 – Zy’s Rail is an excellent ultra-light gaming mouse designed by YouTube mouse reviewer Zy Rykoa, AKA Rocket Jump Ninja. It has a honeycomb design that makes it very lightweight, but it feels sturdy and doesn't creak or flex. Its shape is unconventional and won't be for everyone, but it's ideal for a fingertip grip for all hand sizes and suitable for a palm grip for smaller hands. We don't recommend using it with a standard claw grip, but some users report that it's well-suited for a modified claw grip, though this isn't something we test. Unfortunately, it doesn't have software for remapping buttons or customizing preferences, and it only has eight default CPI presets you can cycle through directly on the mouse. Also, while it has good click latency, some gamers may prefer a mouse that feels more responsive.

Our Verdict

6.3 Office/Multimedia

The XTRFY MZ1 – Zy’s Rail is only mediocre for office use. It has no wireless capabilities, and it doesn't have companion software for remapping buttons. On the other hand, it feels very well-built and is fully compatible with Windows and macOS. It's ideal for a fingertip grip for all hand sizes and suitable for a palm grip for smaller hands.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
8.0 Video Games (FPS)

The XTRFY MZ1 – Zy’s Rail is a very good FPS gaming mouse. It's very lightweight and feels sturdy, despite its honeycomb body. It also has a very flexible cable, mouse feet that glide smoothly on mousepads, and a unique ambidextrous shape ideal for fingertip grip for all hand sizes. Unfortunately, it doesn't have software for customization, and there are only eight preset CPI settings. Also, while the click latency is good, some FPS gamers may prefer a more responsive mouse.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Very lightweight.
  • Good click latency.
Cons
  • No software for customization; only eight CPI presets.
6.3 Video Games (MMO)

The XTRFY MZ1 – Zy’s Rail is a mediocre mouse for MMO gaming as it doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse, and you can't remap any of its buttons since it doesn't have companion software. That said, it feels very well-built, has good click latency, and has a very flexible and lightweight cable. It's ideal for a fingertip grip for all hand sizes, but you may also find it comfortable using other grip types depending on your hand size.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Good click latency.
Cons
  • No software for customization; only eight CPI presets.
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO mouse.
8.7 Ultra-Light Gaming

The XTRFY MZ1 – Zy’s Rail is an excellent ultra-light gaming mouse. While it has good click latency, it isn't as low as most other ultra-light mice and may be disappointing for some gamers. That said, it’s very lightweight, feels very well-built, has a very flexible paracord-like cable, and mouse feet that glide very smoothly on mousepads. It also has an ambidextrous shape ideal for a fingertip grip for all hand sizes. Unfortunately, it lacks software for customization and only has eight default CPI presets you can cycle through.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Very lightweight.
  • Good click latency.
Cons
  • No software for customization; only eight CPI presets.
5.3 Travel

The XTRFY MZ1 – Zy’s Rail is an inadequate travel mouse as it’s pretty bulky and may be difficult to slip into most laptop cases. It’s also wired-only, which can be cumbersome in small spaces like trains or planes.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • No onboard memory.
  • Fairly bulky; may not fit into most laptop cases.
  • 6.3 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.0 Video Games (FPS)
  • 6.3 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.7 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.3 Travel
  1. Updated May 31, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated May 25, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB

The XTRFY MZ1 – Zy’s Rail has an ambidextrous shape and a black, semi-translucent plastic body with honeycomb holes designed to keep the mouse as lightweight as possible. It has RGB zones inside the mouse, in the scroll wheel, and in a strip that runs along the front and sides. Lighting customization is limited as there's no software, but you can cycle through presets with buttons directly on the mouse.

Design
Shape
Length 4.4" (111 mm)
Height 1.4" (37 mm)
Width 2.3" (59 mm)
Grip Width
57 mm
6.0
Design
Portability
Volume
14.46 in³ (237 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
97 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
61 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
61 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No
8.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality feels excellent. Despite its honeycomb body, it feels sturdy. There are no signs of flexing and no rattling when shaking the mouse.

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

The XTRFY MZ1 – Zy’s Rail has an unconventional shape. It's quite slim in the middle, narrows towards the front, and has deep finger grooves on both the left and right-click buttons. It has a fairly flat, low profile, a relatively short length, and a blunt back end with a tall hump. This mouse is ideal for a fingertip grip, though some may find it comfortable to use with other grip types.

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

Due to the size and narrowness of the palm area, those with large or extra-large hands likely won't be able to use this mouse comfortably with a palm grip.

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

We don't recommend using a standard claw grip with this mouse for any hand size. Some users have reported comfortably using a modified claw grip; however, this isn't something we test.

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

This mouse is ideal for a fingertip grip for all hand sizes.

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
9.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.1 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Paracord-like
Permanent Kink
No
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB

This mouse uses the new Xtrfy EZcord Pro, which feels more flexible and lightweight than the Xtrfy EZcord found on the XTRFY M42.

9.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Very Good
Material
Virgin Grade PTFE
Extra Included
Yes

The XTRFY MZ1 – Zy’s Rail has outstanding mouse feet that glide very well on hard or cloth mousepads. They also glide well directly on tables, but they produce a scratching sound. There's an extra set of feet included, and XTRFY sells replacements on their website.

Design
In The Box

  • XTRFY MZ1 – Zy’s Rail mouse
  • User documentation
  • Sticker
  • Extra PTFE feet

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PMW3389
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
400 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
16,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
N/A
CPI (DPI) Variation
-7%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
1000 Hz

The XTRFY MZ1 – Zy’s Rail has eight preset CPI settings you can cycle through using the CPI button on the bottom of the mouse. The settings are 400, 800, 1200, 1600, 3200, 4000, 7200, and 16000.

XTRFY also has detailed instructions on their website for changing the polling rate, lift-off distance, and debounce time. The polling rate settings are 125Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz.

4.2
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
7
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
0
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

The XTRFY MZ1 – Zy’s Rail has a standard button layout, including two side buttons on the left and a button behind the scroll wheel that you can bind to F11 by default using a switch on the bottom of the mouse.

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 XTRFY MZ1 – Zy’s Rail has a scroll wheel that feels precise. It has pronounced notches and a rubberized coating that makes it easy to control.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
7.6
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
17 ms

The XTRFY MZ1 – Zy’s Rail has good click latency, but some gamers may prefer a mouse that feels more responsive.

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

The XTRFY MZ1 – Zy’s Rail has no software, but you can adjust RGB lighting settings, CPI, polling rate, lift-off distance, debounce time, and bind the button behind the mouse wheel to F11 using combinations of button presses and switch settings directly on the mouse. XTRFY has detailed instructions on its website on how to adjust all settings.

Note: XTRFY have released a firmware update that lets you to bind the button behind the mouse wheel to Page Down instead of F11.

10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The XTRFY MZ1 – Zy’s Rail we tested is black, and it has no other variants. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The XTRFY MZ1 – Zy’s Rail is a collaboration between XTRFY and YouTube mouse reviewer Zy Rykoa, better known as Rocket Jump Ninja. It has a sturdy but lightweight honeycomb design and solid sensor performance similar to other recent XTRFY releases like the XTRFY M42 or the XTRFY M4 RGB. Unlike those mice, however, it has a very unusual shape. While it's ideal for a fingertip grip for all hand sizes, it'll likely take new users some time to get used to and ultimately won't be for everyone.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best mouse, the best gaming mouse, and the best wired mouse.

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper Mini and the XTRFY MZ1 – Zy’s Rail are both excellent wired gaming mice. The Razer has a lower minimum CPI, a more precisely adjustable CPI, much lower click latency, and companion software for customizing settings and remapping buttons. On the other hand, the XTRFY has a more flexible cable and a lower lift-off distance. Both mice are ideal for a fingertip grip for all hand sizes and a palm grip for smaller hands, but only the Razer is recommended for a claw grip for smaller hands.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D and the XTRFY MZ1 – Zy’s Rail are excellent ultra-light gaming mice. The Glorious has a right-handed design and is a bit lighter, has a more precisely adjustable CPI, much better click latency, and companion software for customization and button mapping. On the other hand, the XTRFY has an ambidextrous shape, a wider CPI range, and a lower lift-off distance. The Glorious is well-suited for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes, while the XTRFY is best suited for fingertip grip and suitable for smaller hands with a palm grip.

XTRFY M42

The XTRFY M42 and the XTRFY MZ1 – Zy’s Rail are excellent ultra-light wired gaming mice with honeycomb designs. The M42 has significantly better click latency and modular back panels. It's ideal for all hand sizes using a fingertip or claw grip and smaller hands using a palm grip. On the other hand, the MZ1 has a more flexible and lightweight cable and is ideal for a fingertip grip for all hand sizes, though it's also suitable for a palm grip for smaller hands.

Glorious Model O

The Glorious Model O and the XTRFY MZ1 – Zy’s Rail are excellent ultra-light gaming mice. The Glorious has a more consistent sensor, a much lower click latency, and companion software for customization. It's ideal for all grip types but best suited for smaller hands. On the other hand, the XTRFY feels sturdier and has a higher max CPI. Its shape is best-suited for a fingertip for all hand sizes or a palm grip for smaller hands.

G-Wolves Hati HT-M Classic Edition

The G-Wolves Hati HT-M Classic Edition and the XTRFY MZ1 – Zy’s Rail are both impressive ultra-light gaming mice. The G-Wolves has a more precisely adjustable CPI, a much lower click latency, and software for customization and button remapping compatible with Windows. It's well-suited for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes. On the other hand, the XTRFY has a somewhat higher maximum CPI, a more flexible cable, and better mouse feet. It's ideal for all hand sizes using a fingertip grip and suitable for small hands using a palm grip.

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