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HP - OMEN by HP Reactor Wired Optical-Mechanical Gaming Mouse with RGB Lighting - Black-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good mouse with some minor drawbacks

    Posted
    Meta
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    I have been using this mouse for a couple of weeks and figured I had enough experience now to post my review. The packaging the mouse comes in is somewhere between a microwave dinner box and a fancy USB cable. I suppose it did arrive undamaged, but the box was a bit bent out of shape because of the thin card the walls of the box are made of. Inside the box it was pretty bare bones too. It was just the mouse, warranty info and a sticker. But the box felt heavier than just those items, and I will get to why. The mouse itself feels a bit light. Lighter than my DeathAdder I had been using previously. But the part that shocked me, and the reason the box felt heavier, was the cord. The weight comes from the metal cord. This isn't just your usual metal braid either. Honestly, it's hard to describe, but it's almost as if there was a fine spiral of metal wound around the cord. Almost like it was one of those hollow necklace chains that has plenty of flex to it. This makes the cord heavy, heavier than you expect. The weight of the cord isn't all bad but compared to the mouse, they seem out of balance. When plugging in the mouse the imbalance of the weights became apparent very quickly, as the heavy cord was plugged in to my computer, the cord started pulling the mouse off the desk just by the sheer weight of the cable. I had to fiddle around with how to prevent this from happening and ended up leaving a large portion of the cord coiled up on my desktop like snake. Not very pretty, but whatever it works I suppose. Loner term I might attach the cord to my desk via a hook or something. I think there is some software you can use to control the mouse, but I am not a fan of mouse software, so I ran with this in Plug-n-Play. You can adjust the DPI via a button on top of the mouse, just below the scroll wheel. They have a decoder chart as to what color is what DPI, so as you press the button you can know what you are selecting. But you will need that chart if you like to swap it up because the colors are not super clear. I was thinking "Hmm is this violet, or purple?" I had to cycle through the colors a few times to truly see the difference in the colors. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT BIT I also initially felt that the mouse was a little sticky on my mouse pad. Well come to find out a week later there is a film on the mouse feet! There was not any mention of this in the documentation. ONCE THE PLASTIC WAS REMOVED... Besides feeling like an idiot, this mouse glides like butter! The adjustable body takes some fiddling with to get it right. The mechanism feels pretty cheap (mostly because of the lightweight mouse body) but stood up to my messing with it. Once you get it right, you will not want to touch the latch since the mechanism is spring loaded. Overall this mouse is alright. It does the job, if not a little imbalanced. Personally I will probably swap back to my DeathAdder soon.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not worth consideration

    Posted
    Gerbil
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    The OMEN Reactor wired mouse misses out on some of the staple features of gaming mice, while including others that seem rather inconsequential. All considered, it seems to fall well short of its competitors, and doesn't seem well suited for gaming. This mouse is quite light for a gaming mouse--much more so than I'd prefer--and is completely missing any weight adjustment. Instead, users get an adjustable palm rest. Unfortunately, regardless of the adjustment setting, the palm rest doesn't actually provide any support for my hand, making it a completely useless feature for me. Palm rest adjustment is triggered with a spring-loaded slide on the right side of the mouse. This slide is positioned such that my pinky finger is naturally positioned against the crevice that this slide is recessed into, so I'm constantly feeling that along with the loose/jiggly slide itself, which are both a constant, annoying reminder of how terribly designed this mouse is. The OMEN Command Center software--used for configuring this mouse--is pretty much a complete joke. The macros didn't work at all for me. Even if they did work, there's no apparent way to setup different profiles, much less game/application-specific profiles which are selected automatically based on target executable files (which can be found in competing products). While having 12 DPS settings could be considered nice on paper, having only a single button with which to cycle through these settings in a single direction is entirely impractical for gaming. It would make sense for use with four settings, but certainly not 12. The wheel lighting (as well as palm lighting, set independently) can be set to indicate the current DPI setting, using roughly rainbow coloring. Unfortunately, HP decided not to start with red; instead, red is about a quarter of the way into the DPI settings from the lowest setting. All considered, the DPI management feels like a complete disaster. The ergonomics of the side buttons feels off. While pressing the the 'back' button feels fine, the 'forward' button feels far too recessed, causing me to twist the mouse just to press it. This feels so awkward and disruptive, that I found myself completely avoiding using this button when gaming. The optical button switches sound interesting, but I find the speed claims rather dubious for multiple reasons. This is a new technology, which doesn't appear to have been independently studied for efficacy in this context. I'm thinking HP decided on this technology purely as a marketing gimmick. I personally didn't notice any increased responsiveness, but assuming it may be there, this is probably a feature that could only be appreciated in a high-quality mouse (which this mouse is not), in the hands of the most demanding gamers.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Average at best

    Posted
    Reddog
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    HP - OMEN by HP Reactor Wired Optical-Mechanical Gaming Mouse with RGB Lighting - Black I have been testing the HP Reactor Wired Optical-Mechanical Gaming Mouse along with its sister keyboard the Sequencer Wired Gaming Optical-Mechanical Blue Switch Keyboard. Together they match the theme of the HP gaming desktops and notebooks products. Unfortunately both products are a miss. There are some good ideas here but they do not hold up to the many options available to gamers. The side mouse buttons are the highlight. There is a thumb rest and the button placement there gives you enough room where you don’t accidently hit them. Another nice feature is the steel braided USB cable. I have not seen this on any product and it a great for the traveler. You can roll it up and it doesn’t kink. But it adds weight to the front of the mouse which may or maynot be a issue. And depending on your desk layout it can make a sound as you move it around while in use. Also the Reactor doesn’t slide well on my mouse pad. Every other mouse I have tested slides easily but the Reactor mouse has a friction feel that slows it down. Another grip I have is the gap between the wheel and the DPI button. You can actually put your finger in the gap between them. That is not a button you want to hit in the middle of a shooter game. They have made it so the back of the mouse has a height adjustment but because of the shape it just doesn’t work for me. To feel right in my hand I have to use the higher adjustment but because the rear is narrow it doesn’t take long before I am changing it. It might work for some hands and mine are a fairly normal size but it doesn’t work for me. The lighting is done well but its nothing we all haven’t seen before. If you have an Omen gaming computer it will look ok but it can’t fix the other issues I have. I just can’t recommend this mouse over the many options that are available. I am glad HP is in the fight to provide gamers options but I think they missed the mark here.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    So much potential let down by bad software

    Posted
    teasten
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    I really had high hopes for this HP Omen Reactor Mouse. The fact it has optical switches means it's technically far superior to any mechanical based mouse. It also has a cable that is metal braided - so it will never snag, fray or twist. It's also got adjustable ergonomics, you can use a switch on the right hand side and the built in spring lets you get the right palm height adjustment. The mouse has 2 additional buttons for macros (not counting the left, right and scroll wheel that can double as a button, for 5 buttons total). Unfortunately, the Omen Reactor mouse is let down by terrible software and even worse support. The HP Omen Command Software is terrible. Word of warning, you can only download it from the Windows Store. I spent several hours trying to get macros working on the two supported macro buttons without success. Not even complicated macros, just as shortcuts for a keyboard command in a game e.g. R. Hours of fruitless trying, resetting, uninstalling drivers in device manager, restarting. No luck. The HP Omen Software also crashed repeatedly every step of the way. After a full wasted day, decided maybe I just had a faulty mouse so called HP support to see about warranty repairs/replacements. Was transferred several times by agents who kept saying "oh, you need to talk to this department" until I finally someone who claimed to be the HP Omen support person. They didn't seem to even know the mouse existed. After repeating everything I have tried, they then said I would get a warranty replacement. Honestly, I don't think it's worth the effort to replace. Positives. The normal mouse buttons are fine, DPI is incredible, backlighting is almost infinite and it's a comfortable, lightweight mouse. But without being able to use the macros, or the additional buttons - it's not really a gaming mouse. And the Omen software is a huge let down.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Gaming Mouse and Work Productivity

    Posted
    J0A0A7
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    I must confess I never use a gaming mouse before until I got a hold of the Omen Reactor gaming mouse. Out of the box is nice futuristic looking mouse. It's very comfortable and being able to adjust the height of the palm rest area is a nice addition. The metallic braided cable does feel like it will last a while and HP was courteous with cord length. For the gaming part it took me some time to get adjusted to gaming with a mouse and keyboard. After an hour passed and getting more comfortable with it my precision felt like it was getting more accurate. Going back to a controller after this I can start to tell the differences. I'm still learning on how to use the DPI adjustment button by the scroll wheel. It's a nice feature and especially the ability to make real time adjustments. The mouse also works well for work productivity. The hot keys another area I'm starting to tinker with. The Omen software allows you to customized the hot keys and RGB lighting. FYI the Omen software can only be downloaded through the Windows Store. I learned this after spending an hour looking online to reinstall the Omen software when I did a clean install on my Omen laptop. I have not been able to find any faults besides the software only available through the Windows Store.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect & Economical

    Posted
    Christopher
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    I have tested out other "High-end" gaming mouse(s?) and at the price point this one definitely competes with those within and outside of its price point. I have been playing COD BO4 (amongst others) and this mouse works. By works, I mean there is not a competitive edge that I have shorted myself by using it. The mouse is well built and has a cheeky ergonomic palm rest that really feels great. At first, I thought it was a novelty until I spent hours on and found myself adjusting during game play to suit and I do believe it helps with hand fatigue (yes gamers get weird little aches from the stresses we put our hands through). The mouse has a ton of options (which you might not find in others at this price point) through the app (MUST have windows 10 - BOOOOOO) but still cool nonetheless. The mouse changes color (again adjustable to your liking) and the cord is like an electrical conduit cable (metallic and solid) which makes it sit nicely on your desk (this mouse DOES NOT have a wireless option). All in All, it is a mouse and does good mouse jobs as you would expect but this one stands out because it feels great, the response time is PERFECT, and she is pretty! I have several but have stuck with this Omen Reactor as of late.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Cool Gaming Mouse

    Posted
    Jaydozrock
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    In the box comes the mouse and the standard quick start guide and info pamphlets along with two stickers. First off I have to say I love the design and feel of the gaming mouse. It is very comfortable. It is designed almost like a exotic car with many slanted edges and curves with an exposed backside that houses the spring adjustment. Despite being made entirely of plastic it doesn’t feel cheap and I commend the metallic braided cable which should make it very durable as well as protect against tangling. The RGB lighting is fun to look at and play around with using the omen app and can be turned off if needed. Performance-wise this mouse was quite impressive, quick response time, acceleration and high degree of accuracy. It is perfect for fast-paced first person shooters and will perform well. One of the best gaming mouses I have used and I would definitely recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Punching above it's weight class...

    Posted
    BillnMish
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    Performance-wise this mouse is more than solid. For it's MSRP (even more so at the time of this review as it's on sale) it would make for a great gaming mouse for someone just getting into the hobby without wanting to step up to the $100+ offerings. Pros: - quick response - adjustable palm rest - immediate DPI adjustment (button below scroll wheel -- at this price-point that's a nice feature) - wire sheath has a nice "metallic" finish to it which allows it to roll off just about every surface. This keeps it from snagging/catching -- another nice touch at this price point. Cons: - it's too light (for the price, it's not bad, but compared to a G900 or even a G502 the OMEN feels like a feather) Really, that's about it. It's simply too light. There isn't anything else about this that bothers me after using it for ~2 weeks. Bottom line; If you are in the market for a solid wired gaming (or even everyday work/casual) mouse, this will easily fit the bill.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Better than the average gaming mouse

    Posted
    GoGatorsInCA
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    If you're looking for a budget gaming mouse that has pretty good functionality, this might be the mouse for you! One of the best things that I like about this product is that it has a good feel to it, and it can be adjust to fit your palm/hand more comfortably. The RGB is also nice. Compared to other mouses, perhaps there could have been a couple more buttons and features (such as being able to cycle through DPI settings/profiles), but then you're likely raising the price and you would probably consider various other options. I also wish there was a bit more weight to it, and a more "quality" feel to it. All in all, it's not a bad mouse, but certainly not one I would recommend for gaming purposes.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good gaming mouse

    Posted
    sollyp
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    The first thing that you will notice is that this mouse is pretty. It's matte black finish and lobster claw look. It is definitely more unique than the other gaming mouses I have used. The braided USB cable is also built to last whatever life throws at it like teething dogs. You can control the lighting with the software. The clicks are not quite as tactile as I would like. HP claims that the response time is 0.2 ms. I don't think my level of gaming can really tell the difference but it's a good mouse. The mouse itself is light and easy to use. Even after hours, it was comfortable. However, the cable itself is very heavy and was noticeable at times. All in all, I think that this is a good mouse.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Mouse!

    Posted
    Nate
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This mouse feels great and moves great. When unboxing the mouse, I instantly plugged it in and it registered with the Omen Command Center. You can customize the colors, keys, and sensitivity (DPI) to anything you want. I really appreciate the thumb rest and customization of the palm rest. A few downsides of the mouse is that it comes with a metal cable which hangs if your desk comes with a keyboard shelf. I guess the durability of the cable is nice but I would like to see if they could make it wireless in the future. Another issue is programming the Macros in the mouse, it's very difficult and I still can't get the hang of it. Overall, a great mouse!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So Precise!

    Posted
    TechGuru
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    I must say that I have never used a gaming mouse before. The Omen Reactor is my first. Let me just say that I love the wight of the mouse, as well as the adjustable palm rest. Having programmable buttons is nice too, even when you are not playing games. You can use them as "hot keys" in your business apps. I find this quite useful for emails. Playing games, I compared the HP Omen with my old wireless mouse, and the performance is amazing. The precision of my movements were noticeable in a way that I didn't think was possible. This mouse will definitely increase my PC gaming time, as I'm sure it will take me away from my Xbox One.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Gaming Mouse of 2018!

    Posted
    Josh

    I upgraded from the Razer Deathadder Elite. This is the best gaming mouse of 2018! It's not just a mechanical mouse, it's optical-mechanical -- meaning it uses a laser in its switch to detect clicks 3x faster than traditional mechanical mice. Industry leading switches with zero input lag and a 50 million click lifetime. The cord is braided so it doesn't fray as well as metal so it doesn't kink. 16.8 million color options. 16,000 dpi. MUST BUY.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic mouse for gaming and regular use.

    Posted
    Webzpinner
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    Replaced a $9 old school optical mouse. Never realized how inefficient the old mouse was! Played 2 hours of Doom and Guildwars and this mouse made a huge difference. Insanely precise and comfortable, this mouse works great for your raid campaigns as well as maneuvering a spreadsheet. With a metal spring coil cord and solid construction, this mouse feels like products used to feel: quality and value. HP really took the customer to heart. I highly recommend this!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very fast optical response times!

    Posted
    jhancock
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    The Omen Reactor mouse looks awesome, has a height-adjustable body to accommodate different hand sizes and provides great user ergonomics. It is visually appealing and is a great accompaniment to the Omen Sequencer keyboard. The thumb rest worked great for me. It has an aluminum armor clad USB cable that looks and feels indestructible and also has the same type of optical-mechanical switches as the Sequencer keyboard. Attention to detail is great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    HP OMEN Reactor – Purchasing Guide

    Posted
    BestBuy2019
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    This OMEN Reactor provides a comfortable experience you can tailor to your preferences. Its fancy switches seemingly perform as well as most other switches though. There’s not much to nitpick, except for the noise the metal cable produces when being slid around, and the annoying DPI switching setup. Overall it's a pretty good mouse, but feels a bit overpriced.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Design with Amazing Controls

    Posted
    henkster
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    This mouse is by far the best gaming mouse I have ever used. It can be used on nearly any surface I have tried it on and it's very easy to begin to use without much of a learning curve. The vibrant red icon is a great addition especially if you have a beautiful OMEN keyboard to go with it. If you are a gamer this is the mouse for you!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Top Notch

    Posted
    JimbobBlue

    Quite a nice mouse. Smooth, comfortable, and incredibly accurate! I use mine for both gaming and digital content creation. Being able to switch dpi on the fly is great. Love the cable, neat as well as practical. No noticeable delay whatsoever. The adjustable palm rest turned out to be really useful. All around top notch product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good mouse, annoying sound

    Posted
    Chase
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    It makes a really annoying squeaking sound when you move it around. Not something you'd notice if you have a headset on or loud music playing, but if you're just sitting and using your computer, you'll definitely annoy yourself. Still, comfortable mouse if you can look past the squeaking.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Dpi shifts

    Posted
    NoxAlbus
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    For no particular reason the dpi would suddenly shift to the original 1200 dpi, and the software does not help me fixate the dpi. Also the number of profiles pre-installed is fixed, making the navigation through 12 dpi choices slow.

    I would recommend this to a friend