The NZXT Lift gaming mouse was recently launched alongside their Function mechanical keyboard series. This is the company’s first foray into the peripherals scene, and they work with NZXT’s own CAM software too. Featuring a sleek and minimalist design that complements their other product lineup, the NZXT Lift is priced at an MSRP of RM199.
NZXT Lift Gaming Mouse
The NZXT Lift comes in two colours, black and white. The one we received is the white variant. It features an ambidextrous design, albeit the side buttons are located at the left (sorry lefties). In terms of sensor, the Lift came with a Pixart PMW-3389 optical sensor which is capable of up to 16,000 DPI. The scroll wheel is textured, and the left and right mouse buttons use Omron switches. The mouse weighs only 67g, and the low-drag paracord braided cable allows for unimpeded movement.
You may think the mouse does not have RGB, until the moment you plug it in as the RGB strips are located at the bottom of each side. Personally I think this is tastefully done as it looks sleek without looking like a stereotypical “overly-RGBed” gaming mouse.
Customisation can be done via the NZXT CAM software and you can save up to four profiles. You can adjust the RGB effect, DPI settings, polling rate, lift-off height, macros and more using the software. The CAM software has the same minimalist and sleek UI, and it is easy to configure profile settings. The RGB strips will briefly display a colour indicator every time you switch the DPI setting via the DPI button, which I think is a nice touch.
Using The Mouse
I tend to prefer the claw grip whenever I play high intensity games and the NZXT mouse feels great in this department. The switches are clicky and tactile, and the matte texture provides excellent grip during intense gaming sessions. The sensor is accurate and the PTFE feet glides smoothly on my desk mat. The side buttons however require much more force to actuate compared to the main buttons. Regardless if you are trying to score headshots in CS:GO or require precision in MOBA titles, you will find the NZXT Lift to be a capable clicker.
What I Don’t Like
While the NZXT Lift is great for claw gripping, gamers who prefer palm grips might find the ambidextrous shape provides little support to their palms. Other than that, while the matte texture provides excellent grip, it does attract finger oil and sweat so you should clean them frequently before grease and dead skin gets trapped within the grain. The paracord cable, while soft and light, is not interchangeable so if it fails you are out of luck. There are also no wireless options for those who want to ditch the cord.
All in all, the NZXT Lift is a great mouse but the market is saturated with similar if not better performing mice at lower price points. The gaming mouse market is competitive with other name brands occupying this price bracket, and while the NZXT Lift does not outperform the competition in any particular way, it is a solid performer across different gaming genres.
For a first attempt at a gaming mouse, I would say NZXT did well on this one. Now where is the wireless version?