The Nixeus Revel is a budget-friendly, no-frills gaming mouse that would shine more brightly if it wasn’t so darn shiny.
The Nixeus Revel is very similar in design to the SteelSeries Sensei and Sensei [RAW] gaming mice. Unfortunately, it takes more after the former in design and the latter in price, but in this case that’s not really a good thing.
The Nixeus Revel is a minimalist design with an ambidextrous shape, although it’s not a true ambidextrous mouse because it only has thumb buttons on one side. A single button for switching DPI settings sits behind the scroll wheel, and the thumb buttons are long and narrow.
Nixeus Revel Feature highlights and specifications
The Nixeus Revel comes pre-configured with 8 DPI settings (ranging from 400-120000), 1000Hz polling rate, and it’s backed by Omron switches. It’s a basic gaming mouse with a conservative, neutral form factor and an entry-level price of around $40-50.
Nixeus Revel technical specifications
- Optical Sensor: PixArt PMW3360
- DPI Settings: 400/800/1200/1600/2000/3200/5000/12000
- Omron Switch Durability: 20 million clicks (Primary Left/Right Buttons)
- USB Polling Rate: 1000Hz (1 ms)
- Programmable Buttons: 5
- Approximate Size: 125.7mm (4.95″) x 67.5mm (2.66″) x 39mm (1.54″)
- Approximate Weight: 85 grams (Without Cable)
- USB Cable Length: 1.8 meters (6 feet)
- Operating System: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 & Mac OS
- Warranty: 1 Year Limited Warranty by Nixeus
The Nixeus Revel doesn’t use or require any software drivers, so all of its features are ‘hard wired’ into the mouse. It simplifies the mice in that it doesn’t require any configuration, but you also can’t customize it, record or create macros, etc.
This also makes Nixeus’ claim of “programmable” buttons a bit misleading. Most programmable gaming mice enable you to assign macros and configure the buttons however you please. The Nixeus Revel’s programmability is completely dependent on whether or not a game enables you to re-assign the scroll wheel or “Back” and “Forward” buttons (the default commands for the thumb buttons) to other in-game functions.
The Nixeus Revel does a good job of providing the essential functions of a gaming mouse for a modest price (around $45 as of this writing). It provides an ample number of DPI settings and (for me at least) provides the settings I typically use (generally between 1200 and 2400 DPI). Its lack of software keeps things simple, but sacrifices customization and feature options.
The scroll wheel isn’t as tactile or firm as I prefer for gaming, but neither is it deficient. The left, right, and scroll-click buttons all deliver a satisfying, tactile ‘click’ experience typical of Omron switches.
The Nixeus Revel’s worst sin is that it’s covered in shiny, glossy plastic (white or black depending on the model).
Glossy plastic is the least grip-friendly and least comfortable construction material that can be used on a mouse. (See my Gaming mouse buyer’s guide for some of my recommendations.)
Glossy plastic gives gaming mice a sleek, sports-car like look that looks good on the desktop and (according to sources in the industry) tends to be more popular in Asian countries. Unfortunately, it quickly develops a tacky feel after only 30 minutes or less of use, and it attracts smudges. After a brief period of gaming I feel like I need to lift my hand and wipe it off every few minutes.
the entire top of the Nixeus Revel is made from glossy plastic, so there’s no avoiding it—even for you palm-up/fingertip mousers.
For less than $50 the Nixeus Revel is a decent, minimalist gaming mouse. If you don’t hate glossy plastic as much as I do it’s a perfectly fine budget-level mouse.
[*EDIT: Apparently the black version of the Revel gaming mouse isn’t glossy, so I’d recommend looking at that one. Also, I’d rate it 1-2 points higher.]
Also consider the SteelSeries Sensei Raw, which sports a nearly identical form factor and only costs $10 more. The Sensei Raw is covered in soft-touch rubber, provides more features through the SteelSeries Engine software, and is on my personal Best Gaming Mice list.