Epicgear Morpha X Fully Modular Optical and Laser Gaming Mouse Review



/ 2 years ago

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Introduction


EpicGear is quickly growing into one of the best gaming brands on the market today, with a range of unique and very exciting gaming peripherals coming to market recently that are certainly grabbing our attention. Their completely bonkers and excellent DeFiant Mechanical Gaming Keyboard was a lot of fun to review, and the modular switches and accessories were cool too. That mentality follows on to their new Morpha X, which comes with swappable sensors, switches, top panels, and weights! Giving you a lot of customisation and performance options to play around with.

MorphA X has taken gaming mouse customization to a new level by implementing MSC™ – Modular-Sensor-Cartridge – for easy exchange between two different types of sensors, laser and optical sensor. Another innovation of the MorphA X called MSS™ – Modular-Switch-Structure – enables users to easily swap out micro switches with different click resistance.

MorphA X can be further customized via dedicated GUI software on angle-snapping, lift-off-distance, button assignment, DPI, profiles, USB report rate, and RGB LED lighting, just to name a few. Co-developed by pro gamers, every line and curve of the symmetrically shaped, right-handed MorphA X, is designed for superior support providing a perfectly balanced grip.

The separated button-cover design provides absolute clicking precision and feedback, while the adjustable weight system provides hassle-free flexibility of adjusting MorphA X to the preferred weight and balance. – EpicGear

Equipped with two sensors, an 8200 dpi laser, and a 12000 dpi optical, modular switches for the LMB and RMB, RGB lighting, and much more, we’re eager to see how this mouse performs, so let’s grab the box and take a closer look!

Packaging and Accessories

The Morpha X is pretty special regarding features, and it comes in an equally unique presentation steel box to celebrate that fact. This doesn’t make the mouse better, but it’s one box I wouldn’t be throwing out in a hurry, it’s just too cool!

In the box, foam inserts keep all the main components stored nice and safe.

In the box, you’ll find white panels included, while the chrome finish ones are pre-installed. There’s an extra sensor in the box, with one more pre-installed, a switch puller, and two additional switches.

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A Closer Look


The mouse comes with a cartridge loading system for the sensors, so you can just slide one out, slide the new one in, and you’re ready to go. The crazy thing is, this can be done quickly and even mid-game if you wanted to; no need to tinker with the software after a swap!

Why settle for one, when you can have two switch types. You’ll find some orange switches in the box, which have a more defined click than the stock ones; it’s up to you to pick which you like the most.

The mouse comes hard wired with a very nice quality black braiding and a uniquely shaped USB header.

Those familiar with the Morpha will recognise the design of the mouse, it looks virtually identical to the non-X version. It has a large and curvy design that’s tailored for right-hand ergonomics. The rubber grips on the edge are durable, and perfect for fingertip and claw grip playstyles, but the overall size and shape of the mouse lends well to palm rest too, giving you plenty of choice on how you choose to hold the Morpha X.

There are two side buttons, with a large surface area that makes them very easy to control with a simple slide of your thumb.

Down the right side, the shape is undercut, making it easy to lift the mouse with your fingertips; perfect for a liftoff technique when using low DPI.

Up top, you’ll find a four stage DPI selector, profile switch, a soft rubber gripped scroll wheel and the LMB and RMB. Both the main switches are mounted with a split panel design, ensuring a light and agile action for each.

On the base of the mouse, you’ll find that slide-out cartridge for the sensor, as well as three thick PTFE slipmats.

Slide the cartridge out, slide in the new one, it’s that simple, and I’ll be testing both the 3360 Optical and the 9800 Laser in just a moment!

The top panel is firmly mounted with strong magnets. Simply pull at the back and it’ll lift away.

You can then lift out the mouse button covers too. Removing both means you can easily access the weight tuning system, as well as the modular front switches.

Using the included tool, simply pull the switch right out of the mouse.

Then push in the new switch, and you’re ready to go, it is that simple!

Why stop there? I’ve already taken the panels off, so may as well install these gorgeous glossy white ones while I’m at it.

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Performance


The optical sensor is as smooth as silk, very responsive and shows no signs of jitter, angle snapping or acceleration issues.

Next up we have the laser sensor, which has a much higher tracking speed and is pixel perfect throughout all tests. It’s not quite as smooth as the optical, but you would need a freaking magnifying glass to notice.

A very tiny bit of jitter here, but at high tracking speeds like this you wouldn’t notice, and this is still very smooth performance overall.

The EpicGear Morpha X scores top marks in the looks department, and with the glossy panels and the RGB lighting on top, it’s easy to get a look that best suits your taste.

The mouse is very well made, and has a beautiful lightweight design, with the weights removed of course. It’s fast and nimble, and it glides very well even on softer gaming surfaces. With the weights in, it will need to be used on a harder gaming surface or mat, otherwise it can bed in a little bit, but that’s easy for you to tweak since there are four removable weights. The sensor performance feels very smooth, regardless of which sensor you use, and again it’s easy to customise the feel and the performance of the mouse thanks to the cartridge loading sensors.

The swappable switches are seriously cool, and while it’s not the first mouse to offer such a feature, it’s still a welcome one. I can’t say one switch is better than the other, although I do prefer the orange ones to the purple ones personally. They’re a little clickier and work great for gaming, but both are superb overall.

For gaming, it’s an absolute joy to use, and the responsive switches, comfortable ergonomics and modular hardware make it a top performer in any scenario.

The software is very similar to what we’ve seen in previous EpicGear reviews, a little too garish and “gamer” for my liking, but while it looks a little fussy, everything is laid out fairly simply, and it’s easy to make quick changes.

You can tweak the assignments of all 7 buttons, and sensor performance can be adjusted to suit your taste too. Most people will leave these at stock values, and from my own testing, I saw little reason to make any changes.

If you play a lot of RPG and MOBA games, you’ll be glad to see there is a powerful macro engine built-in too, and these settings can all be saved to the mouse too, making it easy to take your favourite settings with you.

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Final Thoughts


Price

This is one of the most unique and feature packed mice on the market today, so it comes with a price tag to match its flagship status. The EpicGear Morpha X will set you back around $129.99 from Amazon US. It’s not currently in the UK market but check with your favourite retailers for stock anyway, as you might get lucky. I would expect EU/UK prices to be North of £100, similar to the USD price.

Overview

I absolutely love this mouse, it’s seriously cool to use and the modular features are something we don’t see that often. This isn’t the first mouse with a swappable sensor we’ve seen, as you can get them from SteelSeries, although they sell their extra sensor as an optional add-on, not as something included in the box. We’ve seen modular switches before too, but that doesn’t make the Morpha X any less cool.

In terms of build quality, the Morpha X is up there with the best. The design has clearly been well thought out, from the modular top panels, to the cartridge loading system for the sensors, it all feels robust and locks into place with ease. The build quality shows in the design too, it’s a quality looking and feeling product, with a nice weight to it, durable materials, and nicely finished surfaces. Of course, should a switch fail, you could easily buy a new one, clip it in, and you’re good to go.

Both of the sensors worked really well, and it’s certainly subjective which is better as everyone has their own preference, their own play style, their own usage scenarios. The fact I can literally pull out one and slot in the other mid-game is fun, although I severely doubt anyone would. What I expect will happen is you’ll find the sensor that works best within a couple of days usage. You’ll find the switches you like on day one, the top panels you like on day one, and the weights too. You’ll set it up and likely leave it that way for a very long time. However, it’s still nice to have the option to swap components out should you feel the need.

As with all EpicGear peripherals, I do feel their software is a little too “gamer” with garish graphics, and it looks a little dated. That being said, it works just fine, but I’d love to see it looking a little sleeker and modern to suit the premium aesthetic of the Morpha X.

Pros

  • Flawless performance
  • Excellent build quality
  • Hot-swap optical and laser sensors
  • Modular switches
  • Weight tuning system
  • Two sets of panels included
  • Steelbox case

Cons

  • Software could do with a visual update

If you like to play lots of games and even mix up your play styles from time to time, the Morpha X is an appealing product. The mouse you buy doesn’t have to be the mouse you use, and you can tweak a lot of features to really make this mouse feel like your own!”

Epicgear Morpha X Fully Modular Optical and Laser Gaming Mouse Review

Epicgear Morpha X Fully Modular Optical and Laser Gaming Mouse Review

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