UPDATE ON 2018.05.29: My review unit is actually broken now, sooooooo what do you think of its durability?
First published on 2018.07.29.
In today’s ERA where RGB lights matters more than aesthetics, durability and performance when it comes to gaming peripherals – does the MSI DS B1 Interceptor GAMING mouse can justify its position of being an entry-level gaming mouse with the price tag of around $13-15? Or PhP700?.
For the purpose of this review, we’re referring to the product as ‘Interceptor‘, because it’s name is oddly not satisfying to type in repeat.
But before everything about this mouse, let me tell you something…
Let’s be true to ourselves here – most of us don’t have a budget for these super expensive mouse that we want to get our hands into, and honestly, I’m just using the mouse from an old and cheap peripheral bundle – the CM (Cooler Master) Storm Octane keyboard & mouse bundle.
Now, due to normal tear and wear, that mouse is already on its edge of its shortly-defined lifespan (of 10-million clicks). The buttons don’t work really well like before (you know unintended double-clicks and dragging mishaps?) – yes, it is already present on the mouse I’m currently using.
Now you know what I want to say? Let’s proceed.
Design / Aesthetics
Talking about design/aesthetics first, Interceptor looks aggressive than any other gaming mouse out there on its price range – aggressive enough to justify the ‘GAMING’ word that is embedded on its branding.
It has a matte finish at the top, while sporting textured anti-slip grips at the sides (unfortunately that wasn’t rubber), and of course, has red-only dragon logo and side illumination that is unchangeable and you cannot get rid of nor dim it if you think it’s so bright, which might be good for red-themed gamers, but not for obsessed RGB spectrum and customization lovers, like me.
Interceptor has 6 buttons in total – the left & right buttons which are nice to click, mouse scroll wheel button which is also nice when it comes to scrolling (although it isn’t free roll so you can’t do precise scrolling), DPI-on the fly adjustment button (more on that later) and next/previous buttons which I’m glad they included.
It doesn’t sport any braided cable for additional durability yet they used a gold-plated USB connector which prevents oxidation. The cable has a length of approximately 1.5 meters.
Interceptor doesn’t include any software (plug ‘n play) after all – though for a mouse on this price range, that was acceptable. The lack of programmable buttons doesn’t bother me that much (although seasoned gamers would appreciate it), and you cannot consider one a good gaming mouse without a weight adjustment system in my opinion and gladly, Interceptor supports adjustable eight 2 gram weights to suit whatever your preference is.
I find it easy to remove and adjust the weight of this mouse – just open the weights compartment at the bottom by turning it according to the corresponding direction, and add/remove the artificial weights according to your taste, then return it by doing what you have done in reverse, and you’re good to go.
According to its product page, Interceptor is equipped with an unspecified optical sensor with only 3 on-the-fly switchable DPI (dots-per-inch) rates which are 800, 1200 and 1600. It also has a high-speed motion detection of up to 37ips (inch-per-second), and up to 15g of cursor acceleration.
We tested the mouse tracking quality on several games with the help of our resident gamer at AMG, as well as surface coverage testing to see if the optical sensor will work on most surfaces without a mousepad (including glass), low-speed accuracy or pixel walk test to see if the mouse cursor will move drastically at very low speeds, and even tested using Microsoft Paint (seriously), to see if ripple or jitters are reasonable at high DPI rates.
Interceptor performs great on CS:GO especially on the lowest DPI setting of 800, while PUBG also responded well to the mouse, though we’ve set it to 1200 for faster tracking, and other FPS games such as DOOM yielded good performance and I actually didn’t feel that I’m using a new mouse after all, because it performs well just like my old one.
It also covers many surfaces as well including glass tabletops – but we recommend using a mouse mat for precise tracking (as we found out on our sensor testing using Paint that the mouse sensor’s ripple and jitter might not yield acceptable results for designers and drawing-oriented tasks when not using a mouse mat). For low-speed accuracy test we tried to lift the mouse up and down several times to see if there’s any drastic movement on the mouse cursor (fortunately, there’s none), and finally, that’s it.
Interceptor, might not be acceptable for RGB & full-customization lovers, is still a great budget gaming mouse – considering its performance when it comes to playing games (which it was purposely made for). Its ergonomic design that brings comfort to user (whatever grip you might prefer) – good for daily use, easy-to-reach buttons without stretching fingers and aesthetically-pleasing cheap yet premium-looking design that for people who don’t care about its basic-ness, there’s nothing to worry about.
For its price, it’s not bad. Let’s just hope that Interceptor will last for a long time, tho – considering this thing is made mostly of plastic.