In this review I will be looking at the Tesoro Shrike. It is made by Tesoro who are relatively new to gaming peripherals when you consider how mature this market is. Even though there are well established names this does not mean that it is not highly competitive and that new blood cannot make a name for itself and this is what Tesoro is hoping to do with the Shrike.

The Shrike has some very interesting features that I’m looking forward to getting my hands on. I have to say though; I’m a sucker for simplicity and this is why I personally use the Zowie EC Evo when I’m gaming at home, that is not to say that I would not welcome a more complex gaming mouse into my gaming grip if both the price and the specification is right… talking about specifications here is the list of features on the box:

  • 5600 DPI laser sensor
  • 5 levels of adjustable laser resolution dpi control. 800/1600/3200/4800/5600
  • High speed motion detection and acceleration
  • 1000Hz Ultra polling rate control
  • 128kb on-board memory
  • Adjustable weight plates: 10g x 3pcs + 5g x 1pc
  • 8 Independently programmable buttons
  • Rubberized thumb grip
  • User friendly UI for easy setup
  • 5 mapping sets, 40 macro keys
  • Adjustable full colour LED control
  • Compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7
  • Gold-plated USB connector with braided cable

As you can see there are a lot of features that come with the Shrike and it has a very impressive 5600 DPI sensor which is comparable to the Razer Naga. The advantage that you would choosing the Shrike over the Naga is that you still have (nearly) £20 which you could use on another game, or spend down the pub depending on your preference.

Tesoro Shrike Box ContentsTesoro Shrike Box Contents


As a side note even though the box says that the mouse is only compatible with Windows up to Windows 7. I can confirm that you can use Windows 8 with this mouse however I could not get the buttons to work with the software that is provided. I had no issues with Windows 7 and the mouse worked perfectly buttons, macros, everything.


Tesoro Shrike BoxTesoro Shrike Box

 

As you can see the Shrike is very well packaged and I love the little sticker of authenticity on the box just in case you pick up some cheap inferior copy of the mouse, I don’t know where you would do that, but hey, belts and braces. The packaging feels very sturdy and I do like the graphic work and styling but let’s get into that box and play with the Shrike itself!

The Tesoro ShrikeThe Tesoro Shrike

Initial thoughts, and I’m looking at my Zowie here, is that there are a lot of buttons on the mouse even though I’m not a big fan of them this does not detract that much from how the Shrike looks and I have to say that I was surprised just how much I liked the understated nature of the mouse. I love the brushed steel effect that lends itself nicely to both my keyboard and case as they are both brushed steel.

I was also surprise to see the lengths that they hand gone to in the presentation of the weights themselves. They were presented in a nice box, which I didn’t expect at all, I thought that they would have just been dumped into a little plastic bag without any thought of presentation. For me it is the little things in packaging that can make a big difference and with the presentation of the Tesoro packaging for me it is the little box with the weights in that made all of the difference.


Tesoro Shrike WeightsTesoro Shrike Weights

The design of the mouse moulds itself to my hand well, it feels very comfortable but a bit too light but this is where the weights come in which I will go into very soon. I don’t think that I would have any issues with cramp, which I do get with marathon gaming sessions or LAN parties and my hand feel like it is in a natural, comfortable position.

It is not the biggest gaming mouse that I have ever used with measurements of 124.6mm in length, 75.1mm in width and 42mm in height, weighing 126g. The Shrike uses the Avago 9500 5600DPI laser sensor which has an image processing of around 12fps, tracking speed of up to 150ips and 30g of acceleration.

 

Tesoro Shrike FrontTesoro Shrike Front

Tesoro Shrike BackTesoro Shrike Back

I will be looking for just how comfortable the mouse is when gaming, not only in the normal games such as FPS and RPG but also less obvious ones, like the fantastic Supreme Commander which I find that a good mouse can make such a difference when you are trying to strategically plan your next move on the battlefield.

After plugging in the Shrike I have to say that the illumination from the unit isn’t the best that I have seen. I actually think it is quite poor when compared to other mice that I have used in the past and to actually see the illumination correctly you need to be in complete darkness - and I mean complete darkness monitors off as well.

To see how accurate the Shrike can be during intense gaming I think that the best option to go with is of course FPS and I will be trying Sniper Elite 2 as you really need the DPI to be spot on to make those accurate kills during a game, it can be the matter of virtual life or death.

Okay now onto the mouse tests… I decided to first off try the accuracy of the Shrike in the aforementioned Sniper Elite 2.

Tesoro Shrike Weight InsertsTesoro Shrike Weight Inserts

 

It felt a little too light for my liking especially when you needed to make small movements for a headshot. So after a quick adjustment to the weights, a quick test to ensure it was correct and off I go.

The Shrike fits Sniper Elite 2 perfectly, the accuracy of the laser at high resolutions is great, I had no issues lining up my shot especially after changing the weight to the mouse. This game where you need the accuracy of the mouse to be perfect and also quickly change between targets just shows you how versatile the mouse is between the small and wide movements needed.

Now onto Supreme Commander as I wanted to ensure that in a long marathon battle against a couple of AI the Shrike would not cause any discomfort in my hand when I wanted a long intense game of Supreme Commander and it does it well! After 3 hours of playing I did start to get some discomfort in my hand which did surprise me after my initial feel and play with Sniper Elite 2 and hope that with later version of the mouse they may tweak the design a little for longer use.

After a little break, to give my hand a rest and to make sure that any discomfort from playing Supreme Commander will not affect my Battlefield gaming or influence the mouse review, I get back to it. I have to be honest, Battlefield is not my favourite game in the world, there is nothing wrong with it, it's just not my cup of tea. That said the Shrike performs very well with this high pace, fast action FPS. The mouse glided over my gaming matt with the greatest of ease and I had no mouse lag and the responsiveness of the mouse is fantastic.

In conclusion it is nice to see a new competitor come on to the gaming peripheral scene with such a strong product that can easily take on the likes of Razer, Logitech and Roccat in challenging for the gamers mouse of choice and with a price tag that, in some cases, is around £20 cheaper over the alternatives the Shrike is definitely a gaming mouse that is worth considering. However, due to the issues that I had with Windows 8 working with the software and the mouse getting uncomfortable during playing Supreme Commander I cannot recommend it. Don’t let my misgivings stop you from giving it a try as you might find your hand fits it better.

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