A CLOSER LOOK
The Xornet has a nice black finish, with logos and lettering in white, surrounded by a plastic clamshell covering. I found the overall colour scheme to be nice and simplistic:
The Xornet is made specifically for the claw-grip gamer, but I found it handled just as well with the palm-grip position. It has a nice ergonomic design, and a slight groove to the right of the right mouse button which I used as a finger-rest area, although the main reason for it is so your hand can grip the entire length and width of the mouse:
My two favourite features are the matte-black buttons, and the rubberized anti-slip grip design. The seven total buttons utilize switches made by the Japanese company Omron. The response time and feel of the clicks are exceptionally crisp and precise, and have a minimum guaranteed lifetime of five-million clicks. I was particularly glad to see this on the scroll wheel, as most mice I have used have sluggish middle-mouse buttons and jittery scrolling:
Aside from the left and right buttons, and the middle button and scroll wheel, the two buttons with the up and down arrow directly underneath the aforementioned scroll wheel are used for changing DPI settings on-the-fly, with presets of 500, 1000, and 2000 DPI from lowest to highest.
Rotating around the mouse, on the right side we have the Xornet bulge, on the bottom the Cooler Master Storm Logo, and on the left the forward and backwards buttons meant mainly for internet browsing. Again, the anti-slip gripping is present on both sides with tiny little holes for extra grasp:
I have to say that these grips work phenomenally well. When I game with the Sentinel Advance, I sometimes tend to get sweaty hands which ruin the control of my movements. I have not had the same problem with the Xornet, and although I do not lift-off and constantly reposition my mouse during gaming sessions, those who do have praised the Xornet for the excellent control and tracking.
At the bottom there is the 2000 DPI optical sensor, as well as two Teflon feet. I tested the Xornet on a wooden table and the SteelSeries QcK mousepad, and it worked just as swift on both surfaces:
The cable length of the Xornet is about two meters, with the USB header and an anti-static wrap at the end. I would have loved to see a braided cord here. Not only does it look professional, but it also provides that extra layer of protection that prevents internal wires from tearing, and also helps in shielding said wiring from liquid spills:
Being a Sentinel Advance user, I wanted to see if the Xornet had any hidden LEDs. Unfortunately it does not, and the only light in the pictures below are from the optical sensor, but it makes sense not adding LEDs in a budget mouse. Also, since it is meant for a grip-gamer, they would most likely be covered up anyway: