We weren’t totally familiar with Gigabyte accessories, but considering their presence in PC gaming circles and e-sports sponsorships the pairing does makes sense. Unlike its keyboard counterpart I reviewed, the Aivia Krypton Mouse is better equipped for the mainstream PC gaming peripheral market. An area that’s often overshadowed other plus offerings that cost nearly as much as their graphic cards.
There’s no way in hell that anybody would mistake the aggressively bold appearance for an office mouse. No way! Here you’ll get liberal usage of matte plastic and textured rubber on the sides that are ribbed and slightly concave for improved grip (and her pleasure), and nary a piece glossy inserts except for the center strip that breaks up the center top portion for a ambidextrous design. There’s even the Krypton logo printed in the front just in case you forgot that you’re using a gaming peripheral adorned with buttons and LED arrays, along with a threaded ferrite USB cable.
Speaking of buttons, The Aivia Krypton gets a plethora of them that include the usual left/right and scroll wheel, along with dual forward/backward buttons on each side, on-the-fly DPI adjustment, and active profile switch buttons that change orientation for left or right-handed use. Gigabyte didn’t skimp on the LED lighting either which serve as indicators for DPI speeds and activated orientation, they’re bright, easy to understand, and color-adjustable to a small extent.
What’s also included in the box are an appointed assortment of six 5.3g and four 1.8g (gram) weights to further enhance the feel depending on your preferences, and two swappable bottom chassis that are supposed to accentuate the physical movements in conjunction with the DPI options. For the chassis themselves the default ‘control’ bottom has smooth Teflon pads for more accurate movements like every other mouse you’ve used, while the ‘speed’ bottom sports flushed ceramic feet that help slide the Krypton quickly without much abrasion on most desktop surfaces.
Before I did any tinkering, I used the Krypton without enabling its own embedded enhancements and found that its body is compliant and not that much wider or longer than previously expected for regular-to-bigger sized hands. It’s noticeably flamboyant for everyday use and will be more mouse than any web surfer will ever need. For actual games though, this is a strong contender and worked great if you prefer a traditional setup with Grand Theft Auto V or even The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, where advanced gamers are granted with more robust control options. Despite not utilizing external software the Krypton held its own a native maximum of 8200 DPI laser resolution and a Avago 9800 sensor, that works best for multi-monitor setups.
I did eventually max out the precision options and added the proper weights when plying Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and definitely took advantage of everything the mouse could muster, although a performance bottleneck can happen under crucial pressure; for us it was difficult to replicate but is noticeable when constant reaction-style aiming is predominately used. It seldom happened during my sessions, but could remain a potential issue if you were hoping to enjoy the same performance that’s expected from higher-priced gaming mice. Admittedly, that’s probably why Gigabyte employs the ‘speed’ chassis to circumvent this inherent issue, or at least masked to a more agreeable effect when installed
But for all these features, the Krypton doesn’t reach its full potential without a mousepad, and it got a little absurd when I found out that Gigabyte made an accompanying Aivia Krypton Mousepad, which is two-sided and (allegedly) tailor-made for this device. Unfortunately, we didn’t get this mousepad for review as we had our own to use, but I do have beef with the fact that it’s sold separately and costs an another $50 by itself when you add that accessory to the package. With that in mind, the whole Krypton experience isn’t as reasonable as initially hoped.
If you desire the most optimum setup with that includes the mousepad, or have a manic playing-style without utilizing the additional enhancements (which honestly makes no sense if you buy a gaming mouse) then GIGABYTE’s Aivia Krypton Mouse won’t be of much use. But seriously, they did a great job here with the mostly spot-on sensor accuracy, versatility, and a recommendable gaming tool.