ADATA is all about storage solutions, but the company has used the XPG sub-brand to make more PC components and peripherals. Today we take a look at the XPG Alpha Gaming Mouse, available in both wired and wireless flavors. This new gaming mouse promises solid gaming performance with a PixArt PAW 3335 sensor.
It is still difficult for some companies to produce more affordable gaming mice without sacrificing a feature or function. Perhaps the ergonomics are not as good as the competition or the customization is more basic. There is usually something to be overlooked in the best mouse to bring the price down.
We’re going to walk you through everything that makes the XPG Alpha so great to use and also why you might want to avoid it.
Price, specifications and availability
The XPG Alpha is available as a wired or wireless gaming mouse and costs $39.99 and $59.99 respectively. The specifications of the two mice are almost identical, except for the internal battery and wireless capabilities. The only other difference is the weight with the wireless Alpha weighing about 20 grams more.
|XPG Alpha||XPG Alpha wireless|
|Wireless||†||2.4GHz, Bluetooth 5.1|
|battery life||†||60 hours|
|Sensor||PixArt PAW 3335||PixArt PAW 3335|
|poll||250Hz, 500Hz, 1000Hz||250Hz, 500Hz, 1000Hz|
|Switches||OMRON (60 million click rating)||OMRON (60 million click rating)|
|Dimensions||128mm x 78mm x 40mm||128mm x 78mm x 40mm|
|Weight||78 ±5g||98 ±5g|
|Guarantee||2 years||2 years|
XPG Alpha Gaming: What I Like
In addition to the specs, both the wired and wireless versions of the XPG Alpha gaming mouse come with the same packaging and contents. You have the same manuals and the same USB-C cable. But wait, the Alpha Wireless comes with 2.4GHz support, right? XPG managed to do something that we complain about with other brands to this day.
The wireless dongle is actually stored in the mouse itself. This not only keeps it safe when not in use, but also allows you to take it with you for the ride to LAN events. The XPG Alpha’s design is a black sheet of lightweight plastic with some subtle RGB lighting through the logo and scroll wheel, and has a total of six buttons.
The actual sensor in the two mice is the PixArt PAW 3335, a mid-range sensor with a sensitivity of 16,000 DPI. OMRON switches are used for the left and right click buttons with a rating of 60 million operations. With average use, you will use this mouse for years.
Using the XPG Alpha is a pleasant experience. It’s light enough for quick moves and lifts, and the PixArt sensor can more than keep up. XPG offers software that allows you to adjust not only the DPI, but also the six programmable buttons.
It is comfortable to use the mouse for extended gaming sessions and also with a few grip styles. However, neither mouse is ambidextrous.
XPG Alpha Gaming: What I Don’t Like
One issue I have with the XPG Alpha is the proprietary USB-C cable and ribbing that prevents you from using other cables. This is a nice design that will keep the cable securely attached to the mouse, but it does mean that you need to make sure your USB-C cable doesn’t touch the ridges.
Then there is value. XPG has priced the Alpha well, but it does mean you have to choose between the Alpha and mice like the excellent Razer DeathAdder V2.
XPG Alpha Gaming: Competition
NZXT impressed with its Lift mouse as its first peripheral launch. Companies must do well when trying to tap into such a competitive market segment as gaming mice, and it’s surprising that XPG (and ADATA) haven’t put more in the Alpha. It has the model name for a flagship gaming pointer, but it almost struggles against competitor gaming mice.
The NZXT lift costs $50 and comes with a better PixArt sensor. The overall build quality also feels better with more subtle lighting effects, it’s lighter than the XPG Alpha and the cable feels better when frantically moved over a large mouse pad. The wireless Alpha from XPG has the advantage of 2.4 GHz and wireless Bluetooth capabilities.
Another mouse to keep in mind against the XPG Alpha is the exceptionally good Razer DeathAdder V2. It’s a little more expensive, but you get better ergonomics, better performance, a smart drag-free cable and great calibration. It’s one of the best tips you can buy for PC gaming, and it makes even XPG’s Alpha a hard sell.
XPG Alpha Gaming: Should You Buy?
You should buy if…
- You don’t want to spend more than $60 on a gaming mouse
- You want a good mouse with a decent PixArt sensor
- You play games with simpler control schemes
You should not buy if…
- You want a premium gaming mouse
- You want to use your own USB-C cables
- You intend to play a MOBA/MMO with a lot of possibilities
The XPG Alpha is a great gaming mouse. Both the wired and wireless versions of this pointer are worth considering for a more budget-oriented gaming PC setup, but consideration should be given to competitor gaming mice that may be available at a discount. The Razer DeathAdder V2 is so good and can often be found on sale.
But don’t let that put you off the XPG Alpha entirely. If you don’t want to spend more than $60 on the suggested retail price of a gaming mouse, you could do a lot worse than this pointer. It comes with a good Pixart sensor for excellent in-game performance. It’s perfectly suited to games with simpler control schemes (MMO and MOBA fans should look elsewhere).
However, there are a few concerns about the Alpha. First, the USB-C connector has some ridges that help secure the included cable to the mouse. It’s great to see that XPG offers the option to remove and swap the cable, but this design means you can’t use your own USB-C cable as it can be affected by these ribbing. Overall, the XPG Alpha is a good mid-range gaming mouse.
(opens in new tab)
ADATA launched two XPG Alpha gaming mice, one wired and one with support for 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth wireless connections. They are solid tips with an affordable price tag.