Galax Slider-05 RGB Gaming Mouse Review

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Galax or KFA-2 in other regions has been mainly known for their bang for the buck graphics cards particularly their EX series and Hall of Fame GPUs. The brand had also launched its own gaming peripheral division, Xanova which produced competitive gaming peripherals like the Xanova Juturna-U Gaming Headset. A lot of things happen since then and Galax decided to continue its peripheral line under the Galax peripheral banner starting with the Galax Slider Series of gaming mice. Among the five new models released, we’re taking a look at the Galax Slider-05 Gaming Mouse that features

Galax Slider-05 Gaming Mouse Specs

DPI:10000 DPI (by software)
Mouse Backlighting:RGB
Cable:1.8M
Cable Type:Braided fiber USB 2.0 cable
Weight:60g(no cable)
Connectivity:USB
Software:N/A
Buttons:6 + 1 Bottom Key

Galax Slider-05 Unboxing and First Impressions

The Galax Slider-05 comes in a standard box packaging with a product shot in the front albeit with no feature highlights as seen on most gaming mice. The back part shows detailed specs and features of the Slider-05 Gaming Mouse. Contents of the Slider-05 is fairly simple with only a manual and the mouse itself.

Galax Slider-05 Gaming Mouse Review 037The Galax Slider-05 features the trendy honeycomb design that spawns across all of the Slider-05 except for the mouse button and the bottom part of the mouse. The Galax Slider-05 has an ambidextrous profile similar to the popular Glorious Model O gaming mice albeit slightly rounder and feels smaller.

Galax Slider-05 Gaming Mouse Review 033It uses the Pixart PMW3328 sensor which supports DPI levels up to 10,000 DPI. For its price of Php 1,500, you’d normally find the Pixart 3389 which is common among entry-level gaming mice. The Slider-05 has four mouse feet located at all corners of the mouse.

Galax Slider-05 Gaming Mouse Review 048Despite being a budget gaming mouse, the Galax Slider-05 is built really well with no creaking even if you forcibly grip the sides of the mouse. The left side buttons are relatively small and are too mushy for our standards. Luckily enough, the mushy-ness helps avoid accidental clicks of either side button especially during intense gaming sessions where high-speed movement such as “flicking” is done often.

RGB Lighting is present on the Galax Slider-05 specifically the mouse wheel and Galax logo underneath the honeycomb design. The honeycomb design not only helps in reducing the overall weight to 93.6 grams but also helps in spreading the RGB emitted by the Galax logo.

Galax Slider 05 Gaming Mouse Review - Xtreme Tuner

While Xtreme Tuner plus handles Galax’s graphics cards, the Xtreme Tuner Gear is Galax’s software for its gaming peripherals.

Galax Slider 05 Review Software 1The Xtreme Tuner Gear lets edit the mouse buttons’ functions as well as save different mouse profiles. The default tab lets you edit the six DPI levels which are also color represented and shown on the mouse wheel when you toggle. Unfortunately, DPI levels can only be adjusted by increments of 100.

Galax Slider 05 Review Software 2The lighting tab lets you adjust the Galax Slider-05’s RGB lighting with different presets, directions and speeds. Note that the lighting on the scroll wheel is not affected as it’s used to indicate the mouse’s current DPI level.

Galax Slider 05 Review Software 3The Mouse Parameters tab lets you adjust the mouse sensitivity, scrolling speed, and double click speed of the Slider-05. Some of the settings found in this tab can be found on the Windows pointer precision settings.

Galax Slider 05 Review Software 4The last tab lets you set the mouse’s Polling Rate which is set to 500 Hz by default. We recommend setting the Polling Rate to 1000Hz for maximum performance.

Galax Slider-05 Mouse Testing

Disclaimer and Reviewer Profile: Our gaming mice reviews, albeit slightly technical, are still subjective to the writer’s preference and standard especially on the shape. My hybrid claw grip perfectly fits the Galax Slider-05 albeit its 96-gram weight is slightly heavy for my taste. My time with the Galax Slider-05 is split between work and gaming as I used the mice for my different laptop reviews and playing DOTA 2 and Valorant at 800 DPI. What may be comfortable to me may not reflect our entire audience.

Testing Setup and Methodology

Mouse Testing Setup
MousepadXraypad Thor provided by Gosu Gaming Gears
Windows Pointer Speed6/11, Pointer Precision Disabled
DPI Level800 DPI
Polling Rate1000Hz

We are testing the Galax Slider-05 Gaming Mouse’s performance using the MouseTest v1.5.3 software originally developed by Microe. For consistent and accurate results, we are using the XRaypad Thor Gaming Mouse pad throughout our testing. DPI and Polling levels are set to 800 and 1000 respectively.

Galax Slider 05 Gaming Mouse Review Sensor PerformanceCPI Divergence graph tells us how accurate is the current CPI level versus the rated CPI. A divergence of less than 3% is well within the margin of error considering there are lots of external factors that affect the results such as dust, mousepad and mouse skate wear & tear, battery life, and human error. For this test, we measured each of the Galax Slider-05’s preset DPI levels – 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 6000 and 1000. Results are well within our expectations given the larger variance on higher DPI levels due to its increased sensitivity by nature. I’d recommend sticking to DPI levels below 3000 for accurate tracking.

Polling Rate & Stability

At a 1000Hz polling rate, the Galax Slider-05 performs within its specifications. The outliers present on the graphs are concerning but our time with the mouse didn’t show any weird or noticeable tracking issues that affect our usage.

Input Lag & Smoothing

Galax Slider 05 Gaming Mouse Review - Input Lag Smoothing

There’s no noticeable input lag during my time with the Panther Quasar Prime except for instances where the battery is below 15%. While our testing was done at 100% battery level, the application still recorded very minor jitter which isn’t perceivable. That said, it’s best to always keep the Panther Quasar Prime above 50% during wireless mode.
There’s no noticeable input lag during my time with the Fantech Helios Go Wireless even at the near-dead battery. There are minor jitters per the results of our testing but they aren’t really noticeable at 800 DPI. That said, it’s best to keep the Fantech Helios Go XD5 above 50% for the best possible tracking experience.

Despite the outliers on the previous graphs, there was no noticeable input lag during my time with the Galax Slider-05. Note that this test was done at a 1000Hz polling rate which is not the default polling rate of the Galax Slider-05 Gaming Mouse.

Conclusion

Galax Slider-05 Gaming Mouse Review 004The Galax Slider-05 is a well-built gaming mouse that has an iconic shape and design that most people can easily get accustomed to. However, its default setting particularly the DPI presets and Polling Rate might ruin the experience for some gamers, especially non-enthusiasts. Though it can easily be addressed via the software, the ordeal of having to change the settings is a hassle for some but I guess it’s an inconvenience that we could live through considering its price of  Php 1,300. That said, the Galax Slider-05 is a competitive entry-level mouse that has a great shape and build quality with features and customizability via software that’s rare for gaming mice of the Php 1,000-Php 1,5000 range.

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Grant is a Financial Management graduate from UST. His passion for gadgets and tech crossed him over in the industry where he could apply his knowledge as an enthusiast and in-depth analytic skills as a Finance Major. His passion allows him to earn at the same time help Gadget Pilipinas' readers in making smart, value-based decisions and purchases with his reviews and guides.

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