The Kickstarter is already fully-funded for this unique gaming mouse that could end up influencing future mouse designs.
Gaming mice have become quite complicated in recent years, what with a growing array of programmable buttons, the ability to customize weights, sensors rated as high as 16,000 DPI, and then there’s lighting options. One recent new mouse even embeds an LCD screen! However, a new gaming mouse is about to enter the fray and it adds something brand new to the mix: two joysticks built in to the casing.
The Lexip gaming mouse has been created by Pixminds in Paris led by Hugo Loi. For funding, the team turned to Kickstarter and asked backers for $31,000. At the time of writing there are still 36 days left of the campaign and pledges have exceeded $178,000. So the Lexip mouse is definitely happening.
What makes this gaming mouse so unique are those two joysticks. The first is operated by your thumb and sits on the side of the mouse where your thumb naturally rests. Both left and right versions of the mouse will be offered to cater for all gamers. The other joystick is hidden inside the mouse and operated by tilting the mouse with your palm.
The joystick on the side of the mouse boasts full precision +/- 30 degrees in all directions where as the palm-operated joystick offers full precision +/- 20 degrees. Add to that an 8,200 DPI laser sensor and 150ips/30g acceleration. There are also three zones of full RGB lighting using LEDs.
In terms of control, it will add new ways to interact without requiring key presses. Inventories can be scrolled through, leaning around corners can become a mouse tilt, and Lexip even demonstrates its usefulness away from gaming for professionals working with 3D models. Customization is possible per game using the custom control panel software, which allows you to setup program specific macros, adjust the laser sensor DPI, tweak the sensitivity of both joysticks, and adjust deadzones.
As for price, early birds can secure a Lexip mouse for 99 euros ($123), but almost all the early bird slots are gone. When they are, the price increases to 109 euros ($135). In all cases the mouse will ship anywhere in the world upon release in June this year.