Playing Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games like World of Warcraft, it can prove useful in a mouse that has been specifically designed with these games in mind. MMO mice usually come rocking some extra buttons and sometimes a full grid layout. The HV-MS735 falls into the latter category, sporting 12 buttons on the left side where the thumb rests.
This makes it easy to program specific skills and actions to each button for convenient access, but compared to more expensive mice is the MS735 a smart buy?
For the home
Costs around $29.99Bottom line: It's affordable and suitable for MMO gaming, offering everything you need to activate more than a thousand skills at once.
Pros:Affordable.Good software support.19 programmable buttons.
Cons:Awkward side button layout.
What you'll like about the Havit HV-MS735
MMO mice have been around for some time, with the explosion of these games in the early 2000s, but there has been little in terms of innovation from hardware partners. You buy a mouse with a bunch of buttons on the side to make your life a little easier in-game. Havit decided to play it safe with the HV-MS735, throwing a total of 12 buttons on the thumb-rest side of the unit. The scroll wheel can be pressed left and right, as well as down, which is awesome.
The sensor inside this mouse is the Pixart PMW 3360, which is a well-rated sensor. The clicks per inch (CPI) can be cranked up to 12,000, though since this is an MMO mouse you'll likely wish to keep it in the lower end of that range. Each CPI setting is tied to a color so you can learn what the CPI is by glancing at the mouse — steps are 500, 1,000, 1,500, 2,000, 4,000, 8,000, and finally 12,000.
I played around in Diablo 3, World of Warcraft, League of Legends, and Guild Wars 2 to see how the mouse would perform in a variety of games, many of which require different configurations. All-in-all, the HV-MS735 is a solid mouse to use. It feels comfortable in hand, thanks to the ergonomic design and size, and the two main clickers provide satisfying audible feedback upon activation.
The software suite that can be installed to configure the MMO mouse is pretty good. It's no SteelSeries Engine, but for the price, you really can't grumble. With the software installed it's possible to configure a bunch of settings, including lighting and reprogramming buttons. The design may not be the best on the market, but when the mouse is connected and the RGB lighting activated, it transforms into a glowing wonder.
Finally, there's a gold-plated USB connector and a braided cable with a velcro tie. What makes this mouse special? The more than adequate performance, MMO support, and the price tag of just $29.99.
What you may dislike about the Havit HV-MS735
A strange feature of the mouse is the four-step LED column on the front side, which I determined represents the CPI stage currently selected. The thing is, there are four LEDs but a total of seven stages to configure for CPI. It's easy to overlook, but the buttons on the side are not. They're oddly placed and do not feel satisfying to click — I even missed a skill-use because I thought I pressed a button but didn't.
After getting used to the HV-MS735, I managed to bring down the number of times this occurred, so it's something you can work around by getting accustomed the grid layout.
Final thoughts on the Havit HV-MS735
The HV-MS735 isn't perfect but it's not meant to be. This isn't a $100 mouse; it'll cost you less than $30. For that money, you get a solid mouse that caters to MMO gaming and titles where you'll be mashing a number of abilities. The available software is a nice touch and easy to use, and the sensor is very good. Overall, it's an excellent choice if you're looking for a new mouse with a bunch of programmable buttons.
Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.