The Wireless gaming mice market is still a very new but competitive market. With few brands dominating the space, Fantech is ready to compete with their latest mouse, which is the Fantech Helios XD3 Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse.
Let’s check out if this mouse ticks the right boxes to be a top wireless gaming mouse.
Fantech really did well in packing the Helios XD3. It is packed in a hard box that reminds me of how Apple package their products.
|Cable (if wired):||Paracord Type-C|
PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES
- Fantech Helios XD3 Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse
- Paracord Type-C Cable
- Extra set of PTFE Feet
- Warranty Card
DESIGN, LAYOUT & BUILD QUALITY
The Helios XD3 is an ambidextrous shape mouse which reminiscent of the Zowie S2 in terms of shape. The hump is mostly towards the back and not as pronounced as other mice like the Zowie ZA.
The build is quite sturdy, No creaking or flex on the side walls. It coated in a soft-touch matte coating.
Clicks are solid and very tactile as well. It uses the Huano Blue (50M) clickers, which are stiffer than Omron ones.
The scroll wheel is decent, Steps are okay and not defined as any other mice I’ve tried.
The side buttons are decent, they are mushy for my taste.
The weight is around 83g which a good for a wireless gaming mouse. The battery is located around the back, which is making this a back-heavy mouse.
It uses USB Type-C port for charging and wired mode, which is good.
It also uses PTFE feet rather teflon, which is good, especially most mice use PTFE for better and smoother glide.
The bottom part of the mouse is where the power switch is located, along with the compartment for the USB dongle of the mouse. A pleasant feature.
The Helios XD3 performs very well during testing. I had to adjust to its shape and coming from the Cooler Master MM710. It took around a day or two to adjust. As soon as I got used to the shape, I was clicking heads in solo queuing in Valorant.
The scroll wheel might be one of the weakest of the Helios XD3. It is quite soft or too loose for my liking. It is decent but could have been better.
The sensor here is the PixArt 3335. One of the go-to sensors for wireless mice. I am surprised on how efficient the sensor is. It’s been a week since I used this mouse on ECO MODE and I still have 30% of battery.
During my testing, I experienced no sensor spinouts, jitter or any performance issues at all.
CONNECTIVITY & BATTERY LIFE
The Helios XD3 uses 2.4GHz wireless connection, a standard to get the best wireless performance.
Battery life is where this mouse excels. There are 2 Lighting mode which are the ECO and ON. The ECO Mode is where most of the RGB Lighting are turned off aside from the scroll wheel. The scroll wheel act as a DPI indicator. The ON Mode is where all of the RGB Lighting are turned on.
On ECO Mode, Battery would last more than a week with around 8 hours of usage. While the On Mode, Battery would last around 2-3 days with around 8 hours of usage. The mouse has also an auto-sleep feature when the mouse is not in use.
ERGONOMICS AND COMFORT
The Helios XD3 is an ambidextrous shape mouse which fits my small hand perfectly. The weight is 83g which is a good middle ground for a wireless mouse. Overall, it is a very comfortable mouse to use when gaming, and I had experienced no cramps when using this mouse.
SOFTWARE & LIGHTING
Fantech did well on the new Helios XD3 Software. It is a step-up vs from the past softwares they’ve done but could have been better.
I wouldn’t go much into detail regarding the software. Most of the things you need in calibrating the mouse. We can also see the battery indicator in the software which good to keep track of its battery.
You can get the software here.
There are 3 Lighting Zones on the mouse itself which are the scroll wheel, the Fantech Logo and the light bar on the bottom of the mouse. It can configure all in the software.
The Fantech Helios XD3 Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse is a big recommendation from us. It ticks most of the boxes needed for the good wireless gaming mouse with few things needs to be changed on the next version.
The scroll wheel needs some tweaking, It is soft or loose and steps aren’t pronounced as other mice I’ve tried and reviewed.
The side buttons need some work as well. They are mushy and produce little tactility.
Software side is a good stepup from older versions, but they could still be improved.
Still, we are giving the Fantech Helios XD3 Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse the Lason Worthy Award for its features and performance and the Gold Value Award because of its insane value of 2500 PHP / 50 USD while offering a premium user experience.
Fantech Helios XD3 Pro Gaming Wireless Mouse Review
Overall, it is one of the Lason Worthy mouse that we’ve reviewed here. It is one of the best mouse that you can buy right now, but you have to keep in mind the decent scroll wheel, mushy side buttons and a mediocre software.