Perixx MX-3100 Gaming Mouse Review
There are a number of similar gaming mice as the Perixx MX-3100 with 12 buttons on the side with a similar price range. The Redragon Perdition, the UtechSmart Venus 50 the Logitech G600 amongst other newcomers like the Havit HV-MS735 are all similar options with similar specs. So how does the Perixx MX-3100 stack up? It certainly has some advantages to some of those mice and some setbacks as well. We like the mouse. It as a less is more feel to it, while have many customizations available to you so you can get the settings you need.
Who are Perixx?
Perixx are a German company based in Düsseldorf that have been in the industry of peripherals since 2006. Primarily they have been focused on input devices and were most well renowned in the HTPC market.
Perixx MX-3100 Performance
Polling Rate: Like the aforementioned gaming mice, the Perixx MX-3100 comes equipped with a polling rate of 1000hz.
The polling rate can also be adjusted down to 500 and 250 as well.
Polling rate of a mouse refers to how often the mouse sends signals to your computer.
So how much polling rate do you need?
If we give it some perspective the average human response time is 215 milliseconds.
You can actually test your reaction time here and see how quickly you can react and then compare to 1000hz of the Perixx MX-3100. At 1000hz, your mouse is sending signals every millisecond.
That’s a lot of speed and response from your mouse and probably more than you will ever need.
We like options and for whatever reason, you might need to lower that, with this mouse you can.
DPI defines the speed & sensitivity of the mouse sensor.
For more detailed explanation read our explanation here.
Simply put the higher the DPI the faster your cursor will move across the screen when the mouse is moved. How fast you like your mouse to move will come down to personal preference in your gameplay.
If you like your cursor to move quickly then you are going to want a higher DPI, if you prefer slower movements, then you would want something lower.
Another factor to consider with DPI is your screen size & resolution.
Someone with one screen and a low-resolution won’t need a high DPI to get the mouse across the screen, however, a dual screen user with high resolution on both screens will again require a much high DPI.
I personally use a quite a low DPI but it will again depend on your own preferences.
The Perixx MX-3100 comes with settings of a maximum 12000dpi.
You are able to change the DPI and setup up to 6 different profiles with different settings should you need them.
You can change the DPI on the fly with two buttons behind the scroll wheel on the top of the mouse.
Acceleration The Perixx MX-310 features 50g acceleration.
If you are unsure what acceleration is read our explanation here.
The settings for this can be changed in the software and saved to your specific profile.
This sensor was exclusive to Logitech until recently. Logitech now use the 3366 sensor.
The 3360 is a great sensor and has had a lot of good reviews in regards to its performance. You can read a discussion on the sensors and its performance here. This is the same sensor as the Logitech G502 which was considered top of the line when it came out.
High-speed motion detection with up to 250ips. (For a good description of what IPS means in a gaming mouse scroll down the page a little here)
The Perixx Mx-3100 comes with 19 programmable buttons on the mouse.
12 of which are on the side of the mouse.
Below you can see the Perixx Mx-3100 on the right-hand side compared to a similar mouse – the UtechSmart Venus 50.
The buttons are slightly lower than the venus which actually helps with pressing the bottom buttons as you thumb is already resting in that spot, so no need to move and find those bottom buttons.
This could either be a good thing or bad thing depending on your preferences as some purchasers did not like their fingers hover on these buttons permanently.
We are still of the opinion that they would be better having less buttons but bigger ones as they are all quite small and not easy to distinguish quickly, not to mention you often don’t end up using them all because of those reasons.
Probably the highlight and what sets this apart from some other similar mice of this price range is the tilt click scroll wheel.
The buttons have a really nice feel to them.
They don’t feel cheap and nasty but feel nice to press.
The side buttons take a wee bit of pressing but that means you will likely not be pressing things by mistake.
Profiles & Software
The software for the Perixx Mx-3100 can best be described as less is more.
It’s very simple and basic in terms of its look and functions.
Which in some ways is great as there is very little you need to be able to work out in terms of how to use it.
It’s not the slick interface that for instance, the Logitech mice may have but it does but it also doesn’t employ some basic graphics which end up looking dated and ugly a bit like the UtechSmart Venus but it does the job very efficiently.
The mouse is quite reliant on the software in order to make lots of changes to the settings.
Still, despite that particular lack of feature, it has many others that make up for it.
Scroll speed adjustment is available, along with angle snap as well as XY axis adjustment.
A lot of options that enable you to create profiles that suit your needs, whether its FPS or MMORPG.
The Perixx Mx-3100 has many customization options.
There are 16.8 million custom colors available with 3 different lighting modes.
Standard, Respiration and Neon modes. You can easily assign a backlit color to each of the 7 DPI settings.
Unfortunately the lighting of the side buttons does not change with the assigned colour of the DPI setting.
This had been an issue on some other brands of mouse of similar nature who in later models.
Though it is not a huge deal hopefully they will polish up later models with this feature fixed.
The Mx-3100 has 6 onboard memory profiles which can be totally customized and loaded with the software.
You can change the polling rate between 250/500/1000 Hz.
If you need acceleration in your gaming setup you will not be left short with 50g acceleration and frame rate 12000Fps.
The Perixx MX-3100 is one of the more longer gaming mice around.
Its height measures 130 mm, width 80mm and depth is 45mm. If you compare that the UtechSmart Venus at 127x 76×38 it appears to have similar stats.
We still think the UtechSmart Venus 50 is one of the most comfortable mice we have tried so far (for our hands at least)
The Perixx in your hand certainly feels a bit smaller, perhaps due to the ability on the Venus to rest your pinky.
If you have bigger hands then we think you would find the Venus more comfortable.
We really like this mouse in terms of its build.
It feels great in your hand, the texture is nice, the design has a great ‘less is more’ aesthetically and physically.
It is a really nice mouse in that respect.
The buttons have a nice feel to their click as does the tilt-shift.
Along with the high-quality sensor, it comes with the virtual and physical aspects of the mouse combine for a pretty good package. Some good quality German engineering (made in China).
One thing the mouse doesn’t have that some others have is the weights tuning system.
If you are used to having adjustable weights then you might be a bit disappointed.
It will all come down to personal preference.
We seem to find that a lot of the time the weights come pre-packaged into the mice and it doesn’t need to be made any lighter anyhow.
Like many mice, this mouse is made for PC. You will be able to plug and play on a mac but will not be able to use the software to change any settings.
Warranty & Customer Support
Perixx offers a 1-Year Limited Hardware Warranty with their products (always check before your purchase).
Not quite the 3-year warranty you might get with a Logitech product but still covers you for a reasonable amount of time.
Consumer Reviews & Ratings
Being that this is quite a new mouse to the market there are not a whole lot of reviews on Amazon or other sites so we cannot really attest to the durability of this mouse currently.
(At the time of this review we have been using it solidly for 3 weeks with no issues so far)
If you do check out Amazon reviews of this mouse.
On the actual Mx-3100 page you will actually find that most of the reviews there (as of Feb 2017) are for other brands of Perixx Mice.
So there are no weights system or sniper buttons on this particular model of mouse.
We will update this review at a later date and give feedback in regards to any issues others have may have had or their feedback.
If you have any questions about this mouse, feel free to comment below and we will try and answer those for you if we are able.
Great quality sensor
Easy to use software
Tilt-shift middle mouse button
19 programmable buttons
Cannot change profiles on the fly
No ‘sniper’ button
Lighting of the buttons on the side does not change with the logo and mouse wheel.
We really like Perixx Mx-3100.
It has a nice design and construction.
The texture of the mouse is nice and the ergonomics of the Mx-3100 is pretty good for medium size hands at least. The software although not flashy, is very simple and straightforward to use.
There are a lot of customization options available to be able to create a profile which best suits your gaming. We love options and this mouse certainly has them.
It has a tilt-shift middle mouse button which a number of similar mice in this price range don’t have.
It doesn’t have a weighting system (although you may not need it and we don’t with the weight of this mouse, it is still good to have those choices)
Probably the biggest con of this mouse is the inability to change your profiles on the fly.
This needs to be done via the software.
We like the lower placement of the 12 buttons on the side, though this might be a personal preference which could trouble some people.
We don’t think it is quite as comfortable as the UtechSmart Venus 50 but the quality of the sensor and the tilt-shift may well suit some people a bit more.
The side buttons colour does not change with the scroll wheel and logo but hopefully like other companies have, they will fix this up in later models.
Overall we think this is a really great mouse.
If you don’t need a sniper button but need a tilt shift option this mouse is an excellent choice especially given it is a little bit cheaper than similar alternatives and has a high quality sensor.
Have you purchased this gaming mouse? We would love to know what you thought. Feel free to leave a comment below with your comments or if you have any questions feel free to ask.