For those of you who have never heard of Lexip, they are a French PC gaming hardware company founded in 2017. Owned by a holding company named Pixminds that is also responsible for multiple other different brands in the gaming industry including Lexip, Steelplay, R-cade, and Ark founded in 2012. Lexip specifically focuses on high-end PC gaming peripherals. Today we look at the Np93 Alpha optical sensor gaming mouse priced at $49.99.
At first glance, the quality of the mouse feels consistent with others on the market at this price point. You can tell Lexip made an effort to use quality materials in the construction of this device. I really like the texture on the top of the mouse it has that nice and smooth feel. You can always tell if a mouse is well built by how solid it feels when you click the top mouse wheel. In this case, the Np93 Alpha is one of the most solid I have ever clicked; it literally has no play at all. We do have one MASSIVE failure. I think Lexip left the RGB lighting settings in the Suez Canal (They missed the boat). I do not think they understand how much RGB lighting affects our gameplay performance. We NEED RGB! Currently, the Lexip control software only offers 2 RGB settings a one color change, and a dimmer. No patterns are available! That being said overall, I am really impressed with the quality and engineering they put into this product.
Innovation is key in the peripheral industry I feel like most companies just give hardware the “Gamer look” and past that it’s just a normal everyday device. Lexip has added some interesting features to the Np93 Alpha, most notably the thumb joystick on the left side of the mouse. Similar to a thumbstick on a PS4 or Xbox controller it has two-axis and +/- 30 degrees of tilt in all directions. It can feel a bit awkward at first but after weeks of use, I believe it does give you a boost in performance. Lexip’s thumbstick recommended use is aim down sight (ADS) zoom and reload which I believe is the best application for it. I am not sure if the reload itself is much faster on the thumbstick compared to hitting the “R” button, but the motion does feel more fluid, and it frees up an extra keyboard finger. Using the ADS on the thumbstick, however, is faster and unlike using the mouse wheel your fingers never have to move positions to scroll during a shot.
A first for us here at GLYFE HQ was the ceramic feet. On the bottom of the mouse, you will find 6 unique circular ceramic feet which have just a slight arc to them. When you look at this feature on paper it seems a bit gimmicky but no joke it’s more responsive than most. I would compare it to shuffleboard when you push it over a surface it will glide longer than other mice. I believe you will see mixed emotions about this feature during pinpoint accuracy situations. In the First Person Shooter (FPS) world it’s almost better the mouse does not glide overly easily but still responsively reacts to your movements. This is why FPS players use low DPI mouse settings which is especially useful in long-range situations. I personally do not have a steady hand and found it to be just a tad jittery in long-range sniper scenarios. Aside from this, the Np93 Alpha does come with 3.6g and 18g weights which embed in the bottom center of the mouse helping you achieve your desired playstyle.
Lexip’s control software is very easy to use allowing you to program up to 12 buttons. Aside from its lack of RGB lighting settings you can create multiple profiles with different sensitivity, macro, or button settings. It’s clear the Np93 Alpha does have all the bells and whistles you need to win. It’s a great mouse at a $49.99 price tag, I think MOBA and FPS players looking for a quality gaming mouse will get value out of this purchase.