Endgame Gear XM1r Preview – New Glossy Black and Dark Frost coatings

So when Endgame Gear first teased a new mouse, I was hopeful that they’d announce a new shape. It turns out they’re revising the XM1 once again with some slight improvements and aesthetic changes. Running through the changes below

Modified design and new coatings

The original black and white colors have been changed to make the logo a bit more subtle. More exciting however is the inclusion of a new glossy black Dark Reflex coating and a Dark Frost translucent matte coating.

Sensor change

The XM1r switches to the PixArt PAW3370 sensor with a resolution of up to 19000 CPI, 1mm of Lift-Off-Distance and up to 400 IPS. The original XM1s used the PixArt PMW3389 .

Every effort has been made to squeeze the last ounce of performance from this sensor. With all smoothing, angle-snapping and power-saving features being disabled, the tracking data from the sensor is as raw as it can be.

New Switches

Custom Kailh GM 8.0 switches have been used for the XM1r’s main buttons. These have been pre-sorted to an operating force of 55-60gf, which results in an extremely pleasant and fast click. The TTC micro switches used for the side button have been improved for a crisper click feeling and improved durability.

Hybrid Skate Design

The XM1r comes with both large and small PTFE skates. Thanks to a hybrid design bottom shell it is possible to easily install either large or small skates with the small skates being fitted by default. This offers added flexibility when it comes to customizing the XM1r’s glide.

Given these changes, it looks like they’ve further refined the experience on the XM1R. The original already had a great shape but this one looks to offer up the same weight and design. Time will tell if this is worth the upgrade, but if you’ve been wanting to try the XM1 shape for the first time, the XM1r might be your best opportunity yet. A tentative release date has been set by Endgame, stating that the mouse would be available after January 15, 2021.
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