Gamesense is a new entrant in the world of gaming peripherals and the Meta is their first mouse. The shape is clearly inspired by the popular Zowie S2 with some slight modifications. Gamesense set up to put out a modernized symmetrical mouse and this review will explore whether they’ve been successful in their goals. This review was written with a sample pre-production copy of the Meta so things may be changed or improved by the time of the official release.
Measurements (L x W x H)
119mm x 59mm x 38.5mm
Design and Build Quality
The Gamesense Meta has an unassuming design with a matte black coating and a safe ambi shape. The mouse features a RGB logo and RGB lighting on the bottom of the mouse. The mouse has a 5 button design with a DPI switch button on top and a RGB adjustment toggle on the bottom. In future the mouse will have software so you can customize the mouse with but for the time being most of what you need to do can be done right on the mouse. The coating will apparently be changed on the retail release to be more similar to the one featured on the Logitech GPX Superlight. I didn’t mind the coating on my sample copy of the Meta as it offered enough grip although it did pick up fingerprints quite easily.
The mouse has a nice solid feel in hand while maintaining a 63g weight. There isn’t any side flex or creaking although there is a tiny bit of bottom flex if you press really hard on the bottom plate. One QC issue that did come up in use is that the scroll wheel rattles when shaking the mouse and felt quite loose my copy and can move side to side a bit with use.
In terms of the shape, I was quite happy with the Meta, it feels really great for claw. It’s a bit shorter and smaller than the Zowie S2, so it can work better for slightly smaller hands as well. This isn’t a mouse it took a long time to adjust to and I found myself aiming quite accurately and comfortably pretty quickly.
Buttons & Scroll Wheel
Mouse 1 and 2 use Kailh GM4.0 which is a welcome change from the usual Omrons. The clicks feel responsive and light with slight tactility. The clicks offer up a satisfying click with minimal pre-travel and a bit of post travel although side play is limited. The shell works well with the Kailhs. I found the main clicks work well for both tap and spraying in game.
The scroll wheel has nicely defined steps with a satisfying middle click. My copy did suffer from a loose wheel that can wobble a bit side to side but I’d be very happy with the scroll wheel if I had a perfect quality copy. I would have preferred if the mousewheel had more tension while scrolling.
In terms of the side buttons on the meta, they’re quite usable in game and I’m quite happy with them. They’re well positioned and there’s minimal pre-travel with a bit of post-travel. The buttons feel very clicky with a nice crispy response.
Shape, Performance and Software
The shape is a bit shorter than the Zowie S2 and works great for claw. I found myself quickly adjusting to it and aiming well with the combination of the lighter weight and safe shape. I’d recommend it for smaller to medium sized claw grippers although I could see some gamers choosing to fingertip this mouse. The hump on the mouse isn’t too high so take that into consideration if you palm grip.
The software for the Meta is not out yet but should come later with the retail release. I played well with the Meta and found my aim was snappy and responsive for the most part. It’s nice to have another option that’s at a sweet spot weight wise without the discomfort of a honeycomb design.
The cable on the meta is pretty standard in terms of paracord style cables in 2021. It reminds me of the one that comes on the Endgame XM1 and I didn’t mind it for in-game use. It’s light and flexible enough with a bungee that you can feel confident using it without needing to paracord this thing right out the box.
Sensor and Skates
PixArt 3360 is standard and the execution here did not have any issues for me personally. The skates on the other hand were a point of weakness for me. The PTFE feet were a bit scratchy at first and could have better rounding, although the main issue with them is that they feel small for the mouse, especially compared to the huge feet that Zowie mice usually have. The skates aren’t a dealbreaker but the mouse would be improved with aftermarket replacements when they become available.
Comfortable ambi shape and a lightweight design without holes
Clicks offer stability and satisfying response
Skates are small and could be better rounded
QC issue with the scroll wheel being loose
A good alternative to Zowie that offers up a Kailh switches that differentiate the mouse from others on the market.
Where to Buy the Gamesense Meta