Lexip Gaming Mouse is 'First Ever 3D Mouse', Reaches 6x Kickstarter Target Within Hours

Written by Neil Soutter on Wed, Feb 7, 2018 4:59 PM

As far as painful marketing jargon goes, Lexip’s claim to be the “first ever 3D Mouse” is probably right up there. Still, beneath the buzzwords lurks a surprisingly neat design. At its core, the Lexip is a gaming mouse with two internal joysticks to provide a greater level of control. Folks seem to agree as well, because in its first day on Kickstarter the Lexip mouse has blown past its target of $30,970 and shot up to $182,469 at the time of writing.

So what about them joysticks then? The first joystick sits internally and can be controlled by the tilting the entire mouse shell along two axes. There are a total of 300,000 unique positions it can sit in so there’s a great deal of flexibility on offer here.

The second joystick, meanwhile, sits on the thumb grip. This is a much traditional analog stick, the sort we’ve come to expect from console controllers. It can move 30 degrees in any direction and can be programmed to control additional commands and shortcuts that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.

Alongside this, there are more traditional mouse functions such as a click wheel, sensitivity adjustments, RGB lighting, programmable buttons and macro functions.

I’m guessing the 3D aspect is just in being able to tilt the mouse to varying degrees, although this has arguably already been done before. Still, the Lexip has had decent commercial success even at this early stage, far outstripping the developing team’s own expectations.

In terms of applications, the Lexip is designed for gaming, first and foremost. They’ve provided a list of a whole bunch of games that are already compatible with the Lexip, including big-hitters such as CSGO, Fortnite, PUBG, WoW, GTA V, Rocket League, Siege, and more. For gamers, Lexip claims this device performs better than any genre-specific gaming mice, controller, joystick or flight stick. That’s quite a claim, although a number of competitive gamers have already hopped on board with the praise. “For FPS’s like Rainbow 6 or Counter-Strike, the Lexip is a game changer,” says Anthony S, an alleged CSGO pro gamer. “Having the ability to pivot, zoom, strafe and aim (without loosing [sic] accuracy) all within the mouse is an incredible upgrade for my gaming skills.”

There’s not really any genre the creators believe the mouse doesn’t excel at, including using the tilt function for turning in racing games, access to quick building functions in Fortnite and Minecraft, and even functioning as a flight stick in Star Citizen and Elite Dangerous.

Should the Lexip gaming mouse look like something that’ll float your boat, the cheapest price you can grab one, for now, is the $135 pledge with an estimated delivery in June 2018. There’s no word on what the final launch price will be for the Lexip, although the $135 is described as a ‘Kickstarter Discounted Price’.

Is the Lexip a gaming mice revolution, or just another pesky rodent? Let us know!

Source: Kickstarter

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17:38 Feb-07-2018

"the $135 is described as a ‘Kickstarter Discounted Price’."
Yeah.... that's gonna be a pass.... I'd hate to see what the full retail price is.... I don't back kickstarters because they generally tend to go tits up pretty quick, even though it's funded doesn't mean everyone is gonna get what they paid for. The only chance of me grabbing one of these would be off store shelves..... and at that price? Nope, not when you have a ton of great gaming mice at well under $100.

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17:40 Feb-07-2018

And not when your every day average cheap $10 mouse does the job just as well..... I'm perfectly fine with a few buttons and a scroll wheel.... why would I ever need more.... and why would I ever want to pay THAT much for it?

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18:34 Feb-07-2018

well, some people who already have regular mouse, may find this interesting to put their money into

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18:58 Feb-07-2018

Well I can't speak for everyone, I can only speak for myself, and there's no way I'd be willing to pay that kindof premium for something I'm not even sure I'd like or use very often.... and no way in hell would I finance someone elses business when there's a large chance I might never see what I paid for.

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17:47 Feb-07-2018

Funny thing is, for the last 4 years I've been using a cheap $5 "gaming" mouse, it's pretty much your basic two button mouse with scroll wheel, a DPI selector, and a couple extra buttons on the left side.... all in a very comfortable ergonomic shape that fits my hand really nicely..... I love this cheap piece of crap so much that when the scroll wheel stopped scrolling, instead of throwing it away, I took the time to take it apart, repair it, and beef up the mechanism, been perfect ever since.

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17:13 Feb-07-2018

kinda reminds me of 3Dconnexion Space Mouse :)
https://www.3dconnexion.co.uk/products/spacemouse.html

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