Riotoro is breaking into the gaming peripheral scene in a big way.
Founded in 2014 and based out of California, Riotoro has previously made PC cases and the occasional power supply. With their latest Aurox Black Prism Mouse (currently available for $34.99) they’re looking to dive headfirst into the competitive and crowded gaming mouse marketplace.
So, how does the Aurox Black fare against the rest of the midrange gaming mice options?
Design and Comfort
Nothing is more important to me in a mouse than comfort, and immediately after picking up the Aurox Black, I was head over heels with how comfortable it felt. It has the fat, bell-shaped body that works nicely when using a mouse in palm grip. The mouse also feels great thanks to Riotoro’s Stampede coating. This gave the mouse a soft, smooth texture, and didn’t collect any oily finger residue that has gunked up some of my other mice in the past.
The only negative I can think of in terms of comfort with the Aurox Black is that my fingers felt a little cramped on the right hand side. I would have loved to see some rubber textured side grips, but perhaps that’s a feature a bit outside the Aurox’s price point.
The body of the Aurox Black feels strong and durable, making it good to take on the road to tournaments or conventions. There’s a nice bit of heft to the Aurox, especially in the bottom part of the body. It weighs 0.35 lbs – a bit heavy for some, but I like mice that don’t feel so light that they could be confused for a toy.
A braided cable is always a nice feature to see on a mouse. The cable is positioned at the top, and it never became tangled or got in the way during testing. The side mouse buttons are easy to access, and have a good click feel. I did have some trouble telling the two apart based on touch alone, which could be a factor in competitive FPS or RTS games.
Performance and Features
The Aurox Black has all the features we’ve come to expect to see in a gaming mouse. There’s on-the-fly DPI switching, with up to 10,000 DPI available. While most people aren’t going to use DPI nearly that high, it’s a standard feature these days, and it’s nice that Riotoro checks that box for the few that demand it.
There are also two dedicated buttons to switch DPI on the mouse – a nice bonus, as a lot of mice at this price point only feature one. Polling rate speeds go up to 1000Hz, and you can customize the RGB lighting with one of 16.8 million color options and switch between a static color or a pulsing effect. The lighting itself is subtle, with a muted glow, as opposed to some peripherals with their bold and blinding lighting that I personally find distracting and sometimes a bit garish.
The Aurox Black has good glide to it, with nice, smooth PTFE feet. The scroll wheel is weighty, with nice tactile feedback. The Aurox Black is also equipped with a high-end Pixart PWM3330 sensor, which gaming mice fans universally adore.
Overall, the movement of the Aurox feels responsive and accurate. The left and right mouse buttons are a different story, however. There’s a bit of stickiness to the buttons, and clicks aren’t as reliable as I’d like. This is a pretty big downer on an otherwise stellar mouse, and hopefully it’s just an issue with my review model. If the problem is with the switches, Riotoro needs to change to a more reliable switch manufacturer like Omron.
Lighting the Way
Riotoro also included some software to change the Aurox’s settings, like the acceleration speed, RGB lighting, polling rate, and DPI. Each of the eight mouse buttons can be remapped as you wish, and all these settings can be changed and saved into separate profiles.
The software itself works fine, but graphically, it looks a little dated. While it’s perfunctory, it has a very “first draft” feel. I don’t mind the lack of UI polish, but some people might be turned off by software that looks like it’s from another era.
Overall, the Aurox Black Prism is a good first effort from Riotoro, and there’s a lot to like here. This is a comfortable and affordable mouse that feels like the stepping stone to something even better.
Other than the sometimes sticky switches, I’m happy with everything else about this mouse, and I’m excited to see what’s next from Riotoro. While hardcore gamers will probably want a brand that’s a bit more tried and tested, those looking for their first gaming mouse will be pleasantly surprised.