Is there any less appropriate name for a product in the green-crazed marketplace of 2010 than the Ozone Smog? Unless some other hapless company is marketing a mouse known as the Barbaric PuppySlayer, we think not. Unfortunate product name aside, the Smog gaming mouse from Spanish upstart Ozone sets its sights squarely on the likes of Logitech and Razer by offering a full-featured gaming mouse at a price more in line with these competitors’ entry-level offerings.
Note: Australia’s Cyber Snipa and Ace of Sweden sell nearly identical mice, indicating the Smog uses a generic design tweaked and rebadged for different manufacturers.
Like any gaming mouse worth its salt, the Smog comes with an array of buttons, widgets and gizmos intended to translate every twitch of your mouse to sudden death for some unfortunate virtual adversary.
Between the usual right and left mouse buttons, you’ll find shield-shaped “lift” and “mode” buttons. The lift button allows you to calibrate your mouse for your mousing surface, while the mode button is your shifter between one of seven – yes, seven – different sets of programmed controls. There’s also a scroll button that can be clicked left and right for side scrolling, and thumb-operated back and forward buttons.
An LED panel above the thumbrest indicates one of four sensitivity levels, while a switch rear of the thumb lets gamers flip through them on the fly. An obscure fifth LED indicates which of the seven programmed modes are active at any given time, and color coordinates with two mini glowing LED “headlights” and a solid LED bar on the heel of the mouse.
On the right, two swappable sides let you customize where your ring and pinky fingers will end up: either piled on top of each other on a steep cliff of a side, or resting individually on carved, ergonomic ledges. With the side removed, you can eject a cassette full of six 5-gram weights, which can be added or removed as necessary to give the mouse proper weight, or lack thereof. The entire body glides on five shiny ceramic feet.
A gloss black body with red buttons breaks no barriers for gaming mouse color schemes, but Ozone keeps it simple and relatively clean. The left-side thumb rest has been plastered over with a textured rubber patch for grip, while the swappable right-hand grips have both been cast from matte ABS plastic. Wary as we are of obnoxious LED underglow, the Smog’s ebbing LED heartbeat actually grew on us quite a bit.
The Smog feels put together solidly enough, but not quite up to par with class leaders like Logitech and Razer. Some of the buttons, including the left- and right-click buttons, seemed to have a little too much of a springboard action to them, and we definitely would have preferred matte materials to the gloss Ozone ended up choosing for most of the Smog.