DeepCool MC310 Ultralight gaming mouse review
A good start for DeepCool, but there’s still progress to be made.
Ultralight gaming mice have experienced a large boost in popularity alongside the ever-growing esports scene. They are typically differentiated from other types of gaming mice by their lightweight and Trypophobia-inducing, weight-saving designs. With this boost in popularity, many manufacturers not normally known for peripherals have been dipping their feet into the waters of gaming accessories.
Today’s contender, DeepCool, is one of those manufacturers. It’s known primarily for CPU coolers and PC cases and, at time of writing, only has two mice on its website. Let’s see if its first attempt at an ultralight gaming mouse, the MC310, is a good first try or a failure to launch.
- Nice surface texture
- Reliable, responsive sensor
- Reserved, stealthy aesthetic
- Excellent button tactility
- Reasonable price
- Unimpressive build quality
- Inexplicably massive USB connector shroud.
What’s in the box & setup
- DeepCool MC310 Ultralight gaming mouse
- Product manual
Given the brevity of the list above, you won’t be surprised to learn that the DeepCool MC310 is plug-and-play. There is optional software but it’s not needed for core functionality.
The box is bog-standard, with no nice padding or fancy fabrics to be found, just the mouse packed in form-fitting plastic. It’ll probably be safe in transit, but some extra padding wouldn’t have gone amiss. Given the price of £25, however, we’ll give them a pass. The exterior is also pretty unassuming, with some marketing imagery on the front, and a spec list on the reverse.
DeepCool has gone with a skeletonized, hexagon cut-out design for the MC310, which won’t surprise anyone as it’s become the standard for ultralight gaming mice. Its usage of this unoriginal design is pretty well implemented, and has a striking resemblance to the Glorious PC Gaming Race Model-0. There are some small differences, however, like the little DeepCool logo that peers out of the matte-black shell, illuminated with vibrant RGB goodness. The resultant symmetry from the ambidextrous shape also helps its design remain closer to elegant, avoiding the opportunity to step over the line into aggressive gamer territory.
The similarities to other ultralight mice continue, with a diffuse strip running around the perimeter of the mouse, that allows the RGB lighting to spill out on your mousepad in a pleasingly aesthetic way. The underside of the mouse surprised us, it’s a very vivid teal that is at odds with the rest of the mouse. Given that it’s DeepCool’s signature color, its implementation does make sense. Regardless, it’s on the underside of the mouse so It’s very rarely visible during normal use.
The translucent scroll wheel is a nice touch too, and it glows in a satisfying ethereal way as the RGB lighting comes through. Flipping the mouse over, alongside the striking color mentioned earlier we are greeted by the four 100% PTFE skates, one in each corner and around the sensor. Alongside these reside the requisite safety symbols everyone is familiar with, but no one understands.
The cable is black and nicely braided, but less flexible than we’d like. It also terminates in a hilariously huge and overdesigned connector. Seriously, the connector is half the length of the mouse itself. This may seem nitpicky, but it’s not ideal for compact areas and the increased leverage will make it super easy to inadvertently break. There’s no reason we can think of for this level of bulk.
DeepCool has some work to do here. The mouse creaks and flexes with moderate pressure, and the plastic shell, while nice and fairly grippy to the touch, feels a little brittle.
We managed to uncover an amusing fault too: if you squeeze the shell downwards, one of the side buttons activates. Admittedly this is unlikely to happen during normal use, but the intense gamer with a tight palm grip could definitely accidentally activate this button in a pivotal moment.
The mouse also has a small rattle when subjected to a vigorous shake. The cable feels premium but is relatively inflexible and would certainly benefit from a mouse bungee. The buttons however are a standout, with a satisfying and decisive click produced from every button on the MC310.
The PTFE skates also produce an optimal gliding feeling across your surface of choice. However, they lack the out-of-the-box chamfer of the Model-O that negates a breaking-in period. These still feel good, and don’t have too much of an aggressive bite to them after the first setup. This is a nice benefit that even big peripheral manufacturers are known to neglect.
The MC310 truly excels here, especially considering its low price point and the relative inexperience of DeepCool in the peripheral space. The 12800DPI sensor tracks like a dream, and we experienced no spinout or other such errors over the testing period.
You can also cycle back and forth between six user-defined DPI settings via the two buttons position just behind the scroll wheel. This is great to see as some manufacturers continue to place the DPI cycle inexplicably on the underside of the mouse, which is the least ergonomic location and continues to baffle us here at WePC. Cooler Master was also guilty of this on its otherwise solid MM731.
The featherweight 75g makes it a truly rapid mouse. It’s not the absolute lightest we’ve seen, but pretty close. Additionally, the soft and textured surface of the mouse means that it grips well and feels rock-solid in the hand, even when subjecting it to high-intensity movements.
The software is also a breath of fresh air. Companies like ASUS ROG, Corsair, and Razer have really bulky software that is far more complicated than necessary. The software provided by DeepCool is super lightweight, with lighting, performance, macros, and button remapping easily accessible and easily utilized. Additionally, you can change the polling rate and save profiles to and from the mouse very smoothly. Other companies could take a lesson in minimalism from DeepCool.
DeepCool’s first attempt at a gaming mouse has impressed us. It still has a way to go in terms of construction and quality control, and the accidental side button activation is a slight issue. Given the price, however, we are really impressed. It tracks well, feels comfortable to the touch, and certainly looks the part. Once DeepCool figures out some build quality issues, it’s onto a winner.
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