In a Nutshell
The NZXT Lift is an extremely light, comfortable gaming mouse with good technical specifications, but with quite dull design and very subtle RGB lighting. It’s a great mouse for office work, but when it comes to gaming it fall short of expectations.
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NZXT has recently decided to broaden its product offering. Known all over the world for its computer cases, the American company has recently launched the interesting modular Function keyboard, as well as an ultralight gaming mouse called Lift.
The two products are the polar opposites: on the one hand we have the Function keyboard, which can boast with extreme customizations features, as well as availability in different form factors, while on the other hand we have Lift, which is an aesthetically pleasing gaming mouse, but is surprisingly “normal” in a way.
Very light, simple, with a traditional design but at the same time with high-quality components inside its body, the Lift has very few weakness, except for its rather too high price given its specifications. However, this is only part of the story: we’ll tell you the rest in our NZXT Lift review.
NZXT Lift Specifications
|Sensor||Optical (16.000 DPI)|
|Connectivity||USB 2.0 Type-A Wired|
|Dimensions||126.8 x 67.23 x 38.35 mm|
As we’ve already mentioned at the beginning, Lift is an unpretentious gaming mouse. It is a wired mouse with a 2-meter paracord cable, it boasts a very traditional design, devoid of peculiar solutions, enriched by a discreet RGB lighting system, with only two strips on the bottom. In theory this is an ambidextrous device, however, in practice the two extra buttons on the left side can only be used by right-handed users.
Its main feature is probably its weight, which amounts to only 67 grams. Compared to some perforated mice, such as the Cooler Master MM710, the NZXT Lift is still heavier, but can compete well with other similarly priced products, such as the MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight. Lift’s dimensions are also quite conservative, and their values are 127 x 67 x 38 millimeters.
We said that Lift houses some very respectable components, which include Omron switcher rated to 20 million clicks, and an optical sensor with a maximum resolution of 16,000 DPI, and a polling rate of 1,000 Hz. To be honest, this is nothing spectacular, but nevertheless these are very good specs. There is also the NZXT CAM software which allows you to customize Lift’s RGB lighting, as well as create up to four different profiles.
Speaking of lighting, it is quite subtle, and it resembles to neon lights which can be seen on tuned cars. Unfortunately, its customization options are quite modest, so don’t except anything too exciting. Perhaps if Lift didn’t have RGB lighting, its price would’ve been much cheaper, but then the mouse would look too dull.
By now you have figured out that Lift can’t boast with great design, since it looks like dozens and dozens of other entry-level mice available on the market. The model that was provided to us for this review was painted in white color and had an extremely fine-grained matte finish, which was great for providing a good and secure grip to our palms and fingers. Given its very low weight, it’s no surprise that Lift comes with such feature, which is essential for preventing from device going airborne during rapid movements.
The NZXT Lift also comes with two extra buttons on the left side, as well as with scroll wheel and DPI selector button which are all painted black. According to information which can be found on the official NZXT website, it is possible to customize the aesthetics of the device by completely changing the color of its side buttons and bottom from default white and black to different shades of blue, cyan, purple, red and yellow, so as to give it an extra pinch of character. The two RGB LED strips, about which we have already talked about, do not add much to the final result.
We used the NZXT Lift for a few days together with other devices, which allowed us to make all the necessary comparisons and see how the mouse performs in real-life situations. Overall, the mouse proved to be very comfortable for use thanks to its simple, yet great ergonomics. Its low weight also didn’t add any unnecessary strain to our hands, but that still couldn’t convince us to accept its rather high price given its modest features.
To be honest, we found ourselves better in normal use between office, web browsing and a pinch of photo editing rather than with gaming, where the Lift’s performance proved to be quite mediocre. Its offering of extra buttons, storable profiles and extra equipment also didn’t help improve its gaming performance. Lift is certainly not a mouse for MOBA or MMORPG, but with shooters it does its duty.
We put it to the test with the usual batch of competitive shooters: a few matches with Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Warzone and with Halo Infinite. We also tested it in some single player games such as Days Gone, and Tom Clancy’s Division 2. In all cases the device performed well, offering solid and precise input, quick access to the (few) available functions and good responsiveness, although its scroll wheel turned out to be quite stiff.
Overall, the NZXT Lift is an extremely light, comfortable gaming mouse with good technical specifications, but with quite bland design and very subtle RGB lighting. It is a pleasant product to use in areas other than gaming, precisely because of its “normality”. However, with all things considered, it is a bit too expensive mouse for our likes.
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