GALAX’s Hall of Fame or HOF brand has been around for a while and it is the pinnacle of their enthusiast offering, with many of their HOF graphics cards used to break world records. Following this vein, its no surprise that GALAX wants to utilize the brand more and in this review we’ll see some of the first peripherals debuting under the HOF family of gaming peripherals.
In today’s review we’ll talk about the HOF MVP Ace wireless gaming mouse. Featuringg a 38,000 DPI rating (!!! I know), its perhaps one of the highest DPI setting we’ve seen on a label. I’ll share with you my experrience with the HOF Ace wireless gaming mouse but for now, let’s take a closer look.
The Hall of Fame Brand
The Hall of Fame (HOF) brand is now intended to be a stand-alone brand, separate from the GALAX brand. Much like its origins, it remains to stand as a brand with a pedigree for quality. Historically known for breaking world records and setting a high bar in performance, HOF’s brand vision is rooted in peak performance.
Alongside this rebrand, HOF also offers its GPU tuning utility: HOF AI based off the Xtreme Tuner software used by GALAX GPUs. You can see all of HOF’s offerings from their official website: https://hofmvp.com/en/
That said, going forward, we’ll be separating HOF from GALAX and treating the brands as different entities.
Features & Specification
- 38,000 DPI pixart sensor
- 6 programmable macro keys
- Textured scroll wheel
- Ergonomic shape
- Wired and operation
- RGB LED physical switch option
- Ultralight construction
- NVIDIA Reflex validated
|Wireless (2.4GHz), USB Type-C
|PixArt Optical Sensor
|38,000 DPI (by software)
|Up to 1000 Hz
|Up to 80 million clicks
|6 programmable macro buttons + 2 switches
|Up to 90 hours
|1.8m braided fiber cable
|84 ± 1g (w/o receiver)
|Black / White
Official site (its one-pager site so all the products are also listed there)
I’ll have to get used to calling these products under the HOF name as there is not a sliver of GALAX in the product’s packaging. That said, HOF is a premium brand and the HOF Ace exudes all the trappings of a premium mouse and its packaging alone is certainly a good start in laving agood impression.
Available in either white or black, the HOF Ace wireless gaming mouse comes with a detachable USB-A to USB-C cable, a long with a converter for the wireless receiver.
As with many esports options available right now, the goal is to make mice as accurate, responsive and as light as possible and one of the techniques done to achieve that is to shed weight by perforating the housing. The HOF Ace has symmetrical hex patterns running along the top as well as the bottom.
HOF rates the Ace mouse at 85g without the receiver and we can confirm that in our scale with the receiver installed adding ~1gram.
The included braided cable is also a light design with the overall cable length being very flexible and nimble, and coming in at an overall weight 30grams.
The cable won’t matter much as this is also a wireless mouse using a 2.4Ghz USB dongle to connect to the mouse. To preserve battery life, users can opt to go with the standard On option but pushing the switch all the way up enables the RGB lighting on this mouse. The mouse itself is rated for 90 hours and I can confirm it takes a while to exhaust this mouse with the LED turned off.
With all the lights enabled, the HOF Ace features lighting underneath the shell with a diffused tail light at the edge close to the wrist.
The HOF Ace M2 is an ergonomic design and has a low depth. It personally doesn’t work well with my fingertip grip style but a few days of adjusting, one does get used to it although this will boil down to preference.
The HOF Ace has a standard 5 button layout with the button just below the mouse wheel serving as the On-The-Fly DPI switcher, where it featues up to 7 DPI stages which can be changed via the software.
The HOF Ace can fully operate standalone wihout the software but configuring polling rate, button presets, RGB color options and DPI stages can only be customized via the HOF Ace Tuner software.
Its very straightforward and everything is shown directly to the user with no buried options. It works quiet well and applies changes rather quickly even on wireless mode.
I love the option of having DPI stages adjustment as I only need to have 3 for my daily use.
User Experience & Conclusion
Using the mouse for the entire holiday season before the New Year, I’ve gotten more at home with the shape despite my preference for bulbous tiny mice. I do feel it is a massive step back for me going back to traditional mouse switches as I’ve been on optical for a while now. While noticeable due to the sound, overall performance is acceptable and having used the FinalMouse Tournament Ed. before which inspires the HOF Ace’s shape.
All in all, the gaming market is a tough nut to crack and with all the competition around right now, its going to be harder for a new player like HOF to break into the market and disrupt the scene. But the more important thing to note here is that this is entering the market at ~$80, which competes readily with most midrange market players. GALAX and HOF does go to lengths about making sure this is a top notch option as its Reflex validation does support the hefty Gsync Esports monitor at very high speeds to keep up with the display.
On top of that, the qualtiy itself is excellent and the worksmanship is surprisingly well done. I do feel the touches of silver in glossy plastic dashes the premium overall vibe but overall, its a good design.
One last thing to note, HOF advertises a 38,000 DPI sensor but does not indicate which Pixart sensor it is. I am assuming this is running the same sensor as the CM MM731 which features a similar 38,000 rating on its PAW3370 sensor. These mice are obviously advertising far higher ratings using interpolation on the true 19,000 DPI sensor which is still a very high rating.
Regardless, the HOF Ace wireless gaming mouse is fairly decent at performance and feel and the quality is superb. If you’re on a budget, you may find cheaper and lighter mice using the same sensor but if you prefer the aesthetic of these types of mice, then the HOF Ace wireless may just be for you.