The NZXT Lift has released together with the Function Keyboard customizer and a set of mousepads.
The NZXT Lift comes in two base colors – white and black, as well as five additional accent colors: blue, cyan, purple, red, yellow. It has an ambidexterous shape – although there are only side buttons for right-handed people. The 67g mouse features a PixArt PMW3389 (up to 16000cpi) sensor and uses Omron switches rated for 20M clicks, which likely makes them Omron D2FC-F-7Ns. For an MSRP of 60USD the wired mouse uses a paracord. However, it seems that in an attempt to prevent double-clicking issues, NZXT increased the debounce time, which leads to a relatively high response time. This was reported by OptimumTech.
While this is a respectable featureset, the NZXT Lift does not offer anything special to make it worth considering. Shapewise, it is an exact clone of the popular Zowie FK, the likes of which has been done by the Razer Viper, Glorious Model O, HyperX Pulsefire Haste and more.
With this competition, it becomes hard to recommend this mouse. Compared to the NZXT Lift, the Razer Viper 8k currently goes for 60USD, with their very flexible speedflex cable, optical mouse switches rated for 70M clicks, Razer’s custom Focus+ (a Pixart 3399, up to 20000cpi), and an 8khz polling rate. The comparison goes in a similar direction for the other Zowie clones, the Pulsefire is currently priced at 30USD.
The last product line announced are the three mousepads, the standard (410 x 350 x 3 mm) sized MMP400 for 20USD, the extended (720 x 300 x 3 mm) MXP700 for 25USD and the deskmat (900 x 350 x 3 mm) sized MXL900 for 30USD. Apart from their size, not much is known. Being plane colored ones (black, grey and white), they don’t have much going for them either. For anyone with some concern about the performance of their mousepad, we still recommend the likes of the Aqua Control Plus and Zowie G-SR. Ikea’s LÅNESPELARE has been getting some positive response as well.
The bottom line
In conclusion, the peripherals certainly aren’t bad, but they don’t have any recommendable attribute, or, as I like to say, raison-d’être. NZXT is going down a very safe and marked path, which is a step in the right direction. A lukewarm response is to be expected. We hope that NZXT can eventually expand their portfolio and look to innovate.