When it comes to the best gaming mouse, there is no one-size-fits-all formula. The Lexip Np93 Alpha proves that and offers a ton of features that some will like and others won’t. A thumb joystick helps it stand out, as do extra smooth ceramic feet. But the shape isn’t ideal for the popular palm grip, and there’s such a thing as too slippery for some gamers.
But with plenty of customization available, including adjustable weights, 12 programmable buttons, and an app, there’s a lot to consider alone $50† But the Np93 Alpha isn’t just for all gamers, and you might be bothered by a feature that’s useful to others. Is the Np93 Alpha for you?
Lexip Np93 Alpha Specifications
|Sensor model||ADNS 3050|
|Sensitivity||Up to 12,000 CPI|
|LED zones and colors||1x RGB|
|Cable||1.8m 1.8m USB Type-A Cable|
|Connectivity||USB Type-A Cable|
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||5.31 x 2.17 x 7.48 in|
|Weight||5.11 ounces (144.87 g), 5.24 ounces (148.55 g or 5.74 ounces (162.73 g)|
|Additionally||0.13 ounce (3.6 g) weight, 0.63 ounce (18 g) weight|
Design and comfort of Lexip Np93 Alpha
The Lexip Np93 Alpha has an intriguing design. The front of the mouse slopes down at a known angle and the rear of the mouse remains at a steeper elevation, resulting in an almost dome-like point where the bottom and top meet. The Np93 tapers inwards at both the front and back, making the bottom of the mouse shorter than the top.
The Np93 comes in on both the left and right sides and offers a lot of grip. A thumbstick sticks to the left side of the Np93, a rarer addition to today’s gaming mice. The Asus ROG Chakram has such input, but is also Much more expensive while offering wireless connectivity and charging.
The dome-shaped back of the mouse is frankly not the most comfortable form factor among gaming mice. For gamers who prefer a palm grip, the protruding spine digs into the flesh of the palm, making long sessions irritating. The Lexip Np93 Alpha is much better suited to a claw grip or fingertip style, where the back of the mouse doesn’t rest against the palm. These issues aside, the button layout is comfortable and the thumbstick is easily accessible for any grip.
The mouse wheel, the DPI toggle button south of it, the logo on the palm, and a strip along the side of the mouse make up the Np93 Alpha’s single RGB lighting zone. It’s a shame that these lighting areas aren’t individually addressable, but the placement of the lights certainly compliments the overall look of the Lexip Np93 Alpha. The finish is an attractive matte black with a rubberized feel throughout.
It also gets interesting if you look at the bottom of the mousse. You will find six ceramic feet for smooth movement. The bottom of the mouse is also where you go if you want to use one of the weights in the box; you can’t use both at the same time. Lexip’s Np93 Alpha weighs 5.11 grams as standard, which is already quite hefty for a gaming mouse. For comparison, the comparably priced MSI Clutch GM30 is 3.46 ounces and the ROG chakram is 4.29 ounces. You can choose the 0.13-ounce or 0.63-ounce weight, which makes the mouse less slippery and a little easier to control. Each weight clicks neatly into a hole in the bottom of the Lexip Np93 Alpha.
Gaming Performance of Lexip Np93 Alpha
The most new feature is the thumbstick on the left side of the Lexip Np93 Alpha. You can move it 360 degrees and click into it. The four axis points can be reassigned. The joystick works almost like a second scroll wheel, making switching weapons in FPS titles remarkably intuitive. It can also be used to scroll through the DPI settings at the flick of a finger.
The programmability of the thumbstick makes it surprisingly effective for MOBAs and MMOs, as you can activate skills and items by swiping or clicking the thumbstick. This is a feature I wish I had on more of my gaming mice and will make it hard to go back to a side-mounted keyboard. The Np93 Alpha’s thumbstick was also very useful for productivity; overall I found it much more pleasant to use than the scroll wheel to scroll through documents or social media timelines.
In addition to the joystick representing 4 programmable actions (and one non-programmable one), there are 7 additional programmable buttons to support the MOBA and MMO capabilities of the mouse. The left and right mouse buttons, scroll wheel click, scroll wheel up, scroll wheel down, the button below the scroll wheel and two side buttons near the thumb are all programmable as desired.
From Omron’s solid mechanical left and right click switches to the sensor that offers a (usually) snappy response to the demands of battle, the Np93 Alpha proved it’s up for gaming. While the vast majority of gaming mice we see today use a PixArt optical or a custom model from a vendor, the Lexip opts for the ADNS-3050. It can handle a sensitivity of up to 12,000 CPI, a speed of 60 inches per second (IPS), which is much lower than the 400-plus common today, and 20 g of acceleration, again lower than the 40 g and higher specs of many of current gaming mice sports.
The low specs on the sensor are definitely noticeable. We found it less accurate and usable at high CPI settings, which can cause problems for high-resolution displays, but fits well in a competition environment where 4K resolution is unusual.
At lower DPI settings, the Lexip Np93 Alpha was extremely accurate. But things got a little out of hand when I ramped up the sensitivity settings. I regularly found myself exceeding my position on a horizontal axis compared to how I actually moved the physical device in titles where I prefer to play with higher sensitivity settings like DOOM Eternal and DOTA 2† This was not constant, but happened often enough to be a nuisance and make me want to change my settings.
This, coupled with the smooth feel of the ceramic mouse feet, sometimes made me feel like I was fighting with the mouse and could crash at any moment while I’d rather fight opponents. I even felt like I was using the mouse on an ice rink. Some gamers may prefer the friction-fighting action of the Np93’s ceramic feet, but I personally found it more of a drag. The included weight options help reduce this slippery feeling.
I eventually came to the conclusion that my favorite way to use the Np93 Alpha was with a weight of 0.63 ounces (18 g) and the DPI set at about 2,000. Using the 0.63 ounce weight felt just right, while using no weights made the mouse too uncontrollable.
While I loved the thumbstick, weights, and easy adjustability of the mouse for gaming, I didn’t like the dome-shaped back of the mouse. During longer gaming sessions, this palm-facing protrusion proved quite uncomfortable for palm gripping. Perhaps in future iterations of this design Lexip can offer a downward sloping grip to make the palms more comfortable.
Lexip Np93 Alpha Functions and Software
The Np93 Alpha relies on Lexip’s Control software to adjust DPI settings, assign custom button layouts, and control the RGB lighting on the mouse. Additional ready-made, game-specific profiles are also available for download from Lexip’s website.
Because the Lexip Np93 Alpha has no internal memory, if you want to make adjustments, you have to install the software on each PC with which you want to use this mouse. While this won’t be a problem for gamers who rely on a single PC, it’s worth noting if you plan on taking your mouse to a friend’s house or using different systems. It’s also a questionable decision for a mouse aimed at eSports professionals.
The Control app itself is neatly designed and easy to navigate, but has some annoying drawbacks, the first being the “Automatic profile change” setting which is set to “on” by default. If checked, Lexip’s software will automatically switch your saved profile to the settings reserved for the program currently running. While this is a nice touch if all your profiles are set up, it’s extremely irritating if you don’t want to take the time to set up a profile for every piece of software you use regularly. The default setting for this feature should be “off”.
Lexip’s software also doesn’t allow you to maximize the window, which can be problematic on high-resolution screens (especially on laptops with 4K screens), and there are no “save” or “apply” buttons for settings.
Although controlling the lighting with Lexip’s software is very easy, don’t expect crazy effects. Since the Np93 Alpha has only one RGB zone, that means you’re limited to one solid color per profile, which is disappointing for a mouse that uses multiple areas to light up.
The Lexip Np93 Alpha occupies a curious place in the crowded field of gaming mice. It’s affordably priced, feature-packed and forward-thinking, but with some odd design features that make it a love it or hate it proposition.
Some of the features, like the thumbstick on the left side of the mouse, are a joy to use and you just wish they were standard on more gaming mice. Others, like the automatic profile switching enabled by default in Lexip’s software, are frustrating and sour the overall experience.
On the plus side, the Np93 Alpha is well built, mainly due to its scarce $50 price tag. The material on the top of the mouse feels smooth, rubbery; the mouse buttons are equipped with durable and satisfying Omron switches. On the downside, the optical sensor doesn’t seem to keep up with higher DPI settings well, and the bezel on the back of the mouse is uncomfortable for palms. If you’re an RGB bling freak, there’s not much to get excited about here either. It’s also a shame that the Np93 Alpha doesn’t have any onboard profile storage.
Still, this is a remarkable value for what it is, even if it doesn’t suit all gamers’ tastes. If a claw grip or fingertip grip mouse with fully reassignable keys and an extremely handy thumbstick is your thing, then the Np93 Alpha might be your taste.