FANTECH HELIOS II PRO XD3 V3
| Gaming Mouse | Optical Switches | 4000Hz Polling Rate | Wired/Wireless |
FANTECH HELIOS II PRO XD3 V3, the newest top-tier gaming mouse from FANTECH.
On the last years, FANTECH has gained massive popularity due to their high-performing gaming mouse, yet with a substantially friendlier price than mainstream competitors.
The FANTECH HELIOS II PRO XD3 V3 joins their constantly expanding catalog of mouse as their flagship model.
You might find the mouse called FANTECH HELIOS II PRO, yet the full name of this mouse is FANTECH HELIOS II PRO XD3 V3.
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ACCESSORIES & PACKAGING
Inside you will get:
• PTFE Mouse skates feet
• PTFE Dot skates
• Grip tapes
• Braided cable
• USB adapter
• Gold Fantech coin
FANTECH HELIOS II PRO XD3 V3 weight in grams and FANTECH HELIOS II PRO XD3 V3 weight in ounces
The FANTECH HELIOS II PRO XD3 V3 has a grey matte coating and side buttons with a yellow color that give it a nice accent to the overall looks. Also, the whole bottom case of the mouse has the same yellow-colored plastics.
Besides a small printed “HELIOS II PRO” writing on the left edge of the top case and the logo on the back, the mouse has no flashy design elements nor any visible RGB lighting.
In total, the FANTECH HELIOS II PRO XD3 V3 has 6 buttons, being 3 on the top case, 2 on the side and 1 on the bottom.
On the bottom you will find 2 removable skates, a 3-position switch for the connectivity modes, a DPI button and a small but bright LED light that informs the status of the mouse.
This light provides insights of the charging status, battery capacity status and DPI stage slot in use.
In comparison to many mainstream and popular gaming mouses, the FANTECH HELIOS II PRO sits in the category of the more standard-compact ones; measuring 120 x 64 x 38mm.
The FANTECH HELIOS II PRO XD3 V3 is available in 2 different colors:
• FANTECH HELIOS II PRO XD3 V3 Black
• FANTECH HELIOS II PRO XD3 V3 Dark Grey (as the one being reviewed by us)
The plastic surface of the FANTECH HELIOS II PRO XD3 V3 could make you worry about slippery hands but the brand applied a coating to it that gives it a grippy grab – even with slightly sweaty hands.
If still you prefer mouses with more defined grip, you can apply the included grip tapes to the mouse surface.
The FANTECH HELIOS II PRO XD3 V3 is remarkably light-weighted, you might even wonder if you still need to get batteries inside, but the feather weight of 55g includes the internal battery.
Shape-wise, the HELIOS II PRO has a classic gaming mouse form factor with a curvy design, narrower front and larger rear.
If you do not necessarily need the side buttons, the shape of the FANTECH HELIOS II PRO XD3 V3 makes it perfectly adaptable as an ambidextrous mouse too.
CONSTRUCTION & BUILD
FANTECH went all-in with the HELIOS II PRO building it with premium and class-leading components such as the PIXART 3395 sensor, Nordic 52833 ARM CORTEX MCU and optical switches.
The mouse exhibited a light but well-built feel thanks to the all-ABS plastic construction.
While testing the FANTECH HELIOS II PRO XD3 V3, the clickers, side buttons, DPI button and scroll wheel button showed no wobbliness at all.
Moreover, the mouse never presented flex, rattling or screaking on both normal everyday use and intensive gaming.
Adding up to the superior construction of the FANTECH HELIOS II PRO, the brand threw in TTC Gold optical switches and their F-switch tactile encoder on the scroll wheel.
The TTC Gold switches presented both tactile and audible feedback, while the main clickers with the optical switches presented immediate response with no pre-travel.
Similar to the main clickers, the side buttons are fast with minimal pre-travel and both clicky and tactile feedback.
The scroll wheel provides a solid rotational move that is smooth yet not overly loose as to get accidental scrolling inputs.
The FANTECH HELIOS II PRO offers a wired and 2x wireless connections.
The wired connection works through a detachable USB-C cable (braided cable included) while the wireless connections available include:
• Bluetooth wireless
• 2.4G wireless through the included dongle
Moreover, if you purchase the 4K dongle you will add up a further 2.4G connection slot, reaching the potential to connect with 4 different devices and switch between them on-the-fly.
To switch between all the connectivity modes you need to reach the switch placed on the bottom of the mouse and set it to the desired position.
Pairing the mouse on the standard 2.4G wireless mode does not require any configuration besides plugging in the dongle to your PC while the 4K 2.4G connection requires a specific pairing process and steps with the PC software.
CUSTOMIZATION & REPROGRAMMING
All 6 buttons of the FANTECH HELIOS II PRO XD3 V3 can be reprogrammed and used for macros (that includes even the DPI button on the bottom of the mouse)
On top of that, users can create 4 independent profiles saving 4 different configurations of your personal buttons reprogramming and switch between the saved profiles through the PC software.
The DPI settings can be incremented by 50 DPI in a range from 50 DPI to 32000 DPI and saved under 4 independent DPI slots that can be switches on-the-fly by clicking the dedicated DPI button on the bottom of the mouse – the LED on the bottom of the mouse will light with the same color of the DPI slot seen in the PC software.
Moreover, the polling rate can be selected among 6 different options: 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 1000Hz, 2000Hz and 4000Hz – the latter 2 are only available if you are using the extra 4K dongle.
Also, you can personalize the response time of the keys/buttons/clickers; ranging from 0ms to 20ms and the lift-off distance of the sensor.
PERFORMANCE & USE
Without a doubt the FANTECH HELIOS II PRO XD3 V3 is a perfect gaming mouse – even for pro gaming.
Among the features that make the HELIOS II PRO a leading gaming mouse:
• 4000Hz polling rate
• Wired and 2.4G wireless
• 55g of weight
• Premium optical switches
• Excellent skates
• Side buttons
• Fast and responsive
• Reliable connectivity
• Full reprogramming and personalization
Equipped with multi-device wired/wireless connections, side buttons and superb overall performance, the HELIOS II PRO can turn into a welcomes ally for productivity use.
With a wired and wireless connection, reliable performance, long lasting battery and compact size; the HELIOS II PRO can become a highly-competent mouse for office and general use.
Thanks to the wireless Bluetooth connection, small size and feather weight; the Fantech Helios II Pro can be an excellent mouse for tablet and mobile users on-the-go.
The clickers with the TTC Gold optical switches provide a fairly loud and higher pitched sound profile than many other mechanical switches, though this ensures a confident confirmation of each click.
The wheel rotation has a fairly muted clicky sound and a satisfying tactile notches feedback – the wheel click have a quieter sound profile than the rest of the switches.
The side buttons also provide a pleasant clicky and tactile feedback that confirms each key press.
In order of loudness, the main TTC gold switches are the loudest, followed by the side buttons and being the quietest the wheel button – the same order applies to the pitch of the sound from higher pitch to lower pitch.
By default the FANTECH HELIOS II PRO can reach 1000Hz of polling rate but if you get the 4K addon, you can reach a whopping polling rate of 4000Hz.
With the stock skates, the FANTECH HELIOS II PRO was highly responsive and fast with low friction.
The HELIOS II PRO exhibited smooth and accurate tracking having pinpoint precision, while preserving a lightning fast and responsive clicking & tracking – even during hardcore online FPS gaming sessions.
On top of that, the TTC Gold optical switches were easy and quick to spam click with no lag nor missed inputs.
The software from FANTECH unleashes the full customization potential of the mouse including:
• Button remapping
• Key response time
• DPI stages
• Polling rate
• Sensor settings
• Pairing configuration
• Firmware OTA updates
• Software updates
• Profile creations
Pairing the 4K dongle might not be the smoothest and most intuitive process but you can easily get it done if you read the instruction manual and follow the steps as explained by FANTECH.
With an internal battery of 300mAh, the FANTECH HELIOS II PRO XD3 V3 is capable of offering respectable runtime of 60 hours, this might not be as much as the 70 days promised by a Logitech MX Master 3S but you can expect 5 to 7 days of normal use without having to recharge it.
FANTECH HELIOS II PRO XD3 V3 Technical Specifications
FANTECH HELIOS II PRO XD3 V3
Strikespeed Wireless, BT, Wired
PixArt 3395 High-end Sensor
Up to 4K
Back Cover Material
UV Matte Finish
Switch Type & Lifetime
100 Million Clicks
55 Grams Ultra Lightweight
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