Xtrfy is known to take risks. From its retro-inspired M4 Retro mouse to the eccentric MZ1 Zy’s Rail, Xtrfy generally goes against the grain whenever possible. With this mentality, the company approaches the design of the mouse with another atypical feature that will make or break its latest version: the M4 wireless.
Borrowing from the traditional design of the M4, the M4 Wireless manages to translate a popular formula into the wireless format. But its key customization feature, borrowed from the M42, might not be of use to those who know what they want in a gaming mouse.
Nuts and bolts
the M4 wireless is an ergonomic 71 gram right-handed mouse with many modern features including a honeycomb design and 100% PTFE mouse feet. As basic as the six-button M4 Wireless appears on the surface, it still has a few cards up its sleeve in terms of customization.
Focusing on the internal components, Xtrfy uses a Pixart 3370 sensor, Kailh GM 8.0 switches, 75 hours of battery life and a 2.4 GHz wireless connection. PixArt’s 3370 sensor pushes up to 19,000 CPIs, has a speed of 400 IPS, and has an adjustable polling rate up to 1000Hz. This sensor also appears in Lenovo Legion’s upcoming M600s mouse.
Moving on to mouse switches, the M4 Wireless uses the popular Kailh GM 8.0 switches, similar to those found in the Pwnage Ultra Custom Symm 2. These are rated for 80 million clicks, which has become somewhat of a new standard. established by modern mechanical switches. .
Xtrfy’s M4 Wireless connects using a 2.4GHz wireless signal and is backed by a 500mA battery that can last up to 75 hours depending on settings. Using a 2.4 GHz connection is standard for competitive wireless gaming mice, and the company also includes a wireless receiver extender that connects to the USB-C charging cable. This is useful when your PC is far enough away to introduce connection problems. Companies like Roccat made the mistake of not including one and that immediately blows the experience up. The battery life here is average, no more and no less.
Aside from the basic guts, the main thing about the M4 Wireless is that it comes with a secondary back cover and a small screwdriver for added convenience. The secondary shell is slightly rounder than the original shell. These cases can help users explore gripping styles if they are willing to do a few screwdriver turns. A big note at the top is that while the screwdriver is magnetic, it’s almost too easy to lose track of the tiny screws once they’re on your work surface.
Users can also adjust the balance of the mouse to shift its center of gravity backward or forward by moving the battery. While the mouse’s balance is subjectively nice right out of the box, it’s an extra layer of performance tuning that isn’t seen on many mice. There are plenty of options for you to add or subtract weight, but the M4 Wireless offers a different approach that may benefit many users who think previous gaming mice have deteriorated slightly.
An overlooked feature of Xtrfy mice is that all parameters are adjustable directly on the mouse. Spending a few minutes learning the ins and outs of how to change polling rate, IPC, takeoff distance, and RGB lighting can make dialing this mouse an almost effortless process.
As a bonus, Xtrfy includes two keycaps with their mice.
Click, click, scroll, scroll
Right out of the gate the switches are fantastic. It’s not often that a mouse comes up with every button nearly identical. The side buttons are generally softer and have more pre-travel than the right and lift clicks, but that’s not the case with the M4 Wireless. Clicks are light and responsive with quick feedback at all levels. Even the scroll wheel aligns its way.
A little dissonance occurs when you press the scroll wheel. It’s not a big deal and probably won’t bother a lot of people, but pressing the scroll wheel feels like you’re barely pressing anything. Auditory feedback is primarily what tells you that you’ve turned the switch all the way. Again, this is really a nitpick that can only bother a few select users.
More importantly, the build quality of the M4 Wireless is reflected in the construction of its side walls. Unlike so many other lightweight gaming mice, the M4 Wireless gives in to pressure when you press the side buttons with unreasonable force. It’s a rock solid indicator of build quality that you don’t find in many lightweight mice.
M4 wireless: getting started
The most important aspect of the M4 Wireless feature set are its interchangeable cases. Having both a flat and round shell allows the user to explore the grip styles. The two most optimal grips for the M4 Wireless are the palm or the claw depending on the shell. Both handles are viable on each shell and comfort will depend on the size of the hand.
While using the round shell may be optimal for gripping the claws as it fills the palm quite well, it is also very comfortable when applying a grip. Likewise, the flatter shell with the hump towards the center is great for a palm grip but feels adequate for a claw grip. You can try a fingertip grip here, but that defeats the purpose of this mouse’s ergonomic shape and is uncomfortable. Overall, exploring both forms of mice was a breeze, and the process of installing each case is quick and neat. Well other than dropping a screw or two, we’ll attribute that to user error.
Exploring other grip styles in a way that doesn’t seem intrusive, like buying a new mouse or forcing a grip on an unsuitable mouse, is beneficial if you don’t know what you like or want. But unless you’re a huge fan of the M4 shape, which many are, there’s not much that separates this mouse from the pack. For example, the Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless is another ergonomic right-handed mouse that offers a similar feel and more aesthetic customization.
Whichever grip suits your needs, the M4 Wireless glides like a champ and handles like an old friend. The familiarity is twofold as the M4 Wireless feels right at home in any game, but does little to differentiate the experience from any other lightweight right-handed ergo mouse. Luckily for the M4 Wireless, the familiar design helps maintain control of an otherwise slippery mouse.
For reference, our reviewer’s right hand is 7.7 inches (195mm) in length and 4.1 inches (104mm) in width, placing his hand in the medium to large range.
Like any mouse, there’s always the potential for a few things to slip under your skin, and the Xtrfy M4 Wireless is no exception. Areas of concern include the longevity of the scroll wheel material, slippery plastic, minor connectivity issues, and an impressive lack of USB receiver storage.
The scroll wheel material being a concern is not unique to the M4 Wireless. Using a softer rubberized wheel like the one featured on this mouse is slightly off-putting as these materials never seem to be as durable as a harder material. Rather, it’s a fussy future that probably won’t matter until the M4 Wireless begins its lifespan.
What’s more immediately noticeable is how slippery the M4 Wireless can be. Many mice can get slippery over time, but the M4 Wireless feels slipping and sliding out of the door. This problem is clearly related to its coating. The familiar shape (s) make it easier to manipulate the mouse. In the future, it would be ideal if Xtrfy could revisit its approach to finishing its mice.
The M4 Wireless had a connectivity issue that was easily fixed and could be on the system side rather than the hardware side. Switching between using the M4 Wireless on a desktop and laptop, the mouse was right click and left clicks were not recorded. This goes away after you unplug the dongle and charging cable, but it’s an issue not found on any other mouse to cross the exam desk or platform.
To complete the complaints, the lack of storage of the USB receiver. It stings since the M4 Wireless is priced at $ 99. Most mice at this price point have some sort of USB receiver storage solution. Considering how easily these receivers get lost on the road, the M4 Wireless doesn’t come across as a suitable option for travel.
Is this for you?
Whether you’re looking to explore grip options or constantly change your style, the M4 Wireless is a straightforward recommendation based purely on its flexibility and value. Few companies offer users a way to find what is most comfortable for them except Zowie’s Mouse Adjustment Kit, which puts the M4 Wireless in a unique position.
Those who already know what is best for them are unlikely to use Xtrfy M4 Wireless’ biggest selling point. That said, if you were a fan of Xtrfy’s original M4, you’ll be right at home with this lightweight wireless upgrade.
- Unique flexibility
- Solid build quality
- Paracord USB-C cable
- Designed to support a variety of gripping styles
- Consistent clicks
- Movable weight
- Easy customization on board
- Long battery life
- No dongle storage
- Slippery coating
- The material of the scroll wheel may not stand the test of time