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Pros

  • Accurate, high resolution sensor

  • Supports multiple grip styles

  • Clean, stylish design

Cons

  • Slippery texture

  • Side buttons are easy to hit by mistake

  • Wired only

The NZXT Lift is clean, customizable, and feels like you’re gliding on air.

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About the NZXT Lift

  • Price: $50
  • Connectivity: USB Type-A (non-detachable)
  • Dimensions: 4.99 x 2.65 x 1.51 inches
  • Weight: 67 grams (2.36 ounces)
  • Sensor: 16,000 DPI PixArt 3389 sensor
  • Buttons: 6 buttons
  • Material: Plastic
  • Colors: Black, white (further accent customization available on NZXT’s website)
  • Cable: 6.5 feet, braided paracord
  • Special Features: Omron mechanical switches (rated for 20 million clicks), PTFE feet, 1,000 Hz polling rate, customizable RGB skirt lighting

The NZXT Lift doesn’t take many risks. It’s a simple six-button wired mouse with two left-side buttons, left and right clicks, a clickable scroll wheel, and a DPI button right below it on the top. Much of its appeal lies in its simplicity and striking color scheme. Our unit was white with black accents, a perfect match for the company’s H510 computer case or Canvas 27q monitor, but it is also available in black if you prefer a darker look.

If you purchase directly from NZXT’s official store, you can choose custom accent colors for the lower shell, side and DPI buttons, and cable. There are also RGB light strips along the edges of each side for even more flair. The end result is a slick looking mouse that can be color matched to the rest of your gaming setup.

The NZXT Lift doesn’t break the mold, but its symmetrical, low-profile design is traditional and easy to adapt to. Lightweight mice tend to favor claw grip for first-person shooters (and this is lightweight at 67 grams), but it’s long enough that I can slide into a palm grip when I want to relax with an MMORPG. Its versatility was a pleasant surprise and makes the Lift more comfortable to use no matter what I play.

Though its shape is easy to come to grips with, its surface texture and rigidity aren’t. Unlike many competing lightweight mice, the Lift’s shell is entirely solid. There are no grips and no texturing to the plastic, and it feels slippery. I had to hold it tighter when lifting it off my desk and dropped it once or twice in the process. That solid shell makes the palm rest more rigid, but there’s still give on the sides to click buttons if you squeeze hard enough.

The bottom of the mouse.
Credit: Reviewed / Christopher Coke

The sensor is one of its strongest features.

NZXT used Omron mechanical switches for the left and right clicks, which are known for their quality and responsiveness. They’re satisfyingly tactile with crisp clicks and compete with the high bar set by Logitech. Their lifespan is middling at only 20 million clicks each, a far cry from the 60 million click lifespan of the much cheaper Steelseries Rival 3 but twice that of the Logitech G305.

The side buttons can be problematic. They’re mushy, with deeper, hollower clicks. The low height of the mouse also meant that my thumb was always touching them in some way, which led to a lot of misclicks. They function well when pressed intentionally, but caused more than one mistaken grenade toss.

The sensor, on the other hand, is fantastic. The Lift uses the very well regarded Pixart 3389 optical sensor to track your movement and it is exceptionally accurate, even up to its maximum 16,000 DPI. That was too sensitive for me to play with comfortably, but I can play well up to 10,000 DPI without the mouse ever moving off track.

Overall, the NZXT Lift is a solid first entry into the gaming mouse market, but has room for improvement, especially at the $50 asking price. However, it can be found on sale for as low as $40.

Should you buy the NZXT Lift?

A hand holding the mouse.
Credit: Reviewed / Christopher Coke

This'll be a nice Black Friday grab.

Maybe, but only if it’s on sale

The NZXT Lift has a lot going for it. It’s clean, customizable, responsive, and feels like you’re gliding on air. I love the look of it and that NZXT is providing color customization at no additional cost. It’s also great to see such a high-quality sensor and great feeling switches used. You would never guess this was NZXT’s debut mouse.

But $50 feels too expensive compared to the competition. It’s a simple mouse with very few added features. It’s slippery to hold and the side buttons are easy to click by mistake. There’s also no support for wireless play, so you’re left playing tethered. The Steelseries Rival 3 is only $21 and has a similar shape and higher quality feel. For $40, you can upgrade to the Rival 3 Wireless and have better specs in the same great shell. The Logitech G305 is another option that costs the same as the Lift, but frequently goes on sale for less. The G305 also offers Logitech’s LIGHTSPEED wireless connection and incredible 250 hours of battery life. In comparison to these, the Lift feels like it’s carrying a tax just for its clean design.

None of that means that you shouldn’t give it a try if you’re in love with its look, or if you want a simple, lightweight mouse without added frills. It’s just not a good value when there are other great options available that cost the same or less with more features. The NZXT Lift could be a great fit but it’s best to wait on a sale before pulling the trigger.

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Meet the tester

Christopher Coke

Christopher Coke

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@gamebynight

Chris has been specializing in PC and audio-related tech since 2015. Find him at IGN, Tom's Hardware, PC Perspective, MMORPG.com, and more.

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