Fnatic Bolt review: A great affordable gaming mouse – Pocket-lint
(Pocket-lint) – The Fnatic Bolt is a lightweight wireless gaming mouse that packs some serious specs into an affordable frame. It was constructed in collaboration with eSports pros in order to craft a gaming mouse based on pro player requirements.
It’s no surprise, then, that Fnatic says the Bolt is designed to offer the “pinnacle of gaming performance”. That’s owed to its gamer-pleasing specs that include not only a lightweight, hole-free frame, but also great battery life and super-slick feet.
Does it skate by the competition and strike where it matters though? We’ve been working and gaming with the Fnatic Bolt to find out…
Lightweight specs and connectivity
- Medium size: 120.89 x 55.44 x 38.50mm / Weight: 67g
- 2.4Ghz Wireless or Bluetooth 5.1 connection
- 1000Hz polling rate over 2.4Ghz
- Pixart 3370 sensor
- 400 IPS/50G acceleration/19,000 CPI
- Battery life: 110 hours (over 2.4GHz, 210 over Bluetooth)
When we first got the Bolt out of its box, our first impression was that it looked and felt cheap. But that’s the inevitable problem with plastic mice – all that weight shedding is great for frantic gaming sessions but results in a hollow-feeling mouse.
However, our feelings quickly changed when we started testing in earnest and comparing it with other similar gaming mice we’ve tried of late. The first highlight is the matte finish. This makes it easy to grip and unlikely to slip out of the hand – even if you have oily or sweaty ones.
The Bolt is built for right-handed gamers, specifically for those with a medium-sized hand and a claw grip style. We found this makes it a tad too small if you prefer palm grip, but it’s far from tiny. We like the overall shape and size of the mouse though.
There are six buttons in total, including a DPI button on top behind the mouse wheel. But it’s the side buttons are the most pleasing: they protrude wonderfully and are easy to press and differentiate between when in the depths of a gaming session. We’ve seen mice, such as the SteelSeries Prime Wireless, overlook this design principle, so the Fnatic does well in this regard.
The Bolt also offers both 2.4Ghz wireless and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity. The 2.4GHz is preferable for gaming as it gives you the 1000Hz polling rate and a more precise connection, but Bluetooth gives more battery life potential and is a convenient option for using it elsewhere.
Battery life is remarkable too, with 110 hours promised over 2.4GHz or 210 hours over Bluetooth use. The mouse charges using a pronged USB-C cable – a paracord one is included in the box – which is flexible, easy to plug-in, and lightweight enough so it doesn’t nag at the mouse when you’re gaming. Not that you’ll often need to connect it, given the epic battery life.
Slick overall design
- Kailh GM 8.0 Black Mamba Switches
- 100% PTFE feet (thicker 1.0mm skates also included)
- USB-C paracord and wireless receiver extender
- Medium fit with claw or claw/palm hybrid grip style
Most gaming mice have traditionally used Omron mechanical switches. Fnatic has bucked that trend by using Kailh GM 8.0 ‘Black Mamba’ switches. These are said to be more durable than other switches and are guaranteed to last longer as a result.